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By Marlana Smith
The North Shelby School Board met Wednesday, August 18. All members were present.
The tax rate hearing for 2021-22’ was called to order. No one from the public attended. The board voted to do a voluntary rollback of .0620 from the tax rate ceiling of $3.8620. The operating levy will be $3.80 and the debt service levy will be .2550.
NS Transportation Department received the Exemplary Award for bus inspections–passage of 100 percent.
The Edith Finke family thanked the board for the memorial in honor of Nurse Edie.
High School Principal Report
Kerri Greenwell provided the following information to the board:
Several employees attended recertification training from the Crisis Prevention Institute on August 10.
The Staff Recognition Dinner is held August 23 in Bethel.
The Raider Discount Card fundraiser will kick off August 25.
Seniors who participate in band, cheerleading and football will be recognized at the first home game September 3 at 6:45 p.m.
Congratulations to all the students who excelled at the State Fair this month!
The varsity boys’ basketball team is scheduled to play in the Norm Stewart Classic
in Columbia at noon on Friday, December 10.
Elementary Principal Report
Jennifer Rich provided the following information to the board:
August 17-18, fourteen teachers and aids attended training on our new Bridges math curriculum. It was at NS via Zoom.
I attended CPI Initial Training at South Shelby on Monday, August 16.
Roxie Stoneburner has been busy enrolling students. As of now, we have enrolled nine new students in the elementary.
Unfortunately, we have lost six students.
The board voted to keep the district tuition at $6,000 and adult lunch prices at $3.15.
The Special Education Compliance Plan and Safe Return to School Plan for the ESSR III grant were approved.
Last year, through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, staff at North Shelby were given days if quarantined or tested positive for COVID-19. They did not have to use vacation, personal or sick days.
The FFCRA has expired and Superintendent Kim Gaines said, she didn’t plan on moving forward with it again, but it was the board’s decision. Gaines noted if staff/students are vaccinated, they don’t have to quarantine unless they start showing symptoms.
Board member Joshlin Yoder asked if cases start to rise in the district, could the board reevaluate and allow COVID Relief for staff members.
Gaines said, “Of course that can be revisited at any time. You have the authority to do whatever you want if the situation changes.” No motion was made.
A motion was made by board member Brandy Uhlmeyer to go into executive session for personnel reasons.
In executive session, the board accepted the resignations of Taleka Vanskike as elementary aide and Jessica Linberger as junior high track coach.
The board also hired Cady Violette as an elementary aide and Gene Boyles as the MACTEC bus route driver. The board also accepted two reassignments for extra-curricular positions—Houston Bichsel will now be the junior high track coach and Makinlin Verbrugge will sponsor National Honor Society. All votes were roll call—7-0.