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Dist. 20 classes to start day later

Electric car will join school vehicle fleet

Most students wouldn’t mind an extra day of work, play or other activity.

They’ll get that extra day in August when District 20 classes begin on Friday, Aug. 15, instead of Thursday, Aug. 14.

District 20 school board members approved the change in the school calendar at their meeting Monday night so teachers can be instructed in the Marzano method.

The Marzano method is teaching based on evidence-derived experiments. Teachers will be trained on Aug. 11 and 12.

In other action, the board authorized superintendent Dr. Teahon to buy or lease an electric car.

District officials are working with city officials on the “Connecting Nebraska Communities Driving America’s Fuel Project” through a Nebraska Environmental Trust Agency grant.

The district would receive a minimum 50/50 match, or up to $15,000, for an electric vehicle plus $3,600 for a ChargePoint charging station.

Teahon said a Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt are the two vehicles under consideration.

On another matter, the board voted to change the head coaching position for golf, for both boys and girls, from part-time to full-time compensation on the extra-duty schedule.

Because Quiz Bowl has become a competitive event, the coach will be paid. In the past, the position was voluntary.

Currently, Tara Foster coaches girls golf and Don Graham heads up boys golf. Lori Long coaches Quiz Bowl.

During Teahon’s report, he talked about end-of-the-year issues with transportation.

Because of medical issues, two regular bus route drivers couldn’t drive the last couple of weeks of school and two custodians, who are also substitute drivers, took over the routes.

However Teahon said they couldn’t be available at all the needed times—because of custodial duties—so parents were asked to make arrangements to get their children home.

On a related issue, Teahon said buses pick up students who live around Wild Horse Golf Club because of the high number of them.

Typically, he said buses do not drive private roads to pick up children.

Because private roads into homes near the golf course became too rough this year, Teahon said residents were asked to maintain them or drivers would return to an earlier practice where students were picked up and dropped off at a maintenance shed by the main road.

Teahon said the issue will need to be addressed by next fall.

Teahon added that one of the school vans was struck by an Ogallala bus at a track meet and that an Ogallala insurance company will pay for damages.

At the beginning of the meeting, para educators told about their jobs.

In other business, the board:

accepted the resignation of junior high English teacher Joanna Pruitt, effective at the end of the school year. The district is advertising the position.

granted requests to allow kindergartner Samantha Diltz of Eustis-Farnam and ninth-grader Sierra Reicks of Cozad, to enroll in the district.

tabled a proposal to approve salaries for administrative and non-certificated staff for 2014-15.

discussed policies and procedures for the implementation of Chromebooks into the district. The one-to-one initiative will provide all high school students with a personal laptop computer.

were told that membership in the Greater Nebraska Schools Association, of which District 20 is a member, has dropped from 36 to 30 schools and that half the number is active. The lobbying organization for equitable funding will meet in June to discuss the next step.

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