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November board meeting

Dec 04, 2023 12:27PM ● By Gwen Romero

The audit report is in, and MCSD continues to be financially–as well as educationally–sound. Here are the details on this and other topics from this month’s meeting of the Morgan School District Board of Education.

Financial soundness. Gilbert and Stewart, CPA, presented findings from the district’s latest audit. The audit includes compliance reviews to make sure that state and federal funds are being used for their legally defined purposes as well as a review of financial accountability for fund use in general and budget reconciliation for accuracy of accounting. In each area, MCSD received the highest opinion (rating) possible.

Educational soundness. In addition to our strong daily instruction across our schools and curriculums, MCSD offers a wide range of support services and extra programs that benefit students:

MCSD has moved to full-day kindergarten and approved related policies, creating more opportunities for teachers to work with young learners on core skills.

Diana Windley has been recommended to replace Becky Weeks, who is retiring, on the Morgan Education Foundation. Thank you, Becky, for your years of tireless service. Please visit for ways you can support the foundation’s mission.

MHS’s Counseling Center hosts a monthly Career Café. Students are encouraged to have lunch with and learn about someone and their compelling career. This month, students visited with Jason Earley, a pilot and squadron commander with the Air Force. To support the program or to be a guest presenter, please contact the counseling center.

Board Vice President Ron Blunck noted, “The metamorphosis at [MMS] has been amazing,” as he complimented the facility updates to make the school “so inviting, a better environment” for students. He praised the Read 180 program for its success in helping students develop stronger skills, observing, “There’s no price tag that we can put on students being able to read on grade level when they go the high school.” And, he gave a special shout-out to Traci Collings, long-time SPED aide, for her work with severely disabled kids, acknowledging, “It’s challenging” and “a labor of love”.

Other board members acknowledged the importance of the Veterans’ Day activities district-wide and their positive impact on the students and the veterans. They also commended district personnel and community members for their work on various committees.

As Board President Gaylene Adams observed, “It’s a pleasure to work with the caliber of people we have.”

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Dec. 12, 2023, at 5 P.M.

Snow is in the air. Remember to catch Superintendent Jensen’s Know Now this month for a review of delayed start protocols. λ

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