board adopts new policies
The School Board adopted three new policies at their regular August meeting Monday, August 11.
The three policies have been under discussion the past couple of months and deal with attendance, credit recovery and drug and alcohol testing.
The board had moved their meeting up a week from the regular time so that they could get the drug and alcohol testing policy into effect before practice starts for fall sports.
In other business the board approved increases in facility use rates to better reflect the actual costs incurred. Hourly rate for community (non-profit) use of the gyms has increased to $15 with the 4 hour rate (1/2 day) at $40 and the full day rate at $75. Other areas such as use of a classroom or cafeteria will go to $10 per hour, $25 for 4 hours and $50 for a full day.
Commercial rates are $40 per hour, $100 for half day and $175 for full day for the gyms and $25 per hour, $70 for half day and $125 for full day for other areas.
Bus routes were approved for the 2008-09 school year and appear below.
Resignations were approved for Jerry Uhling as high school social studies teacher and for Jeff Martin as 7th grade boys basketball coach.
Becky Higgins was then approved for hire as the 7th grade boys basketball coach.
For the Special Education position at the high school the board rejected the administration’s recommendation and approved Janice Baldus for hire for the position.
Robin Riener was approved for hire for the full-time cook position and Heidi Mager was approved for the part-time position.
High School and Middle School schedules were reviewed and approved.
In administrative reports Rene’ Forsmann reported that several teachers have been involved in some workshops. Three teachers attended a hands-on science workshop at Hells Gate Park and several others, along with Elementary instructors took part in a Step Up To Writing program that will help coordinate the writing programs throughout the two schools.
Forsmann also reported that the Middle School staff will once again be providing Fair security for which the staff will receive $1200.
She expects to hear the results for 3 Tribal grant applications this week.
Todd Shumway reported they are they are getting things ready for the start of school at the high school. The new servers are up and running and they are hauling out a lot of the outdated computers and donating them to the Computers for Kids program. Others are being provided to the new PC Repair course to see if they can get them back up and running.
Gary Blaz reported painting is complete at the Elementary School and that the NICI offenders group did a great job. The new carpeting is in and they are in the process of reorganizing some furniture and equipment.
As superintendent he attended a biomass session in Orofino and has applied for an assessment through the Forest Service Fuels for Schools program. While there he met some exceptionally good people who will have an impact on the local district’s future goals.
He said he represented Region II at the Idaho Digital Learning Academy meeting. He was very impressed with the progressive group of people involved in this. Idaho’s program is ranked as one of the best in the country.
The board adjourned at 8:35 p.m. to an executive session. The next regular board meeting will be Monday, September 15 at 7 p.m.
COTTONWOOD SCHOOL DISTRICT
FERDINAND – Angie Ahlers
COTTONWOOD – Sharon Johnson
GREENCREEK – Jerry Schumacher
COTTONWOOD – Becky Madden
KEUTERVILLE – Rick Johnson
RIVER ROUTE – Dan Mills