School positions filled
Several new hires for vacant positions were approved at the April school board meeting held Monday, April 15.
Filled were 4 of the 5 open positions. Jennifer Spears was approved for the special ed position. Todd Nygaard, husband of principal Carrie Nygaard, was approved for the social studies/P.E. position. Kristi Pentzer was approved for the part-time PE/Health position and Donald Curry was approved for the Tech/Ag position.
They also have a couple more positions to fill as they accepted resignations from the school psychologist and the supervising cook. Both persons are looking at more schooling.
Negotiations were discussed with Superintendent Rene’ Forsmann recommending they approve basically the same agreement as last year, pending passage of the override levy. According to Forsmann, “They are not getting a raise, they are getting what they received last year.”
A couple of transfers were approved to the bus fund to pay off the latest bus purchase. $17,421 for depreciation from the general fund and $7,722.89 from the MAFA funds.
In the facilities update Forsmann noted that the new fence is up at the Elementary School as are the new outdoor lights. The fire alarm has been fixed at the shop so that it now works along with the rest of the building. The roof has been fixed at the high school as has the repairs in the kitchen. It appears they need a few more kitchen repairs though and they should fall within the $50,000 project budget set by the board.
They will be refinishing the high school gym floor after the Raspberry Festival and are also planning to redo the auxiliary gym floor. 
There was some discussion about the bus maintenance shed with board member Aaron Hinkelman suggesting putting a door on the north side to fix the difficulties with getting the buses inside to work on. They will look into this further.
In administrative reports Forsmann noted that she, Sherry Holthaus, Jessica Vanderwall, Ryan Hasselstrom, Krystal Ellis, Kim Schumacher and Jeff Martin attend a Khan Academy training in Boise on April 3. They worked on the requirement of the $38,000 grant which will held pay for some new tech devices and IT support.
Center for Discovery’s carnival was last Friday, April 12. Students who met Accelerated Reader goals each got a $1 to spend at the carnival.
The Spring Concert is set for Monday, May 6 at 1 p.m. in the Elementary Gym.
April 25 and 26 are the Kindergarten screenings.
The 4th grade has a trip to Spalding Park planned on May 8 but this may be changed due to a music festival scheduled for that date.
The 4th grade Rendezvous in the Park will be May 15. The 5th graders may go as well as they didn’t get to last year as 4th graders.
Nygaard reported that Tyler Workman has received the Idaho Dairyman’s Award. KLEW-TV was on campus April 11 to film Tyler in her daily routine. As soon as they know they will inform the Chronicle when this will air.
ISAT testing began April 9 and will run through May 9.
Accreditation is complete.
HOSA students went to state this past weekend.
Senior project presentations will be conducted May 6 and 8 starting at 5 p.m.
Drivers Ed is to start May 20 with a parent meeting on May 8.
Prom is set for April 27.
High school band and choir students will perform April 24 at the District II music festival in Lewiston. Junior High will be on May 1.
In the final action before going into an executive session the board decided to move the meeting time back to 7 p.m. starting with the May meeting and will do so through the summer.
The board adjourned to an executive session at 6:03 p.m. The next regular meeting will be Monday, May 20 at 7 p.m.

Cottonwood, Idaho 83522


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