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Ellsworth school board briefs

Supt. Cain presents goals for next year

Supt. Barry Cain presented three 2011-12 goals for the School Board's consideration Monday. The first would provide guidance and resources to implement elements of the strategic plan targeted for Year 1. The second involves the Professional Learning Communities with a focus on using student performance data for evaluating professional practices in light of student learning. The third would change staff handbooks to reflect the changes in state law and employment practices.

Board Member Rick Kornmann suggested breaking out the future of school buildings, especially the two elementary facilities, from the first goal as a separate fourth goal.

Air conditioning discussed for seven rooms at Prairie View

Prairie View Elementary School's parent group has proposed installing air conditioning in seven rooms. Working with district maintenance personnel, the group has obtained an estimate of $15,875 for the project and will put $11,000 toward it, parents told School Board members Monday. The district's buildings and grounds committee will evaluate it.

Grants proposed

Ellsworth Community School District Foundation has made several grants. The items and amounts include a cappella choir recording session, $1,200; two smart boards, $1,100 and $2,200; respect retreat, $300;responders, $1,590; Dudes on the Drum, $714; and reading university, $1,750.

In other news...

Personnel: The board hired Jenna Ginsbach as high school math and physics teacher, Dianne Albarado as Prairie View second-grade teacher, Dani Taplin as Prairie View special education teacher and Sharon Peterson as half-time Lindgren secretary.

Meeting watch: The meeting lasted 40 minutes. All board members were present.

- compiled by Bill Kirk, RiverTown staff writer