John Glenn elementary students who have not had the opportunity to attend preschool or day care are getting a jump start to kindergarten.
For three weeks students attend Kindercamp at Walkerton Elementary School and North Liberty Elementary School and get acclimated to how things work in a classroom. Walkerton Elementary School Principal Tim Davis told the John Glenn School Board this week that there are 17 students attending Kindercamp at each of the elementary schools.
Students are in Kindercamp from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The students eat breakfast and lunch and learn how that process is conducted. They are also learning educational and social skills in the classroom.
All students will receive a book for every day they attend the Kindercamp session.
Funds from the United Way helped employ two teachers and an aide in this year’s classroom efforts at both schools.
This year’s IRead 3 results for the North Liberty and Walkerton Elementary students is down a little this year, according to Walkerton Elementary School Assistant Principal Rebecca Cummings.
She gave the John Glenn Community School Board the results that had been embargoed by the state. She said 81 percent of the North Liberty students passed while 89 percent of Walkerton Elementary students passed. Out of the 78 North Liberty students who took the test, 15 did not pass. Seven out of 64 students at Walkerton Elementary School did not pass.
The John Glenn School Board approved the purchase of textbooks for Urey Middle School students to be used in addition to the use of Chromebooks in the One-to-One initiative.
Urey Middle School Principal Mark Maudlin said textbooks have not been purchased in the past six years, but he said having the textbook and a digital textbook assists students in achieving their learning goals. Science will be the only subject that will be a digital learning tool only.
The John Glenn School Board will meet tonight with several items of discussion on the agenda.
The board will approve digital and/or print textbooks for Urey Middle School in the amount of $96,692.43. The board is also looking to approve additions to the summer school sessions and approve a proposed curriculum and/or pacing guides for Math, Language Arts and Science at Urey Middle School. IRead 3 results will also be presented to the board.
The John Glenn School Board will meet at 7 p.m. in the meeting room in the school’s administration building.
The John Glenn Community School Board approved the retirement of several long-time staff members at the school corporation this week.
Judy Schmidt will be retiring after 43.5 years as a school bus driver while Director of Transportation Cindy King will be leaving after 33 years of service. She served 22 years of her tenure as the director. Linda Parker will be retiring after 47 years as a math teacher.
High school Spanish teacher Gina Jackson also submitted her request for retirement as did first grade teacher Kymberly Groves.
The John Glenn School Board discussed the purchase of two 78-passenger school buses with Transportation Director Cindy King.
King said that the buses she chose for the proposal come equipped with the necessary features that the school corporation requires on the buses. Extra seats with seat belts for younger children, two-way radios and cameras are part of the proposal.
The John Glenn School Board approved the bid for Chromebooks for the students in the One-to-One computer initiative.
In the corporation’s program, freshmen get their computer and it is theirs through the duration of their high school career. Seniors turn in their Chromebook at the end of the school year, or they can purchase them at a discounted rate. Seventh grade students use their computer for two years.
The John Glenn School Board held a public hearing last night in order to take action on an additional appropriation resolution and ordinance for the debt service fund.
Business Manager Tom Bendy explained that items were purchased with the common school loan. The final portion of the funding was spent in November of last year and once that is done, a schedule is sent to the corporation on repayment. That revenue was not in the 2017 budget to be spent. Bendy said the Department of Local Government Finance said the revenue portion was able to be put into the budget, but could not change what was advertised for the budget in October. The additional appropriation would allow the corporation to make the payment in June.
The John Glenn School Board will hold a public hearing tonight on an additional appropriation resolution and ordinance for the debt service fund.
During the April 18 meeting, Business Manager Tom Bendy told the school board that the additional appropriation is for a loan taken out a year ago. Bendy said a payment schedule was sent in January and the money wasn’t in the budget. According to Bendy, the Department of Local Government Finance is able to add in the revenue but can’t change the appropriation amount published. The appropriation of $36,907 would enable the school corporation to make the common school loan transfer payment which is due in June.
The John Glenn School Board will discuss cafeteria prices for the new school year when they meet tonight.
Many area schools have raised breakfast and lunch prices at least $.10 to keep up with federal requirements. The school board will make a decision on what direction the corporation will go this evening.
An additional appropriation worth $36,907 was discussed by the John Glenn School Board last week.
Business Manager Tom Bendy told the board that this was a loan taken out a year ago. The budget was prepared in October and all of the items were purchased by November and a final payment reimbursement was sent.
All but one of the school buses within the John Glenn School Corporation passed inspection during a two-day process last week.
Superintendent Richard Reese said overall it was a good report.
“All of our buses, but one, passed and that one was taken out of service just because the parts didn’t come in on time,” said Reese. “The 35 buses we have all passed except one. Hamilton Service Center, they were here along with bus drivers were driving through. If there is something minor wrong with a light out or something like that they fix it on the spot and run it back through. There was one that had brake issues.”
Three new staff members were introduced to the John Glenn School Board on Tuesday night.
Austin Foust is the new head football coach while Angela Kramer will be new at the high school teaching math and computer science.
Leslie Stec will be the new teacher at Urey Middle School. Her position was created at the middle school to help teach English/Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies to students in the seventh grade. The board anticipates an increase of 30 students in the upcoming seventh grade class and Mrs. Stec’s employment will alleviate the potential of class overcrowding.
The recent sale of property donated to the John Glenn Education Foundation and the sale of items within the estate equal a great start to assisting teachers and students with grants within the John Glenn School Corporation.
The Hiler family donated property at 123 Shamrock Street to the school corporation and the corporation followed procedures to donate it to the John Glenn Education Foundation with the understanding that proceeds of the sale of the home would benefit the foundation.
The John Glenn School Board discussed pay for a substitute Spanish teacher for the remainder of the school year.
Superintendent Richard Reese said a high school Spanish teacher is going on maternity leave soon and the position needs to be filled with a substitute teacher in her absence. Reese noted that Spanish is a “hard to fill” area at the school corporation and it’s as difficult to fill the void with a licensed teacher.
The John Glenn School Board approved an action to place Superintendent Richard Reese as the school’s representative on the St. Joseph/Elkhart County Head Start Consortium Board of Directors.
Superintendent Reese explained that the John Glenn School Corporation is part of the head start consortium that encompasses about 10 school corporations. Head start classes are available at the local school corporation for students ages three and four. There are certain restrictions.