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A-R board OKs joint board items

July 29, 2013
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

ARMSTRONG - The Armstrong-Ringsted Board of Education Monday night approved joint plans with Sentral School District following the successful June 25 consolidation vote.

In his report, superintendent Matt Berninghaus noted the upcoming Iowa Association of School Boards conference Nov. 20-21. Berninghaus also said the Iowa Department of Education had interpreted legislative rules so there would be no new sharing agreements - but that districts could keep current agreements it has now - transportation, maintenance, librarian and nurse. In limbo are sharing agreements for a curriculum director, school social worker and guidance counselor. The state pays supplemental weighting to districts sharing staff with other districts or municipalities.

Berninghaus reviewed district priorities the board had approved previously. They include:

n Student/community integration.

n Seamless transition to a reorganized district.

n Financial stability.

n Science, technology, engineering and math project-based instruction integration.

Under action items, the board approved a School Budget Review Committee application for money the district spent for asbestos abatement at the Ringsted School. If not approved by the SBRC, business manager Erin Rogers said the money would come out of physical plant and equipment levy money.

The board also approved the 2013-14 jointly developed plans with Sentral, including the professional development plan, teacher evaluation process and instrument, and salary schedule.

The board approved early retirement applications and resignations for Karen Folkers for math and science and Kim Stinson for physical education effective with the end of the 2013-14 school year.

The board will take up the student handbook at its Aug. 26 meeting.



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