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District News Update July 9, 2014

During the July 4 holiday weekend, I had an opportunity to talk with many District 145 residents. These conversations reinforced the significant role that education, and our school district plays in the communities we serve. Former graduates shared stories of their school memories, and grandparents spoke of the importance of education for their children and grandchildren. Current students talked about their summer activities, and even admitted they missed school (or at least missed seeing their teachers and friends). Education literally touches the lives of everyone, and with that in mind, preparations are being made by district personnel to make the next school year better than the previous one! The count down is underway towards the start of the new school year. Supplies and materials have been ordered, deliveries are being made, facilities are being cleaned. Every day is a great day to be a Viking!

July Board of Education Meeting

The July Board of Education meeting brought many decisions that will have a direct impact on the upcoming school year. At the July 7 regular meeting, the Board received a report from Carleen Dowding, Transportation Director, about the 284,442 miles traveled this past year. She is working with District 145 Business Manager Robin Hoffman to purchase two new busses as part of the proposed budget for the 2014-15 school year. 

A donation was accepted from Horizon Bank (nearly $5,000) that will pay for the district's School Messenger alert system for the upcoming school year.

The Board took action to:

1. Approve the purchase of math curriculum resources for grades K-5. Click here for details.

2. Continue using the services of Ameritas as the fiscal agent for bond underwriting services for district facility and related projects.

3. Approve the second reading of 13 different policies; including prohibiting E-cigarettes on district property; an amendment to the student concussion policy; an amendment to the student attendance policy to comply with legislative mandates.

4. As required by law, the Board reaffirmed Policy 5033 Student Fees, Policy 1235 Parental Involvement, and reviewed the Anti-Bullying policy.

5. Set 2014-15 district facility rental/use rates (no change in rates).

6. Set the 2014-15 cross-town transportation fee at $85.00 per individual and $110.00 per family annually, payable at the School District Office. No rate increase.

7. Set the 2014-15 breakfast/hot lunch prices. Click here for details.

8. Approve extra-duty personnel assignments for 2014-15.

9. Approve an inter-local agreement for the LIFE program with Ashland-Greenwood Public Schools establishing the student tuition rate for the 2014-15 school year.The alternative education program in Waverly has been accepting students from Ashland-Greenwood since the program’s inception in 2004.

10. Set the 2014-15 tuition rate for non-resident students.

11. Accept the milk bid from Pairieland Dairy and accept the bid from Roberts Dairy for all other dairy products.

The Board of Education discussed considering a resolution to present a bond issue to district patrons on the November election ballot. The purpose of the proposed bond issue is providing identified district improvements. Board members discussed that the cost of these projects will likely increase over time. The selected projects are necessary and will have a long-term impact on the district. 

The areas of emphasis that have been prioritized include:

Safety and Security

  • Implement solutions to secure buildings entrances and control all other building access in every school.  Solutions may vary at each school and may include remodel of office and/or commons area spaces to provide direct line of sight to entrances.
  • Upgrade camera system to utilize technology to enhance security in high-priority areas.
  • Renovate facilities to improve safety, such as replacing exterior doors as necessary, replacing interior flooring as necessary, replacing exterior surfaces as necessary to improve the safety of school grounds.

Technology

  • Expand the capacity of the district’s fiber network to ensure timely delivery of curriculum content to all district locations. Provide the ability to support an anywhere/anytime use of collaborative and creative software environments.
  • Upgrade wireless infrastructure for every classroom and instructional area, as necessary.
  • Provide classrooms access to equipment essential for interaction with digital curriculum content.

Facilities and Infrastructure

  • Invest in facility upgrades to provide learning environments that meet programming needs and promotes equity in all district facilities.
  • Consider potential future utilization when renovating existing facilities, in order to accommodate needs of students, district, and community.

The August 4 Board of Education meeting will be held at the district office.

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