6/18/2014 2:31:00 PM More lunches and ACT tests funded
by Ken Haggerty
The Randolph School Board learned at its June 16 meeting of some new funding coming from the State and Federal levels for the 2014-15 school year.
Starting in the Fall, students who had qualified for a discounted lunch due to lower income levels, will now qualify for a full free lunch. This is money from the Federal level. Also, all kindergarten students will be provided with a free breakfast. This year, the State is funding all-day, every-day kindergarten as well.
The State will pay for all high school juniors to take the ACT College Entrance Exam (including the Writing test) in 2015 as part of its effort to evaluate college readiness of the students. Parents have paid about $52 for the optional test in the past.
Randolph will hold the test in the building April 28. Preliminary ACT test scores from the junior class look very, very good, said High School Principal Ben Fisher.
Superintendent Mike Kelley said the lunch and testing funding news comes as a big piece of new funding for students. Per student funding for each student is going up $25 from the State.
New e-mail, website
New e-mails and website go live on July 1. The new software should allow teachers to use google.doc platforms to communicate better with students, parents and other staff members, said Kelly. The website should be much more user friendly, added Kelly. Teachers will use a training day to familiarize themselves with the changes.
Law enforcement training
Live intruder drill training will be conducted at Randolph by law enforcement agencies on June 27, July 18 and 25 and August 15. No daycare will be held on those days.
The school district will spend about $20,000 to update some lockers near the south gym. A new office staff person has been added and an office remodel of about $5,000 will be done this summer.
The school has "Bridge" books available for parents who want to work on academics over the summer with their children. About 70 books at $10 have been sold.
Gym resurfacing takes place the week of July 21. Multiple sports camps are scheduled this summer.
About seven students, most from the graduating class, will be taking a Chemistry refresher course from June 23 to July 17 from 5-7 p.m., Mon-Thurs., offered by the school.
Josh Spitzack has resigned his JV boys basketball post. Jill Schultz has been hired as Registered Nurse/Elementary School Secretary for 2014-15. Rhea Moorhouse has been hired as Paraprofessional/District Cleric support for 2014-15. Stephanie Groenke, Rose Drinken and Shannon Bowen have been hired as paras.
Coach hires are Barret Freeland for junior high football; Therese Peikert as Head Speech coach; Ashley Wagner for frosh volleyball; Dana Banitt as assistant speech.