The River Valley School Board approved increasing the science requirements for graduation two years to three years, effective as of the class of 2008 (this year's sophomores).
This will not increase the total number of credits required for graduation, which remains at 46.
Some years back the school board had reduced the science requirement from three years to two. This was before the time of the present high school principal and before the time of the present superintendent, Julie DeStigter, but DeStigter believes there was a problem for a time in securing enough teaching staff qualified to teach science in order to require three years.
The board approved a contract for Matt Jenness as assistant girls' high school basketball coach.
The board will seek bids or proposals for use of the Cushing building which was closed at the end of the last school year. DeStigter noted that there has been some interest expressed on possible use of the building.
The board set Nov. 21 for a public hearing preliminary to a five year renewal of the Instructional Support Program levy. The ISP can be renewed by board action rather than a vote of the public if it is renewed for no more than five years and there is a public hearing first.
The board designated board member Kirk Utesch to be a Woodbury County Conference Representative and designated Scott Carnes as a delegate to the convention that will determine representation on the Northwest AEA board.
It was announced that the district received $24,723 in REAP funds, designated for small schools. The funds must be used for technology or other equipment purchases, not for regular operating expenses.
River Valley agreed to a settlement with ISEBA, an insurance consortium that was charging school districts for expenses beyond what was covered by premiums. School districts participated in a class action lawsuit against ISEBA. In a settlement, River Valley agreed to pay $33,500 which is down from the $76,000 that was being billed.
The board approved a request for early graduation at the end of the semester.
The board heard an appeal of a student suspension. The board upheld the suspension.