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FINAL MEETING OF THE NORTHEAST HAMILTON COMMUNITY SCHOOL BOARD

September 15, 2009

The final meeting of the retiring 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:  Kim Schaa, Kathy Pruismann, Bruce Mark, Beth Klaver and Bret Schutt. Administration present were Superintendent Andrew Woiwood, Principal Pat Hocking, and Board Secretary Janet Greufe.

Visitors present were Dave Mayo.

The Board had no concerns.

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

Motion by Pruismann, second by Schutt to approve the minutes of the regular meeting held on August 27, 2009. Motion carried unanimously.

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

Motion by Schaa, second by Pruismann to allow the bills and claims presented and permission for Secretary Greufe to pay, out of the General Fund, City of Blairsburg $75.00 for preparation of Quit Claim Deed, Iowa High School Music Association $37.50 for band/vocal membership dues, DTI $250.06 for phone service. Motion carried unanimously.

The results of the school board election were reviewed and verified. Kim Schaa was reelected to Director District #4 by receiving 115 votes. Scott Stolt received 50 votes and scattering received 1 vote for Director District #4. Dave Mayo was elected to Director District #5 by receiving 13 write-in votes. Thirteen people had five or less write-in votes totaling 25 votes for Director District #5.

The results of the Public Measure A (revenue purpose statement for using the sales, services and use tax funds) were verified. A total of 155 votes were cast with 140 votes in favor of the Public Measure and 15 votes against it. The Measure was approved with 90% of the votes cast.

Motion by Klaver, second by Schutt to adjourn the meeting.  Motion carried unanimously.  Meeting adjourned at 7:23 p.m.


Bruce Mark, President                    Janet Greufe, Board Secretary

 

 

ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING OF THE NORTHEAST HAMILTON SCHOOL BOARD

September 15, 2009

The organizational meeting of the Northeast Hamilton School Board of Directors was called to order by Superintendent Andrew Woiwood, at 7:25 p.m. with the following members answering roll call: Kathy Pruismann, Kim Schaa, Bruce Mark, Dave Mayo and Bret Schutt. Administration present were Superintendent Andrew Woiwood, Principal Pat Hocking, and Board Secretary Janet Greufe. 

No visitors were present.

Board Secretary Greufe administered the oath of office to the newly elected board members Kim Schaa and Dave Mayo.

Motion by Pruismann, second by Schaa to nominate Bruce Mark for president. The board elected Bruce Mark as president by casting a unanimous ballot.  At this point, President Mark resumed facilitation of the meeting.

Motion by Schaa, second by Schutt to nominate Kathy Pruismann for vice president. The board elected Kathy Pruismann as vice president by casting a unanimous ballot.

The Board and Administration thanked retiring Board Member Beth Klaver for her two years of service to the Northeast Hamilton School District and encouraged the current board to continue the good work that’s been instrumental in achieving quality education for all students at NEH. 

Board procedure will be in accordance with Board Policy 210-214 for the 2009-2010 school year; teacher presentations will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the regular Board meetings to follow at 7:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month, unless otherwise noted, and will follow the Robert’s Rules of Order.

Motion by Schaa, second by Schutt to continue with Iowa Falls State Bank as the official depository bank for the district with a limit of $2,000,000.00. Motion carried unanimously.

Board President Mark administered the oath of office to Board Secretary/Business Manager/Treasurer Janet Greufe.

Motion by Schutt, second by Pruismann to continue with Peter Pashler as legal counsel for the Board and Rick Engel as legal counsel for the superintendent for FY10. 

Superintendent Woiwood shared that the new website was operational and receiving many hits; Mrs. Heller has included a “Homework Blog” to her teacher pages on the new website; several junior/senior students have registered for college level classes; NEH FFA has 40 members and will be sending a swine judging team to Minnesota; Mrs. Keehn is implementing a note taking strategy learned through professional development in her World History class; and Senator Rich Olive will be a guest speaker during 6th period Government class on October 8th.

