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Administrator options at NEH

Board also approves summer coaching contracts

April 12, 2012
Teresa Wood - Correspondent ( , The Daily Freeman Journal

BLAIRSBURG - At its meeting on Monday, the Northeast Hamilton School Board In approved assistant baseball and softball coaches Brandon Frohwein and Natalie Ostheimer at a cost of $4,000. Financial assistance from the Spirit Club and school foundation will be sought to help with the cost.

The board also approved the sharing agreement with South Hamilton to jointly employ and share the services of the family consumer science teacher. The sharing would consist of the full-time instructor with salary and IPERS rated at 25 percent for NEH and 75 percent for South Hamilton. South Hamilton will hold the contract.

Superintendent Andrew Woiwood said that Joe Wakeman, of Webster City, will be providing technology needs to NEH.

The board also approved the redistricting plan resolution for the board's directors. The plan redrew district lines to create three equally populated districts. District One is from Blairsburg to U.S. Interstate 35 and south to 240th Street. District Two is east of U.S. Interstate 35 to U.S. Highway 20 and District Three includes Kamrar and the south territory of the district from 240th Street to U.S. Highway 20.

The resolution calls for each district have one representative on the school board. The two additional board members will be elected as at-large directors from any of the three districts.

Jeff Herzberg, Prairie Lakes AEA Chief Administrator, presented five possible administrator options for the Board to consider with partial-day sharing. The Board set April 24 at 7 p.m. as a workday to determine whether to retain one or both administrators in a full-time or part-time capacity or to seek outside administrators in a part-time capacity

The Board approved the common school calendar with Webster City. The 2012-2013 school year will begin on Aug. 21, 2012 and end on May 29, 2013.

Woiwood reported on possible summer projects for Physical Plant and Equipment. Projects include a new PK playground, installation of swing sets, laying of gravel, the purchase of a van, library shelving, a new door and siding for a cooler in the kitchen, installation of doors in the commons entrance, concrete repairs, new stalls in the men's basement restroom and camera updates.

Woiwood also proposed that $50,000 be used to purchase iPads for high school students, noting that Webster City students use iPads for classes. He also suggested updating the school's wireless connection and upgrading the bandwidth. All projects would total $106,741 yet leave approximately $200,000 in the PPEL account, said Woiwood.

The Board approved increasing the tuition of Drivers Ed to $250 per student and paying the instructor $195.

The Post-Issuance Compliance Regulation for Tax-Exempt Obligations had its first reading before the Board. School Board Secretary Janet Gruefe noted that although the Board is currently following the regulation, it is not yet recorded as official board policy.

Board members Kim Schaa and Nate Palmer will attend an informal meeting

of the Webster City CSD at 5 p.m. on April 23 at the Webster City Administration Building.

In administrations reports, Woiwood reported that Smart Boards have been installed in the Special Education room, the VIP day was a success, the elementary school parent/teacher conferences recorded 100 percent attendance, teachers participated in a professional development exercise which was designed to make the professionals accountable to their peers, Tammy Massman is working on integration technology and Leslie Keehn is serving internship hours.

Woiwood submitted the report for Principal Patrick Hocking, who was not in attendance. At a coaches meeting headed by Hocking, the NEH coaches voted to preserve and maintain the Trojan athletic programs.

Also the Iowa Star Conference has increased baseball and softball admission prices to $3 for students and $5 for adults.

The May Board meeting will be held on May 7.

The Board went into executive session at 10:25 p.m. for negotiations and returned to open session at 10:50 p.m. and adjourned.



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