This week's school board meeting highlights

After breaking for executive session, the board reconvened to address the evening’s agenda which included recognition of the District Bullying Prevention Poster Contest Winners. The USD 490 Safety Wildly Important Goal (WIG) group sponsored an anti-bullying poster contest during anti-bullying week November 12-16. The purpose of the contest was to raise awareness of bullying, encourage students to be kind to one another, and make sure they know how to report bullying. One winner was selected in each division, High School, Middle School and Elementary School.
The winners were Kira Schafer, an El Dorado High School student who was not present. Aysha Nkrumbih, an El Dorado Middle School student and Taylor Meinen a 5th grade Grandview student in Miss Wessel’s class. She created her poster in Mrs. Harris’ art class.
The El Dorado Middle School wrestling team placed fourth at the Patriot League wrestling tournament on December 15. Two wrestlers, Levi Wittenberg (155 lbs.) and Collin Scott (215 lbs.) were recognized for placing First in each of their respective weight classes.
El Dorado High School students, Myranda Drake, Luke Walker, Taylor Willis, Breckin Olson, Ashton Gingerich, Ben Barker, Isabelle Haabr qualified to compete at the state debate tournament.
Mrs. Givens had some special recognitions of her own to make as January is Board of Education Month. She noted that in addition to one free school lunch a month, board members also receive a certificate of appreciation.
El Dorado High School Principal, Kevin House along with several teachers/committee members shared updates with the board on the Kuder Navigator program, “Catch Ya/Pride Points” Recognition Program and new the new  EHS store where students can buy items using Pride Points. Mr. House also updated the board on a couple of new graduation requirements. The class of 2019 will have one change with the requirement of one additional elective credit, which requires 2019 graduates to have 26 credits upon graduation. The other change is the type of class required to meet the PE requirement. There will no longer be a distinction between PE 9 and PE 10. Students will have the option of choosing from any PE class for credit.
Friends of Education recognition was discussed and Grizzly Bowl was nominated as this year’s recipient for their partnership with the school. They provide the bowling equipment used in the classrooms, is the home of the EHS bowling team, and provides for district students to bowl free during the summer months.
The District Audit Report was presented to the Board and no violations or issues of noncompliance were found.
Changes to Summer Academy were announced and this year will see the move toward a more Summer Camp-like experience, called “Camp Pride,” with the students organized in tribes with tribe leaders and camp hosts to facilitate learning. Additionally, the Board approved a recommendation by Superintendent Sue Givens to provide free lunches during the months of June and July. The Summer Food Service Program, will fill offer free meals to El Dorado students under 18. Also, the Driver’s Education program fees were reduced to $100.
Two strategic planning work sessions were scheduled for January 30th at 5:30 pm with the City of El Dorado at February 20th at 5:30p with committee co-chairs.