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ELC Middle School, RWC reports shared

By Staff | Jun 11, 2009

Administrative reports were presented to members of the Estherville Lincoln Central School Board Monday.

ELC Middle School Principal Mike Peterson offered the Homework Club statistics for the 2008-09 year. While the majority of students in grades four-eight had no need for the club, 25 to 33 percent of each grade was involved between one and five times. Eight or less students had to attend 20 or more times. The program was put in place to encourage homework completion on actual assignment due dates.

Peterson offered encouraging news as eight grade students involved with Second Chance Reading showed significant improvement. Calling it an excellent achievement, he applauded their efforts.

Looking toward the summer months, the principal said Kristi Frederick and Deborah Gruwell will teach summer school.

Peterson informed the board the reading initiatives recommended by the literacy team will be used next year with all grades adopting leveled reading instruction into the curriculum. It is expected the faculty will need to devote time and professional development during this implementation and Peterson believes it will be time well spent.

In his report, Regional Wellness Center Director Bob Grems noted new membership numbers for April, May and June totaled 26. In that same period, 18 memberships were canceled. It was pointed out several cancellations were caused by members relocating out of the area.

The board learned that income has increased about $20,000 from a year ago. He explained expenses have risen also for repairs, utilities and supplies. The good news is the ending balance shows an increase of $32,568 from May 2008.

With summer approaching, Grems outlined the 4-Star Summer Camp program. “Like our three previous camps, camp days will be full of educational, recreational and fitness activities. Since the camp will be funded through federal and local sources, we will be adding an academic component tied directly to the district’s student learning goals.”

The RWC will be the recipient of $20,000 in matching funds from Excel! Estherville for membership assistance, youth programming assistance and equipment purchases. To receive these monies, the facility will need to raise $20,000 from private sources between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010. “This will be a great opportunity to maintain our equipment and continually expand opportunities for area residents.”

Grems hopes this will help extend the endowment fund. “It is good to remember that our projections show a continual decrease in our fund balance over the next five to seven years.”