CLOVERDALE -- The end of a quick first semester in sight, the Cloverdale School Board heard updates on the school year and prepared for the end of 2011 at its December meeting.
"This has been a very fast semester," Superintendent Carrie Milner said. "I'm very grateful we've gotten this far without ice and snow."
Food service director Billy Boyette gave an update on his department, saying their budget is in the black as of November.
He said one key to the program's success is the Central Indiana cooperative of which Cloverdale is a part. The organization gives the member corporations more buying power and, therefore, lower prices.
"Not only are we saving money, but we're feeding our children better," board member Bobbi Nees said.
Cloverdale Middle School guidance counselor Kathleen Glaser gave an update on ISTEP and other testing issues. She reported progress across the grade levels as teachers and students adjust to changing forms of testing.
Glaser also reported on the success of College Go! Week, that included her visiting all classrooms, kindergarten through 12th grade, district wide. The schools made an effort to get all kids in the corporation involved, including those not necessarily bound for college.
College Go! Week also included the essay of kindergartner Alexis Thompson, which won the statewide essay contest for her grade.
The board also approved a maternity leave for an elementary special education teacher and the hiring of five volunteer coaches: Zac Waycott as boys' track and field assistant, Chase Haltom and Michael Nees as boys' varsity basketball assistants, Matt Nichols as boys' middle school basketball assistant and Cindy Peterson as girls' middle school assistant.