The Cherokee Board of Education conducted a meeting within a meeting Monday, concluding activities of the retiring school board, administering oath of office to the "newly elected" board, and appointing the annual Standing Board Committees.
Unopposed incumbent Board members Larry Goodrich and Terri Weaver were re-elected to their posts in the September 8 elections, and the formality of swearing them in to the new Board was conducted Monday.
The Board also re-elected member Laura Dawson as Board President, and selected member Jack Creel as Vice-President. Weaver served as Vice-President last year but declined the nomination Monday and the Board then elected Creel.
Board meetings will continue to be conducted on the third Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Washington High School Library.
In other business, Dawson volunteered and was then appointed to serve as a delegate to the Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) General Assembly and Legislative Action Network.
The following Board members were appointed to the Standing Board Conmmittees:
*Curriculum & Instruction (course of instruction, materials, staff development) - Creel and Deb Johnson.
*Policy (Board policies, rules and regulations) - Dawson and Weaver.
*Finance (budget, staffing) - Dawson and Creel.
*Buildings, Grounds, Capital Projects (facilities) - Goodrich and Johnson.
*Transportation, Nutrition (student transportation, food services) - Weaver and Goodrich.
On other action, the Board approved contracts for Megan PIgott and Tara Gunderson to serve as drama co-directors; approved a contract for Raymond Gallagher as a custodian at WHS; and approved a contract for Rebecca Bolinger as an associate on the ECLC bus.
Cherokee Superintendent Dr. John Chalstrom also recommended adjusting the salary scale for four faculty members who have achieved credits from graduation courses as part of continuing education. They are Jolene Hunecke, Mike Rundall, Jim Shima, and Jason Wood.
The Board also received a power-point presentation from Dan Mourlam concerning social networking measures the District is delving into to enable the District to better communicate with students and parents.
Presently, the District is focusing on social networks Facebook, Twitter, and Blogs, and slowly and steadily building the numbers of participants wishing to share activities, interests and information concerning the Cherokee District, according to Mourlam.
The Board also closed fiscal year accounts for 2008-09, and opened fiscal accounts for 2009-10. Cherokee State Bank and Central Bank were designated for depository of funds, along with the Iowa School of Joint Investments Trust, maximum amount for the FY 2009-10 not to exceed $5 million.