Gridley High School now holds the honor of being named a 2017 Gold Ribbon recipient for California based on the new Career Technical Education (CTE) Academies.

Beating out Chico High and Pleasant Valley High, the award was explained by Principal Joey Adame as Gridley qualifying with above the state averages in Math and English and Career Technology Education Pathways.

The CTE Academies offered at Gridley High are the Academy of Agricultural Manufacturing, Academy of Animal Science, Academy of Horticultural Science, Academy of Arts, Media and Entertainment academies have an amazing total of students participating - 579 out of 600 students in the school. New for next year is the Health Sciences Academy in conjunction with Orchard Hospital, introduced to the Butte County Office of Education Gold Ribbon judges during interviews and tours on March 27.

Superintendent Jordan Reeves told board members that this is an expensive class and that not many schools have the luxury of a hospital close by.

Officially announcing the exciting award at the April 5, 2017 board meeting, Reeves told board members, "This is phenomenal recognition for our staff, teachers and the community members involved in the interviews. Congratulations to the whole district and the community."

Principal Joey Adame has been given much of the credit for the win by parents and staff because he makes things happen quickly, such as the new Academy of Health Sciences, ready for next year's students with just two months planning with Orchard Hospital.

In 2012, the board approved to accept a CTE course as an optional high school graduation requirement in lieu of one course in visual or performing arts or foreign language with the implementation of Assembly Bill 1330 giving them a focus on a career pathway while meeting graduation requirements.

In other business, Reeves explained the need for the first reading of revised Board Policies, Administrative Regulations and Exhibit to be approved in a first reading, particularly in regard to the 12,000 pages that need to be copied and uploaded to the district website. Reeves asked that two to three board members  go through the policies.

McKinley School Principal Chris McIntire reported on kindergarten registration held with 100 students  registered so far, 15 in pre-K and 85 kindergarten. Kindergarten Round-Up will be held May 3, 2017 at 9 a.m., with an expected total of 143 registered by that time.

Introducing Gridley High's new football coach Matt Kemmis, Principal Adame asked for the approval of weight training equipment in the amount of $23,290,82 to ensure safety and proper use. Adame explained that the weight room will be re-keyed so that the school has better control of who uses the weight room. Keys will be given to each of the head coaches.

As head of facilities, McIntire spoke to the board regarding the new lease for Farmer's Hall as the original three year lease agreement was approved September 14, 2014.

The Butte County Fair has offered a six year extension with a 2.5 percent increase per year.

During a discussion regarding repairs the school has made to the gymnasium, McIntire told board members the district pays to resurface the floor each year costing between $8,000 and $10,000 and Chief Financial Officer Heather Naylor stated the biggest expense is electricity because of the expensive light bulbs used throughout the gym.

Butte County paid for a new roof according to McIntire, along with bathroom repairs made possible by a grant.

The flooring replaced in the Feather River is a 50/50 split McIntire explained and board member Art Cota asked for a precise cost report to which McIntire answered the heating bill is huge for the gymnasium and Feather Room.

Board members approved the extension to the contract.

The board approved the replacement of flooring in the Wilson Cafeteria/Multi-Purpose Room in the amount of $29,400 to enhance the educational environment for Wilson Elementary.

A new job description was approved for an Intervention/Independent Studies/Home Hospital Teacher due to the increase in Independent Studies and Home Hospital as well as a need for an Intervention Teacher for Alternative Education to ensure students do not fall behind on curriculum and succeed at Gridley Unified School District.

The revised job description for the Special Projects Director/Curriculum Coordinator was approved to allow the district to align and update the position with duties and responsibilities referencing current standards, reports and curriculum implementation which will better serve today's students.