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North Baltimore Board of Education Holds November Meeting

by Sue Miklovic

The North Baltimore Board of Education held their November meeting last Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at the NBHS/NBMS building. All Board members, minus Mrs. Cotterman were present.

There wasn’t much on the agenda so it was a very short meeting.

The Board accepted the resignation of Board Member Cheryl Cotterman who has faced some health issues the past several months. She did not run for re-election this fall. She will be replaced by Marcy Byrd, who won the seat in the November election. Sharninghouse and Archer were also re-elected to their seats for new terms. “We thank Mrs. Cotterman for all she has done for the District while serving on the Board,” said Superintendent Ryan Delaney.

Other comments from Superintendent Delaney include:
*”Great Job” by Emily Meyerson on the musical “Little Shop of Horrors” last weekend.
*WI-FI is being connected in the Fieldhouse
*50 tons of dirt have been applied to the Baseball Field (To assist with drainage)
*Because of the decrease in train traffic through the Village, there have not been issues with school delays (tardiness) lately.
*The 2018-2019 School Calendar was approved as presented. The first day of school next year is August 20. The last day is May 30. Christmas break is only one week.

Treasurer Steven Stewart added:
*CSX is officially scaling back. We expect to continue to receive some money, as they are obligated for 20 years through the TIFF agreement.
*The district is in need of a new bus. Mr. Stewart is searching for grant funding.
*The district received approximately $800 through a donation from someone’s estate. The money was divided between several school districts because the deceased person had no heirs.

Principal Dr. Bob Falkenstein reported:

  1. Our Veteran’s Day Ceremony was a gigantic success! I want to thank Miss Huffman and our NHS Members for their hard work.  We welcomed a WWII veteran and Korean War veteran.  Both gentlemen were in their 90s.  Look for students and staff in their new t-shirts, which students designed and I paid for.  The PowerPoint presentation is up for viewing at nbls.org.
  2. Our musical Little Shop of Horrors was really well done!
  3. Music concerts are scheduled: Dec. 13 is the choir concert and Dec. 19 is the band concert. Both are at 7:00.
  4. Winter sports are all underway! Between Sarah Bugner, Ryan and myself we will have one of us at every home and away varsity event and all home middle school events.  In December alone, we will cover 27 different sporting events.  We get a lot of compliments for being there.
  5. Midterms for the 2nd quarter are coming out this week, and we are less than 4 weeks away from semester 1 exams already!
  6. State end-of-course retake exams will be proctored in December to some students who need the graduation points. It’s all a big hassle, but we have to play the game.  There are state-created loopholes that we jump through to ensure graduation for students who cannot get their 18 points.
  7. I am being given the opportunity to shadow an ODE executive. I invited this person to our school in February to illustrate how law becomes daily practice (OTES, EOC exams, attendance).  Then, I will go to ODE and shadow that person to experience what life is like inside ODE.
  8. We had a staff picture taken. Look for it in the school soon!

Principal Mark Lange reported:

There have been many exciting things happening here at Powell since the Board last met.

Our sixth graders had a very successful experience at Camp Storer in Jackson, Michigan.  Our students were active and engaged learners that represented our school well.  I had the pleasure of spending the majority of the day with them on the Tuesday, October 24th.  I think I had as much fun as they did!

 

I would like to thank Heidelberg University for coming on October 31st and providing our students with an assembly about Junie B. Jones – the ever popular storybook character.  The university’s drama club entertained our students with an exceptional performance that was very well received and at no cost to the district.  Their generosity was greatly appreciated!

 

Powell hosted another very successful book fair in conjunction with parent teacher conferences.  I would like to thank Sandy Stewart and the Powell PTA for assisting with the book fair operation.  Many hands made for light work.  Each teacher was allowed to select about $45 dollars in free merchandise for their classrooms and this number is based upon sales.  The book fair is a great experience for our students and benefits the school at the same time.

 

Conferences were very well attended.  For any parents not able to attend, I asked teachers to reach out via e-mail or phone in the days that followed.  Virtually every parent in the district received a personal update about their child’s performance.

 

The teachers at Powell did an excellent job planning the fall festival that was held the morning of November 2nd.  Students participated in games and various activities and received prizes.  The students seemed to greatly enjoy themselves!

 

On November 8th, I met with the rest of the district administrative staff in reviewing Powell’s emergency plan.  We had an excellent program put on by the county EMA director that included local police, fire, EMS, and related community support services.  Our crisis management plan was reviewed in great detail to ensure the preparedness of all stakeholders.

 

On Friday, November 10th, we hosted approximately 75 veterans to celebrate Veteran’s Day.  Vets were invited to enjoy a Salisbury steak dinner in the cafeteria and were served cookies made by Mrs. Carr.  There were plenty of decorations, thank you cards, and many other kind gestures to signify our appreciation for their sacrifices.  This might have been our best turnout yet!

 

Powell teachers donated $220 in support of the NB drama club on Wednesday, November 15th.  For a donation, staff members were allowed to dress down.  Thanks go to the teachers for their generosity and for supporting the arts within the district.

 

I took 28 students and 3 chaperones to SkyZone in Holland on November 20th.  The students selected were the top sellers in our recent fund-raiser event.  Their enthusiasm and support of the fund-raiser helped us greatly and will help provide nearly $6,500 in support of school activities and playground improvements!  Smaller awards were provided to participants who sold more than four items the following day.

Interim reports were sent home prior to Thanksgiving vacation.  We are over 1/3 of the way through the year.  Gosh!  How time flies when you are having fun!

 

Candid photographers were in the building today to take photos for the yearbook.  After several years of not having one, we re-introduced the yearbook last year and we sold approximately 50.  We are hoping to hit 75 this year.  I felt it was a great yearbook and a good value – certainly a yearbook we could be proud of.

 

You are invited to the K-3 Sing-a-long at Powell on December 11th.  It begins at 6:30, but plan to get there early if you want a seat.  The gym fills quickly!

The holiday choral concert is scheduled for Wednesday, December 13th and the holiday band concert is on Tuesday, December 19th.  There is no better way to get into the holiday spirit than to enjoy the NB Arts dept. performances!

 

The December meeting of the Board of Education will be held December 19 at 6:00pm. This is a week earlier than normal, due to the holidays.

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