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La Harpe School Board

May Meeting

The La Harpe Community School District #347 Board held their regular monthly meeting on May 17, 2011 in the district library.

Dale Therrien, WCISEC Behavior Consultant, gave a detailed report including a Power Point presentation to the board as part of his administrative internship.

Therrien has been working with many districts in the area as well as at La Harpe School.

Therrien shared components of the six standards his administrative course has been geared around.

Therrien has worked at La Harpe on school-wide conflict resolution and character education, in addition to many other subject areas.

Principal McKeown gave updates on final track standings, spring concerts, Kindergarten Orientation, and 8th grade graduation. McKeown listed each of the class field trips taken and said a special thanks to the La Harpe Telephone Company for funding the 4th grade trip to the Titanic exhibit. McKeown also gave a moving progress report regarding the classrooms and offices affected by the renovation project and listed the following students of the month: K-Madilyn Finch, 1st-Caleb Mershon, 2nd-Alyssa Chapin, 3rd-Sammi Haney, 4th-Kellen Dysert and Cheyenne Imthurn, 5th-Jackson Porter, 6th-Julissa Willdrick and Brady Griffin, 7th-Bobbie Sue Oliver, and 8th-Tucker Anderson and Chris Andries. McKeown also noted staff attending summer workshops.

Dr. Campbell reported on the Health Life Safety Project that Project Manager, Steve Gross from Huff Architectural held a preconstruction meeting with the contractors detailing procedures, time frames, and access to the building. The project will begin Monday, May 23 with air monitoring and electrical demo. The asbestos removal is set to start May 26. Dr. Campbell reported the temporary use of the additional Johnson Building classrooms is cleared through the ROE pending the required accommodations be made. The outside doors must be used as main entrances to the classrooms. A fire wall will be constructed to divide the Pre-K play area from the bay area. ISBE's Kim Beachy confirmed the SEEPG matching energy grant is not tied to the Capital Projects Grant. The district has 2 years to spend the $250,000 SEEPG funds. Casing, countertop, bench and carpet samples are being discussed, and the project manager will be arranging housing in La Harpe during the main portion of the project. Irish noted that carpet may be useful in the entryways to reduce sound and slippage issues.

The board discussed possible changes in procedure regarding election of new board officers, and the construction grant application as it pertains with the reorganization to the high school district. The board approved prior meeting minutes, bills, and the financial report presented by Dr. Campbell, approved additional optional student accident insurance to be offered by Hometown Insurance of La Harpe, IASB annual membership renewal, the preliminary amended FY 2011 budget, the second reading of PRESS Policy updates, and authorized the deletion of closed session recordings according to district policy. The board also approved Athletic Coop coaching recommendations from Dallas ESD #327 for FY 2012, and summer custodial recommendations.

We invite you to view agendas, news releases and approved minutes on the school board section of the La Harpe Eagles website at

Board members in attendance were Nate Butler, Pam Campbell, Willo Carpenter, V.P. Rex Huston, Mark Irish, Darren Spangler, and Board President Cindy Wear.

Superintendent Mr. Jo Campbell, Principal Lila McKeown, Board Secretary Jeanne Clayton, and Dale Therrien were also in attendance.