resigns from school board
Della Gehring turned in her resignation to the school board at the board’s June meeting Wednesday, June 19.
She cited increasing commitments. Superintendent Rene’ Forsmann presented her a plaque for her 9 years of service to the board. Gehring said she has talked to a couple of people in her zone about taking her place. The board has 90 days to appoint a replacement.
Resignations were also accepted from Sharon Johnson as a bus driver and Kristi Pentzer, who had a part-time Jr. high PE/Health position and was also the 8th grade boys basketball coach. Johnson drove bus for 35 years for the district and is retiring while Pentzer is moving with her family to Oregon.
The board also approved several hires recommended by the administration. Cara Duman was approved for hire as head cook.
Todd Nygaard was approved for the junior high head football coach position as well as for the 7th grade boys basketball position.
Steve Wilson was approved for the 8th grade boys basketball position.
Jeanine Wilson was approved to fill Pentzer’s part-time PE/Health position. She was previously hired by the district as the driver’s training instructor.
The budget hearing was held and following that the budget was approved for the 2013-14 school year.
The change to the open enrollment policy brought up at the May meeting was approved.
Another item from the May meeting was the possibility of starting school at 8 a.m. Superintendent Rene’ Forsmann said she received feedback from just 3 people and feels they need another month to get input from the public. Gehring asked if the road districts were contacted as they would need to get out and plow the routes earlier if school started earlier.
Forsmann said she hasn’t got all the bids in for the proposed bus garage changes and would like to table that for another month.
In the facilities update Forsmann said the kitchen floor at the junior/senior high is done.
A couple of new projects they are looking at is improving the sound systems at elementary and jr./sr. high schools and painting of the outside of the secondary school building. She has estimates on the painting but not on the sound systems.
The high school parking lots have been “crack-filled” and are now waiting on the chip sealing which is expected for late July.
In her elementary principal’s report Forsmann said the last day of school went well with a field day for the K-6 students.
On June 3 and 4 there was training for teachers. On June 3 the K-2 teachers had training on the reading program SuperKids. On June 4 teachers in grades 3-9 had training on Renaissance Products, Accelerated Math, Accelerated Reading, STAR Math and STAR Reading.
She also said both the Elementary and High Schools have received a 4-star rating, out of 5, which they will get to roll over into next year. The high school was only a couple points shy of a 5-star rating.
In her superintendents report she noted that she, Kim Schumacher and Pat Alfrey attended an Idaho Leads informational program in Boise on June 10. The focus is on the Common Core which is now the Idaho Core.
K-2 teachers will be trained on a standards based report card built into the school’s PowerSchool program.
Carrie Nygaard reported she is asking for a $15 chemistry fee to help pay for disposable items for class.
She also wanted to thank Pacific Cabinets for building and donating the “cubbies” for student’s backpacks. They are also building some new reading tables for Mr. Hasselstrom’s room.
She reported Seeds, Inc. has donated a cargo trailer that they would like to set up at the football field for storage.
The meeting adjourned at 7:52 p.m.
The next regular meeting will be Monday, July 15 at 7 p.m. This will also be the annual meeting and reorganization of the board.