Lake County School District 7 (LCSD7), held their regularly scheduled public meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at the district office.
The meeting began with a detailed report of activity at the school district ag farm conducted by Future Farmers of America (FFA) students. Representing FFA were Zach Reese, Logan Price and Bridget Shullanberger, who each detailed a summary of work completed in 2019 by FFA members. The ag farm, which comprises 150 acres split into two plats, was utilized for both grass hay and heifer grazing. A total of 68 tons of grass hay were harvested, with plans to plant triticale for a year following installation of a new pivot. According to the students, FFA members spent a considerable amount of time at the ag farm this year, including studies of soils, adding cattle on site, and a study of fertilizers. FFA members also installed goose nesting boxes on Thomas Creek.
According to Shullanberger, the freshman ag class took over responsibility of a food drive, providing food boxes at elementary schools in a friendly competition of which class could collect the most donations. This year FFA is also partnering with National Honor Society for a backpack food drive to provide children of families with food insecurity food-filled backpacks during the Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks. Following surveys of classrooms, the FFA program was surprised to find 45 families in the Lakeview area alone with students kindergarten through sixth grade in need of the backpack food program.
Lance McMahon, a student at Lakeview High School, also provided an Associated Student Body (ASB) report on behalf of ASB Pres. Elizabeth Lopez. According to McMahon, this year there are 16 students on student council and two in leadership class. McMahon reviewed homecoming activities and a recent conference that several student council members attended in Seaside.
Susan Warner, principal for Fremont, A.D. Hay and Union schools, announced that kindergarten through second grade students will be traveling to the Ross Ragland Theater in December. Warner also announced plans for a Union School holiday program to take place on Dec. 19 and Fremont/Hay’s program to occur on Dec. 20.
Lakeview High School Principal Lane Stratton announced recent delivery of a sign donation to the music program from Warner Creek Correctional Facility. See related article for details.
Stratton also noted that Klamath Community College operations in Lakeview at the Innovation and Learning Center (ILC) has 80 students enrolled this fall. According to Stratton, staffing at LHS/DMS is back to full, but absenteeism is still a lingering issue due to illness, student activities and professional development. He praised the substitutes available, but noted the need for more.
LHS Athletic Dir. Chris Rose reviewed fall sports achievements and preparations for winter sports, with the first wrestling and basketball games scheduled for the first week of December.
The LCSD7 board of directors approved additional costs for a new beginning ag mechanics program. LCSD7 also unanimously approved support for Lori Theros, who is running unopposed for the 2019 OSBA Election Position 4, which includes Lake County.
The Board of Directors also approved the hire of Michael McCully as Daly Middle School head wrestling coach, Morgan Cockrell as head baseball coach at LHS, and Amanda Arcularius for LHS assistant softball coach.
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