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Happenings In Panther Nation - April 2019

Over the last year, I have had the opportunity to work with many different groups as we finalized the May 4 Bond Proposal. This group includes architects, construction personnel, vendors, staff, students, parents, and community members. While all of the interactions have been productive, I have noticed that most of these people were either broadcasting positive energy or negative energy.

The people that were broadcasting positive energy were continually finding solutions, displaying their passion, and on a mission to accomplish their purpose. The ones that were transmitting negative energy were persistently communicating everything wrong while offering no solutions, exhibiting a noticeable lack of care for their craft, and conveying a lack of concern for the projects in which they were involved.

You may read this and think that using words such as broadcasting and transmitting is strange when talking about people and energy. But there is research from HeartMath Institute that shows that feelings from the heart travel to every cell in the body and then outward and other people can sense those feelings up to 10 feet away. Take a minute to think about that!! Kind of scary that everybody we come in contact with can feel what is occurring in our heart!!

As a district, we are committed to ensuring that promoting and developing positive energy will be a priority. During the 2019-2020 school year, we will implement vertically aligned materials that will be the foundational piece as we begin this powerful journey. Our goal is for this initiative to be far-reaching and sustainable as it has a positive impact on students, staff, parents, and community members.

I look forward to sharing exciting details as we finish out the school year!!


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School Board Update

During the April Board Meeting, the following items came before the School Board:

Mrs. Perez and Ms. Harrison presented a Pre-K update. They discussed the advantages of Pre-K, shared data from across Region 7, and the impact of the Pre-K program. Community survey results were also shared.

Josh Schultz presented the yearly Maintenance Report in which he gave an overview of the department, reviewed highlights of the year for the department including safety items, maintenance, and facility projects.

Christine Bedre presented a curriculum update. Mrs. Bedre described “gallery walks” where students display work and they examine the work and its alignment to standards.

Christine Bedre Bedre reviewed summer school plans for the 2018-2019 school year. Dates and focuses for respective campuses were shared, as well as anticipated staff needs.

Kyle Penn presented a fiance update in which he shared budget spend percentages to date along with revenue projections for the remainder of the year.

Kyle Penn discussed the potential partnership with a food service management company for the 2019-2020 school year. Dr. Penn covered the benefits and the process required to accomplish this if the District decides to choose this option.

Wade Stanford discussed several pre-bond projects that the District needed to pursue. These included a comprehensive land survey and geotechnical evaluation. Conceptual estimate costs provided by Jackson Construction were discussed.

Board President Dr. Don Rice announced all board members were up to date on continuing

educational hours.

The School Board and administrative staff continued discussing the book Instructional Rounds in Education. Chapter 3 was discussed this month, and the board and administrative staff will continue this discussion over the next several months.