>Milton to put grades online

>Larissa Luu (second from left) and Mike Conn (second from right).

By Wayne Laepple
The Daily Item

MILTON — Parents of Milton Area High School students will be able to monitor their students’ progress online during the school year.

Bryan Noaker, high school principal, said during a presentation at the Milton school board’s work session Tuesday evening that the Edline program will provide parents with a link to grades and attendance records via the Internet. Parents will have a password to access the system and view the information at any time.

“I spoke to a parent last week, and she was thrilled that she would be able to do this,” Noaker told the board.

Noaker, along with other building principals, discussed building improvements and new educational initiatives during presentations to the board. The Edline program will be phased in first at the high school, then at the middle school during the school year.

In other business, the board approved a resolution authorizing a general obligation note with West Milton State Bank. The bank will lend the district $3.1 million at a 4.3 percent interest rate for 15 years, which will pay for a variety of energy-saving improvements by contractor CM-3. Bond counsel Paul Lundeen said the terms were very favorable, allowing the district to drawn down the funds as needed and only paying interest on funds as they are withdrawn. The debt will be offset over the 15-year term of the loan by energy savings realized, he said.

Tom Szulanczyk, executive director of the Upper Northumberland Chapter of the American Red Cross, presented the district with a plaque to the high school, recognizing its first-place finish in the annual regional high school challenge. Students Gabrielle Adams and Jessie Ayers also received plaques and $500 scholarships in recognition of their part in organizing blood drives at the school.

The board also presented a resolution of commendation to Larissa Luu of Montandon, who led the successful Educate Cambodia campaign in the school district.

Mike Conn, a teacher at Milton High School, reported the campaign has reached $36,000. The school in Cambodia is about 70 percent complete, he said, and will serve 200 children in a remote village along the Mekong River. A well drilled as part of the project will provide fresh water to the village, whose residents now get their water from a small lake. Conn and a group of students and administrators from Milton will travel to Cambodia for the Dec. 11 dedication ceremony.

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