Johnson, who previously served as the Aurelia High School Principal from 1988-94, served as Superintendent of Schools in the Schleswig District from 1994- 2009, when he retired.
Johnson will receive $38,000/year and $.39/mile, up to a maximum total of $6000, and will also be reimbursed at the $.39/mile rate for any travel involving meetings for the district. His contract will be from Aug. 1, 2010 - July 31, 2011, and the contract can be terminated by either party with 30-day notice.
In an unrelated matter, Board member Paul Pingel emotionally announced his resignation from the Board at the conclusion of the meeting. Pingel said that his family had decided, following considerable discussion, to open enroll their oldest child in the Cherokee School District this coming school year, and, if all goes well, will open enroll their younger children the following year. Though Pingel stated that he felt he could still make objective and solid decisions for the Aurelia students, he decided to resign his position now to avoid any community concerns about that in the future.
PIngel is the second Aurelia Board member to resign in the past few months, following Colby Entriken, who resigned because he had taken employment in another community. The Board subsequently appointed Mike Kruger to fill Entriken's seat, and will now have to make another appointment to fill Pingel's seat.
In other business, Principal Ann Sandine said that the playground equipment had been inspected and improved and a fence will be constructed on the playground, in conjunction with the upcoming opening of a pre-school this fall. The school has received a grant to operate a pre-school for 4-year-olds (as well as some 3-year-olds, depending upon enrollment). They will be allowed a maximum of 18 students in the pre-school program.
The Board also discussed matters concerning transportation of the pre-schoolers to daycare elsewhere, and this matter will be discussed further before any decision is made.
The Board approved the District's participation in ISJIT for the FY11. Outgoing Superintendent Lynn Evans said that this participation will allow the school to have access to "Pay Schools," so that parents can pay for fees and lunch accounts online.
The Board also approved the following annual appointments: Vicki Kolpin as Board Secretary/Treasurer/Business Manager; Jim Hanks of Ahlers Law Firm as Legal Counsel; the Superintendent of Schools as Level I Investigator; Cherokee County Sheriff as Level II Investigator; Heritage and First Trust and Savings banks of Aurelia as District Depositories; and the Aurelia Star as the District Newspaper of Record.
The Board also approved continued participation in the Federal Nutrition Program, which includes the Free/Reduced Meal program; approved the substitute teacher pay rate of $105/day, an increase of $5/day; approved the mileage rate of $.39/mile, the same as last year; and approved the bid of Dean Foods for the District milk bid; and IBC Sales Corporation for the District bakery product bid.
Vicki Kolpin announced that the School Foundation's Aurelia Alumni Album is now available for purchase ($25/book) at both of the local banks and Village Boutique, and will also be available at this weekend's All-School Reunion.
The Board uananimously approved the purchase of a tree to be placed on the Aurelia Golf Course as a memorial for former AHS Golf Coach John Lockin.
The Board thanked Superintendent Evans for his two years of serving as a Shared Superintendent, and also thanked Paul Pingel for his service as a Board member.
The meeting was held at the Alta High School, following a joint meeting of the Aurelia and Alta School Boards.
The next regular Board meeting will be held in Aurelia on Monday, August 16 at 6:30 p.m. This is a change from the usual second Monday of the month, because Interim Superintendent Johnson, who was present at Tuesday's meeting, had already scheduled a vacation for the week of August 9.