Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
From Mark Messman,
We're very pleased with the current progress of the construction project and continue to review spec. sheets, meeting minutes, budgets, and craftsmanship to ensure satisfaction with the final product. Hanson Structural Precast has a number of the 32' x 12', 61,000 pound precast gymnasium panels erected and braced. Weather permitting; we anticipate the completion of the precast paneled system by Thursday, Aug. 2.
You may have noticed the continued excavation at the Watkins site. We're scheduled for final grading and application of class five on the parking lot by Aug. 1. The curbing and asphalt will take place the following week.
I'd like to commend the EV-W cleaners and custodial crew. They've experienced the difficult task of cleaning our buildings while the demolition and construction of the facilities continue. We anticipate taking over the elementary buildings in late August for the final cleaning and moving stages.
21st Century Grant:
The EV-W School District is one of four systems fortunate to receive federal funding to continue the 21st Century programming. These funds will continue to provide qualified students with continued educational programs after school and during the summer months. Other districts receiving funds include ACGC, Cedar Mountain, and Renville County West.
School board elections:
It's necessary for the school district to hold its general election for the purpose of electing four school board members for terms of four years each. The board election is held in conjunction with the state general election on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
If you're considering candidacy for the election, you must file with Marsha Davidson at the Eden Valley-Watkins School District Office. Filing must take place from
July 31-Aug. 14. Our current school board members passed the resolution to the election at their Monday, July 23, meeting.
I'm happy to announce that there will be no increase to our activity and athletic participation fee schedule for the 2012-13 school year. Our Jr. High (7-9) participation fee is $35 per season, while Secondary (10-12) will pay $50.
We must also adhere to state regulated food service guidelines and pricing. Considering our student price for hot lunch is much less than the state average, we need to demonstrate compliance by increasing our prices by 5 cents. An elementary lunch will now cost $1.70, and secondary $1.80.
Results of Bond Sale:
I have some good news to share on the recent sale of School Building Refunding Bonds. The purpose of the sale was to finance a current refunding of the 2013 through 2016 maturities of the District's $3,005,000 General Obligation School Building Refunding Bonds, dated Nov. 6, 2002. We received an "Aa2" credit enhanced rating from Moody's, and had six bids for the bonds.
The interest rates on the new bonds compared to the rates of the refunded bonds will provide a net reduction in future debt service payments of $56,164. This will reduce the District's debt service tax levies for taxes payable in 2013, 2014, and 2015 by approximately $17,300 per year.
Weekly tip box: Ten seadership behaviors for the classroom
1. Be visible and accessible to students and parents
2. Communicate regularly and purposefully
3. Never forget that you are a role model
4. Be passionate about your teaching
5. You are responsible for the culture created in your classroom
6. Keep yourself organized
7. Demonstrate a positive attitude
8. Take pride in the physical, child-centered appearance of your classroom
9. Empower students and give them responsibility
10. Demonstrate stewardship
From Creating Connections for Better Schools by Douglas J. Fiore