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Board cool toward road proposal

Monday, June 27, 2005

By Ken Ross, Managing editor

The Cherokee School Board never solicited bids for a road that would extend to Roosevelt Street from the baseball and softball field complex which includes school fields and fields for the Cherokee Youth Summer Baseball Association (CYSBA).

But the school board got a bid anyway, $6,600 for the road which would create a loop from Indian Street to Roosevelt Street.

Marlin Lode, superintendent, expressed surprise that the road could be built at that low of a price, but still made no recommendation that the board act on the matter. He said that the road is not needed for the school district's purposes and that if it is wanted for CYSBA's purposes, the school district should not pay for it.

Lode and the board also discussed other potential drawbacks to the proposed road, including the need for ongoing maintenance on a steep road and the fact that water drains heavily onto Roosevelt from where the new road would intersect with it.

It was also noted that the loop would create a "drag strip" for young drivers and make it more difficult for police to discourage inappropriate traffic near the fields and the middle school at night.


The board discussed several modifications to be made in student handbooks. The board approved wording requiring that "cell phones would not be seen by staff during the school day" with the school day to include early bird sessions or any time that classes are being held.

Larry Hunecke, high school principal, wanted clarification regarding the appeal process for a student found to be in violation of the good conduct policy. A suspension is imposed by a principal in accordance with the policy and an appeal goes first to the superintendent. A student can appeal a decision by the superintendent to the school board, but Lode noted that the school board can choose not to hear such an appeal.

The board members decided that a suspension should be served while the appeal process is pending, a change from the current policy.

By the time the appeal is heard, the suspension, which is only two events for a first offense, could be completed.

Lode pointed out that an appeal of a disciplinary action under the good conduct policy is rare. There were only three during his time as superintendent and they appeared to be stalling for time rather than a challenge to the finding of misconduct.


Lode reported that the summer lunch program has become quite popular with 200 students served every day. This is funded by a state grant. Lode reported that another grant was received that pays for breakfast for children at Bright Beginnings Day Care.

The district approved use of school facilities next year for the sesquicentennial all school reunion.

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