Frontier School Corporation Trustees Regular Board Meeting Agenda

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Frontier School Corporation Trustees Regular Board Meeting Agenda

Monday, April 20, 2020

Location: Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School, One Falcon Drive, Chalmers, IN 47929

7:00 P.M.-Regular Session

The April 20, 2020 School Board Meeting will be held virtually to comply with Governor Holcomb’s “Stay at Home” order.  The meeting can be accessed at:

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Meeting ID: 984 5274 4096

Password: 001059

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Executive Session-6:30 P.M.

Purpose:  For Discussion of records classified as confidential by state or federal statute

Coordinated Press Release-Frontier School Corporation, Town of Chalmers, Indiana Municipal Power Agency

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A member of the Frontier School Corporation School Board and Mr. Dan Sichting, Superintendent met with Mrs. Faith Willoughby, two members of the Chalmers Town Board, representatives from Performance Services, and representatives from the Indiana Municipal Power Agency on Monday, March 16, 2020 at the Chalmers Municipal Building.  During the meeting, participants discussed the financial impact of a Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School Solar Array on the Town of Chalmers as well as electrical consumers of the Town of Chalmers.  

During the meeting, representatives from the Indiana Municipal Power Agency indicated the installation of a solar array at Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School would have no significant negative financial impact on the Town of Chalmers or consumers of electricity from the Town of Chalmers if Chalmers considers and adopts the new rates. At present Chalmers is working to adopt a new rate structure that will collect the distribution charges equitably from all customers, including the school.  Representative from the Indiana Municipal Power Agency indicated that the Chalmers Utility proposed rate structure was designed so that negative impacts would be minimized for the Town of Chalmers and consumers of electricity from the Town of Chalmers.  

The negative impact of the installation of a solar array at Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School would be limited to the Indiana Municipal Power Agency and the impact was estimated to be two thousand ($2,000) dollars or less, however, this estimate will be dependent on the size of solar panels the school installs and the actual load pattern of the school.   

At this point, Frontier School Corporation is waiting on a study from the Indiana Municipal Power Agency on the upgrade of lines and switches from the Town of Chalmers to a local substation to transmit excess power generated by the proposed array to be placed on the electric grid.  The cost of the study and upgrade of the electric lines and switches will be paid for by Frontier School Corporation.

Frontier School Corporation Remote Learning Plan

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Starting on April 6, 2020, Frontier School Corporation will hold twenty (20) Distance Learning Days and fourteen (14) Waiver Days to end the 2020-2021 school year.

“Grab and Go Meals”

The schedule for distributing “Grab and Go” meals will change from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays to 11:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  The “Grab and Go” Meals will continue to be distributed at the following sites:

  • Brookston United Methodist Church
  • Federated Church of Brookston
  • Chalmers Community Church

“Grab and Go” meals are free to every student.  All students are eligible for “Grab and Go” meals.  Please do not just show up for “Grab and Go” meals. In order to have sufficient number of meals for all students, please email Mr. Sichting at [email protected] to reserve your “Grab and Go” meal.  Please don’t reserve meals and then fail to pick-up the meals.  The cost of the meals is being paid for the United States Department of Agriculture.

Distance Learning

Distance Learning will begin on Tuesday, April 7, 2020.  Parents and students can access a Wi-Fi or internet signal from the parking lot at Frontier Elementary and Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School.  If your son or daughter is using a device at home you might find difficulty in connecting to the Wi-Fi signal. Due to issues with potential computer viruses we cannot support outside devices on our Wi-Fi network.  We cannot take the chance of a computer virus shutting down our network at this time.

Information regarding obtaining Chromebooks or IPADS for students was emailed home by Mrs. Carmen Bordner, Frontier Elementary Principal.  Mrs. Bordner’s email is [email protected].  Jr.-Sr. High School students who need to get their Chromebooks should email Mr. Jeff Hettinger, Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School Principal.  Mr. Hettinger’s address is [email protected].

