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Arthur School Board focuses on “Where to go from here?” after school referendum fails to pass

Speech and Language contractual position for 2022-2023 school year approved

By ARIANA R. CHERRY
Staff Writer

The most recent Arthur School Board meeting was shorter than usual as there were no principal reports, and had to be held on a different evening since there were a few board members who needed to arrange their summer schedules. Despite the public portion of the meeting being brief, there were still a few comments about the school referendum that didn’t quite get enough votes to pass during the local election.

“We can all be proud of the process we developed. I’ve had several people from the community asking me where we are going to go from here, and I tell them I am not sure just yet. We will take a breath, regroup and talk about how we want to move forward. I appreciate everyone who turned out to vote and I know there was a lot of passion. Perhaps next time we will encourage more participation and provide more education. I commend our communities in our district that were involved with the referendum, but I think we will have to go back to the drawing board,” Superintendent Shannon Cheek said.

Kristie Mechling, secretary of the board, commented that she thought that perhaps “We should be finding out what we should be doing sooner than later – while things are still fresh.” In response to her comment, Cheek noted, “I think we may discuss more in August. I want to figure out what happened – was it the process or was it the plan? And then focus on part, attack it and find out why. How that will look, I don’t know. I’d like to reach out to other superintendents who have been through this process and failed and then see how they handled this type of situation,” he said.

“We should be careful how we ask questions, so they aren’t misleading. Some of the stuff I saw on social media was not fact based opinions and that was disappointing… Back to the drawing board,” Mechling responded. “ I will be reaching out before August and figure out what those next steps are. We will have a conversation about what we want to do about moving ahead, I want to be able to have some options,” Cheek said.

Other items discussed during the meeting was approving a contractual position for Speech and Language for the 2022-2023 school year. “I feel fortunate that we were able to find someone. We’ve had the job posted for a while. We were able to hire on contract and it will be in person- it won’t be online anymore. It will be nice to have someone here in our facility and under our roof,” commented Cheek.

Cheek reported that the school counselor, Kylie Russel, was presently researching the possibility of getting a service dog at ALAH High School. “I really think they can be a huge asset to a district. If we can get this up and running at the high school, you will see an interest at the other schools and expand. Our counselor has been doing some research and she’s learned how to incorporate them into the school. It won’t just be sitting in her office for people to come visit, etc,” he explained.

The district also received an anonymous donation of $660 for athletics. There were no other bills or treasury items to report.

At the end of the meeting, the custodians were thanked for their hard work during the summer. “It isn’t the most glamorous job, but it is important to thank our custodial staff. They’ve done a nice job on staying on and ahead of schedule for our summer cleaning efforts. I’d also like to thank Bill and Justin for the repairs and maintenance that has been done. They have really done a nice job this summer,” complimented Cheek.

Personnel Report

July 18, 2022

Certified:

Caitlin Martin from Sullivan for our 1st grade position. She finished her student teaching in May and is excited to join our team!

Accept Katherine Rosenbaum letter of resignation

Accept Merijha Branson letter of resignation

Non-Certified:

I am recommending Erin Davis for hire for the 1-1 individual aide position in my JH.

Erin is a parent in the district and has been a stay at home mom with her children. They are now full-time students and she is looking for the opportunity to be in the school. She has had experience working with students with special needs and has a passion for helping kids. We are excited to have her join our team in the Fall.

Accept Suzanne Yoder letter of resignation.

Accept Erin Clemons letter of resignation.

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