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OISD gets favorable audit
Polk County Enterprise - October 2009
ONALASKA — Onalaska Independent School District Trustees were presented the annual audit report for the period Aug. 31, 2008, through Sept. 1, 2009, by Debbie Kirkham of Hereford, Lynch, Sellars and Kirkham. Kirkham reviewed expenses, debt service funds, tax collection, expenses and excess funds of the report with trustees before the board unanimously accepted the report. Kirkham told trustees OISD is in good financial condition with responsible personnel overseeing district management. Business manager Angela Foster presented the first reading of Financial Integrity Rating report issued by TEA to trustees for 2007- 2008 school year. She reported four levels of achievement and a point system was used to determine ratings with OISD receiving a superior achievement rating. Superintendent Lynn Redden reported groundskeeping bid proposals to board members with six bids received ranging from $18,500 to $75,000. Richey’s Lawn Service was chosen from among the bids for the groundskeeping contract for the district. No action was taken on the purchase of playground equipment for the elementary school after a short discussion among the board. Board members heard the first reading of DEC local policy by Redden.
He explained the policy was adopted in 1999 and is necessary due to changes by legislative updates. The local policy will be presented to trustees again in November. Elementary Principal Hannah Williams reported enrollment at the school is 573 with 94.9 percent attendance for the month of September. She reported a recent school activity, Wild About Read Well Night, hosted 91 families. Additionally, Williams reported six week award programs for attendance, A honor roll, A and B honor roll, most improved student, exemplary behavior and star students for all grade levels. Two students with perfect attendance and prompt school work were awarded lap top computers, one student received an iPod and two students were awarded gift cards. Williams also reported to trustees the first induction ceremony to the National Elementary Honor Society will be held at the elementary school next week. She reported 38 students have met requirements to be inducted into the honor society.
Plans for Red Ribbon Week activities at the school were also presented to trustees. Upcoming school activities include Dad’s Night Out that will include a free movie and refreshments for dads and students as well as monthly PTO meetings getting started. Other school activities include parent performances of 1950s dances to mark Day 50 of the school year. Performances will be Monday, Nov. 2, with staggered times for each class performance. Representatives from Region 6 recently completed an audit in special education and math at the campus this week. Williams reported audit results have not been released. Second grade teacher Cindy Alford was chosen by staff members to receive the ABCD award for the first six weeks. Junior/Senior High School Principal Charles Boyce reported enrollment at the campus at 322 with 94.56 percent attendance for September. Boyce reported 30 percent of students achieved perfect attendance for the first six weeks. Boyce reported $3,700 was raised at the Pink Dig Out volleyball game with proceeds to benefit breast cancer research. He reported four OISD students are currently attending the FFA national conference in Indiana.
Boyce informed trustees JROTC students have scheduled events in November as well as a Booster Club dinner scheduled for Nov. 5 at the campus. Boyce also reported 15 students are new members of the National Honor Society. Redden suggested using attachments to a district tractor in lieu of the purchase of a forklift for the district. He recommended to trustees the fork attachment is adequate for district use. “I believe we can proceed with equipment we have in place,” Redden told board members. On an agenda item relating to construction projects including an agricultural science animal facility and track facility, Redden suggested special meetings be scheduled to address architectural and construction management issues. Redden informed board members six facilities have been visited in the area to begin the planning process and referred to track facility quotes received by the district in 2007. Trustees scheduled the first planning meeting for November. During public forum two residents addressed trustees.
One resident referred to a complaint letter mailed to the district about advanced classes taken by freshmen during the 2008-2009 school year. She stated although students passed the classes, they are not receiving advanced class credit. Another resident and her son also addressed trustees about bullying on the school campus. The parent questioned the student code of conduct set by the district and her son expressed his views about bullying in school by reading a prepared statement to board members. In other agenda items, board members approved previous minutes and consent items. Included in consent items was approximately 95 percent of tax collections for the district, status of the quarterly investment report and approval of annual local investment policies and strategies. The next meeting of OISD trustees will be at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at administration offices on FM 356 N.