The elementary, middle school and high school student handbooks were passed with basically minor changes of staff, dates, and meal prices. In addition the elementary deleted “E. the final decision is made by parents and teacher by late May” from page 21, and they also inserted new Home-School Compact to page 61. The middle school changed their marking periods from semester to trimester. The high school pages 18 – 27 reflects changes updating graduation requirements for the class of 2016 and beyond; how withdrawal from a college course will be graded and calculated into the GPA; inclusion of qualifying ACT or SAT score to determine eligibility for dual enrollments, how Tuition and Fee support is affected when withdrawing from a college course; changes reflecting shift from ACT to SAT testing; prorated absences for Career Center. Page 29 addressed language to address proper dress as it relates to spandex short/leggings (must have appropriate cover apparel that reaches to a reasonable point on the legs). All buildings were to incorporate new language to cover how Vapor Pens will be dealt with in each buildings discipline policies.
The Virtual School handbook was also approved. The changes updated the graduation requirement language to include the lower credit requirement if the student chooses not to participate in commencement.
The Board appointed Joe Childs as their voting delegate to the 2015 Delegate Assembly with Gail Proctor as an alternate.
Superintendent Denney updated the Board on the status of a school social worker. Allegiance Health is currently interviewing prospective candidates. We will have the opportunity to interview the top candidates within the next couple of weeks.
Superintendent Denney informed the Board members that another one of our employees that we laid off has decided to retire. The elementary entryway is progressing very well and staying under budget. At the present time, our enrollment estimate is 1115 – 1125. The budget was based on 1120. One-third of our students are playing fall sports. Alan Breneman ran a program this summer, Summer Meals Program, where over 2500 meals were served in the village of Hanover throughout the summer. Our district received a letter from the MHSAA congratulating us for receiving no negative official’s reports of concern, ejection, or sportsmanship during the previous school year.