The March Guffey Community Charter School’s board of directors meeting started with an update on the progress Katie Grosch, the only eighth grade student this year, was making on her senior project.

A school seniors works on the project her whole senior year at the school, and perhaps starts a little before eighth grade. It includes a career research project, looking into a career in which the student might be interested, and observing someone in that field.

The eighth grade project also includes a 16- to 20-hour volunteer service project with a reflection on its effectiveness; an autobiography; academic portfolio; and some visual, performing or life skill art to demonstrate. All is reported in a 30-minute presentation.

This year the eighth grade presentation will be one day in the week of May 17, according to Jenny Hartman, sixth to eighth grades teacher.

Grosch’s life goal is to be a professional seamstress, she said, freelancing, making custom dresses for people or working for a factory. Grosch has finished her autobiography, her service project is done, she has finished her reflection and her presentation is almost complete, she said. Grosch has designed and is making her own custom summer dress to wear to her presentation.

At the board’s annual planning workshop March 3, the board gave school Principal Martine Walker her administrator evaluation.

There was a little Carver Policy Governance summary for the benefit of Lawrence Epps, who is running for one of the board seats this year and sitting in on the workshop.

Also at the workshop, the board changed a little wording in two school policies, EL-13#11 and GP-8#2. The board calendar (GP-8E) was prepared and budget adoption was moved to May this year. All agreed that the board was functioning very well, according to the minutes.

The second reading of amended EL-13#11 and GP-8#2 were adopted at this March 10 meeting.

Anyone wanting to run for the board has until March 22 to file a letter of intent with the school. If no one else comes forward to run, there will be no election in April.

The administrator monitoring reports were lengthy, but contained lots of good information, agreed the board. It was interesting to note that the state does not require handwriting anymore, but the Guffey school still does.

If anyone is interested in the school curriculum for all three classes, kindergarten – second, third – fifth, and sixth – eighth grades, read the March administrator monitoring reports. All board documents can be found at www.guffeyschool.org.

There is not much going on at the school right now, said Walker, but April 1 will be the annual Easter egg hunt sponsored by the Corona’s at Freshwater. Sadly, the Pie Palooza has been cancelled this year.

All the school staff has had their first COVID vaccine and the school has gotten 640 rapid COVID tests, stated Walker.

The board approved the agenda, February regular and executive session minutes, board workshop minutes and the consent agenda. The board acknowledged receipt of the administrator and board self-monitoring reports.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:48 p.m. Board members present were Frank Ruvo, meeting chairman, Laura Owens, Cathleen Van Egmond, Chris Peterson and Dean Wilson.

For clarification, Rita Mick does not volunteer to teach Zumba at the school. Mick teaches Zumba as part of an outreach program paid for by the Park County Libraries, which allows her to teach health programs, said Mick.

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