The Cherokee School Board Monday night approved the sale of an inventory of stringed instruments from the district's defunct orchestra program to the Storm Lake School District.
The board agreed to a proposal from Storm Lake Schools to purchase the instruments for $7,500, along with the open invitation that Cherokee students wishing to participate in orchestra could participate in the Storm Lake program at no charge.
In other action, the board accepted the resignation of high school match/science teacher Angie White Siefken, and accepted the retirement of longtime high school art instructor, Steve Schroeder, at the end of the current school year.
The board also approved a contract for Dawn Jergensen as a half-time Special Education associate at Cherokee's Roosevelt Elementary School, and approved a request to transfer by custodian Phil Seeley from Washington High School to a vacant position at the Cherokee Middle School.
Five district policies were also approved, including 213 - Public Participation in Board Meetings; 213R1 - General Complaints by Citizens; 214 - Public Hearings; 215 - Board of Directors' Records; and 215.1E1 - Board Meeting Minutes.
The district's financial audit also was approved, and the board tabled action for a later date to set a date for Superintendent John Chalstrom's annual evaluation.
The board also held a management team meeting January 8 where the Cherokee Education Association presented its inititial bargaining proposal calling for a 6.1 percent salary/benefit increase and other, "various language items."
Chalstrom and Linda Abbott also provided an overview of the upcoming Department of Education Site Visit scheduled for February 6-8. The Board and Administrative team identified district strengths, challenges, and future vision.