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Richland School Board May 21st Meeting

The Richland School District Board of Education and community members participated in a strategic planning session at the Monday, May 21st school board meeting.

Jamie Nutter, Administrator of CESA 3 in Fennimore led the session. He went through each of the five priorities that the board had listed as fundamental to the district: safety, achievement, enrollment, communication, and budget. Everyone in attendance was given a chance to rate each of the five priorities with five being the most important to one being the least. The outcome and most important to board and community members participating were communication as the most important followed by achievement, safety, budget, and enrollment.

The next step of the strategic planning process is to plan meeting dates and times. Jamie Nutter said it is important to meet at least twice a month to begin with. As goals are set then groups will probably want to meet more often. What is important is to keep the momentum going. There was much discussion between board members on the best time to meet. No definite decision has been made on when to begin meeting on the strategic planning priorities.

In action last night, the board approved the second readings of new policies for student bullying, student harrassment, and Equal Education Opportunities/Discrimination. Summer school plans were approved for the middle school the weeks of June 18th and 25th. Also approved was the gift of a pottery wheel valued at $900 from the Class of 2017 to the art department in memory of Brooklyn Lindvig; other approvals were: a cooperative agreement for the 2018-19 school year for the Ithaca/Richland Center Cross County; rates from Delta Dental for dental insurance for 2018-19; and a contract with Town & Country Sanitation in the amount of $58,741 for waste and recycling removal for 2018-21.

Following the closed session of the Richland School Board of Education the board approved a one year contract for Steve Board to serve as High School Assistant Principal/ Activities Director for the 2018-19 school year. Also approved for the next school year were: Peggy McMahon as Lincoln Early Childhood Teacher; Angie Egge as Doudna Guidance Counselor; Sidney Hunter as Doudna and Lincoln Physical Education Teacher; and the year long, fall and winter co-curricular assignments for the high school and middle school. The board also approved Elementary summer school teachers and summer custodians.

The board also accepted the resignations of: Bobbi Jo Durst as school nurse; Kristina Sultze as high school English teacher; and Heather Horton as Doudna Kindergarten Teacher. All of these resignations are effective at the end of the current school year.