At Monday night's School District 2 board meeting, trustees approved on first reading policies concerning Criminal Background Checks and Fingerprinting, as well as a Guideline for the same; a policy on Staff Hiring; Employee Safety and Occupational Health; and a Staff Wellness Plan.
They passed on second reading policies on Transportation Services, Notice to Employees of the Drug-Free Workplace; Tobacco-Free Schools; Graduation Requirements; and a Parental Involvement Policy (Schools).
Director of Elementary Education, Scott Stults, presented for approval the six elementary school handbooks, noting that three more specific wording inclusions were made on all of them regarding Harassment and Intimidation policy by State mandate; prohibition of weapons use; and noting that there will be two Parent-Teacher Conferences this upcoming school year, with the second one held in February, in the middle of the 3rd Quarter.
Trustees, on recommendation by Technical Director for the District, Coree Kelly, voted to rescind the approval of the bid originally awarded to CDWG for mini laptops – three trial laptops kept freezing up. Then trustees voted to switch back to Dell to purchase 110 laptops at a cost of $656 each.
Trustees approved renewal of the Volunteers of America (VOA) contract for the A.C.E. Program. The program will be located this year at the old Woodland Park School, and there will be no increase in cost to the district. Spokesman for the VOA, Craig Fisgus, noted that since inception of the program, it has continued to work as a deterrent for behavioral problems, and the number of returning kids has decreased by 60%.
Also approved was a bid awarded to ISC Corporation from Casper in the amount of $91,358 for the Extron Pole Vault System, which allows teachers to easily use various technologies in their classroom, like VCRs, DVD players, MP3 players, document cameras, interactive white boards, and better sound in the classroom. The system will be used at Highland Park and Coffeen Elementary Schools.
And trustees officially accepted the donation of 74 gallons of stain for the wood shop at Sheridan High School from Bloedorn Lumber. They also officially accepted $3,075 from the Witzel Family Foundation for the purchase of cellos and cleaning and servicing of the instruments to the district's elementary schools, as well as $5,323 for the purchase of two flutes, two clarinets, one alto saxophone, one tenor saxophone two trumpets and two trombones for Sheridan High School.