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Sign donation ackowledged by NC School Board
Jim Showen thanked
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The North Crawford School Board began its meeting on Thursday, Dec. 15 by recognizing Jim Showen for the donation of a new school sign.

Showen’s All County Signs, located at 330 Main Street in Gays Mills, created the sign for the school district at no cost.

The board declined to take up adopting a new weapons policy, in light of the recently passed statewide concealed-carry law, until questions about the policy could be addressed. The matter was tabled until it could be considered at a special board meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 5:15 p.m. The school board’s regular monthly meeting was rescheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m.

The board approved the second reading of a policy concerning school admissions of first graders, who have not completed five-year-old kindergarten. The state-mandated policy sets up requirements that must be met before admission of a first grader, without kindergarten attendance, can be made.

The board also approved a revised course offering handbook that includes new classes the district has added to the curriculum. Some of those new courses include Human Behavior and Society, a psychology course; 2-D and 3-D Art Class; Personal Fitness and Athletic Coaching, phy ed courses; Spanish for Travelers, an online course to be taught by the district’s Spanish teacher; Human Anatomy and Physiology, a science course; and Entrepreneurship/Photography, a business education course.

Dr. Dan Davies told the board during his district administrator’s report that money received from a Healthier America Grant has been used to purchase $2,000 worth of cookware and equipment for the school’s kitchen.

The board also heard correspondence from a home school family interested in exploring the possibility of participating in a North Crawford Playhouse production in the future.

Following a closed session, the board reconvened in open session and approved hiring Melanie Jelinek as a paraprofessional aide in the school’s special education department. The board took no action on filling coaching and extracurricular positions.

In other business, the North Crawford School Board:

 • updated a property disposal sale policy raising the limit for which an appraisal is required to $1,500

• extended a contract for annual wastewater backflow prevention inspections mandated by the state

• signed 2011-12 contracts for administrative staff, which had been previously approved