It was announced at the February 5, 2009, meeting of the Kane County Board of Education, that Big Water School and Valley Elementary School have been recognized as 2008 high performing Title I schools.

Title I schools are schools that serve greater numbers of low-income families. Such schools receive supplementary assistance from the federal government, under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965; due to the fact the higher poverty schools face unique challenges in educating students.

“Title I schools that are able to achieve levels of performance higher than the state average are to be commended for their success,” stated the letter from the Utah State Office of Education.

Congratulations to the teachers, students and parents of Big Water and Valley Elementary Schools.

School Board members Lex Chamberlain, Joe Houston and Wendy Allan, were sworn in for the current term.

The oath of office was administered by Kane County Clerk, Karla Johnson. The new board elected Lex Chamberlain as School Board President and Loral Linton as Vice-President.

Transportation and Maintenance Director Lyle Heyborne presented the Building Grounds and Equipment Requests for 2009-2010. It featured capital project requests for all seven schools (as initially submitted by the principals) and the district office prioritized from 1-3.

Some discussion ensued, with final approval of selected projects to be on the board’s March agenda.

Mindful of the current economic situation, board members expressed a desire to try to give local vendors and businesses, the opportunity to work on these capital projects, within the application of district policy and state law.  Local bidding and purchase of materials will be encouraged.

In other business, the board granted final authorization of the Monday night closure of schools, approved two home school applications, one early graduation request, the Kanab High School (KHS) Music Department trip, as amended, and the hiring of Kim Titus as chemistry teacher for two periods a day at KHS.

The board heard school visit reports and honored Employees of the Month, Kori Spencer (certified) and Chris Tait (classified), of Valley Elementary School.

Adult Education Director Sewke Grenke presented three graduates receiving secondary diplomas through the Adult Education program.

Julius Josley was unable to attend. Cassandra Featherhat and Skyler Judd were presented their diplomas to a room packed with supportive, cheering family and friends. Congratulations Julius, Cassandra and Skyler!