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Shakamak's average daily membership count up two

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Shakamak School Board learned Thursday at the regular board meeting the school accounted for two more students, bringing the Average Daily Membership (ADM) up to 795 students.

Superintendent Mike Mogan said there were students the Department of Education had missed in the original count, and the funds are being recalculated. The school is now down a total of 34 students.

"They are spread out among different grades. It is almost equal between the elementary and the junior-senior high school," he explained.

Board Member Jeff Miller asked how much the school had lost in the last three years, and Mogan estimated the school had lost approximately $800,000 in state funds.

The school board voted to advertise the Rainy Day Fund, due to money being taken from the fund since the last advertisement.

"In June we had three retirements, and had to take it out of the Rainy Day Fund, so we need to re-advertise," Mogan explained.

The board voted to approve a transfer student to the elementary school. Mogan said the family is looking to move to the area, and wanted to enroll their student.

Mogan announced the end of the grading period was officially Oct. 12, and Parent-Teacher Conferences would be held from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m Thursday, Oct. 18.

"We are having the later hours to accommodate parents who work during the day," Mogan said.

Junior-Senior High School Principal Chris Ross added the teachers will be set up in the auditoria to provide easier access to all the teachers for parents.

Ross congratulated girls cross country member Savannah Turner for placing fourth in the meet, and advancement to the cross country regional.

Also, Luke Sweet placed 15th overall, and will be participating in the Regional, and the boys cross country team placed fifth overall.

Ross said the school was able to raise 78 units of blood through the American Red Cross blood drive. He said he was pleased the drive grew a little each year.

Shakamak Elementary Principal Jeff Gambill said new swings had been put in place paid for by funds donated by the Parent Teacher Organization.

He added preliminary acuity data for grades 3 to 6 to learn what areas need to be targeted to prepare for the November acuity test.

The board voted to approve the following personnel recommendations:

* Hire Teresa Keller as a part-time cafeteria employee.

* Hire Lois Stewart as a part-time evening custodian.

* The maternity leave for Ashley Kramer beginning Nov. 26.

* The resignation of Gerard Lynch as grade 8 girl's basketball coach.

* The resignation of Steven McNabb as freshman boys basketball coach.

* Kara Austin as SADD sponsor.

* Amy Ponton as Drill Team sponsor.

* Resignation of Angel Simmons as part-time instructional assistant.

* Mark Miller, David May and Lu Anne Anderson as volunteer assistants for grades 5 and 6 boy's basketball.

* Chris Ross as freshman boy's basketball coach.

* Jordan Crowe and Todd Baker as boy's high school basketball volunteer assistants.

* Kirk Buckley as grade 8 girls basketball coach.

* Travis Walters as grades 5 and 6 basketball volunteer assistant.

* Todd Martin and Chelsea Baker as volunteer softball assistant.

* Retirement of Elizabeth (Betty) Jacob as custodian, effective Oct. 26.



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