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Recognizing reality: it's now Lighthouse High School

A temporary banner proclaims the new official title of the Lighthouse High School.

Sun Advocate publisher

Center is now the Lighthouse High School.

That determination was made by the Carbon Board of Education at their regular board meeting on Jan. 12, after a presentation by Karlene Bianco, the principal of the school.

The reasoning?

"We are a sister school to Carbon High," Bianco told the board. "We have the same graduation requirements, follow the UPASS guidelines, the students who graduate get a high school diploma and we are accredited."

Bianco pointed out that the name of the school has created a lot of confusion despite the fact that the students have to pass all the same standards as Carbon High and other high schools around the state. But some graduates have had difficulty with the name that is on their diplomas when applying for jobs and looking for colleges, despite everything being the same.

"We just want to do what is best for the students," stated Bianco.

Board member Wayne Woodward wondered about the change and what it might entail.

"Is all we would be doing is changing the name, or are there consequences we can't see or don't anticipate because of the action we might take?"

The discussion went on for a few minutes with acting superintendent Patsy Bueno finally telling the board that the school "functions as a high school" and that she "couldn't see any problems with changing the name."

The board voted to change the name beginning with this year.

In another action item on the agenda, the board accepted an audit report from Smuin, Rich and Marsing, the accounting firm that conducted the audit of the district's books for 2009-2010 school year.

According to Doug Rasmussen, who did the report to the board that evening, the school districts total revenues decreased $1.81 million while the total expenses went down $1 million.

As to the financial operations of the district, he said things looked very good. "The district did well with only some small discrepancies," said Rasmussen. "It did very well considering the decrease in spending."

Rasmussen said there were two slight deficiencies with some small problems concerning internal controls over accounts payable and a couple of situations where two schools had bought copy machines without going through the proper channels. He said there were also some minor problems with schools depositing funds they collected as they should have.

"These were very minor and only happened at three schools, two or three times," he said.

Rasmussen pointed out that some of the problems have already been addressed by the district.

"Something I think you need to address is to come up with a policy concerning the cashing of personal checks at the schools," he finally told the board. "You have no policy now and you need one."

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