The school board held their regular November meeting Monday, Nov. 21.
There were no bids to open for the former Elementary School but with this done the district can now proceed in their own direction. The board discussed turning over to a real estate agent. They would like to list with both Harman Agency and Idaho Country Properties, the two local real estate agencies. This was approved in a motion.
Kyle Westhoff was recommended and approved as the varsity baseball coach. He was the assistant coach last season.
There are 6 volunteer coaches and they were approved by the board.
Chris Uptmor and Karen Lustig were present with input on the school calendar. They presented a petition with 68 names asking to extend the summer break. Roy Schumacher explained that the proposed calendar goes to the Chronicle for outside input and this first proposal is not the final calendar. Rene’ Forsmann stated that this year several schools are working together to get on-line classes and sports for all schools together. This will affect the calendar the district puts together. Mrs. Lustig commented that she appreciates the bulletin and the teacher information being sent out.
Loretta Poxleitner and Jenny Arnzen were approved for GEAR UP. The full grant was awarded November 1 to fund this program. Randy Brown stated this program has been very helpful in getting students the extra help that some need at the junior and senior high school level.
Updates to the special education manual were approved.
The inspection report was reviewed. The football bleachers were listed as being hazardous for the school. They were removed this past summer. Different ways to make seating at the football field were discussed. Brown will look into these ideas next summer. Schumacher recommended Sonitubes for building the bleachers. Other than the bleachers the inspection went very well. All small items were being taken care by Jake Forsmann.
In the facilities update the Elementary School addition is proceeding. Rhonda Wemhoff is busy working on the design of the rooms, roof slopes, entrances, hallways, etc. It will go to bid possibly in December. They won’t be able to start this until the weather improves. There were also some roof repairs done at the high school.
In administrative reports Forsmann noted there was 95% attendance at the Parent-Teacher conferences with 167 of 176 students having a parent attending.
They have added 6 new students in the past 6 weeks at the Elementary School and are now up to 179 students.
There was $17,789.25 worth of product sold in the cookie dough sale, both door-to-door and online. The school and Center for Discovery will split over $7,000. There were 1,323 items sold. Jackson Johnson sold the most with 68 items. Olivia Klapprich won the scooter and Mrs. Vanderwall’s class earned the pizza party as the class selling the most. She also reported that the Veteran’s Day program went very well.
In Forsmann’s superintendent report PHS’s Engineering Technology Education program received an “Approved” status. She said Jerry Richardson should be commended for his program’s success.
The Title I Audit was held Oct. 31 with several commendations and recommendations.
The Professional Technical Academy audit went well with the Cottonwood School District and Region II PTA commended for a variety of things.
She reported 44 flyers were sent to various nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Idaho for the old Elementary School building but they did not generate any bidders.
Randy Brown reported the Accreditation has been approved for the Jr./Sr. High School.
He also reported on discussion of Title IX compliance. The student body is currently 51% girls, 49% boys. 37% of girls and 58% of boys participated in fall sports. In the winter there are 21% of girls and 31% of boys participating, not including junior high.
The goal is to be within a 5% discrepancy. At present there are 64 participants out of 142 total students at the high school level.
He also reported that they did the Veterans Day program differently this year with assemblies at both the high school and elementary school. He said they feel this was a good idea and would be continued.
The board adjourned to an executive session at 8:04 p.m.
The next regular meeting will be Monday, December 19 at 7 p.m.