Oroville School Board appoints chairman, vice chairman

Leaking gas lines to be replaced

OROVILLE – The Oroville School Board called for nominations and Rocky DeVon was re-elected to serve as chairman for 2014 at the boards Monday, Dec. 16 meeting. Travis Loudon was nominated and elected as the vice-chairman of the school board.

Under Good News and Announcements, Superintendent Steve Quick said the gas leak in the chemistry lab that led to the evacuation of both buildings the previous Friday will be fixed over winter break. The other good news was that the K-12 Alert System worked well with only a few “minor glitches.”

The school district will be replacing all the lines to the chemistry lab, according to Quick.

Elementary Principal Joan Hoehn reported that the Grades 4-6 music concert the previous Thursday evening was well attended and that the PTO had helped with decorations and clean up. She also said that she and Quick had attended a Growth Goals Training Session and that four teachers were testing a Crayola Dream Makers program. The one-month free trial provides supplemental curriculum. The teachers will report back to the Rural School Alliance on their findings.

High School Principal Kristin Sarmiento said that teachers were working on the stateTPEP (Teacher Principal Evaluation Project. She also said that the lockdown drill on Thursday had gone well.

Quick reviewed school board goals, something he has been doing at each meeting. Under maintenance he said it had been a busy month where the elementary building had heat in the rooms, but not in the hallways. He also reported that the two awnings on the east side of the south end of the elementary building had been finished.

The board approved adding Lisa Scott and Sally Patterson to the substitute teacher list and Renee Hilstad as a food service substitute. Kayla McKinney was hired as Assistant High School Softball Coach (pending student participation). An overnight trip to Seattle for the Upward Bound Students was also approved.