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MMC Board: No early retirement

Monday, September 22, 2008

Completes service on board - Eric Wester (in the center) sat through his last Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn School Board meeting on sept. 15th. Wester served six years on the board, and felt it was time for someone else to learn how a district functions. Superintendent Jan Brandhorst (left) thanked Wester for his years of service to the district, as did Board President Rachel Holmes (right). Photo by Nancy Hohbach
MARCUS - The Sept. 15th M-M-C board meeting started with the present board taking in reports from each of the principals and superintendent. Elementary Principal Kathy Tritz-Rhodes noted that several children are requiring some individual help which is being met by the staff. The staff is working diligently to doing whatever it takes to ensure their education. Also, the third through fifth grade instructors participated in Iowa Skills training. Parents night is set for October 6th for third grade students.

Junior/Senior High Prinicipal Al Vasher is pleased to note that students, as well as staff are making adjustments to the changes. He observed that staff is setting a high level of expectations and instruction within their disciplines and classes. Mrs. Duncan's Environmental Science class has done some landscaping which is a great illustration of quality service learning by these students and staff. There are two new German foreign exchange students attending MMC this year.

One of the issues facing the newly formed Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn School Board was the decision not to grant early retirement for the current year. Each year the board has the right to make that decision.

There are eight staff members who would qualify for early retirement. The board balanced out possible savings verses the exit of many fine experienced instructors. They are hoping these individuals will stay rather than retire.

Superintendent Jan Brandhorst noted the gym floor should be sanded and sealed this week. Custodians will have to spend some extra hours or hire extra help to clean up all the dust before epoxy is put down. Hopefully, by Oct.1, the floor will be done and bleachers set in.

The weight room is still in need of having cameras set in as well as electronic locks. A couple of bids have been received and work will go forth shortly.

The board also approved the idea of Remsen-Union joining the War Eagle Conference next year, along with Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn.

In other new business, the new board approved Rachel Homes as board president, Karla Prunty as vice president, Becky Sand as board secretary, Jodi Mongan as board treasurer, Tom Whorley as board's attorney, Valley Bank and Trust, First Trust and Savings Bank and Farmers State Bank along with Bankers Trust serve as depositories, Tritz-Rhodes will serve as curriculum coordinator, the two principals and Joanne Petersen will serve as the districts Child Abuse Investigators.

A contract was approved for Penny Pingrey to serve as drama director .

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