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Cloverdale prepares for coming year

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

CLOVERDALE -- The Cloverdale Community School Board addressed several issues during its monthly meeting Monday night, many of which were in preparation for the current school year.

School Superintendent Carrie Milner and Indiana State Teacher's Association representative Kim Fidler addressed the registration process at the beginning of the meeting.

During public comment, Fidler said that though the change to online registration made the process smoother in general, it was awkward for some parents to use the computers and others said they preferred the previous one-on-one signup.

"When people went to the school to do registration ... some people got embarrassed," Fidler said of parents who had to ask for help with the computers multiple times.

Milner also noticed that some parents did not like to do the registration online, and the school will try to make changes in the future.

Toni Tomlinson talked to the board about a program over the summer that was very successful -- NASA Ignite.

The program runs across Indiana and partners with 21st Century Community Learning Centers and the Indiana Association of United Ways to bring science programs to summer school students with experiments, mentoring programs and other learning tools. There are currently 20 schools in the program, with the most recent three being added as of Monday.

Tomlinson said students have loved the programs, and she hopes the program's next two years will continue to be fruitful and enjoyable for the students and teachers.

"It makes it easy for any teacher ... and it's fun for the teacher as well," Tomlinson said.

Cloverdale High School president Brent Sailor also brought to the board good news. In the Putnam RISE competitions, Cloverdale School Corporation was first in saving the most energy across the entire corporation during the months of March and April. Compared to last year's energy bill, the school has saved $12,000 in energy costs.

The corporation received a certificate and $11,500 as a reward. It also placed second in the most energy saved per square foot, earning the corporation another $5,000.

The third part of the competition, concerning which corporation earns the most energy-saving pledges, is not yet finished.

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