Gary Ihnen was elected Board President for the coming year, and Kecia Hickman was elected Vice President. The Board set the second Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. as the date and time of their Regular Monthly Meetings, and the High School Library as the location. They also designated the Sheldon Mail Sun and Northwest Iowa Review as the District Publication Newspapers for the 2012-2013 school year, appointed Wolf Whorley DeHoogh and Schreurs as legal counsel for the District and named Citizens State Bank, Northwestern Bank, Iowa State Bank, Ashton State Bank and Peoples Bank as depositories of School District funds. The Board appointed Randy Merley to represent them on the O’Brien County Conference Board, and Kecia Hickman as the representative on the Sioux County Conference Board.
The School Board proclaimed the week of November 11 through 17 as the annual observance of American Education Week in the District, and scheduled a Staff Breakfast for Monday morning of that week at the High School.
They also approved a handful of employment contracts, and approved career increment pay raises for several members of the teaching staff.
The Board heard an update on the East Elementary building project. You’ll recall that cramped space issues at East had previously led the Board to form a committee to look into ways to alleviate the overcrowded conditions at the building. The KIDS (Keep Improving District Schools) Committee had been looking into the possibility of an addition to East, as well as a renovation of the existing structure. Some of the KIDS Committee members were on hand for Wednesday’s meeting, and said that the idea had been brought to them to look into building a new elementary building, rather than remodeling and enlarging the existing structure. School Board members expressed some concerns with that idea, including the potential cost of such a project, as well as the protracted amount of time that would be taken to build a building designed to solve what one Board member called an “immediate need”. The KIDS Committee is scheduled to tour Sioux Center’s elementary school this weekend, to take a look at how that project combined an addition with a renovation of the existing structure.
Although the Board had decided earlier in the meeting to meet the third Wednesday of every month, due to a scheduling conflict, their regular November meeting will be held on Monday, November 12 at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.