Believe or not, the Cascade School District is still trying to finalize some projects around the district, as part of the $5.7 million capital projects levy. It appears less than stellar work on the part of the contractor is to blame for most of the issues. The most obvious mishap was the soccer field lights. The contractor installed the light bases without prior city approval. Later, the bases were found to be not up to code, so new bases were installed this summer. Friday, November 13, 2015
Cascade School District Construction Liaison John Henri briefed the Cascade School Board at the Oct. 26 meeting on the ongoing planning for school construction.
Osborn Elementary School The U.S. Corps of Engineers has told the district they will not be making a decision on whether or not the district property on Pine Street is a wetland until next spring. Henri said they anticipated that. Same time, the Corps gave the district permission to maintain their ditch, which is very important for winter. Friday, November 13, 2015
The Cascade School Board established three goals as part of recent board retreat. Cascade Superintendent Bill Motsenbocker reported on the board retreat at the Oct. 12 Cascade School Board meeting. The three goals, at this point, are just in draft form. "Goal one would be to develop a curriculum purchase cycle to renew and replace instructional materials K-12," Motsenbocker said. This will include conducting a needs assessment at every grade level. Research success of assigned materials. Consider software and handouts, so they are not just looking at books. Motsenbocker said they would like to avoid a five-to-seven year lock-in system for instructional materials, because some things may need to be examined within that period of time, especially with regard to computer software, which changes so rapidly. "We need to make sure we have awareness the elementary grades missed the last rotation. When there was some financial issues in the district, that ended up getting stopped. If we put them back on the end again, that would not be a good thing," Motsenbocker said. A budget of $100,000 has been established to purchase curriculum materials annually. Motsenbocker said they established that amount when they created the budget, because the district had not purchased curriculum materials for quite some time. District Finance Manager Dwight Remick and Motsenbocker felt the $100,000 would be within budgetary means. "Sounds like a lot of money, and it is, but when you start buying curriculum materials for an entire grade level or three grade levels, it's going to be tough to make that happen. We felt like we needed to stay within a budget," Motsenbocker said. Wednesday, October 28, 2015