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Mason City School Board outlines celebrations, concerns

by Matt Marquardt –

MASON CITY – The Mason City School Board met Monday at the school administration building.

The board OK’d again this school year the use of cameras on its school buses.  “The video cameras will be used to monitor student behavior to maintain order on the school buses to promote and maintain a safe environment.”

A transportation contract was approved with North Iowa Bus Company, Inc.

(PHOTO: School board member Scott Warren peruses the book “Schools Can’t Do It Alone.”)

Superintendent Anita Micich gave an update on the district’s progress toward becoming Blue Zone compliant.  In the spirit of the Blue Zones endeavor, she had the board perform some basic stretches during the meeting.  Micich mentioned that the district has already completed some requirements toward getting the schools up to speed as one of the six sectors of the community that must become certified in order for the city as a whole to reach certification.  Water machines in the buildings, new cafeteria equipment, and the re-design of the lunch rooms were mentioned.

Updates on building construction progress and overall progress on preparing for the first day of school this August were given by other school personnel.  It was said that “some great hires” were brought on board as new teachers joining the district this year.

Micich and the board spent some time outlining celebrations (see photo below; click it to view larger size) and concerns.  The board brainstormed the items by writing on post-it notes and Micich wrote the list.

One major celebration that was mentioned is that the High School has been removed from the “School in Need of Assistance” list for math.  Also, the High School has a 92.7% graduation rate, it was said.

Concerns the board listed for the district moving forward were numerous.  Among them: Lack of funding; decreasing enrollment; technology (bring your own device to school); how to communicate to community that more funds are needed; how to expand use of school grounds; poverty (it was said that 900 pairs of shoes were handed out to needy families at recent shoe drive); staff burnout; unfunded mandates; and preparing students to be competitive after graduation.


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