Action on new director districts tabled

Interim school board unable to reach concensus on phase out of initial board to the election cycle

Action on the new director districts for the reorganization of Webster City and Northeast Hamilton School Districts was tabled Monday night after the interim board of directors failed to come to a consensus on which of two options to approve.

The board had previously approved a measure that would have established two at large positions and three district director seats. Board member Rich Stroner voiced opposition to the plan, saying that when the measure was approved in October 2017, the board “didn’t have good information.” He said he wouldn’t have voted for the option had he understood the proposition.

The plan would mean that Stroner’s at large seat would be on the ballot in 2019. His original term would have ended in 2021. The other at large seat, currently held by Chuck Bonjour would also be on the ballot.

Stroner said he was in favor of the second option, which would set the terms as follows: Eric Patterson, from the NEH board, would be District 3 director with a term ending in 2021; Linda Williams would be District 1 director with a term ending in 2021; Stroner would be the at large position with a term ending in 2021; Beth Van Diest would be the District 2 director with her term ending in 2019; and the other at large seat, held by Bonjour, would expire in 2019 as well.

If that option was approved, Van Diest said she would likely run for her seat again.

“I’d like to see the reorganization through,” she said.

Bonjour said he was undecided whether he would run for election.

“Ask me in October,” he said.

He was recently appointed to fill the unexpired term of Michelle Walters who resigned from the board in March as her family was moving out of state.

The board took a vote on the second option with Williams and Bonjour voting in favor of the measure and Van Diest and Patterson opposing the second option. Stroner abstained from the vote.

With no one offering another motion for another option, the board agreed to table the matter until the June 10 meeting.

Stroner said he had spoken with the district’s attorneys and noted that the board was free to make a change prior to the July reorganization goes into effect.

Lunch prices

Lunch prices for the new district in the coming year were approved. A $.15 per meal increase will go into effect with the new school year as follows:

• High school lunches will go from $3 to $3.15

• Middle school lunches will increase from $2.90 to $3.05

• Elementary school lunches (including the NEH center) will increase to $2.85.

• Milk prices will rise from $.40 to $.50 per carton

• Breakfast prices for students will increase from $1.85 to $2

• Breakfast prices for adults will rise from $2.60 to $2.75

District registration fees will remain the same for the coming year. There will be no charge to register for classes in the district, and middle school and high school band fees will remain at $10 for the year and an activity pass will stay at $35.

Stroner asked Superintendent Dr. Mandy Ross if the activities director could investigate if there could be an activity pass for students in middle school and elementary school.

The board also directed Ross to send a letter asking for more specifics on the Career Ag Academy and its commitments. The board wants information on whether the academy board would consider a rental agreement based on the number of students, classroom space and livestock space used. They also want to find out the projected start date.

In other business, the board:

• Approved contracts for Amanda Warweg for Student Services for Special Eduction, ESL and At-Risk; Lisa Goedken for elementary Multi-tiered Support Services and instructional coach at the NEH center; Madalyn Loring for high school art; Marna Seiser for high school special education; Stephanie Pace for high school English, WCTV and SPVG as well as individual speech and the fall play.

• Approved the recommended transfer of Sandy Ausenhus to a fourth grade position.

• Set the next board meetings for June 10 and July 15

• Approved a contract with Solution Tree for two professional development workshops, one in August and the second in February.