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Slater Board of Education supports adding Harrisburg to Lewis & Clark Conference

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Slater Public Schools Board of Education recognized PEO and president of the organization Ida Jane Garnett as a Partner in Education at the meeting Tuesday, Dec. 18.
(Kelsey Alumbaugh/Democrat-News)
The Slater Board of Education met Tuesday, Dec. 18, to discuss adding two new schools to the Lewis & Clark Conference, along with a slew of other administrative issues.

The board said it would stand behind Superintendent Terry Lorenz to vote yes in an email vote on Thursday for Harrisburg to join the conference.

Father Tolton and Harrisburg requested to join the conference, but Father Tolton was almost immediately turned down by the board because of how large it is.

Lorenz addressed low attendance because of the flu going through the school, but assured board members he was keeping an eye on the issue.

He had made a deal with the yearbook staff about the amount of ad sales. If the group sold $2,500 worth of ads, Lorenz said he would take them to get pizza. If the group sold $3,000 of ad space, he said he would take them to China Inn.

"Well, we went to China Inn and ate last week," he said.

Lorenz also addressed the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

"Our hearts are with Sandy Hook Elementary, the community of Newtown, Conn., and especially with the families who lost a loved one during this recent senseless tragedy," he said. "I would like to assure our Slater community that we are taking every precaution in regard to the safety of the students at Slater Public Schools."

The leadership team went to a "Visible Learning" seminar in Las Vegas, Nev., hosted by the Leadership and Learning Center.

"It was a very positive experience for the leadership team as we were able to work collaboratively applying our collective energy on the focus and direction of Slater schools," Lorenz said.

Slater Board of Education recognized PEO and president of the organization Ida Jane Garnett as a Partner in Education.

Lorenz has still not heard from the gas consortium.

A new ice maker is to be purchased and Lorenz noted the boiler may need more work.

Renewing the MUSIC insurance policy was approved.

The board has not yet received any snow removal bids.

The minutes and finance report were approved and bills were paid.

The board moved to go into closed session to discuss personal and legal matters.

Contact Kelsey Alumbaugh at kalumbaugh@marshallnews.com

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