ULYSSES — As part of the monthly Children’s School report, during the Feb. 10 Northern Potter School Board meeting, Principal Mike Morgan announced the Pennsylvania State Title 1 Committee designated Northern Potter a Title 1 Distinguished School for the current school year.

Morgan reported that only the top five percent of schools in the state receive this distinction for students demonstrating outstanding achievement or growth.

“It is good to know that our efforts are being recognized,” Morgan said. “I am especially proud of the teachers, the staff and the parents for working together to make this possible.”

As part of his monthly report, Superintendent Nate Jones sought and received approval for the 2020-21 school calendar. Jones reported that school will begin on Aug. 26 and graduation will be held May 28, 2021, noting that this would be the first year that school will end before June. Jones also sought and received approval to hire Bambi Coates as a classroom aide as part of his report.

Wendy Bailey also gave a monthly report, for the middle school and high school, including sharing about the progress in the sciences at the middle school level, such as “life, earth and forensics” and advising the board on how some high school students are participating in duel enrollment between Northern Potter and the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford in advanced biology, in which they are learning about DNA structure. Bailey also advised the board about upcoming events at the high school, including the dinner theatre performance on March 13.

The final updates to the Student Expression/Distribution and Posting of Materials policy, as well as the Non-school Organization/Groups/Individuals policy were also approved. The next work session is scheduled for March 2 and the business meeting is scheduled for March 9. Other agenda items approved at the Feb. business meeting included:

  • January supplemental and February disbursements
  • January board summary report
  • Basketball volunteers
  • Amended CTC articles of agreement
  • Maternity leave request
  • Retirement of Sue Kibbe and resignation of Cheryl Hand