The Hutsonville Board of Education reorganized and began making plans for the end of this year and the start of next.
The district said goodbye to long time board members Bill Wymann and Sherman Newlin, and welcomed new board members Mark Angel and Connor McCoy. Current board members Matt Draper and Travis Matthews again took the oath office with Angel and McCoy, with their reelection to the board.
Continuing with the reorganization, Tina Callaway will remain board president, Chad Guyer as board secretary and Matt Draper as vice-president. Unit secretary Lori Crumrin was appointed treasurer, and the Farmers and Merchants Bank, Hutsonville, will remain the depository for the district.
After approving the established meeting dates and times, policies, and obligations the new board got down to business.
Superintendent Julie Kraemer reported the district had received an unexpected transportation fund payment for this year from the state as well as other payments. Kraemer said she would have bid on a second bus if she had known for sure the money would be coming in. As it was the board approved the purchase of a 2014 Thomas school bus for $45,799.
Kraemer reported that several legislative items could have an effect on the districts budget. A teacher minimum wage law would have an effect as Hutsonville is one of the lower starting wage schools for certified staff. However they are one of the top paying districts for non-certified staff. School funding formulas could also have a positive effect as money becomes available through the state. She did note that budgets are now frozen and spending is on an as needed basis.
Both High School Principal Travis Titsworth and Junior High/Grades School Principal Guy Rumler presented end of year calendars, and touched on testing and the upcoming CASH (Concerns About Student Health) Vape program being put on for the public on April 30. The HHS Spring music concert will be May 9.
High school graduation is scheduled for Sunday, May 19, and eight grade graduation is scheduled for Tuesday, May 21.
In other business the board approved grant applications for the 2019-20 school year, and IESA membership for the 2019-20 school year.
The board also formally set the third Monday of the month, at 7 p.m. in the unit office as the official meeting place, date and time. Exceptions will be for national holidays and special accommodations.
Kraemer presented the board with a draft calendar for the 2019-20 school year. Teacher institute will be Aug. 14-15, with first day for students Aug. 16. The school year would end May 29.
In personnel matters the board hired David Abendroth as high school science teacher, Jennifer Knight for junior high/high school math, and Tyler Olson for high school social science. The board also accepted Brook Callaway's resignation as volunteer basketball coach.
The next scheduled meeting will be Monday, May 20.