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Page 2 Free Press ' Thursday, March 5, 2015 ' f L ct enrollment By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Following conclusion of a public meeting on re- running the school district's high school construction bond, the Cheney School Board made quick work of an otherwise light agenda. The board received a student enrollment and financial update from the school district's executive director of finance, Kassidy Prober, that indicated student enrollment is still running ahead of budgeted numbers. Total enrollment through February was 4,177 full-time equivalent (FTE) students, down from 4,188 in January but still 43 students ahead of what the district had budgeted for in the 2014-i5 school year and three students ahead of where they thought they would be at this point in time. In contrast, enrollment numbers through February 2013-14 were 4,056 FTEs and 3,916 FTEs in 2012-13. The enrollment numbers keep the district's pro- jected school year revenue at just under $45.72 million, up from $43.20 million last year due to the increased enrollment, which means additional state revenues. Expenses so far this year are just over $18.23 million, Prober, said; on pace to meet the projected $44.1 mil- lion budgeted in 2014-15. Those numbers give the district an operating fund balance of $2,898,394 through January, on track to a projected $6.48 million ending fund balance of which $2.2 million would be unreserved, meeting the board's goal of maintaining a 5 percent reserve balance. In new business the board elected to rescind a pair of policies regarding signature authorizations and payment for travel expenses. The former is included under a new policy already adopted while the latter is to be replaced by a new policy "Board Member Ex- penses," which subsequently received its first reading last Wednesday. The board let die a proposed rescinding of a policy regarding who should represent the district in legal matters. The policy stipulates that the Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney is "the statutory legal counselor for the District," and serves as legal adviser and representative of the board in "matters relating to official business." Probert told the board that the Washington State School Directors Association got rid of a similar policy back in the 1990s. Superintendent Dr. Debra Clem- ens said the association is recommending districts do likewise, as many now contract or have in-house legal services. "Why not get free legal services. Director Rick Mount asked regarding the county prosecutor. "I'm not sure they're free," Probert responded. Mount asked staff to find out if the county services were free, and the proposed rescission died for lack of a motion. Mount added that the current county prosecutor, Larry Haskell, is a former Cheney School Board member. The board voted to surplus four district vehicles, all of which are pickup trucks and none of which currently run, Probert said. In old business, the board passed revisions and updates to policies concerning homeless students' rights and services and the prohi- bition of harassment, intimidation and bullying. John McCallum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress. com. I By AL STOVER Staff Reporter Several members of Medi- cal Lake High School's Fu- ture Farmers of America's (FFA) sales team take notes as a representative from Fogle Pump and Supply in Airway Heights explains the inner workings of water pump systems. The sales team is one of sev- eral groups of the FFA club that are getting ready for various competitions this month. The sales team is preparing for a March 18 district sales competition, at Medical Lake High School, where they have to sell a systematic sprinkler system for irrigation to the judges. If Medical Lake finishes in the top three, they advance to state competition. In the past, the sales team has sold John Deere tractors ind: Lan Mar Farms and Mill- ing horse feed. "I traditionally have all girls come out for this com- petition and they've learned a lot in the last 2-3 years," club adviser Jennie Wagner said. "Horse feed wasn't so tough because a lot of them had horses. This year's product threw us all for a loop because I don't know much about ir- rigation." Wagner called Fogle Pump and they were willing to help the sales team prepare for the contest. Down the hallway, in anoth- er classroom, several first-year club members are preparing for the novice parliamentary procedure competition at sub- districts, March 11 at Liberty High School in Spangle. The top three teams from sub-districts will advance to districts, March 25 at Liberty High School. Like the sales competition, the top three in each category advances to state. Six students will participate in novice parliamentary pro- cedure and the group has to perform to debate a topic and perform opening and closing ceremonies. Wagner explained that stu- dents have to follow a definite pattern as they perform the novice parliamentary proce- dure. "They do opening