Thursday, September 10, 2009

School Board Meeting Highlights

The Alpine School District Board of Education met in a closed session before the regular Board Meeting on Tuesday, September 8. The purpose of the closed session both before and after the regular meeting was the discuss personnel, property, and matters of litigation.

The regular meeting began with the School Board recognizing three outstanding employees.

1. Vicki Ahlstrom is a sixth grade gifted and talented teacher at Sego Lily Elementary. She recently won the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

2. Natalie Robinson is a district math instructional coach for fifth and sixth grade teachers. She also recently won the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

*This award is the highest recognition that a K-12 math or science teacher may receive in the United States. It was enacted by Congress in 1983.

3. Suzanne Hadfield is an agricultural educator at Pleasant Grove High School. She was recently selected by the National Association of Agrucultural Educators as the 2009 Utah Outstanding Young Member.

Board Members received three reports from Cabinet Members about the beginning of the school year.

Barry Graff spoke about a relatively "quiet and calm" start at the junior high level. Both Lakeridge and American Fork Junior High Schools are enjoying additions and classroom improvements that happened over the summer. He also reported about the great Professional Development Days that happened across the district the week school began.

Kathy Janzen reported on the progress of Skyward, the new district "student information system." Skyward is being implemented at the elementary level this year in phases and at the secondary level next year. She also reported on the opening of two new elementary schools, North Point and Sage Hills, and expressed appreciation to the many people who helped with that process.

Rhonda Bromley reported on the fact that the first three weeks of school in ASD have been successful, in spite of many challenges. The important thing is that students have been safe coming to and from as well as during school, and have been engaged in the learning process. There is a good, positive feeling in the schools so far - thanks to the district's great employees.

Board Members reviewed the upcoming PTA/School Community Council presentations/discussions that will begin next week across the district.

The Superintendent discussed Board Committee Assignments for the coming year.

Board President Debbie Taylor reviewed Board Member inservice assignments for study sessions for the rest of the year.

The next Board Meeting will be on September 22 at Northridge Elementary School.

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