The Las Animas School District Board of Education, at its Feb. 25 meeting, discussed the 2019-20 school calendar. As proposed, the first day of school will be Aug. 19, Christmas break will be Dec. 20 - Jan. 6, 2020, the Class of 2020 graduation ceremony will be May 17, 2020, and the last day of school is May 21, 2020.

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The school administration will develop a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) to improve attendance and keep students out of truancy court. Chronic absenteeism is now defined as six or more absences in a school year. Superintendent Elsie Goines said, “Truancy oftentimes is a parent issue that has to be addressed. We are more successful with our younger students than with our adolescent students.”
Approximately 45 elementary and secondary students and their parents attended the parent and community meeting to discuss school accountability on Jan. 28. At the meeting, Goines covered federal funding and state accountability. Some of those present suggested making the meeting an annual event.
Landscaping at the entrance to the high school has been completed. In the spring, grass will be planted and the sprinkler system activated.
Signage for the three district school buildings will be pursued soon.
Asbestos abatement testing document was received and a quote for the abatement work should be received in the near future.
Sarah Huffman presented a report on post-prom activities and requested a donation of $2,000 for the 2019 event. Last year, the District contributed $1,600.
High bidders for old district vehicles were: 1989 Chevy food truck - Hayden Marlow, $501; 1999 Ford pickup diesel - Kevin Morgan, $6,600; two 1998 Blue Bird 42-passenger buses - Greg Karle, $250 each.
The second task force meeting was held to identify priority health concerns based on a local survey information and the SmartSource data. The task force identified four health problems to be addressed in their comprehensive plan: social and emotional school climate; counseling, psychological and social services; nutrition, environment and services; and health education (to include medical check-ups and substance abuse).
Several audits are happening in the district: food service will have a singular audit in the spring, student transportation allocations, at-risk and student count documentation. If any discrepancies are found, the district may be required to pay back funds to the state.
The school board received a proposal from Justin’s Paving to complete the junior high parking lot, the bus drop-off lane and the east side of the gymnasium for $157,713. Depending on the weather, the project should start by April 10.
Spring coaches were approved: Addie Wallace, head high school track coach and Bob Bebe, assistant; Carl Lindauer, head high school baseball coach with Cody Hines and Jim Pryor as assistants; Sheila Meardon, junior high school track coach; and Joey Garcia, junior high wrestling coach.
Ryan Geisinger was announced as elementary paraprofessional, replacing a critical needs paraprofessional.

The Board then went into executive session to complete Goines’ performance evaluation. No action was taken, and the meeting was adjourned.