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ELC approves early start waiver

November 20, 2012
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

The ELC Board of Education Monday night approved an early start waiver for the 2013-14 school year.

The district files the waiver yearly to allow ELC to start its school year before the fourth Monday in August. Without the waiver, the district would not be in state compliance.

In other business Monday, the board heard administrative reports.

Justin Bouse, elementary principal, noted good parent attendance at parent-teacher conferences. He noted how hard teachers worked to accommodate parent schedules.

Bouse noted that he had included the action plan for the School in Need of Assistance designation. He said once he hears from the state he will be able to implement the plan.

Bouse said 88 veterans had attended luncheons in their honor at Demoney and Roosevelt.

"The kids were very, very proud at both buildings," Bouse said, adding that they were in respect and awe of the veterans they had invited. "It was a really neat day," said Boese, crediting the Estherville Elks lodge for paying for the meals for veterans.

Frank Christenson, high-school principal, reminded everyone of the National Honor Society induction 1 p.m. today at the high-school gym.

Bob Grems, Regional Wellness Center director, said the swim team had a successful meet last Saturday. He said he's also working to change the format of winter programs to get more kids involved.

Kevin Richardson, technology director, said all the SMART boards are installed at Demoney with a couple to go up at Roosevelt. He said 120 digital converters need to be installed on TVs throughout the district.

Board members recapped the Iowa Association of School Boards convention. "I remember why it is that I ran for the school board and why I'm still on the school board," Jodie Greig, board president, said on reflecting on the session.

The board had final reading of the third set of the 200 series policies, tabled until the December meeting the board policy on requiring insurance for student athletes and held second reading on the fourth set of 200 series board policies. Superintendent Tara Paul said board members could make changes and bring them to the December board meeting for the final reading.

In the certified enrollment update, Paul said the district was down 8.5 students. Based on that number, she projected that with 0 percent allowable growth the district would have a net loss of $51,402 in new money. A 2 percent allowable growth would give $111,226 in new money and 4 percent would give $273,855. She encouraged everyone to talk to legislators about the benefits of even 2 percent allowable growth.

The board learned that the Spanish Costa Rica trip planned for next summer was off due to low numbers.

The board approved a request for modified allowable growth/dropout prevention. Money goes for the alternative high school, reading interventionist positions at middle-school and elementary levels and the attendance tracker and family liaison at the middle- and high-school levels. Paul said 75 percent of funding comes from the state with a 25 percent district match.

The board also approved an application for on-time funding from the School Budget Review Committee for increased enrollment out count and additional Limited English Proficiency funding for second language students who have been enrolled with the district for four years but who have not tested out of ELL programing. The application allows the district to receive on-time funds during the current school year to support those areas.



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