EACSD Board of Directors advised of decrease in enrollment of 18 students

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

The regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Allamakee Community School District was held at Kee High School in Lansing Monday, October 16. The meeting was called to order by Heather Schulte, Board President. The following board members were present: Bobbie Goetzinger, Kelli Mudderman, Bruce Palmborg and Heather Schulte. Board member Melanie Mauss was absent.

Also present at the meeting were Dr. Dale Crozier, Superintendent; Chad Steckel, New Albin Elementary School Principal; and Janet Heiderscheit, Board Secretary. Visitors to the board meeting  included Ray Rankin, Charles Stendell, Owen Henkes, William Mitchell, Kristina Dibert and Brooke Stanley.
After the adoption of the agenda, the usual and customary authorizations were approved: Bills for October, Secretary’s Financial Report for September, Student Activity and Food Service Reports.

In new business, the board approved a request by the Kee High School FFA Chapter for an overnight stay to attend the National FFA Convention. Ray Rankin, FFA Advisor, and five FFA students presented information regarding the 2017 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN. The board unanimously approved the trip.

The board received and certified the enrollment report for the 2017-2018 school year. The report indicated that enrollment district-wide had decreased by 18.7 students.

The board approved an increase in substitute teacher pay to $100 per day. This increases the daily substitute pay from $85 to $100 per day.

Contract approvals were also granted for the board for Chad Steckel for Fall Drivers Education, for Dustin Benzing to serve as Assistant Speech Coach, and for Kari Wood to serve as a Teacher Aide. The board also approved the resignation of Elissa Strobel from her Teacher Aide position and the transfer for Patty Olsen, Teacher Aide, from elementary school to high school.

During Administrative Reports, Principal Steckel has some elementary field trips scheduled for the next couple of weeks. The students will be visiting an apple orchard and attending a play at Luther College in Decorah. The elementary school will be honoring Veterans Day Friday, November 10 at 10 a.m. Steckel said the state-wide assessment has been going very well, noting that the new assessment is called FAST Bridge. He also advised that parent/teacher conferences were being held that same week and that the elementary school is expecting 100% turn-out.

Dr. Crozier will be attending the Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) Annual Convention with Heather Schulte and Bruce Palmborg.  The SIAC meeting was being scheduled for Thursday and will be coordinated with the Allamakee County Economic Development. Dr. Crozier noted that copy machines within the district are getting old, and therefore, price quotes are being sought for replacements.

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