Board Meeting in Review – May 24, 2021

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The regular meeting was held starting at 6:30 p.m.

The board recognized a fifth grade student who won the first round of a poetry contest and is moving to the next level.  She read her poem, “Leadership,” to the board and visitors.

The board received a thank you note for the Ruth Creps Scholarship from a 2020 graduate.

The meeting agenda, April meeting minutes, and treasurer’s report were approved with no changes.

Public comment:  Holly Rose spoke to the board on behalf of her husband, Lee Rose, who is running for a seat on the JCISD board.

Because of the rules regarding the JCISD biennial election, which calls for the board to choose a candidate in two separate meetings, the regular meeting was suspended and a special meeting was called to order.  The board discussed the candidates who are running for the JCISD board, then closed the special meeting in order to reconvene the regular meeting.

The board approved the JCISD Biennial Election Resolution designating Tim Evans as our district’s voting delegate and Gail Proctor as the alternate delegate.  The resolution also names Blaine Goodrich as our board’s choice for the four-year seat (running unopposed) and the following selections for the 2-year seat:  1. Lee Rose, 2. Robert Wahr, and 3. Georgia Fojtasek.  The election takes place on June 7, 2021.

The following Hanover-Horton Music Booster officers were approved for the 2021-22 school year:

President – Kelly McLain

Vice President – Jamie Bodell

Secretary – Katie Wallace

Treasurer – Chris McCullough

The board reapproved the district’s current COVID-19 Learning Plan, which is required monthly.  Supt. Denney shared the following two-way interaction rates for April 2021:

Week 1 – 75.97%

Week 2 – 74.48%

Week 3 – 78.31%

Week 4 – 79.68%

Extended COVID-19 Learning Plan Public Comment:  None

The board passed the JCISD Preliminary Budget Resolution in Approval for the 2021-22 school year.

The purchase of elementary (K-5) science curriculum from Savvas was approved.  This is the same company that the middle and high school science curriculum was purchased from earlier this school year.  This will allow a continuous platform curriculum through the district, K-12.  The quote was approved not to exceed $34,000.

Mrs. Ashlee Trombley was hired as a “permanent” elementary teacher.  She had been previously hired for this school year on a one-year temporary basis.

Superintendent Denney reported to the board members on the following:

  • A special thank you to everyone on staff for everything they’ve put forward during the past year.  Everyone has done an awesome job.
  • Senior Honors Night will be held Thursday, May 27 at 6:30 pm on the football field.
  • Graduation will be held this Friday, May 28 at 8:00 pm on the football field.  Parents will be seated on the field, with overflow in the bleachers, and the graduates will be on a stage.  The band will perform.  It will be live streamed on the district’s facebook page and K-105.3’s website.
  • A big thank you to Matt Childs for helping with the band and sound system.
  • We had hoped to get the air conditioning project started in the elementary over spring break, but there have been issues with the supply chain.  A partial shipment of air conditioning units had been received, but there was a model change and the units need to be sent back.  The project will take place over the summer.
  • A total of 97 people were vaccinated at the clinic here on May 19th.  The clinic will re-open on June 9th for second doses.  The health department is also offering the first dose again on June 9th, and may continue to offer the clinic throughout the summer.
  • Our insurance company has determined it will pay for repairs in the high school gym/teacher’s lounge area due to a broken water pipe in the concrete under the floor.  They will require cost estimates from contractors to dig through the concrete to find the break vs. the cost of capping the old pipe and running new pipe through the ceiling.  New flooring will be run from the terrazzo to the new gym.

The board members commented on the following:

  • The board appreciates and thanks the staff for all their extra effort during a difficult year.
  • With the job postings we have now, the board may want to discuss exploring the possibility of offering some kind of benefit or bonus to try to recruit good staff.
  • Board members expressed how thankful they are in regards to their own children having attended Hanover-Horton.  They feel they connected with staff throughout their years here and learned great study habits.  They attribute those habits to Hanover-Horton teachers who have been great role models.
  • It was good to be able to recognize the fifth grade student for her poetry.
  • We are looking forward to next year!

The meeting was adjourned at 7:31 p.m.

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