The last Sheridan County School District 2 board meeting of the summer was a relatively short one, but packed with updates on $2.5 million-worth of summer capital construction updates. Sheridan Media's Mary Jo Johnson has the report.
District Facilities Manager Julie Carroll reported that projects at Sheridan High School, the Early Building, Sheridan Junior High School, Sagebrush Elementary, Coffeen Elementary and the transitional Meadowlark Elementary on Avon Street are all nearing completion on various upgrades. Her statement to the board: “we're going to be ready.”
Carroll also said that construction documents are being prepared and bids will go out this week on the Sheridan Junior High School Hill Stability Project. She hopes the work will be awarded at the September board meeting; the project will be in two phases, with the first phase in the fall and the second phase next spring.
Scott Stults, Director of Elementary Education, reported that as of Monday, 277 students have registered for kindergarten for this school year. Trustee Scott Hininger stated those numbers are “encouraging; it's really nice our numbers are staying up.”
The debacle known as PAWS remains just that. Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Assessment, Tom Sachse, reported that results from last spring will not be ready. Sachse says that normally the District would get PAWS results in late July or early August, and he would report on those results at the August board meeting. Not so this year, and it's quite frustrating for teachers.
Assistant Superintendent Terry Burgess and Scott Stults gave an update on more stringent Bullying Policies being adapted District-wide, which will be distributed in student handbooks and will require parents' signatures at the start of school.
Action items from last night's meeting: Trustees approved on second reading an amended policy on correct administration of medication to students; they approved receipt of an $83,000 grant to update the Woods shop CNC router and granted permission to advertise for bids; they granted permission to advertise to bid for maintenance fleet vehicles, particularly for plowing; and they granted permission to advertise to bid for the demolition of the old Meadowlark Elementary School. In answering a question from Trustee Hackman as to why the school must come down, Julie Carroll responded saying that enough things had deteriorated building-wide that made it more cost-effective to demolish and build new, rather than remodel the current building.