Textbook, course fees and handbook changes approved

Textbook and course fees were approved at the Switzerland County School board meeting Monday, July 16th.


Textbook and course fees were approved at the Switzerland County School board meeting Monday, July 16th.
Superintendent Rodney Hite said the school endowment will pay 60 percent of the costs. The endowment assists taxpayers by paying the school’s debt service also, added Hite.
Hite noted (at his first official meeting as superintendent) that schools have been approved to receive free metal detectors. A policy will be put together before any are installed. He reported that funding has been approved to have a Security Resource Officer for another year.
Gayla Bullock announced that the school received over $70,000 of canned goods for $8000 as part of the annual commodities.
“I’m opening a grocery chain with fruit and vegetables,” joked the food services director. She thanked everyone for helping with the food and finding storage at the tech building.
“Students will eat well this school year,” she added. Lunch prices will remain the same.
The board approved update handbooks after discussion
Board member Jill Cord asked that the high school retake policy information be put into middle school handbook and that the middle school gang policy be put into high school handbook. Both recommendations were approved which will help parents access the information more easily.
In personnel, Kelly Hansche was hired as instructional assistant for students with special needs.
Resignations were approved from Gregg Goewert and Melinda Gamins.
Michelle Detmer will move to the middle school math position which was held by Mark Boggs.
Hite was authorized to hire any staff necessary prior to the next board meeting.
The board approved Bestway Disposal for trash pick up and Southern Petroleum for fuel along with Prairie Farms for dairy and Klostermann Bakery for bread (both through the Wilson Education Center).
Hite reported $1100 in savings should the board lease its copiers with Donnell and McCarty
The board approved use of facilities for SAY soccer and Jeff Craig
Back to school orientation nights will be: Switzerland County Elementary -Aug 8th from 4-6 p.m.; Jeff Craig Elementary- Aug. 8th from 4-6 p.m.; middle school- Aug. 1st 6-8 p.m. and freshman orientation Aug. 6th at 6 p.m.
The next board meeting will be August 20th at 6 p.m.