Buses rerouted down Iola Street
By Jane Myhra
A traffic count summary was reviewed by the Iola-Scandinavia School Board at its Oct. 12 meeting.
According to the summary, 211 is the daily average number of vehicles that travel the new access road to the high school parking lot. The hourly use ranges from 7 to 10.
“The buses now go down Iola Street, not Division Street,” said District Administrator David Dyb. “That seems to help a lot.”
Also, according to Dyb, bright yellow crosswalk signs are present at the intersection of Division and Main streets.
Elementary Principal Tess Lecy-Wojcik reported on the recent visit by educator and author Regie Routman.
According to Wojcik, Routman met with the literacy team and then with the entire staff and the students. Board President Kristen Hoyord also participated.
“It was a neat experience and it was nice to hear all the good things she had to say about our school and about our staff,” Hoyord said.
“Of all the schools Routman has visited in the U.S. and Canada, this was the first time a school board member was present,” Wojcik said. “She was very impressed.”
The board members discussed the new requirement for all graduates to take a civics exam, which begins in the 2016-17 school year.
“It is my belief that we have all of the necessary procedures in place to meet the new requirements,” said High School Principal Sara Anderson.
She reported that Brian Tucker already has a U.S. citizenship exam included in his U.S. Government classes. She noted this is a required class for juniors.
Anderson said Tucker feels “confident that he could provide a secure testing environment that will provide valid results.”
The board approved posting the elementary principal/curriculum coordinator position, with applications accepted until Nov. 13.
The board also approved adding Earth Science as an elective course offering.
After discussion, policies on graduation ceremony requirements and community use of school facilities were approved for second readings.
Business instructor Laura Scott requested approval of adding a pupil activity account for DECA, an international student organization that promotes leadership opportunities in business.
“DECA provides support and directly-related instructional tools for the curricular emphasis of our program,” Scott stated in her proposal to the board. “It offers opportunities to challenge and inspire an upcoming set of students who have an interest in business that may be unique in my years here.”
Her request was granted.
In other business, the board approved a two-year renewal of the boys’ soccer cooperative with the Tomorrow River School District. They also approved a plan to allow staff members to purchase their own chromebook or laptop through a school vendor.