Highlights of School Board Meeting

May 11, 2004


"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." Martin Luther King Jr.

LEA REPORT:
LEA President Chris Nelson informed board members May 24 and May 25 are the dates tentatively set to begin negotiations. He said they are trying an interest based method of negotiations where both parties have the same goals and do what is best for everyone. Mr. Nelson told board members the LEA will present a gift to the retiring teachers at the Retirement Reception to be held at 3:30 p.m. on May 25.

PTA REPORT:
Logan Council PTA President Debra Henrie reported on Teacher Appreciation Week held during the week of May 3rd. The PTA did many wonderful things to show appreciation to the teachers in the District. The Council Pass A Long Lunch was held Thursday, May 6. This was a time to show appreciation to the outgoing PTA Council. Mrs. Henrie reported seven members of the new council will attend the State PTA Convention held May 14 and 15 in Provo.

RECOGNIZE EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH:
Susanne Kuresa introduced Sydney Pearson as the District Office Employee of The Year. Sydney works as the secretary to the Elementary Curriculum Department. Sydney is very dependable. She goes the extra mile to help everyone and is very successful in keeping the curriculum office running smoothly. The elementary school principals demonstrated their appreciation for Sydney by performing a choral rap expounding her virtues. President Duresch presented Sydney with a certificate. Superintendent Jensen thanked her for her work and presented her with a certificate for dinner at a local restaurant.

ACTION TO APPOINT LOGAN HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL:
Personnel Director Myra Lynch recognized members of the committee to select the new principal for Logan High School. Mrs. Lynch explained how a large19 member committee, consisting of department chairs, parents, administrators, and an LEA representative, was formed at the beginning and continued through the entire process. Janis Warr described how committee members reviewed all vitas submitted and narrowed the list to four very strong candidates to interview. She said the committee took their responsibility very seriously, the candidates were excellent, and the selection was not an easy decision. Mrs. Lynch presented the name of Pat Hansen to be the new principal of Logan High School. She said Pat comes to the District with 33 years of experience, holding many leadership positions. She is currently working as principal of Mountain Crest High School in Hyrum, Utah. Board members approved the selection of Mrs. Hansen and thanked the committee for their work. Mrs. Hansen thanked the board and said she is excited about the opportunity in her career.

RECOGNIZE HERALD JOURNAL EDUCATION REPORTER HOLLI WIESS:
Superintendent Richard Jensen joined with the Logan City School District educational family to pay tribute to Holli Weiss, education reporter for The Herald Journal. He commended Holli for her professionalism and excellence in fair and accurate reporting of educational issues. He said that Holli is delightful to work with and always goes the extra mile to make sure what she reports is balanced. Holli and her husband are moving soon and she will be missed.

RECOGNIZE ADAMS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENT FOR WINNING STATEWIDE LITERATURE CONTEST, AND UTAH STATE HISTORY FAIR WINNERS FROM MOUNT LOGAN MIDDLE SCHOOL:
Principal Robin Williams introduced Adams Elementary School fifth grader Bryan Asco. He was the first place winner in a statewide 2004 Letters About Literature competition. The contest invited students to write a letter to any author of a fiction or non-fiction book. Bryan has a great love for Lord of the Rings and chose to write his letter to J.R.R. Tolkien. Director of Secondary Curriculum Stuart Howell and Mark Dewey, eighth grade history teacher at Mount Logan Middle School, introduced students who won first or second place at the Utah History Fair. These students are invited to participate in the national competition held in Washington D.C. Mr. Dewey introduced Chris Carter, first place winner in the junior individual documentary competition; Julia and Tom Stock, first place winners in the senior group exhibit; Daniel Cloward, first place winner for junior individual performance; Alex Chanson, second place winner in junior individual exhibit; and Angela Stock, second place winner in the historical paper division. Mr. Dewey also recognized Makenzie Hawkins and Avey Harris who won third place in junior group exhibit; and Kristina Roskelley who won third place in junior individual exhibit.

ACTION ON TRAVEL REQUESTS FOR 2004-2005 SCHOOL YEAR:
The Board of Education approved several travel requests.

ACTION TO AWARD BIDS FOR RENOVATION OF SPORTS COMPLEX AT LOGAN HIGH SCHOOL AND HEATING AND MECHANICAL SYSTEMS REPLACEMENT AT WOODRUFF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:
The Board of Education awarded the bid to J. M. Mechanical for heating and mechanical systems replacement, including a new fire alarm system, at Woodruff Elementary School. Business Administrator Paul Jensen said this project will be a big improvement and will greatly improve air quality at the school. He reminded board members this project is part of the bond. The Board of Education awarded the bid to Raymond Construction Co. for renovation of the sports complex at Logan High School. Paul Jensen said the bid was considerably lower than predicted. Raymond Construction Co. has the contract to do a similar field renovation at Utah State University. They can use the same sub contractors and do the jobs simultaneously which will keep costs down. Vice President Hobbs pointed out there were substantial private donations for this project which makes a renovation possible. Mr. Jensen said, due to the lack of adequate facilities, Logan High School sports have been forced to use various playing facilities in the valley. The renovated facilities, with artificial turf, will allow students to play on their own field with more sports events taking place at the same time. In addition, upkeep will be much easier and there will be substantial cost savings in water, lawn care products, and man power time for mowing.

REPORT ON THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF BROWN VS BOARD OF EDUCATION:
Superintendent Richard Jensen used a power point presentation about the landmark Supreme Court decision, Brown vs Board of Education, aimed at ending segregation in public schools. The Court's decision did not abolish segregation in other public areas, but it was a giant step towards complete desegregation of public schools. However, the transition to integration in the public schools was not smooth. Superintendent Jensen said that as we celebrate on Monday it is important to remember where we came from and how hard it has been to get here. Complete integration is a huge challenge and we need to stay with it until we achieve it, especially with Hispanic's and other new immigrants in Cache Valley. President Duersch said the Board needs to move beyond skin color and oppose any kind of discrimination and bullying.


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