Todd Fleetwood, Ralph Bailey

Fleetwood honored by IASBO

IASBO created the Certification Program “to recognize the professional achievements of its members. In order to qualify for certification, an individual must be an IASBO member and fulfill all of the personal, ethical and professional requirements as established by IASBO.”

In other Board news:

The Board adopted the 2013 Budget, Capital Projects Fund (CPF) Plan and Bus Replacement Plan as presented by Business Manager Todd Fleetwood at a previous meeting and as advertised. The Board also adopted other yearly resolutions and appointments. 

Fleetwood also presented the third quarter budget report. The district has seen $5 million in expenses through August, therefore using 2/3 of the revenue 2/3 of the way through the year. Although the budget seems to be right on track, Fleetwood said November and December are higher expense months, so he projects expenses for 2012 to reach $7.7-$7.75 million, which is $150,000-$180,000 above the district’s $7.6 revenue for the year. Although Fleetwood and former Superintendent Steve Darnell created a cost-savings plan over the next two years, Fleetwood said the proposed savings won’t hit until September numbers are calculated because the cost-savings measures involve salaries.

Fleetwood also presented the current ADM (average daily membership) count, which is 1155.7, down about 27 students from last year’s count of 1182.58. The ADM count drives funding for the district, and Fleetwood projected the count to continue to decline. 

School Board member Tanya Young said that communities with new housing additions are seeing increased enrollment, but she feels that decreased enrollment is due to the increasing accessibility of online curriculum for homeschooling. She proposed that the Board create partnerships with local realtors to market the school district to incoming families and also to look at dual-credit opportunities.

CJSHS Assistant Principal Matt Widenhoefer presented the new School Safety and Crisis Plan to the Board. The plan is a comprehensive document that is readily available to all faculty and staff members to reference in the event of a critical situation, such as chemical warfare or a weather emergency. The document also lists local pastors who are available for prayer and counseling and a list of local businesses and churches where students could go in the event of an evacuation. 

Widenhoefer also submitted the Safe Schools and Emergency Preparedness Certification form on August 10, 2012, as required by the State Board of Education. 

CJSHS Principal Jim Folland recognized three students for “Student of the Month.” Jaydrian Clouse was recognized for being polite, responsible, respectful and helpful. Mallory Pearson was recognized for her work ethic and for class participation and politeness. Isabelle Turner was recognized for excelling in academics and helping her peers understand material. 

In personnel matters, Laurinda Speith resigned her extracurricular position as Grade 7 Girls Basketball Coach, effective immediately. The Board voted to approve the employment of Tracie Manth as a paraprofessional of intensive needs at CJSHS. Manth will retain her position as bus driver for SGCS, which will be an asset when she takes her intensive needs students out for community-based education purposes. The Board also approved Josh Moore as the JV Boys Basketball Coach for the 2012-13 school year.

CES Principal Shellie Miller presented the Board with a check for $525.48 as part of the “Take Charge of Education” grant from Target. The yearly grant is awarded based on purchases made by Target REDcard holders who designate CES or CJSHS as their school of choice. One percent of each REDcard purchase is donated to the eligible K-12 school of your choice. Miller said the grant money will be put into the student benefit fund and will be used for Minds in Motion equipment and headphones for iPads, among other things.

The Board also accepted a $60 donation from the Kuznar family to the athletic account to help with conditioning of equipment, uniform purchases or updating of facilities.

The next regularly scheduled School Board meeting will be Monday, October 15 at 7 p.m. in the Board Room of the Administrative Building.

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