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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Canton-Galva schools enrollment steady

  • Canton-Galva School District officials expect enrollment to be equal to or slightly above last year’s.
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  • Canton-Galva School District officials expect enrollment to be equal to or slightly above last year’s.
    Bill Seidl, superintendent, reported on district enrollment at the district’s school board meeting Sept. 9. He said while the final figures still need to be calculated, he expects enrollment to remain steady despite some people relocating.
    “We live in a transient society,” Seidl said. “People come and go. You have to be cautiously optimistic.”
    Enrollment wasn’t counted until Sept. 20.
    The board approved hiring a new preschool aide to handle a larger kindergarten class. There are 31 students in Canton-Galva's kindergarten, more than the 18 expected.
    The elementary school also will have volunteer students from Tabor College who hope to major in education. These students will work in classrooms to get a feel for teaching.
    Budget
    The board heard its 2012-2013 audit report. Seidl said the report suggested changes in the district’s bookkeeping practices, which the district plans to implement
    Seidl said the district makes adjustments every year.
    The board approved a resolution for levying taxes for the district capital outlay fund. This fund is used to build school infrastructure, such as buildings and computer equipment.
    Seidl said this resolution is approved every five years. The resolution was for a maximum of eight mills.
    Sports
    The board heard a report about district sports. Sports teams are adjusting practices and games around district construction projects.
    Because of the middle school gym fire, the high school volleyball tournament will be at Goessel.
    Seidl reported new ticket booths have been put up at the old football field and the district is working on setting up practice fields.
    Recognition
    The board also recognized Brenda Vogts, who was nominated for state recognition as Teacher of the Year. Seidl said though she will not proceed to the next level of state recognition, it's still nice that she was recognized for her work.
    Seidl reported to the board that members of the Galva Fire Department were recognized at a football game in Goessel for putting out the middle school gym fire. Others in emergency services, such as police officers, also were recognized.
    “It was very well received. I’m glad we did it,” Seidl said.
    The board also did the following:
    - Heard a technology report, in which it was informed district teachers have received iPads to enhance classroom instruction with online materials.
    - Approved a fundraiser selling RADA cutlery.
    - Approved an inter-local agreement with Educational Services and Staff Development Association of Central Kansas.
    - Raised substitute teacher pay from $85 per day to $90 per day.
    Page 2 of 2 - - Discussed whether to attend a three-hour regional training from the Kansas Association of School Boards regarding superintendent evaluation.
    - Heard a report on the use of land donated to the school district. Because the district isn’t using all of the land, it will allow those who donated it to operate it.
    Contact Josh Arnett by email at jarnett@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @ArnettSentinel.
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