HG School Board gets results of Youth Risk Behavior Survey

by Steve Ottman
Review Correspondent

HOWARDS GROVE.Howards Grove High School Principal Scott Fritz and David Hickman presented the results of the Youth at Risk Survey that was conducted earlier in the 2017-18 school year at the January School Board meeting.

Of the 287 student body, 245 answered every question in the survey. The survey focused on questions related to bullying, self-harm and drug use by the students.

The survey provided the staff with an insight of the current issues that students are dealing with in their daily routine at school.

Students will begin to hear “public service announcements” during the school day and have access to guest speakers focusing on the matters of concern.

A sub-committee of the teaching staff has been established to begin discussion on ways to address some of these issues.

There have been plans made to conduct this type of survey of the students every other year.

District Superintendent Chris Peterson gave the board an update on the new auditorium construction.

Construction on the new auditorium facility is progressing smoothly. Plumbing, electrical, HVAC and sprinkler systems are many of the projects that the subcontractors are working on daily.

The project is still on schedule to be in the facility by April 2.

The budget for the project is tight and Peterson said that he is watching every expenditure very closely.

The Auditorium Committee is planning a tour of the facility, discussing a name for the facility (Fine Arts Center/ Performing Arts Center) and having a community fundraiser.

The board members approved the school class size guideline regarding open enrollment spaces for the 2018- 2019 school year as presented.

All of the new board policies were approved after the second reading.

A teacher’s contract for special education was approved for Ashley Oppeneer for the remainder of the school year.

School Board President Kim Plass thanked the TOSA Foundation for a donation to be used for costs associated with the development of the innovation room at the high school.

Jeff and Renae Wunsch made a donation to be used for the kindergarten programs.

The Howards Grove PTO made a donation to cover bussing costs for the junior kindergarten class to travel to Rocky Knoll for Christmas caroling.

Terry and Denise Schaller made a donation to be used for the purchase of boy’s basketball uniforms.

The PTO Winter Carnival will be held Friday, Feb. 16.

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