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By Axon Parker
Three Forks Voice 

Plenty of positives at school board meeting


November 27, 2019

The Three Forks School Board meeting on November 19 reported encouraging developments on several fronts.

Lisa Morgan said that the auditors are on campus, focusing primarily on 2018, and that the building reserve fund has been divided into four sub funds, providing greater clarity for the project.

Quotes, however, for the building project came in higher than expected and there is still work to be done to get the numbers where the board would like them to be prior to proposing a bond. They are optimistic that they can achieve this in time for a bond, possibly in early June of 2020.

The Facilities Committee has three priorities: safety, space, and infrastructure. They are working on a brochure to share with the public and hope that seeing a clear presentation of the plan and the numbers will increase public confidence and enthusiasm. As always, their meetings are open to the public and they are encouraged by the hearty attendance of the last meeting.

Superintendent Jeff Elliott also reported that a recent meeting with the IRS went very well and that a resolution should be positive.

A growth model from 1999-present shows a steady increase in student enrollment school wide. High School Principal Greg Heys mentioned that he has been working on out-of-district student contract fulfillment, and board member Joe Petersen emphasized careful consistency in dealing with contract breaches.

The staff is pleased with the developments in social media for the school, providing a convenient way to stay informed and in touch. Sophisticated use of technology in the classroom and a helpful camera monitoring system were also discussed as important developments in keeping the school up to date, safe, and well-equipped to prepare students for the future.

Elliott has been spending time in individual classrooms lately, observing and evaluating, and is very pleased with what he has seen - both principals echoed his appreciation for the teachers and their work.

There was good attendance at the middle school and high school Parent-Teacher conferences, as reported by Heys. Elementary PT conferences will be held in December this year.

Elementary Principal Steve Fanning is excited about several programs in the elementary school, including the Sidekick mentoring program. They currently have 25 mentors and it is going very well.

Internships are increasingly important for high schoolers, and Elliott said that they are working on opportunities for internships that do not interfere with student jobs and busy schedules.


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