The Carrier Mills-Stonefort School Board met in special session on the night of July 29 primarily to approve changes required in the installation of the elevator in the high school, approve a new code of conduct handbook for the grade school and to approve staff employment decisions.
After a scheduled inspection of the progress in the installation of the high school building elevator, the building inspector required several change in the work. These changes concerned fireproofing of the area adjacent to the elevator shaft and cooling of the elevator machinery room. Four-inch thick concrete block will be installed between the elevator shaft housing and the windows and walls nearest the elevators location and the windows behind the blocks will be painted black. An air-conditioning unit will be installed in the basement adjacent to the elevator machinery room, specifically to cool the heat generated by the elevator motors. The cost of the window painting and block installation will be $2,284 and Superintendent Richard Morgan estimates the cost of the air-conditioning unit to be around $800. The masonry work will be done by Barter Masonry, the company which had the contract for the elevator housing construction.
The board approved a proposal by the park district to use park district funds to improve the ball field area at the high school. Drainage ditches will be dug and existing drainage will be upgraded, lighting for the ball fields will be installed, if funds allow, playground equipment will be installed and, again based on funding availability, there is the possibility of a score board being installed.
The board approved a new code of conduct handbook for the grade school. Grade school Principal Bryce Jerrell reported to the board that after consulting the high school handbook and reviewing changes in state law pertaining to student code of conduct, he had prepared a revised handbook for the grade school.
Superintendent Morgan reminded the board that, for the purpose of disciplinary matters, the district had adopted a zero tolerance policy for drug and alcohol use which could result in automatic suspension for students found guilty by the board of violating the code of conduct in these matters.
After meeting in closed session, the board approved the rehiring of Leslie Walker to the grade school staff. Walker was one of the teachers cut in a reduction in force shortly before the end of the last school year and will return to the grade school for the 2013-2014 school year. The board also approved the upgrading of the guidance councilor, Melissa Kuhlmann, from a part-time position to full-time one.
The board approved the rehiring of teachers aids for the 2013-2014 school year, Morgan pointing out that the number of aids is set by the state based on the number of special needs students enrolled in the district.
Morgan reminds parents of the registration and opening day schedule for the 2013-2014 school year. Grade school students will register on the morning of Aug. 14 and are allowed to leave school following registration. August 15 and Aug. 16 will be early dismissal days with school ending at 1:42 p.m.
Page 2 of 2 - For high school students, registration is as follows; freshmen on Aug. 5, sophomores on Aug. 6, juniors Aug. 7, and seniors Aug. 8 with Aug. 9 being reserved for new students or late registration.
For all District 2 students, Monday, Aug. 19 will be the first full day of school.