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Seivert elected CC-E board president

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

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.

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If Seivert does not live in his district now, he should not be on the school board. At least, that is my understanding of the law. Someone needs to check this out.

-- Posted by concernedforcce on Tue, Sep 18, 2012, at 9:44 AM

"Cycle the Power"?

According to the "Iowa Association of School Boards" http://www.ia-sb.org/BoardOperations.asp... Contrary to Reinhart's statements the link states: "The board of directors of a school district operates as a corporate body. Individual school board members have no authority to act independently, and cannot commit or bind the board by their individual actions. Powers and duties of the board must be exercised by the board as a whole." Obviously the past school board president does not have a complete understanding of the protocol governing Iowa School boards.

Has Mr. Seivert always lived in the wrong district? If so, then the following applies: http://www.ia-sb.org/policylegal.aspx?id... "What happens if we find out one of our candidates doesn't live in the appropriate director district?

In school districts that are divided into director districts, the people in those seats must live in the district they represent. Candidates withdraw until August 4. If they miss this deadline, then the individual is not qualified to be sworn in, even if he or she gets the highest number of votes. The position does not go to the next highest vote getter. So, the board declares a vacancy.

-- Posted by TigerFan1972 on Tue, Sep 18, 2012, at 7:08 PM

According to the Iowa Associaton of School Boards, if a director moves from his director district, a vacancy occurs immediately.

-- Posted by concernedforcce on Tue, Sep 18, 2012, at 9:06 PM

What individual action did Rinehart take?

-- Posted by Mechler on Wed, Sep 19, 2012, at 2:17 PM

That's how they keep getting in trouble. It is not THEIR school board. It is the 2 communities. You people need to start asking more questions and hold these people to what is right. If he is not in the right district, he should be gone. Simple enough. You need to break up the GOOD OLD BOYS club.

-- Posted by hawkguy on Thu, Sep 20, 2012, at 9:14 AM
Response by Paula Buenger:
Director districts were redrawn after the last election. This redistricting moved Seivert into Langner's district.

Seivert is alowed to retain his current position until the next school board election.

At that time, Langner and Seivert will be in the same district, and only one representative will be elected.

Rules cited earlier in the comments are correct as they state, "at the time of election..."

Hope this clears up some of the questions.

Thanks, Paula! That does clear some things up!

-- Posted by concernedforcce on Thu, Sep 20, 2012, at 4:19 PM

Thanks Tony Seivert for stepping up to run our school board. Your VOLUNTEER services are appreciated!

-- Posted by Tara,Patrick on Sat, Sep 22, 2012, at 9:26 PM

Agree with Hawkguy...looks like another error made by the school board.


-- Posted by Comanche Alum on Fri, Oct 5, 2012, at 2:40 PM

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