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Monroe School Board: Nov. 23, 2009
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The Monroe School Board on Monday, Nov. 23:>

• Learned H1N1 flu vaccination clinics are tentatively planned to take place in district schools in early December. The clinics were initially scheduled for late October or early November, but a delay in receiving the vaccines pushed the date back. Almost 900 students have received parental permission to receive the optional vaccine, Superintendent Larry Brown said. He also noted school absenteeism was at about 2.7 percent last week, typical for this time of year. The district had about 10 percent absenteeism as a rash of H1N1 and/or seasonal flu swept through the district in October.

• Heard a presentation on the Mentee/Mentor program for new teachers in the district. The year-long program matches new teachers with seasoned ones. The mentors meet with new teachers throughout the year and provide support. The program, which has been in Monroe schools since 1991, helps retain teachers in the district, explained Sue Leuzinger, the program's coordinator for the elementary grades. Sarah Domres is the middle/high school level coordinator.

• Learned several thousand visitors are viewing the district's Web site each month. Monthly usage statistics show between about 4,000 and 7,000 visitors went to the site each month over the course of the last year. The viewership shows the site "is a valuable tool for communication," Brown said.

• Formally accepted the resignation of Barbara Brewer, director of the Monroe Public Library, effective June 30.

• Hired Stacie Christenson as Exceptional Behavioral Needs Assistant for Northside Elementary School.

- Mary Jane Grenzow