School board elects new officers

The Webster City School Board approved the schedule for the WCHS band and choir trip Monday evening. WCHS vocal instructor Andrew Wotherspoon was present to go over details of the trip, including a projected itinerary, with the board.

“As has been tradition for awhile, the high school band and choir together go on a trip every two years,” said Wotherspoon. “It’s been alternating between Chicago and St. Louis.”

In March of 2017, students will be going to Chicago. The trip is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, March 15 through Friday, March 17. Stops on the itinerary include Navy Pier, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Museum of Science and Industry, dining at the Hard Rock Cafe, the Chicago SkyDeck, and Lincoln Park Zoo.

“There are three main goals that I have. One, that it will be educational. Two, is that it will be musically enriching. Three, that it will be fun,” said Wotherspoon.

The projected cost for the trip per person is $495. This is an estimate of 80 people going on the trip. Wotherspoon explained that because of the high cost of the trip there will be multiple fundraising opportunities beginning in October. The final cost of the trip will be dependent upon how many individuals go on the trip.

“There is fundraising available,” said Wotherspoon.

The board approved a fundraising request by Wotherspoon to sell frozen food through Harmisen’s. Partial proceeds from these sales will go towards the cost of upcoming the music trip.

Students who wish to go on the trip should sign and return the understanding sheet to Wotherspoon by Friday, Oct. 14. A $50 deposit to Sunshine Travel is also required by Friday, Oct. 14.

Board member Michelle Zahm was elected as board president for the 2016-2017 school year. Board member Beth Van Diest was elected as board vice president for the 2016-2017 school year.

The board selected Pam Hayes as their Delegate Assembly Representative to the IASB Convention, which is Wednesday.

The board approved two 28E agreements with the Northeast Hamilton Community School District. The contracts are for Lynette Williams, who works 15 percent of her contract at the Pleasant View media center, and Kathy Biere, who works 20 percent of her contract at the regional business office.

The renewal of a $25,000 inter fund loan was approved. An additional $25,000 inter fund loan was also approved by the board, which will be due Oct. 1, 2017.

The depository statements, settling of the books, as of the end of June, 2016, were approved. The ending fund balance for the general fund at First State Bank was $1,471,415.80. The ending fund balance for the ISGET general fund was $577,282.85. The ending fund balance for the lunch fund was $61,864.88. The balance in the ISGET account for the lunch fund was $360.63. The balance in the activity account at First American Bank was $290,696.94. The balance in the ISGET savings account for the activity fund was $7,177.44. The school house fund checking account balance was $193,908.99. The ISGET savings balance was $26,048.39.

The modified allowable growth request for $219,419.16 was approved by the board.

“This is a special ed deficit from last year,” said Superintendent Sherwood. “That is a substantial reduction from our prior year’s deficit. The deficit the year before was around $407,000.”

The board approved a list of fixed asset disposals.

The second readings of two board policies were approved. The policies were 103 Equal Education Opportunity and 106 Anti Bullying/Harassment policy.