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NEH approves sharing with Webster City

Includes sharing science, family consumer science and band teachers

July 18, 2011
Teresa Wood - Correspondent , The Daily Freeman Journal

BLAIRSBURG - The Northeast Hamilton School Board approved staff salary increases, approved contracts for the new class-sharing program with Webster City and set its Iowa School board Legislative Action priorities for the 2011-12 school year.

The board voted 4-0 to ratify the master contract agreement with the Northeast Hamilton Education Association. Board member Bruce Mark was absent. The package totals $40,495 for an increase of 2.96 percent.

Later, after returning from closed session, the board approved the wage/salary increase for associates, secretaries, cooks, bus drivers, custodians, transportation director and activity bus drivers. The board also approved a 2.50 percent total package increase for the board secretary, principal and superintendent.

In contractual business, the board approved the contracts with Webster City CSD. Included were: a 50/50 percent share for a science teacher; a salary share of 62.5 percent for NEH and 37.5 percent for Webster City for Family Consumer Science; and a band teacher contract at 25 percent share for NEH and 75 percent share for Webster City.

The contract also includes a continued contract for NEH at ten percent for a media director.

In other contractual business, the board approved Dori Sweet, Deb Christenson, Paul Christenson, Paul Kramer and Jeff Meyer as substitute bus drivers.

The board accepted the resignation of Peggy Moore as bus driver and part-time cook. The board voiced its appreciation for 19 years of service and dedication.

During the financials report, the board approved an interfund loan to the Hot Lunch Program of $17,000.

Superintendent Andrew Woiwood reported that 5,671 fewer lunches were served during the past school year yet food prices had risen.

The fewer meals served, including both breakfast and lunch, was a reflection of the declining school enrollment, he said.

Woiwood explained that the interfund loan would be repaid when the federal government reimburses the school.

The Superintendent suggested that the board may have to consider increasing ala carte prices.

"We would do that not necessarily to make money but to at least hold our own," he said.

Woiwood also reported that the school paid $19,200 more in energy costs during the last school year compared to the 2009-2010 school year.

In policy business, the board approved the board Policy Series 100 which is updated every five years. The review identifies new equal education opportunity rights and policies.

The board identified five Iowa School Board Legislative Action priorities for the 2011-12 school year. Those priorities include: Preserving the integrity of the statewide penny sales tax for school infrastructure, including the tax equity provisions of buying down the highest additional levy rates to the state average; support of an additional funding mechanism for the school district's transportation costs that does not directly or indirectly impact funding for the education program; supporting a pre-K school program; supporting the establishment of the allowable growth at a rate that encourages continuous school improvement and reflects actual cost increases; and supports the expansion of the allowable uses of physical plant and equipment levy funds while maintaining the purpose of infrastructure, transportation, technology and equipment funding.

In other business, the board approved the Parent/Student Handbooks for


The board accepted a $200 donation from Power Up Youth for After Prom. Power Up Youth also presented a $140 donation for Title I books.

The Northeast Hamilton Spirit Foundation also made a donation of $195 for kindergarten supplies.

The board appointed Hearing officers for the upcoming school year.

Woiwood will serve as the Discrimination, Affirmative Action, Multicultural/Non-Sexist, 504, Title IX, Hot Lunch Hearing, Fees Hearing, and Homeless Liason.

Appointed hearing officers also included: Hot Lunch Screening - board secretary; Employee Abuse (K-5) - school nurse; Employee Abuse (6-12) -Guidance Counselor: Employee Abuse - Hamilton County Sheriff; Grievance Hearing Officer, Level 1 -principal and Level 2 - superintendent.

The board agreed that the role of the principal and superintendent may be interchanged in any situation.

The board approved the resolution calling for the special election

regarding the continuance to levy and impose a voter approved physical plant and equipment property tax and income tax.

The board approved the participation in the federal Title I, Drug Free Schools and the Nutrition program.

In Good News Sharing, Woiwood reported that the flag pole dedication plaque in honor of George Jenson and the Williams VFW Post 633 had been installed.

Woiwood also spoke of the dedication patrons had to the district as expressed during a community meeting held earlier this summer.

It was noted that the girls softball team advanced in state tournament play with two wins. The baseball team finished its season with 17 wins.

Amanda Paulson presented information on the 2012 Costa Rica trip planned by Webster City CSD. Eight NEH students and their parents attended the informational meeting.

The cost of the 13 day trip is $2,300 and students will spend half the time with a host family. The remainder will be spent with trip sponsors at a resort. Another meeting will be held in November regarding costs and


Woiwood reported that the school district is working with Trileaf, an environmental clean up company on the abandoned wells on school property on main street in Blairsburg.

The August school board meeting has been moved to Aug. 10 due to board members' unavailability on the regularly scheduled date.

Contact Teresa Wood at or call 832-4350.



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