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August 20, 2019

7/18/2019 11:02:00 AM
Hutsonville school board OKs new drug policy
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The Hutsonville Unit 1 school board Monday night approved the new student drug policy, discussed the budget year just ending and approved personnel changes.

The final balance for the FY 2019 year turned out to be $1,326,469 for all funds. Superintendent Julie Kraemer included only four payments in each categorical item, this year but the district received 3 from current year and one from previous. The education fund ended with a $733,890 balance. The transportation fund ended with $63,194 and the Operations and Maintenance balance was $97,795. Overall fund balance is now $1,326,469, down from $1,506,178 last year.

The district had part of the grade school foundation project, bought a new bus, and is incurring tuition expenses for a special education student that will be received this year.

Looking towards next year's budget, Kraemer said she expects similar numbers based on work needed, buying another bus and personnel needs.

Summer maintenance is continuing. A new sensory path has been laid out in the grade school hallway for students.

Online registration is open July 16 through Aug. 1. There is also time set aside on July 31 and Aug. 1 from 12 to 7 p.m. for new students to come in and register and from 2 to 6 p.m. both days for those who need access to a computer or assistance. Parents can log in and make changes to directory information in Lumen and documents are on the website.

After some discussion and minor changes the board approved a new drug policy.

"Recognizing that observed and suspected use of alcohol and other drugs by Hutsonville Community Unit 1 students is evident, a program of deterrence will be instituted as a proactive approach to a safer and drug-free school. The purpose of this program is threefold: (1) to provide for the health and safety of all students; (2) to undermine the effects of peer pressure by providing a legitimate reason for students to refuse to use illegal drugs; and (3) to encourage students who use drugs to participate in drug treatment programs. The program is non-punitive. It is designed to create a safe, drug-free environment for students and to assist them in getting the help when needed."

For the purposes of this policy, the term "students" is defined as any student participating in organized athletics, clubs and other extracurricular activities, as well as students with a valid parking permit.

Parental consent forms will be part of school registration.

The first day of school for students will be a 2 p.m. dismissal, Friday, Aug. 16, the first full day is set for Monday, Aug. 19 and Fall Open House is set for Sept. 10. Meet the teachers' night this year on Aug. 12 starting at 5 p.m. and OPAA, the new cafeteria vendor, will be here providing some sample snacks for the students and parents to taste.

New student/freshmen orientation will also be Aug. 12 from 5 to 6 and students can bring in their supplies to leave in their classrooms. After freshmen orientation they will receive their Chromebook if insurance is paid. Starting at 7 p.m. 10-12th grade can get their Chromebooks if insurance is paid.

A bid from Best One Tire in Robinson was accepted.

In personnel matters the board hired Jon Matthews as a high school teacher; Amy Hines as grade school physical education and DE;

Denise Wells as a sub driver; Abbygail Gangloff as an aide; Michelle Neeley as long-term sub 2/8 time; Miranda Smothers long term sub; and Devin Turner as high school boys basketball coach.

The board accepted Randy Hawkins resignation as Athletic Director; Shawnda Heldebrandt's resignation as high school head softball coach, and the resignation of Mike Billingsly. The board also accepted a retirement letter from Karen Boden.

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