The Cherokee School District had 15 teaching and coaching positions to fill for the present school year and has now filled the last one, Superintendent John Chalstrom commented at the Monday Cherokee School Board meeting.
The board approved a junior varsity girlsâ€™ basketball coaching contract for Abby James. The board also approved an Early Childhood Learning Center associate contract for Mary Florke, a new position resulting from expansion of the ECLC program.
The board approved the resignation of Hollie Joines as a custodian.
Following a public hearing at which no one from the public spoke, the school board approved sending a waiver request to the state enabling the district to start the school year before Sept. 1. It is a routine matter for school districts to request such a waiver and for the state to grant all such applications. A school district must hold a public hearing before the waiver request can be made.
Chalstrom said that only three districts in the state do not request such a waiver. Most districts try to get the first semester completed before Christmas break. Even starting in mid-August, the first semester tends to be shorter than the second when the first semester is completed before Christmas.
Chalstrom noted that some districts have many early dismissals or days with poor learning environments as the result of August heat, but all school buildings in the Cherokee District are climate controlled.
Chalstrom announced that Washington High School had a huge homecoming football crowd, generating a better than expected amount of revenue from that event.
The agenda for the Monday meeting called for consideration of refinancing of the school districts bond that was passed several years ago for construction of the Cherokee Middle School. Chalstrom said that a target of 3 percent interest rate savings had been set to make it worthwhile to refinance. He said that as of Monday, the rate was not quite at that level of savings. He said that since the market is so volatile, a special meeting might need to be called to approve refinancing the bond.