The North Baltimore Board of Education held their last regularly scheduled meeting of the year on Tuesday evening. The agenda was compact, with the entire meeting lasting just twenty minutes. Board member Tim Archer was absent.
The board approved a resolution to submit to the voters of the school district, a renewal of the existing 1% district income tax on the May 2015 ballot. This is the second step of the necessary procedure that is followed to have this renewal on the ballot. The initial conversation regarding this renewal took place at the November meeting. This is NOT a new tax-simply a renewal.
During administrative updates, Mr. Delaney made a public apology for the lack of a new district website, which has been anticipated since the beginning of this school year. He seemed frustrated by the lack of completion of this project, which is currently in the hands of someone else, outside of the district. He feels it may be completed sometime next week.
Thursday is the last day of school for NB students before the Holiday break. Teachers will have a work day Friday. School will resume January 5, 2015.
Mr. Delaney also shared “Get Well Wishes” and condolences, as there are many health-related situations and illnesses, and loss of family members within the NBLS community. “Here’s to a better 2015,” he said.
In the high school principal’s report, Dr. Falkenstein reported there has been a change to the Penta Schedule. Students attending Penta Career Center will now attend on February 13th, but won’t attend on February 17th. Also related to Penta, there is an 8th grade Expo in March.
He also reported that students involved with the “Paws for a Cause” club have adopted a family of 7, through the Angel Tree program, and will be delivering Christmas gifts on Friday.
Musical auditions for the upcoming Spring musical, “Once Upon a Mattress” are in progress. He announced there will be a $25 costuming fee, per (acting) participant, for the musical. No one will be excluded from participating because of the fee.
Semester exams are Wednesday and Thursday. Students are given flexible schedules, with late arrivals and early dismissals included.
Mr. Lockwood praised the work being done in the Arts department at Powell. He also shared pictures of a recent gingerbread house project completed in the First Grade classrooms.
Mr. Lockwood explained “Spirit Day” donations which are contributed dollars from the teachers and other staff at Powell. Staff pays $2 to be able to wear Tigerwear on Fridays. The money is used to provide happier holidays for students from Powell families that needed help. Every student received information about the program, and how to participate. Almost forty students were able to be helped, by the generous giving of the Powell community, and various donations. Mr. Lockwood shared an inspiring story of an anonymous person who was working on a service job at Powell, heard about the project, and went to his vehicle to retrieve money, and returned to make a $100 donation.
The January organizational meeting of the Board of Education will be January 13th, at 5:30pm followed by the Special (Regular) January meeting at 6:00pm at the MS/HS building.