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February 16, 2019

4/20/2018 10:13:00 AM
Highland Board of Education approves two trips for May
At their regular meeting on Wednesday, April 11, the Highland Board of Education approved an overnight trip for the fifth grade class to Bethel Horizons in Dodgeville. Several fifth grade students gave a presentation about the trip and what they hope to learn. They hope to have an intimate experience with nature and do some teambuilding activities among other things. The trip is scheduled for May 10-11 and was approved by the board. Another trip that the board approved was for the senior class trip to go paintballing/laser tagging at a facility near Madison, then the group would go to The Kalahari which is only 15 minutes from the other activity. The trip is slated for May 16 with the students returning to Highland in time for afternoon practices. Money had already been budgeted for the transportation, so the board also unanimously approved this trip.
Fox's Landscaping and Lawn Service of Highland was agreed as the 2018 lawn service for the school district. While their bid was the highest, board members noted that they have provided great service in the past and do much work for free.
Installing a new phone system was accepted by the board as the old one needs to be replaced. The bid came in under budget, around $500.
In other business:
District Administrator Nancy Hendrickson gave updates on this year's budget and next year's. With this year, the budget is looking really good, she explained. There will be anywhere from $46,000-$50,000 left over to do end of the year things with. "If you don't spend it, you lose it for next year," Hendrickson stated. "We have enough money to meet all of our expenses for this year."
Looking at next year's preliminary budget, she clarified that the budget could change quite a bit depending on if more students enroll in or enroll out of the Highland School District; however, the district is in "pretty good shape."
The board tabled a discussion on the fast forward grant as it needs to be looked into more.
Contracts with Upland Hills for OT/PT and athletic training were approved. The OT/PT contract is up from $60/hour to $63/hour, which is about $15,000 a year. This is very cost-effective compared to hiring a full-time person. The cost for an athletic trainer is up as well from $3,000 to $4,000 with the price locked in for three years. The athletic trainer is roughly at Highland events about 400 hours a year.
Support of $100/family was approved by the school board to help offset the cost of lodging and transportation for Odyssey of the Mind students and families to go to the world competition in Iowa.
A preliminary staffing plan was discussed and accepted by the board with changes at the elementary school but not at the high school. Once again, the district has to wait and see where the numbers come in at and make a final decision then.
Policy items that were on the agenda to be discussed were skipped as the policy committee didn't get a chance to meet, but they will be on the next regular agenda with the board meeting slated for Wednesday, May 9 at 6 p.m.

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