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West Central Board Hears Five Year Enrollment Projections

West Central Board Hears Five Year Enrollment Projections

At the Wednesday, January 18, 2017, regular board meeting of the West Central C.U.S.D. #235 Board of Education, Superintendent Markey presented the five year enrollment projections. It is anticipated that enrollment will decline by approximately 13 students over the next five years. This is less than last year's projection by 35 students. Also, in 2020-2021, the projected enrollment begins to go back up slightly.

The meeting was called to order at 6:00 the West Central Elementary School cafeteria by Board President Lonnie Brent, with all board members were present at roll call.

President Brent led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Under Good News Items the following items were highlighted:

The agenda was approved as presented with no additions or deletions.

The board entered closed session at 6:05 p.m. to discuss matters related to personnel and contract. The board exited closed session at 7:10 p.m.

The board approved the consent agenda. Items approved under the consent agenda included the following:

The board approved the establishment of the Julie Burdette Memorial Scholarship, and the purchase of a 12 passenger van.

The board approved the following proposed Board policy revisions on First Reading:

The board reviewed and heard reports from the building principals; Jason Kirby, Athletic Director; Melinda Frakes, District Technology Coordinator; and Shaila Ayer, District Psychologist and Special Education Director.

a. Mrs. Lafary reported that the Pre-K Expansion transition has gone smoothly.

b. Mr. Conlee reported that Connor Bailey recently won the WCMS Spelling Bee, and Devon Duffie took 2nd place. Both will advance to the regional spelling bee on February 16.

c. Mr. Conlee reported that there are seven students involved in Science Olympiad, 21 students involved in the play, and 19 students involved in Scholastic Bowl at the middle school.

d. Mrs. Markey reported that the administrative team is preparing a video with highlights of our district to submit to the Governor's competition. The Governor will visit the winning district(s).

e. Mrs. Markey reported on her meeting with the WCHS Student Advisory Committee. The students feel the Fine Arts program at W.C. has grown and improved since last year. They also believe the curriculum at the high school has become more rigorous and challenging. They particularly commented on the change in the science course sequence and believe this change was positive.

The board entered closed session at 7:42 p.m. to discuss matters related to personnel and contract. They exited closed session at 9:37 p.m.

The board took the following action in regards to personnel:

The board was reminded that the next regularly scheduled meeting will be Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the West Central Elementary cafeteria.

There being no other business, the board adjourned their meeting at 9:38 p.m.