SPRING VALLEY – The cost to attend classes at Hall High School is on the rise. Superintendent Mike Struna made the recommendation that fees be increased for next school year. Fees were last increased three years ago.
The increases in fees are projected to bring an additional $30,000 to Hall. This is part of Struna’s deficit reduction plan.
Registration fees will be increased from $110 to $130 and technology and book fees from $20 to $70 for a total registration cost of $200. Sport fees are also increasing from $50-$75 per sport with an individual student limit of $150 or a total family limit of $300. Driver’s education is being raised from $75 to $125. Other increases include gym locks now costing $7, parking stickers $20, student lunches $3, and adult lunches $3.25.
Also at the Hall Board’s recent meeting, Struna introduced a new social probation policy. Students will be placed under social probation for accumulating three or more in-school suspensions in the same school year, for accumulating two or more out of school suspensions in the same school year, or by receiving one out of school suspension of more than five days.
Students who are under social probation will forfeit all privileges (early release, open campus lunch, homeroom exemption) and attendance at all extracurricular activities that are held during the 30-day probationary period (including homecoming, Sadie, prom).
Struna is also proposing an attendance incentive policy where juniors and seniors can be exempt from final exams during the second semester.
These two new policies in addition to the handbook changes and code of conduct changes will be discussed, and action is expected during the June meeting.
Tony Orlandi also updated the board on the progress of the construction of the new Hall High School. The concrete footing and foundation walls for the entire project are roughly 85 to 90 percent complete.
Footings and foundation walls are being completed at Buildings B, C and D with scheduled completion the first week of June.
The structural steel (columns, beams and metal decking) for Building A (three-story academic building) is ongoing and scheduled to be completely by the end of the month.
Orlandi provided information on Bid Package 3A for masonry, and the board approved the bid of Jimmy Z Masonry, not to exceed $2,664,940.
Bids for Package 3B (electrical, site utilities, food services) were opened on May 22. The board will hold a special meeting at the beginning of June to approve this bid package.
The board voted unanimously to approve the 1 to 1 Technology Initiative Plan. Freshmen students will either bring their personal iPads to school, purchase a Chromebook for a cost of $275 or rent to own a Chromebook for four annual payments of $75. Struna said “The goal is for all freshmen to have a device for educational purposes.”
In other business:
• Students at Hall High School will be given the opportunity to take dual credit classes through IVCC where students get high school credit as well as college credit. The board will discuss the policy further at the June board meeting.
• The board recognized Hildi Grivetti, Julie Eilers and Rhonda Bezely for their years of service in the Hall Booster Organization.
The following actions were taken after closed session:
• Rehired for the 2014-15 school year Gina Puck, Lynn Ellis, Vicki Piontek and Deb Arreguin.
• Hired Brian Holman as math teacher for the 2014-15 school year. He was also hired as head girls’ basketball coach and head girls’ softball coach.
• Hired Megan Uphoff as library aide.
• Hired SIP Team members Angie Carpenter, Adam Meyer, Teresa Colmone, Ann Maller, Kathy Martin, Bob Peterlin, and Nick Hanck and; RTI Team members Ros Pigati, Brittney Berger, Joanna McConville, Kayleen Haslam, Darcy Earley, Brandon Czubachowski and Joe Rue.
• Hired Kayleen Haslam as National Honor Society sponsor for the 2014-15 school year.
• Accepted with regret the retirement request from Karen Klopcic, effective June 30, 2018.
The next meeting of the Hall High School Board is at 6 p.m. May 18 in the library.
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