by Jennifer Parker
LA VETA- At Tuesday’s board meeting, elementary principal Betty Trahern congratulated band members and flutists Jazmine Striegel and Sarah Smith for receiving honors at the Arkansas Valley Solo and Ensemble Festival.
Recognition also went to State Science Fair winners Carlos Nunez, Devon Enke, and Casey Campbell for projects in Math, Environmental Science, and Botany. Nunez won a Pioneer award, Enke’s project was nominated to go on to a national competition and Campbell walked away with five special awards and a cash award.
Kindergarten teacher, Theresa Kimbrel and three of her students presented the Board members with kindergarten graduation invitations for Tues. May 20 at 2:45.
Debbie Channel with Huerfano Youth Services, made a presentation to the Board about programs being offered in the community for kids of all ages and showed a handout with more information and contact numbers to be given to students. She reported that the HYC bullying prevention program is working well within the schools, and that Youth Services is introducing a Life Skills program covering topics such as proper nutrition and tobacco issues.
Trahern also let the Board know of the different Earth Day activities that are planned at the school for Thurs. April 24, and invited guests to participate. Projects include cleaning up areas, hanging birdhouses, and planting flowers.
Superintendent Dave Seaney discussed the addition of seventh grade pre-algebra and eighth grade algebra for the 2008-09 year. The Board accepted the resignation of Arita Martucci, Erin Gebhart, and Andrew Jackson. Martucci is currently the Middle School English teacher, Gebhart the Middle School Social Studies teacher, and Jackson is the Middle School Science teacher. The renewals of all other teacher contracts were accepted for 2008-09.
Capital improvement projects such as the football field house and track and Garland Street project are going to be put on hold while grant writer John Manos works to obtain outside funding. This will help ensure that all possible outside revenue sources are explored before asking taxpayers to fund projects.
There will be a work session on May 13 and a regular meeting on May 27.