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Chatfield school board makes appointments

Fri, Jan 22nd, 2010
Posted in Education

Several Chatfield FFA members, three representatives of R.A. Morton, and the new interim superintendent of Chatfield Public Schools were all special guests at the school board's regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 29, 2010. The meeting also included a variety of discussions about finances, committee appointments, and Potter Auditorium.

The evening began with school board committee appointments. Board chair Jerry Chase noted that several committees, such as the facilities committee and the Hiawatha Valley Education District, run more smoothly when the committee members are consistent from year to year. With this in mind, the only change made to the current roster of committee members was to make F. Mike Tuohy chairman of the legislative liaison committee, replacing Chase.

Two student groups were represented next on the agenda. The Chatfield FFA chapter's Parliamentary Procedure Career Development Event team demonstrated how to conduct a meeting with correct parliamentary procedure. The various officers explained their duties before showing the board how to correctly make a motion, amend a motion, amend an amendment, and how to accurately give precedence to different types of motions. Nichole Clemens, a junior, was also present to update the board on the activities of the Student Senate. Upcoming projects include Pennies for Patients, which will feature a competition among different grades, and a chocolate sale for Valentine's Day.

On a more serious note, Tuohy updated the board on a recent committee meeting he attended that was "heavy on school finances." Financial instability on the state level is having sobering implications for schools, and Tuohy said that districts aren't likely to receive state funds in March or April. Though he called the details given to schools at this time "very vague," Tuohy said that the state may even talk of borrowing money for up to ten years from schools with a reserve fund in place. The state hopes to set up a program that would allow districts without funds to borrow what they need. Though the news was unsettling, Tuohy reminded the board that the "doom and gloom was somewhat expected."

Preston Euerle, owner and president of R.A. Morton, was also present to give the board a short summary of the district's building project. He thanked the board for allowing his company to be part of their team and repeated his earlier intention to form a long-term relationship with the district. After board member Matt McMahon asked about warranties on the new buildings, Euerle explained that R.A. Morton does a "one-year walk through" one year after the project's completion to look for adjustments and repairs that need to be made. The company will then handle these adjustments over the following year. Chase thanked Euerle for R.A. Morton's participation in the project and assured him that the board was very pleased with the results.

The board also voted to hire Greg Ehresmann as interim superintendent for the school district. The board acknowledged Ehresmann, who was present, and noted that he would begin work on Wednesday, January 20. Other new business included the board's approval of a motion to transfer the title of Potter Auditorium to the Chatfield Economic Development committee.

The next Chatfield school board meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 16, 2010, due to President's Day on Monday, February 15th.

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