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February 18, 2014

Band trips approved, Howar sports expansion supported

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The second trip would be for the entire band and would go to Orlando, Fla. from March 29 to April 4, 2016. Every four years the band takes a trip. Recently it has been to Chicago, but DePrizio said that for this next one they wanted to try for a different destination. The trip would include jazz and concert band clinics, a parade through the Disney Park and time at Epcot Center, Universal Studios, Magic Kingdom and Disney Hollywood Studios among other things. The cost would be approximately $1,000 per student and DePrizio said fundraising would be able to begin now if permission was given by the board.

Members of the board discussed some concerns about missing school days and the cost for some students, but overall were in favor of the trips and later on during the meeting, both trips were approved, with the Florida one approved on condition of fundraising success.

The board then saw a presentation from robotics students and Kim Mitchell using the robot they built this year for competition. The students demonstrated the robot in action and talked to the board about their process in building the machine and their experiences at competition. The Centerville team has qualified for state competition.

Howar Junior High Principal Bruce Karpen presented the information he had gathered with junior high athletic director Rich Parker regarding starting a junior high baseball and softball program in Centerville. The item was only up for discussion by the board that night and they could not vote to approve the program. However, all members indicated they would vote in favor when the item was brought up for a vote at a later meeting in order to give those involved time to plan and begin implementing the program as well as time to find interested students.

The board then voted to accept the Early Childhood Literacy Implementation grant money. The district received $23,175.73. They then voted on personnel changes. The board approved the resignation of Penny Exline and the retirement of Zelda Starr, who left the district after 24 years in food service. The board then approved contract adjustments with Chelsey Spurgeon and Cassandra Gee and approved volunteer agreements with Leanne Cortesio and Miranda Phelps and approved an employment contract with Darlene Simms.

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