Published On: Thu, Apr 13th, 2017

Three more 42R staff resignations handed in

OSMOND — The Monday, April 9, meeting of District 42R School Board was extremely lengthy, with quite a number of items on the agenda and lengthy discussion on some issues. In addition, it was reported that more resignations had been received — those of long-time business education teacher Beth Manzer, history and social sciences instructor Janet Brown and food services employee Velda Mowery.
School counselor Jane Brummels advised that the ACT would be given to juniors April 19 and reported on other assessment tests being given. She discussed the Career Technical Education program and what is happening with the reVISION Team, including dual-college credit classes, Fridays at Northeast, internships and scheduling. She also reported on the student learning teams, noting that they are planning a work-fun day to end the school year, and will evaluate the program to see how to make it better for next year.
Superintendent Dave Hamm had a long list of items to discuss, beginning with a report on kindergarten round-up. Attending were the families of seven future students — six girls and one boy. He advised that students will again participate in a community clean-up day this year. It will take place on Friday, May 12, with a rain date of May 17. It will be a half-day this year, with students working in the morning, then having lunch at the school with the student councils in charge of fun activities for the afternoon.
In reporting on the recent staff resignations, Hamm said he is in the process of receiving applications for the business position, and the district is currently advertising for a kitchen assistant. He reported on the coaching and sponsorship positions for the 2017-18 school year, most of which have been filled by District 42R staff members; however, there are still four openings. Following some questions by Board Member Larry Krohn, a lengthy discussion was held on how to advertise the positions and for whom to advertise. Hamm would like to fill the positions by advertising locally. An ad seeking applicants appears in this week’s newspaper.
Superintendent Hamm advised that the district’s state aid will be tripling next year — from around $9,000 to $30,000. He also shared information about LB640, which would impact the amount the district can collect in property taxes.
Hamm asked board members how they want to handle graduation and handing out diplomas, since some board members have students who will be graduating. Board members have the option of handing the diploma to their own child. He noted that recognition of teachers will take place at graduation.
Hamm reported on teacher contracts and on the inservice which was held Friday, April 7, and the changes needed in the student handbook. He discussed the district music contest which will be held here Friday, April 21, and gave kudos to music director Christalin Ginn for getting it organized.
Mr. Hamm advised that he had a request from the parents of a student at St. Mary’s Catholic School that they “test out of” Algebra I, which is a graduation requirement, and take geometry as a freshman. He discussed some options with the board, including having eighth grade students of St. Mary’s take Algebra I classes at the public school beginning next year.
Hamm shared a list of upcoming events, which included District Music Contest on April 21, prom on April 22, awards convocation April 25, the seventh-12 grade music concert May 2, elementary music concert May 11,  graduation May 13 and the last day of school and state track on May 19. He then congratulated the FBLA members who received awards at State Leadership Conference.
In other business, the board:
—set school lunch program prices for 2017-18 as follows: all breakfasts, $1.80; K-6 lunch, $2.70; 7-12 lunch, $2.90; adult lunch, $3.30.
— adopted Board Policy 3012 School Meal Program and Meal Charges, which replaces Board Policy 3012 Hot Lunch.
— approved teaching contracts for the 2017-18 school year for Tony Thies, David Schmit, Leah Gubbels and Jenny von Rentzell, with Board Member Aaron von Rentzell abstaining on the latter vote.
— approved the purchase of carpet and cove base from Midwest Floor Covering, Inc., in the amount of $12,237.