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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Canton-Galva school honored

  • Canton-Galva Elementary School has been designated a Title 1 Reward School.
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  • Canton-Galva Elementary School has been designated a Title 1 Reward School.
    Superintendent Bill Seidl informed the board about the designation during its September meeting.
    Recognition of high academic progress during previous years' assessment scores is awarded to the top 10 percent of the state's Title 1 buildings.
    The Kansas State Department of Education uses an Assessment Performance Index to identify those schools. API is calculated by assigning more points as students move into higher performance categories.
    Student performance in reading and math is used in calculating a school's API.
    Seidl said the recognition is significant because the previous year's scores are compared to scores from four years ago. Seidl told board members he presented the award to Title 1 teacher, Cathy Vogts, at a Title 1 parent meeting in mid-September.
    In his superintendent report, Seidl reviewed the preliminary enrollment figures for 2012-13. He described the presentation about bullying made by Joe Coles. He noted that several activity books written by Coles were purchased for classroom use.
    Lindsey Unruh and Erika Smith, C-GHS juniors, presented details about their FBLA Partnership with Business Plan. The chapter has partnered with Kidron Bethel Village in North Newton. Job shadowing employees will be a major part of the plan; it will allow students to learn different areas of the business as well as how the business is run. An "Adopt a Grandparent" program will allow students to spend time with residents who may not have a family nearby. The first event in the partnership sent FBLA members to the retirement community to help residents compete in the Senior Olympics.
    Three individuals, Roberto Torino Trevino, Bastian Brass and Pedro Sartor, were approved as foreign exchange students. Six students were approved as out-of-district students.
    A donation from Target for $120.56 was accepted. The Booster Club's donation of $297.56 to be used to purchase ankle braces for volleyball players also was approved. BOE members also approved depositing $1,400 of volleyball fundraising money into the high school activity fund. That money is earmarked for use for volleyball equipment and supplies.
    The board approved the purchase of a 2012 Chevrolet Impala from Wallace Chevrolet. The cost was $15,900.
    Using a PowerPoint presentation, Seidl and Jack Koehn, administrative assistant, updated board members on the building project plans. Some changes and adjustments had to be made. The architect will meet with the board in October to provide up-to-date plans. The timeline calls for all details to be in place by Dec. 31, with the project out for bids in January. Weather permitting, construction should begin March 1.
    Koehn and Keith Becker reported on a workshop regarding the state's waiver of No Child Left Behind.
    In personnel action, Darrin Klingensmith and Stacie Kallsen were approved as emergency substitutes for the school year. Iona Likins was approved as the high school assistant cook. Modifications were approved for contracts: Myrna Walline — adjusted to four hours per day and Tammie Wallace — added four hours per day.
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