Oskaloosa Oskaloosa students who achieve academic excellence will be recognized for their efforts with a new district program.
At this week's meeting, the Oskaloosa School Board discussed the finishing touches on plans for a banquet in February to honor junior high school and high school students who earn a grade point average of 3.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale during the first semester of the school year, said Supt. Jim White.
Also, high school students who achieve a 3.0 or higher grade point average will receive a chenille academic letter similar to those given to varsity athletes.
In another matter, the board met with district patron Gene Norman, who expressed concern about a proposed baseball field, which is to be built on the northwest corner of school property.
Norman owns land along the north side of the property and was worried that the new baseball field could cause severe water run-off onto his property. The board decided to find a method of dealing with potential drainage problems, such as constructing a dam or digging a pool to catch the water.
IN OTHER business at the meeting, board members:
Heard a report on food service in schools across the state from Donna Bateman, school district employee and chair of the state food service organization.
Heard a report on the Eighth Hour program, which offers extra study time and one-on-one attention after school. White said the number of students on the first semester honor roll is significantly higher than at this time last year, something he attributes in part to the new program.
Approved a resolution to hold a public referendum on doing away with the current method of having board members represent various sections of the district, and changing to at-large representation. The issue will be on the ballot in April.
Approved an increase in travel compensation for district employees from 22.5 cents per mile to 26 cents per mile.
REVISED A transportation policy regarding students riding home after extra-curricular activities. Previously, students had to provide a note explaining they were riding home with a parent or guardian. Under the new policy, the driver simply must contact the activity sponsor before picking up a child.
Designated Jim Wear, school board president, as the delegate for the School Board Association Governmental Relations Network, a program organized by the Kansas Association of School Boards to provide a liaison between each district and state government.