Personnel matters dominated new business at the Cherokee School Board meeting on Monday.
The school board approved resignations for Mary Lundsgaard as Cherokee Middle School special education associate, Mark Millikan as custodian, Tim Stoneking as seventh grade volleyball coach and Lillian Brown as food service delivery person.
The board approved a contract for Tim Stoneking as 8th grade girls' basketball coach, Noelle Puffet as high school spring play director, Lynette Smith as prom coordinator, Holly Joines as half-time custodian, Richard Kolpin as full time WHS custodian and Kevin Brandt as food service delivery person.
It was explained that Smith had agreed to accept the prom coordinator position with the understanding that certain duties would be taken on by the junior class sponsors. The prom coordinator position is not one that generates many applicants whenever it comes open.
Barb Radke, elementary principal, reported that parent-teacher conferences had excellent attendance this year. The parents or guardians of only eight students were unable to attend this year's conferences. A higher than ever percentage of visits involved both parents.
John Chalstrom, superintendent, noted that he has heard Chet Culver, governor-elect, speak to a group about his education agenda. Culver is committed to both increasing teacher pay and to supporting early childhood learning.
The support for early childhood programs is something Culver carries over from Governor Tom Vilsack. Chalstrom noted that the difference is that Culver represents the party in power not only in the governor's office but in both houses of the state legislature as of the start of the next legislative session.
Linda Abbott, director of curriculum, instruction and assessment, informed the board that the science curriculum committee is excited about selecting new science material this year.