Snow days top H-L meeting

BASCOM – Discussion on calendar and snow days dominated the agenda of the Hopewell-Loudon Board of Education meeting Wednesday night. The district has missed 13 days as of Wednesday.

The board’s priority is to ensure maximum learning opportunities before the standardized tests that have been scheduled for the last week of April. Options include adding 15 minutes at the beginning of the day and 15 minutes at the end of the school day or making up four days during spring break. Both options would take advantage of the state’s new legislation that forgives four days and the school year would end before Memorial Day. A third option would be extending the school year until June 4. The state will forgive all days for seniors after the graduation ceremony.

Because any of these options would alter the master agreement, the teachers’ union will be involved in the decision. Superintendent Nicole Jiran said the final decision will be announced early next week. None of these options would increase teachers compensation.

The Chieftain gym located on the north side of CR 7 has been cleared for occupancy by the state. Members of the community and students are invited to help with a “clean up” day March 22. A professional cleaning company is to be hired to clean the gymnasium.

The old building site still needs to be leveled and seeded after the state determines the site does not contain contaminants.

In her principal’s report, Jennifer Losey announced the third grade reading test results will not be available until June 15. The state is allowing for a July make-up of the test which gives students one more chance to meet the third grade reading guarantee, but the results of that test won’t be available until August.

Jiran announced the district has developed a new policy that would help pay for background checks of volunteers and chaperones.

In other news, the board:

Accepted a bid of $89,856 for the purchase of a new bus.

Awarded a contract to local company Cut Right Lawns for mowing more than 30 acres of school lawns.

Nominations for the H-L Hall of Fame are due by March 31.

The board is to meet at 6:30 p.m. April 2.