SCSD2 Board Talks Kindergarten, Construction

SCSD2 Board Talks Kindergarten, Construction

The next step for parents registering their children for kindergarten in School District 2 schools will be screenings April 11 and 12 at Sagebrush Elementary.

That was District 2 director of elementary education Scott Stults at Monday's meeting. There will also be dental hearing and vision screenings done at that time, and Stults said the entire process should take about an hour. Parents that cannot make that screening they can set up a meeting with the district for a separate time. If a prospective Kindergarten student scores below a specific number, Stults says they request that parents do a second screening.

239 students have registered so far this year, compared to a year ago at this time with 246. This year's Kindergarten class has 315 students.

Anyone with questions can call the district office at 674-7405.

District 2013-14 calendar

Three options for the Sheridan County School District Two 2013-14 school year calendar were discussed at their meeting Monday night. After hearing the particulars of the three options, board chairman Scott Hininger had this to say.

Administration and the few teachers in attendance seemed to agree that not disrupting the testing schedule was a good choice, but agreed to put the choices out to online survey before making a decision. Even though they agreed to review the input, Hininger did note that the final decision will lie with the board of trustees.

This year's spring break will be similar to the option C educators seemed to be in favor of, taking place after the final week of PAWS testing during the first week in April.

Capital construction

While the district anticipated being funded to begin the first two phases of renovating Coffeen Elementary school immediately following Gov. Matt Mead's signing off on the bill, money for planning and design will not be available until July 1 of this year.

District Facilities director Julie Carroll informed the board of trustees at their regular meeting Monday that this should not cause any delays in the final move-in date for Coffeen, adding that while this is a minor setback, at least the school was funded.

Carroll said they hope to get on the agenda for the School Facilities Commission meeting before July in order to move forward with the project. At Monday night's meeting, the board approved a waiver of the Architectural Selection Process for the new school. The reason being, Carroll said, so her department wouldn't have to wait for board approval when the funding goes through to start site inspection and design.

In the architectural selection process, the district plans to use the same prototype used in their elementary school renovations used since 2006 and the same architectural firm, TSP, in order to “expedite the process”, according to the board packet.

In addition to $14 million for a Coffeen Elementary renovation in the school capital construction bill, Sheridan County School District 2 also received money for a renovation project that will ramp up security in the entryway to Sheridan High School.

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