Board Highlights
November 12, 2001

Denied a parent request to allow a neighboring district to provide transportation for a non-district student to a residence within our district.

Received an update on the activities of the Music Boosters from Gina Spohnheimer. The Board granted the Music Boosters permission to conduct a cookie sale fundraiser in February.

Received an update on the status of current PPEL projects.

Approved a recommendation from the superintendent to reduce one evening custodial position due to state aid cuts and budgetary constraints.

Approved a request to the School Budget Review Committee for approval of modified allowable growth in the amount of $58,286.75 to provide funding for the district's Dropout Prevention Program for the 2002-03 school year.

Held the first reading of a new Board Recognition Policy. The policy would put in place a process for board recognition of students and staff for their achievements. The second reading and final action is scheduled for the December meeting.

Approved Open Enrollment Requests for two students from Northeast Hamilton for continuation of their education in the South Hamilton district.

Approved an increase of $20/student in Driver's Education Fees for the 2002 summer session. The student fee for next summer will be $175/student.

Approved a contract for Mr. Dick Steffen to teach two sections of Western Civilization during the spring semester. The two classes are dual enrolled courses through Iowa Central Community College.

Approved a request from the administration to allow school athletic banquets to be scheduled on Sunday evenings during the school year. Discussion has already been held with representatives of the local Ministerial Association on this topic. Potential dates would be reviewed with the Ministerial Association prior to final scheduling.

Discussed options to consider in the development of the school calendar for 2002-03 and directed the superintendent to develop potential calendars for review at the next meeting.

Reviewed the Budget Reduction Action Plan that has been implemented by the administration. Discussion was held regarding the possibility of reinstating classroom field trips through fundraising efforts of parent groups.