New superintendent begins at South Hamilton

JEWELL – With the new superintendent of schools attending his first board meeting at South Hamilton on Monday evening, the board had a routine agenda.

Superintendent Ken Howard thanked the staff and administrators for his orientation to the district the past few weeks.

“It has been a really great experience coming in here,” he added. “You guys have done a great job.”

Following up on their decision to sell the unused bus barn in Stanhope, the board reviewed bids at their June board meeting. Monday’s meeting included a public hearing on the sale, with no written or verbal objections. The $12,014 bid of Peggy Phipps of Stanhope was accepted by the board for the building.

In his report to the board, building and grounds director Cut Stoecker reported on progress on projects on the physical plant this summer and said his department is now working on maintenance requests made by teachers before school dismissed for summer. He said that both gyms will be closed July 21 to 27 for floor maintenance.

Elementary principal Paul Hemphill reported that his department is ready to roll for the 2014-15 school year. Athletic director Todd Coy told the board that nothing was needed in his department before school starts.

Scott Dryer, secondary principal, said that Coy and SH Pride are looking to recognize students who are involved in four sports for four years as a way to encourage students to go out and stay out for sports. He said it is a practice done at other schools.

Dryer also reported that the schedule is done for Infinite Campus for the upcoming school year. Seventh grade orientation is scheduled for Aug. 12, in the school auditorium. There are six high school students currently touring Europe in the Iowa Ambassadors of Music program.

Changes to the 2014-15 school calendar were reviewed and discussed by the board. Wednesday, May 20 is the seniors’ last day of classes, with commencement set for Sunday, May 24.

In other business, Sue Headley was reappointed secretary-treasurer at Monday’s meeting. Board president Will Johnston administered the oath of office to Headley.

There were several personnel matters on the agenda, including approving the transfer of Angie Robinson from special education associate to risk associate. Tony Woodall was hired as head varsity girls basketball coach, with Dawn Chally hired as his assistant. In addition, the board approved recommendations to hire Rebecca Huisman and Danielle Brown as special education associates.

Also on Monday, the board:

Reviewed bids for milk and bread, awarding them to Hyland Dairy and Pot O’ Gold at costs approximately the same as last year.

Authorized Ken Howard and Janet Greufe as signatories for the district.

Adjusted the depository resolution slightly, from $5 million to $6 million.

Approved one open enrollment request in to the district for a kindergartener from Northeast Hamilton.

OK’d minor changes to the student handbooks. There were no major changes to the teacher and support staff handbook.

Approved the emergency plan handbook.