School district passes safety audit

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook School district passed the annual safety audit with flying colors.

McCook Public Schools business manager Rick Haney told the McCook School Board at its regular meeting Monday that the safety auditor told him that McCook schools was one of the safest he's been through and would like to nominate the school for an award.

Infractions from the safety audit were minimal, Haney said, and included hand rails on stairs and a ramp.

Haney added that the annual audit of school finances will be conducted next week by Miller and Associates of Kearney.

In other administration comments at Monday's meeting, Superintendent Grant Norgaard noted that three school board members received pins of recognition at the Nebraska Association of School Boards.

Sandy Krysl received Level 1 and Shane Messersmith and Tom Bredvick both received Level 3. Board members can earn points through professional development, Norgaard said, such as attending meetings, conferences and giving presentations. "It's not easy and takes a lot of work," he said.

Norgaard also gave an update on professional development and the second year of implementing professional learning communities, or PLC.

Staff and administration are understanding the process better, he said, of how together they can improve student achievement.

"It's a long will take several years for it to become a well-oiled machine. But hopefully we will see results sooner rather than later," Norgaard said.

Norgaard asked from comments from administrators attending the meeting and McCook Elementary Principal Tim Garcia added that the learning communities unites the district, staff and teachers together and fosters great relationships.

Instead of one teacher being responsible for successful students, "We can draw on the expertise of other teachers," he explained.

Kate Repass, Central Elementary Principal, said the focus is now on student learning, rather than just on teaching.

And a new face will be seen sitting at the table at future the McCook School Board meetings.

Kelsey Siebrandt, a senior at McCook High School, will be attending board meetings as the representative of the McCook High School Student Council.

Siebrandt was sworn in at Monday night's regular meeting.

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