Petition filed

NEH?school board hears about district vote plans

BLAIRSBURG — Superintendent Mike Sherwood told the Northeast Hamilton school board Wednesday night that its reorganization petition with Webster City has been filed with Prairie Lakes AEA.

The meeting was moved from Thursday to Tuesday to allow school board members to attend the Iowa State School Board Convention in Des Moines Nov 15-18.

Sherwood told the board that the school administration is also working with the AEA and the district’s legal counsel, Danielle Haindfield of Ahlers and Cooney of Des Moines in order to be able to present the question to district voters in April 2018.

Sherwood also reported that the union recertification election was held and the union was recertified.

The board voted to approve the Modified Allowable Growth for students Open Enrolled out who were not on the Fall 2016 student count in the amount of $41,523 and for ELL Beyond Five Years for $1,503.

The board approved an Open Enrollment request out of the district which met the good cause exception.

NEH Associate Superintendent and Principal Mike Kruger announced that the daycare license for Mighty Trojan Daycare has been renewed for two years. The daycare has 58 children enrolled with an average attendance of 20 children per day.

Sherwood reported on the facilities update which included work in the greenhouse, completing caulking and tuck pointing the brick of Old Main and hydroseeding around the bus barn.  The district will explore a new gutter system which would reclaim water and possibly installing leafless gutters. Matt Vagts, Title I Reading instructor, PE teacher and Interventionist, will assist with snow removal this winter.

In reports, Kruger noted that the Parent Teacher Conferences held last week had a 97 percent attendance rate for Pre-K through 6th grade.  Students were visited by Coach Ryan Sloth on Tuesday, Nov. 7 and on Nov. 10 the students attended an ISU Women’s Basketball game and STEM activities held at Hilton Coliseum.  Preschool family night will be held on Nov. 16 and Youth Volleyball started on Nov. 14 and will be held for three weeks, he announced.  

Principal Kruger also reported that the Second Grade and Third Grade and their teachers Emily Sletten and Tammy Massman have been participating in a Global Read Aloud.  The students are also designing digital postcards and iMovies.

On Monday, first Grade teacher Kim Schimp was awarded a $1,000 Project Classroom Grant from the Greater Iowa Credit Union which will be used for the school’s STEM activities, said Principal Kruger.

The meeting adjourned at 7:12 p.m. The next board meeting will be held on Thursday, Dec. 21 at 6 p.m. in the Elementary Media Center.