NEH board hears report on reorganization work

Public meeting set for Feb. 27 in school cafeteria

Blairsburg — The Northeast Hamilton school board learned the district’s taxable valuations for the 2019 fiscal year and heard about what the next steps in the reorganization process are at its regular board meeting on last week in Blairsburg.

NEH taxable valuations will be $198 million, an increase of $1.9 million for the 2018-2019 Fiscal Year.

It was reported that the district will participate in a budget workshop on Feb. 6 in Fort Dodge and the school budget will be presented to the NEH School board at the Feb. 22 meeting. The public hearing on the budget will be held in March. The deadline for submitting the budget to the Hamilton County Auditor is Monday, April 16.

The board was informed that a public open meeting about the NEH/Webster City reorganization will be held on Feb. 27 at 5:30 p.m. in the NEH school cafeteria in conjunction with the district’s School Improvement Advisory Committee meeting. A question and answer session on the reorganization will be held at NEH on Tuesday, March 20 at 6 p.m. in the NEH Media Center. The reorganization plan with Webster City is up for a vote on Tuesday, April 3.

A contract for professional services for building renovations with FEH Design was approved while a standard form of agreement between NEH and FEH Design was tabled until the February meeting.

In the facilities update, the greenhouse is now completed and the building is ready for siding. Before work on the inside can begin, the furnace will be installed. Window replacement has been included in the architectural contract and Old Main will be re-roofed this spring.

Board President Eric Patterson and Board Director Sally Greenfield attended the informal meeting of the Webster City, NEH and Stratford school boards on Jan. 17 in Stratford. Agenda discussion items included professional development, coordinating school calendars, an update on the reorganization between Webster City and NEH and the superintendent hiring process.

In reports, NEH Principal/Associate Superintendent Mike Kruger reported that the Central Iowa Chiefs, a semi-pro football team, requested to use the district’s football field for games in 2018. The board approved the request and directed that a Facilities Use Agreement be signed prior to team competition on the field. In other news, students in grades 3-6 attended the movie “Wonder” in Webster City on Jan. 8 – 9 with students from Webster City schools through the generosity of NEH and Webster City donors and sponsors. Last week students took part in a dental sealant program at the school, reported Kruger.

Many district projects are underway at this time, reported Superintendent Sherwood. Those projects include the school calendar, the 2018-2019 budget, state legislation which affects the school district, summer projects and the possible reorganization. In a related matter, the Webster City Community School district held a regular board meeting and work session on Jan. 22. The work session focused on hiring a new superintendent as Sherwood has announced his retirement at the conclusion of this school year. NEH Board President Eric Patterson represented the NEH board at the meeting.

The next board meeting will be held on Feb. 22 at 6 p.m.