(Shenandoah) -- Dismissal times in the Shenandoah School District will be uniform this coming school year.
At its regular meeting late Monday afternoon, the Shenandoah School Board approved a revised dismissal time for the district's junior kindergarten through 4th grade students for the 2019-2020 school year. Under the change, elementary students will dismiss at 3:25 p.m. each day--the same time as middle school and high school students. The move tacks on an additional 20 minutes to the JK-4th grade school day. Starting times for all students will remain the same.
Speaking on KMA's "Morning Line" program Tuesday morning, Shenandoah School Superintendent Dr. Kerri Nelson outlined some of the reasons for moving to a common dismissal time.
"One, the elementary really feels they need more time for instructional interventions," said Nelson. "That's a real need for our students to boost their academic performance in different areas where they need intervention. It also helps with some staffing and personnel issues when staff have common work hours."
Nelson says there's also weather considerations.
"I don't think it's any secret we've had a lot of weather issues the last several years to consider," she said, "it does help us a little bit with our instructional hours. This year, we did have some makeup time that we had to put in for our students. While that's important, and it's the right thing to do, and we want to provide those services for our students, it's much easier for all involved--parents, students, teachers, everyone--when we can follow the calendar we have established. So, adding that will create a little bit more of a buffer for us."
Board members also approved slight modifications in the 2019-2020 school calendar and student/parent handbook to reflect the new dismissal time at the elementary grades.
In other business, the board approved a series of change orders with the Wilson Group for the high school window replacement project. The changes involve revising the depth of the windows at the high school--a $22,173 change, the addition of type A windows at the high school at a cost of $23,555, plus additional windows at the JK-8 Building, totaling more than $17,800. Nelson says there was a need for greater window depth.
"We are replacing the windows at the high school," said Nelson, "and some at the K-8 building. In the process, there was a recommendation that we go with the window that had greater depth, and that it was a higher quality window. That was one of the change orders that was requested. Another one was an additional 16 windows at the high school that were in the bid documents, but weren't in the scan. They weren't really visible in that. Then, there were additional windows at the K-8 building that were requested by us. We felt like as long as we're doing this project, let's expand it, and go a little farther with it."
Nelson says the changes should not affect the project's timeline. All window replacement work is still expected to be completed before the beginning of the new school year.
"It still keeps us well under the budget we established for the project," she said. "Just some changes before we really dive in deep. The rest of the projects are going well. We just need to take care of those projects so that we can proceed."
The board also approved a retro-commissioning testing proposal for the high school's HVAC system at a cost of more than $12,400.
In other business Monday, the board...
---approved the contract of Molly Nuckolls as 4th grade instructor.
---approved the contract modification of Tiffany Spiegel for additional special education duties, totaling an additional $2,000.
---approved the resignations of Deb Halbfass as part time food service work, effective May 24th, and Vanessa Keenan as 4th grade instructor, effective at the end of the school year.
---approved the contracts of Angel Dawson and Jamie Geho as summer camp instructors, and Janet Dukes, Linda Laughlin and Terri Henderson as summer camp associates.