The school board held their December meeting Monday, Dec. 16.
There was a short agenda with Jan. 15 and Feb. 19 set as the dates for the January and February meetings. The usual dates fall on holidays necessitating the change. The February board meeting will also be held at Mr. Hasselstrom’s room at the junior/senior high school.
Bus specifications were discussed. They are looking at a larger bus with underneath storage compartments to be used as the activity bus. The current activity bus would be moved to a route. Dave Shears said he would make sure they are sealed up if there are any issues there.
In the facilities update superintendent Rene’ Forsmann showed some sample photos of covered walkways that could be used for the library entrance area at the Elementary School. She said they would not stop blowing snow or rain and may not give a dry and safe sidewalk and stairs. To demonstrate, the ramp to the Elementary annex has a cover but has been snow-covered and icy many days. An alternative for both locations could be heated outdoor mats which could at least keep half of the walking surface dry and ice free for about $5,000 for the area being looked at. A covering has been estimated at about $11,000.
In reports Forsmann said they had a good turnout for the Center For Discovery Open til Midnight event as well as their Christmas Shopping Day the next day.
The Elementary concert was well-attended and considered a success.
A representative of Khan Academy visited on Nov. 22 and watched students and talked with teachers regarding how the Khan Academy math program is being used.
On Dec. 6 Melisa Bryant and Forsmann met with Patrick Branco of the hospital and discussed possible uses of the old Elementary building for the hospital. Bryant also updated them on grant availability for use as a Professional Technical School for manufacturing and health occupations. Branco said the hospital is open to thoughts of leasing space for storage and possible expansion of the physical therapy department.
Carrie Nygaard reported their Christmas Concert would be Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.
She also reported the Idaho County Shootout was held last Friday with cash donations over $4,500 and with canned food donations it was estimated over $6,000 was raised. HOSA will provide pizza for the class that had the most pounds or cans of food in grades 9-12 and the junior high drug free group will do the same for the top class in grades 7-8.
An “All School” Winter Ball is set fro Friday, Dec. 20 at the auxiliary gym from 8 to 11 p.m. Grangeville, Summit, Nezperce, Highland, C.V., Kamiah and Orofino have been invited to attend with each school to provided adult teachers/administrators to help chaperone. It’s hoped to make this a traveling dance that would be at a different school each year.
Various fundraisers are being held. The BPA and FFA are selling oranges and grapefruits while the senior class is selling raffle tickets. The high school drug-free group is holding baked food sales at the basketball games and the junior high drug-free group will be raffling off a basket donated by Inland Cellular.
The sophomores and juniors traveled to the U of I on Dec. 5 and will likely go to LCSC in the spring.
The meeting adjourned at 6:10 p.m. The next regular meeting will be Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the Elementary Computer Lab.