Superintendent's Corner

    A look at what happened at the regular meeting of the board of education…

    Thursday, September 19, 2019:

    The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by Vice President Michael Parrack.

    The consent agenda was approved which included the Treasurer's Report and August Minutes, as well as the bills, payroll and withholdings in the amount of $332,002.91. The October board meeting was set for Thursday, October 22, 2019 at 5:30 PM in the Adell Library Media Center. The board also reviewed and approved several policy and regulation updates. All Macks Creek R-V policies and regulations are maintained on the district’s website. The latest updates will be available for review by October 1st. The board updated or added the following policies and regulations: 

    P0370, P1210, P1425, P1430, P2200, P2230, P2710, P2742, P3470, P4120, P4411, P4540, P7210, R1210, and R4411

    No public comment was given.

    During the Superintendent's Report, Dr. Josh Phillips highlighted the following:

    -A Financial Report

    -The basketball hoops in the auxiliary gym were scheduled to be replaced when brand new hoops were installed in the main gym. However, it was determined the safest style of hoops in the auxiliary gym will be a portable solution. The district is considering robust portable options to provide basketball hoops suitable for practice and elementary recreational use.

    -The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) will release Annual Performance Report (APR) data to school district’s next week.The data will be made available to the public on October 8th.Our district utilizes data gleaned from the APR along with other district-collected data to make improvements to our instructional programs to provide the best educational opportunities for all Macks Creek students.

    -The district has regularly communicates with the Camden County Road Department regarding conditions of the many dirt roads our buses travel.The district has experienced heavy rain during the month of August and appreciates the hard work and effort of the county to quickly make repairs and ensure our students can safely travel.

    -The district received its annual Special Education Performance report last week.DESE’s Self-Assessment File Review Results indicated there was no systematic noncompliance identified within our program.The report further stated we are in compliance with all state and federal regulations and no corrective actions are needed. DESE also made a determination that our district does not require a tiered monitoring onsite review. Our district greatly appreciates the hard work and effort of our SPED Director, Ms. Leah Rich and her staff to ensure we provide the best services for all our students!

    -The district is continuing to discourage students from vaping or utilizing eCigarettes.Prior to the start of this school year, the district adopted policy to provide specific discipline for students who are caught utilizing such devices.The district continues to educate students regarding the dangers of vaping and eCigarette use while providing educational materials to our families.

    New Business

    The board considered two proposals regarding exclusive agreements with Jostens/Adidas and BSN sports for the purchase of sports apparel and athletic equipment. The board approved the agreement submitted by BSN. In an exchange for being the district’s exclusive provider, BSN will provide yearly upfront rebates as well as yearly rebates after the school year has concluded based upon spending. In addition, the district will receive discounted rates when purchasing apparel or equipment. The apparel sold by BSN includes a variety of brands and the district will have a multitude of options from which to select. The entire contract is available for review in the district office.

    The board adopted an update to the district’s Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP). The purpose of the CSIP is to establish priorities and keep the district focused. Please utilize the following link to review the updated CSIP: https://5il.co/aduz

    The board approved the date for high school graduation.The commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020 will be held at 6:00 PM Friday, May 15th. This year’s senior trip will be to Destin, FL from April 28th to May 3rd. The Senior Awards Ceremony will be held on May 14th at 6:00 PM immediately followed by Baccalaureate. The last day of school for graduating seniors will be May 13th with a noon dismissal.

    Mr. Kolwyck and Dr. Jori Phillips highlighted various activities occurring within the high school and elementary schools. Macks Creek students have completed the 1st month of the school year. The Average Daily Attendance for the high school is at 96.2% and the elementary is 97.89%. Macks Creek School is serving 327 students in grades Preschool through 12. The elementary has 20 students in preschool, 21 in K, 21 in 1st, 22 in 2nd, 19 in 3rd, 30 in 4th, 24 in 5th and 18 in 6th for a total of 175. Middle/High School enrollment is as follows: 7th - 30, 8th - 23, 9th - 25, 10th - 25, 11th - 27 and 12th - 22 for a total of 138 students. The MS/HS had 41 discipline referrals in the first month of school and the Elementary had 12.The elementary also reported 22 positive office referrals.

    The board did not meet in closed session and the meeting was adjourned at 8:00 PM.

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