A wide range of issues faced the South Hamilton Community School Board at their meeting held last Monday evening. The board approved the list of 53 graduates to receive diplomas during a ceremony set for this Sunday afternoon at 2:00 at the school gym in Jewell. Fees for the 2013-14 school year were approved. There will be a ten cent increase for student breakfasts, a 25 cent increase for lunch and an additional five cent increase for the price of milk. Fees for textbooks will remain the same this school year.
A 28-E agreement with Northeast Hamilton for 2013-14 was approved for the sharing of staff including consumer science, transportation director and the talented and gifted program. Another agreement with the Iowa Association for Educational Purchasing was approved for next year. A new school bus for the district fleet was approved from Blue Bird in the amount of $81,500. The funding for the bus will come from the South Hamilton physical plant and equipment levy
The South Hamilton board looked at summer projects at the school buildings.The work will include a new roof for the elementary building,pea rock for the playground and new lights for the circle drive at the middle school high school in Jewell.
In personnel matters, the South Hamilton board accepted resignations from Kara Sloan for 7th grade Girls Basketball, Vicki Smith as Homeschool Assistance Teacher, Charlene Roach as an Elementary Aide and Chris Hall as Junior High Student Council advisor. The new hires include Kelsi Ratallick for high school science, Sarah Terrones for special education, Catherine Hines as a Technology Integrationist and Jolene Schaefer for Junior High Student Council advisor.
A proposed loan agreement with First American Bank for laptop computers was approved by the South Hamilton board.
Support staff salary increases were approved on Monday evening by a vote of 4 to 1. The increase will be at 4.75 percent for the 2013-14 school year. There will be a six percent increase in salary for director of buildings and grounds Curt Stoeker.