Several hirings and resignations were acted on at the April meeting of the school board Monday, April 16.
Carrie Nygaard of Kamiah was approved for hire as the new high school principal. Nygaard grew up in Cottonwood and is the daughter of Rita and the late Urbie Riener.
Ryan Hasselstrom was approved as the new head football coach. He served in the same capacity several years ago.
Colleen Sonnen, due to surgery, will be unavailable to the school for the rest of the school year and Cheyenne Hudson was moved from her GEAR-UP position at the high school to take her place. Tina Perrin was then approved for hire to replace Ms. Hudson at the high school.
Resignations approved were for Urban Wassmuth as an elementary school teacher and Kenny Mader and Paul Schmidt as junior high football coaches.
A final review of the coaches handbook updates was made. It will be presented with the changes made for approval at the May meeting.
The budget hearing date and June meeting were set for Monday, June 25 as superintendent Rene’ Forsmann will be out of town on the regular date of June 18. Initially they looked at moving the meeting and hearing to June 11 but state law says the hearing has to be between 14 and 28 days prior to the annual meeting which is July 16.
In the facilities update Forsmann reported the Elementary School addition is still running close to budget and she anticipates having about $63,000 left in the forest fund monies once the project is finished. At the moment it is a little behind schedule but the contractor anticipates catching up.
She also reported they will be doing some painting this summer and several small projects that need to be worked on.
Lynn Guyer reported the Booster Club is looking for some help. They are requesting that the teams and clubs at the school provide a couple of students at each home game to sell the 50-50 tickets since they are the ones who ultimately benefit. They also need new board members this fall as several will not be continuing.
In administrative reports Randy Brown reported the showcase night went very well. They fed around 240 people.
He also reported that the ISAT testing has started and he hopes to have some results at the May meeting.
Forsmann reported the 5th graders attended a Farm & Forest Tour in Orofino which was sponsored by Farm Bureau.
Parent/Teacher conferences went well.
They started ISATs on April 10.
The Center For Discovery carnival went well. Students who met Accelerated Reader goals were given $1 in tickets to participate.
The new elementary playground equipment has arrived and is waiting to be set up. This was paid for using cookie dough sales money from the past several years plus boxtops collected.
The Elementary Concert is set for May 15.
In her superintendent’s report she reported she attended a Community Forum April 5. The forum focused on working together as schools, colleges and communities to get students to go on to some form of postsecondary education. She has applied for a grant that if approved would help pay dual credit costs for students that otherwise couldn’t afford them.
She and several teachers attended a Total Instructional Alignment Workshop in Moscow. Professional development is an emphasis of the state and some funding is provided for this.
The levy election will be Tuesday, May 15.
The meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m. The next regular meeting will be Monday, May 21 at 7 p.m.