Another superintendent evaluation on agenda for USD 253 board


The Gardiner-area school board voted Wednesday to approve a proposed spending plan that is 2.98 percent higher than the current year's budget, but would result in assessments to the four member communities that are lower than the current year's.

"Restructuring of the district to K-6 and then 7-8 and high school is not a small task", she said.

The board voted unanimously to fund the soccer program as a junior varsity sport for the 2018-2019 school year.

He also said the superintendent should be committed to hiring school resource officers who represent a diverse population.

She, along with Dametraus Jaggers and Andre Canty, are running for a seat on the Knox County Board of Education representing District 1.

If a forum isn't possible, Thornton said, the board could invite each candidate to spend a day in the county to meet with staff, students, parents and the community and solicit written feedback.

Massey explained he wants to see these items "well underway" by the end of 2018. She also questioned the effort being put into joint services. He added, "This action is going to set the course for our students for over the next decade". Today, they got their wish.

The subject drew pointed criticism on the part of trustees during Tuesday's school board meeting. He said he wonders if the commission has been misled about the project.

But knowing how to handle one.that's something this school district is taking upon itself.

Jack Truemper of Stephens Inc., a financial adviser to the district, presented information on the increase in annual debt payments the district would have in the event it issued varying amounts of bonds. She said state statutes dictate the number of hours students must be in school and that TCU students have met all of those hours.

Communication was a theme of the survey, with attendees at multiple meetings saying the new superintendent should be visible, approachable, a good listener and able to make connections with students and the wider community.

Starting in September, rising sixth graders zoned for Swift Creek Middle or Tomahawk Creek Middle, who planned to receive gifted services at Manchester Middle, will now attend Swift Creek Middle.

"Twelve girls have dropped out (of the girls basketball program) over the last two years", Ecker said.

Massey said despite all these successes, there is a funding problem for the district.

"They should spend some time actually at the school", Myndi Kacir, parent of an A3 freshman, said.