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School Board holds final meeting of 2013

After a lengthy work session, the Lake County District 7 School Board began their regular meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 17.  First on the agenda was a report from Lakeview High School student body Pres. Michael Cooney.

This was followed by a report on local Education Service District (ESD) status, a community needs assessment for the Innovation and Learning Center (ILC), approval of a solar array project and other reports.

Cooney talked about some upcoming school events, including food boxes, Spirit Week during the last week of January and the upcoming Sadie Hawkins dance.

ESD Supt. Bob Nash then offered an update on the ESD, specifically discussing problems with the group’s flat funding from Oregon.

“The flat fund by the state has reduced state support for the ESD,” said Nash, outlining that the value of $1 million in state funding received each year has been eroded by inflation.

He went on to explain that the point of his report was not to be a preclude to cuts in ESD services, but rather in the interest of transparency.  Nash added that, in cooperation with District 7 Supt. Sean Gallagher, he intended for the ESD to return to providing more traditional services to District 7.

These services include providing schools with access to a psychologist, library oversight and helping schools to take advantage of new or existing technologies.

Katie Kargol of Lake County Resources Initiative then gave an overview of a report she had compiled based on community surveys with questions related to the ILC.

She presented to local service groups, sent surveys to local schools and held meetings to ask for what people thought were necessary roles that the ILC needed to fill.

The meeting then moved into a question and answer segment related to the proposed school solar array, which ultimately resulted in the approval of the project.

Financial reports for the schools showed that the district was losing money on its lunch program, which Gallagher said was a problem faced around the state.

Jesse Hamilton, vice-principal at Lakeview High School, gave his report on operations at the school, saying that things were going well.  “Lakeview is still in the Southern Cascade League and we stayed 3A,” said Hamilton.

The Board looked over the school’s new website, which Gallagher noted was still a work in progress on certain pages, though most of the content is in place.

Some small items were approved, such as a work session for Jan. 27 and a meeting on Jan. 13 to discuss advanced diploma options for students with Dr. Roberto Gutierrez, president of Klamath Community College.

It was noted that Tami Johnson would be retiring after 39 years with the district at the end of the school year.  Johnson had been employed most recently as the district’s assessment coordinator.

Also noted was that Lakeview local Dustin Gustaveson had sent a letter of interest to the board, expressing his desire to join the district’s budget committee.  The decision to approve him was tabled until a later January meeting.

Board member Darryl Anderson announced that the Rotary Club was hoping to raise funds to convert the rest of the field that the solar array would occupy into a soccer field.   Anderson was given the go-ahead by the Board.

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