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Clinton School Board Meeting Recap

The Clinton School Board met last night for around two hours in the library at Clinton Junior/Senior High School.

The board received a presentation regarding its PBIS program, or Positive Behaviors Intervention and Support. Each school went over their current PBIS plans and the achievable outcomes that are possible with the program.

Gary Gladnick, who is on the Finance Committee, also revealed that that committee met with Amy Loudenbeck and that Loudenbeck was "very perceptive". The committee addressed their concerns with the ACT being mandatory, as well as searching for equity with school start dates.

A campus wide facility update was also given, with the roofing renovations well underway. The updates to the gymnasium are expected to be completed by the end of the year, with Tech Ed scheduled for Mid-November.

The board approved a change to the CJSHS Handbook, that change adds alternative positive behaviors to PBIS chart in handbook instead of negative major/minor. The board also approved the 6 students selected for the National FFA Convention to travel to and attend the convention in Indianapolis.

The boardmembers then chose which committees they wanted to participate in, with the board agreeing to rotate the Band committee among the members. These committees allow a schoolboard member to be present at these meetings and have an idea of what to expect.

The cabinet and directors also gave their updates, with one of the concerns being over first graders. Most of the kids lost entire trimesters in 4K and 5K due to the pandemic and because of that, the school district is working to improve their reading and fluency. In 6th grade, there will be changes in homeroom to put math students in classrooms with kids on the same mathematics level. In tech, the district smashed their all-time record for tickets sold, with 407. The previous record was 300.

It was also revealed that the district received a fully funded staff mentoring grant, but a number was not specified. There was also a plea for citizens to substitute, as the district was short in that regard.

The board also approved an update to instructional plan language to provide more clarity in the event of a positive COVID case. Students who get exposed at home are asked not to come to school unless they have been fully vaccinated, in which case they will be required to wear a mask. If students are sick, they are asked not to come to school, regardless of illness.

Other information from the meeting is also available in additional stories on our website.

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