District review new auditorium building plans

by Steve Ottman
Review Correspondent

HOWARDS GROVE — The Howards Grove School District Superintendent Chris Peterson presented a review of the new auditorium building plans and discussed budget options at Monday’s School Board meeting.

Peterson stated that the committee had its first meeting with engineers for designs, blueprints and building schemes last week. He provided a Power Point presentation with different views of the new auditorium.

“While the budget is tight, we feel that we can create room with the $400,000 in donations that have already been brought forward,” said Peterson. “There are also naming rights that could factor in bringing the cost down.”

Residents of the Howards Grove school district approved a $4.7 million referendum to build a new auditorium at the high school in November of 2016. Bids are set to go out in late March.

Peterson also gave a preliminary review of open enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year.

“It is very early to predict enrollment numbers,” remarked Peterson. “The numbers tend to fluctuate and it’s too early to predict staffing.

Peterson felt that junior Kindergarten will likely gain numbers because many of the area pre-schools are full. Enrollment numbers have gone up as the student’s progress through the classes. Numbers have stayed close to the three-year average without any drop-offs.

Peterson discussed options for the Jan. 17 school cancelation for snow. There were two options presented with make-up days for April 17 or May 26.

At the present time, the school has enough minutes compiled that a make-up wouldn’t be necessary.

Board members opted to take no action at this time and would delay a decision until the March meeting. Staff members would be given an option to make up the day on their own.

The school has met with consultant Fred A. Skebba on the five-year self evaluation of pupil nondiscrimination. Skebba compiled data and gave a breakdown on what school activities are offered to the students in the district. He felt that the school has a lot to offer. The data collected will be posted in the district offices.

Board members approved the report that met state statute requirements.

Peterson presented a template of the school’s new web site and asked for questions from the board.

The date of the April board meeting has been moved Monday, April 24.

Board President Mark DeAmico thanked Log Cabin and Parker John’s restaurants for a donation to the Northview music program.

The Howards Grove PTO donated money to the Drums Alive funding at Northview and made a donation to cover coast associated with a field trip with the junior kindergarten trip to Rocky Knoll. Another donation was received to cover food costs for the staff during middle school teacher conferences.

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