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North Union institutes senior open campus

November 28, 2012
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

ARMSTRONG?- North Union High School students may now have an open-campus privilege - provided they keep up with their assignments and grades.

Assistant principal Robert Zotz told the Armstrong-Ringsted Board of Education at its monthly meeting Monday night about the program. Students who have a failing grade, though, or who don't keep up with their assignments, will forfeit the privilege.

Zotz also reported "unbelievable attendance by parents" during parent-teacher conferences.

In activities, Zotz noted 20 girls had turned out for basketball, that art teacher Jeff Speltz had brought a tattoo artist in to explain his work to his classes and that the Supporting Players are again working to help support the moral fiber of the school.

Superintendent Matt Berninghaus noted that the tax increment financing for the new Casey's store will freeze any additional tax dollars the district gets until the storm sewer project is paid off.

Berninghaus noted that the stage curtains need to be replaced and that the money could come from PPEL (physical plant and equipment levy) dollars. He said one bid of $34,000 had come in for four curtains and tracking.

Berninghaus said the district had netted $14,361.40 on the auction of contents at the Ringsted School. He said air conditioning and playground equipment will go to Sentral but will be marked to indicate ownership by Armstrong-


Berninghaus said North Union is looking at joining the North Iowa Conference which would be to the east. He said he would know by mid-December if NU is invited into the conference or not with admission possible as early as next school year.

Berninghaus also said the North Union website is up and running.

Board members also reported on the Iowa Association of School Boards convention. Sessions included financial, negotiations and bullying.

The board approved an early graduation request and dollar amounts for a School Budget Review Committee application. The amounts are $35,298 for open enrollment out students and $90,373 for modified allowable growth. Berninghaus said the request is for the spending authority, not cash.

The board also adopted GASB 54, a governmental accounting procedure, as board policy. Business manager Erin Rogers said the policy outlines the procedure the board follows already. The board also approved official depositories.

The next board meeting will be 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20.



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