Board Highlights
July 15, 2002
Approved a request from FFA advisor Steve Olson for 12-14 students to participate in an FFA Summer Trip to the Minneapolis area on August 2-4.
Approved a request from a teacher for five days of unpaid leave.

Approved the hiring of:
Alison Hassebrock as a home school assistance teacher for 2002-03.
Dawn Chally to serve as assistant high school girls basketball coach.

Approved two Open Enrollment Requests for kindergarten students, one into the district and one to Stratford.

Approved the district's Title I application in the amount of $67,513 for 2002-03.

Reappointed and issued the oath of office to Susan Headley to serve as Board Secretary/Treasurer for 2002-03.

Discussed Legislative Priorities for 2003 and identified the following priorities:

  • Support state funding and legislation to address funding inequities existing in local option sales and services tax, property tax, and other source of revenue dedicated to school infrastructure.
  • Support efforts to explore school consolidation or sharing when:
    • The best interest of students (measured by expanded educational opportunities) is the most important factor.
    • Consolidation is voluntary - initiated and voted by the citizens of the districts involved.
    • Sufficient incentives are made available from the state to make consolidation or sharing financially attractive.
    • Geographical issues are considered, including travel time for students and promoting continued community participation.
  • Support a study of open enrollment practices and its impact on student achievement.
  • Support maintaining allowable growth at 4% for FY 2003 and setting allowable growth at no lower than 4% for FY 2004.
  • Support continuing the budget guarantee for districts with declining enrollment and on-time funding for districts with increasing enrollment.
  • Support permanent appropriation of state technology grants of at least $30 million.
Appointed board member David Carlson to serve as the district's representative to this fall's IASB Delegate Assembly.

Adopted a Resolution to continue to use First American Bank, Randall/Story State Bank, and First State Bank as the district's Bank Depositories for 2002-03. Depository limits of $2,000,000 in each institution will be maintained. 

Approved the use of PPEL funds to purchase $43,400 in computers, servers, printers, and other equipment to upgrade and maintain the replacement schedule for technology within the district. This equipment will support the continued development and management of the district's curriculum.

Approved a cooperative student teaching contract with Buena Vista University for the 2002-03 school year.

Approved the 7-12 Staff Handbook for 2002-03.

Granted approval for the Building Families Empowerment Board to conduct a survey with students in this year's kindergarten class to learn about school readiness issues in order to enhance programs that will improve school readiness support for school children. Information about this survey will be provided to parents at registration.

Received word that the district's redistricting plan has been approved by the Secretary of State's office.

Selected David Carlson to serve as the district's representative at the AEA Director District Convention to be held August 15 at Webster City School District Offices. Marcia Hove will serve as the alternate.

Superintendent Kinley reported that the school district's annual audit is scheduled for September 18. A preliminary workday has been set for August 21.