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THE CAPITAL OUTLAY PROJECTS AND THE SURVEY FOR FACILITIES WERE ITEMS FOR THE USD 211 NORTON BOARD OF EDUCATION LAST NIGHT.  SUPERINTENDENT GREG MANN PRESENTED A LIST OF PROJECTS THAT THE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION WOULD LIKE TO SEE DONE.  THE LIST INCLUDES REPLACE THE BLACKTOP AT EISENHOWER WITH CONCRETE, EXHAUST SYSTEM FOR THE EISENHOWER GYM, ADDITIONAL PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT, CARPETING FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL, REPLACE THE INTERCOM AND CLOCK SYSTEM, REPLACE LOCKERS IN THE EAST CAMPUS EAST LOCKER ROOM, REPLACE THE JUNIOR HIGH GYM FLOOR, NEW WEATHER LAB MODULE FOR THE TECH LAB AND UPGRADE THE FLOORING IN THE STULL GYM SHOWER ROOMS.  THE BOARD WILL RANK THE ITEMS AND THEN THE TALLY WILL BE PRESENTED AT THE FEBRUARY MEETING.  THE BOARD ALSO CONSIDERED THE PROPOSAL FROM THE DOCKING INSTITUTE FOR THE FACILITIES SURVEY, WHICH IS ONE OF THE BOARD’S GOALS.  THEY ACCEPTED THE PROPOSAL TO DO AN ONLINE AND TELEPHONE SURVEY OF SCHOOL PATRONS.  THEY ALSO ADDRESSED HOW TO GET INFORMATION TO THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE SURVEY AND WHAT THE ISSUES WILL REVOLVE AROUND.  THE COST WILL BE SIX THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM THE USD 211 CONTINGENCY FUND.  THE DOCKING INSTITUTE WOULD DO THE SURVEYS AND THEN COMPILE THE DATA AND PRESENT IT TO THE BOARD.  The BOARD APPROVED BEING INCLUDED in the DANE G. HANSEN GRANT APPLICATION FOR THE PARENTS AS TEACHERS PROGRAM.  LAST YEAR THE HANSEN FOUNDATION AWARDED ENOUGH FOR THE LOCAL MATCH FOR EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT.  THE BOARD WILL ACT ON PARTICIPATION IN THE PARENTS AS TEACHERS AT A FUTURE MEETING.  STEVE VANCE REPORTED ON THE DISTRICT’S MATH PREPARATION FOR STATE ASSESSMENT TESTS.  THE BOARD WILL BE TAKING A SHORTENED MATH STATE ASSESSMENT AT THE MARCH MEETING.  CURRICULUM DIRECTOR JEREMY HAWKS REPORTED ON THE TRANSITION to the COMMON CORE STANDARDS IN MATH AND COMMUNICATION.  SUPERINTENDENT MANN REPORTED THAT THE ELECTRICITY COSTS ARE DOWN SIGNIFICANTLY OVER LAST YEAR.  THE BOARD ACCEPTED THE DONATION OF 288.13 FROM THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS FROM THEIR TOOTSIE ROLL DRIVE FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION.  THE BOARD APPROVED ROBERT WYATT AS THE BOARD’S REPRESENTATIVE ON THE CALENDAR COMMITTEE.  THEY ADDRESSED THE NEED FOR MORE TIME FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE MTSS AND THE TRANSITION TO THE COMMON CORE STANDARDS.  THE BOARD APPROVED ALLOWING THE SUPERINTENDENT AND THE TECH DIRECTOR TO PURCHASE APPLE COMPUTERS THAT ARE A YEAR OLD AND BEING SOLD AT A DISCOUNTED PRICE, PER THE TECHNOLOGY PLAN.  THE BOARD APPROVED LARRY LYLES AS THE LENORA BUS DRIVER.  THEY APPROVED EXTENDING the CONTRACT OF DANNA KELLY AS THE LEARNING CENTER DIRECTOR THROUGH THE 2012-2013 SCHOOL YEAR.  THEY ALSO APPROVED EXTENDING THE CONTRACTS OF THE SUPERINTENDENT, THREE BUILDING PRINCIPALS AND KEITH HOUSER THROUGH THE 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR.  THE NEXT MEETING OF THE USD 211 NORTON BOARD OF EDUCATION WILL BE MONDAY FEBRUARY 13TH AT 7:30 IN THE BOARD ROOM OF THE UNIFIED OFFICE.  ALL MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.