Staff Memorandum from Superintendent Bob Kudwa 4/26/07 “ALOHA” The Band Trip to Hawaii: The St. Johns High School Marching Band, under the direction of Roy Davis began their trip to Hawaii on Friday, March 30th, with approximately 93 students and 30 chaperones. During the six days on the island of Oahu the students participated in five different performing events. The first competitive event took place at Brigham Young University in Lanai. The last performance was on Thursday, April 5th, at the battleship Missouri in Pearl Harbor. The planning was impeccable and the scenery was breathtaking. It was an outstanding tour. We can certainly be proud of our students who participated in this worthwhile cultural experience. Roy Davis has an eight minute video with highlights of the trip if you are interested in viewing it. Kudos to all those involved in making this trip a success. Post Surgery Recovery: This was by first experience with any type of surgery. I have certainly found a new empathy for individuals who are involved with any type of surgical procedure! I would like to thank everyone who sent cards expressing their get well wishes and prayers. I appreciated the many thoughtful gifts to help me occupy my time. I have also learned that pain medication is wonderful and aids in a speedy recovery! Highlights from April 23rd Board of Education Meeting: • Math Curriculum: The Board of Education approved the purchase of the KC4 elementary K-5 math curriculum at the cost of $4,440. The Elementary Math Committee comprised of the following staff: Scot Henry, Carole Johnson, Shannon Kiel, Angela Kirsch, Ellen Marr, Debbie LaGuire, Christina Leasher, DJ Logan, Brenda Munger, Jean Pingel, Marcia Schauer, Kerri Wilcox, Carol Wyskowski and Peg Zink have spent many hours assessing and evaluating this new curriculum. Everyone is anxious to receive this purchase and establish some continuity in distributing our K-5 Math curriculum. Thanks to all who were involved in this process! • Rigby ESL Materials: Last year the Board adopted the KC4 English Language Arts curriculum. After much study the committee was unable to find adequate support materials. Since the adoption of the KC4 curriculum Rigby has revised and designed a new set of materials that better supports the purchased curriculum. This committee, comprised of the following staff: Jackie Brown, Sharon Chalker, Diane Harte, Jennifer Hallead, Chris Leasher, Krista Lehner, Karen Pioszak, Deb Raffler, Elissa Rowland, Jamie Smith, Lindsay Thompson, Tammy VanNorman and Lori Womboldt, has been waiting more than a year to purchase these materials. The total purchase is approximately $110,000. We are utilizing $45,000, from this year’s textbook budget, in this initial purchase process to allow staff members to begin reviewing the new materials this summer. The remainder of the purchase will take place after July, 2007. Contracting for Third Party Vendor for Administrative Services: In an effort to reduce administrative costs within the district, St. Johns Public Schools will be entering into a contract with a third party vendor for the purpose of contracting for some administrative services for the 2007/08 school year. Assistant Superintendent Search: A committee of approximately fourteen people, representing all facets of the organization have met and reviewed all the applications for the Assistant Superintendent position. From approximately twenty-five applications we have narrowed the interview list to six candidates. The interview process will begin on Monday, April 30th, through Tuesday, May 1st. After review, the candidate list will be narrowed again. We will keep staff apprised as we move through this search process. Early Severance Plan: With approximately fourteen calendar days left, fifteen staff members have completed and submitted their paperwork stating that they will take the Early Severance Plan offered to teachers and counselors. This number leaves us seven short of the minimal number of twenty-two that was agreed upon for implementation of the ESP. The last day to enroll in the plan is Friday, May 11th. Also, any of the participants may rescind their participation in the ESP until May 18th. Therefore, we truly will not know until the May 19th date how many staff has indicated that they will participate in the ESP.