By Alex Haglund
The Nashville Community High School board approved a fee schedule for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year at their March meeting held on the evening of Monday, March 21 in the school’s Media Center.
Only four classes have increased fees: Computer Concepts will now have a fee of $15; Formatting will now be $17.50; Manufacturing Systems will be $40; and WP and Interactive Media will be $25.
Lunch prices will be going up slightly too– student lunches are now $2.75, while adult lunches are $3, and an extra milk is now $0.50, up from $0.30.
Finally, the cost of P.E. Uniforms will be going up from $14 to $15.
NCHS Athletic Director Wayne Harre spoke with the board, saying that he had concerns about requests for facility use by groups that were not affiliated with the school, like youth sports leagues.
“We haven’t had a problem yet,” Harre stated, “but it’s coming.”
Harre continued, saying that while he doesn’t have a problem with other members of the community using gyms and other facilities, he wanted to be sure that NCS athletic teams had access to them if needed, and was particularly concerned about conflicts should inclement weather drive an outdoor NCHS team indoors to an already-occupied gym.
“I’m looking for some direction,” Harre told the board, saying that it wasn’t an immediate concern, but one he wanted to address for next school year, stating, ”give me some feedback.”
Harre also talked to the board about receipts from this year’s Nashville Invitational Tournament.
“Last year was a record breaker for us,” said Harre, who said that while this year’s tournament was still a success for the district, “the crowds weren’t as big.”
Harre also thanked the athletic department and other volunteers from the district for helping to put on the NIT.
The board approved a change in the criteria for seniors receiving a golden cord at graduation.
Previously, the top ten-percent of the graduating class would receive a golden cord, but with declining enrollment numbers, that means that less and less students are getting the honor.
The new requirement for the golden cord, effective this year, is that students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher will receive the cord.
Using this new criteria, superintendent Ernie Fowler said, would allow NCHS to recognize more students without “watering down the requirements.”
Following closed session, the board approved returning Jessica Greten’s position as math instructor back to full-time hours from part-time. The board also approved decreasing the number of students in each math class, so there will be more sections of math next year.
Class sponsor reappointments were approved.,
Tyler Setzekorn was approved as an unpaid FFA volunteer.
The board reviewed the district’s new transportation contract, which will have a 3.5-percent cost increase with both Sherman and Schmale bus companies. Fowler said that both of them were, “excellent bus companies.”
The board approved summer athletic camps.
The board approved 2016-2017 IHSA membership.
The board approved a student teaching agreement with Illinois State University.
The NCHS blood drive was a success, with 77 pints of blood collected, surpassing their goal of 73. All told, 88 people came in and tried to donate, though not all of them were able to be accepted.
Field trips approved included a Olympiad Team trip to the state finals in Chester at the end of April, and a trip to Busch Stadium in St. Louis by the Choir to perform before a Cardinals game, also in late April.
Parent Jim Dalaviras spoke to the board. He stated that his daughter was a cheerleader, and had been for four years. Dalaviras said that he believed this year was his daughter’s best on the team and commended the cheerleading coaches to the board.