by Kathy Doolittle
GARDNER — The school board meeting took place at Gardner school this month.
The open house there exhibited the students‘ imagination, creativity, and individuality. Projects and essays flooded the classrooms and spilled a colorful river of construction paper, recycled objects, glitter and glue into the halls.
The school year is wrapping up by evidence of the upcomimg field trips scheduled for RE-1 students. The principals’ reports discussed upcoming adventures to the Royal Gorge, a Rockies Game, Sand Dunes National Park, Cave of the Winds and Bents Fort.
As a result of some ambiguities in the current policy about school colors, the board went on to consider and pass an updated policy. The board voted to define the school colors to be purple and white. These colors are to be used for all athletic and activity events with the exception of those national clubs and organizations which have their own colors like National Honor Society. No other colors shall be worn during school events. When necessary, exceptions can be made at the discretion of the Principal.
The board was enthusiastic about the new staff hired for the upcoming school year. The new teachers will be bringing with them a strong, young, and enthusiastic team.
The Board also considered and passed resolutions of non-renewal for cooks, paraprofessionals and instructional aides. Thise is done every year. In the fall, depending on funding, these persons will be rehired. Also discussed was the resolution of probationary teachers.
The board considered the need for a substitute cook and for a custodian. The custodian position was vacated in February and needs to be filled as soon as possible.
In other discussions, a supervisory position will oversee day-to-day activities at Gardner school next year. Pat McDonald will be principal of Pre-K-8 and George Purnell will be principal of the high school.
A committee headed by David Tesitor will examine where the athletic/activity fees are actually going and give the board a detailed report. The purpose is to ensure that there is parity among all activities.
A technology proposal plan was examined, and it will be discussed at length during the next meeting scheduled later this month.
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