The Shelbyville Community Unit #4 School Board worked quickly through the agenda at their latest board meeting on Thursday, March 18, highlighted by new course offerings and a farming lease agreement with the U.S. Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville.
After principal reports, the board approved work to be done on the Moulton Middle School and Shelbyville High School gymnasium floors this summer. They passed a bid from Allred Floors Service Company for $4,400 for the high school gym floor. They approved a bid for $3,500 for the Moulton gym floor.
Eleven new courses were approved by the board.
“Although they are approved, it will depend on student interest and if there is an instructor available for those courses,” Superintendent Shane Schuricht. “Each teacher can only teach six periods and some already have classes.”
The district is still looking for a vocational teacher that would also have some agricultural courses.
“We had a vocational teacher, who taught Computer Aided Drafting and some construction courses, but he left for the private sector,” Schuricht said. ‘We have worked with Lake Land College to still be able to offer those courses and Mr. Greg Reynolds had to give up one of his welding classes.”
The new approved classes include Basic Mechanics, Beginning Construction, Landscaping and Turf Management, Natural resources Conservation Management, Cooperative Education, Agricultural Sales and marketing, Digital Learning and Responsibility, Principles of Engineering, Broadcasting/Video Production II, Composition I and Composition II.
The added challenge this year is the school interruptions due to the coronavirus. School is off until April 7. Normally, students are signing up for classes in March for next fall.
“This is a completely different year,” Mr. Schuricht said, “trying to get kids emrolled in classes by May. Everything is being delayed.”
Students will have to decided when they get back to school and High School Principal Kyle Ladd and the guidance counselor will have to move quickly on setting courses for next fall.
The school board also approved an agreement with the U.S. Corps of Engineers to farm a plot of ground called the McCabe’s Ag Lease. It is 25.1 acres off the Lithia Springs Road north of Route 16 and then back west.
The purpose is to aid in the hands-on portion of agricultural classes and to teach Natural Resource topics in an outdoor setting. The bid was to provide $4,57 of in-kind service.
It will involve leaving some crop standing, mowing clover twice a year and leaving some acres for Pollinator Mix.
“We took over this lease,” Schuricht said. The opportunity popped up and we thought it would strengthen the relationship working with the Corps of Engineers.”
The board also approved an agreement with Quality Network Solutions (QNS) for technology upgrades and replacements for the fiscal year 2021. It deals with server infrastructure at $6,42248 and computer equipment totaling $66,107.52.
They approved a contract with EvaluWise for teacher evaluation product and services for $5,985.
The board approved an upgrade in the web band from 300 megabytes to 1 gigabyte with Consolidated Communications.
The board approved a renewal with Apptegy website developers for $6,900.
After going into executive session, the board accepted the resignation of Megan McDonald, Greg Harkins as the high school head wrestling coach and Roger Jones as the 8th grade boys basketball coach. They hired Misi Jones as a physical education teacher at the middle school.