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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 27, 2014

Highland board holds retreat

By Xiomara Levsen | Apr 04, 2014

RIVERSIDE—The Highland school board held a retreat Thursday afternoon. Items on the agenda were reviewing finance fundamentals, review of the proposed 2014-15 budget, and discussion of chapters 6 and 7 from the book “World Class Learners.”
School board secretary and business manager Sue Rich said the review of the proposed budget for next year was to help the new school board members understand the tax rate.
“We reviewed the levies and how we came to that amount,” Rich said. “The amount is a little bit lower than last year’s.”
The proposed tax rate for the school district will be $16.23 per $1,000 valuation of property, Rich said. A public hearing will be held on Monday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m. about the proposed budget, in the high school board room.
The district’s good conduct policy for students was briefly discussed, Rich said. After a violation of the current good conduct policy this school year, Rich said the board members decided to review the policy.
“There’s new wording for the good conduct policy, so this gave the board members a chance to look at that,” Rich said. “We have to have two readings to adopt it, so the first reading will take place at the next meeting.”
Also discussed at the school board retreat were chapters 6 and 7 from the book “World Class Learners,” Rich said. Chapter 6 is titled “From Accident to Design; A Paradigm Shift” and Chapter 7 is titled “Freedom to Learn; Student Autonomy and Leadership.”
“The author [Yong Zhao] was a speaker at the convention [Iowa Association of School Boards] in November and everyone came back really impressed with what he had to say, “ Rich said, “so Chris [Armstrong, Highland School District Superintendent] ordered the books for us.”
The book talks about teaching kids to be more creative, how to get them to want to learn on their own, and to think along the lines of entrepreneurship, Rich said.
The next regularly scheduled school board meeting will be held Monday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the high school boardroom.

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