At their meeting this week the South Hamilton Community School Board received a donation of $97,000 from the estate of Deb Witte. The money will be used for the purchase of new books and materials for the elementary building. Witte was a 5th and 6th grade language arts instructor for 32 years before she retired in 2005.Witte died in December,2011.The elementary staff will be working on compiling a list of books and materials to be purchased through the donation from the Witte estate. The list needs to be completed with the next year.
Superintendent Tim Johnson and Chris Gunderson will be leading a committee with the intention to seek, apply for and hopefull receive grants for the South Hamilton Community School District.
There was a meeting with Eric Vermeer of Haila Architects on the Junior High Visitor locker rooms and to develop a 10 year facilities plan for South Hamilton. Vermeer will bring the plan back to the board at a future meeting.
The board approved the funding of the Fruit Program for the remainder of the school year. The cost for this program will be at $6,897.Monies received at registration and from Great Western Bank will reduce this cost.
A bid was reviewed by the board from Classic Designs for Trophy Cases at the school. Superintendent Johnson was directed to seek two additional bids for the Trophy Cases with the intention to make a decision at the December board meeting.
In another matter, the South Hamilton board learned the certified enrollment for 2012-13 school year was submitted. South Hamilton has 12 less students residing in the district but had 8 more student open enroll into the district resulting in an overall loss of 4 students.
The board was informed of the Special Pay Plan that will save the School District and retiring employees money from their retirement package by placing their money in a Special Pay Plan. Lori Kautzky from National Insurance will be at the December School Board meeting to discuss the Special Pay Plan in detail.
Superintendent Johnson informed the board about next month's possible changes to the Administrative Retirement Program. The changes will be presented in order to have consistency within the retirement programs.
Two resignations were accepted by the South Hamilton board. Lisa Pulis as High School Assistant Volleyball Coach and Rob Perela as Middle School High School Science instructor.
An excellent turnout was noted for the recent Parent Teacher conferences. High School Principal Scott Dryer recognized the students and teachers involved with the Veteran's Day service held November 9th.
Superintendent Johnson announced his plans to attend a financial planning conference. This conference will allow Johnson to develop a budget plan for the next five years.