School board approves band instrument repairs

Sandy Hull, Chronicle assistant editor
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The Cambridge School Board approved the list of bills presented before them and everything was pretty self explanatory except a bill to West Music which accounts for some band instruments which needed a little work.

The board met Thursday, Oct. 18, at Cambridge Elementary School.

Board members learned that October is Academic Excellence Month and four-elementary, two second grade, two sixth grade teachers and a resource teacher, attended the meeting and talked about what they did in their classrooms to help achieve academic excellence.

The teachers were second grade teachers, Chad Hamerlinck and Jessica Stockwell; sixth grade teachers, Chris Bulens and Sarah Stockwell and resource teacher Natasha Moninski.

Board members seemed pleased to hear what the teachers had to say and Steve Evans, president of the board, said he hoped teachers would continue to come and inform the board what they are doing.

The board also learned that Cambridge third through sixth grade students scored high on the Illinois Standardized Aptitude Tests this year according to Shelly Capps, school principal.

"They're better this year than they have ever been," Capps said. "Parents are welcome to go on the school's Web site and see how the Cambridge school did compared to other schools in the area."

The board approved ten year life safety resurveys and associated life safety amendments for both the Cambridge Elementary School and Jr./Sr. High School.

Scott Johnson, the district's architect, reviewed the recommendations for the two buildings and some of the problems or issues can be solved by district custodians, while others may have to be hired done from outside.

Some of the things at the elementary level included adding more emergency lights, working on some door closures, working on some of the water services and working on some ventilation.

Some of the things at the jr./sr. high level included adding more emergency lights, working on and replacing a few doors, installing a heat detector in the computer labor, working on some ventilation and working on some boards and cement holding the bleachers at the football field.

Johnson said in general the schools are in very good shape and gave a hats off to the district's maintenance people for keeping them clean and safe.

Tom Akers, Cambridge superintendent of school reviewed the district's progress six goals.

He said the two building principals are using a new software on classroom walk-throughs for teacher evaluations and the software allows them to send feedback to that teacher immediately

In other business:

•Approved the school district audit for the fiscal year 2012.

•Appointed Breanna Leander as a delegate for the School Board Convention.

•Heard a "Diggin for Diabetes" volleyball fundraiser raised $3,500 for diabetes research. Brooklyn Wexell, a senior at Cambridge High School and a Ridgewood volleyball player, has diabetes and spoke at the event.

•The board heard an initial reading of the resolution for the proposed one-cent school facilities tax. If the resolution is approved by a majority of Henry County schools next month, it will appear on the April 9, 2013, ballot.

The revenue would be used exclusively for school facility purposes meaning acquisition, development, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, improvement, financing, architectural planning and installation of capital facilities consisting of buildings, structures and durable equipment and the acquisition and improvement of real property and interest in real property required or expected to be required.

The school facility purposes also includes fire prevention, safety, energy conservation, disabled accessibility and school security.

•Learned high school juniors will visit Black Hawk College and Western Illinois University, both in Moline, Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 5 and 6.

•The board hired Michele Steider as the new Ridgewood high school dance teacher.