The USD-379 school board approved hiring 11 paraeducators for the Twin Lakes Educational Cooperative at Monday’s board meeting.

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Although USD-379 school board members said last night they hope it won’t be necessary, they agreed they should be prepared to approve another property tax increase when discussing the budget at last night’s school board meeting.

Most of Monday’s school board meeting was spent on school redesign, as instructors and staff members from three of the district’s schools talked about what they will be doing when  redesign fully launches in the Fall.

With the new school year, CCCHS will see new changes as the school launches prototypes that were tested this Spring.

Brian Jordan from the Kansas Association of School Boards led a discussion about roles and expectations during the transition period for incoming superintendent Brett Nelson according to minutes of last night’s special meeting.

A paraeducator who not only helped the special education students she was assigned to, but other students in the classroom as well, was named USD-379’s Employee of the Year at Thursday’s “Expect Success” assembly that marked the end of the school year.

The teacher selected for USD-379 “Secondary Teacher of the Year” and the district’s overall teacher of the year has a way of reaching kids and bringing the best out of them, said band aide and music teacher Abigail Baeten, who nominated CCCHS/CCCMS band director Daniela Thrasher for the awar…

In nominating Garfield Elementary teacher Stefanie Lane for “Elementary Teacher of the Year” of USD-379, Brandon Pigorsch looked at the Pearson Education’s five qualities of effective teachers, according to students, and said Lane “encompasses all of these qualities an much more.”

The USD-379 school board accepted the resignation of Steve Joonas as director of the Twin Lakes Educational Cooperative at Monday’s board meeting and hired TLEC assistant director Anita Breen as the new director of the TLEC.

A proposal to levy a tax through the school district will come back before the USD-379 school board at their next regular meeting in June.

The USD-379 school approved a calendar for 2019-20 that has a later start date than last year, a longer Winter break -- three weeks instead of two -- and a later Spring break.

The annual Art Night and Book Fair took place March 21 and brought in numerous family members, students, and donations that will be used to help Lincoln Elementary kids in the future.

Lincoln and Garfield students  have been active, art and music instructors, library aides and physical education teachers reported as part of Lincoln Elementary's monthly principal’s report to the school board.

Students told the USD-379 school board that teachers have gone out of their way to include them in the process, from conducting surveys to getting their opinion when they try something new.

The City of Wakefield is planning to offer a summer youth program, and it’s going to be one heck of a program, according to information provided by Wakefield mayor Chris Dumler at last night’s school board meeting.

Fourth- and fifth-graders in a Clay Center began a new program that emulates the Tiger Hour at CCCHS and the Bengal Hours at CCCMS -- an hour in which elementary students too will have some freedom in selecting what they’ll be learning.

Kindergarten will look a lot different in regards to screenings and the first few days of school next year, Lincoln Elementary principal Matt Weller reported to the school board in the school’s monthly report.

Garfield Elementary will announce plans for redesign at a meeting from 5 to 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 4. This is not just for parents! Everyone is welcome.

Agriculture education students in the Welding I/II, Ag Power, and Advanced Ag Mechanics classes visited Hutchinson Mayrath, GT Manufacturing, and Bruna Implement Company on Wednesday, March 20, to learn about agriculture careers and business entities in Clay County.

CCCHS teachers are trying out different ways to teach kids, from trying out a “flipped classroom” to taking on hands-on, real world projects, a few of them said in a presentation to Clay Center Lions on Tuesday.

On Monday the board hired a paraeducator as a elementary teacher at Lincoln School next year and a special education teacher. The board hired Sherry McGuire as an elementary school teacher at Lincoln Elementary for the 2019-20 school year and accepted her resignation as para-educator at Linc…

At tonight’s board meeting, The USD-379 school board will  consider salary increases for the classified staff in the district and for the Twin Lakes Educational Cooperate that will cost at total of $132,000.

In providing an update on school redesign, CCCMS principal Keith Hoffman said in his report to the school board that the school plans to give students time to work on employment skills and give then a “soft end” at the end of the school day.

At Monday’s special board meeting the USD-379 school board approved signing bonuses for a couple of new English teachers and agreed to hire a couple of teaches and a few substitutes.

The USD-379 school board approved a few big-ticket items -- over $300,000 in projects, including about $18,000 toward summer projects, $32,000 to repair football fields at Wakefield School and Unruh Stadium, $25,000 in band instruments for Wakefield and Clay Center Schools, $35,000 to upgrad…

Wakefield School announced yesterday that it’s time for people to nominate candidates for  the Wakefield Hall of Fame! You can find links to the nomination form and criteria details on the school’s Facebook page.

Lincoln Elementary's Art Night and Book Fair  on March 211 will be a “Family Fun Night” theme, and  the school’s PEP needs your help! They are asking for donated board games, card games, family DVDs, etc. You can also give gift cards to the Rex Theater or other family-related activities. The…

Fernando Avalos, left, works on a model of a tiny house with Brandon Gibson, who visited Mindy Blake’s sixth-grade  hands-on science class last week and spoke to the students about his job as an architect.The class will complete their models next week.

The USD-379 backed off on some of the cuts they directed staff to implement at the regular meeting in January, but Wakefield School still felt the brunt of the cuts the board formally approved last night.