USD 410 board looks at ways to improve students? education

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN JULIE ANDERSON
At their Monday meeting, the USD 410 Board of Education discussed ways

to improve schools by taking students out of class less often and

changing parent-teacher conferences.



HHS Principal Glen Suppes talked to the board about concerns he
has

heard about the loss of instructional time.



According to Suppes, students are taken out of class more in the

spring than during the fall. The biggest reason is golf, but also

because of softball and baseball.



?We?re challenged to look at this issue over and over,? he said.



Suppes encouraged administrators to look at the issue and be aware
of

what is going on. He said action wasn?t necessarily, but members

should be aware of the situation.



Suppes suggested they could consider alternating coaches so that

taking coaches out of the building didn?t interfere with class.



?One of the opportunities I get to do this year is a
loss-of-school

survey,? James Thomas, activities director, said.



He will be doing a survey of who is leaving the building and at
what

times. Thomas plans to have the information for the board by the
June

meeting.



The board also approved some changes in the parent-teacher
schedule

for next year in hopes of benefiting students.



The elementary school will hold a second conference in the spring
on

Feb. 8 and 9 to update parents on the progress of the students.



The middle school moved its first conference to Oct. 9 and the
high

school wants the staff to be committed to contacting each parent

during the second semester, although no conference will be
scheduled

on the calendar.



The board also was given an overview of the building improvement

team?s work this year by Darrell Knoll, team leader.



Some things the team looked at were planning work days, discussing

building procedural issues and encouraging communication between

faculty and committees such as Stucco and Renaissance.



The committee also looks at scheduling concerns and parent-teacher

conferences.



The committee is also concerned about meeting building goals and

making sure those goals meet state requirements.



To help keep track of students? progress, the committee provided

training for the teachers on Microsoft Excel. Each teacher will be

responsible for keeping students? scores. This will allow the
school

to keep its profile information current.



In other business, the board:



— granted permission for the middle school administration and
teaching

staff to attend the National Middle School Conference in St. Louis

next fall.



— accepted Glen Suppes resignation as high school principal. The
board

also accepted the resignations of Rene Matz as high school

cheerleading sponsor and Janelle Klaasen from the elementary
school

food service position.



— approved issuing a classified employee contract to Jerry
Hinerman to

serve as district business manager and board clerk for the 2000-01

school year. The board also approved issuing a teaching contract
to

Anita Boese to serve as high school/middle school media
specialist.



— accepted the low bid from Data Pro Corporation for computers
and

equipment. The bid was $25,863 for 37 computers and $2,850 for two

monitors, two video adapters and 25 hard drives.



— were updated on the plan to remodel the offices. Because of a
change

of ratings in the

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