THOMSON – The West Carroll School Board received a letter of resignation from Board member Jennifer Rice, at the January 15th, 2013 meeting of that body at the Thomson Intermediate School in Thomson, Illinois. The Board, during it’s closed session portion, regretfully accepted that resignation.
Superintendent of Schools Craig Mathers indicated that the district is currently “advertising, recruiting and interviewing for” a replacement for Rice, who represented West Carroll’s District 7, since her successful bid for election a year ago, replacing the departing Tim Atherton.
The Board also heard an update from Northwest Special Education Cooperative Director Christy Hopper, who informed them on changes made to the Academy having to do with tracking students’ behavior and aligning the current curriculum to the Common Core standards, the apparent impending withdrawal of Freeport from the cooperative, as well as an overview of the services provided by the Northwest special education group.
Curriculum for the upcoming year was held over until the January 22nd meeting which will be a strategic planning meeting.
The 2014-2015 Student High School Curriculum Handbook was approved by the Board in its second reading, so that registration for that year can begin.
In discussion of the Summer Driver’s Education program, the Board decided that at this point there is no need to continue the program as the district is caught up with students who need to take this course.
Reporting on the second quarter expenditures, Mathers indicated that with fifty percent of the school year completed, the district has spent 48.4 percent of it’s budget, and added that while the district is currently “under budget,” this does not indicate that it is operating on a “balanced budget.”
Technology Director Brad Field’s report indicated that in the wake of the December server crash at the Primary School, the data has been recovered and the teachers’ H: drive data has now been restored. He added that he is currently investigating other backup solutions not only for the Primary but the other schools as well.
Ms. Katzenberger congratulated the 8th grade Boy’s Basketball team for their first place finish in the Chadwick tournament held on December 14th. She also gave thanks to the coaches for the Sixth and Seventh grade squad, Mr. Findlay and Mr. Kaczmarski.
She also announced that the Middle School, as of January 8th, has been accepted into the Stephenson County Junior High School conference for full athletic membership.
High School Principal Bob Lamb thanked the Blackhawk Area Credit Union in Savanna for aiding in the Senior Career Day held on January 15th. He also noted that the school counselors will begin talking with students in February about classes for the 2014-2014 year, with teachers making recommendations for core classes, and the parents needing to sign off on the students’ eventual choices.
Ashby told the Board that the Holiday Concert for both 3rd and 4th grades, and the 5th grades, was well attended in both performances and the same format would more than likely be used for future such concerts. She also noted that over the holiday break the locks were changed on the Primary School doors so that now teachers may lock them from the inside, providing extra security for everyone.
Early Step Preschool Director Darcie Feltmeyer’s report indicated that West Carroll had two Early Step students move in January, and that those slots will be filled, filling the enrollment.
West Carroll School Board meetings are typically held on the third Wednesday of each month, normally at the Thomson School but occasionally at the Mt. Carroll or Savanna Schools as well, and, as always, they are open to the public.