Hickman New Sheldon School Board President

Sheldon High SchoolSheldon, IA — Kecia Hickman was elected President of the Sheldon Community Schools Board of Education at their Organizational Meeting held Thursday evening.  Susan Rensink was elected Vice-President of the Board at that meeting, as well.

The evening actually consisted of two Board meetings.  The first was the Board’s Annual Meeting, designed to wrap up all of the business from the old fiscal year, including the Treasurer’s Report, and the Secretary’s Annual Report, as well as a review of the vote counts from the recent School Board Election.  Those vote counts showed that Susan Rensink and Randy Merley were both re-elected to their positions on the School Board.

The second of the two meetings was the Organizational Meeting, where the new Board takes care of numerous housekeeping items to start the new fiscal year.  It was at that meeting that Hickman and Rensink were elected President and Vice President, and took the oath for their respective offices.  District Business Manager-Treasurer LaDonn Hartzell also took the Oath of office for her position at that meeting.

The Board elected to continue meeting on the second Wednesday of the month at 6:00 pm, for the next year.  The Board designated Wolff, Whorley, DeHoogh & Schreurs as the District’s legal counsel for the 2013-14 school year, and named Citizen’s State Bank, Northwestern Bank, Iowa State Bank, Ashton State Bank, and Peoples Bank as depositories of District funds, not to exceed $9,000,000 for each institution.  The Board also named the Sheldon Mail-Sun and Northwest Iowa Review as District publication newspapers for the current school year.

In other action the Board approved a trio of Open Enrollment requests, two for students open enrolling out of the District, and one for a student coming in.  They also approved employment contracts for Katie Pruiksma as Middle School Girls Basketball Coach, and Shawna Rook as High School Special Education Instructional Associate.

The Board voted to spend about $175,000 for upgrades to District technology, including 200 new tablet computers, 8 smart boards,  70 desktop computers and 142 iPads.  They also approved the purchase of new financial accounting software.  Superintendent Robin Spears told the Board that he and Business Manager-Treasurer LaDonn Hartzell had looked at three different software packages, and settled upon the Grant Wood Financial Accounting Program.  Spears said that this program is made specifically for Iowa schools, which is an advantage over the other, more generic programs.  The Grant Wood Financial Accounting Program will cost a little over $12,700 a year, and there will be a $1,500 start-up fee for the first year that will cover set-up of the program, as well as the importation of data from the old system.  Spears told the Board that they are shooting for a January 1st implementation, but that it will be up and running no later than February.

The next meeting of the Sheldon Community School District Board of Education is scheduled for 6:00 pm Wednesday, November 13th, in the high school library.

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