Contract for Sherwood approved

A rolling three-year contract for Webster City Community School District Superintendent Mike Sherwood was approved at Tuesday’s regular meeting of the district’s Board of Directors.

The contract will continue through the 2016 to 2017 school year. The board also approved a salary adjustment for Sherwood. The total package increase of 3.9 percent was the same amount approved for teachers and non-bargaining staff this year. His contract salary for the whole grade sharing agreement with the Northeast Hamilton School District was set at $38,500.

As Webster City High School prepares for graduation, the board moved to approve a tentative list of graduates at their regular meeting.

Sherwood said the list includes 112 students. They will graduate provided they complete the remainder of their coursework, he said. The graduation ceremony will be held on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Prem Sahai Auditorium.

In other business, Sherwood presented school board members with certificates in honor of School Board Appreciation Week in Iowa. He said the certificates were a small token of gratitude to the board members for all the work they have done for the district and its students.

“I appreciate your support, all the work that you’ve done for the district and the students and they way you go about your work,” Sherwood said. “It’s a pleasure to work with you.”

Board President Pam Hayes also added that she enjoyed working with other board members.

The board also approved several personnel actions. Resignations were approved for John Malett, Webster City Middle School band teacher, Gretchen Thompson, Pleasant View Elementary School special education teacher, and Lisa Doering, Pleasant View Elementary School Kindergarten teacher.

Several contract recommendations were also approved pending the completion of background checks. Contracts were moved to be extended to Lauren Blaisdell to teach fifth grade at Webster City Middle School, Mark Fisher to teach mathematics at Webster City High School, Divya Mekala to teach science at Webster City High School, Laura Fisher to teach English at Webster City High School, and Jacqueline Faust to teach art at Webster City High School.

A voluntary transfer request for Katie Peterson to go from teaching second grade at Sunset Heights Elementary School to the part-time special education position at Pleasant View Elementary School was also approved.

The next board meeting is scheduled for May 27 at 6 p.m. in the School Administration Office Board Room. Sherwood said the board plans to hold a public hearing on a proposed whole grade sharing agreement with the Northeast Hamilton School District. The drafted agreement is currently available for public viewing on the front page of the Webster City Community School District’s website or at the administration office.