Smooth Start to School Year Expected, Ellis Reports

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 08/17/2012 - 21:27


Here’s what was tucked away in the consent agenda at Tuesday’s school board meeting:

Most Teachers Return to Previous Assignments

Human Resources Director Curt Ellis reported 95 percent of the teacher staffing for the new year is complete with the overwhelming majority of teachers returning to previous assignments.  Ellis reported that staff members who have been moved, for the most part, have been moved to previous assignments or assignments they requested. Ellis said the familiar staffing should result in a smoother start to the year.

The district also accepted the resignation of interim high school principal Eric Diroff, middle school science teacher Marcy McCormick and Young Adult program paraeducator Carrie Sheppardson. Woodland Meadows Quest teacher Mary Jo Cox retired.

Kindergarten Enrolment Ahead of Target?

According to the curriculum report by assistant superintendent Steve Laatsch, kindergarten enrolment was at 320 on Aug. 6. Laatsch said it's likely the district will best the projection of 330.

The district continues to train teachers for early literacy curriculum. On Aug. 7, 13 kindergarten teachers, two literacy coordinators and two reading tutors were trained in new reading, phonics and phonemic awareness called Reading Street. First and second grade teachers will be trained Aug. 22.

World Languages Proposed for Elementary Schools

Laatsch’s report also touched on the proposed 2012/13 strategic grant partnership campaign partnership with the Foundation for Saline Area Schools. The theme is “Global Outlook, Global Citizens…Solidifying a Place in a Global Society.”  The proposal advocates for an expansion of the district’s world languages program into the elementary levels. In recent years, the Foundation for Saline Area Schools has supported science, tech, engineering and match curriculum in the middle school, and classroom libraries throughout the district.

Field Trip

The board approved the boys’ cross country team’s trip to Bath Sept. 7-8.

Bill Payment

The board approved the payment of $990,193.06 in bills.


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