Water was pouring into the Cherokee Middle School on Monday Aug. 20th, the first day of school in the Cherokee School District. During a severe downpour Monday morning, water was running down the halls at the middle school.
John Chalstrom, superintendent, told the Cherokee School Board on Monday evening that there is some disagreement whether it was a wind issue or it was a drainage issue or perhaps both. Anyway, staff members will be consulting with the buildings architects to avoid a repeat of the problem.
Larry Weede, CMS principal, told the board that the middle school's problems were compounded by high winds. Based on a warning by the Cherokee Police Department, students were moved away from the windows. The students were moved to areas that were both away from windows and out of the water.
Weede said one of the positive things about Monday was the behavior of the students. He said they behaved very well throughout the difficulties. Another positive noted by Weede is the quickness with which the custodial staff cleaned up the mess.
Dave Moore, buildings and grounds superintendent, agreed. "The whole school worked as a team," Moore said regarding getting the mess cleaned up and the school operations back to normal.
Other administrators reported a fairly smooth first day of school.
Mike Wiederholt, transportation director, noted that there were some comments regarding the elimination of some bus stops. He said that once things get settled, there will be reconsideration of what service is needed where.
The board approved the hiring of Shanna Kissinger as an early childhood teacher, the hiring of Cara Lubeck as seventh grade volleyball coach, the hiring of Jenny Halder as half-time custodian and the hiring of Angela Rupp as assistant debate coach.
The board approved the resignation of Dori Claycamp as food service director.
Following the meeting, a reception was given for Kirk Ebel, who is concluding his second term on the school board. He is moving out of the school district and Monday was his last meeting.
Ebel, who served as board vice president, was commended for his conscientious service by Board President Laura Dawson and by Superintendent John Chalstrom.