Shakamak board discusses summer projects

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Shakamak School Board held discussion over summer maintenance and purchases during its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday evening.

The projects are expected to include removing flooring to replace with tile, painting and concrete work from company Emcor and furniture items, stage curtains and a gym partition from Lee Company, Inc., according to Shakamak Superintendent Mike Mogan.

The total costs were initially expected to be $196,000, but the board made a motion to hold off on upgrading the school’s clock and P.A. system. The P.A. system would have cost $60,000 after new clocks had been installed.

The board approved of the purchasing of a 2015 bus, costing $58,744 from the bus replacement fund.

The board also approved of summer school for the following subjects:

• High school: English 101, Algebra I, health, physical education, SAE and driver’s education.

• Junior high school: English 7 and 8 and Math 7 and 8

• Elementary: reading and math

All courses will cost $20 with the exception of driver’s education, which will cost $350. Out of district students can enroll for $35 for classes and $400 for driver’s education. All classes will begin May 30 and run to June 16, with the exception of the high school, which will run to June 23.

The board heard a report from Braydon Skank of Shakamak’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), who updated the board of the performance of their six members at the FCCLA State Conference in March. Skank was named to the Indiana FCCLA State Executive Council, where he will serve as the vice-president of state projects. Skank will be taking part in the National Leadership Conference hosted in Nashville, Tenn. in July. Skank then thanked the board for their support.

The board held a first reading of the student handbook for 2017-2018. As it was a first reading, no immediate action was taken.

Mogan updated the board on upcoming dates, including Senior Honor Night, which will be held May 26 at 7 p.m.; graduation, which will be May 27 at 2:30 p.m.; prom, which will be April 29 from 9 p.m. to midnight at Indiana State University; and no school on April 17, April 28 and May 1, as they were built in snow days. Softball, track and baseball bleachers have also been installed.

Shakamak High School Principal Dennis Moody reported the high school band traveled to Northview and received a gold rating and congratulated the band and music department. He also said the Midland Alumni Banquet will be held at the school on Saturday.

An animal vaccine clinic will be set up with in Shakamak’s agricultural building on Saturday as well, with students helping run the clinic.

Lastly, Moody stated Ivy Tech will present a “Reality Store” to ninth and 10th grade students on April 18, which will walk students through the basics of living expenses and teach them living on a budget.

The next meeting of the Shakamak School Board will be Thursday, May 11 at 6 p.m.

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