The March 8, meeting of the Kane District Board of Education was held at Valley High School in Orderville. Superintendent Robert Johnson did an informational PowerPoint presentation/overview of the entire school district. The Valley High School (VHS) Chamber Orchestra, under the leadership of VHS music teacher Robert Lacey, provided the school board and other attendees with a wonderful performance, playing “Sinfonia” by J.S. Bach and “Song Without Words” by Gustav Holst.

District Transportation and Maintenance Director Lyle Heyborne reviewed the 2012-2013 funding requests from all seven-district schools and the district office. The total cost of the high priority capital projects approved will be $392,305.

Among these approved high priority projects are: installation of a small track at Big Water School; playground curbing, new sprinklers on the north side, and resealing and painting the track at Kanab Elementary School; new surveillance cameras at Kanab Middle School; installation of an outdoor steel building for a welding class, a remodel of the computer lab and additional library shelves at Kanab High School; installation of a drinking fountain and purchase of TI 84T graphing calculators for Lake Powell School; installation of sound absorbing materials on gymnasium walls, replacement of three swamp coolers and old classroom lighting at Valley Elementary School; additional library bookshelves, a yearbook printer and new sound system for the old gymnasium at Valley High School; and some landscaping changes at the district office.

During the public comment period of the meeting, Kanab High School Girls Basketball Coach Mickey Houston addressed the board as a strong supporter of high school athletic programs. He asked the school board to seriously consider moving from the Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA) sports classification 2A back down to classification 1A for all sports (except baseball), because decreased enrollment has made it difficult for the high school to field teams for all the sports it participates in, making it unable to compete as well in those sports. He referred to a letter he sent to the superintendent last month regarding this issue and asked the board to consider what is best for the students.

The school board heard reports from KHS Student Body President Erin O’Sullivan and VHS Student Body President Mickell Hoyt regarding ongoing activities at their high schools.

Both schools have students participating in the 2012 Southwest Utah Sterling Scholar Competition. They are Allora Heaton (Speech/Drama), Mickell Hoyt (Family & Consumer Science), Shay Lamb (Computer Technology), Tyler Reese (Agricultural Science), Rachel Rogers (Visual Arts) and Chase Spencer (Trade & Technical Education) - from Valley High School; Yanni Gallagher (General Scholarship), Christopher Nielson (Mathematics), Erin O’Sullivan (Social Science), Josie Orton (Family & Consumer Science), Lyndsey Robinson (Visual Arts), McKenna Terry (Music) and Hannah Zweifel (Science) - from Kanab High School.

While only a few Sterling Scholar nominees will win the highest recognition at the region level, students should be reminded that it is a great honor to be nominated by the teachers and administrators who know them best to represent their schools. Congratulations and best of luck at the competition on April 12!

In other business, the school board heard individual school board member school visit reports, approved the 2012 KHS Girls Softball Schedule, the 2012 KHS Track Schedule and one home school application; and honored Employees of the Month Jeren Petersen and Jeanette Esplin from Valley High School.

Additionally, board members, Superintendent Johnson and Business Manager Cary Reese continued to spend considerable time reviewing each and every one of the many district policies, making needed changes and updates to the policies. This month, policies FA-FDAD were approved.