School board ready for the new year

By Melissa Huber, I-O Reporter

Talks of overheated elderly dogs and overgrown grass in need of mowing died down as the school board meeting on Aug. 19 was brought to order.

The meeting was heavy with reports of training, both in action and upcoming. The high school football and volleyball teams have already started practices, and UMS started girls basketball, with their football practices starting Monday.

Students aren’t the only ones training. Jim Carroll informed the board that first aid training for both coaches and bus drivers is coming up, and new teachers are preparing for the upcoming school year with some training as well.

Both new and current teachers are learning how to use a new system called Silverback, which will help streamline information on the progress of their respective classes. This will allow a teacher to see more accurately and quickly where their class is at on any given subject.

All Conrad schools have seen an influx in technology including an iPad lab in the Meadowlark with 32 new iPads on a cart that can be moved from class to class, new computers running Windows 8 in the business education lab at the high school, and several Windows 7 computers from the high school being handed down to the other schools.

The list of new teachers was approved, as well as the list of substitute teachers, but the position of assistant tennis coach at UMS still needs to be filled due to the resignation of Jerry McDermott.

Incoming and outgoing students to the district were approved, as well as all the schools’ new budgets. The total adopted budget for the elementry schools was $4,248,716.11; and the high school $3,009,307.79. All schools will see a decrease in district mill levies this year.

The motion to have lead teachers was also approved, but no teachers for the position have been named yet. The position will be filled via application.

Superintendent Craig Barringer made comment that there was a barbecue for the summer janitorial staff who did a wonderful job getting all the schools ready for the new year.

The next board meeting is scheduled for Sept. 10, and will, no doubt, be filled with success reports from the first days of school.