Ihns updates school board

CRESCO - Supt. Ted Ihns told school board members at the regular July 13 meeting the district continues to monitor and adjust the Return-to-Learn plan and will continue making adjustments until the beginning of the school year. “We met with Public Health Director Audrey Nosbisch and are following guidelines that are in place.”
In addition, he noted the district has already purchased 200 shields, 1,500 face masks and is working on plexiglass dividers for between tables at the junior high. Administration is talking with Brian Swestka, transportation director, about how to proceed with busing.
Ihns stated the girls softball team is conference champs. “That’s the first time since 2009,” he exclaimed.
Families with children in school were sent a survey asking if they wanted to have school in a brick-and-mortar building or combination of that and on-line learning. Four hundred one families out of 632 returned the survey by July 13 with 80% voting for going back to the brick-and-mortar building — some without and some with restrictions.
• Lance Thompson was introduced as the new Activities Director and Assistant Principal. He comes from West Fork. Board Vice-President Duane Bodermann welcomed him on board and said he has already heard good things.
• Cindy Butikofer of CIA Insurance presented the school insurance renewal. The premium was a $19,248 or 9% increase from last year. The total for 2020-2021 is $229,681 for property, liability, crime, commercial auto, workers compensation, umbrella, linebacker and excess liability and $3,888.50 for cyber. Last year’s total was $210,433.
• Ann Smith explained the Edmentum Software contract, which was approved. It allows different discounts on items than Area Education Agencies (AEA), saving the district money, about $35,000.
• The board approved the 2020-2021 Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) Legislative Priorities to include Preschool, Mental Health, School Funding Policy, Supplemental State Aid, Transportation Equity, and Teacher Leadership and Development (TLC).
• Kelly McCarville resigned as eighth grade boys basketball coach. New hires included Teacher Leadership and Collaboration (TLC) Coaches Jessica Hillers, Nicole Ondrashek, Gary Steffen, Tami Foster, Justin Thrailkill and Pam Jackson. TLC mentor teachers are Jenny Butler, Dale Dennler, Alicia Denner, Karen LeFebvre, Nicole Ondrashek, Chris Lentz, Linda Walter and Trish Hartman. Also, Adam Skoda’s teaching contract changed from .75 FTE to 1.0 FTE, and four open enrollment applications were approved.
• Board member Toni Johnson asked to have a student representative be associated with the board.
• The next regular school board meeting will be held on Aug. 17 at a location to be determined.

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