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Page 20 Council School Board Meeting Wednesday, September 19, 2012 The Adams County Record b Having money to allocate -- a novel experience BY DALE FISK concerning the bussing The first thing one of students and non- notices when entering the students and how to high school library is a handle requests from big new TV screen and parents who would like camera extending from their children to be the ceiling. This is the new transported when the the season against Powder Valley. The volleyball girls took second place in a recent tournament. Howe said the fact that two schools in the league are still on a five-day week Elementary textbooks $2,500. High School textbooks $2,500. Add $5,000 to the transportation maintenance fund to Lncil's teachers donlt have time. insurance/inventory iPads @ $450 each: appraisal for the two offices $4000 for study island ($900), for instructional instructional software staff ($3,850), for high The above figures (in school staff ($6,600). We bold) total $43,450 would not buy these until leaving $24,022 to go we see what the state into the fund balance. is going to do with the The board approved the purchases of portables recommendations. for the high school After the Record went teachers. (Dalgleish talked to print last week, figures about what an amazing were released, updating tool iPads are and what the amourits that will teachers and students can go to district employees, do with them. He thinks showing the combined laptops will be outdated General Fund carryover soon. Bonnie Thompson plus the Forest money. said she was initial Full time employees skeptical about iPads, will each receive a total but is now seeing their of $2,344. Part time potential.) employees will get a Wireless routers in percentage of this amount both school buildingsbased on their percentage $1,000. of full time hours. $4600 to do an system that will enable Council teachers to conduct two-way remote classes with students in other schools. Previously the system was only set up to receive instruction from elsewhere. This was made possible by a grant. Superintendent Murray Dalgleish began the September 10 school" boartl meeting by reporting that this year the high school has 101 students a slight increase from 99 last year. The elementary has 131 three more than last year. He said the teachers and students are settling into the new year well. Ad)ustments are still being made to the four-day week. The first remediation day will be either September 21, 28 or October 6, and specifics for those Fridays who should be there, how long, etc., are still being worked out. Dalgleish is advocating the formation of a committee to formulate, and recommend to the school board, a five- year strategic plan for the district. He said this would require surveys of students, staff, patrons and parents. The board will make the final decision as to the specific element of the plan. Once the plan is completed, it will be used in decisions concerning budgets, hiring, the allocation of resources and more. The plan will not just be limited to academics -- although this will be a central tenet and will include facilities, staffing, technology, professional development, etc. Dalgleish said he would like to schedule the first committee meeting by the end of September. The board discussed a decision Superintendent Dalgleish had made Sheryl K Wallace children are not actively in school. Dalgleish said: "We want to be good neighbors, but I think it's the wrong precedent to set. As a courtesy, we could do this, but considering the precedent it creates, we would have to explain why we did it for some students and not for others (home school students, IVA students, etc." He said this was also the recommendation of the school's insurance company and the Idaho State Dept. of Education Transportation. An audit of the districts books has just been completed and released. Dalgleish said the audit had no surprises except for general fund carryover of $169,000. The board authorized advertising to hire a Kindergarten ald. The teacher has 17 young students and needs help to keep things running smoothly. This was anticipated in the current budget. Elementary School Principal Bonnie Thompson reported that grades 4 to 6 are really enjoying the new arrangement of moving to different classrooms and teachers. She said, "Their day goes by very quickly because they're moving around and getting a lot of exposure ~to different teaching styles." Several board members commented that they had received very positive comments on this. Thompson proudly announced, "Council Elementary was one of 78 schools in the state to receive a Five Star rating from the state on our ISAT performance." Athletic Director David Howe said the football and volleyball seasons are in full swing. The football team won its first game of makes scheduling games a challenge. Lori Edwards is working to adjust to the challenges of new federal lunch guidelines. The board approved hiring a preschool teacher. The Budget Considerable time was spent discussing the budget. As reported last week, there was an unspent carryover from last year's budget of $169,887. $50,000 will be used to balance this year's budget. Three-quarters of the amount over $100,000 ($52,415) will be divided among all staff members. This leaves $67,472. Dalgleish said: "For many years now we have cut our budgets to the bone and spent virtually no money for areas such as books, maintenance projects, carpeting classrooms, technology purchase~, etc. We have cut our budgets so short in other areas such as classroom supplies, paper, substitutes, utilities, maintenance, that we have gone over these budgets 'every years. So I suggest we replenish these areas" and bring them up to meet the demand." Dalgleish had taken a critical look at the needs with secretary Cathy Lakey, Principal Bonnie Thompson, and staff and came up with the following recommendations: Raise the Elementary supply budget from $7,500 to $10,000 ($2,500). Raise the high school supply budget from $10,000 to $12,500 ($2,500). Create a separate paper budget of $4,000. $2,000 to help pay for 70 computers. (U of I and Cambridge Telephone will pay for part of these.) Celebration of Life Saturday, September 22, 2012 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM Potluck gathering at the Senior Center in New Meadows. Bring your stories and memories. catch up on deferred maintenance over the past few years. Hire a web developer to rebuild the districtls web page ($1,500). Our web page is woefully behind in the information we need to have available for the public. It is now required by law to have certain information posted every month: the budget, board minutes, staff information/ salaries, etc. It needs to be continually updated. 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