Parents, care providers, educators and students have a new service to keep track of unexpected scheduling changes.
Superintendent John Chalstrom informed the Cherokee School Board on Monday, that the school has a School Notification System (SNS), to inform those who register about late starts, early dismissals and cancellations.
A person can choose to have messages automatically emailed or sent as a text message to cell phones.
Chalstrom said that the district will still provide the same standard notifications that it always has, such as through radio and television stations. He said that this is just one more tool to keep people informed.
Chalstrom said a recent survey indicated that 90 percent of parents have Internet access in the home now.
To register for getting SNS messages, go to the district website at www.cherokee.k12.ia.us, click on the "Sign up for Student Notification System", then follow the instructions.
Chalstrom reported that a grant has been applied for to put an artificial turf on the football field.
The turf is made from recycled tires. The grant application is being made through the DNR which is encouraging the use of recycled material for building projects.
Chalstrom said the application is a long shot but he is encouraged that the DNR responded with a request for more information.
Barb Radke, elementary principal, reported that there are many cases of flu, one case of chickenpox and one case of mononucleosis at the school.
She was pleased to report that there have only been two cases of tongues on metal this winter.
Jeanne Blackstone, German teacher, appeared at the board meeting to request approval for a trip to Europe. There a four boys and 13 girls plus adults planning on going on the 10 day trip to Germany which includes a side trip to Italy.
There have been fundraising activities to help offset the $2,000 cost per person for the trip.
Blackstone gave a DVD presentation of the 2004 German trip.
The board approved the trip.
The board approved employing Kirby Morrow as a custodian.