Once school is out in June, the landscape of Wilson Elementary School will change with the replacement of existing temporary portables which have been there nearly 50 years. One of the new portables will serve the district's severely handicapped students, who are currently being served at Sycamore Middle School.
The six new portables will be purchased from American Modular Systems along with restrooms and a workroom in the estimated amount of $1,108,830.
This project will be funded from the District Capital Facilities Fund and General Fund and the amount does not include any site work, soft costs or cabinetry.
The five classrooms measure 30x32, the workroom will be 20x32 and the boys/girls restroom 10x32.
Board members also approved the purchase of a 2018 Ford Transit Passenger Van in the amount of $34,268.35 funded through the General Unrestricted Funds at their regular meeting held November 15, 2017. The van will be purchased through Gridley Country Ford and is priced less than the State bid. It will have the capacity to transport ten passengers which includes the driver and will be used to help special needs students to transition from door to door transport.
The FFA handbook with requested revisions was approved by the board members reflecting point changes for SAE work projects so that students who participate in activities, including work experience, not previous included will now earn requisite points as part of the program.
The Board approved the CTE Facility Grant Submission moving forward for a new agricultural complex that would update facilities, provide additional equipment and allow the department to operate under one roof.
The plan is to renovate a 12,000 square foot space to better serve the students within the given industry sector, having facilities under one room to provide a working environment important for student success.
"Our goal is to have a facility where all the agriculture related courses are taught within one building. Currently, we have plans to renovate a previously designed wood/auto shop building into a functioning agriculture department where all three CTE agriculture instructors are teaching under one building allowing for increased collaboration and program functionality," the staff report read.
"Our program opens doors to students of every demographic group; whether low socioeconomic or special education, our program offers an opportunity to learn meaningful skills that allow them to directly contribute to our community."
Changes made to the Gridley High School Athletic Eligibility Agreement, most notably the section on failure to participate, suspension from school, and handling of a "positive" drug test.
"Failure to Participate: "Pending administrative review at the conclusion of each season of sport, if a student fails to participate (quits a team) without justifiable cause or is removed from a team by the head coach for cause after the team's first contest, the student athlete will be ineligible to participate for the first 20 percent of the scheduled contests of the next sport they choose to participate in.
"Suspension From School: "Student athletes who are suspended from school will be ineligible to participate in any contests for the duration of their suspension in addition to any contests that fail within a minimum of five (5) school days beginning on the first school day following the student's return from suspension per admin discretion.
"Handling of a "Positive" Drug Test: "if a student's test indicates a positive result, the parents will be notified. Upon a student's dispute of the initial test result, the school district will provide an opportunity for a second opinion, which will be completed at no cost to the student/parents. Results from the second opinion will be forwarded from the testing company directly to the Gridley Unified School District,"
The first reading of the revised Board Policy was conducted with parent involvement included along with the second reading and approval of the revised board Policy and Administrative Regulation for Title I Programs.