The Valley High School (VHS) Future Farmers of America (FFA) Range Team addressed the board at the October 14 meeting of the Kane County Board of Education. It was announced that the four-student team recently took first place in a state competition, earning a trip to Elko, Nevada, for further competition. The students, 9-11th graders, explained the range management principles they have been studying involving forage plants, habitat and overgrazing. VHS Principal Jim Wood expressed his pride at the team’s accomplishments.

Kane Education Association representatives Judy Lee and Karen Kelly spoke to the board to encourage it to support any state efforts to secure federal stimulus funds for education; and requested that if the funding is secured, that it be used to help pay for classroom aides, who assist teachers. Kelly told the board teacher aides greatly contribute to student success.

Superintendent Robert Johnson thanked the two teachers for their input, and commented that it is the intent of the board to pursue federal stimulus funds for the district.

Tom Avant, of Thebeau Consulting, offered the school board reduced rates on projects with the Kane District, explaining the company would like to work on construction projects with the district.

The school board approved the heritage trips, Policy DHA regarding orderly termination, the VHS senior trip, and the VHS music trip. The Kanab High School Larriette and Music Department trips were approved on the contingency that Principal Doug Jacobs reports that parents have been notified of the details of the trips.

Each of the district school’s principals presented the annual school improvement plans. Each plan was detailed and focused, demonstrating the time and effort put into it by the teachers and principals. The plans address specific student needs, areas of weakness, set goals for improvement, and details and procedures as to how the goals will be achieved. The excellent presentations were noted by the board, who approved all of the plans.

In other business, the board approved three home school applications, and the Utah Consolidated Application. The board also heard school visit reports, enrollment figures and honored District Office Employees of the Month Chris Kupfer and Michelle Overas.