BOONE GROVE | The Porter Township school board honored the 4th and 5th grade math bowl teams from Boone Grove elementary at its meeting Thursday evening.
Board members teamed up in a brief competition against students from the elementary school team to answer math questions and demonstrate what takes place during an actual competition.
Doug Walker, elementary school teacher and a math bowl coach, told the board that the school will host a math bowl at 5 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Boone Grove Middle School gym, where 11 teams will compete.
“A lot of them are riding the middle school bus to get here early to practice,” Walker said of team members.
The board gave each team member a certificate, and Superintendent Stacey Schmidt lauded the team for its dedication.
“Thank you for sharing the talents of your kids with us,” Schmidt said to parents in the audience.
Derek Anderson, from Skillman Corp., and Kyle Miller, of Schmidt Associates, reported on the progress of building project phase IIc.
Miller reviewed an aerial graphic of new practice fields, tennis courts, parking and the soccer field. The board agreed with Miller’s proposal that a new soccer field be constructed and the old field refurbished at a later date. He also recommended the construction of a new parking lot for the fields.
Miller also reviewed three options for new signs for the high school, and the board approved having a curved stack configuration of letters attached to the building.
The board also approved the 2013-14 school calendar pending further discussion and approval of the May online learning day in 2013. Schmidt noted that Porter County school superintendents work together to schedule the same starting day and spring breaks at all the schools.
Schmidt provided a slide presentation to explain the general fund, which she said pays for salaries, employee benefits, and purchased professional and technical services and property services.
Salaries and benefits account for 85 percent of the general fund, said Schmidt.
“Fortunately for us, we have an approved budget that allows us to live within our means,” said Schmidt. “The good news is that our approved budget is what we advertised for and it looks like we are going to be able to add some teaching positions.”