Oath administered to new board members

Van Diest elected president, Jaycox elected vice president

—Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Adri Sietstra Newly elected Webster City School board members Richard Stroner, left, and Linda Williams, right, were administered the oath of office at Monday evening’s school board meeting. Newly elected board member Michelle Walters was not present at the meeting due to illness.

Two newly elected Webster City School board members were administered the oath of office at Monday night’s meeting. Richard Stroner and Linda Williams will each be serving a four-year term on the board.

Superintendent Mike Sherwood thanked outgoing board members Pam Hayes, Michelle Zahn and Dan Ryherd for their service and time spent on the board.

“I’d like to thank Pam, Michelle and Dan,” said Sherwood. “I’ve enjoyed working with you all. Thank you for your service.”

“I have really enjoyed my time on the board. It has been a learning experience. It’s been an honor to have served this district for 11 years,” Hayes said. “Most importantly, I have worked with some exceptional people. I’m very grateful for that and thankful.”

Hayes also expressed her congratulations to the newest board members.

—Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Adri Sietstra Webster City School board members Beth Van Diest and Juli Jaycox were administered the oath of office by Cathi Hildebrand at Monday night’s school board meeting. Van Diest was elected board president. Jaycox was elected board vice president.

“I would like to congratulate our newest board members, Linda, Michelle and Richard,” said Hayes. “I want to wish you all the best of luck and if there is anytime you need advice on something, feel free to come to me.”

Zahn echoed Hayes’ sentiments.

“If you guys have any concerns or questions let me know,” said Zahn. “I really do appreciate working with Mike and Cathi and everybody else on the board. It was a great experience, but it’s time for me to move on.”

“As I said two years ago, it’s been a pleasure working with you guys, the current board and administration,” Ryherd said. “Good luck guys.”

Michelle Walters was also recently elected and will be serving a two-year term on the board. Walters was not present at Monday’s meeting due to illness.

Once the new members were sworn in, the board voted to elect their new president and vice president. Beth Van Diest was elected president unanimously. Juli Jaycox was elected vice president unanimously.

The board discussed the next informal meeting with Northeast Hamilton with Sherwood giving a reorganization update.

“We’re currently working on making sure we have the correct legal descriptions for district boundaries,” Sherwood said as he passed out maps to board members.

Sherwood also stated that he, along with Van Diest, Hayes and two board members from Northeast Hamilton, met informally last week to tour the facilities at Northeast Hamilton.

A possible informal joint board meeting and public hearing with Northeast Hamilton may be held on Thursday Oct. 12. at 6 p.m. at Northeast Hamilton.

“I think the big three questions for Northeast Hamilton are number one is the facility and use of facility, their staff and their students,” Sherwood said.

“I think when we look at the reorganization timeline, the big thing is to get the perimeters for reorganization established and then prepare a petition and go out and get petition signatures for Webster City and Northeast Hamilton,” said Sherwood.

Northeast Hamilton would need an estimated 200 signatures according to Sherwood. Webster City would need about 400 signatures.

The board moved forward to approve refinancing of Series 2010B Geo bonds. This approval resulted in the saving of $520,000.

The board approved three fundraising requests.

The first request was from Webster City High School students Maison Vasquez, Khaitrina Phompong, Tristan Vesterby and Artecth Adphayrath. They wish to fundraise to give to hurricane relief efforts in Acres, FL.

They will be holding a “Let’s Lynx together” event on Sunday, Oct. 29 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. This event will feature a costume contest, bingo, bean bag toss, basketball games, and coloring contest.

“We want everyone in the community to come together and help donate and volunteer and enjoy the events we are planning,” said Phompong.

They hope to raise $1,000 in resources and funds. The proceeds will be going to Lehigh High School in Acres, FL.

“They have damaged windows, damaged ceilings and portable classrooms are flooded,” said Vasquez. “They are short on resources and money.”

The second request was from Webster City High School choir and band instructors, Andrew Wotherspoon and Rachel Daum. They will be holding their annual frozen food sales from oct. 11 to 23. The money will be going towards the next high school band and choir trip for students. Delivery for these items will be around Thanksgiving.

Last year an estimated 50 students went on the annual band and choir trip.

The third request was from Jess Howard on behalf of the high school softball and volleyball teams. They hope to sell wreaths from Stony Creek Landscapes for $30, with a portion of the proceeds going towards equipment for the two athletic teams. The teams hope to raise $2,000 – $2,500.

The board approved the reauthorization of a food service loan in the amount of $50,000. This will be due to be paid off by Oct. 1, 2018 at an interest rate of 1.45 percent.

The board also approved a food service interest payment in the amount of $475.

A practicum agreement with Morningside College was approved. This agreement enables graduate students to do practicum experiences in the Webster City School District.

“We’ve had this program for a number of years,” Sherwood said.

The next school board meeting will be held on Monday, Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. at the school administration office board room.