School board sets 2015-16 calendar

The Webster City Community School District Board of Directors adopted the 2014 to 2015 school year calendar at their regular meeting Monday night.

The next school year is set to begin August 19 and end on May 27 for students. Commencement will be held on May 17. Superintendent Mike Sherwood said the calendar reflects 180 student contact days and 1,166 instructional hours. The calendar was adopted following a hearing with no public input.

Continuing to look ahead, the board set a public hearing date for the fiscal year 2015 budget. The hearing will be held during the board’s next meeting on March 24 at 6 p.m. in the School Administration Office Board Room.

The board also approved contract settlements with a couple faculty and staff organizations. The Webster City Educational Services Association saw a contract settlement of 4.37 percent for the next school contract year. Sherwood said that settlement reflected a 20 cent per hour base raise. The settlement has been approved by the WCESA, according to Sherwood. Board member Beth Van Diest, who was present at a meeting with the WCESA, said their meeting went very well.

A settlement for the next school contract year with the Webster City Education Association was also approved by the board. The settlement of 3.93 percent is awaiting approval by the WCEA, according to Sherwood. Dan Ryherd, board vice president said that meeting also went well. Board President Pam Hayes thanked the teachers who worked through the negotiating process.

In other business, the board gave the go-ahead for a local class to help raise money for the Webster Theater. Following board action Monday night, the Webster City eighth grade class will raise money to purchase a seat at the theater. The seat sales are an ongoing promotion from the Help Entertain and Restore Organization who are raising money to refurbish and reopen the movie house.

A couple voluntary transfer requests were also approved by the board. C. J. Clabaugh, currently a fourth grade teacher at Sunset Heights Elementary School, will transfer to Webster City Middle School to be a sixth grade reading, language and social studies teacher. Kristin Peck, fifth grade teacher at Webster City Middle School, will transfer to teach eighth grade reading, language and social studies.