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Ms. Vagni, High School Principal, gave a presentation on the school's new on-line student information system, Skyward, at the December 15 Mountain View School Board meeting. Through Skyward, parents can closely monitor various aspects of a secondary student's school experience. By logging in, parents can access discipline records, attendance reports by day and by period, schedules, etc. A calendar can be accessed which lists student assignments, with missing work in red. Cafeteria information is kept, along with notations regarding what a-la-carte items are bought with cash. There are links to e-mail educators, and to look at staff web pages. Parents can set the system to e-mail them if their child is absent from a class, has a low cafeteria balance, or if his or her grade goes below a certain level. There is also a student demographic page, which Ms. Vagni requested that parents check for inaccuracies, and an emergency contact section. The latter is important, it was stated, because only persons listed as emergency contacts will be allowed to remove a child from school. Bus information is currently not available, but it is hoped that this can be incorporated. At the elementary school some of this information is similarly available, however due to a lack of standardized assessment and reporting between the various grades the grade book function is not yet accessible. This is something the administration is working on, which should lead to more standardized report cards. (They will still look different, however, due to benchmark discrepancies.) It is hoped that this situation will be rectified by the next school year. Parents and students alike, it was said, would be receiving login information in the near future. The system is already demonstrating results, one person reported. Fear of increased parental monitoring has students doing more homework.
At the December 17 New Milford Township meeting, the supervisors officially approved the budget proposed at the November meeting, with a one mil tax increase. It was reiterated that this elevation is due mainly to the increase in fuel and materials costs.
In relation to the cost of materials, the supervisors considered materials bids at the meeting. Montrose Materials offered a cheaper price on all bids, but it was decided to pursue the same course as the previous year, accepting the bids of both companies, with Eastern serving as a backup source.
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