Group asks about new rules for racial slurs, bullying
Wed, 06/24/2020 - 2:25pm admin
CRESCO - A group of a dozen locals came to show support for Kelli Gosch, parent of three bi-racial students, at the June 15 Howard-Winneshiek School Board meeting.
Gosch spoke in open forum. “I would like to ask if I can be put on a future agenda in regards to our daughter. She has had been called racial slurs multiple times a year. There should be some kind of rule with consequences, and the consequence should be swift and sting.”
She offered to help, with other community members, to get a rule on the books.
The board is not required to make comments on open forum items and did not do so.
• In other business from the meeting, it was stated the new hashtag is #HowardWinnCSD and Twitter Handle is @HowardWinnCSD.
• Supt. Ted Ihns noted graduation was taking place that Sunday, June 21 at 2 p.m. at the high school football stadium. Grand March of prom was taking place that Saturday, June 20 at 8 p.m. at the same place.
Softball and baseball practices started June 1, with the first games beginning June 15. “Some districts are asking for a free-will admission to the games. We will not be charging, but we are following guidelines.”
• Ann Smith explained the Special Education Delivery Plan. The Special Education section did not change the number of teachers being utilized in the district, their duties were restructured to play toward each teacher’s strengths.
• The high school, junior high, elementary and preschool handbooks, along with Clerical and Associate Employee and addendum to Certified Employee handbooks only had a couple changes and were approved.
• The PowerSchool software renewal of $12,741.89 was approved. Included in the program will be the ability to register and fill out the free and reduced meal paperwork online.
• A bid of $3,900 was approved for a roof replacement on rental property by Al & Tim’s Roofing.
• Darlene Kostohryz resigned from Food Service. New hires included Terri Brennan, Jr. High Special Education; Marnie Carlson, sixth to eighth Grade Counselor; Kirby Jones, HS Nurse; Penny Vagts, Elementary/Jr. High Special Education; Nicholas Hirka, Homecoming Coordinator; and Meghan Harrod, Volunteer Softball Coach.
• The meeting ended with Ihns handing out certificates of appreciation to the school board members.
The next meeting will be a week earlier than usual, on Monday, July 13 at 5:30 p.m.