Schools get $900 for good attendance

By Nancy Gutierrez

The Exeter Union School District handed out its first incentive bonus cash awards to Lincoln Elementary and Wilson Middle School at the board meeting Nov. 23.

The board established an incentive bonus for those schools that keep the average daily attendance at 97 percent or above. Schools with an ADA of 97 percent for the month receive $900 for that month. Schools which generate an ADA of 98 percent for the month receive $1,000 for the month. Schools which generate an ADA of 99 percent for a month receive $1,100 for that month. School site with an overall real ADA of 97 percent will receive an additional $500. School sites with an overall ADA of 98 percent will receive an additional $1,000. School sites with an overall yearly ADA of 99 percent will receive an additional $2,000.

Wilson Middle School maintained a 97 percent ADA in September and Lincoln maintained a 97 percent ADA in October. The Incentive bonus will be expended per the School Site Councils approval.

In other business:

  • The board accepted a gift of play equipment from the Rocky Hill Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), valued at $20,000. The district will cover the site preparation and concrete. Rocky Hill will receive a new fitness cluster of equipment as well as a wood fiber surface.

  • The board presented awards to six students at the board meeting. Sixth graders Vanessa Gomez and Alicia Vasquez; seventh graders Ashtyn Atkinson and Jonathan Contreras; and eighth graders Selma Lopez and Jon Nilson all received medallions and certificates of special recognition.

  • The board was presented with information by Director of Technology and Student Achievement Chuck Delap concerning the community plan for technology. Technology classes will be offered to the public starting in January. Classes are available through Exeter Public Schools and will be held at Rocky Hill Elementary. Delap will teach classes along with other teacher volunteers.

  • The board was presented with information regarding collaboration between music departments at Rocky Hill, Wilson and Exeter Union High School. On Sept. 16 EUHS band director Kirk Clague worked with the band members at Wilson. On Sept. 23 and 30 EUHS music teacher Mendy Lovik presented a flute clinic to sixth, seventh and eighth grade students at Wilson. Plans for outside specialists to present clinics on clarinet, saxophone, brass and percussion are being discussed.

  • The board approved a service agreement with Omni-means for a review of traffic count data on Clarence Street. The board approached the city concerning closing Clarence to through traffic several months ago. The city administrator conducted a traffic study and recommended against the closure. The council did not take action.

    The board conducted its own traffic study refuting the city's initial study and presented their information to the city. This latest analysis will conduct a 24 hour study of traffic and compare the city's analysis to the new analysis.

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