Five short-term goals have been outlined by members of the Sevier School District Board of Education and a change in the sabbatical leave policy has been approved.
The district will also purchase a warehouse building at a cost of $139,000, new driver education fees were set, a bid for a new track and football complex at South Sevier High School is under consideration, and the district will get its first swimming team.Teachers will receive one-third of their salaries while on sabbatical leave. They requested half of their salaries but Phil Johnson, teacher representative, said they were satisfied with the board's action and updating of the sabbatical leave policy.
Superintendent Brent Rock said new goals were set for the 1989-90 school year but may be modified. He outlined them as follows:
"Raise achievement expectation levels of staff and students to improve learning outcomes and test score percentiles; develop principal and administrator schedules that allow maximum time in the school and classrooms; develop and implement plans to increase positive parental and community involvement in schools."
Also, "increase computer training and instruction for students and staff with plans and a budget for instructional technology; and develop and implement plans to increase positive parental and community involvement in schools."
Driver education fees were set at $35. The classroom teacher will get $23 per student, the car instructor $10, and $2 will be used for instructional materials. It was noted that a pilot program for driver education was eliminated by the State Office of Education. Classroom instruction in the district is given at the three high schools prior to regular school hours.
The district will buy the warehouse belonging to A.J. Poulson, located about three miles north of Richfield, near U.S. 89. It will be converted to a combination transportation facility and warehouse.
Bids have been received for preparation, a sprinkler system and a track application finish for a track and football complex at South Sevier High School in Monroe. Bids indicate the cost will be about $175,000, but Principal Jerry Hawley said options are being considered to "trim" the amount.