The school board approved going out for bid on the former Kindergarten Building at the October meeting held Monday, Oct. 15.
The board also approved the bus bid submitted by Western Mounting for a Thomas Bus.
Approved for hire as a bus driver was Rod Eckert for the Graves Creek route.
Mitchell Marx from Presnell Gage PLLC was present for the annual auditorís report. One recommendation he made was to have the District Clerk do the billing accounting for the hot lunch program with the current manager continuing to manage the rest of the program. His thinking is that the clerk should be doing all of the schoolís accounting work.
Marx also commented that he started with the school district in 1986 and Denise Uhlenkott started in 1987. He said Denise is always prepared and ready for the audit. 15 years ago he had 5 school districts. Due to staff changes at Presnell-Gage, he kept only the Cottonwood School District because of Denise.
The board passed a motion to accept the report.
Later in the meeting the board discussed the auditorís recommendation on the food service accounting.
In the facilities update it was reported that the high school kitchen flooring needs repairs. They have received $2400 in anonymous donations to help with this. Superintendent Reneí Forsmann was asked to come back with ideas and costs. It was voted to accept the donation and move forward.
They are also looking into the high school roofing, in particular the membrane.
Forsmann reported Avista currently has a rebate program for lighting. Jake Forsmann was to meet with Avista on the 17th to discuss options.
The Education Propositions on the ballot were discussed. There was to be a forum at Grangeville on Oct. 17.
In the Elementary prinicipalís report Mrs. Forsmann reported that progress reports went out Oct. 3.
Caleb Butler and Lane Schumacher, attendance winners for September, went to lunch with the principal on Oct. 3.
The high school cheerleaders held a one-day cheer camp for elementary children with 31 students participating.
In the high school report the state banners at the gym were discussed. Della Gehring met with Carrie Nygaard and the Booster Club. It was decided to place all the Dairyman banners above the stage, put the black sports banners on the south wall and advertising banners on the north wall. The Track & Field records board will move back into the foyer. The stairwell will hold the non-sports black banners such as for HOSA, TSA, Debate, etc. A trophy cabinet will be built to hold the 1st Place Trophies.
Nygaard reported Homecoming Week went very well.
The Career Expo was a success with all high school students attending.
On Oct. 10th the State PTE (professional-technical education) Representatives were on campus to do an audit of the HOSA classes and for Graphic Arts Both reviews went very well. A written overview should be received in about 2 weeks. In addition they feel Sheri Dalyís program is a ďrole modelĒ and they may ask her to assists with other areas of the state to get them up and running.
The Scratch Lotto competition is set for Lewiston on Oct. 23 with select faculty to attend.
Fall junior high sports concluded during the week with junior high boys basketball to begin in early November.
Nov. 3 the honor band and choir will be at Lewiston for a competition.
Parent-teacher conferences are set for Nov. 7 and 8.
In her superintendentís report Forsmann noted she would be attending a Federal Programs meeting in Moscow on Wednesday, Oct. 17 and a superintendentís meeting on the 18th.
She reported she also attended an advisory board meeting for the Region II Academy. The Academy is serving 22 schools and 247 students.
In the last business of the meeting a motion was made and approved to move the meeting time up to 5:30 p.m. at future meetings.
The meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.
The next meeting will be Monday, November 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the PES computer lab.