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Kalous touts PAT efforts

January 20, 2016
Amber Hovey - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

The Estherville Lincoln Central School Board met Monday evening.

Under new highlights, elementary principal Shane Kalous praised the efforts of PAT, which with fundraisers have raised close to $14,000.

"The thing I am most proud of is the amount of money given back to the teachers and how wisely the teachers spent the money," said Kalous

He said the money went to things in the classrooms and he applauded the hard work and dedication of PAT.

"They are a great group to work with and we wouldn't have a lot of the thing we currently do without them," said Kalous.

In administrative reports, Kalous spoke on the SES tutoring programs that has started for the second, third and fourth grade levels. The program focuses on helping students in the areas of reading and math. Kalous also said that for professional development, the elementary is focused on ALICE training and that a math group has been created to look at a new math screener, Forefront Math, and how math instruction should be delivered at the elementary.

Middle school principal David McCaulley noted students in his report that were recognized for having positive attitudes, having great work ethics and being great role models. This students were eighth graders Landon Pyawasit and Tristen Thomas; seventh graders Brett Jackson and Amara Heinrichs; sixth graders Grant Love and Ella Fitzgerald; fifth graders Carson Grange and Madelynn McCormick; and exploratory students Blake Andrews and Emily Regelstad. McCaulley also recognized the middle school vocal and instrumental students and staff for outstanding winter concerts.

In the superintendent's report, Tara Paul elaborated on the Teacher Leadership and Compensation program that will be implemented this fall. Paul said that instructional coaches have been hired for the high school and middle school and the DLT is currently interviewing for the elementary level.

In Jenny Nitchals report for K-12 technology integration she noted that Breakfast Bytes will begin again this week and that she and Mrs. Reeves will start out being the moderators for Twitter chat for #ELCMidgets.

In other business, the board approved the audit for the fiscal year 2015.

The next regular board meeting will be at 5:15 p.m., Monday, Feb. 22, 2016.



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