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Chatfield School Board proclaims new referendum authority


By Mitchell Walbridge

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Education

At its regular August meeting on August 18, the Chatfield School Board approved a resolution authorizing new board approved referendum authority that will generate local revenue for the district. While the additional revenue will be generated locally, its impact on Chatfield taxpayers will be minimal.

Elementary Principal Craig Ihrke reported that the elementary handbook had been updated later in the meeting the board approved the handbook for the new school year. Ihrke also said he was waiting for MCA results to be released for the district.

High School Principal Randy Paulson reported that fall sports are up and running. Many of the coaches recently attended the “Why We Play” program that took place at Dover-Eyota. To conclude, Paulson stated that 7th grade orientation is scheduled for August 26 and 9th grade orientation on August 27.

Superintendent Ed Harris said that with the school year approaching, staff will return to high impact staff development planning at teacher workshops the week of August 25. Also, Harris said that a good draft has been composed for the teacher evaluation project. Harris ended by thanking Tom Sturgis and Kathy Schellhammer for their years of service on the Chatfield School Board. Both members have decided not to seek re-election. Matt McMahon’s term is also up, though he has filed for another term.

In New Business, the board approved staff and student handbooks. It was stated that handbooks are online and that only Kindergarten students and their families will receive paper copies this year in an effort to save paper.

The Truth in Taxation Hearing was set for December 15, 2014.

The board passed a resolution calling for the School District General Election.

Consent Items

•Approve July 21, 2014 regular school board minutes.

•Approve resignation of elementary paraprofessional - Nancy Rowland.

•Approve posting for elementary paraprofessional position.

•Approve resignation for 7th grade girls basketball coach - Jennifer O’Connor.

•Approve posting for 7th grade girls basketball coaching position.

•Approve high school paraprofessional - Regan Little.

•Approve letter of resignation for ECFE instructor - Angie Grant.

•Approve posting for ECFE instructor.

•Approve resignation for 8th grade softball coach - Carmen Berge.

•Approve posting for 8th grade softball coach position.

•Approve resignation of elementary paraprofessional - Kim Mueller.

•Approve resignation for elementary nurse - Paula Jobes.

The next regularly scheduled school board meeting is September 15 at 7 p.m. in the Chatfield High School Media Center.

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