HANOVER – River Ridge Middle School/High School Principal Mike Foltz told the Board that the November Institute Day was quite successful and detailed the events that comprised it, at the Board’s November 19th, 2012 meeting.
This meeting was attended by Board members Don McLane, Matt Wild, Barb Schaible, Merri Sevey, Dr. Allen Crist, Raymie Diestelmeier and Board President David Howard. Also present were Albrecht, Elementary School Principal Beau Buchs, Middle School/High School Principal Mike Foltz, and Secretary Kay Bailey.
Area Vocational Representative Diestelmeier told the Board that Project Lead the Way was discussed at the most recent AVC Board meeting. He also said that one bid for the roof replacement work had been received, for $105,764.65, but that this bid was not the total for both roofs, and that originally the total cost of the project was estimated to be around $105,000.00. More information would be forthcoming, he said.
Albrecht reported that River Ridge had received a “4” rating, the highest possible, in their recent Financial Audit from both the State of Illinois and from the Benning Group LLC, who conducted the audit. He commended both Gloria Schleicher and Sharon Randecker for their work in preparing for the audit.
The superintendent also praised Bailey for her work compiling the 2012 school Report Card.
Discussion of a new science course for the High School for the 2013-2014 school year was tabled per a request by Foltz. Mr. Foltz said he’d like to examine some details and facts regarding this before proceeding.
In personnel matters, the Board approved the hiring of Eileen McLaughlin as a para-professional. Buchs told the Board that the Elementary School’s Parent-Teacher Conferences had a 95 percent participation rate for parents and guardians, which was up from 92 percent last year.
Foltz reported that River Ridge’s hosting of the Kunos device demonstrations for six other schools went “very well,” and that the November Institute Day was likewise successful. During this event, the teachers were able to work on Common Core Standards, school improvement goals and worked on the Kunos devices. He said that as state standards and requirements increase, teachers have more and more responsibility on them and gave them kudos for their efforts.
Foltz congratulated both the National Honor Society inductees and the math team that took first place at the University of Wisconsin/Platteville contest. He also announced two dates, one for the Elementary Winter Concert (December 12th) and one for the Middle School High School Winter Concert (December 18th).
Wild asked about criteria for National Honor Society, and was told that four categories are judged, those being Character, Leadership, Academics (3.4 GPA required) and Service.
No execution session was necessary, and the next regularly scheduled meeting should be on the third Monday in December.