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Emmetsburg School Board Reorganizes

By Staff | Sep 27, 2016

OATH?OF?OFFICE - Emmetsburg Community School Board Secretary Lisa Chapman, standing at left, administers the oath of office to Tammy Naig and Rick Bird following their elections to the offices of Board President and Vice-President. Superintendent Amanda Schmidt, at left, watches as the oath was administered at the School Board meeting last Wednesday evening. -- Dan Voigt photo

Even though the next school board election doesn’t occur until 2017, the Emmetsburg Community School Board held a reorganizational session during the September meeting Wednesday, Sept. 21. The reorganization is an annual event and was conducted by Board Secretary Lisa Chapman.

Tammy Naig received the only nomination for the Presidency of the board, and was re-elected to the position on a unanimous vote of all seven board members. Rick Bird received the lone nomination for vice-president, and was also elected unanimously by his fellow board members.

As a first order of business, the board moved to continue past practice of holding monthly meetings on the third Wednesday of the month at 5 p.m. in the Emmetsburg High School Library.

With a light agenda, the board approved contracts for April Moffitt and Amanda Hansen as co-sponsors for Prom activities, splitting the contract stipend for the position. Also approved was a contract to Laura Gustafson for Musical Accompanist and Set Construction. Bill Geelan was also approved as a volunteer Junior High Football coach. All of the contracts received unanimous board approval.

The board also instructed Superintendent Amanda Schmidt to coordinate and advertise a sale of surplus and obsolete items.

“We found that we have numerous items, like a couple of old drum sets, shelving and other items that we no longer need,”?Schmidt told the board. “By law, the district may hold a public sale of these items, but only after the board approves their disposal.”

A similar sale took place a few years earlier, with items being displayed in the bus barn and sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. According to Schmidt, a similar format is planned.

Board member Scott Kibbie moved to approve the sale of obsolete items, and following a second by Board member Dan Chism, the motion received unanimous approval.

The board was briefed on the district’s application for allowable growth for the Special Education budget. According to Schmidt, the negative balance for the Special Ed budget totalled $54,286.42.

“This is a yearly event,”?Schmidt noted. “Every district overspends their Special Education budgets, because numbers are a year behind.”

Schmidt pointed out that this is not an actual cash transaction, but merely the authority to spend for the Special Education program.

The board approved the request unanimously.

The administrators’ reports were shared with the board, with all three schools noting increases in enrollment.

“October 1 is the official count day,”?Schmidt said. “That is the day we officially report the number of students in seats, and then we certify that number to the Department of Education by Oct. 15. We will have that final official student count for you at next month’s meeting.”

On a motion by Bird, the board entered into a closed session at 6:09 p.m. in accordance with the Code of Iowa Chapter 21.5(1)j, “to discuss the purchase of particular real estate only where premature disclosure could be reasonably expected to increase the price the governmental body would have to pay for that property.”

The motion was seconded by Board Member Kim Campbell and passed unanimously.

The board would end the closed session at 6:48 p.m. and took no further action.

A work session is planned for Wednesday, October 25 at 5 p.m. in the Superintendent’s Office Conference Room at the High School.

The October meeting of the board is tentatively set for 5 p.m. Oct. 19.