Superintendent's Corner 😎🏫😎

Avoca School District 37

In this issue ...

  • We all scream for Ice Cream!
  • Safety & Security
  • Fees and The Viking Fund
  • Board Meeting Review and Preview

We All Scream for Ice Cream!

Held outside on school grounds during the first few weeks of school, the Ice Cream Social is a perfect opportunity to meet other parents, staff and students in an informal setting. Learn about volunteer opportunities throughout the year and place your orders for spirit wear. Hope we see each other there.

Safety & Security

This time of the year is when we do our first set of drills to prepare students and staff on how best to respond to emergencies - whether it be intruder response, fire, or tornado. Please know that we do this in collaboration with our local police and fire departments and we seek guidance from them about best practice. Likewise, those agencies give us feedback on our performance as a school after the drills and we use that feedback to improve. Your students' safety and health are paramount and we are grateful for your support. If you ever have any questions, please contact Principal Hutchison or Principal Palcer.

Fees and The Viking Fund

As mentioned previously, Avoca's Board of Education has had to scrutinize revenues and expenses closely as it faces an operating deficit. One way has been to raise fees, including Instructional Fees, Technology Fees, Transportation Fees, and Extra Curricular Fees. The gap has not closed, and fee increases alone won't do it, but they are part of the financial puzzle.

And the Board recognizes these fees can cause some families hardship. That is why The Viking Fund has been established. Funded by your donations and mine, this resource is available to students who cannot cover extracurricular fees or the like. It is new, but already the fund is growing, and I encourage you to consider today if you can help out in this regard. You can donate to The Viking Fund via The School Store, by clicking here.

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Snapshots of Learning - Dana Allen's 8th Grade Math Class

Board Meeting Review & Preview

September 5 (click here for more details)
  • Finance Committee Update
  • Communications Update
  • FY20 Budget - Discussion
  • MoU with Architects for Summer 2020 Construction - Discussion
  • MoU with Architects for Avoca Center Demolition - Discussion

September 26

  • FY20 Budget Hearing
  • Annual Salary Report
  • FOIA Report
  • Bids on Avoca Center Demolition - Discussion
  • MoU with Architects for Summer 2020 Construction - Action Item
  • MoU with Architects for Avoca Center Demolition - Action Item
  • Approval of FY20 Budget - Action Item