The Cherokee Board of Education conducted a meeting within a meeting last week, concluding activities of the retiring school board, administering oath of office to the "newly elected" board, and appointing the annual Standing Board Committees.
The Board re-elected member Laura Dawson as Board President, and re-elected member Jack Creel as Vice-President.
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, or possibly other sites when deemed necessary.
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 Committees:
*Curriculum & Instruction (course of instruction, materials, staff development) - Terri Weaver and Deb Johnson.
*Policy (Board policies, rules and regulations) - Larry Goodrich and Weaver.
*Finance (budget, staffing) - Dawson and Creel.
*Buildings, Grounds, Capital Projects (facilities) - Goodrich and Creel.
*Transportation, Nutrition (student transportation, food services) - Dawson, Johnson.
The Board approved contracts for Abby James as Special Olympics Coach, Beth Ebert as WHS Student Council Sponsor, and Christy Alquist as WHS Yearbook Sponsor.
The Board also accepted the resignations of Scott Koch as Varsity Baseball Coach pending suitable replacement, Molly Patterson as Assistant Girls Softball Coach, Jessica Abbott as Special Education Associate at CMS, and Kevin Greene as Custodian.
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 Charity Anderson, Tim Stoneking, Elizabeth Wolf, and Beth Ebert.
The Board also closed fiscal year accounts for 2009-10, and opened fiscal accounts for 2010-11. 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.
Chalstrom, and Principals Larry Weede (Middle School) and Barb Radke (Roosevelt School) also reported that enrollment "appears" up in all three buildings. The official certified count is expected on Oct. 1.
The Board approved a field trip (cost of bus transportation) for Middle School music instructor Kristine Zylstra to take 6th graders to Vermillion, S.D. to the National Music Museum at the University of South Dakota.
Chalstrom also informed the Board that he and Dave Moore, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds, will begin exploring security systems for the District, action triggered by the recent vandalism inflicted at WHS that totaled svereral thousands of dollars in damages.