NORTH ZULCH - The North Zulch School Board filled the vacancy on Thursday created by Charles Drake's retirement in December, as Jill May swore in new board member Rodney Murphy before the meeting started.
Lea Ann Andrus, Academic Interventionist, had a presentation on the curriculum and testing scores. The school district has been working to improve test scores, since it received the "Improvements required" designation last year.
The adjustments to the curriculum have shown improvements in test scores, but they still need to increase the Algebra 1 results.
Principal Kendall Todd reported that the school had a lot of absences last month, saying, "The flu hurt us, but we were able to stay open."
Other school districts around the state have closed for sick days this flu season.
Transportation/Maintenance Director Harold Sapp discussed the need for adding a few seatbelts to the school bus for special needs students.
Sapp also said, "The softball fields are ready to compete, but baseball field and the track need some work."
The board continued to discuss options for building a house on a property they own, but took no action. The house, which will be rented, will be for teachers that move to the district to work and could create revenue for the district.
The board took time to recognize students that exemplify the North Zulch spirit. The elementary student of the month is Jordace Sanders, who was unable to attend the meeting. The junior high Student of the month is Alston LeMay and the high school student of the month is Blake Housley.
The board also wanted to show their appreciation to the staff and faculty, and awarded Terri Todd with the staff member of the month and Alice Fraley with teacher of the month.