The District received bids for computer equipment from two vendors, R&D Industries, and Access. The R&D Industries bid of $168,498 was more than $40-thousand less than the bid from Access, so the Board voted to accept the R&D bid. The bid was for 80 staff laptops, 210 student laptops, 65 desktop PCs, 6 computer carts, and extended warranties on the 210 student laptop computers.
The School Board also voted to purchase security cameras, and video door systems for each of the District’s buildings. Bids were submitted by Midwest Alarm and Electric Innovations. The bid the Board accepted was from Midwest Alarm, in the amount of $189,235, which was more than $45-thousand BELOW the bid submitted by Electric Innovations.
In other action, the Board set Athletic Ticket costs for the 2016-17 school year. The Board voted to keep the cost of the Student Activity Ticket at $30. The Adult Activity Ticket will remain at $40, and the student & adult admission fee per event is $5.
The Board also reviewed and accepted bids for bread products, and milk products at Wednesday’s meeting. The District received two bread bids for the 2016-17 school year. Bimbo Bakeries USA and Pan-O-Gold Baking each submitted bids. The Board accepted the bid of Bimbo Bakeries USA, which was about $477 lower than the Pan-O-Gold bid. Two bids were also received for milk products for the next school year. Dean Foods and Highland Dairy had both submitted bids, and the Board voted to accept the low bid, from Dean Foods.
The Board took up a pair of Open Enrollment Applications. One from a Kindergarten student, and the other from a 4th Grade student, both open enrolling into the Sheldon District from Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn.
Several employment contracts were approved at Wednesday night’s meeting. John Doely for a High School Math Teacher position, at a salary of $33,948, Elizabeth Nilson as a Middle School and High School Teacher at a salary of $40,100, Crystal Davis as 9th Grade Girls Basketball Coach, and Assistant Cross Country Coach, at salaries of $2,973 and $2,429 respectively, Steve Waldstein as 9th Grade Boys Basketball Coach at a salary of $2,973, Jarod Reinking as 7th Grade Boys Basketball Coach at a salary of $2,429, and Shairi St. Clair as Flag Corps Sponsor at a salary of $1,196.
The Board spent a great deal of time at Wednesday’s meeting discussing Instructional Rounds. The school district has been conducting Instructional Rounds for the last three years. Instructional Rounds are in place to meet the peer review requirement on school improvement and to gauge the connection between the district’s professional development effort and the delivery of instruction in the classroom.
Seven teachers are retiring from the Sheldon Community School District as of the end of the just-completed school year. Tammie Boone, Marlene Haupert, Angie Lickhart, LuAnn Snyder, and Connie Van Meeteren were present at Wednesday’s meeting, and were recognized by the Board. The other two retiring educators, Steve and Cathy McWilliams were unable to attend Wednesday’s Board meeting.