Archive for Thursday, June 15, 2006

Track talk is tabled

June 15, 2006

Little to no action was taken at the Baldwin Board of Education meeting Monday night.

Most items of note, including the much-talked about building of a track north of Baldwin High School, were tabled until the next meeting.

The only two votes of the night involved a textbook adoption and personnel report, both of which were approved 6-0. Board Member Ande Parks was not at the meeting, because of illness.

The school board approved the purchase of business and technology books for grades nine through 12. Those books came at the recommendation of Curriculum Director Connie Wehmeyer last month.

"It was a positive vote for the students in business and technology classes at Baldwin High School," Wehmeyer said.

The next books that will be put to vote for purchase are social studies grades one through five and high school foreign language. Those books are available to preview at the District Office.

After executive session the school board approved the personnel report, which included three resignations and several hires.

The most notable of the hires was Gary Stevanus as district activities director. He held this position during the past school year, but only part time. Now the district will have a full-time activities director.

"I am pleased that we have an activities director," Supt. James White said. "I think Mr. Stevanus will do a great job. He did it on a part-time basis this year and he has a Masters in sports management. I think he will fit very nicely into the position and I really look for him to do a great job."

Other hires include Sara Oberheide (Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center third grade teacher), Lorri Sudlow (half-time Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center art teacher), Jeffrey Fowler (Baldwin High School evening custodian), Cole Ridley (Baldwin Junior High School custodian) and Ellen Grammer (substitute bus driver).

The three resignations were David Theis (BHS assistant soccer coach), Ginny Honomichl (BHS North Central Assosciation writing chairperson) and Dianna Wilkinson (bus driver).

The rest of the meeting Monday night revolved around district reports and items that were tabled for the next meeting.

"Some of the items we certainly could take action on were tabled," White said. "We are trying to get as much information about each of those issues as we can before the board makes a decision."

The school board once again discussed the track plans, but very briefly. White said he is still waiting on contractors to prepare bids for the project. Some of the board members expressed concerns about the bids.

"I would like one of the options to just be a track and what the damage to the current field would be," Board Member Scott Lauridsen said. "Then we could have a couple options for things inside the track, whatever that may be."

Board Member Allison Bauer agreed with Lauridsen and White said the bids should be proposed in that manner.

Board Member Bill Busby asked about the options for the track.

"This started out as an asphalt track and then the track coaches said that wouldn't work, so will there be options for the track surface also?" Busby asked.

White said the track bid should include options also. Then the board decided to table the discussion until its next meeting on June 26.

The school board also reviewed the food service report, technology report and secretaries proposal. All three were briefly discussed before being tabled until next meeting, where the board should take action on them.

The technology report included a list of needs for next year. The majority of the list was computers, but the board will wait two weeks before making a decision.

"We have some legitimate concerns about the budget and capital outlay," Board President Lonnie Broers said.

Lauridsen was concerned about the secretaries' proposal, but wants to make the best decision possible.

"I think we need to be competitive with these positions as we do with all other positions, not just in the state, but also in the region," Lauridsen said. "I want to make sure that we are in line with other schools around the area when it comes to salary schedules."

The only other item on Monday's agenda was the budget review. White said the district will need to republish the driver's education and food service budgets.

As far as next year's budget, White doesn't know what kind of money the district will receive from the state.

"We really don't know a thing," White said. "The state is still in litigation. I anticipate the bill that was passed by the Legislature is not going to be found to be constitutional and the legislators will have to come back to town."

The school board will next meet at 7 p.m. June 26 at the District Office.

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