McCOOK, Nebraska -- Tardies/truancies issues have have improved since the implementation of the new "attendance team" at McCook High School.
During 'Positive Comments" at the regular McCook School Board meeting Monday night, Board President Tom Bredvick noted how attendance problems have decreased at the high school. He gave credit to members MHS Principal Jerry Smith, Resource Officer John Smith, Activities Director Darin Nichols and LIFT Program Administrator, Jeff Gross.
"It was not a huge issue before, but now things are looking really good," he told board members.
Bredvick also thanked sponsors who travel with school clubs to out-of-town activities.
Other comments made during the "Positive Comments" portion of the meeting included:
* Diane Lyons: told of how out-of-town visitors who saw the McCook High School marching band at the Heritage Days Parade were impressed at its size and professional appearance.
* Sandy Krysl: thanked volunteers who helped out at the recent "Health Fitness Day" for elementary students.
* Larry Shields: thanked Scott Johnson and Dan Shiers for their time and effort on the district's new phone system.
* Teresa Thomas: recently attended a PTO meeting and was impressed with the ideas and enthusiasm generated. She also noted that the MHS band was rated as superior at the recent Harvest of Harmony competition.
* Shane Messersmith: commended FFA students, who created a float that won the Youth Division at the Heritage Days Parade. "Great detail and effort were put into it," he said.
|n||Superintendent Grant Norgaard: thanked Chad Brening who is helping to build a wall for the new Ag classroom.|
* Business Manager Rick Haney: the district's new automated phone system is up and running.The system incorporates 234 phones in the district that are now all connected and will allow the public and staff to communicate more efficiently and rapidly, as well as address safety concerns, he said.