Parents can access schools round the clock

Lisa Hammer

Cambridge parents can work 12-hour shifts and still keep in daily contact with their children’s teacher, if need be.

New superintendent Tom Akers reported that grade school principal Shelly Logston said she has made sure the Power School system will be up and running at the grade school this fall. Parents can use the Internet to check on their child’s progress, such as any missing assignments.

Akers said with so many parents working, it can be hard to contact teachers during school hours and Power School is a good opportunity for parents to stay informed.

“I’m excited about it and it’s just going to help,” he said.

Board member Karin Brink, who attends Henry-Stark special education meetings for Cambridge, reported there isn’t any ratified agreement at this point.

After the meeting, Akers said an agreement is in the ratification process and it’s “looking very promising.”

The school district may step out of the role of administrator for different firms for Cambridge teachers’ 403b investment plans. The board is looking at a one-year agreement with Life Investors of Kewanee to administer the funds at no charge to the district, according to Akers.

By having an outside administrator, Cambridge will avoid any end-of-the-year reports to the Internal Revenue Service as well as the possibility, if asked to make a hardship loan, of being placed in the role of lender.

The board also certified that Rt. 81 is still a serious safety hazard, allowing the school district to be reimbursed by the state for busing students who live north of the highway.

The board also:

• set the August board meeting for 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18

• hired Angela Anderson of Cambridge as distance learning facilitator for Internet classes not offered by classroom teachers