Superintendent Woiwood shared an update on the construction project: retaining wall north of the concession stand is being constructed; the parent drive has been backfilled; the electrical line from the new building to the alleyway between the old building and the gym is being dug; the building slab is being poured and the masons will start laying block next week; the sidewalk from the breezeway door to the

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new building has been poured; the foundation for the electrical room and north entrance has been poured; and the retaining wall north of the current building is being installed.

The Board discussed a possible sidewalk from the shop door to the locker room door and steps from sidewalk to the existing steps by the northeast gym entrance. Administration will request a bid for the additional concrete work. A discussion was held concerning the north side of the gym that was exposed during the parent drive work.

Motion by Mayo, second by Schaa to accept the following donations with great appreciation: Spirit Club donated towards the purchase of new cheerleading uniforms and $500 for books for the high school 2nd Chance Reading program; Trump’s provided all the food for the Open House Athletic fundraiser meal; Hamilton County Thrivent donated $100 worth of student school supplies; and Target donated $390.21 that will be used for Character Counts initiatives. Motion carried unanimously.

Superintendent Woiwood informed the Board of the need to hire a part-time special education associate for one-on-one assistance; there will be a 45-day trial period.

Motion by Schutt, second by Schaa to approve the 2008-09 Annual Progress Report as certified with the Department of Education on September 15, 2009. Motion carried unanimously. The Comprehensive School Improvement Plan was also certified on September 15, 2009.

Motion by Pruismann, second by Mayo to approve the first reading of Board Policy Code No. 508.2 Open Night changing the time from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. that school activities may be scheduled up to but not beyond. Motion carried unanimously. Second reading will be on the October meeting agenda.

Motion by Mayo, second by Schaa to approve as reviewed Board Policy Code No. 300 - 307. Motion carried unanimously.

The Board approved the 2009-10 Board Policy Review Plan that includes the 500 Series starting in April.

Superintendent Woiwood reported a savings of $11,312.90 to the district by using the Iowa Educators Consortium, a non-profit organization established by Iowa AEA’s, for purchases and also received a year-end cash rebate of $334.38.

The Board reviewed sharing transportation and teacher(s) with South Hamilton for Quiz Bowl events. The goal would be to have one bus, either from NEH or South Hamilton, and one or two teachers for the teams from both schools.

Motion by Schaa, second by Pruismann to approve the proposed expenses for the Core Curriculum Team to attend meetings outside of the school day in Webster City. Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Schutt, second by Mayo to approve the use of Teacher Quality Professional Development funds for CRISS training, for curriculum work done by Carmen Koch, and a $150 stipend to each Professional Development Team Member for their work in planning the year’s professional development. Motion carried unanimously.

Director Schaa will be attending the IASB School Board New Member Orientation session and Director Mayo is also considering the session. Director Pruismann would like the Board to review job descriptions
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in preparation of this year’s negotiations. The Board discussed attending the IASB Convention on November 19-20th

Superintendent Woiwood reported there are 257 students in the building (up one student from last year at this time) and preliminary counts for certified enrollment show the district could be down 2 – 4 students; the Professional Development Team will be attending the five Iowa Core Curriculum meetings through the AEA scheduled for 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. in Webster City; Project CRISS will be the district’s Professional Development for 2009-10; Teacher presentations will begin with the October 8th Board meeting; the additional sidewalk surface may require purchasing new snow removal equipment, the Board would like more information and alternatives to consider; Baker Communications have submitted a phone system maintenance contract; a Preschool Advisory meeting is set for Thursday, October 22 at 7:00 p.m., Director Schutt has agreed to serve on this committee; and the City of Blairsburg has given NEH a Quit Claim Deed for the transfer of property directly east of the current student drive.

Principal Hocking shared the Student Council’s theme and activities for Homecoming 2009; the Iowa Star Conference voted to split into a north and south league starting next school year with NEH in the north league with CAL, Clarksville, Dunkerton, Janesville and Tripoli; and addressed AD Meyer’s request for feedback regarding activity buses stopping on the way home from an event, the administration would like the procedure to remain the same.

Motion by Pruismann, second by Schutt to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried unanimously. Meeting adjourned at 9:43 p.m.


Bruce Mark, President                Janet Greufe, Board Secretary

 

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