Sheldon, Iowa — Superintendent search firms were a big topic of conversation during Wednesday night’s regular Sheldon School Board meeting. Four separate search firms made presentations to the Board at Wednesday’s meeting, with the Board making the decision to hire Grundmeyer Leadership Search LLC to conduct the search for a replacement for current Superintendent Robin Spears. Spears plans to retire at the end of June, 2018.
The Board approved the contract with Grundmeyer Leadership Search LLC at a cost not to exceed $11,200.
The Board also approved adding a Technology Support Technician position to the District. The Board heard that the District has around 15-hundred devices that they are managing, which is really testing the lone person in the Technology Support Department. After some discussion, the Board gave Superintendent Spears approval to advertise for the new position.
In other action, the Board revisited the 2018-19 District Calendar at Wednesday’s meeting. They plan to hold a Public Hearing on the Calendar during their regular December meeting.
The Board accepted one resignation at Wednesday’s meeting. Jerod Reinking resigned as Assistant High School Boys Track Coach for the Spring, 2018 season.
Six employment contracts were approved at Wednesday’s meeting. Jerod Reinking will serve asHead Girls Golf Coach, and Jarek Bannister will be Assistant High School Wrestling Coach. Both positions will pay $3,749. Other contracts include: DeAndra Mahrt as Head High School Girls Track Coach at a salary of $4,686; Levi Letsche will serve as both Assistant High School Boys Track Coach and 9th Grade Wrestling Coach, at a combined salary of $6,347; and Brenda Thole will join the Food Service Staff for 2.5 hours each day, at a rate of $14.98 per hour.
The Board appointed two representatives to negotiate with the teacher’s union to hammer out a contract for the 2018-19 school year. Kecia Hickman and Jessica Brink both served in that capacity last year, and will continue in the roles.
One member of the Sheldon High School Class of 2018 will be graduating early, after the Board approved her application Wednesday. Hailey Justi had requested to graduate at the end of the third term, which is March 22, 2018. According to Board policy, Justi’s application for early graduation should have been submitted by December 1, 2016, but the Board opted to waive that deadline. In addition, they elected to revisit that policy and change the deadline going forward.
The Sheldon School Board regular monthly meeting was held Wednesday at 4:00 pm in the high school library.