Enrollment is close to last year
Superintendent Rene’ Forsmann reported there are 392 students enrolled this year, down a little from last year.
At the September school board meeting Monday, Sept. 16, she reported the Elementary School had 197 this year compared to 192 at the same time last year. The junior/senior high school has 195 enrolled, down from last year due mostly to the outgoing senior class being much larger than the incoming 7th grade.
Fuel bids were opened from Primeland and Coleman Oil (Nuxoll Shell). Primeland’s bid for the year based on the specs came in at $54,975 while Coleman’s was $56,018. A motion was made and passed to accept Primeland’s bid.
The board approved the annual 6th grade trip to the McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS), which is scheduled for Sept. 23-25. The trip is funded by the County.
In the public input portion of the agenda, Roy Fritts said he would like to take the old elementary school and turn it into assisted living quarters. He is currently seeking grant funds to 1) purchase the building and 2) remodel the building into either 16 one bed units or 4 two-bedroom units and 8 one-bedroom units. He plans to meet with Forsmann to go over some of the details on the building.
The meeting date for October was changed to Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 5:30 p.m. as Forsmann will be in Boise on the regular meeting date. The meeting start time will continue to be 5:30 p.m. through the rest of the fall and the winter.
The board approved school report cards for the elementary and jr./sr. high. These report cards show what each school has to offer and will be available to the public on the school district webpage at http://sd242.org.
The board also approved a differentiated pay plan to dole out the approximately $37,000 in extra payroll money the district expects to receive from the state. The plan developed was put together by the staff and needs to be submitted to the state.
In the facilities update the only thing Forsmann had to report was that they are still waiting on installation of the heatilator units at the high school.
In administrative reports Forsmann noted they served 275 meals at the Elementary open house on Sept. 4.
School pictures were taken last week and student council representatives were chosen (see photo elsewhere in this week’s Chronicle).
In her superintendent’s report she noted the school website is now up and running at a new website address as shown above. 
Wireless installation is set for Oct. 3-4. The site survey has been held and Ryan Hasselstrom is working with the technical team.
The district will be hosting another training on Oct. 3-4 for 4 other districts. About 120 teachers will be taking part.
In Carrie Nygaard’s report she said the Common Core information night was well attended with about 100 people. There was some great input both for and against while some misconceptions were dispelled.
She attended an accreditation meeting Sept. 11 at Lewiston. Prairie was granted a new 5-year term of accreditation by the Advanc-ED Accreditation Commission.
First grade check for athletes is Sept. 20.
Knowledge Bowl kicked off their season with a trip to Kamiah, Monday, Sept. 16. Next meet is at Nezperce Sept. 30.
An International Day is planned through LCSC on Oct. 17.
The PSAT is set for Oct. 16 for all sophomores and some juniors. 
Information was shared on the Idaho Youth Challenge Academy which is located at the old school in Pierce, Idaho in this area.
This is also Homecoming Week and part of Nygaard’s report was a list of Homecoming Week activities.
The board meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m. As stated earlier, the October board meeting will be Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 5:30 p.m.

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