Tom Nelson, an insurance representative, met with the Cherokee School Board this week to discuss several matters including concerns generated by the death of a student at an after prom event in Aurelia recently.
Nelson stated that the Cherokee School District is doing about all that can be done to protect itself in such a situation but there is no way that a district or an organization operating under authorization of the district can totally protect itself from liability issues.
After prom parties are not directly carried out by the district but the committee operates under the umbrella of the district's insurance, as do other school related organizations using the district's facilities or equipment.
Regarding the safety of after prom party activities, Nelson said that what is usually sold for such a party is a package sold from a list of such packages known to the insurance companies.
On another matter, Nelson said that insurance companies are getting more careful about how they handle roof damage claims, limiting repairs to the specific area damaged. It was recommended that the district start a roof maintenance program for replacement of roofs on a rotating basis.
Superintendent Marlin Lode, after reviewing an assessment of a roof replacement assessment, said the district would need to increase its Physical Plant and Equipment Levy in order to pay for such a program. He conceded that the district will need to eventually pay for replacement of roofs even without such a program.
During the insurance discussion, Lode noted that the Iowa High School Athletic Association has a policy against the school district sponsoring athletic camps and clinics.
He suggested that the district distance itself from such practices, not allowing the use of facilities or equipment, perhaps even the use of a name or logo, except in accordance with the practices used for other non-school related organization.
Natasha Olhausen was recognized by the Cherokee School Board as the Number 1 Braves fan. She attends numerous athletic and other school events at all grade levels, almost all local events and many away events.
She also volunteers to help at many events.
Her dedication earned her a lifetime activity pass.
The school board presented an award to the Chronicle Times for its news coverage.
In presenting the award, Laurie Gerstandt, board president, praised the newspaper in particular for its detailed coverage of school financial issues.
Superintendent Marlin Lode said the newspaper reported the news rather than creating it as some newspapers do.