The Central Curry School District 1 Board of Directors met Jan. 15 in the Gold Beach High School library to discuss a variety of topics.
Among those addressing the board were student representative Samantha Mazur, business manager Kristal Carpenter, Gold Beach High School principal Josh Metzger and Riley Creek Elementary School principal Tom Denning.
Among other things, board members learned that a new district attendance program is in place to honor those classes with each week’s best attendance, allowing them to display a special flag.
District Superintendent Tim Wilson announced the hiring of Christopher Higgins as the seventh-grade boys’ basketball coach, and Heather Tucker as a teacher’s assistant at Riley Creek Elementary.
Wilson gave the board an update on the Student Success Act and input from the community regarding a needs assessment for this process. Approximately 40 people have completed the online survey or given input at community meetings, said Wilson. He provided the board with a summary of those results.
A second round of community input will take place in February, in preparation for submission of the Student Investment Account application in March.
Wilson also provided board members with the Division 22 Assurances Standards for the 2018-2019 school year, required annually by the State of Oregon. Of the 55 required laws, two specific areas were identified as out of compliance and in need of correction, said Wilson - Media Programs and Adoption of Curriculum Materials.
He said Oregon requires schools to have licensed media specialists. Currently, each Central Curry school is supported by a classified library assistant.
In addition, said Wilson, there was no district adoption of new curriculum materials in health and social studies in 2018-2019 because of a lack of funds. Those materials, with the addition of this year’s subject of English/Language Arts, have been budgeted for the current school year, he said.
The Oregon School Boards Association, in partnership with the Confederation of School Administrators, has developed a new set of superintendent standards and asked the local school board for comments as it moves forward in its adoption.
Finally, the board approved a school calendar change to excuse Riley Creek students in grades K-5 from attending school Jan. 24, to allow for additional teacher grading time as the first semester comes to conclusion.
Students in grades 6-8 will be dismissed at noon Jan. 24 as previously scheduled.
The next meeting of the board will be Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. in the Gold Beach High School library.
Central Curry School District 1 board meetings are recorded and available for viewing at www.currycountyvoices.com.