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LCSD7 board approves new books, new hires

Lake County School District #7 held its monthly board meeting on April 14, approving new language arts textbooks and finalizing the hiring of several new positions in the district.

During a work session preceding the regular meeting it was determined that Board Chairman Peter Schreder will give a brief opening speech at the planned May 31 Lakeview High School graduation ceremony.

Following a closed-door executive session, the regular session began with a presentation from Lake County Certified Prevention Specialist Debbie Utley, providing detailed analytical data from anonymous surveys of students to show figures of Lake County youth that use alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco as of 2013 comparative to previous years.

Overall the figures presented showed a lower percentage from past surveys compiled, signaling that many of the awareness and prevention programs implemented in recent years are having a positive effect.

Supt. Sean Gallagher and LCRI Exec. Dir. Jim Walls provided updates on the Innovation and Learning Center regarding the planned start of a welding program soon and status of the approved grants and pursuit of additional funding to expand ILC services.

The board also approved a request from LHS students to build a new table for meetings from salvaged lumber recovered from the Daly Middle School seismic retrofit project similar to the table recently completed that is being raffled on May 16.

Business Mgr. Michael Getty provided a budget update, including news of an unexpected increase in payment to the school supplement fund by the state of Oregon of approximately $311,000 announced last week, which will help immensely in balancing the school budget. Though Getty warned of an expected deficit in next year’s budget as currently planned.

Gallagher emphasized that the district has sacrificed a lot in recent years budget-wise in transportation and maintenance costs in order to maintain staffing, then provided a list of areas of need to be addressed such as a phone system upgrade and intercoms.

Several teachers and principals were in attendance to provide information to the board regarding the adoption of new language arts textbooks among state-approved publications for the required seven-year cycle.

After extensive research it was discovered that there was no single publisher that could provide sufficient language arts K-12 textbooks with effective continuity between grades to cover the curriculum desired. Therefore despite it exceeding planned budgets their recommendation was to purchase textbooks from multiple publishers to cover K-12 requirements.

The next LCSD#7 board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 29, at 7 p.m. at Daly Middle School.

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