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The Adams County Record Council School Board Meeting Wednesday, August 29, 2012 Page 5 New year, new budget, new schedule, new policies. Superintendent Murray Dalgleish announced that the results of the ISAT and STAR scores were excellent. The STAR rating at the elementary school was 5 out of 5, and the rating for the high school was 4 out of 5. "Some of that will translate into Pay For Performance;' Dalgleish said, adding that the school should know how much money will come in by October 15, and checks should be distributed to the teachers sometime in December. q-he accreditation audit of the school has been rescheduled for the 2014 school year to give more time to prepare, as well as to leave more resources toward creating a new five- year plan. The financial audit determined that the school district has a budget carry over of $169,000. Three quarters of the amount over $100,000 (over $51,000) goes straight to the teachers. The full audit report should be ready for review in September. $50,000 of that $169,000 has to be used to balance this year's budget. The Forest money in lieu of taxes (RAC - Resource Advisory Committee funds) has come in and the school district is expecting to get $110,00 from that. Last year the district received $99,965.93. This is a one-year authorization that has been renegotiated in Congress each year, and may or may not be renewed next year. Dalgleish and Commissioner Mike Paradis sit on the 18-person RAC Committee, and they will be applying to get money for growing greenhouse plants for the Forest Service. A couple of staff members, as well as five or six students can earn money doing this. Elementary School Principal Bonnie Thompson reported that enrollment is up slightly this year. A $1,000 wellness grant that the school received is being spent on equipment for physical activities for the kids. Thompson also acquired a $2,500 library grant to buy books for the library. Justin Getusky reported that the shop project is pretty much done. Dalgleish mentioned that the state finally signed off on the $35,000 Department of Energy grant they agreed to some time back. Everyone laughed when Getusky remarked, "So, we can start now?" The joke is that everything was already completed weeks ago to connect the biomass plant to the shop, which is what the grant is to help pay for. A new eligibility policy was debated at length, with Superintendent Dalgleish repeating his stance that no change-is necessary or desirable. After a long discussion, more light was shed on the exact nature of the policy proposal, which would essentially give students whose grades make them ineligible for extracurricular activities a longer probationary period to bring their grades up. Those involved in sports would be able to practice but not play in games during this time. The board voted to approve the new policy. It was explained that bus routes and timing are being decided, with some difficult choices necessary, concerning the costs and the amount of time that students have to spend on the buses. There will be three buses running routes this year. The board discussed how to get students to school on the Fridays when remedial classes are required or offered. A lot of flexibility will be required to accomplish this, and exactly now it will work will have to be determined according to which kids need to be at school at what times. School lunches have increased in price slightly this year. q-he price is going up from $1.80 for elementary students to $1.90, high school students will pay $2.00 instead of the previous $1.90, and the adult price will stay the same at $3.00. One parent asked what could be done so that younger students wouldn't be so hungry at the end of the day. In the discussion that followed, it was explained that Federal dollars heavily subsidize school lunches, and there are strict guidelines as to the healthfulness of the food and calories served. Principal Thompson said they would probably use grant money to provide a vegetable snack at the elementary school. The board discussed a policy change concerning the allowed number of absences that is made necessary because of the change to a four-day school week. The new policy will allow seven absences per semester before a student is in danger of losing credit. This will not apply to extracurricular activities, doctor visits, chronic illnesses, etc. The district has two old pianos that they would like to sell or give away. Pianos don't seem to be in demand, especially old ones, and the board decided to give them to anyone who will take them. (The values are not high enough to require a bid process.) In executive session the board voted to restore 50% of the-6.5% salary cut Superintendent Dalgleish received in 2009. Cambridge Principal Notes A busy week By Angle Lakey-Campbell We're back, and respectively, and will travel the teams, of getting a new scoreboard or in advertising on the inundated with student to Cascade on Thursday. You may have noticed at the football field. A sign, please contact the activities already. This The volleyball matches on that we now have a reader huge thank you goes out to Cambridge High School week is a busy week with Tuesday and Thursday will board at the high school, the Idaho Army National office. volleyball matches on begin at 6:00. On Friday q-he class of 2012 purchased Guard for donating the As a reminder, we Tuesday, Thursday and the volleyball matches will and helped install the board to our athletic will not have school on Friday and a football game begin at 5:00 in an attempt sign with the assistance of program! Donations are Monday due to the Labor on Friday. "l-he volleyball to avoid too much overlap Cambridge Telephone and being accepted for the Day holiday. Classes will teams will host Council with the football game, our maintenance staff as a installation of the sign. resume again on Tuesday. and Liberty Charter which begins at 7:00. We legacy pro)ect. If y6u are interested in Activities for next week on Tuesday and Friday, wish the best of luck to all We are also in the process helping with the project include a volleyball match at Meadows Valley on Thursday, a football game at Notus on Friday and a junior varsity volleyball tournament here on Saturday. In looking ahead, homecoming week will be September 10-15 with the homecoming dance held on the fifteenth. Senator Crapo meets with Payette Forest Coalition experience, collaborative groups yield superior results to past approaches of conflict and htigation. Crapo said he will support the recommendations and decisions of the coalition, even ff they are not consistent with his preferences. If someone initiates legislation in Congress that conflicts with the group's consensus, Senator Crapo will consider the coalitions decision the appropriate strategy. Given the nation's financial situation, the Senator's opinion is that the coalition's efforts as part of the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP) will be key to determining future appropriations. Congress will scrutinize programs to determine if they deliver the outcomes promised. Crapo expressed interest in learning more about stewardship contracts, retained receipts from stumpage sales, and allocation of a portion of the retained receipts to counties. The Steering Bx DALe. FISK On August 21, Senator Mike Crapo stolSped at New Meadows to visit with members of the Payette Forest Coalition (PFC). The group was instrumental in forming the plan for the Mill Creek / Council Mountain Landscape Restoration Project, and is now studying the Lost Creek / Boulder Creek project. Senator Crapo expressed a strong commitment to the coalitions collaborative efforts, saying that, in his Order your 8tamp= at the Adam= County Record! Personal and 6usiness stamps made to ' '( order, regular 5 self inldng auailable, or  refurbish gour old stamps. Call ordrop bg and let us assist gou. ..................  .............. Ilem stamps deliuered in as little as two i;i ............ ;::: i ; days. ................. , Fast, affordable quality Team will provide Crapo with background information on these topics and submit a letter requesting support to evaluate a policy change through legislation. Committee Reports The Roads and Recreation Infrastructure Committee held two field trips and two meetings since the last PFC meeting. Their recommendations on dispersed recreation in the Lost Creek watershed are progressing well. Additional work is needed for the road Areas. Roads could be system recommendations, dosed after logging to meet The Committee needs to the recommendations of address the question of the Road and Recreation what steps can be taken Committee. The field to improve watershed trip included examining conditions, examples of vegetation The Vegetation conditions and dispersed Committee held a field trip recreation. on August 21, primarily Payette Forest Coalition visiting sites near Lost information, updates, Valley Reservoir. The meeting notes, maps, Committee concluded photos and more can be that there are timber found at http://www. harvest opportunities in s p a t i a 1 s t o r i e s. c o m / Boulder Creek outside of PayetteForward.html the Riparian Conservation Payette Forest Coalition 7 RIVERS LIVESTOCK COMMISSION Check our website for Sale Every Tuesday in June. 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