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Written by Brenda Johnson Brandt   
Technology committee, leadership team and fall sports/activity reports highlighted the Nov. 2 meeting of Holyoke School District Re-1J Board of Education.

Technology committee chair Stefen Betley updated the board on his committee’s work. He noted the Morgridge Foundation grant was key in putting Promethean Boards in some classrooms this year.

Betley said the committee will be looking for other grants to enhance technology, in addition to applying for one more round of a Morgridge Foundation funds.

Committee members wrote acceptable use guidelines for students and staff, and those guidelines are now in the district handbooks, said Betley.

A recent staff survey is leading the technology committee to look into the potential purchase of a new management system, to replace GoEduStar. The survey indicated staff is satisfied with School Fusion for the website.

When asked his overall vision of the technology committee, Betley said it would be to have interactive whiteboard technology in every classroom. Additionally, more access to technology for all students is Betley’s desire.

Elementary Principal Kyle Stumpf said the technology committee has provided great input, not only in finding ways to get technology, but in reviewing safe, productive ways to instruct kids as they go along.

With news of the passage of the school mill levy override coming in Tuesday night as Betley was giving his report, it was noted the district can feel good about the position they’re in to leverage some funds for technology.

Leadership team chair Angie Powell told the board the team’s goal is to help student achievement through development and implementation of curriculum, through instructional practices and correct interpretation of data about student achievement.

Powell reported last year a catalog was developed for staff development. This year, during first-Friday meetings, staff work in one of three main strands: Technology, Every Child a Writer or Self-Reliant Learner.

Staff is allowed to accumulate recertification hours through the studies, as well.

Last year, the leadership team looked at curriculum written for physical education, social studies and foreign language, recommending approval to the board.

Powell said this group is currently defining what the instructional model will look like, is looking at developing a districtwide grading philosophy and is working with Supt. Bret Miles with the school’s accreditation plan.

Next up on the report schedule was activities director Kimberlee Bennett, who gave information on the fall athletic season.

She noted the athletic handbook was updated by a committee in the spring of 2010 and was approved by the board and reviewed at a parents’ meeting this fall.

Participation numbers in the fall sports, as reported by Bennett, follow:

Cheerleading, six JH and eight HS; boys’ golf, 10 (including three from out-of-district); football, 30 JH and 31 HS; volleyball, 16 JH and 22 HS; and girls’ softball, 18 (including five from out-of-district).

The fall banquet is scheduled Monday, Nov. 22 at 6 p.m.

Other business

In other business Nov. 2, the Re-1J board:

­—approved nonresident student Kyleigh Jaeger from Venango, Neb.

—noted the superintendent evaluation is complete and available for public view.

—approved the first-quarter financial report for 2010-11, noting the information will be on the district website. Supt. Miles added the district is currently in the middle of its year-end audit.

­—received a reminder that board meetings begin at 7 p.m. starting with the Nov. 16 meeting.