The school board met Tuesday, Feb. 19 at the junior/senior high school and accepted a couple of resignations from long-time teachers.
Janet Richardson resigned as an elementary school teacher and Tandy Savage from the junior high.
The board also approved a sports co-op with Grangeville for tennis.
In the facilities update Superintendent Rene’ Forsmann went over several building needs. At the Elementary School she reported the copper fencing will be taken our and sold. She would like to see new fencing installed this year. Sidewalks will be replaced from the road to the entrance to the library this summer. Also a new bike rack and concrete pad will be installed.
At the Jr./Sr. High School the steps to the lower level will be replaced. The dish counter and the flooring in the kitchen will be replaced as well. The district has received $2600 in donations for this project. Several sinks and faucets will also be replaced.
Sealcoating on the upper parking lots will cost approximately $3500. Sealcoating can also be done on the driveway for an additional $3,500.
Forsmann reported costs quoted for the above list of items at both schools comes to about $32,000. There are also several other items being looked at for summer projects.
After discussion Gus Hoene made a motion to approve the summer projects up to a maximum of $50,000 from the MAFA (basically the maintenance) funds. The motion was seconded by Lynn Guyer and approved by the board.
In administrative reports Forsmann reported that students in grades 3-8 spent Friday, Feb. 8 at the ski hill and things went very well.
Hunter safety and the spelling bee went well. Megan Hohman was the spelling bee winner and will compete at Lewiston on March 16 at 1:30 p.m. in the LCSC Williams Conference Center.
In her superintendent’s report she reported she attended the Idaho Education Technology Association annual conference in late January where she heard other districts talk about their programs and got to visit with state department personnel.
She said she is continuing with iPad training. Andrea Brannan provides a 1-hour bi-weekly session with classes ending March 13. She will continue to work at getting iPads for board members and hopes to have them available for the April meeting.
She had Denise Uhlenkott check with other districts on what they pay their auditors.
Carrie Nygaard reported that Beka Bruner is proposing Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe recycling program for her senior project. She is looking at gathering up to 2500 pairs of old sneakers to be recycled.
PHS hosted the district wrestling on Feb. 16.
The 8th graders took the NAEP test on Feb. 25. This test will compare Idaho against other states. We will not get any individual school results.
The state Technology Student (TSA) and Business Professionals of America (BPA) competitions will be March 7 in Boise.
ICYC will be held March 8-10.
Prairie hosted the junior high volleyball tournament on Feb. 23.
Spring sports first practices were Feb. 22.
PHS hosts Knowledge Bowl and Monday, March 11.
Pi Math Day will be March 14. (Pi being 3.14…) Math classes will have activities focused on pi and each teacher will have a jar of money in their rooms. The two teachers with the most money will get a pie in the face at the end of the day.
The school will be used the evening of March 15 and all day March 16 for EMT certification. The written exam will be Friday evening with the practical portion of the test on Saturday.
Accreditation will be held March 20-21. Lynn Guyer and Aaron Hinkelman were the lucky draws to be interviewed by the leadership team. Guyer accepted but Hinkelman was not in attendance at the meeting and will be contacted.
Missoula Children’s Theatre will be using the gym for practice the week of March 18 with performances set for the end of that week.
March 27 will be the annual showcase night and will start at 5 p.m. Haystacks will be served starting at 5 p.m. and there will be a senior project meeting with all junior students and their parents at 6 p.m.
The board moved into executive session for principal evaluation at 6:45 p.m. After reconvening to open session at 7:03 p.m. Hoene made a motion to offer Nygaard a 2-year contract starting with the 2013-14 school year. The motion was seconded by Pat Alfrey and approved by the board.
The meeting adjourned at 7:04 p.m. The next regular meeting will be Monday, March 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the Elementary Computer Lab.