Four directors named to new district board

Van Diest, Walters, Stroner and Williams, along with one director from NEH, to serve

Four Webster City school board members were named to serve on the board which will govern the new Webster City Community Schools District as the reorganization of Northeast Hamilton and Webster City begins to move forward.

Named to the board were Beth Van Diest, current board president, Michelle Walters, Rich Stroner and Linda Williams. Board member Juli Jaycox announced that she was not planning on running again.

The new board will also include one board member from the current NEH school board. That member will be appointed at the NEH meeting next week.

Webster City and NEH voters overwhelmingly approved the reorganization of the two districts last week in a special election. More than 90 percent of those casting ballots voted in favor of the reorganization. The NEH Elementary building will continue to operate as a pre-k through sixth-grade learning center, in addition to Pleasant View Elementary, Sunset Heights Elementary, Middle School, High School and Hamilton High Alternative School.

Superintendent Mike Sherwood said the needs to be seated within 45 days of the special election. He suggested that the new board meet after one of the regular meetings. The current boards at both Webster City and NEH will continue to exist until the end of the 2018-2019 school year.

“I talked to Director (Jeff) Herzberg at the AEA and he said once both boards have determined who will serve on the initial board, he will call for an organizational meeting of that board,” Sherwood said. “We’ll meet that night and appoint a president, vice president, the superintendent and board secretary.”

He said there would be a two-year phase out for the initial board. Two board members will go off the board in 2019 and three in 2021, but will be eligible to run for re-election.

In other business, the board looked at changing requirements for school driving permits. Sherwood said some concerns were voiced about students who must travel to one of the area golf courses or Diamond in the Rough for golf, cross country, baseball or softball practices.

The board asked Sherwood to bring back a proposal to address the concerns.

The last day of school was set for June 1 — provided there are no more snow days in the coming weeks. Sherwood said there would be a three-hour early dismissal that day.

“The seniors last day won’t change and neither will graduation,” he said.