If your son or daughter’s Chromebook or IPAD has an issue, please email [email protected]

If your son or daughter is having problems with the Distance Learning platform (i.e.-Google Hangout, Zoom, ect.), please contact the classroom teacher with these problems.

Distance Learning will be different from E-Learning.  A “Frequently Asked Question” document is available on the Frontier School Corporation website at frontierschoolsin.org.

Wi-Fi Access

Frontier School Corporation has expanded Wi-Fi signal at both Frontier Elementary and Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School.   Students and parents have expressed not having internet access at their homes.  

Frontier Elementary now has Wi-Fi signal that extends into the parking lot on the north side of the building.  The Wi-Fi signal extends to the second overhead parking lot light in the parking lot and covers the first twenty-four (24) parking spaces. The Frontier Elementary School east side parking lot is also covered by the Wi-Fi signal.

Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School has Wi-Fi signal on the south and west side of the building along the curb.  On Monday, April 6, 2020, we will install additional Wi-Fi signal which will extend the signal further into the parking lot.

Frontier School Corporation Chromebooks should automatically hook to the Wi-Fi signal using your child’s log-in.  The Frontier School Corporation Wi-Fi signal will be filtered and so some internet sites will be unavailable due to the filtering.

Downloading Content to a Device (Chromebook, IPAD, or Laptop)

A document will be added to the Frontier School Corporation webpage for a tutorial for downloading content to a Chromebook, IPAD, or Laptop.  If you don’t have internet at your residence, you can drive to Frontier Elementary or Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School and download the content, save the content, and return to your home for your son or daughter to complete the assignments.  You can then drive back to Frontier Elementary or Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School for your son or daughter to upload any assignments due. Please check our website for this tutorial.

 

School Closing Press Release

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The Frontier School Corporation teaching staff has been working very diligently to provide students with the best Distance Learning opportunity possible.  Teachers and Principals have worked over Spring Break to develop a platform for Distance Learning that is helpful for students and parents. Additionally, our technology staff has expanded Wi-Fi capabilities so students and parents without internet capability can drive to our parking lot to be able to get an internet signal.

Governor Holcomb and State Superintendent of Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick announced earlier today that schools will not be allowed to hold in person instruction through the conclusion of the 2019-2020 school year.  As both Governor Holcomb and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. McCormick have announced earlier, all schools in Indiana have been granted twenty (20) waiver days. The expectation for schools is to provide twenty (20) Distance Learning Days between Thursday, March 19, 2020 and the conclusion of the 2020-2021 school calendar.

Frontier School Corporation already released to the Frontier School Corporation community that outlined an additional twelve (12) days of remote learning from Tuesday, April 7, 2020 through Friday, May 1, 2020.  Frontier School Corporation will be releasing a schedule of eight (8) additional remote learning days after Friday, May 1, 2020 to obtain the needed twenty (20) days of remote instruction for the 2019-2020 school year.

Additionally, after reviewing the executive order in regards to graduation requirements signed by Governor Holcomb and Dr. McCormick included:

“Meets any virtual or remote learning participation requirements established by the governing body of the local school corporation in response to the statewide school closure order established by the Governor”

Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School seniors will be required to successfully complete the twenty (20) Distance Learning days to qualify for graduation.

In closing, the administration and faculty of Frontier School Corporation miss our daily interaction with our students.  We continue to pray for the health of students and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additionally, our hearts go out to the high school students who may not have the opportunity for a senior prom.  Also, to all spring athletes who have trained and looked forward to competing on the field or track this spring. COVID-19 is a cruel reality that continues to inflict pain and suffering for everyone.  

In terms of Graduation, the administration of Frontier School Corporation will continue to pursue options to make a Graduation ceremony a reality for students and their families.  This ceremony may have to occur virtually or by other means yet to be determined.  

Again, as educators who entered our profession with the goal of positively impacting the lives young people.  All teachers, administration, instructional assistants, secretaries, custodial staff, cafeteria staff, and bus drivers continue to offer support for our students.  Our hope is through remote learning to continue to connect virtually with our children and young adults.

All questions should be directed to Dan Sichting: Email:  [email protected]