The Stratford Community School Board Wednesday evening looked at plans for improvements and renovation project set for the summer season. Superintendent Sarah Binder said the district plans to apply for grants from the Enhance Hamilton County Foundation, Loews Keep Iowa Beautiful and from Diamond Vogel Paints. There has been financial support already from the Stratford Boosters and Stratford Pride. Work will involve the renovations to the school gymnasium and the early learning center. Due to the work that will be taking place over the summer at the learning center, the Stratford School Board allowed that the school will expand and offer child care for those kindergarten through third grade over the summer.
Superintendent Binder informed the school board that the school has been nominated for a grant from the Monsanto Fund for school improvements and other projects. The district is expected to find out in the next few months on whether or not they are selected.
There was also a discussion on school safety. The board looked at the possibility of installing a keyless entry system and to have security cameras inside the building.
As for the Early Learning Center, there will be a meeting with the contractors in regards to the project. It is hoped that ground will be broken once the weather warms up in the next few weeks.Another project that is being considered is for the parking lot. A bid from Fort Dodge Asphalt for the work was presented but no action was taken. The board wants more information on how the asphalt company will address the issue of drainage. This issue will be discussed at next month's board session.
The Stratford school held the Iowa MAP testing earlier this month. Superintendent Binder informed the board that all but one student met their individual goals in the tests.
A presentation was made by Andi Berglund on preparations for the observance of Dr. Seuss' birthday at the Stratford school in early March. There will be some special activites lined up for the students and staff.
The Stratford school board also saluted the efforts of the students who participated in the recent Iowa Assessment test. Brian Ouverson was commended for his work this season with girls and boys basketball in grades first through sixth.