CJI schools get approval for loan
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By PAUL OVERLIE
Liberty County Times
The CJI School Board held their regular meeting on Tuesday, March 8 in the High School Library. After the Pledge of Allegiance and approval of the agenda the meeting was open to public comment.
The Erickson’s asked the board to table the enforcement of the 5% quarter grade reduction for those involved in the protest until the grievance procedure presently underway is completed.
The Student Council Representative told the board that a Carnival is being planned. The event has not been fully scheduled yet, but the Student Council is looking at a date at the end of April. The Student Council wants the event to be open to everyone on the Hi-Line..
MBI representatives noted they will be celebrating the 1-year anniversary of the program’s implementation at CJI schools. It was noted that MBI is showing positive results and they will hold the celebration with a video presentation in the auditorium with another event to follow outside.
The principal reported that the school has received new computers courtesy fo Senator Daines office. The last month was dominated by post-season sports events and CJI had a good winter season. The boys’ and girls’ basketball teams qualified for the divisional tournament and one wrestler qualified for the state wrestling tournament.
With the winter season over, the spring season will jump right in as practice starts this week.
The Superintendent reported that the state has approved the Intercap Loan for the kitchen project. SMA has been in contact with CJ Manska and both have been in contact with the engineers.
The Superintendent noted that the school has moved to System’s Northwest for their security systems and they will be putting in the “buzz-in” system next week.
He also noted that standardized tests are set for April. The superintendent reported that the school had a good audit report come back to the school.
In unfinished business, the board discussed the proposal to increase graduation requirements from one credit each of vocational and fine arts to two. Board Member Carol Fulbright noted that most of the juniors and seniors already meet the requirement. Almost all of those who don’t have more than 2 of one and ½ to 1 credit of the other.
Several people spoke about the issue and most questioned the need for the change. While no one openly spoke against it, several wondered how it will affect the students and scheduling. Bringing back the eight period day was suggested, as were several other concerns.
The board approved SBP 3121 on the first reading. The board approved a locker room ceiling construction project and awarded it to S & M Construction. Since Jeff Mattson is part owner of the business, he abstained from the vote. S & M was the only one of several area construction companies contacted that submitted a bid.
The board approved the minutes of the last meeting and approved claims and warrants.Posted: by OverlieP