3 Shelley schools earn state AYP

SHELLEY – Three Shelley schools—Shelley High School (SHS), Sunrise Elementary and Hobbs Middle School—received letters of commendation from the Idaho Department of Education. These three schools have met the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) standards set by the State of Idaho.
“All three schools met AYP standards in all 41 categories,” said Superintendent Bryan Jolley.
The football team from SHS was also named academic state champions for fall sports in the 4A division, he said.
“Only one team is selected from the entire state,” said SHS principal Dale Clark. The 35 football players whose grades were averaged carried a GPA of 3.409.
“They are performing well on the field and in the classroom,” Jolley said.
Three Natural Helper students from SHS and their adviser, Teresa Dye, made a presentation to the school board, asking for funding.
Students Ashley Anderson, Katrina Marsden and Skyler Foster spoke about the outreach of Natural Helpers and their plans for this school year.
Two years ago, the budget for Natural Helpers was $6,000. This was funded by the state from money designated for Drug Free Schools. Last year, the trustees found $3,000 in the district’s budget to fund Natural Helpers. This year, Natural Helpers received no money.
The superintendent suggested if the 24 members of Natural Helpers and its advisor would become the district’s “energy posse,” the organization would be given $1,000. The “energy posse” will help remind people to turn off lights when finished to help save money on the district’s power bill.
Trustees approved this suggestion.
Clark said he could find matching funds from outside the high budget to double Natural Helpers’ budget.
Auditor Judy Brower, a CPA with Galusha, Higgins & Galusha in Idaho Falls, presented the audit report.
Financial highlights include: in total, net assets increased $131,713, which represents a 1.25 percent increase from 2010.
General revenues accounted for 77.6 percent of all revenue. Total assets of government activities decreased; receivables increased and capital assets increased.
Among major funds, the General Fund had $10,041,009 in revenues and $9,863,272 in expenditures. The General Fund's balance increased by $357,605 over 2010.
"The extra money that was given to school districts by the state in July improved the bottom line," Brower said.