France, others re-elected to Dist. 20 board

Members take peek at 2011-12 school calendar proposal.

Scott France will begin his fourth term at the helm of the District 20 school board.

France, who has served as president since 2009, was unanimously re-elected to the position at the board’s meeting Monday night.

The six-member board also agreed to re-elect Nate Wyatt as secretary and Bruce Clark as secretary.

Clark has been secretary of the board for at least 10 years.

Others re-appointed to positions were district business manager Kay Streeter as board secretary and Randy Waskowiak of First State Bank as treasurer.

Committee assignments (see box) were also announced by superintendent Mike Teahon

In other action, the board extended Teahon’s superintendent contract for another three years. The contract now expires on June 20, 2015.

Board members also reviewed but made no decision on a 2011-2012 school calendar.

The proposed calendar starts school on Aug. 16 and ends classes May 17 with the last day determined by dismissals during the year for snowstorms or tournaments.

The board will approve the calendar at the Feb. 13 meeting.

Special education director and K-2 principal Theresa Messersmith presented the annual special education report to the board.

Messersmith explained the referral process, financial information and numbers of students in the program.

Fewer federal and state funds means more reliance on local funds to educate children with special needs, she said.

She also talked about the Kindergarten Jump Start that will be July 9 through Aug. 3 this year.

Now in its third year, the program offers early childhood services to all children entering kindergarten.

In 2010, 33 children were enrolled with a cost to the district of $6,450. Last summer, 44 youngsters attended at a cost of $12,500 that Messersmith said was because some high-need students required more staff.

In other business, the board:

approved bylaws of the board and internal board policies and received conflict-of-interest forms to be used if, and when, needed.

reviewed board policies dealing with personnel that includes such things as leaves of absences, contracts and when and how teachers can be released from contracts.

looked at an assessment and data analysis manual prepared by junior high principal Ryan Groene.

heard that the school will host district wrestling Feb. 10-11. Officials also hope to host district track.

Activities director Seth Ryker said the basketball teams will travel to Sidney next December for their holiday tournament that is sponsored by Cabela’s.

were reminded of a Feb. 19-22 visit by an external team to the district that administration, teachers, staff and students are gearing up for as the district goes for advanced accreditation.

learned that punch-list items are still being done in the cafeteria and other areas in the Community Building.

Another project is the installation of intake fans which are hoped to help with roof condensation problems in the north gym where ceiling fans have been installed and some bleachers replaced.

An energy audit shows that areas of concern are Community Building and elementary gym lights and hot water heating in both buildings as well as outside lighting on the Community Building. School officials are considering the use of LED lights.

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