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Chatfield looks to wrap up school year


By Mitchell Walbridge

Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Education

The Chatfield School Board meeting opened on May 19 with four members present along with principals Craig Ihrke and Randy Paulson and Superintendent Ed Harris.

Both principals thanked the music department for the effort put in for the spring concerts. Also, both commented on MCA testing scores that have risen significantly from this year’s testing cycle.

Kadin Hill was present at the meeting representing the Chatfield Student Senate. Hill said that elections have taken place for next year’s student senate members.

Reading specialist Elissa Johnsrud was present at the meeting to give an update on both the Action 100 program and Reading Research projects. Both programs have had a great year in supporting students’ academic growth. For the remainder of the school year they will continue to close in on their goals.

Technology integration advisor Kristy Cook was also in attendance. Cook thanked the board for the opportunity to fill her new role this school year and looks forward to next year. Cook said that many parents, students and school staff have completed a clarity survey that will help set up what componentns of technology integration can be focused on next year. Cook will also be hosting a number of training sessions for staff over the summer.

Next year all 9th grade students will be required to bring their own device. This step is a follow-up to the district’s 1 to 1 iPad program. If families need financial assistance, they can reach out to the school for further guidance.

A representative from the Chatfield Center for the Arts was at the meeting to give an update on the status of the Center. With money expected from the state’s bonding bill, infrastructure improvements on the CCA are expected to get underway. On the list are installation of better restroom facilities, the addition of an atrium/foyer area, and handicap accessibility.

Superintendent Harris extended his congratulations to the CCA for its accomplishments. Harris also shared 2014 key legislative outcomes in his report to the board. There is new revenue available for an addition $25 per student, funding for teacher evaluation implementation support, and full funding for reduced lunch families. To conclude, Harris stated that a budget preview will be available at the June school board meeting.

Consent Items

The following were approved unanimously by the school board:

•April 15, 2014 special meeting and April 21, 2014 regular meeting.

•Junior high football coach position.

•Posting of junior high football coach position pending numbers.

•Resignation of Karen Forde, high school paraprofessional.

•Posting for elementary summer school teachers and paraprofessionals.

•Food service management contract with Taher for the 2014-2015 school year.

•Posting Ag instructor.

•Elementary custodial position.

•School board meeting date change to Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

•Resignation of Adam Hurley, high school paraprofessional.

•Resignation of Adam Hurley, 8th grade boys basketball coach.

•Posting of 8th grade boys basketball coach position.

•Ag instructor Tim Willette.

Future Meetings/Events

•May 26, 2014: Memorial Day, No School

•May 30, 2014: End of 4th Quarter, Early Out, Staff Development Day

•June 1, 2014: Graduation Day at 1:30 p.m.

•June 16, 2014: Regular school board meeting at 7 p.m.

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