At its regular monthly meeting Monday night, the Cherokee School District Board of Education approved the updated Washington High School and Cherokee Middle School Codes of Conduct for Extracurricular Activities, both to be implemented May 1, 2012.
Basically, a special committee comprised of administrators, faculty, and students, reviewed the existing Codes of Conduct and made changes where specified and tweaked some language within to better adapt it to today's standards.
It was also pointed out that 8th graders in required academic standing automatically become high school students after their final day of 8th grade classes and are thereby subject to the high school Code of Conduct for Extracurricular Activities.
In other action Monday night, the Board approved the acceptance of the resignation of Molly Johnson as an ECLC instructor, and approved a Cooperative Sharing Agreement with the Ridge View School District for girls tennis for the 2012 season. According to Superintendent Dr. John Chalstrom, Ridge View has two girls desiring to play tennis for Cherokee Washington High.
The Board also approved two requests for out-of-state travel - one for Spanish instructor Olivia Watts to travel with students to Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb. for Foreign Language Day in March, and the other for Jolene Hultgren to travel with students to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. This annual NASA trip is funded by the Cherokee Education Foundation, according to Chalstrom.
The Board also learned of the effectiveness and value of Washington High School's security camera system from Chalstrom and WHS Principal Larry Hunecke.
"It's working great, it's doing it's job," said Chalstrom, who, along with Hunecke, recited several instances of the high-tech system capturing any and all activities inside and outside the school. Hunecke also explained that more and more students are now aware of the cameras and overall behavior has improved in the halls and parking lots.
Chalstrom also lauded R.J. Thomas Manufacturing of Cherokee for its "outstanding" partnership with the District and informed the Board of a recent $10,500 donation by R.J. Thomas Manufacturing in response to some faculty requests and applications for equipment benefiting the students and the District.
Also, due to scheduling conflicts, the Board's regular March meeting has been moved to Monday, March 26 instead of March 19, at 5:30 p.m. in the WHS Library.