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New School Year Off to a Positive Start

Sheldon, Iowa – The Sheldon Community Schools Board met in regular session on Wednesday evening, September 12th, in the high school library.

There were 4 open enrollments into the district presented for consideration, which were all approved. There were also three new contracts as well as three contract adjustments approved by the board.

Members of the Student Leadership Team were present to share the plans that have been made for Homecoming, which is next Friday, September 21st. Homecoming Coronation will take place next Tuesday night, the 18th, and there’s a full docket of events scheduled for students on the 21st, including Games on the Green, a grill out, talent show – open to the public, and pep rally, all leading up to the big football game at 7:00 pm.

In an effort to boost school spirit and create a more positive environment, the SLT will be holding monthly assemblies. There will also be a Student of the Month for each grade selected with criteria based on more than just grades. Work ethic, responsibility, attendance, and school spirit will also factor into the students honored.

Jason Groendyke shared that Ryan Cannoy volunteered to install the Orab basketball hoops and benches, which are now in place and being enjoyed by the elementary students. Cindy Barwick stated that magazine sales are over and the students came in just short of their $22,000 goal, raising a little over $21,500. She also said the students are still looking for community service projects that can be completed towards the end of October. Sherrie Zeutenhorst outlined the information that will be the focus of this year’s Professional Development Plan, with the key topics being curriculum, literacy, narrowing the achievement gap, and technology. Eric Maassen announced that this year’s high school musical will be Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, with practices beginning shortly.

Superintendent Cory Myer brought up the idea of Operational Sharing, which is something almost 70% of school districts in Iowa participate in. There are a few positions that may be possibilities, and Myer has been in contact with several other schools in the area to explore the options. Myer also shared that he and Zeutenhorst recently attended training on Emergency Operations Planning. New legislation requires all schools to be up to date on the changes by July, 2019, and since Zeutenhorst had been working diligently to comply with the updates over the summer, almost everything required by the state is already in place, and the school is ahead of schedule for having it completed.

Due to members of the board attending the October IASB workshop, the next regular meeting of the Sheldon Community Schools Board has been set for Thursday, October 11th at 4:00 pm in the high school library.

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