The School Board held their regular December meeting Monday, Dec. 17, with Idaho County Commissioner Jim Chmelik in attendance.
Chmelik was representing the American Lands Council gave a history of the council and discussed a possible funding source for the county. The Council feels that states should be the ones to control what are now federal lands.
In regular board business it was decided to move the January meeting to Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 5:30 p.m. They will decide what to do with the February meeting next month. They will also look at holding the February meeting at the high school so that the board can tour the facility.
Jeff Martin’s resignation as driver’s education instructor was approved by the board.
The regional ISBA meeting was discussed. There are a lot of new legislators and many of them were at the meeting. There were several ISBA resolutions that have all been consolidation into one.
In the facilities update superintendent Rene’ Forsmann reported the gym lights will be replaced during Christmas break.
John Schmidt of Avista got the lighting fixed at the high school. He added a pole in the upper lot and replaced lights in the lower lot where students part.
Vinyl in the high school will be done in the spring or summer instead of during the break due to issues with water.
Forsmann discussed a meeting with Joe Cladahous and Melissa Bryant regarding the old elementary school. She also reported that the real estate agents believe the price should go down. After some discussion Gus Hoene suggested they go with $150,000 for the Kindergarten Building only, $175,000 if the land is included and keep the Elementary building as is for now. A motion was made and passed to that effect.
In administrative reports Carrie Nygaard reported the Knowledge Bowl team is doing well, taking second at C.V. and only 1 point out of first among 20 teams. The next meet is January 14 at Grangeville.
There was a GEAR-Up field trip on Nov. 29 with the students visiting the U of I.
The Christmas Concert is set for Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.
The Idaho County Shootout was held last Friday at Grangeville with Prairie winning the competition.
Spanish classes were to travel to Kamiah on Tuesday to sing Christmas carols and eat lunch at Palenque’s.
The shop classes have been building book cases and trophy cases for the school.
Forsmann reported the Center For Discovery held their shopping day with junior high students and some staff helping to wrap gifts.
Elementary and junior high teachers have been training on using iPads. Andrea Brannan is the instructor. Classes are held every two weeks on Wednesdays and will continue through March 13.
The Kindness Rocks group attended a play in Lewiston Dec. 8.
The Elementary concert was a great success with a full house.
A group of 6th graders will visit the Idaho County Commissioners Dec. 19 to share what they learned at MOSS and thank the commissioners for funding the trip.
On Dec. 20 junior high students will be reading books to the preschool, Kindergarten and first grade students. The students from Mrs. Eckert’s Language Arts classes created the stories they will read.
In her superintendent report Forsmann reported on attending the regional ISBA meeting with Della Gehring and Pat Alfrey.
She said they are working on some upcoming trainings for January and February with Nezperce, Highland and Prairie working together at these trainings which will focus on assessment.
The meeting adjourned at 7:03 p.m. The next regular meeting will be Wednesday, January 23 at 5:30 p.m.