At the April 10 meeting of the Kane County Board of Education, the board approved the hiring of the following personnel for the 2014-2015 school year: Klint Brinkerhoff as a Valley Elementary School (VES) Custodian, Kade Glazier as a Science/Math teacher at Kanab High School, Patti Kennedy as a half-time sixth grade teacher at Valley Elementary School, and Shellie Stewart as a Language Arts Teacher/Drill Team Instructor at Kanab High School (KHS).

All seven schools in the Kane District submitted their 2014-2015 School Trust Lands Plans. The State and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) School Lands Trust Program, established by the legislature in 1999, distributes an annual interest dividend from the permanent State School Fund through school districts and charter schools for all public schools in the state. Community Councils in each school (made up of elected parents, elected teachers, and the school’s principal), prepare a plan to spend the funds on the particular school’s greatest academic needs.

Like last year, most of the plans submitted by the seven Kane District Schools involve spending at least part of the money on funding additional paraprofessional Teacher Assistant (TA) and/or tutoring positions, rather than purchasing materials and equipment as was often the case in the past. While remediation and tutoring are the focus of much of the Trust Lands money in the Kane District, some funds will also be used for library books and periodicals, an enrichment program for top end students, and a summer rafting class.

The school board reviewed and approved changes to the School Meal Policy regarding deficit accounts, in light of an incident in the Salt Lake School District in January of this year, when a school cafeteria manager seized lunches from young students with unpaid meal tabs. The Kane District policy changes adopted forbid contacting the student, or refusing any student a meal, and put in place a procedure for following up and documenting notice to parents with deficit lunch accounts. The new policy puts the ultimate responsibility with collecting the owed funds on the school district, not the schools.

The board reviewed a teacher’s request to accept Utah State Office of Education credits as graduate degree credits for purposes of salary step increases (called lane changes). In reviewing its policy, the board declined to change or make an exception to it, thus the request was denied.

The board heard a Sterling Scholar Competition report. Kason Glover from Kanab High School (KHS), and Kevin Reese of Valley High School (VHS) were winners in the General Scholarship and Business and Marketing categories, respectively, at the 2014 Sterling Scholar competition on April 3. Jodi Hoyt of VES was a runner up in the Family/Consumer Science category. Eleven other students represented the district this year. It was noted (as always) that the larger school districts dominated the competition.

Superintendent Robert Johnson reported he has asked the secondary schools to begin using the CANVAS open source management system at the beginning of next school year. This is an online tool for teacher-student communication, instruction, grading, work submission, and parent/student tutorial resources.

In other business, the board approved policies BA-BBG and the VHS baseball, girl’s basketball, boy’s basketball, volleyball and cross country schedules, and recognized Employee of the Month from VHS – Melanie Spencer. Congratulations to Spencer, and to the Sterling Scholar winners!