Newly elected Marva Craft and Erica O'Dell attended their first Sheridan County School District 2 board meeting Monday night. Per the By-Laws, the board nominated and elected new officers for the year. New chairman is Scott Hininger; Vice Chair is Molly Steel; Treasurer is Wayne Schatz; and Clerk is Ann Perkins.
Superintendent Craig Dougherty reported that demolition of Meadowlark on DeSmet is still underway. Some materials testing that contractors hadn't anticipated has caused the demolition to go beyond the original timeline, but Dougherty said documents for the new Meadowlark Elementary are close to completion, with site and finish details being finalized. He added that construction documents will be available for bid on February 1st, and they hope to award the bid at the March 7th Board meeting.
The board approved on first and second reading several policies; they heard School Improvement reports from secondary education principals Laurien Rahimi, Dirleen Wheeler and Mitch Craft; they approved selling the District's 2001 24-passenger Chevrolet Midbus to High Plains IC Bus Sales in the amount of $2,600, and they approved a request to advertise for contractor qualification statements and to bid for construction of Meadowlark Elementary School.
The biggest news from the meeting, however, came at the very end, when Assistant Superintendent Tom Sachse regretfully told the Board that for the first time, Fort Mackenzie High School did not reach AYP for the year, because of the number of drop-outs they've had. He explains.
Sachse echoed the thoughts of many administrators regarding the demands on high school populations when it comes to graduation timeline requirements.
Sachse said it literally would take an act of Congress to get those requirements changed, and in fact, Superintendent Dougherty and others intend to voice their concern to Senator Mike Enzi.
Junior High Principal Mitch Craft perhaps summed it up best during his presentation by saying that teaching and learning can no longer fit within a 'one-size-fits-all' boundary.