With the announcement that Wee Blessings Preschool in Cherokee will not be operating next year, waiting lists have grown at Bright Beginnings, the Early Childhood Learning Center, and Head Start.
Superintendent John Chalstrom informed the Cherokee School Board on Monday that the district will apply for a grant for expanding the number of students in preschool at the Webster building on Roosevelt Street. If the district receives the grant, the district will team up with Bright Beginnings, which operates both a day care and preschool in the Webster Building. The Webster building also houses the Early Childhood Learning Center, a three and four year-old preschool operated by the school district.
The board raised the student activity ticket fee from $25 to $30. The action was recommended by Chalstrom in order to reduce the need to regularly transfer general operating funds to the activity fund.
There will still be a shortfall between revenues and expenses for extra-curricular activities, but Chalstrom said raising activity fees is about the only action the board can take on its own to increase revenues. Admission fees for athletic events are determined by conference action.
Besides budget transfers, extra-curricular activities are subsidized through the salary schedule for coaching positions and through the transportation budget.
The board approved an increase in substitute teacher pay from $70 to $80 per day.
The board took care of most unfilled personnel positions and approved two resignations.
The board approved the resignations of Teresa Friedrichsen, ECLC Associate, and Phil Seely, custodian.
The board approved the hiring of Jeremy Dettmer as a middle school social science teacher, varsity girls' basketball coach and varsity softball coach. Chalstrom noted that he had commented that there is a decline in the number of teachers who want to coach but Dettmer is an exception to the trend, a recent graduate who has the skills to coach a variety of sports as well as being well-qualified to teach.
Other hiring actions approved were for Cory Stephens as freshman football coach, Sherry Miller as varsity volleyball coach, Julie Hummel as freshman volleyball coach, Mike Nixon as eighth grade boys' track coach, Sue Ann Johnson as eighth grade girls' track coach, Julie Hummel as seventh grade girls' track coach, Brad McCabe as boys' junior varsity basketball and Bev Goslar as high school secretary.
There is a middle school language arts position remaining to be filled but a contract has been offered and a response is expected yet this week. All varsity head coaching positions have been filled with a few other coaching positions remaining to be filled.