Central Services Facility
Board of Trustees Report for May 14, 2012
Trustees Discuss Graduation Requirements Changes
During a work session, trustees broke into small groups to talk about possible changes to graduation requirements, the implications of such requirements, and policy affects. This is in preparation for a board retreat this summer.
New Leadership at Willard
The board approved the hiring of Angie Hayes as principal at Willard Elementary School. She will take over for Dr. Leslie Madden who is retiring after 14 years at the school and 30 years as an educator. Ms. Hayes began teaching with NCSD in 2003 at Westwood Elementary and taught fourth grade until she became an instructional facilitator in reading and writing at Cottonwood.
Robotics Receives Grant to Enhance Program
The Kelly Walsh Robotics Program was awarded a $5,000 grant from CenturyLink Corporation. Under the direction of Ryan Owens, the program will use the funds to purchase a set of premade robotic chassis and a CNC desktop end mill. KWHS Robotics Program began in 2008.
Phase I Complete for Eastside Activities Complex
Following the acceptance of a $150,000 grant from the McMurry Foundation, Kelly Walsh has met it’s agreed upon obligation to pay for a portion of the Staffileno Activities Complex. The school has raised $33,449.22 and have $15,000 in pledges pending to fulfill its obligation for the Complex.
Preschool Funding Continues at Elementary Schools
Eight Natrona County Title I elementary school have received TANF grants to continue preschool programs. The schools include: Evansville, Grant, Mills, Mountain View, North Casper, Paradise Valley, University Park, and Willard. This is a two-year grant to be used to support 20 classes of 18 children. Accepted children must meet strict income and developmental delay guidelines.
Program Targets At-Risk Students
The State of Wyoming has awarded NCSD nearly $2 million dollars to continue extended day programs and summer school targeting at-risk students. The Wyoming legislature created the Wyoming Bridges grant in 2004 as a way to provide funding for programs that strive to prevent learning loss during summer months and to provide services to students needing additional instruction outside the regular school day.
Each year NCSD hosts two summer semesters for high school students that focus on credit recovery for both core and elective classes. Summer JumpStart programs are also available for at-risk students in K-8th grades. In addition, extended day programs are offered for student K-12th grades during the regular school year.
The funding is used to pay for salaries for instructors for these programs to be successful.
Adjustments Made to Advertising Policy
The board approved on second reading revisions to Board Policy 1340/1390 – Advertising, Sponsorships, Partnerships, and Gifts. It has been 12 years since these board policies were revised. It is the district’s goal to strengthen community partnerships and improve educational opportunities for our students.
Trustees approved four bids totaling $448,481 to replace school intercom systems at Grant, Pineview, Crest Hill, Midwest, and Mills. A bid for just over $37,000 was awarded for landscaping at Midwest Schools. Trustees approved a $352,416 bid for asphalt track improvements at Midwest Schools, in addition to $7,434 for enhancements to the shot put and pole vault areas. Finally, the NCHS band will be outfitted with new uniforms after the board approved a bid for $57, 897.
In other board news….
Members of Natrona County FFA were honored for their accomplishments at state FFA Convention, including teams who will compete at National FFA Convention at the end of October in Indianapolis, IN.
Trustees will set a date for a Board Retreat.
The personnel report was approved.
The next regular meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for June 11, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. at the Central Service Facility, 970 N. Glenn Road.