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May 11, 2017 Featured - Riverside - Highland School Board members address policy changes
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During the May 8 board meeting, the board discussed a couple of changes to board policy. They were introduced to proposed changes to the graduation requirements and held their second reading of a policy on online fundraising.

The board heard a first reading for changes to the graduation requirement.

At the last board meeting, Principal Angela Hazelett and Counselor Derek Cornett addressed the board members concerning changing policy on how middle school students who enroll in high school level courses are handled.

The hope was to change the handbook so that current seniors could benefit from the changes. After discussing the matter between meetings, Superintendent Chris Armstrong said that since graduation requirements were part of policy, the policy needed to be changed. It also allowed for two readings, not the single one that a handbook change got.

Under graduation requirements, there were also changes made concerning internship requirements. There are criteria that must be met: it must be approved by the principal, must be for a minimum of 45 hours on the job site, at if one and two are completed, one credit will be awarded. It also set a maximum of two credits that can be earned in internships.

They also had a second reading of the online fundraising. No changes were made by the legal team and the new policy was approved allowing for fundraising to be done online, as long as it has a connection to the district’s educational mission.

In other business, the board approved a sharing agreement with Mid-Prairie and Lone Tree for transportation director, the list of seniors for graduation, and to purchase a special education bus.

In personnel moves, the board approved the resignations of elementary cook Dorothy Stout, secondary school counselor Derek Cornett, and route bus driver Joan Gerot. Mark Thompson was appointed to replace Stout.

The board also approved the staff cuts of Ainsworth third grade teacher Lauren Parson and Ainsworth fourth grade teacher Amrika Stumpf.

After coming out of a closed session, the board also approved a 2.89 percent raise for the support staff and a $2,500 raise for Business Manager Sue Rich. The district is still in negotiations with the teacher’s union and have another meeting May 9.

With the school year coming to an end, the board meetings shift to once a month. The next meeting will be held June 12.

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