Board Meeting in Review April 17, 2017

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Hanover-Horton School District

Board of Education Meeting in Review, April 17, 2017

The Board and Superintendent Denney recognized the Junior Medal of Honor recipients for March.

Student Council is winding down for the year, preparing now for the Student Council elections for next year.

During public comment Mrs. Bradley commended the elementary staff for all that went into March is Reading Month.  As a parent, she observed how the various activities made it very fun and rewarding for the students.

The costs of the breakfasts and lunches for the students will be increased by ten cents for the 2017-2018 school year.  Milk costs will remain the same.  Adult breakfasts will increase by ten cents and lunches will be increased by twenty five cents.  These costs are increased due to the requirements of the USDA/MDE.  This will increase our paid meal prices to be more in line with the free/reduced reimbursement rates.  Our full pay meals will still be sold at a discounted price, but we have been working to slowly close the gap.

The Summer Projects were put on hold until next month; we are still waiting on bids.  However the Board has agreed to continue the pursuit of the phone system not to exceed $50,000 due to the deadlines to meet the E-Rate discount deadlines on the purchase of the switches.  If the bond passes on May 2, the phones will be covered through the bond.  If it does not pass, the district has been approved for a five year loan.  The savings of the monthly costs should pay for itself in four years.

The countywide common calendar that has been approved by the JCISD and JCEA was presented to the Board.  Superintendent Denney explained to them that the calendar committee was still working on details of Professional Business Days and any half days prior to finalization.

The Board approved the resolution for Fair Playoffs.  The resolution states the unfairness of private schools versus the public schools in playoffs.  Private schools ratio of winning state championships exceeds the norm due to methods of recruiting athletes. The concept of the resolution is to try to find a competitive balance plan to be implemented for all MHSAA playoffs.

The Executive Council of the Cascades Conference has recommended some changes to the Constitution of the league.  The Board of Education approved the changes as presented.

Fifth Year Probation was granted for two of our staff members, Elizabeth Ketchum and Catherine Lee.

The Board accepted the resignation/retirement notice of Cindy Weaver, effective in October with regrets.

Superintendent Denney reported to the Board members on the following:

  • Sprinting to the finish line of this school year, we have the following events that will be transpiring:

Kindergarten Parent Meeting, Kindergarten Roundup, Jazz Bash, Prom, Nursery Rhyme Night,   Honors Night, and Commencement

  • There will soon be a new Score Board at Baseball field, thanks to fund raising and athletic boosters
  • Scoreboard at the softball and soccer fields will be repainted and refurbished thanks to the athletic boosters
  • Reminder the Bond Election is coming up on May 2, along with the JCISD renewal.

The Board Members expressed their enjoyment in the Junior Medal of Honor.  They expressed their gratitude to the elementary staff for doing such a great job promoting and rewarding “March is Reading Month”.  Mrs. Vincent reminded the Board of the Superintendent Evaluation Training Workshop on Thursday, April 20.

The Board went into closed session for the discussion of negotiated items.

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