Northeast Hamilton school board approves a contract settlement for the Northeast Hamilton Education Association.

The Northeast Hamilton Community School Board approved a contract settlement for the members of the Northeast Hamilton Education Association Thursday evening for the 2017-18 school year. Northeast Hamilton school principal Mike Kruger said the tentative agreement will include advancing the step and lane advancement by $215 on the base. The new base will be at $27,765. The longevity rate will increase an additional $100 with the total dollar increase  at $11,299 or at 1.81 percent. The association represents members of the Northeast Hamilton Elementary teaching staff.

The Northeast Hamilton board approved the school calendar for the 2017-18 school year. Professional development days will be August 15,16 and 17 with the first day of classes set for Wednesday,August 23,2017. The final day of school barring any snow days will be May 25,2018.

An unpaid meal charge policy was approved by the board that will take effect at the start of the 2017-18 school year. Food service director Sherri Olson told the board that she has been doing research on other schools and what they did when it comes to those families who could not pay for their child’s school lunch. The cost will be at $50 for the school year for an alternate meal.

The board approved the audit bids from Nolte, Cornman and Johnson P.C. for the next three years. The cost of the 2017 audit will be at $6,750. The 2018 cost will be at $7,000. The 2019 audit will cost the school district will be at $7,250.

In another matter,the Northeast Hamilton school board approved the authorization for the principal and interest payment for the Series 2009 General Obligation bonds with the interest at $45,835 and the fees at $105,000 for a grand total of $150,835. The board voted to table action until next month’s meeting for the non-bargaining contract discussion and the 700 series policy review.

Northeast Hamilton elementary teacher Tammy Massman recently received a STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) scale up grant which will provide training for up to five teachers provided by Iowa State University. The Hansen Family Juggling show last Tuesday evening drew a great turnout of families and students to the school gym. The appearance was made possible by Williams Area Development Corporation.

The final informal meeting between the school boards of Northeast Hamilton, Stratford, and Webster City was  held prior to the Northeast Hamilton board meeting. Representatives of the school districts looked at professional development plans, the school calendar and sharing programs. The Northeast Hamilton board members in attendance felt it was a productive meeting for all involved.

As for summer projects, principal Mike Kruger told the board the work at the school track is just getting started. The curb to the track has been taken out along with the concrete. Plans call for put down the black dirt and seed to the track in the next few weeks. There will also be work on installing aluminum doors to the gymnasium plus a handicapped entrance to one of the gym doors. Work will be done this summer on installing siding, shingles and carpeting for the portable building plus further work at the school bus barn.

The board also approved the district wellness policy for students and staff. Iowa State University presented a $500 stipend to Northeast Hamilton for their involvement in the study of wellness activities in the district.

The next board meeting will be on Thursday,May 18 at 6:00 p.m.