At Monday night's meeting, the school board voted to elect a new board president and vice president. At 3-2 votes each, Tony Seivert was elected president and Scott Rinehart was elected vice president.
Next year, both Seivert and Rinehart finish their terms as board members. Rinehart is up for re-election, but has decided he will not run.
In anticipation of his leaving, Rinehart asked the board to re-vote for his position.
"When Sue [Brugman] left, we talked about electing a new president and vice president each year, so that we cycle the power these positions hold throughout the board members," Rinehart said.
After a second vote, Brian Schmidt was elected vice president of the board.
Schmidt, Rinehart, and board member Dave Saboe are up for re-election next year. Curt Langner will remain on the board until his term is finished. Seivert will not be able to run for the next election, as he does not live in the district he represents.
Superintendent Dennis McClain introduced a list of potential committees to the board, to help delegate future actions of specific tasks.
The board elected:
− Rinehart and Schmidt to the budget management committee.
− Langner and Saboe to the building and grounds committee.
− Schmidt and Langner to the school improvement committee.
− Seivert and Rinehart to the negotiations committee.
− Seivert and Saboe to the transportation committee.
In other agenda news, the board:
− kept the school board meeting date to the third Monday of each month, but changed the time from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
− hired Harold Prior of First Priority Consultants and the Iowa Wind Energy Association to perform an initial consult on the wind turbine, to decide if the money required to repair it is feasible for the resulting energy produced.
-- extended Christmas break by one day, so the teachers can attend an Iowa Core Investigation day. Students will return to school on Fri., Jan. 4. The extra day will be added to the end of the year, making May 23 the last day of school.