At their meeting Wednesday evening, the Sheldon Community Schools Board of Education received the initial contract proposal for next school year from the Sheldon Education Association, the union representing Sheldon’s teachers. The proposal calls for a 5.79% increase in salary and benefits over the current school year’s contract. The proposal, as submitted, would cost the District approximately $286,000 over the current year’s contract.
The Board heard a report on the January 9th meeting of the Sheldon School Safety Task Force. High School Principal Matt Meendering told the Board that about 20 people attended the meeting, where they reviewed the District’s safety procedures. He said the group recommended practice lock-downs in all three buildings, in conjunction with the Sheldon Police Department and Emergency Management Agency. He said it was determined that in a scenario such as the one last month in Connecticut, the safest place for Sheldon Middle and High School students to be was locked down in the classrooms. Meendering also told the Board that all the schools in the District, including St Patrick’s, Sheldon Christian and NCC have decided that in the event of an emergency that requires one of the schools to go on lock down, all others in town will follow suit.
In other action, the Board approved the purchase of two new school buses for the District. The low bid for the buses, an 84 passenger model and a 28 passenger with wheelchair lift, was submitted by School Bus Sales, at a combined total cost of just over $78,000.
The Board also approved a pair of Open Enrollment Applications for two siblings who will be moving from the Sheldon District to the Sibley-Ocheyedan District due to a change in residence.
In other action, two District teachers submitted their resignations, effective June 30th of this year, and applied for the Licensed Employee Severance Benefit. The two are High School Teacher and Head Boys Basketball Coach Claude Struve, who is retiring after 36 years with the Sheldon District, and Spanish Teacher and Spanish Club Advisor Julie Blythe, who will be retiring after 20 years of service.
The Board also set approved the School Calendar for the 2013/2014 school year. The first day of school will be August 15, 2013, and the last scheduled day will be May 21, 2014, with Commencement scheduled for Sunday, May 25, 2014.
The Board set Monday, February 11th at 7:00 pm as the time for their regular February meeting. Normally monthly meetings are scheduled for the second Wednesday of the month, but a scheduling conflict on that date in February caused the change of date and time.
The Sheldon School Board ended their meeting by adjourning into closed session for the purpose of planning strategy concerning the teacher’s contract for next school year.