Cellphones to remain in lockers at middle school

For The Jefferson Herald

The Greene County Community School District board of education approved an academic sharing agreement with the Prairie Valley School District at the board meeting July 18.

The agreement provides that Prairie Valley High School students can attend Greene County courses. It is a continuing agreement.

The arrangement adds certified nursing assistant/medical terminology classes to the shared curriculum, along with the existing shared building trades/construction classes.

Prairie Valley will pay Greene County $336.50 per student per class.

In other action, on recommendation of Superintendent Tim Christensen, the board approved a joint agreement with Iowa Central Community College on operational procedures and costs for Project Early Bird.

That project provides early college-level courses for Greene County High School students. (It has nothing to do with when the courses are offered during the day.) Most students take the courses, at great savings to families in college costs. The project costs the school district from $20,000 to $40,000.

The board approved a resolution directing the sale of general obligation bonds not to exceed $16.5 million for the school improvement project. That amount constitutes most of the cost of the bond issue approved this spring by district voters.

The district hopes to let bids for the improvement project in January or February. Schematics for the buildings are about complete.

The board approved a lease in the amount of $23,750 for use of The Fieldhouse athletic facility for district athletic practices and conditioning for the coming year.     

The board decided to hold public question and answer sessions on Nov. 7 in Scranton and March 6 in Grand Junction.

The board was informed that some 30 students who are required to attend summer school are not attending. About 100 attendees were reported during the second session of summer school.

The district will decide how to deal with the absentees this fall.

The board approved 2018-19 handbooks for students and parents, employees, coaches and bus drivers. One of the changes is that middle school students will have to keep their cellphones in their lockers during class time.

The bid for dairy products submitted by Anderson-Erickson was approved. It was not the lowest bid, but on recommendation of food service director Daleith Johnson, the board made that decision because Johnston said that students prefer the taste of A-E products.

Also approved was the bakery bid from Bimbo Bakery, formerly Earthgrains/Sara Lee. It was the only bid.

The district will question the state boys’ and girls’ athletic associations to see if those organizations have protocol recommendations regarding bag searches at athletic events.

The district plans to put up signs to inform fans of what is prohibited for them to bring in.

The high school building trades class will work on the Prairie Lakes AEA building remodel project in 2018-19 rather than building a house. The prospective new building trades instructor has been informed about the project.

The board approved board policies in the 900 series, regarding communication throughout the district.

Board goals for the coming year are similar to those of the current year:

• Evaluation/assessment of facilities;

• Increased communication and interaction between the board and students, staff, parents and public;

• Implement district career guidance plan — 100 percent graduation rate;

• $1 million in unspent balance authority in four years;

• and create an environment that encourages student enrollment and attracts/retains quality staff.

At the end of the meeting, the board went into closed session to evaluate Christensen.

The Greene County school board meets regularly the third Wednesday of every month at 5:15 p.m. in the administrative building on West Madison Street.

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