DECEMBER 15, 2014, REGULAR BOARD MEETING
The Stanton School District Board of Directors met at 6:00 PM on Monday, December 15, 2014, in the High School Library for a regular session. President Jeff Magneson called the meeting to order with Directors Brian Bates, Mark Lindgren, Jeff Sorensen, and Paul Vanderholm present. Additional attendees were Superintendent Chris Herrick, K-12 Principal Kevin Blunt, and Board Secretary Tammy Boyer.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Director Lindgren made a motion to approve the agenda with a second by Director Vanderhom. The motion carried unanimously.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Director Sorensen made a motion to approve the minutes of the November 17, 2014 meeting with a second by Director Bates. The motion carried unanimously.
Superintendent Herrick reported that the bus drivers were keeping count day by day on how many students ride their bus and the Transportation Committee will meet in January to discuss how many routes are needed.
Director Lindgren made a motion to approve the financial reports with a second by Director Sorensen. The motion carried unanimously.
CONSIDERATION OF BILLS
Director Lindgren made a motion to approve the bills with a second by Director Sorensen. The motion carried unanimously.
Don Hicks updated the board on sports traveling for next year. We will be losing at least 2 boys basketball games and he had heard back from 2 schools that would like to play us, Riverside and Whiting. He wanted the board to be aware of the amount of traveling that might have to be done.
SPECIAL STUDENT PRESENTATION
Jeff Grebin’s Intro to Business class gave a presentation on a 3D printer that they would use if the school purchased one. The cost of the one being looked at is $3000-$5000. The board appreciated their presentation.
Superintendent Herrick reported that Principal Blunt was preparing at a list of several people to keep the website pages updated. The 1:1 computer bid is due December 16 at noon. The Department of Education has sent a letter to all school districts stating that it would only consider a school district’s request for an early start date waiver if the school has adequately demonstrated that starting on or after the earliest start date specified would have a significant negative education impact which would mean starting school on August 31st for next school year.
Principal Blunt reported that the PSTO’s carnival would be held on March 6th, Amber Volquartsen, play director, held tryouts for high school last week and opened up tryouts to 8th grade on December 15th, Student Council would be in charge of the last day of school before break with dodge ball, movies and board games. Santa Lucia was held on December 13th and MS. Beasley and the 1st-5th graders did a very good job. The Christmas Concert will be held on December 18th with the 5th-12th grade bands and 7th-12th grade choirs singing. He has been working with our Tech company on up grading our fire wall.
Congratulations to the following:
• Volleyball Post Season Honors: All-Conference Teams: Haley Weis-First Team (unanimous); Ally Focht and Logan Wagg-Second Team; Chelsea Weis, Devin Druivenga and Heidi Vanderholm-Honorable Mention ; Heidi Vanderholm-All-State All-Academic; Haley Weis-Honorable Mention Class 1A All-State; Haley Weis and Logan Wagg-1A All-District (Southwest)
• 5th Graders and Mrs. Robin Wright for planning a Holiday Fair.
• 5th Graders, Mrs. Robin Wright, High School Student Council, and Mrs. Katie Elwood for collecting food for the Holiday Food Drive.
• Mrs. Lisa Whigham for working extra to meet with parents about academics after school.
The SIAC met and discussed student achievement, technology, PPEL Levy, and the coming site visit.
ROUNDS VISIT FOLLOW-UP
The High School hosted 9 Superintendents and personnel from area schools for a technology visit. They interviewed students and teachers and visited classrooms. Their question for us to ask ourselves was “What is our purpose to have computers in students’ hands? “
NEED ASSESSMENT UPDATE
The needs assessment survey is out to the public via Facebook, website, and bulletin. It can also be picked up in the offices.
HEAD BOYS TRACK COACH
Director Vanderholm made a motion to approve Jeff Grebin as the Head Boys Track Coach with a second by Director Sorensen. The motion carried unanimously.
SOFTBALL COACHING UPDATE
Principal Blunt has several options available for this but is still working on it.
RESIGNATION REQUEST/EARLY RETIREMENT REQUESTS
Director Lindgren made a motion, with a second by Director Sorensen, to accept the resignation and early retirement benefit for Terri Vennerberg, 3rd Grade Teacher with much appreciation for her years of service. The motion carried unanimously.
OPEN ENROLLMENT REQUESTS
Director Bates made a motion to approve Tre Strough for open enrollment into Stanton from Villisca for the 2014-2015 school year due to a change of resident with a second by Director Vanderholm. The motion carried unanimously.
Director Lindgren made a motion to approve Deacon Bruce for open enrollment into Stanton from Red Oak for the 2015-2016 school year with a second by Director Bates. The motion carried unanimously.
President Magneson adjourned the meeting at 7:56 PM. The next regular meeting will be January 19, 2014, at 6:00 PM in the Board Room.
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