Panhandle Approves Junior High Girls Co-Op

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The reopening wasn’t the only thing the Panhandle School Board talked about during their meeting on Monday, July 20.

In other business, the board set a meeting to discuss future educational opportunities with the Morrisonville School District for Aug. 4, and approved a junior high girls basketball co-op with their neighbors from Christian County.

Superintendent Aaron Hopper said that Morrisonville currently doesn’t have anyone participating in their co-op with South Fork at the junior high girls level, but thought that a co-op with Lincolnwood might draw more interest. The Morrisonville school board approved the co-op 6-1 at their board meeting, pending Panhandle’s approval.

Terri Payne asked how many the Lincolnwood junior high program had last year, with Principal Schuster saying they had around 16 combined for the seventh and eighth grade teams.

Linda Brown asked how many Hopper thought Morrisonville would send over. Hopper said maybe one or two, but they were hoping to build the relationship.

Payne said that she wasn’t against the co-op, but didn’t want Morrisonville sending 15 kids over to play. Hopper said he didn’t believe that would happen.

Payne also asked what the coaches of the Lincolnwood junior high program thought. Schuster said that eighth grade coach Carrie Matthews had been contacted about the co-op. 

Gabe Pope asked how many incoming fifth graders are expected. Hopper said that he estimated five on the high side. Ultimately, the vote would pass 5-0.

The board also approved the first reading of the board policies that were discussed before the meeting and approved the consent agenda, which included approval of financial reports, approval of the vocational mileage reimbursement contract for students participating in continuing education classes off campus, approval of district affirmation of assignments and disposal of closed-session recordings over 24 months.

In non-action items, Hopper presented the FY20 cafeteria and transportation reports, both of which he said are hard to compare to last year due to the school being shutdown for the final quarter of the 19-20 school year.

Hopper said that if the school receives its payments from the state, the cafeteria expenses should break even, but with no internal revenue sales, the district is relying on state and federal aid to recoup the costs of those meals.

Dana Pitchford asked about the state making transportation payments. Hopper said that the claim for FY20 isn’t due until August, but the district did receive a $47,000 payment for FY19 in June.

In his summer maintenance report, Hopper thanked everyone who made the prom and graduation events a success, saying that it wouldn’t have happened without their help. Pitchford and Brown both said that the celebration went well, with Pitchford saying that some requested that something similar be done in the future.

Hopper said that the district is ready to go for the one-to-one computer program and is working on some items that will help teachers and students use the computers at home.

In the buildings, Hopper said the rooms are finished and floors are ready to be buffed. The district will be implementing some COVID-19 requirements such as directional arrows, spacing markers and splash screens in the near future.

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