Recent environmental education initiatives are well-documented at Crosslake Community School.
Patty Durham, teacher and chair of the school's Environmental Education Committee, presented a checklist and assessment of environmental education efforts students completed throughout the school year to school board members at their Monday, June 11, meeting.
The report will be sent to the Audubon Center of the Northwoods - the school's authorizer - to prove the school is meeting the environmental goals it set last year.
Goals included awareness, knowledge, attitude, skill and actions. Students learned through activities such as roadside cleanup, soil testing, bird identification, composting and sorting garbage and recycling. After the activities, students wrote about what they learned and created projects to prove their knowledge.
"This is more extensive, I'd say, than anything we've done since I've been here, relative to the reporting and the specific goal setting and the measurement," Director Todd Lyscio said, noting that even though students didn't meet every goal the school set, the Audubon Center will likely be thrilled with the results.
Board chair Lori Scharenbroich said she appreciated the detailed report so that she and other board members can tell the community about the school's environmental efforts if asked.
"I'm proud to send that," Scharenbroich said of the report.
The school will have a furniture sale from 9 a.m to noon Tuesday-Thursday, June 19-21, in the school gym. Items from the old school facilities will be for sale.
Lyscio told the board there might be donation opportunities for items that aren't sold.
School board vacancy
The school board accepted the resignation of parent board member and board secretary Jeremy Max and discussed filling his vacancy. Max was re-elected to a two-year term in October.
Given a few options, the board agreed to notify parents of the vacancy via email and ask for letters from anyone who is interested in taking over the role.
If the board decides to appoint someone new, instead of waiting until the next election that person would likely fill out the remainder of Max's two-year term. Eligible parents must have had a student at the school for a full year.
Parent board member Kysa Corbett volunteered to take over as board secretary.
In other business Monday, the school board:
• Heard the school ended the year with 238 students, and 13 seniors graduated from the online high school program.
• Approved the 2018-19 board meeting schedule. Board members agreed to move the work session previously scheduled for July to Monday, Aug. 13, before the regular school board meeting.
• Agreed to contract with Ballard Spahr for legal services.