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Stratford schools asked to partner with

November 19, 2012
Billie Shelton ( , The Daily Freeman Journal

STRATFORD - When the Stratford school board met for their regular monthly session on Wednesday evening, the agenda included an update on the Martha Simonson Courts and parent-teacher conferences, review of a snow removal bid and a report on certified enrollment for 2012-13 as of official count day on Oct. 1.

Superintendent Sarah Binder reviewed with the board budget figures based on certified enrollment of 164.

In another enrollment matter, the board approved one family in to the district under the home school assistance program. They formerly lived in Stratford but relocated to East Greene and have submitted application to Stratford for the home school assistance.

The Stratford school has been asked to participate in a pilot project with, which offers a program where schools import student data. The program is aligned with Iowa Common core. The program helps teachers select the activities and lessons most suited to individuals, small groups, and whole groups. rolls the information over from year to year so students, teachers, and parents can see a child's progress over multiple years. It would help avoid the summer slide and would be included in the extended year summer program at the school.

Looking at the planned expansion of the Early Learning Center, Binder reported that seven general contractors attended the contractor meeting, which she took as a good sign for the project.

In other business, Binder told the board that Scott McLeod, Prairie Lakes AEA Innovator, will visit Stratford Elementary on Monday to see first hand the good things he's been hearing about the district.

Also on Wednesday, the board considered a new district plan with multiple telephones. The board approved a plan with two cell phones.

Facilities issues on the agenda included an update on signs for the Martha Simonson Courts. Plans are for a 6' x 3' sign in black and orange, to be installed on the west side of the newly renovated tennis courts. Binder suggested installing new signs for the Kaci Woodle diamond that will match the one for the tennis court. There will also be a large sign made for the Early Learning Center when it is completed.

One bid was received for snow removal, which was as requested a multiple-year bid. K T & T of Stratford will again be doing snow removal at the school at the same fee as last year, $75 per snow.

Deb Bergman, teacher in the 3-4 classroom, was at the meeting to give the teacher report. She demonstrated and reviewed the tablet that is used by her students. "I'm so glad our class has these to use," she told the board about the technology.

There were 100 percent of Stratford school parents attending the recent annual parent-teacher conferences.



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