The Culver Community Schools Corporation is reporting some positive enrollment figures. Superintendent Karen Shuman shared the results of last Friday’s official count during Monday’s school board meeting. “We are up 24 students [over] last year, so we’re at 774, where last year, we were at 750,” she said. “So that is good.”
The Culver School Board finalized an update to the corporation’s debt collection policy Monday. Superintendent Karen Shuman said school officials have been reevaluating the way they go about making sure people resolve their negative account balances.
Culver Community Middle/High School’s new main entrance is just about done. “All glass is in,” Superintendent Karen Shuman told the school board Monday. “All rooms are created. All plumbing is into the nurse’s station. All painting is completed. All furniture has been delivered. And all carpet has been replaced that needed replaced. So at this point, we are just waiting for trim to be finalized and cleaning of the whole zone to make it shine.”
The Culver School Board approved an agreement related to the development of the Cavalier Sports Park Monday. Superintendent Karen Shuman says the project is part of Culver’s Stellar Community Designation. “They’re putting three soccer fields, a concession stand with restrooms, and a small toddler park, and then expanding the parking,” she told board members.
The Culver School Board will consider an agreement regarding the Cavalier Sports Park tonight. The project will add restrooms, a concession stand, a walking trail, and more parking to a piece of school property that’s currently used for youth soccer fields. It’s part of Culver’s Stellar Community Designation.
The Culver Community Schools Corporation is looking to make its buildings more energy efficient. Superintendent Karen Shuman says school officials are exploring the possibility of switching to LED lighting, updating heating and cooling systems, and anything else that could make the school buildings run more efficiently.
Students at Culver Community Schools who have fallen behind in their lunch payments will now continue to get regular hot lunches. Previously, students who had accumulated a negative balance in their lunch accounts beyond a certain amount had been given an alternative box lunch. The issue, according to Superintendent Karen Shuman, is that students were still being charged, even though they weren’t getting a regular lunch.
The Culver School Board has adopted a wage and salary schedule for school employees. Superintendent Karen Shuman says it lists all of the positions that exist in the corporation, along with their starting salaries. It also outlines the increments of raises, based on employees’ performance evaluations. Shuman says the wage and salary schedule doesn’t involve any major changes to employees’ existing pay levels.
Planned eLearning days will give Culver school bus drivers a chance to complete required training. On Monday, the Culver School Board approved an update to the corporation’s recently adopted eLearning policy, at the recommendation of Superintendent Karen Shuman.
The Culver Community Schools Corporation is getting a new handicap-accessible minibus. On Monday, the school board approved a purchase agreement with Starcraft, at the recommendation of Superintendent Karen Shuman.
Culver Elementary School is getting ready to welcome its first preschool students. “We are full-fledged still going forward,” Superintendent Karen Shuman told the school board last week. “We have two sections of preschool in place. [Transportation Director] Paul [Widman] and I have worked out the transportation routes, so they’ll be attending the same number of hours as the regular students, and we’ll keep mapping that out as registration comes.”
Work on Culver Community Middle/High School’s secure entrance is moving along. As part of the project, a new main entrance is being built where the library was, while other areas are being reconfigured.
A technical change is being considered for Culver’s proposed Cavalier Sports Park. The project would upgrade a piece of property owned by the Culver Community Schools Corporation that’s currently used for youth soccer fields, as one of the town’s Stellar Communities projects. Planned improvements include restrooms, a concession stand, a walking trail, and more parking.
The Culver Community Schools Corporation is keeping Casey Howard as its business manager. A contract renewal was approved by the school board Monday. Howard said the only changes were a reduction in the days of service and an increase in the life insurance policy.
Some Culver Community Schools programs will be getting a boost, thanks to a pair of donations accepted by the school board Monday. “Culvers Lion’s Club gave the Spanish Club $500 for their Costa Rica trip, and the Culver PTO has given both $500 to the elementary and then to the middle school reading program,” explained Superintendent Karen Shuman.
The Culver School Board finalized elementary school book rental fees for the upcoming school year Monday. Fees will vary depending on grade level. Second grade will be the lowest at $84, while kindergarten will be highest at $123. Superintendent Karen Shuman said those amounts include book rental as well as other expenses throughout the course of the school year. Continue reading