Board looks at fees and new Wellness Policy
On Tuesday the Park City School Board recieved a proposed fee schedule for the 2006-2007 school year. Some of the increases include a $.20 raise from current school breakfast prices, a $5 increase in seventh and eighth grade fees for books and instructional supplies and the elective courses fee. Another proposed change is raising the cost of unnecessary or late class change requests from $5 to $10.
The board also reviewed several policies. Superintendent Dave Adamson introduced the new wellness policy, a federal requirement addressing the food quality in schools. If approved, the policy may eliminate carbonated beverages in the elementary schools and will allow only 25 percent of beverages at the high school to be carbonated.
The harassment and discrimination policy was reviewed along with the policy regarding the promotion, retention and remediation of students in grades 7-12. The policy is being modified to include sixth-graders.
Next month the board will make a decision regarding the posting of these policies.
High School construction
Steve Oliver, Director of Support Services, reported on the high school construction project.
He reported the demolition is nearly finished and actual construction has begun on the new portion of the building.
"The emphasis now is on new construction," he said adding the workers are relieved to be working on that portion of the project.
"We’ve had a rough 4 months," he said, "most of that’s behind us now."
Oliver said the project is still mostly on schedule.
"At worst we might be a week behind but that’s not even a concern," he said, adding that the time could possibly be made up.
Construction on Dozier Field started early this month and will take 16 weeks to complete, from May 1 to August 18. Oliver said the goal is to complete the project in time for the first football game at the start of the 2006-2007 school year. He continued, weather is a huge factor and if rain interferes with the project the first game will need to be moved to another site.
Oliver said there have been temperature control problems in the counseling area, they are working to cool the air and it is costing the project extra money.
The situation with the baseball field, an open construction trench, has been resolved and the work in that area is complete, Oliver said.
Judy Tukuafu, Director of Community Education, reported on the summer classes the district is offering this year.
She said summer school is filling up quickly, with Chef School being the most popular.
The district is also offering a six-week remediation program for students who have been identified by teachers as needing help with literacy. It is a full-day offering at McPolin Elementary School in partnership with Holy Cross Ministries. The program is offered six days a week. From 9 a.m. to noon the focus is on academics. Arts and recreation is in the afternoon with the Holy Cross Ministries staff during which the students have dance, drama, music and P.E. classes that are literacy based.
The district is also holding summer reading clubs and a geometry club at the elementary schools. McPolin will not have a morning reading club because the building is hosting the summer remediation classes.
Jeremy Ranch construction
Oliver and Michelle Wallace, Principal of Jeremy Ranch Elementary School reported on the construction project of redoing their bus turnaround.
Oliver said after receiving bids the estimated cost is $588,638.56.
He would like to begin the project prior to school getting out to ensure that it is completed before the start of the next school year.
Nancy Scott presented three different proposals for the 2007-2008 school calendar. They will survey teachers and students regarding the drafts and present a proposed calendar to the board at their first meeting in June.
Among the alternatives are different start dates. One puts the start date on August 6, another one calls for starting school on August 20 while a third option begins on September 1.
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