Prairie View School receives national award

19_pvsign_4842By Tirsea McNeal, I-O Reporter

Prairie View School (PVS) has received The National Title I Distinguished School Award because of superior educational programs and academic achievement for two or more consecutive years.

During the August board meeting, School Superintendant Craig Barringer said, “this award was the best news of the evening.”

This national award will be presented at the national Title I conference later this year.

Conrad Schools adopted their budgets for the 2012-2013 school year, which showed little change from the preceding school year’s budget.

The Elementary General Fund Budget was adopted at $2,549,284, which is a $703 increase from the previous vyear.

The High School General Fund Budget was adopted at $1,728,330, which is a $6 increase from the 2011–2012 school year.

The difference in dollar amounts for budget increases has to do with enrollment. The enrollment for the elementary schools was significantly higher than the high school.

After several years of service to our school, board member Jill Johnson decided in July to step down from her position.  At the August board meeting, Becky Rammell was selected to fill out the remaining term.

Rammell will fill this position until May of 2013. “We welcome her experience and the work she has done and will continue to do on behalf of the students, community, and staff of Conrad.” said Superintendant Craig Barringer.

School began for students Aug. 28.

The Conrad Schools were also a part of the Safe Routes to School grant.  The Pondera Port Authority and Cheryl Curry helped secure this $8,000 grant to raise awareness of traveling to and from school safely.

This grant will also help with some infrastructure needs in the community.

The K-8 schools are busy preparing to implement the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant for after school programs.  Amy Griffin was hired to oversee the grant implementation.

Griffin is a former teacher in California who has a good background in working with large educational grants.

Utterback Middle School filled their open football coaching positions with Scott Mycke and Trent Baney.

Principal Tara Thielman reported that Richard Guerry will be in Conrad Sept.13 to visit with high school and middle school students about the dangers of social networking.

There will be an evening meeting for the community at the Conrad High School (CHS)  auditorium Sept. 13.  Guery will meet with students during the day and parents in the evening.

Guerry was in our community a few years ago to present about social networking.  Barringer said, “His message is vital to hear if you have children. “

Last year’s attendees were captivated and had their eyes opened to the dangers our children face every day on-line and on their cell phones.

For more information, contact Barringer at 278-5521.

With continued increasing prices of meals, salaries, and other expenses the board approved the recommendation to raise the full pay meal prices 25 cents per day for the upcoming school year.

This increase should ensure that the school meal program does not have a deficit in the account.

Along with being hired as the After School Coordinator, Griffin was hired as the part-time aide at Conrad High School for the upcoming school year.

The next board meeting will be held Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Russell Building.