USD 338 art class moved to industrial arts building
by Clarke Davis
The industrial arts building at Valley Falls appears destined to become the center for art instruction following the March 12 school board meeting.
Superintendent Loren Feldkamp told the board that an art classroom appeared to be the best use of the building, at least until some future time when a vocational-type program might return.
“The art teacher (Megan Turner) is on board with this,” Feldkamp said.
He thought there would be a minimum of work needed to prepare the facility for art, such as a double sink, air conditioning, and installment of the kiln. The large, open space is believed to be an advantage for the various grade levels to have their art projects. Turner is the art teacher for all grades.
With no objections around the table, the superintendent was given the green light to proceed with getting bids to prepare the building for next year.
A portion of the building will continue to be used by the junior high Green Team for recycling and by Tom Brown for maintenance work.
The shop tools and equipment will probably be sold or dispersed in some fashion. Feldkamp said nearly all the tools from planers, saws, routers, etc., were outdated and probably too dangerous to use. He said any future program would require purchasing all new equipment for vocational training.
“Washburn Tech classes for adult education have simply not materialized,” Feldkamp told the board.
The present art classroom will become a center for distance learning and an online learning center for high school students. Valley Falls and Jefferson County North will share a Spanish teacher through distance learning beginning this fall and Highland Community College will provide a calculus class.
The board members were handed a list of 18 summer projects being proposed along with estimated costs. That resulted in the board scheduling a special meeting that was held March 19 for further discussion.
Projects range from fixing a leaking roof and retreading some steps to remodeling three elementary classrooms. Several upgrades in the field of technology are on the list along with dirt work and rock at the football field parking lot. The estimated cost for everything is approximately $148,000 that will come from capital outlay funds.
Among the action items was approval to post a position for an assistant principal for all grades beginning in the 2012-13 school year.
When high school principal Jack Moelleker retired last year, elementary Principal Susan Grey’s contract was expanded to cover all grades this year. The superintendent took up some of the duties along with teachers who are building leaders.
“We are looking for someone who can handle the paperwork, discipline and supervision,” Feldkamp said.
He noted that another administrator was not hired last year to meet a large budget cut, but the “administrative work is too great. There are not enough hours in the day.”
In other action, the board unanimously approved:
- Withdraw the district from the Delaware Valley League.
- Eighth-graders’ request for a bus to attend World of Fun.
- Purchased 40 iPads, a couple of carts, and two Macbooks for $26,360, financed by federal funds.
- Part-time employee to prepare the baseball and softball fields.
- Part-time summer custodial and grounds help.
- Purchase of portable staging equipment and additional chairs for $5,739.
- Approved Bob Sample to serve on the Valley Falls Recreation Commission.
- Received resignations from Shana Reichart and Angie Tillery, the head and assistant sponsors for middle school cheerleaders, respectively.
Jody Lockhart presided with all members present. The other board members are John Shipley, Sharon Sweeney, Carrie Belveal, James Stevens, LaVerne Clark, and Heidi Pickerell.
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