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Of Bleachers & Gaps By Mike Lakin Brought up during the school board meeting,, were concerns raised by someone concern- ing the 8-inch gap between the wall and the bleachers at the upper seating. It's not a Safety issue. One of the solutions was to have Seat backing brought in, but then it was found out it would cost $6400 just to do the home side to the gym. The discussion continued on, and an idea was brought up to use the old bleacher boards to close the gap. It was suggested that the shop class could do the work as a project, but the districts archi- tect would have to approve it. No decision was made. In a somewhat related matter, the grade school gym floor needs to have some work done. It is thought that the gym floor- boards have been sanded to their maximum. It was suggested that things could be worked out if you just use a high-speed buffer and resealed the floor and start to rebuild the layers. Cost esti- mate will be made and reported back. It was noticed that in the new addition (built 2006) the steps by the elevator have developed some issues that might make them a trip hazard. This also will be looked into. The first phase of new roofing at the grade school (phase 1 of a three year plan) will be reduced to dollars and cents for board review. Bids are expected to be let in March. The reduction in force com- mittee is- an ongoing committee and some of the questions being dealt with include teacher evalu- ations. Responding to a question from a board member, Superin- tendent Todd Hamm said that when a teacher is found to be in need of improvement, there is a 90-day plan that is followed to help that teacher in the area- or areas - of improvement needed. The committee will meet again in March. Superintendent Hamm told the board that thedistrict had received its share of 1% sales tax. That share amounted to $19,335.09. For the calendar year 2013 the school district has received approximately $227,000 as its share of the county's 1% sales tax. Citing a good working rela- tionship, the district renewed its existing contract with the dis- trict's existing audit firm. Class titles were changed in the math and art department at the request of instructors. The class title change in the math department now has students taking geometry, pre-calculus, and calculus. The class title Zion Lutheran School 2nd Quarter Honor Roll AUA's Eighth grade: Luis Felipe Buen- mstro, Julianne Funk, Leah Sauls- berry; Seventh grade: Morgan May; Sixth grade: Elaine Aylesworth, Emma Aylesworth, Olivia Cooper, Teagan Wyss; Filth grade: Emma Buenrostro, Jaycie Doerr, Moriah Prather; Fourth grade: Casidy Clark, Alicia Elliott; Third grade: Bianca Adubato, Makeuna Wilham High Honors Sixth grade: Isaiah Prather; Fitth grade: Ysabella Adubato, Matthew Hagenbuch; Fourth grade: Abigail Coflinan; Third grade: Clayton Ayles- worth Honors Seventh grade: Francesca Adu- bato; change in art now designates the art classes as art one, art two, art three, and art four. The class title changes resulted in a discussion con- ceming weighted classes at the high school. It was decided that they would look at classes that could be changed to weighted classes. No action was taken that evening. 'A hooray goes out to Kelly Aylesworth for the great job she is doing as cheerleading spon- sor. The board was advised that negotiations are ongoing between Frontier Communica- tions and the school district as the district looks to "back out" of the existing communications contract. Brian Smith was approved as a volunteer in the high school baseball program. Sixth grade: Bryson Beccue, Amelia Kuhlman; Fitkh grade: Colton Hagan; Fourth grade: Daniel Decker, Seth Jackson, Lucas Kuhlman, Chloe Lewis, Riley-May, Lane Murphy; Third grade: Oran Kuhlman Honorable Mention 12 Ann Olson submitted her retirement letter to be effective " atthe end of the 17- 18 school year. . Shelley Mason submitted her retirement letter to be effective " at the end of the 17 - 18 school  year. " Jenna Kolb will take a leave of absence this spring. During what we now call the big snow, one of the school pr o buses backed too far out and ' could not get out of the ditch. It , was towed out. P t Speaking of snow, one of o the school board members said t o it might be a good idea if Mr. Allen's students were provided " snow shovels so that they could help with snow shoveling when it snows. This may be greeted with great joy by some, and great agony by others. But it will be looked into to see about the possibility. Eighth gradei Braden Hagan, John Hilliard, Mackenzie Murphy, Sebastian Scassiferro; Sixth grade: Caleb Jackson, Dustin Murphy; Fourth grade: Dylan Gaddis, William Keyes, Caitlynn Lewis; Third grade: Peyton Wyss IDHS Announces New FOID Mental Health Reporting Requirements Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) announced new Firearm Owner Identification (FOID) Mental Health Report- ing System requirements as part of the Firearm Concealed Carry Act (PA 98-063). IDHS plans to raise awareness of the new law that took effect on July 9, 2013, that requires a variety of clinicians and other health professionals to report patients who they believe pose a "clear and present danger" to themselves or others. The defini- tion of "clear and present danger" has been clarified and the number of health professions required to report has been expanded under the new law. The Illinois FOID Mental Health Reporting System is an online system administered by IDHS. It collects information on persons in Illinois who have been declared in court to be mentally disabled; admitted to an inpatient mental health facility within the last five years; determined to be a "dear and present danger" to themselves or others or determined to be developmentally disabled. The system mandates clinicians, mental health facilities and quali- fied examirers to report persons who meet any of the above criteria to IDHS within the time frames set forth in the law. A qualified exam- iner includes social workers, regis- tered nurses, clinical professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists who report only if they have an additional three years of clinical experience involv- ing evaluation and treatment with patients that have a mental illness. IDHS then cross-references per- sons to the ISP FOID database for matches, which are then reported to the Illinois State Police. ISP is then responsible for investigating and processing or rejecting the application for the FOID card. The purpose O f these regulations is to save lives through common sense reform and careful oversight. IDHS must be notified of anyone who communicates a serious threat of physical violence against a rea- sonably identifiable victim or poses a clear and imminent risk of seri- ous physical injury to himself, herself or another person; or who demonstrates threatening physical or verbal behavior, such as vio- lent, suicidal, or assaultive threats, actions, or other behavior as deter- mined by a physician, clinical psy- chologist or qualified examiner. All reports must be completed via the new Illinois FOID Reporting System developed and maintained by IDHS. Those entities required to report include hospitals; nursing homes; residential settings; and outpatient facilities. Clinicians and quali- fied examiners who must report include; physicians; psychiatrists; clinical psychologists; clinical social workers; registered nurses; licensed clinical professional coun- selors; and marriage and family therapists. All reporting is confi- dential and HIPAA compliant.