Zionsville Community school board of trustees update

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The Zionsville Community School Board of Trustees met on Feb. 10. Below are a few of the meeting’s highlights.

Make-up snow days

Superintendent Dr. Scott Robison said that he is currently meeting with teachers and staff to discover the best ways to make up snow days. Options include extending school hours or using electronic means.

“The aim is to keep us out of June,” Robison said.

He said he has received many comments from students and parents asking that school not be prolonged into June, due to planned international travel and summer camps.

Robison said that he hopes to follow the “Ohio model” of delivering content to students on a Thursday, and then giving them an entire week to complete the assigned work electronically. This would give students a long lead time and allow teachers to be available for questions. Robison will present his final recommendation for make-up days at the board’s Feb. 24 meeting. He hopes that the make-up days will occur in March.

Service projects

Harmon

Harmon

The board recognized fifth-grader Tara Harmon from Mrs. Ostendorf’s class at Zionsville West Middle School. Harmon raised money to provide school uniforms to students in Indianapolis Public Schools. She received a $500 grant from the Colts and a $750 grant from Walmart Corporation in order to purchase the uniforms.

“Not everybody is able to go home and have dinner on the table or have clean clothes every day,” Harmon said. “[Service projects] can actually be really fun to do, and they really help other people, too.”

 DOE grant

The board approved a decision to submit a technology grant application to the Indiana Department of Education. This grant money would be used to purchase additional laptop computers for middle school and high school students to rent. This is part of the “One to One” computer to student program.

Sixty percent of students currently purchase their own laptops, with five percent of students receiving free rentals due to economic hardship. This leaves 35 percent of students who need to be able to rent a laptop for the duration of their school days.

Currently, a laptop or netbook is required to complete schoolwork in the middle and high schools. Smartphones and tablets are not capable of being used for schoolwork.

 Land swap

The board of trustees approved Jim Longest’s working alongside the Town of Zionsville in the Creekside Corporate Park land swap.

In a tentative agreement, the town will deed Jennings Field property to ZCS in exchange for Creekside Corporate Park land. Jennings Field will remain as is, with no new buildings constructed on the field. ZCS initially purchased the land at Creekside Corporate Park to build a bus maintenance facility.

“We are very close in these final negotiations,” said Longest.

 

 

 

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