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Notes from the Superintendent

Dear Patrons,

I hope this letter finds everyone doing well. Hopefully you have enjoyed the summer and are ready for the 2016-2017 school year. It was another very busy summer at the school. Below I would like to highlight a few of the summer projects.

1. Painting: The staff did a lot of painting over the summer. The painting was done at Central, Middle, and the Jr./Sr. High School. The walls in the commons area were painted. A fresh coat of paint has brightened the building.

2. Gymnasium: The district completed the last two projects over the summer. The gym was painted. The company doing the painting did a very nice job. It looks great. The bleachers on the stage were replaced. Last year, I requested fans only bring items such as bottled beverages, popcorn, and candy into the gym. I would like to thank everyone for their cooperation with this change and request this be done again this year.

3. Roof Project: The Middle School and the second half of the High School roofs were redone over the summer. Because of the weather, these projects are a little behind schedule. I am still confident the major work will be completed on the middle school roof before school begins.

4. Carpet and Flooring: The district installed new carpet in 12 rooms. These include rooms at Central, Middle School, and the Jr./Sr. High. New flooring was completed in the entry of Door #1. This door is the main entrance coming into the school from the north parking lot. New baseboards were also installed in the areas of the Jr./Sr. High Building.

5. Windows: The windows on the south and west side of the Jr./Sr. High School were replaced. These windows will be more energy efficient and also give a nice appearance to the school building.

6. Parking Lot: The school owned house was demolished over the summer. The area will now be used for student parking during the day and give the district more parking during sporting events.

There were other projects as well. The custodial staff has been very busy over the summer. I would like to thank them for their hard work, patience, and flexibility with all the projects being done this summer. These individuals have worked very hard to get the schools ready.

Enclosed in this newsletter, you will find the prices of our breakfast and lunch program. The breakfast prices for the 2016-2017 school year have remained the same. The state average for lunch prices is $2.78. In 2015-2016 our K-6 lunch prices were $2.60 and 7-12 lunch prices were $2.90. Because we are under the state average, we are required to raise these prices by a minimum of .20 cents. It was decided to increase the hot lunch price for both the elementary and Junior/Senior high students .20 cents each. The district will again offer a discount for those who pay for a full or half year in advance. Please make sure to look over this information. I would also encourage families to apply for free or reduced meals. The percentage of students on free or reduced meals is very instrumental in the federal dollars our district receives and grants our district can apply for. The application is posted on our web site. If you have any questions regarding this application, please contact the high school office.

The testing for Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) is completed in the spring of the year. The district, elementary, and secondary schools are all on Program Improvement. Supplemental education service, will again be offered to eligible students. If your child is eligible you will be receiving a letter on how your child may participate. As in the past our district will strive to improve our score for the upcoming year. The district will host a parent meeting in October. Once the date is finalized, parents will be contacted on the date and time. Information regarding the school district profile will be posted on our web page as soon as it is available. If you have any questions regarding AYP or the School District Profile, please contact me at the school.

The school district will be making some changes to our open campus for games 9-12 students. Staring in the 2016-2017 school year, there will be criteria the students in grades will have to meet to be allowed the privilege of an open campus. This privilege will be based on student behavior and academic achievement. Students will need to maintain a C average or higher in all of their classes. This will be run similar to our current eligibility. A student’s behavior will also be favored into this criteria. Student tardiness will also be a part of the criteria. Students not meeting the criteria will not be able to leave campus during the lunch period. In the past there have been issues with tardiness, drugs and/or alcohol. I feel this is a fair way to dealing with the situation and not completely close campus thus punishing students following the rules. Although this may not fix all the issues, I do feel it will make the school safer and hold our students more accountable for their choices.

Thank you for your continued support and enjoy what is left of our summer!