DAYTON SCHOOL BOARD
Members of the Dayton School Board are Steve Martin, Marchand Hovrud, Tamara Fritze, Joe Huether and David Bailey. With all present Wednesday:
DONATIONS: Accepted $200 for the Senior Class and $100 for Youth & Government from Kiwanis. Also accepted $250 for baseball and $200 for Youth & Government from the YMCA. Unanimous for all.
BOARD: Elected Bailey as vice chair, legislative representative and WIAA representative. Unanimous. Martin was elected chair at a previous meeting. Also designated four new one-year board positions: Hovrud, facilities; Huether, budget and finance; curriculum, Fritze, and community outreach, Martin.
GOALS: Set four goals for the board. The goals are increasing community outreach, holding a board retreat June 18 to review goals, try to maintain at least a 5 percent fund balance, and fulfill and define new leadership positions.
IT ACADEMY: Heard report by teacher Rob Moore on information technology training for students. Students take training in certain computer programs, take a test, and receive a certificate attesting to their proficiency in using the applications. More than 10 students have received certificates, Moore said. The certificates can be presented to employers as proof of proficiency in Excel, Word and other Microsoft programs. The program is available at a "very affordable price" through an agreement between the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and Microsoft.
FBLA: Learned 13 students received first place in FBLA regional competition. Thirty-seven Dayton students placed at the competition, and 32 will enter state competition the second week in April. Moore said funding for taking the students is being worked out.
FACILITIES: Learned five pairs of exterior doors have been installed at the elementary school. and the district is on schedule for resurfacing the track in June. The two projects are funded as a result of the capital projects levy voters approved in 2010.
WATER HEATERS: Learned the district is in the process of accepting price quotes to replace hot water heaters in the high school gym. The new heaters will use electricity rather than propane gas. Work is also under way on heaters in some classrooms, and school officials are also working on renegotiation a contract with Honeywell for preventative maintenance on the heating and cooling system.
BLEACHERS: Discussed whether bids could be sought now for updating the gymnasium bleachers, a project voters approved in the special election earlier this month. Funds from the levy will not be available until 2013. The district could take out a loan against the levy, but the cost of interest might be more than any savings realized by bidding now, Superintendent Doug Johnson said.
AUDIT: Learned the district will have to pay $5,000 for an audit due to receipt of over $500,000 in federal funds. Although the district received the federal money, the state apportionment funds to the district were reduced by the same amount, so the district did not receive any additional money, Johnson said.
TOUCHET SCHOOL BOARD
Members of the Touchet School Board are Jody Kromm, Robert Schaeffer, Mandy Thompson, Michael McCubbins and Darren Goble. With all present Tuesday the board:
FACILITY NEEDS: Approved hiring Hill International for profession consulting services to begin the process to develop a bond proposal for updating the high school facility. Plans are to present a bond proposal to voters in February 2013. Unanimous.
PERSONNEL: Accepted the resignation of teacher Merri Bussell. Aproved the following agreements and contracts: James Greene, athletic director stipend for fourth period Health; Cynthia Huesby, senior project advisor; Wayne Dickey, middle school head football coach and high school head baseball coach; Gary Dorman, high school head softball coach; Tim McKeown, middle school head baseball coach; LeLand Weber, middle school head softball coach, and Scott Plucker, high school assistant softball coach. Unanimous for all.
REPORTS: Heard report on the Gardena Bridge project by Aaron Grimm. The reconstruction will be done in the summer so the reconstruction will not impact the school district bus routes, Superintendent Sue Bell said.
CALENDAR: Approved revision to the calendar to set an early release for March 30. Also approved the 2012-2013 school calendar. The first day of school will be Sept. 4, and school will end on June 11, 2013. Unanimous for both.
MAINTENANCE: Learned shingles were blown of the district-owned duplex during Wednesday's high winds.
FINANCE: Learned the budget is on track. Approved February payroll for $219,625, general fund expenditures for January for $62,033, and ASB expenditures for January for $3,547. Unanimous.
ASB: Approved ASB fundraisers and activities for March and April. Unanimous.
COLUMBIA COUNTY HEALTH SYSTEM
Members of the Columbia County Health System board of directors are Ted Paterson, Lisa Naylor, Jack Otterson, Jim Kime and Colleen Sproul. With all present Thursday the board:
FINANCES: Learned the ending balance for January showed a loss of $7,665, which is less that the $9,731 loss budgeted for January. Approved warrants, write-offs and collections. Unanimous.
EMERGENCY ROOM: Learned the emergency room remodeling project is moving forward, with a call for bids expected to go out in March.
STATE BUDGET: Learned the state House Democrat budget proposal includes a 10 percent cut in Medicaid reimbursement, from 100 percent to 90 percent. The impact would be about $55,000 to $60,000 annually on the district budget, CEO Charlie Button said.
PROMOTIONS: Heard report from Jody Martin about promotional activities in the district. Billboards, and press releases are among ways the district promotes its services. Martin also discussed the book "The Florence Prescription" by Joe Tye, which employees are reading. The board discussed whether it would be possible to bring Tye to the area to speak.
RETREAT: Set board retreat for March 22 from 1 to 5 p.m. The regular board meeting will follow the retreat. Items to be discussed during the retreat include the impact of the state budget on hospital operations, review of values and vision and mission statements, and discussion of strategy for the coming year. Unanimous.
STAFFING: Learned staffing is presently at 100 percent, but physician's assistant Alina Niculaescu plans to leave at the end of June.
DONATION: Learned the physical therapy department received a $2,500 anonymous donation.
STARBUCK SCHOOL BOARD
Members of the Starbuck School Board are Zonia Dedloff, Carol Wildman, Jill Wood, Kelly White and Leo Janes. With White absent Thursday the board:
POLICIES: Adopted policy related to online learning. Reviewed policy related to excused and unexcused absences. Unanimous.
DEFIbrilLATOR: Voted to purchase automated external defibrillator. Unanimous.
REVIEWS: Reviewed certification evaluation form, STAR reading test scores and School Improvement Plan.