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Little Snake River Valley School Advisory Board Minutes
Little Snake River Valley School Advisory Board Chair Keith Duncan called the September 12, 2016, meeting to order at 4:17 p.m. in the school library. Board members Duncan and Todd Skalberg were present, and Jack Corson was present by speaker phone. School board trustee and Advisory board ex-officio member, Matt Feldmann was present, as well as LSRV Principal Joel Thomas. Guests present included: Angeli Skalberg.
The agenda was approved, and Skalberg mentioned the need for the board to set the dates for Advisory Board meetings throughout this school year.
The minutes of the previous meeting, April 18, 2016, were read and approved. The motion was made by Skalberg, seconded by Corson, and approved unanimously.
Principal's Report: Principal Joel Thomas shared his annual report that he had already given to the school board with much positive news about progress and achievements. LSRV is ranked top in the state with high school ACT scores. All the elementary PAWS scores made AYP (adequate yearly progress) for the third consecutive year. Student growth according to MAPS scores exceeded expectations. Improvements are still being made to the middle school math area. Attendance average at 96.2 percent, with staff and faculty attendance also outstanding. Thomas reiterated his goal to continue to "Do Better." Enrollment is at 186 students, which is the highest in 20 years.
Board Report: Feldmann discussed technology issues in the school district. They have hired an outside firm to do an independent technology evaluation. The LSRV school is receiving its allotted bandwidth, but it is too slow once connections are made in the school. Last Spring, it was running at 10-15 MB. Now it is down to 2.4-4 MB. It does not allow the school to use the tools they need to educate.
Feldmann also reported that the school business manager, Dave Horner, is leaving. The school board is in the process of finding a replacement. The district is also preparing for future budget cuts. Due to high enrollment at LSRV, he does not expect deep cuts here.
Superintendent's Report: Not available.
Technology Report: The board discussed the problems with technology and limited capacity. Hopefully the upcoming technology evaluation will shed light on the issues experienced in the school.
Old Business: The board briefly discussed the proposal to require students involved in athletics to pass drug testing. At this point, the Advisory Board is not sure if they will be pursuing this or not.
New Business: LSRV now has a pre-kindergarten program. LSRV students who are not yet academically ready for kindergarten are enrolled in Pre-K, a transitional kindergarten, and the school pays for their preschool tuition. The are transported to preschool and back by bus, and then attend afternoon specialty classes with kindergarteners. Next year they will be full time kindergarten students.
Thomas reported that he is pleased with all the new teachers and staff hired for the year.
The Advisory Board discussed recognizing staff and students who go above and beyond expectations. They decided to recognize an individual in each category at the December meeting and the spring meeting. They will accept nominations from anyone. Thomas will design some guidelines for the award to be discussed at the next meeting.
The next Advisory Board meeting will be December 5, 2016. At that meeting the 2017 dates will also be set.
Open Audience Discussion: none
The meeting was adjourned at 5:22 p.m., with the motion being made by Skalberg and seconded by Corson.