Fall institute events were discussed by the Prairie Central Board of Education during the group’s regular August meeting.
Some of the activities included crisis intervention training for paraprofessionals.
“We hope we never have to restrain,” said Superintendent Paula Crane.
Crane said informational sessions were planned for teachers at the Walton Centre and the high school.
Also during her superintendent’s report, Crane reported on registration numbers for the school year. The district had 1,597 students registered with 146 not registered and some still completing the process. The kindergarten in Chenoa has over 90 students which is five sections. Crane considers that number high, which is why the district decided to add a teacher.
According to Crane, Prairie Central has remained a “Tier II” district and will receive an additional $80,000 in evidence-based funding this year. ISBE said the district is now at 76 percent adequacy as opposed to 72 percent last year and the total funding will be $6,153,187.
The junior high has received a designation of under-performing. A letter has been received and the district has already connected with a math instruction specialist. Training will be offered for the various schools.
“A lot of middle schools and junior highs are designated,” Crane explained.
Safe Schools money has been used toward a new visitor screening system with visitors having to present a state identification or driver’s license. The Building and Grounds committee gave a summer maintenance update.
“They are getting most of the stuff done,” said board president Mark Slagel.
Board member Tim McGreal noted there is a schedule in place for roofing projects over the next several years.
Under new business, the group approved the student support specialist job description. This would be someone who could support kids and teachers by providing counseling. The individual would help with screenings and identify at-risk kids.
Also at the August meeting, the Prairie Central Board of Education:
-Approved board goals for Fiscal Year 2020.
-Authorized the mentoring program as presented.
-Accepted the resignations of Seth Welch as high school assistant football and assistant wrestling coach, Patricia Martinez as kindergarten teacher for PCP East and Kacey Harrison kindergarten teacher for PCP East.
-Hired: Ashley Mueller as kindergarten teacher at PCP East, Ashley Benton as UE and JH art teacher and Somar Preussner as kindergarten teacher at PCP East.
-Appointed Kayla Smock JV volleyball coach at PCHS and Cheryl Hoffman auxiliary volleyball coach at PCHS.