Numerous personnel matters were addressed at the regular meeting of the River Valley School Board on Tuesday. The regular meeting followed a public hearing at which the board approved the budget for the next fiscal year.
Among the resignations accepted at the Tuesday meeting was that of Al Groth as a bus driver, something he has been doing for 52 years. Other resignations include Jackie Meyer as a preschool teacher, Mary Balza as a high school math teacher, Crystal Bunge as 9-12 vocal music teacher, Bob Hantsbarger as jr. high football coach, Amanda Etler as high school football and basketball cheerleader coach and Marissa Forbes as assistant high school volleyball coach. The Forbes resignation is subject to finding a suitable replacement.
Contracts were offered for Mark Fisher as high school math teacher, Don Parrott as alternative school teacher, Michelle Linn as teacher aide and special education driver, Scott Headrick as jr. high football coach and Reginald Petty as half-time bus driver.
As an informational item, the board was informed that the high school will schedule all study halls at the same time next year. This will enable the teachers to give students help at a free time each day.
The board approved a one-day trip for physics students to the Valley Fair in Minnesota in May.
The board approved a new health insurance provider. The district will be saving money next year by switching health insurance providers. Instead of a 15 percent increase, there will be a net decrease in health insurance costs.
The board approved renewal of the 28E agreement with Western Iowa Tech Community College, to provide students opportunities for college credit courses.