School Board meets at CVJH
Canyon View Junior High School Principal Larry Davis welcomed the school district to the school for their monthly meeting. "It is a great pleasure and honor to host this meeting at our school every year," said Davis.
Davis went on to outline the workings of Canyon View. He stated that some constants at their school are the mission statement and goals. The mission statement for the school reads "To prepare every student with knowledge, skills, values, and vision for lifelong success." The 10 goals of the school are centered around the mission statement and how every staff member at the school can achieve that statement. "These are our guiding beacons," stated Davis, "although they do evolve as needed."
The student body enrollment this year at the school is 240. It has remained fairly constant over the past five years, but may be down 20 students for the next school year. There are 28 faculty and staff, with 14 of those who are part time or shared with other schools.
Davis' presentation explained the improvement teams, honors, awards, and service oriented groups in the school. Each group has specific goals and duties, and these groups donate time and energy to improve the school and community. These groups are comprised of dedicated students and each group has a built in reward system as a way of teaching students the value of service.
A review of the athletics, band and chorus programs, which are involved in the Castle Valley Activities Association, was given. "This is a great league and promotes fun in the junior high schools. It promotes pure competition without harsh rivalries," said Davis. The volleyball, football, wrestling, basketball, and track teams, along with the cheerleaders, chorus and bands all participate in this association.
Capital improvements made to CVJH over the past year are asbestos abatement, new furniture and equipment. "The school district has been very helpful in providing for the needs of our students," said Davis.
Huntington Mayor Jackie Wilson and Huntington City Councilman Norm Dingman next approached the school board with a request for assistance in solving the parking and traffic problems at Huntington Elementary at the close of school each day. Parking at the school is restricted to the city street in front of the school. At the close of school, many parents come to pick up students, and they park behind the parked cars on the street while they are waiting. School policy states that parents should pick up their children on the east side of the building, but no amount of letters and education has convinced them to refrain from parking in front of the school.
Many times the waiting cars are parked two or three deep and completely block off the street. Other residents trying to access the post office cannot maneuver into and out of the parking lot. Numerous complaints from the residents of Huntington City have prompted Mayor Wilson to request assistance from the county sheriff's deputies. They have been issuing citations to try to alleviate the problem.
"When school buses and students trying to access them are thrown into this mix, the situation is becoming very dangerous," said Mayor Wilson. "Our request is that the school board consider giving assistance to Huntington City with ideas and possible funding, to rectify this situation."
Councilman Dingman gave the board a drawing of the area surrounding the school. He suggested that the school district help with the removal of a shed on city property that adjoins school property. If the building is removed, up to 16 employees could park their cars in this area and not on the city street. He also added that a bus loading/unloading lane could be constructed on the east side of the school grounds to eliminate the need for students to go into the street to access the bus.
One item approved by the school board was to appoint LeRoy Maxfield as the district's representative for asbestos. Another approval was the combination of the two junior highs Valentine's dance.
The district's transportation director Roger Swenson presented bids for the purchase of several new school buses. Many changes have occurred with the companies and products. The buses that the district has purchased in the past are no longer available. Swenson made some recommendations concerning buses and explained the buses that are currently available and as near to the others as possible. The school board approved to purchase the buses Swenson recommended.
The school board approved a Disneyland field trip for the drill team during spring break. Nadene Hinkins, drill team advisor, told the board that 11 students will be going on the trip with the appropriate number of chaperones.
Information has been released regarding registration for kindergarten students for the 2005-2006 school year.
At Book Cliff Elementary, registration will be Feb. 14, from 12:30-2 p.m.
At Castle Dale Elementary registration will be Feb. 24 from 9-11:30 a.m.
At Cottonwood Elementary registration will be Feb. 23 from 12:30-3 p.m., appointment letters will be sent. If one is not received, come at 1 p.m.
At Cleveland Elementary registration will be Feb. 18 from 9-11 a.m.
At Huntington Elementary registration will be Feb. 28 from 8 a.m.-noon. Come according to the following schedule: A-I at 9-10 a.m.; J-R at 10-11 a.m.; and S-Z at 11 a.m.-noon.
At Ferron Elementary registration will be Feb. 17 from 8-10:30 a.m. Appointment letters will be sent. If one is not received, come at 9:30 a.m.
All students must have proof of receiving the following immunizations: five DTP/DTaP/DT- four doses if fourth dose was given on/after fourth birthday; four polio-three doses if third was given on/after fourth birthday; two MMR; three hepatitis B; new-one varicella (chickenpox)-history of chickenpox is OK, parent must sign verification statement on school immunization record; and also new is two hepatitis A-series of two, six months apart.
The next Emery County School Board meeting will be held on March 2 at 7 p.m. in the Cottonwood Elementary library.