ceremo- nies and they are given a prob- lem and there are 10 motions they have to do," Wagner said. "They have 15 minutes total to do opening ceremonies, their motions, debate and do their closing ceremonies." Palladin Goldberg, one of the club members, said this Photo by Al Stover Oaedan Fisher, a member of the Medical Lake Future' Farmers of America's (FFA) agriculture issues team, givessome,tips to first-year members participating in the novice parliamentary procedure competition competition has helped the "group work together as a team and how to solve a problem." Wagner also has students participating in the FFA creed memorization, prepared and ex- temporaneous public speaking competitions at sub-districts. Students in the extempora- neous public speaking have to draw from three topics relating to the agriculture industry. They select their one topic from the three and have 30 minutes to prepare a speech on it. The club's agriculture issues team, who finished third at districts this winter, is present- ing their topic to five groups before their state competition. Jaedan Fisher, who is a part of the agriculture issues team, explained that her group's topic is debating the pros and cons of how social media af- fects top commodity sales in Washington state. "I enjoy it because it's a good way to be creative but also still compete, still get out and learn more about Washing- ton agriculture," Fisher said. In addition to sub-districts, the club is getting ready for the Spokane Junior Livestock Show, May 5-9. "That's the thing about this club, it's truly student-driven," Wagner said. Wagner explained that FFA is more than just an after school farming club. She said she tries to teach her students that ag- riculture is a large part of the United States' economy. "They're probably not go- ing to own a farm but there are a lot of careers out there like sprinkler sales, seed and fertilizer (manufacturing)," Wagner said. "The world is wide open if you're willing to go to college." Al Stover can be reached at al@cheneyfreepress.com. Sixty Cheney F members qu lify for te The Cheney High School FBLA Club (Future Business Leaders of Amer- ica) completed competition in the 2015 North East Re- gional Winter Conference at the Eastpoint Church in Spokane Valley, Feb. 8. The Cheney club had 60 of its 78 attending members place in the top five 102 different times in the competition's 55 different events. Stu- dents who place top five are eligible to compete for the state conference in Spo- kane on April 15-17. Of the 85 events that they placed in, Cheney had 18 first-place finishes and 24 second-place finishes. Highlights for Cheney included: Junior Noah Brown placing in six dif- ferent events, while Ju- niors Joe Riddle, Jasmine McCauley, Caleb Wil- liamson and sophomore Sydney Zapf each placed five different times. Ju- nior Hannah Blazon earned three first place finishes while Kaetlyn Blazon, Connor Gersten- korn, Leanna Eik, Sonora Hetrick, Linsay Sweitzer and Sydney Zapf each placed first two times. This regional event was attended by 20 dif- ferent local high schools and had over 498 stu- dents in attendance. The list of Cheney winners is below by name, event and plac- ing: Anna Arensmeyer, Business Presentation, first; Hospitality Manage- ment, third and Public Speaking 1, third. Claire Arensmeyer, Computer Applications, third; Global Business, sec- ond; Marketing, third and Word Processing, fifth. Clayton Beard, Busi- ness Procedures, fourth; Entrepreneurship, fourth and Global Business, fourth. Tim Bennett, Computer Game, third and Computer Problem Solving, fourth. Hannah Blazon, 3-D Animation, first; Database Design, first; Insurance and Risk Management, fourth and Public Service Announcement, first. Kaetlyn Blazon, E-Busi- ness, first and Public Ser- vice Announcement, first. Alex Brown, Hospital- ity Management, third. Noah Brown, Com- puter Problem Solving, second; Cyber Security, second; Desktop Pro- gramming, first; Manage- ment Info.Systems, third; Mobile App Develop- ment, third and Network Design, second. Megumi Call, Hospital- ity Management, fourth. Yashuel Campos, Im- promptu, fourth; Manage- ment Decision Making, first and Mobile App De- velopment, third. Daniel Cartwright, En- trepreneurship, third and Global Business, fourth. Ian Case, Computer Game second; Manage- ment Info. Systems, fifth; Network Design, second and Networking Con- cepts, first. Avi Chapman, Digital Design, fourth and Web Site Design, third. Olivia Cook, Global Business, second; Man- See FLBA page 3 DR. ACOB RIDL FAMILY DENTISTRY NEW Patients Welcome t Congra tu la tions 4 Medical Lake High School .*J Senior, Maleeka Wegner I!k Academic Student of the Week Medical Lake Meetings are the 3rd Dollars for Thursday each month at 6:30 pm SCHOLARS" at Medical Lake A City Hall Chambers www.medicallake.dollarsforscholars.org Email: medicallakedfs@yahoo.com Specialty Asphalt honors .Cheney High School Semor, Bradlee Powell Academic Student of the Week il t I I It/l!ii ~ I i/~ fii ii ilit !i ~,~' ~ ..... ii~ 1