At last week’s Van-Far School Board meeting, Joe Chitwood, partner at Gerding, Korte, and Chitwood presented an overview of the 2018 Audit Report. The district received a clean opinion and has an unrestricted fund balance of 26.2%.
Van-Far Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hunter reported that total enrollment for K-12 is 605 students, with 283 in the Jr./Sr. High School and 322 in the Elementary School.
He further reported that DESE now had new requirements related to school calendar statutes and calendar considerations. He also provided updated information on the hiring timeline for the State Commissioner of Education, a pending CSIP survey, and delayed AYP data.
It was also noted that Pre-K rider counts remain consistent.
A second reading was given for the MSBA 2018C Policy Updates.
After no discussion on city limits plaques, the school board voted by a 6-1 margin to purchase a 4’x10’ sign not to exceed $700 to celebrate the recent four state championship sports teams. Board member Larry Wheeler cast the lone “No” vote.
The board also accepted the resignation of Ashley Griffen as janitor.
It was also noted that bus driver Rhonda Tapley had submitted her resignation.
An approval for the Full-Maintenance Service Agreement with the MSBA was approved.
The board set filing dates for the Board of Education as 8 a.m. Dec. 11, 2018-Jan. 15, 2019 at 5 p.m. during regular business hours, excluding days the business office is closed.
The 2018-19 Budget Amendment was approved as presented.
Also, the 2017-18 Audit was approved as presented
Several Van-Far Jr./Sr. High School students were recognized by the board as presented by Principal Kim Pafford.
A long list of notables included Caden Wilburn, the DAR Good Citizen award winner for the Class of 2019; Sam Hazel, state cross country qualifier; all-conference softball players Jayle Jennings, Jordan Garner, Alivia Graddy, Makayla McAfee, and Devyn Keller; all-district softball players Jayle Jennings, Jordan Garner, Makayla McAfee, Alivia Graddy, Mallory Williams, Devyn Keller, Aubrey Bunge, and Haley Baskett; and all-conference football players Eric Hombs, Max Roed, Verlyn Johnson, and Morgan Slatten.
Van-Far Elementary Principal Brian Hummel recognized elementary student goals.
Third grade set a goal to read 13,000 minutes outside of their school reading that is required and they wanted to accomplish this by the end of December. And as the end of October, the class had read for 44,858 minutes.
Another goal was for Pre-K, to have 5% be able to name all of the upper and lower case letters as of assessment in September. And now they are up to almost 40% knowing all of their letters. One of the fourth grade intervention classes is learning muliplication facts and all but two scored more than 90%.
Read the rest of the story in our November 28 issue of The Vandalia Leader.