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May 13, 2014

Busy night for Knoxville School Board

Knoxville — The Knoxville School Board met in regular session Monday night, with many things to discuss. 

The board heard an extensive report on the WIN (What I Need) program at Knoxville High School. KHS Principal Kevin Crawford and Dean Ryan Klein believe they have seen improvement in student achievement since the program's inception. WIN includes teachers requesting students meet them late in the day (2:45-3:11 p.m.) to complete assignments, gain extra instruction or anything else academically the student may need. 

According to Crawford and Klein, the program is popular with teachers. The number of "F" grades in the third quarter this year was much lower than the same period last year, with the program. Look for much more on WIN in the May 16 print edition. 

The board also approved new math teaching materials for grades KinderPrep through eighth. According to Curriculum Director Jill Van Woerkom, the materials have integrated aspects and requirements for the Iowa Core. The texts also note for teachers which chapters align with corresponding aspects of the Core. High school teachers want to explore available materials further before making a decision. The costs of the materials approved is approximately $144,093. 

Ervin Masonry won the contract for brick work at Knoxville Middle School for $41,663. At the prior meeting, Superintendent Randy Flack was asked to ensure that the two bids received were for the same amount of work, given the vast difference between them. Flack confirmed this with Ervin, which remained the low bidder. 

The board tabled the possibility of replacing the district's phone system. Flack contacted only one bidder for this project, because he was not sure who else to call. Board member Tim McDonald said he would try to find more bidders to make the process more competitive. This issue is expected to be revisited at the board's May 27 meeting (held on Tuesday due to Memorial Day). 

Look for full reports on the school board in the May 16 Journal-Express print edition. 

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