The Cherokee Community School District Board of Education last week reviewed the District's plans for participating in RAGBRAI XL that stayed overnight in Cherokee Sunday, and plowed through a lengthy list of staff contracts and resignations that will address many vacancies for the 2012-2013 school year.
The Board also approved Superintendent Dr. John Chalstrom's previous recommendation naming Scott Koch as Washington High School Activities Director for the 2012-2013 school year. Koch will replace long-time WHS Activities Director Neil Phipps, who was named WHS Principal in May after former WHS Principal Larry Hunecke resigned.
According to Chalstrom's recommendation, and the Board's actions, both Koch's and Phipps' position changes are for the 2012-2013 school year only. Chalstrom has said that the process to fill the positions on a permanent basis will be explored as the school year progresses.
In a related matter, the Board accepted a request from Koch for a leave of absence for half of a Social Science teaching position at Cherokee Middle School that will enable Koch to serve as the fulltime WHS Activities Director.
Cherokee Schools opened up their locker room shower facilities at WHS and CMS for RAGBRAI and charged $5 per shower, with proceeds benefiting the School Activities Fund, less $1 going to the City's RAGBRAI Steering Committee. Phipps, Koch, and Cherokee coaches worked shifts to monitor the shower schedules.
Phipps said RAGBRAI organizers estimated from 2,000 to 2,500 riders would use the school showers.
RAGBRAI participants camping/parking on school grounds must each be officially registered with RAGBRAI and Chalstrom said administrators and some District staff would patrol the grounds to not allow alcohol or tobacco on the designated smoke and alcohol free campuses.
Among resignations accepted by the Board last week were Vickie Freed, a teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School for 15 years, with appreciation for her years of service; Tyler Youngers, a Social Science Instructor at CMS and WHS, CMS football coach, and WHS Drama Director; Kara Nelson as CMS track and field coach; and Rachel Tonsager as and ECLC Associate.
Contracts were approved for Tyler Wolgast as Social Science Teacher at CMS and WHS; Michael Robinson as PE Teacher at WHS and CMS, and CMS football coach; Abigail George as Roosevelt Elementary School Teacher; Lori Bruder as Special Education Associate at Roosevelt Elementary; Missy Rogge as Special Education Associate at ECLC; Sarah Taylor as Special Education Associate at WHS; Terri Friedrichsen as Special Education Associate at CMS; Austin Todd as freshman football coach; Kara Nelson as WHS assistant girls track and field coach; and Charity Anderson as CMS volleyball coach.
In other action last week, the Board approved the reinstatement of a $5 towel fee for WHS students (grades 9-12) for the 2012-2013 school year.
Phipps said age, condition, and theft (local students and visiting athletes) have depleted the District towel numbers so the District will have to buy new towels to replenish the supply.
Action to purchase a new school bus was tabled after the District received just one bid. Two are required and the matter will resurface at a future meeting. The District has a budgeted plan in place to buy a new bus every three years to replenish the high-mileage fleet.
The Board also approved a 25-foot property easement to Cherokee Regional Medical Center for installation of storm sewer on the north and east sides of the Wellness Center as part of the hospital's current reconstruction project.