|February School Board Minutes|
REGULAR MEETING OF THE NORTHEAST HAMILTON SCHOOL BOARD
February 10, 2010
Mrs. Sherry Leksell presented on CRISS Strategies: the ABC Chart, Concept Maps and Learning Plan.
The regular meeting of the Northeast Hamilton School Board of Directors was called to order by President Bruce Mark, at 7:00 p.m. with the following members answering roll call: Kathy Pruismann, Bret Schutt and Bruce Mark. Dave Mayo and Kim Schaa were absent. Administrators present were Superintendent Andrew Woiwood, Principal Pat Hocking and Board Secretary Janet Greufe.
Visitors present were: Laura Seiser, Pat Powers and Teresa Wood.
There were no concerns shared.
Motion by Schutt, second by Pruismann to approve the agenda. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Pruismann, second by Schutt to approve the minutes of the regular meeting held January 14, 2010. Motion carried unanimously.
The financial reports were presented of all the funds. Motion by Schutt, second by Pruismann to accept the reports as presented. Motion carried unanimously. Expenses to date are $46,000 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 Pruismann, second by Schutt to allow all bills and claims including a payment of $589 to The Trash Man out of General Fund for garbage removal and a payment of $213.58 to Kim Cavanagh out of Activity Fund for Class of 2011 prom decorations. 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 in classrooms; roof deck and roof over south portion is being completed; and brick has been laid on north and east side of the building (visible from the road).
The Preschool Advisory Committee has been meeting since October to prepare an application for the State Voluntary Preschool Program for Four-Year-Olds Grant. At their February meeting discussion included providing morning (8:30 – 11:30) and afternoon (12:30 – 3:30) sessions on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday that would be free to all four year-old children. The District would receive funding for each four year-old reported on the annual Certified Enrollment report at a .6 weighting, if the grant is approved. Motion by Schutt, second by Pruismann to submit a State Voluntary Preschool Program for Four-Year-Olds Grant application for the 2011-2012 school year. Motion carried unanimously.
The Board discussed the fees for the 2010 Driver’s Education program. Motion by Pruismann, second by Schutt to approve Glenn Tjaden as the Driver’s Education Instructor with compensation set at $175 per student, and to set the Driver’s Education program fees at $230 per student. Motion carried unanimously.
Laura Seiser planned a vacation using her three personal leave days and requested an additional leave day without pay. Motion by Schutt, second by Pruismann to approve Laura Seiser’s leave request for absence without pay on March 24th. Motion carried unanimously.
The Board viewed a proposed 2010-2011 school calendar indicating a start date of August 25th and an end date of May 24th. The public will be given an opportunity to provide comment and input at the April 7th regular Board meeting.
Motion by Schutt, second by Pruismann to approve the Content Filtering Report certifying that the District is in compliance with The Children’s Internet Protection Act and the following URLs are being filtered pursuant to the administration: violence/hate/racism, nudism, pornography, weapons, adult/mature content, gambling, drugs/illegal drugs. Motion carried unanimously. The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) is a federal law enacted by Congress to address concerns about access to offensive content over the Internet on school and library computers.
Motion by Pruismann, second by Schutt to enter into an agreement with Webster City CSD to allow NEH students to participate in Webster City CSD’s high school soccer program for the 2010 season. Motion carried unanimously. Transportation to practice will be the student’s responsibility.
Superintendent Woiwood reviewed and discussed the items included in the Aid and Levy worksheet in preparation for the 2010-2011 school budget noting the property valuations have increased $16,075,078 to $155,689,974 and the General Fund cash reserve limit is set at $536,004, if the Board chose to use the entire cash reserve limit the General Fund tax levy rate could increase to 11.56669 (a budget hearing will be scheduled in March); reported that the internet bandwidth will be increased from 2MB to 6MB for next school year to allow for the heavy use in the building; shared Parent/Teacher conferences may need to be rescheduled, the administration will make the announcement when it becomes necessary; reported the District has missed 11 days of school to date and have scheduled two make-up days (1/18 & 2/26) with nine days remaining the administration will survey the staff regarding lengthening the current school day, Saturday school, or making them up at the end of the school year which would make the last day for students June 9th to date; reported the administration has advertised internally for the open coaching positions and will have recommendations for summer and fall coaching positions for the next Board meeting; and shared that five of the seven non-compliance issues reported by the DOE Site Visit have been resolved and the remaining two (vocational advisory committee and gender segregation in some vocational classes) are nearing resolution.
Principal Hocking reported that the FCS Club trip to Minneapolis will take place on the scheduled date, 2/26; the ACT Prep Class was being organized, the Board approved the session; shared sportsmanship tallies of all conference schools, congratulations to the coaches and teams, NEH fans did not score as well; reported Conference gate prices increased to $5/Adult and $3/Student for volleyball and basketball, $4/Adult and $3/Student for baseball and softball, football gate prices have not been determined at this time; reported that ITBS testing has been completed; and the football districts have been determined, NEH is in District 3 with CAL, Clarksville, Janesville, Riceville, Tripoli, Ventura, and WCLT.
Motion by Schutt, second by Pruismann to enter closed session for negotiation strategy. Motion carried unanimously. The Board entered closed session at 8:33 p.m.
The Board came out of closed session at 8:49 p.m.
Motion by Schutt, second by Pruismann to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried unanimously. Meeting adjourned at 8:49 p.m.
Bruce Mark, President Janet Greufe, Board Secretary