School board looking for new dance team coach

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School board members approved the 2011-12 amended budget for Cambridge School District No. 227 during their regular board meeting Wednesday, June 20.

The school board thanked parents and students for coming to the meeting and expressing their views and support for Leanne Walsh, Cambridge dance coach. Later the group was informed the high school dance position was vacant and they would look for someone to hire for that position.

Tom Akers, superintendent of Cambridge schools, reported the Henry Stark Special Education District hired a behavior specialist who focuses on autistic children as well as observing classrooms and assisting teachers with techniques to help with disruptive students.    

Akers also reported he would be attending a building trades meeting in Annawan on Thursday, June 21.

He presented information on the waiver allowing school employees to bring their children to Cambridge schools tuition free. It is a five-year waiver which requires a hearing in the near future.

Shelly Logston, Cambridge Elementary School principal, reported the roof project is in progress and the summer cleaning is coming along.

“They are doing a great job,” she said.

Logston reported she attended a bullying prevention conference on June 20.

“I have some great information to share with my staff,” she said.

Robert Reagan, Cambridge Jr./Sr. High School principal, reported graduation went well with 29 students earning diplomas.

He noted the junior high assembly was held Monday, May 21, with a dance that evening.

“The students had a great time at the dance,” he said.

He also reported the Ridgewood Spartans boys 1600-meter relay team finished ninth at state.

Cambridge Jr./Sr. High School is welcoming Tim Hawkins, a student at Western Illinois University, who will be working on his practicum as a counselor at CHS?for the first semester in the fall, Reagan said.

In other news, the board:

•Accepted a resignation from Melissa Sollenberger as eighth grade girls basketball coach.

•Accepted a letter from a student requesting early graduation in December 2012.

•Approved the prevailing wage motion.

•Approved the elementary and junior/senior high handbooks.

•Approved the cooperative agreements between AlWood School District and Cambridge School District.

•Approved the increase in lunch fees for the elementary school and junior/senior high school. Breakfast will be $1.35 for the grade school, $1.60 for the junior/senior high school and $1.85 for adults. Lunches will be $1.85 for the grade school, $2.10 for the junior/senior high school and $2.70 for adults. Per state and federal regulations, the district must increase their lunch program 10 cents until they reach the amount of a regular lunch approved by the state and gederal programs.

•Approved the expulsion of a student from Cambridge schools for the first semester of the 2012-13 school year.

•Approved hiring Kaitlan Dinges as the new high school agriculture teacher.

•Approved the extension of the superintendent’s contract to June 30, 2018.

•Approved salary increases of 1.5 percent for non-certified staff and the district superintendent and 1 percent for each principal.

•Approved changing the principals’ contracts to include three vacation days used upon the approval of the superintendent.

•Approved the district’s new mission statement.

•Approved the request for payment of lease on a new school bus.

•Approved the high school dance team participation in the IDTA and IHSA competitions in 2013.

•Approved the new copier agreement with RK Dixon.

•Approved Tony Sovey as a night custodian for the elementary school.