The school board held their regular November meeting Monday, Nov. 18.
David Shears expressed that he felt they could use a new bus. He said the 01 bus being used on the Keuterville route is having a lot of money put into it in repairs. He would like to take the current activity bus, 05-5, and put it on the Keuterville route and get a new activity bus. Possibly with underneath storage compartments. This would also be a larger bus, 59-60 passenger.
The board asked Shears to get a proposal together for the next meeting.
Board members that attended the Idaho School Board Association convention in Coeur d’Alene recently discussed the workshops they attended.
In the facilities update superintendent Rene’ Forsmann reported the Jr./Sr. High School now has wireless connectivity throughout the building but they are asking the company to come back and add more access points as there are some problems due to it being a brick building. This work is paid for by a grant.
She has also asked Rhonda Wemhoff to draw up a plan for covering the entryway to the elementary library. She is also looking into possible updates to shelves, drawers, cabinets, etc. for classrooms. She would like to put a plan together to work on updating classrooms over the next three years.
In her principal report she noted that high school physical science students along with teacher Liz McLeod took K-2 students though mini-science stations on Nov. 11. The younger students were then asked to draw or write what they learned.
In her superintendent’s report she noted that she has been attending a lot of meetings lately. She went to the school board convention along with Gus Hoene, Tara Klapprich and Aaron Hinkelman Nov. 6-8. She then had an Idaho Leads meeting on Nov. 11 where they were walked through the new Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test that will replace the ISAT. Jeff Martin, Patty Hinkelman, Carrie Nygaard, Sherry Holthaus and Kim Schumacher attended this with her.
On Nov. 12-13 she and Nygaard attended training on teacher evaluation.
She reported they also had Tom Luna visit the Jr./Sr. High School.
Nygaard reported they had the safety inspection Monday and passed without anything being written up.
She reported they have 20 girls out for basketball and 12 to 14 cheerleaders. There are enough cheerleaders they may split them up into JV and Varsity squads.
Juniors will be taking the ASVAB test Wednesday, Dec. 4. This is an aptitude battery that helps measure strength/weakness in academics as well as likes/dislikes in career fields.
She also reported that the school is working with Pacific Cabinets and others to find students with employable skills that are not necessarily looking at going to college.
Daddy Date Night is set for this Sunday at the cafeteria.
She also reported on the FFA students who competed at the U of I recently. They did well and are looking to expand to other competitions.
The school concert dates have been set. The Elementary School Concert will be Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 1 p.m. while the Junior/Senior High School Concert will be Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.
The meeting adjourned at 6:37 p.m. The next regular meeting is set for Monday, Dec. 16 at 5:30 p.m.