|January School Board Minutes|
REGULAR MEETING OF THE NORTHEAST HAMILTON SCHOOL BOARD
January 14, 2010
Mrs. Karla Isaacson presented a detailed description of the elementary special education program.
The NEHEA presented their initial proposal to the Board. A total package cost of their proposal was not available without having the 2010-2011 insurance rates. The Board will present their initial proposal within two weeks, a meeting date not yet determined.
The regular meeting of the Northeast Hamilton School Board of Directors was called to order by President Bruce Mark, at 8:30 p.m. with the following members answering roll call: Kathy Pruismann, Kim Schaa, Bret Schutt, Dave Mayo and Bruce Mark. Administrators present were Superintendent Andrew Woiwood, Principal Pat Hocking and Board Secretary Janet Greufe.
No visitors were present.
Director Schutt asked if the administration approves the final school play selection. Principal Hocking replied the play directors have the discretion to choose a play appropriate for the students and their talents much the same way coaches have discretion with their programs, and reported that the play directors discussed with him the idea of performing a more serious play this year since there would be no elementary matinee. The Administration expressed confidence in the play directors’ abilities.
Motion by Schutt, second by Pruismann to approve the agenda. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Schaa, second by Mayo to approve the minutes of the regular meeting held December 10, 2009. Motion carried unanimously.
The financial reports were presented of all the funds. Motion by Schutt, second by Schaa to accept the reports as presented. Motion carried unanimously. Expenses to date are $51,000 less than last year due in part to the savings in fuel costs, currently $39,000 less than last year at this time.
Motion by Schutt, second by Mayo to allow all bills and claims. Motion carried unanimously.
Superintendent Woiwood shared “good news” information regarding our students and programs at NEH.
Superintendent Woiwood gave a construction update. Work continues on the interior walls; lighting and electrical work and lighting along the student drive; south wall and roof over south portion is being completed; the stairs on the east side of the 1918 building are completed; and the fire wall where the two buildings will join is being constructed. Director Mayo would like some safety concerns around the student drive addressed with the construction crew.
Motion by Klaver, second by Schutt to accept the following donations with great appreciation:
Special Needs Fund - $100 from First Presbyterian Church of Kamrar
$300 from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Williams
Yearbook - $208.75 from Lifetouch
Football - $250 from Williams Lions Club
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Schutt, second by Mayo to approve the hiring of Kim Schimp as Play Assistant Co-Director. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Mayo, second by Schaa to approve the hiring of Ashley Davis as Play Assistant Co-Director. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Pruismann, second by Schutt to approve the hiring of Stephanie Mayo, upon the completion of a 45-day trial, as a Special Education Associate. Voting Aye: Pruismann, Schutt, Schaa, Mark. Voting Nay: none. Abstaining: Mayo. Motion carried.
Superintendent Woiwood shared information received from ISCAP regarding changes to the lending practices for the ISCAP Series 2009-2010 B. There will now be a fee associated with having the opportunity to borrow funds using ISCAP. The fee applies whether you use funds from ISCAP or not.
Results of the Community Needs Assessment Survey were shared with the Board. The online survey was conducted during the month of November. The results are available in the district office.
Superintendent Woiwood asked that the April Board meeting date be changed to Wednesday, April 7th due to a conflict; reported that the 10% across-the-board reduction includes the Teacher Quality Funds and that the amount paid to teachers would be reduced to reflect this beginning with January payroll; presented the Iowa Core Curriculum six (6) Outcomes, Targets and Actions; informed the Board of a student request to play soccer, AD Meyer is checking with Webster City regarding sharing their soccer program; the Board was encouraged to visit the ISFIS website and join the weekly webinars provided by Larry Sigel and Margaret Buckton; the highlights of Gov. Culver’s speech pertaining to school districts were discussed; revisions to the 2009-2010 school calendar were discussed due to the six no school days due to snow - make-up days will be January 18, February 26, May 27 & 28, June 1 & 2; and reported that many school districts, along with NEH, were applying for the Race To The Top grant so not to lose out on the funds if the State was successful in securing the Federal grant.
Motion by Schutt, second by Mayo to enter closed session for negotiation strategy. Motion carried unanimously. The Board entered closed session at 9:34 p.m.
The Board came out of closed session at 10:07 p.m.
Motion by Schutt, second by Mayo to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried unanimously. Meeting adjourned at 10:13 p.m.
Bruce Mark, President and Janet Greufe, Board Secretary