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Last night: Toledo School District Board of Directors held their monthly meeting at Toledo Elementary School, including a tour of the facility highlighting new approaches to teaching, raising reading averages, and a special education model attracting students from outside the district borders.
One concerned parent, however, returned to reiterate her concerns surrounding an issue she raised last year that impelled her to remove her children from public school this year.
Ginger Rogers repeated her demand that the high school “do something” to block nude photos underage girls take of themselves from being sent from school property. “I get (cell and email) alerts that pedophiles...are attracted to the Toledo area by these actions.” When Superintendent Chris Rust suggested Ms Rogers this was a matter for the police, she confirmed she had reported this matter already, and focused on the district’s responsibility.
“This (picture-taking) took place on School property, so needs to be dealt with at that level. A ‘scrambler’ system would put a stop to it. I had to yank my kids out of school,” she added, “and now they’re home-schooled.”
On a related note, she complained that policy informing parents when sex education classes are offered has been dropped. “Parents need to know so they can opt out (of school-based courses),” she continued.
The Board agreed to address these incidents on a case-by-case basis.
The high school baseball field has been tilled and rolled, ready for seed. Hoop straps were recommended as a safety upgrade, and the check valve replaced near the fields to remedy continual cycling.
Middle school roll down fire door was repaired following a failure, and the boiler “disintegrated” to be replaced temporarily by a water heater.
A safety grant is being sought to acquire an orbital “scrubber” for the indoor gyms, as an alternative to expensive outside services 2-3 times/yearly.
Two students from Toledo High School promoted a charter for Skills USA, a program emphasizing engineering and robotics. No monies were requested, but advisor Mrs Berry said Board approval is needed.
FCCLA Advisor Rene’ Ketchum announced the group’s “Dine In” dinner December 1 at the high school, open to the community and free, the student’s public thank you gesture for supporting their program. Tom & Bonnie, local musical entertainers, will provide music for the event. Next week’s City Council meeting will find FCCLA students seeking a proclamation from the City to recognize December 1 publicly. Invitations have gone out to Governor Jay Insley, Lewis County Commissioner Edna Fund, Rep. Ed Orcutt and Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler. Honor Society, FFA and FCCLA student-led tours of Toledo High School will precede the spaghetti dinner. “Family mealtimes are extremely important,” says Ms. Ketchum. “Come to dinner!”
Toledo Elementary School’s Tour in pictures:
Rene’ says: Toledo High School FCCLA is selling Poinsettias through November 18. The Poinsettias are from DeGoedes and very beautiful. $15.00 each. We hope you will support our FCCLA fundraising efforts and enjoy a beautiful Poinsettia or two.
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