By Ken Ross, Managing Editor
The Cherokee School Board approved contracts at the Monday morning school board, bringing the district close to having the final list of staff members for the 2005/06 school year.
Jaylene DeVos is transferring from middle school and high school language arts to high school language arts teacher. Terra Dunn has been approved as middle school and high school language arts teacher, yearbook advisor and WHS newspaper advisor. Cindy Taylor has been named middle school language arts and reading teacher. Trent Coombs was named head boys' basketball coach.
The board approved resignations from Mary Tuttle as seventh grade girls basketball coach and Jerry Clark as food service van driver.
The board made minor adjustments to the schedule of fees.
Meals will go up 10 cents each, with the new cost for lunch $1.35 for students and $1.95 for adults. Breakfast will be 85 cents.
The drivers education fee will go from $180 to $200 with the fee for out of district students going from $205 for $225. These adjustments are for the 2006 summer.
Book rent will go from $27 to $30.
Students who qualify for free or reduced lunches also qualify for other fee reductions or waivers.
The board viewed lockers for the high school to be installed over a three year period. Board members indicated they would prefer gold with black trim for the lockers.
Larry Hunecke, high school principal, showed board members planners that he would like to see provided to all high school students. The planner would contain the handbook, information regarding such matters as tobacco and dealing with aggression. It would contain math and science formulas and other academic information.
One option would be to incorporate hall passes into the books with a limit to the number of passes.
Laurie Gerstandt, board president, suggested that a pocket would be useful for lunch tickets and other items.
Hunecke noted that a pocket is another option.
Barb Radke, elementary principal, said that there were 83 students at kindergarten roundup, including 57 girls. There are an additional 14 first steps children who will go into regular kindergarten, eight of them girls.
The board approved an out of state field trip for music students to Minneapolis on June 1-2.
It was reported that $1,861 was spent on the superintendent search. Storm Lake reportedly spent about $15,000.
Jim Staver came to the board to praise the job outgoing superintendent Marlin Lode has done. "I think the superintendent has done a wonderful job," Staver said.
Laurie Gerstandt, board president, echoed that sentiment. "You've made this job easy," she told Lode.