At their meeting Thursday evening, the Northeast Hamilton Community School Board heard from a group of parents on bus route options for their children. The parents shared several ideas. Options included running a fourth bus route and running the route backwards at night. The Northeast Hamilton board is addressing their concerns. Superintendent Pat Hocking and transportation director Gene Greenfield will be coming up with the financial costs of each idea.
The Northeast Hamilton board learned that the district is up three students in certified enrollment numbers compared with last year. This brings the district's total certified enrollment to 229 students. Last year's certified enrollment was at 226 students in the district.
Contracts were offered to Jory Rapp for a special education associate and Paige Moberly for part time at-risk teacher. St. Paul Lutheran Church of Williams donated $300 towards special needs at Northeast Hamilton.
In another matter the Northeast Hamilton board Thursday evening approved allowable growth applications to keep the district's unspent authority as high as possible. It should be pointed out that the approval of modified allowable growth does not raise taxes. It increases the authority, not cash. The board approved allowable growth applications for Budget Guarantee, Open Enrollment, Special Educaton Deficit, Transportation and On-Time Funding.
Superintendent Hocking informed board members that last week's parent teacher conferences were well attended. They also discussed the change of high school and middle school teachers having conferences in their rooms this year instead of in the gymnasium.
Northeast Hamilton will have the annual Veteran's Day program on Monday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. in the school gym. The Iowa Hall of Pride Game will be held on Saturday, November 17 at 6:00 p.m. for the girls game and the boys will play at 7:30p.m. All proceeds will benefit the Upper Des Moines Opportunity office in Hamilton County.