The USD 273-Beloit Board of Education conducted their January meeting at the board office on Monday, January 8. All board members were present as was Superintendent Jeff Travis, Clerk Doris Gasper, members of the faculty and staff as well as guests.
Jerry Boettcher discussed the Little Red Schoolhouse renovation project. Boettcher said in the last meeting between representatives of interested parties, the discussion was very positive. He also they have a list of improvements which everyone agrees are necessary to restore the building. They will start with tearing off the old roof before re-sheeting and replacing it. The roof is currently leaking, resulting in damage to the interior of the building.
A targeted completion date of Memorial Day weekend was established for the project. This weekend is the yearly Beloit Homecoming with many past graduates and residents returning to Beloit.
Mr. Travis announced that January is Board Appreciation Month. He extended a personal thank you to the board members for the time and effort they put forth.
Sydney Johnson, Student Council President, updated the board on the activities of her organization. She said the STUCO members spent an extended period of time working with Mr. Travis to create strong lines of communication. They held a very beneficial question and answer sessions with the administration. She also recognized the positive relationship between STUCO and Mr. Seyfert and Mr. Beisner.
Winter Homecoming is scheduled for February 2. A DJ is still being sought for the dance. PTO Bingo night will be held on January 18.
Kristi Vetter and four of her band students presented their plans for a band trip to San Antonio, Texas. The group plans leave on Tuesday, March 20 via chartered buses for San Antonio. They plan to return to Beloit on March 24. Assistant Principal Kyle Beisner will also accompany Vetter and approximately 73 students. The board moved to approve the trip and the itinerary.
Brady Dean reported on the testing of students at the Early Learning Center. The test results indicated strong growth compared to the results last fall. Dean also said the recent Book Fair was very successful resulting in sales of $9,000. The school’s share will be $4,300.
The ELC currently has four openings in the After School Program. They also have two full-time openings for 2-3 years olds and one opening for 1-2 year olds.
High School Principal Seyfert said the scholars bowl team has done well this year. They recently competed at Clifton–Clyde and will go to Southeast of Saline and St. John’s in the near future.
Upcoming activities for the high school include the Black Shirt presentation on Jan. 12, an Adrienne Bulinski Assembly on January 16, the KSU String Fling Jan 20-21, the Beloit Invitational Wrestling Tournament Jan 19-20, and the Sterling Basketball Tournament where both boys and girls teams will compete next week.
The next USD 273 Board of Education meeting is set for Monday, February 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the district office in Beloit.