The Hiawatha School Board met on Monday evening, and as part of the Consent Agenda, filled many of the district’s vacancies with new hirings.
Jean Brintnall was approved as the Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator, as well as Brian Lillie for 8th grade science, Michael Meinert as HHS PE/Weights teacher and HHS assistant football coach, Tiffany Hasenohr as HES administrative assistant, Trace Woods as HMS Title I para, music department assistant, Academic Intervention and girls tennis coach, Michelle Witham as HHS counselor assistant, Natalie Hackler as accompanist, Ethan Pierce as HHS girls basketball assistant coach and HMS assistant cross country coach, Terilyn Bufkin as HMS assistant volleyball coach, Dustin Rottinghaus as HHS assistant football coach, Billy Hatfield as musical/play co-sponsor and Mattt Leahy as HHS assistant Scholar’s Bowl coach.
The board also accepted the retirement resignations of Bernadette Stinson, effective immediately, and Dixie Pethoud and Michelle Vitt following the 2019-2020 school year.
The board approved handbook changes, including clarifications of the HHS cell phone policy, which included a no-tolerance stance on possession of cell phones in school bathrooms or locker rooms, as well as dropping scholarship restrictions on early graduates, but changing the language to reflect that students applying for early graduation must be entering their senior year.
District Maintenance Coordinator Matt Cluck informed the board that concrete work had begun around the football stadium and track, and that the leak in the new HVAC unit had been found and fixed under warranty. Cluck also let the board know that the delay in work on Miami Street due to the weather, along with the city working ahead of AHRS to replace an old lead water main could put the concrete work on the bus turnout at HES in a potential bind with the beginning of school if there are any more delays. Cluck said he is monitoring the situation and meeting with city crews every morning. He also addressed a potential land transfer, stating the district will request approximate one half acre from the nursing home to clean up the school’s property line and mowing.
In other business:
❯ The board voted to approve a bid from IAO Electrical for up to $12,000 to install the new stage lighting equipment. A bid from Keebler Electric was approved in the amount of $13,313.80 for replacement of electrical plugs as the bus barn. The board also agreed to seek bids for the replacement of the bus barn roof, as per the Capital Outlay plan. They also voted to officially close the 2018-19 school year.
❯ Superintendent Lonnie Moser spoke to the board about the possibility of reconfiguring board elections, and there was some discussion about using a more At-Large system, as well as the importance of representation of the farming community. Moser also noted that board Members Amy Kopp, Tom Simmer, Ian Schuetz and Jeff Brockhoff had re-filed for election.