Fowler School Board met for a regular meeting Monday evening where members discussed progress in the district as the first quarter of the 2009-2010 school year comes to an end.


According to a quarterly financial report presented by district financial secretary, Mike Thomas, the school district is functioning well within the 2010 budget. Thomas also reported the preschool fund received some assistance recently in the form of reimbursement from BOCES. Last year Fowler School District and Fowler Preschool were charged by the State for a discrepancy in special education students tested and funded. However, the responsibility for that testing belonged to BOCES. Thomas was pleased to report BOCES stepped in to pay the difference.


Secondary principal, Russell Bates, reported quarterly grades show only seven students, 4 percent of the student body, registered a failing grade. “I am very pleased with our students' achievements this year,” commented Bates.


Elementary principal and interim superintendent, Steven Grasmick, reported absences in Fowler School District are remaining steady at around 8 percent. Grasmick says the Otero County Health Department is keeping a close eye on area schools and as absences near 30 percent more aggressive measures are encouraged. Grasmick credits the janitorial staff at Fowler for assisting with measures he hopes will continue to keep students healthy.


In response to concerns raised by area residents, additional signage in the school zone to remind drivers to be cautious, has been erected. Grasmick said the district purchased three signs and the Town of Fowler purchased five.


Grasmick also announced Stephanie Martin, Title I teacher at Fowler Elementary, has been appointed as a Destination Imagination team manager. Three teams comprised of elementary, junior high and high school students have been chosen to compete this year.


Board member, Suzanne Anarde reported plans on the football field continue to move ahead. New drawings are expected later this week and meetings will follow to finalize plans.


Upcoming events include: a district preliminary volleyball game at Fowler on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 5 p.m. followed by the district tournament at Fowler on Thursday Oct. 29 beginning at 10 a.m. Red Ribbon Week is Oct. 26-30 and will include a Fun Run as well as dress-up days.


Fowler School Board will next meet Monday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.