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Posted: Monday, January 21, 2013 4:18 pm

During a Jan. 16 meeting, Daleville City School’s officials discussed the results from the Alabama State Department of Education monitoring with the Daleville City Board of Education. 

The comprehensive monitoring took place Jan. 7-9 at the schools. 

Daleville City Schools Assistant Superintendent Dr. Diane Flournoy addressed the board with the results.

“We had no findings in Title I, II, nor III,” she said. “We did have an area of finding in rural education, which was very small. So small they let us correct it before they left, but we’re pleased to give that report.”

Daleville City Schools Superintendent Andrew Kelley added the majority of state monitoring are federal or state programs, and the schools had very little to correct. 

"That's the best report I think we've gotten ever, that I (can) remember," he said.

Windham Elementary School received commendations on the library program and media specialist Christy Hixson’s use of technology in the library. 

Daleville High School Math teachers Troy Turman and Rachel Snipes received commendations on their use of technology in the classrooms. 

In other news, Kelley told the board he met with Hughes Construction Company on Jan. 11, and construction on the new sprinkler system should begin soon. 

Kelly also met with SCHOOLinSITES, of Mobile, on Jan. 15.  

The company specializes in school websites, he said, and has worked with a number of schools in the state. 

"(We are) working on the necessary documents to hopefully make this a reality very soon,” Kelley said.  

In other business, the board approved an unleaded and diesel fuel bid from Total Petroleum, LLC, in the amount of $.0475 per gallon above the margin cost. 

The three-year contract began Jan. 17, 2013, and will end Jan. 16, 2016.  

Windham Elementary School principal Chris Mitten addressed the board with administrative reports. 

A recycling program has been initiated at the school for the month of January. 

The school is requesting, old donated keys from the community. 

The keys will be recycled for cash, and will help with the school’s funding. 

Mitten said the school also recently received five new electronic boards through a grant. The boards, he said, can be used electronically or as a dry-erase board.

"They are really a neat addition to our classrooms," Mitten said.

The school's courtyard was also renovated through the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant. 

Lowe’s planted flowers, painted the benches and replaced the picnic tables ad storage doors.

Windham's Literary Club, Mitten said, is in the process of writing and illustrating a book, which will be submitted to Scholastic for possible publishing.

Daleville High School principal Michael McDuffie also addressed the board.

The Daleville High School girls basketball team defeated Geneva 43-18 Jan. 15. 

"They defeated the Geneva girls, which has sort of been our nemesis for the last three or four years," McDuffie said.

The Daleville boys basketball team also beat Geneva 57-43 Jan. 15. 

McDuffie announced 72 band members are trying out for all-state band this week.

Benjie Bess made first-chair piano player for the all-state jazz band. 

The Science Bowl team will be going Feb. 2 to the Alabama School of Math and Science, in Mobile, to compete in a state Science Bowl competition. 

The school is also working on getting scholarships for its students and preparing for the Alabama High School graduation exam in March. 

The Daleville Board of Education will meet again at 4:30 p.m., Feb. 20, in the central office. 

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