MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon Board of Education heard concerns from parents and community members following scheduling changes at Wiggin Street Elementary school at the August meeting Monday evening.
Superintendent Bill Seder explained to the News that the scheduling changes in question alter the time allotted for “special” classes, which are art, music and physical education, at the school each week.
Previously, Seder said, the students had 50 minutes for each class per week, but the schedule has altered this to 40 minutes for each class per week.
According to Seder, this change was implemented by Wiggin Street Principal Dr. Matthew Dill, in order to devote more time to teaching technologies.
The recess schedule was also altered, Seder said, with the 15-minute afternoon session of recess now being given only to Kindergartners and first-graders.
The board is interested in hearing the concerns of community members, Seder said, but the board has a mindset that these issues should be resolved within the building.
Seder explained that he will discuss the issues and concerns that were raised at the board meeting with Dill, whom he explained is open to hearing the concerns of families and community members.
In regular business from the meeting, Seder explained that the board meetings will no longer be stationary at the board of education office. Each month, the board hears presentations from each school within the district, and starting next month the board meetings will begin traveling to the schools that are presenting.
Seder believes this will give the board an opportunity to connect with the building community and engage in discussions regarding the facilities. The next board meeting will take place Sept. 17 at East Elementary at 714 E. Vine Street at 6 p.m.
Additional measures approved by the board:
•Donations — 27 books from Jeanine Davenport to Columbia Library; 525 calendars from First-Knox National Bank to district staff; and various school supplies from Kroger to elementary students; •An agreement with architectural firm Fanning/Howey Associates, Inc. to assure that proposed district improvements and budgets are clearly defined;
•A contract with Heartland Outdoor Environment Education School for fifth-grade outdoor school, May 2019;
•2018-19 Educational/ Special Services Contract with Tri-County Educational Service Center, the contract will terminate June 30, 2019 and the ESC will coordinate services for the Medicaid School Program.