BETHALTO — The Bethalto School Board honored academic and athletic achievements at its regular meeting Feb. 24.
During the Positive Recognition and Good News portion of the meeting, the board recognized two groups. The first group was the 19 Civic Memorial Illinois State Scholars. This honor recognizes students who are leaders in their school and in their community. These students are often in the top 10 percent of their class and are examples of outstanding academic achievement, hard work, dedication and discipline. The second group recognized was the 2014-2015 Civic Memorial High School boys’ bowling team. This year’s team went to the state tournament for the first time in school history. The district says it is proud of the seven boys and coach Shawn Callies for making history at CMHS.
Superintendent Charlie Stegall presented an update on the Community Advisory Council’s progress. During the course of the first semester of this year, the council met regularly with Stegall. The primary focus of these meetings was to develop a list of proposed goals to share with the School Board at the February meeting. Those goals focused on four areas: facilities, community, finance and curriculum. Stegall pointed out that these goals are proposals for the board to consider as the board begins to go through the strategic planning process.
Stegall, along with principals Kim Heinz, Kim Wilks, Karen Harris, Todd Hannaford and Bethalto Education Association President Rachel Catanzaro and Vice President Angie Parish, gave a presentation about the new Bethalto teacher evaluation instrument. The development of this instrument has been a joint effort between BEA and administration and has taken about a year to complete.
The following are items on which the board took action:
• Approved the updated Bethalto teacher evaluation instrument.
• Approved the first reading of board policies as presented by the Policy Committee.
• Approved the updated district Wellness Plan.
• Approved an updated cellphone policy for the high school to be piloted during the second semester of the 2014-2015 school year.
• Approved a new high school final exam exemption policy for the 2014-2015 school year.
• Approved a CMHS Student Council overnight trip to attend the Illinois Association of Student Councils Convention in Lombard, Ill.
• Approved two physical education community outreach events: TMS Triathlon and CMHS Battle of the Stars Obstacle Challenge.