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THE FACILITIES REVIEW AND THE UPDATE ON THE NORTHWEST TECH WERE ITEMS FOR THE USD 211 NORTON BOARD OF EDUCATION LAST NIGHT.  THE BOARD HAS SPENT THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS MEETING WITH ARCHITECTS AND BONDING AGENTS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE NORTON SCHOOL FACILITIES.  LAST NIGHT THE BOARD WAS ASKED TO CONSIDER WHAT THE NEXT STEPS SHOULD BE.  SUPERINTENDENT GREG MANN PRESENTED THE STUDY DONE IN 2008 BY KENT STEWART RETIRED FROM KANSAS STATE AND IF THAT WAS STILL VALID TODAY.  MANY OF THE PROJECTS IDENTIFIED IN THAT STUDY ARE STILL NEEDING TO BE DONE, AND SOME HAVE ALREADY BEEN ACCOMPLISHED.  THERE ARE ALSO OTHER THINGS THAT HAVE COME UP SINCE 2008.  THE BOARD ALL FELT THAT THE COMMUNITY NEEDS TO BE INVOLVED IN THE PLANNING OF THE FUTURE FOR THE DISTRICT AND THE FACILITIES.  LAST NIGHT THEY APPROVED TO PROCEED WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF A PLAN FOR FACILITY IMPROVEMENTS IN TIME FOR THE NOVEMBER 2013 ELECTION TO ADDRESS FUNDING FOR THE PLAN.  THEY ALSO APPROVED HIRING THE GEORGE K. BAUM BONDING AGENT AND THE ARCHITECTS OF STRAIT AND SCHAEFER, JOHNSON, COX AND FREY.  THEY WILL HAVE A REPRESENTATIVE THAT LIVES IN COLBY TO HELP OVERSEE THE PROJECT.  COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT WILL BE COMING IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.  ALSO LAST NIGHT, FRANK OTTER, THE CHAIR OF THE BOARD OF CONTROL AT THE NORTHWEST KANSAS TECHNICAL COLLEGE IN GOODLAND PRESENTED HIS YEARLY REPORT.  THE COLLEGE HAS 560 STUDENTS FOR THIS YEAR.  THEY HAVE STARTED BASKETBALL, WRESTLING, RODEO, SOCCER AND CHEERLEADING THIS YEAR FOR MEN AND WOMEN.  NEXT YEAR THEY WILL ADD TRACK IN THE FALL.  THEY CONTINUE THEIR PARTNERSHIP WITH APPLE TO PROVIDE I-PADS FOR EACH OF THEIR STUDENTS FOR USE IN THE CLASSROOM AND OUT.  THEY WILL ALSO BE LOOKING AT EXPANSION IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS WITH THE COLLEGE CLASSES WORKING ON A NEW DORM UNIT FOR THE COLLEGE.  THE BOARD ADDRESSED THE FUNDING FOR THE NEXT YEAR, WHEN THE GRACE PERIOD FOR THE ADDITION OF THE LENORA SCHOOLS WILL BE UP.  THERE COULD BE A LOSS OF ABOUT 300 THOUSAND DOLLARS.  THE GOVERNOR HAS PLEDGED TO PROTECT SCHOOLS.  THE BOARD HEARD THE REPORT ON THE ADEQUATE YEARLY PROGRESS FOR EACH OF THE THREE SCHOOLS AND THE DISTRICT.  EISENHOWER MADE AYP FOR BOTH READING AND MATH, THE JUNIOR HIGH FOR READING AND THE HIGH SCHOOL FOR BOTH.  THE DISTRICT DID NOT MEET AYP IN READING.  HIGH SCHOOL MATH INSTRUCTOR LINDSAY BAILEY ADDRESSED THE CONSUMER MATH COURSE SHE TEACHES AT THE HIGH SCHOOL THAT TEACHES THE KIDS ABOUT CHECKING ACCOUNTS, SAVINGS ACCOUNTS, C.D.’S, CREDIT CARDS, TAXES AND CAR LOANS.  THE WOODEN KITCHEN SHELVES INSTALLED IN ONE OF THE KITCHENS WILL BE REPLACED DURING THE CHRISTMAS BREAK.  THE VENTILATION IS DONE AT THE EISENHOWER AND THE PROJECT AT THE AG SHOP AT THE HIGH SCHOOL SHOULD BE DONE AT THE END OF THE WEEK.  THE ENROLLMENT FOR THE NORTON DISTRICT IS HEAD COUNT 756 AND FULL TIME EQUIVALENT 704.3.   THE BOARD APPROVED THE CONTRACT WITH SUE JACOBS FOR THE JONES STREET AND HIGHWAY 36 CROSSING GUARD AND THE CONTRACT WITH JODI ROE AS THE ASSISTANT JUNIOR HIGH GIRLS BASKETBALL COACH.  THE NEXT MEETING OF THE USD 211 NORTON BOARD OF EDUCATION WILL BE MONDAY NOVEMBER 12TH AT 7:30 IN THE BOARD ROOM OF THE UNIFIED OFFICE.  ALL MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.