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REGULAR MEETING OF THE NORTHEAST HAMILTON SCHOOL BOARD


August 27, 2009

The regular meeting of the Northeast Hamilton School Board of Directors was called to order by President Bruce Mark, at 7:05 p.m. with the following members answering roll call: Kim Schaa, Bret Schutt, Kathy Pruismann, Beth Klaver and Bruce Mark. Administration present was Andrew Woiwood, Superintendent, Pat Hocking, Principal and Janet Greufe, Board Secretary.

Visitors present were: Scott Stolt, Margaret Ronnfeldt, and Jerita Nelson. Jeff Meyer arrived at 7:50 p.m.

Director Schutt would like to see the policy of using designated gym shoes during P.E. and elementary recesses enforced.

Motion by Pruismann, second by Schutt to approve the agenda. Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Schaa, second by Klaver to approve the minutes of the regular meeting held July 9, 2009 and the special meeting held July 28, 2009. Motion carried unanimously.

Financial reports of all the funds were presented. Motion by Schutt, second by Klaver to accept the reports as presented. Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Schaa, second by Schutt to allow all bills and claims. Motion carried unanimously.

Margaret Ronnfeldt, a member of the NEH School Improvement Advisory Committee, presented the Committee’s recommendations for the 2009-10 Annual Progress Report District Goals. The Board thanked Mrs. Ronnfeldt and the other Committee members for their involvement in pursuing quality education for all students at NEH.

Superintendent Woiwood shared “good news” information with the Board involving teachers and students at NEH.

Superintendent Woiwood reported on the construction project progress. The student drive, parking lot and street light have been completed, as well as, the sidewalk next to the football bleachers and the handicapped parking by the field.

The annual School Board Election will be held September 8, 2009. Incumbent Kim Schaa is running against Scott Stolt for Director District #4 and no one is on the ballot for Director District #5 currently held by Beth Klaver. Beth Klaver is retiring from the Board after serving 2 years. If no one is a write-in candidate, the Board must appoint someone from Director District #5 to fill the position until the next school election which will be in two years. The Special Referendum for a Revenue Purpose Statement is also scheduled for Tuesday, September 8, 2009. Poll sites will be open from Noon to 8:00 p.m. at the Blairsburg Fire Station, Kamrar Lions Building and Williams Public Library. Absentee ballots are available by calling the Hamilton County Auditor’s Office at 832-9510.

Motion by Pruismann, second by Klaver to approve the open enrollment requests for Brayden Larson, Krista Huston, and Noelle & Hunter Smith to attend NEH beginning this school year. All requirements were met. Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Klaver, second by Schutt to allow neighboring school district buses permission to travel through the NEH District to allow for the most direct route in picking up their resident students. Motion carried unanimously.
Minutes August 27, 2009, Page 2

Motion by Schaa, second by Schutt to approve the Board of Directors 2009-10 District Goals:
Board Meetings:
-    Professional Development activities and effect on student achievement – monthly Board updates.
-    Teacher/Staff presentations to the Board – include professional development activities and the effects on student achievement in the classroom.
-    Board Retreat – interactive and focused on student achievement and Board goals.
School District:
-    Development of the Core Curriculum Implementation Plan.
-    Development of the Preschool Grant Application.
-    Professionalism displayed to promote pride and respect of district.
Programs and Initiatives:
-    Character Counts
-    Second Chance Reading
-    Project CRISS
-    School Volunteers
School Finance:
-    Staff and Public awareness of district financial situation.
-    District expenditures are to be kept below the amount of district revenue.
-    Board awareness of efforts to reduce expenditures and/or increase income.
Building and Ground:
-    Completion of the building project.
Motion carried unanimously.

The Board will hold its Final Meeting of the Retiring Board on September 15th at 7:00 p.m. The Organizational Meeting will follow at 7:30 p.m. As per Board Policy, this will also be the Board’s Annual Meeting.

Motion by Pruismann, second by Schaa to approve as reviewed, with changes as required by Iowa Code, Board Policies 203, 401.2, 407.1, 407.2, 409.3, 414.3, 507.9. Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Klaver, second by Schutt to accept Jody Wagner’s resignation as a school associate with thanks for her years of service to NEH. Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Klaver, second by Schaa to accept Bret Schutt’s resignation as Junior High Girls Basketball Coach. Motion approved. Voting Aye: Pruismann, Schaa, Klaver, Mark. Abstaining: Schutt.

Superintendent Woiwood informed the Board that three special education associates have begun a 45-day trial period.

Motion by Klaver, second by Schutt to approve the five-year beverage agreement with Pepsi Americas. Motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Woiwood reviewed the Annual Progress Report; shared a bid estimate for furnishing the new elementary building; reviewed informational articles prepared for patrons regarding the Revenue Purpose Statement; and shared the 2008-09 mileage and vehicle report;

Mr. Hocking reported the new video surveillance in the commons and on the buses was discussed with students on the first day of school. The Washington DC trip being planned for August of 2010 is not a school sponsored trip but students may want to have fundraisers at the school.
Minutes August 27, 2009, Page 3

Athletic Director Jeff Meyer addressed the Board regarding Board Policy Code No. 508.2 Open Night with consideration of allowing practice to run until 5:30 p.m. He would also like the Board’s feedback in regards to establishing a time limit for meals/snacks stops during activity trip on Fridays and Saturdays (currently a bus may stop for meals/snacks if it returns to school by 10:00 p.m. on a school night but there is no rule addressing stops/return time for weekend trips.), and feedback on the District’s Athletic Department purchasing clothing items for coaches (currently the athletic department does not purchase any clothing items for coaches.)  It was reported that Colo-NESCO and Mesquakie Settlement have joined the Iowa Star Conference.

Motion by Klaver, second by Schutt to adjourn the meeting.  Motion carried unanimously.  Meeting adjourned at 9:10 p.m.



Bruce Mark, Board President                Janet Greufe, Board Secretary
 

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