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Chrisman district moves forward with solar panels

The Chrisman School Board held their monthly meeting on the rescheduled date of January 17th.
The meeting began with the approval of the consent agenda, along with approval of financial matters. The financial matters included the treasurer’s report, payroll, bills and imprest fund reimbursement of $5,057.54.
At the elementary school, recent events included Teacher’s Institute on January 3rd, School Spirit Day on January 4th, Second Quarter Honors Assembly on January 10th ,No School on January 16th and a 11:40 a.m. Early Dismissal on January 20th.
Upcoming events includes Good Behavior Parties on January 27th, Pajama Parties on February 1st, Third Quarter Midterms on February 6th and Preschool Family Night on February 9th.
A technician from Midwest has been at the Elementary School. “He has been working on a variety of issues that we have with Bus 7. That is a bus that we own,” Principal Kelly Schluter said. “We have been using that bus for daily routes and extra curricular activities because Bus 2 has been at Allerton since November.”
Snow Route information has been posted and routes are running well. Winter Star tests are now complete. IAR Testing Window for third, fourth and fifth grade in March 6th- April 21st. Schluter stated she will be working on a schedule for this soon.
During their ALICE Training last year, Police Chief Tom Dolan spoke with Schluter about the possibility of having a keypad/keycard system at the elementary building.
“For safety purposes and convenience for emergency personnel, he would like to see us have something similar to the Junior High/High School building,” Schluter said.
Upcoming Events at the Junior High/High School, January 23rd to 27th will be Homecoming Week. Game/Battle of the Classes will take place on the 27th with the dance on the 28th. January 30th through February 3rd will be Junior High Spirit Week with a dance on the third.
Fire Department training in the Junior High will take place from February 10th-12th, FCCLA Week will be February 13th-17th. FFA Week will be February 21st-24th.
Winter MAP testing was held the week of January 9th. The focus was on Math and ELA Testing for this benchmark. “We saw significant growth for many students,” Principal Nicole Cox said.
New this month, the district will be featuring a member of their staff for the Staff Spotlight. For the month of January, the choice was Jennifer Honnold. Honnold is the Ag Teacher, FFA Sponsor, Assistant JH Girls Basketball Coach, Assistant JH Girls Volleyball Coach and Junior Class Sponsor in her first year at CHS.
The district received a total of $14,615.15 in county sales tax revenue this month. This continues the average of over $14,000 per month this fiscal year. Currently, the district has nearly a $465,000 balance in Fund 60 available for facility projects.
The framework and panels have been installed at the elementary campus for the solar project. The framework continues to be installed at the JH/HS campus. “Trenching to provide a bath for the power connection to both buildings will proceed as weather permits,” Superintendent James Acklin said. “The transformers are on back order and will probably be the last part of installation prior to this project going online. We care cautiously optimistic that our systems will be producing power sometime in April.”
Periodically, the Board of Education is asked to review Executive Session minutes to determine if there is a continuing need for confidentiality, as well as to approve the destruction of verbatim records. Acklin recommended the release of Executive Session minutes from July of 2022 to December of 2022 as well as the destruction of verbatim records of closed sessions prior to July of 2021.
With minimum wage increasing to $13.00 per hour, substitutes for aids will be making $104 per day. The substitute teachers are currently making $100 per day. “I recommend the approval of an increase in certified sub pay to at least $105 per day,” Acklin said.
Acklin also approved the addition on Sondra K. Matais to the certified sub list.
He also recommended the acceptance with regrets of the resignation on Katie Rogers as district Spanish Teacher, effective the end of the 2022-2023 school year.

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