Board OKs day off to reward state test scores

Following the meeting with Sen. Jay Emler and Rep. Bob Brookens, the USD 411 Board of education addressed the business agenda for its regular Nov. 14 meeting.

The board:

? voted not to have school Nov. 23 as a reward for high scores on state assessment tests.

?Our students did a super job,? Superintendent John Fast said about both buildings attaining the standard of excellence.

Board president Dan Miller thanked the administration, faculty, staff and students.

? heard Scott Boden, principal for the junior high and high school, report that the FFA chapter is exploring a Numana Swipe Out Hunger event.

? heard Boden say the high school student council is planning several service activities for its community service day. In addition to raking leaves for Goessel residents, high school students asked to give up the privilege of watching a video in order to go to the grade school to read to elementary students.

? approved Garrett Hiebert as the third high school boys? basketball coach. Hiebert also is the junior high boys? basketball coach. Boden said the coaches will work out scheduling for practice times.

? heard a suggestion to add speed bumps on the school?s driveway.

? heard that new equipment has arrived for the inter-active television classroom.

?The new screens are already in place,? Boden said, adding, ?The students already appreciate that.?

Cameras are next, he said.

? heard Fast commend parents for ?an outstanding turnout for parent-teacher conferences.? He said nearly 100 percent of the parents came to the meetings.

? heard from Fast that Nov. 22 will be Grandparents? Day in the third-grade class taught by Dale Wiens.

? listened to a special education report from Kelly Booton, who represents the district on the Marion County Special Education Cooperative. He said the board listened to a presentation by a psychologist and discussed sprinklers in MCSEC building.

? heard board member Darla Meysing and Fast report about The Learning Consortium. Fast said the monthly rate for Internet service will drop to $150 and thanked Moundridge Telephone Co. for the savings.

Fast said even though the rate is dropping, ?our capacity and speed will quadruple.?

? listened as Fast highlighted items on the monthly statement list, including plumbing work at the grade school because of a leaky faucet, and the purchase of a Smart Board for the resource room, a steamer for the kitchen, and an institutional can opener for the grade school kitchen.

? heard district treasurer Chet Roberts explain how the state cuts in the school budget have affected capital outlay. He commended the board for its budget efforts.

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