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SCC schools prepare for 'when' flu hits

As with all other school districts, the flu is on the minds of St. Croix Central staff.

There aren't any confirmed cases of H1N1 flu in the St. Croix Central schools yet.

"We will get it. It's just a matter of time," Bradley said.

District Administrator David Bradley said he, district nurse Denver Garfield and building and grounds supervisor Greg Green have discussed the H1N1 strain of swine flu. All desks will be cleaned with antibacterial spray every day, along with high contact areas, like doorknobs, to prevent the spread of the H1N1 flu.

Bradley commented that his worry is that there will be enough teachers and students to hold classes, but there won't be enough bus drivers to get them to school in the event of an H1N1 outbreak. He said he's talked to other school districts in the area about possibly sharing substitute bus driver lists.

Schools won't be closed unless a large percentage of students and staff are out with the H1N1 flu, Bradley said. If the district cancels classes, they will have to make up the missed hours. However, if the St. Croix County health department closes the school due to the flu, the hours will not have to be made up.

In other news:

• The board heard this year's audit report from LarsonAllen auditor Tom Kortas. Kortas praised St. Croix Central's bookkeepers for their "excellent" work.

"This is one of the better jobs I've seen all year," he told the board.

Board members commented that this was a good year, but future years may be more of a struggle, depending on enrollment.

"It's going to be doubly hard to catch up next year," commented director Jeff Redmon, referring to the fact that the district won't be getting the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money it got this year. "I think it's going to be a huge challenge for us."

• High School Principal Glenn Webb talked to the board about an electronic transcript program. The University of Wisconsin system is on board with the program.

Using the electronic transcript program would save the district money, Webb said. The district currently prints and mails transcripts to colleges and universities for students at no cost.

The down side of the program is that students would have to pay a small fee to send transcripts. Fees range from around $2 to $5.

Citing a need for more information, the board decided to table the discussion until next month.

• The elementary and middle schools have been taking Measures of Academic Progress tests last week and this week, the principals reported. The MAP tests help determine the student's instructional level and measure academic growth during the school year and from year to year in reading, math, language and science.

Tests are done on the computer, and individual scores are available immediately. Group data had not yet been analyzed.

Eighth grade student Rebecca Isnardi told the board she had taken the math and science tests so far. Her math test had 53 questions and science had 74 questions. Questions got easier or harder depending on the accuracy of the test taker, she said.

Teachers, parents and students will be able to see the level students are at in various areas, and what they need to work on.

"It's unbelievable the number of stats that this has," said Elementary Principal Steve Sanders. "It's a fantastic program."