The five board members of the Silver Valley Unified School District unanimously approved all action items at their meeting Tuesday, including:
• Conferences: Board approval is required for conferences held out of state or costing over $1,000. Superintendent Marc Jackson and board member Linda Lingren will attend a Military Impacted School Association conference in Newport, Rhode Island, June 21 to 23, which costs a total of $3,470. Lisa Grijalva, district psychologist, will attend a Special Education Law Boot Camp in Las Vegas, Nevada, costing $460.
• Retirement incentive: Five certificated employees will receive $25,000 for notifying the district by March 6 of their retirement at the end of the school year.
• New textbooks: The English and language arts committee's recommendations for textbook adoption were approved and includes Pearson: Reading Street for grades K-5, and Holt, Rinehart and Winston: Literature and Language Arts for grades 6-12.
• Reduced summer school: Silver Valley High School's summer school program has been reduced from 24 days to 20 days and will now run from June 1 to 26.
• Campus repairs: The high school's exterior walls on the cafeteria and administration building will be repaired this summer. The contract was awarded to J.M. Builders for $207,000.
• Tutors: Eleven instructional aide positions have been retained — four at Yermo School and seven at Newberry Elementary School — by shifting funding for the positions from the general fund to restricted funds.