Paw Paw news for 11-29-17

School Board meets

PAW PAW – The Paw Paw School board recently met to discuss several topics.

Results of the annual financial report audit were presented to the board by Matt Schueler of WIPLFI.

A contract was approved for VisIC Electrical Company to be the school’s electrical contractor.

The OPTERA Facilities Evaluation Company will provide the school with an assessment of needed improvements to the school buildings. They will conduct a thorough examination of the entire facility: roof, windows, heating, air-conditioning, and floors. This will allow the school to prioritize needed maintenance.

A Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram accounts are being set up for the school.

The School Bell, the school newspaper, is published on the school webpage, and paper copies of the newsletter are available at the Paw Paw Library. If anyone would like to receive a copy of the school newsletter in the mail, please notify the school at (815) 627-2841.

Staff will be presented with options for new student management software. Under consideration are Skyward, Power School, and TeacherEase.

The ACTS booster club has disbanded and has donated any of their remaining funds to the PTO and the school.

The PTO received a gift of $20,000 from the Paw Paw Endowment Fund, raising their funds to $43,000 of the estimated $60,000 for new playground equipment.

The board will be clarifying a policy for all booster and parent clubs assisting the school with needed fund-raising so that all groups will be united under the same guidelines.

The FFA Petting Zoo was approved for the spring, date to be announced.

Talks are ongoing with the Earlville School District on sharing classes. Earlville is interested in this opportunity, and details are being discussed.

A provisional “early bird” agriculture class is being considered for the school.

IVVC students have the opportunity to take a building trades class in which they will make custom play houses and tool sheds.

The board will be revising the school handbook to define the district’s student drug testing policy. Any student who participates in any school sponsored activity will be subject to random testing.

The Athletic Committee will meet to fine-tune the sports co-op agreement with Leland and Earlville for high school sports.

The winter sport teams consist of nine girls for basketball, 12 boys for basketball, and only six for poms, which requires ten participants.

There will be a Senior Night ceremony at the last sporting event of the school year, in which all seniors will be recognized.

Spaghetti dinner

PAW PAW – The Paw Paw Class of 2021 is sponsoring an all you can eat spaghetti dinner to raise money for future events such as prom and the senior class trip. You can get a ticket from any freshman or you can buy at the door during the event. Children age 5 and under are free, students and senior citizens are $5, and adults are $7. There will also be a home boys and girls high school basketball game that night against Indian Creek.

Come meet Santa, Dec. 8

PAW PAW – Meet Santa and join in the lighting of the Paw Paw Christmas tree on Chicago Road, Friday, Dec. 8 from 5:30-7:30 pm. The event is sponsored by the Paw Paw Chamber of Commerce. The Gift Angel Tree is also available at the Paw Paw Fresh Market. Gifts for that cause are due to Connie at Gaines Reality by Dec. 8.