By Light Laleye | Reporter
The May 9, 2016 Avon Community School Corporation (ACSC) meeting came to order promptly at 7p.m. and began with agenda item number one: celebrating the Avon Orioles.
The Avon High School Gold Boys’ Basketball team was celebrated first, followed by the valedictorian and salutatorian of the class of 2016, Angelina Shi and Vishaal Mali. During the time of “Celebrating Orioles,” three resolutions of commendations, the greatest commendation the school board can award, were awarded to Avon’s Robotics Team, Avon’s Indoor Band and Avon’s World Drumline.
After the “Celebrating Orioles” segment, Board President Mrs. Kimberly Woodward entertained a motion to approve all items on the consent agenda. The motion was moved by board member David Webb and seconded by member, Anne Engelhardt. The motion passed 4 to 0, with no discussion.
Woodward then continued on to make a few comments to the board president before making the floor open to public comments.
Comments from the Board President: “There really aren’t that many words to say after celebrating that many orioles, other than I think out 2016 Avon Lip Dub continues to receive just rave reviews in fact I went into one of our restaurant for lunch with an intern and I overheard two people next to me talking about the lip dub and I had to take that as a proud moment and pull out my phone and show them the lip dub. But they had seen it on Fox 59 this morning and once again with all of the achievements of our kiddos in every grade level and as we near commencement. It would always feel like at commencement, where we are losing such a great class of kids, so accomplished, so many things that they have brought to Avon and have succeeded at and every class just seems to be able to best that. Um, so I am overwhelmingly humbled by the success of our kids and really pleased to be able to recognize so many theses evening.”
No comments were made by the public.
At this time the board moved to discussion of “unfinished business.” The first point of unfinished business was enrollment and class size reports by Dr. Atha, vice superintendent of the ACSC.
Dr. Atha was “happy to report” that as of this past Friday, 9,397 students are enrolled in Avon Community Schools which is down nine students from the last count but still up 273 students from this time last year.
The second point of unfinished business was the second reading of board policies by superintendent, Dr. Margret Hoernemann. There was a recommended repeal of non-renewal of administrative contracts, a one-word change to the staff ethics policy and significant conversation over determination of legal settlement and eligibility for enrollment of student without legal settlement in the corporation.
The board had at earlier meetings that discussed changing their policy on allowing some very limited open enrolled at Avon High School next year. This would open a process whereby students who do not have legal settlement in the community school cooperation can put a ply to transfer into the school district. This program would allow for easy absorption of a limited number of students, approximately 60 total. Thirty at one grade level, 20 and 10 at the others and none at the senior level for the 2017 – 2018 school year.
The motion for approval of the second reading of the board policies was made by board member John K. McDavid and seconded by board member David D. Webb. The motion passed 4-0.
The last item on the agenda was “new business.” The board discussed food service salary recommendations, contracts with the Math Learning Center, the STEPUP Laptop Lease Program, Propane Fuel Bid, textbook rentals and disposal of obsolete text books as well as the 2017 – 2018 school calendar and 2016 – 2017 Student Handbook Adoption.
The School Board of Trustees regular meeting was adjourned at 8:22 PM.