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Before Christmas break, the Chrisman School District held their monthly meeting on December 19th. The meeting began with approval of the previous meeting minutes and approval of financial matters that included the treasurer’s report and imprest fund reimbursement in the amount of $43,821.78.
Elementary School Principal Kelly Schluter gave her report on events that had taken place at the grade school.
Recent events included Mismatch day of December 7th, Pre-K Family Night on December 8th and K-5 Music Program on December 14th. Winter MAP Testing took place from December 12th to 16th.
The Chrisman PTO had a surprise for the students as they hosted ‘Reindeer Day’ on December 20th. Dahnke Family Farms in Martinsville brought their reindeer for the children to see. Holiday Parties also took place on the 20th.
Christmas break for all students began on December 21st with the students coming back on January 4th. Second Quarter Honors Assembly will take place on January 10th at 2:30 p.m.
Junior High/High School Principal Nicole Cox gave her report on recent events that took place in her building.
Fridays in December, the Junior High had theme days for dressing up. “Most students participated and had a lot of fun,” Cox said. The week on December 12th through 16th, was High School Spirit Week. “Each day had a different theme, students and staff had a lot of fun dressing up and getting in the holiday spirit.”
When the students come back in January, they will have no school on January 16th for Martin Luther King Day. On January 20th, there will be an SIP Early Dismissal for Staff Training on Trauma Informed Practices.
Winter MAP testing will be held on the week on January 9th. The focus will be on Math and ELA Testing for this benchmark. Homecoming will be the last week of January. More information on the festivities will be coming early in the month of January.
In the Superintendents Report, the School Facility Sales Tax Revenue brought in $14,986.58 in county sales tax revenue for the month of December. The district continues to average over $14,000 per month this fiscal year.
The following draft updates received the first reading at the November meeting. 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; 6:255, 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.
In order to assure that local taxes are not levied to pay off the parking lot bond, the Board of Education needed to approve a resolution abating those taxes. “Remember that the district is paying off the bond with a Fund 30 balance left over from a previous referendum,” Superintendent James Acklin said. “I recommend the approval of the abatement resolution as presented.”
The food warmer for the Junior High/High School Cafeteria has reached the end of its useful life. The warmer is to believed to have been purchased when the Junior High wing was built.
Chad Porter has managed to keep it going the last few years through part replacement, but it has reached a point where it can no longer be kept operable for a sustained period of time. The district received a quote from B&B Food Distribution for a new warmer at the cost of $6,371.
The district recently received suggested changes to the Junior High/High School handbook. The changes are due to changes in law and are consistent with new board policy that has just been approved.
The board approved the handbook changes. The board also approved Kayla Smith to the Elementary Certified Sub List.
Currently, the district allows fifth graders to participate in Cross Country, Track and Scholastic Bowl at a Junior High level. Mrs. Jody Kirby presented the board with the consideration of allowing participation for fifth graders in Basketball and Baseball as well.
Recently, the board received a request to use the elementary gym to house a for-profit basketball shooting clinic. “I am told that we have no allowed this type of activity in the past, but we do have a board policy that addresses for-profit activities,” Acklin said. “If this is something the board would like to consider, we will need to determine rental fees, which are not outlined in current policy.”
The school meetings for January and February are scheduled on Monday school holidays. The board had the opportunity to moving those to alternative dates.