Friday Board Bulletin 5/12/17

Board Members:

I appreciate you all taking the time to contribute to the teacher appreciation ice cream social on Wednesday. I thought it was a nice event that has become an annual tradition in our school district.

Over the previous weekend, a student hit one of our school buses in the high school parking lot. Unfortunately, it was a result of horseplay. Luckily no one was hurt except the school bus. I was very appreciative that the student was forthcoming about what happened. The claim has been turned into the insurance company, who will work directly with the students/parents carrier.

Wednesday morning the route drivers and I met with School Bus Sales to have a demonstration of a gas-powered school bus. After that demonstration, the bus drivers strongly indicated a desire to move to gasoline. Not only are we able to deliver the horsepower needed for these units, we won’t have to worry about all the emission requirements that come from our diesel units. Bids were due for the new school bus today, but since I was in Des Moines for a BoEE meeting didn’t have an opportunity to review them. Based on the status of the capital outlay over the next several months, I will be interested in hearing your thoughts on whether or not we should move forward with this bus at this time. We’ll be able to discuss this at our meeting Monday night.

The photo that I am sharing this week is from journalism class yesterday and was perhaps the highlight of my week. The journalism students had previously requested permission to start an online edition of the Pirate Press in order to make themselves more competitive. Initially, I denied their request citing numerous concerns. However, as persistent as they were, managing editor Abby Lashbrook sent me a very persuasive and well thought out email. She did her homework and provided sound argument asking for reconsideration. Yesterday, Mr. Dieken and I visited their class to hear the argument from the entire group. In the end, I was so impressed with their professionalism and presentation it was difficult to say no!
Have a great weekend. I look forward to seeing you Monday night for our meeting.

Dr. Anthony D. Voss, Superintendent