School Board meets
The school board held their regular September meeting Monday, Sept. 17.
Two bus bids were opened from Harlow and Western Mt. Bus. Western appeared to be the low bidder but Dave Shears will look at the bids to make sure both have everything requested. The board passed a motion to follow Shears’ recommendation.
CIPA regulations were approved with no more changes.
The upcoming MOSS trip for 6th graders was discussed. It is set for Oct. 17-19 and is paid for by the Idaho County Commissioners. Chaperons have been lined up.
Enrollment data was reviewed. The district has right at 400 students enrolled. There will be 4 Summit students taking part in the Idaho Distance Learning.
A resignation was accepted from Becky Higgins for the 7th grade boys basketball coaching position. Later in the meeting Ed Holthaus was approved for hire to fill that position.
Kristi Pentzer was approved for hire as an elementary tutor. She will work in the Kindergarten and preschool.
Desiree Gehring was approved as the GEAR Up Aide.
The board approved starting the procedures required to offer the old Kindergarten building for sale. 
Tabitha Sonnen and Lynn Rehder gave a food service update. With all the changes required from the federal government on what they can serve they’ve seen a dropoff on students eating hot lunches. Sonnen has been interacting with the students about their thoughts and options. At the high school they have been offering a salad each day which seems to be a popular option. They may also look at an afternoon snack.
In the facilities report the roof and other damage at the high school from the July hailstorm was discussed. The roof at the front of the elementary also needs some work as it appears there may be some dry rot. 
A parent group from the Grangeville Ward of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints did a clean up day at the old elementary which included removing fencing, trimming old shrubs and cleaning the gym and bleachers. They painted the west side of the field house and trimmed around the school. In all they spent 3 to 4 hours working. 
A new sign for Prairie Junior/Senior High School courtesy of Sonesa Lundmark and her art classes.
In administrative reports Rene’ Forsmann reported the Open House and Book Fair went well with nearly 90% attendance of parents.
Individual and class pictures were taken Sept. 11-12.
They have started email their Newswatch to families and teachers are emailing classroom news. Only 3 families do not have email addresses.
Carrie Nygaard reported the IEN courses are up and running with Nezperce and Kamiah. Reception and transmission has been good. Spanish and Agricultural Business classes are being taught.
She also reported that 65 high school students have enrolled for dual credit courses through LCSC.
Juniors and seniors will attend the Career Expo set for Oct. 3 at the Fairgrounds.
The alcohol/drug free group will be traveling to Silverwood Oct. 6. About 40 students will be attending.
Lydia Deiss was present with the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of service, dedication, support and advancement of students at the fall counselor meetings in Lewiston.
The meeting adjourned at 8:07 p.m. The next regular meeting will be Monday, October 15 at 7 p.m.

Cottonwood, Idaho 83522


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