Relay for Life to be held at Jewell July 12

JEWELL – The Hamilton County Relay for Life will be held this summer on the South Hamilton school grounds, following approval by the school board at its regular monthly meeting Monday evening.

Rick Young of Jewell, who was at the meeting to make the request, suggested several options for dates, and the board settled on July 12.

School security was also a topic on the agenda at Monday’s meeting. Elementary principal Paul Hemphill and middle school/high school principal Scott Dryer both discussed security in their buildings, and Hemphill reviewed the ALICE system that stands for Alert Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate. That system is in place in the Colo community school, and plans are for the Colo superintendent to visit South Hamilton soon to discuss the ALICE approach to school security.

Another visitor at Monday’s meeting was Chris Gunderson, who is chairman of the South Hamilton Grant Committee. He gave an update on projects underway by the committee: rebuilding the elementary ball field and setting up a nine-hole Frisbee disc golf course. They are applying for four grants for the two projects.

Dave Gordon was at the meeting to review with the board the status of the new trap shooting team. He said that 22 high school students have shown enough interest to take out papers for the team, although he is unsure if they will follow through on that interest. The Boone Valley Isaac Walton property will be the South Hamilton home court.

Gordon stressed that team members will learn about gun safety, how to shoot, and gun maintenance. He also said that he has been working on securing funding sources and has commitments from Ducks Unlimited, White Tails, and Pheasants Forever. Several area schools have trap shooting teams or are organizing them. The season will be April 1 to June 1.

In property matters, the board reviewed two bids for a summer roofing project at the elementary building and approved the bid of $38,800 from Rubber Roofing System, Inc. Also approved was a bid from Weiland Lawn Care to spray school property for weeds this summer.

The board reviewed a tentative agreement with the South Hamilton Education Association. Last year a two-year agreement was reached, which included a 5.2 percent salary increase each year.

Johnson told the board that the four snow days accumulated so far this season will be made up on February 25, March 29, and May 23 to 24. In another calendar issue, the board approved the calendar for the 2013-2014 school year. The first day of classes will be Monday, Aug. 19, 2013.

Dates to remember coming up are kindergarten roundup on March 12, elementary carnival on March 15, and incoming freshmen orientation with parents on March 26.

In other business Monday:

Dryer told the board that he and several other staff members plan to visit Webster City High School soon to look at their television classes, with a tentative plan to start a similar program at South Hamilton next fall.

The board approved hiring Laura Read as varsity softball coach and Dan Brody to be head girls track coach. The resignation of Todd Coy from his coaching duties for junior high football was accepted.