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The Chrisman School Board held their monthly meeting on Monday, November 21st. The meeting began with approval of the previous meeting minutes along with financial matters including the treasurer’s report and imprest fund reimbursement in the amount of $5,497.71.
Recent events at Chrisman Elementary were provided by Principal Kelly Schluter. The popular dress up day was held on November 2nd. Students were to dress up as their favorite movie character. On November 11th, the students participated in Veteran’s Day activities.
Upcoming events include Thanksgiving Break from November 23rd to November 25th; Preschool Family Night on December 8th from 6:00 p.m. To 7:00 p.m and the Christmas Program for Kindergarten through fifth grade on December 14th at the High School at 6:30 p.m.
The district is still in search of sub drivers and drivers for extra curricular events. Snow Route information will also be sent out to parents by the end of the month. Fall MAP scores were given to parents at the end of the first quarter and discussed during parent teacher conferences that were held mid-October.
Upcoming events at the Junior High/High School include the Band Concert on November 30th at 6:00 p.m.; Early Dismissal on December 5th at 2:05 p.m.; the Christmas in Chrisman parade on December 7th at 7:00 p.m.; Semester Exams will be on December 19th and 20th with early dismissal at 2:05 p.m; Christmas Vacation will be December 21st through January 2nd and Teacher In service will be on January 3rd.
The Building Leadership team met on November 4th to review date from the MAPS testing to make a plan based on that data. From that review, the team concluded that two areas of improvement are Informational Text and Vocabulary. “The plan to developed to target these areas is to have all students exposed to more informational texts in all classes and to implement an initiative to read informational texts in home room on Wednesdays,” Principal Nicole Cox said. “Mrs. Mason and Mr. Lee are assigning articles for each of the schools to read on Wednesdays and students will either answer questions over the text or write a short summary of the article.”
Students who participate in the activity will be entered into a weekly drawing. This will not only expose students to more informational text, but also to more robust vocabulary in the articles.
The team also plans to implement Moby Max as an Rtl program for student who fall behind benchmark on the MAP testing. This is a research based intervention that is adaptive to the students current levels in ELA and Math, depending on the students’ individual needs.
Gateway Family Services has begun meeting with students with parental permission in a program called ‘Sur+Thrive’.
The program’s goals are to support mental and emotional needs, learn practical strategies for addressing and managing stress and to learn positive virtues to be successful in the classroom, home and the community. The group meet on Wednesday afternoons at all three buildings.
The School Facilities Tax Revenue numbers came in for the month of November. The amount came to $13,210.31. The district continues to average over $14,000 per month this fiscal year.
The district is currently in the process of applying for a Federal Disaster Mitigation Assistance Grant, which would allow them to potentially spend money towards a replacement sign for the front of the High School. Watchfire Signs provided a quote of $35,449 to replace the current sign.
The Ford fleet priced vehicles that was discussed at last months meeting will now be available until at least a year from now. In the meantime, Chad Porter has found a good used from at a dealership in Indianapolis. The board was given the information on the truck to consider the purchase of a 2013 Ford F-250 with 125,000 miles for a total of $21,879.00
If the truck is purchased, a decision will then need to be made regarding the plow. Ron’s Equipment has quoted the district a range of $1,800 to $2,200 to install the old plow on the 2013 Ford. Alternatively, a new plow installed on that vehicle will cost $6,756.00
In matters of new business, the auditor has provided confirmation that the district is in a strong position financially. Cover letters were provided to the board, listing areas of improvement, though each has already been addressed. The full annual report was available at the meeting. The total extension request for the Tentative 2022 Tax Levy represented an increase over the 2021 extension of 4.99%. The average increase in EAV over the last five years is 3.90%. The tentative levy has been approved.
Recently, the district received suggested board policy updates from PRESS. The changes are due to changes in law, or may not be substantive or include changes only to legal references. The draft updates include: 2:100- Board Member Conflict of Interest; 2:105- Ethics and Gift Ban; 2:210- Organizational School Board Meeting; 2:265- Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedure; 4:10- Fiscal and Business Management; 4:140- Waiver of Student Fees; 4:165- Awareness and Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Grooming Behaviors; 5:20- Workplace Harassment Prohibited; 5:120- Employee Ethics, Code of Professional Conduct and Conflict of Interest; 5:220- Substitute Teachers; 5:250- Leaves of Absence; 5:280- Duties and Qualifications; 5:320- Evaluation; 5:330- Sick Days, Vacation, Holidays and Leaves; 6:15- School Accountability; 6:20- School Year Calendar and Day; 6:250- Community Resource Persons and Volunteers; 6:225- Assemblies and Ceremonies; 6:260- Complaints About Curriculum, Instructional Materials and Programs; 6:310- High School Credit for Non-District Experiences, Course Substitutions, Re-Entering Students; 6:340- Student Testing and Assessment Program; 6:60- Curriculum Content; 6:65- Student Social and Emotional Development; 7:100- Health, Eye and Dental Examinations; 7:180- Prevention of and Response to Bullying, Intimidation and Harassment; 7:250- Student Support Services; 7:285- Anaphylaxis Prevention, Response and Management Program; 7:290- Suicide and Depression Awareness and Prevention; 7:340- Student Records; 7:50- School Admissions and Student Transfers To and From Non-District Schools; 7:70- Attendance and Truancy.