By Doris Elmore
The second Community Partnership meeting for ALAH #305 school district was held on Wednesday, April 26, in the Family & Consumer Room at the high school. The first meeting of the group was on January 18. School Superintendent Shannon Cheek hosted the meeting. Those attending were: Superintendent Cheek, Beth Wiley, School Board President; Gary Smith, Lovington Fire Department; Christy Miller, Arthur Village Board Trustee; Damien Schlitt, BLDD Architects; Rod Wright, conducted the surveys; Rod Randall, Arthur Village President; Scott Harris, Atwood Village Board Trustee & Atwood Fire Department; Stephanie Wierman, General Manager Arthur Graphic; Doris Elmore, Reporter, Record Herald News; Jesse Burnett, Lovington Park District.
Everyone told about the positive attributes happening in their community. Superintendent Cheek highlighted the events of the first meeting. Wright gave a review of the survey results from the group meetings held last year and these were discussed.
Superintendent Cheek talked about the current projects including work on air conditioners in the schools, basketball scoreboards and they are in hopes the new scoreboard at the football field will be in place by graduation; new track, parking lots and more.
Also discussed was the vision and needs for moving forward and the challenges in this endeavor. Cheek addressed “How can we support in overcoming predicted challenges?” The group needs to brainstorm ideas on how the challenges can be met for the good of the district, communities and the students.
The meeting was very productive and helps support each community in the district. Residents need to be aware of the problems the school board is facing and be supportive in how to handle them.
The next meeting of the group will be held on September 13.