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Chatfield School Board discusses passage of levy

Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Education

At the monthly Chatfield school board meeting on November 21, 2011, a wide variety of topics were brought in front of the board. All board members were present at the meeting along with Superintendent Edward Harris and other school administrators. Some of the main items on the agenda were the superintendent's presentation, high school Principal Randy Paulson's presentation, and the 2010-2011 financial report.

A topic of discussion at the meeting was the recent passage of the school's two operating levy questions on the November 8 ballot. The first question, to renew the school's operating levy, passed with a reasonable margin between the "yes" and "no" votes. However, the second question, to add additional revenue to maintain current program and staff levels, was closer in "yes" and "no" votes. Ultimately, the school ended up conducting a recall on Friday, November 18. The recount proved to be identical to the first counting. Superintendent Harris thanked all of the election judges, volunteers, and the school attorney for their help with the process.

Secondary principal Randy Paulson mentioned new initiatives in the high school at the November meeting. One of these new programs includes the ninth grade noon tutoring program headed by math instructor Jeff DeBuhr. This program allows students to receive more help with their academics during the day. Also, the high school is updating the school's wood shop by replacing some of the utilities. This will allow the school's wood shop to become an even more flexible learning environment. To conclude, Paulson explained and compared the district's MCA scores to other schools in the Three Rivers area.

In the end of the meeting, financial auditor Alan Anderson spoke to the board for the district's annual audit report. Similar to last year's audit report, Anderson stated that the school has done an exceptional job at tracking and balancing expenditures with incoming revenues. Again, the district's student activity accounts all reported positive balances for the 2010-2011 year. This is the same as the activity accounts were a year ago. Overall, Anderson was impressed with Chatfield's record for the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

To conclude the meeting, the board recognized the Thanksgiving holiday break for November 23, 24, 25. Also recognized was the next monthly meeting set for December 19, 2011.

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