Teacher disappointed in board

By Tirsea McNeal, I-O Reporter

During the Education Board’s public comment, Janie McFarland, CHS Business Teacher, stood and expressed her disappointment with the board.  She said, “I had been to the board twice in the last two years over the extra-curricular percentages for activities.  I was assured that this would be followed up on and it hasn’t been.   There is so much unfairness in those percentages that are paid, and I was assured there would be an effort to make it fairer.”

Jim Carroll, transportation supervisor, said he had discussed the matter with the Conrad Education Association (CEA), following that earlier meeting and made sure they had the information.  He said they hadn’t gotten back to the board.

The board assured McFarland they would look into the matter again with the CEA and find out what had happened.

Guest speaker Luke Stallings, a Close Up Representative gave the board information about the program.

Stallings said, “Travel is a fantastic educational opportunity”.

He further commented that the experience helps students “internalize” the experience. “They go beyond just seeing the monument, they are standing in the same place history happened.”

Close Up is a non-profit, civic education organization with various programs in Washington, DC and now also, New York.

It offers a variety of civic related programs geared toward high school students, focusing on hands-on experience with the chance to visit several monuments and historical landmarks located in Washington, DC.

According to their website, “These programs are known for their positive impact on student attitudes and for giving teachers valuable insights to take back to classrooms nationwide. Using the nation’s capital as a living classroom, participants get a close up view of government and democracy in action.”

A contract with the Interquest Canine Detection Services Contract was approved. The cost of contract will be $650 for 2 half days of service.

Interquest is one of the largest contraband detection drug dog service providers in the nation. Their website states, “Our comprehensive detection and deterrence program has one objective: to reduce the presence of drugs, beverage alcohol, abused medication and weapons on campus and school grounds. We accomplish these objectives through the use of scent trained detection canines.”

One resignation was read and approved. Greg Jensen, has resigned his position as assistant tennis coach after 32 years. Kendall Griggs has also tendered his resignation which will be acted on at the next school board meeting.

Tara Theilman, principal of Meadowlark/Utterback (UMS) handed out a new brochure for substitutes entitled, Utterback Middle School Guest Teacher Handbook, Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow.

The brochure will be used as a substitute handbook and gives general information including a welcome message and information regarding classroom management protocol.

Jensen, principal of Prairie View Elementary, commented on the new sprinklers and also a new sign that was recently placed in front of the school.

Conrad High School Principal Ken Larsen mentioned dates the high school auditorium would be used for the Summer Alive event occurring on June 26, 27 and 28.  He discussed which rooms would be in use during those days.

No changes were reported for the staffing patterns for the 2012-2013 school year.