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Page 4 School Report November 18, 1982 Robert Morgenstern, Director Dis- tdct #1, covers the area of south- west Cheney and adjacent area. He was elected to the board in 1973 and is an Eastern Washing- ton University faculty member. Roberta McNeal, Director District #4, covers northeast Cheney and adjacent area. She was elected in 1975 and works for Eastern Wash- ington University. Kent Sooy, Director District #2, covers Four Lakes, Marshall and all areas south of them. He was elected to the board in 1967. Kent is a farmer. Susan Christenson-Fuhrman, Di- rector District #3, covers the area north of Four Lakes and west of Spotted Road. She joined the board in 1981 and works for Nord- stroms in Spokane. Roger covers sor areas. 1978 and Cheney School Board adresses public con As a resident of Cheney School District No. 360, you have local control over your public schools. Your Board of Directors cordi- ally invites you to attend board meetings and to take an active role in the educational affairs of your community. The decisions of your elected board affect your child, your child's future, your tax rate, the well-being of your community, and, in the long run, the well- being of your country. There are many ways for you to participate in your schools: -Keep informed and interested in your schools. --Appear before the board to express your views. -Correspond with the board. -Elect the best qualified board members. -Participate in local parent groups and on educational com- mittees of various civic organiza- tions. SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS Regular meetings of the board are open to the public and are held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the District Board Room at 520 Fourth Street in Cheney. This year, the first meet- ing of each month is being held in the various schoolS. Call the District Office for the location of each Second Wednesday meeting. Special meetings are called periodically to handle business which cannot be deferred until the regular sessions. Notices to all meetings and board agendas are given to local newspapers and are posted in the offices of all schools. All recommendations are con- sidered and acted upon only in open public meetings. By state law, however, executive (pri- vate) sessions can be held in regards to personnel matters, business which may involve liti- gation, property acquisitions prior to purchase and negotia- tions sessions. BACKGROUND MATERIAL Extensive background mater- ial on agenda items is mailed to board members prior to each meeting. After examining this material, board members can ob- tain answers to questions and be prepared to efficiently and ex- peditiously reach decisions con- cerning the many items which come before them during meet- ings. PHILOSOPHY OF THE BOARD It has long been the philosophy of the Cheney School Board to ...... .........    ..... =m==: ::;: ! ?i ....... Cheney School Board members regularly hold their meetings at various schools within the district. At left, Chairman talks with teachers and staff at an informal dinner. At right, senior board member Kent Sooy also talks with teachers seek the best school system that can be built - a system of education that is second to no other in the state. The board believes that super- ior individual scholastic achieve- ment should be the rule rather than the exception in a program that challenges each student to achieve to the maximum of his/ her abilities. Paramount import- ance is placed on health, citizen- ship, and character development, in addition to academic achieve- ment. FUNCTIONS OF THE BOARD Although members of the school board are elected locally, they are state officers respons- ible for governing a political subdivision of the state. The board operates independently of city and county governments, but cooperates with them. The board is a policy-making body and within the framework of state law, exercises complete control over the educational and finan- cial affairs of the school district. Among its numerous duties, the board: adopts an annual budget and approves all expenditures; employs personnel; approves curriculum, textbooks and course of study; and makes decisions on school sites, building plans and construction contracts. School board members have no power to act individually in the name of the board. Action can be taken only when the board is meeting in formal session with a majority of its members present. Under this sound principle, each member can reserve judgment on each matter until he has had an opportunity to hear the re- commendations of the super- intendent and to discuss it with other board members. The board recognizes that it has an obligation to the people of District 360 to plan the best program of education and to expend revenues wisely. The board also recognizes it has a unique function to interpret the schools to the community and the community to the schools. For these reasons, the board encourages residents to make their desires known and to take an active part in the educational affairs of the district. Mrs. Gower named new librarian While not new to Cheney Junior High nor to the school's library, Mrs. Gower, formerly an 8th grade language arts teacher, is the new librarian. Mrs. Gower sees the library as the center of the academic pro- cess allowing students to use previously learned skills, as well as teaching new skills. It sup- ports the curriculum by provid- ing additional supplementary and enrichment materials both print and non-print and provides students with good leisure time reading. Approximately 800 books are circulated each week. All stu- dents are scheduled into the library with their language arts class either weekly or bi-weekly. The library is open 20 minutes before classes begin and 15 minutes after school. Students also may use the library during their 30-minute lunch period. Our junior high students are recep- tive and enthusiastic toward the library program. Since time is a consideration at board meetings, residents are en- couraged first to take specific questions concerning school operation to the teacher or ad- ministrator closest to the situ- ation. If satisfactory solution or adequate information is not generated by this process, then the board will be happy to con- sider the situation during a board meeting. It is hoped that the idea can be or less. discussion of an item o in of speaker her Mrs. Gower helps students select materials st