Alan Beers read an Open letter to Highland Community School District Board, Superintendent Chris Armstrong, High School Principal Angela Hazelett and Activities Director Tony Johnson from his wife Rita, his son Tyler and himself regarding Tyler’s 30 day. The Beers’s addressed the council about the punishment (which stemmed from damage to a Fort Dodge hotel room in early November) at the November 11, 2014 school board meeting and asked that the penalty against their son be rescinded. At that meeting, Board President Kevin Engel verified that the school was following proper procedure, and said that they will continue following it. According to the decision of the Iowa Department of Education, the Board upheld the punishment at a special meeting on November 18 with a vote of 6-1 and Alan Beers filed a timely appeal on December 10, 2013. The requests of the Beers family is outlined in the letter suspension [See open letter in the appendix at the end of the post].
Good Conduct Rule [see 'Good Conduct Policy' in appendix below] was reviewed. The Board discussed the possible changes of the policy, such as whether failing to report should be present and, if so, the detail in which it needs to be worded. Tattling and holding athletes and other students with extra-curricular activities to a higher standard than students without, and possibly looking at Iowa Athletic Association’s guidelines
After a public hearing regarding the matter, the board authorized the purchase of transportation equipment over $50,000; 7-0. They subsequently approved the bid for one Hoglund school bus, which was the lowest bid that included an inside camera ($81,859). There was a cheaper bus on the bid list, and School Board Member Tara Black asked if the stock bus was of a lower quality. Armstrong said that stock buses meet different specs and are normally for schools who need a bus right away. They did not have to apply the specs given by the school, said Engel; the purchase was approved, 7-0.
Presentation of 2013-14 budget amendment estimate The motion to receive, file and publish the 2013-14 budget amendment estimate on May 1, 2014; to set the public hearing for May 12, 2014 at 6:30 PM; and to certify the budget amendment by May 31, 2014 as required by law was approved 7-0.
The start date waiver request resolution passed 7-0. The start date waiver is
“pursuant to Iowa Code section 279.10(4) [:] the State of Iowa has granted school districts and nonpublic schools the ability to request a first day of school earlier than the mandated start date [when the board has determined] that the later start date would have a significant negative educational impact …[and] in consultation with its community, has determined a later start date would significantly negative impact on the educational program due to the direct and direct and indirect impact on student learning and student learning needs.”
The summer library program was approved for Ainsworth and Riverside, 7-0. The free program will be once a week for six weeks; Hills Bank sponsors t-shirts earned through a series of reading goals and a party. The program averaged 40 kids last summer. ISCAP supplemental resolution for the 2014-15 school year was approved, 7-0. The ISCAP resolution adopting a financial plan for the 2014-15 school year was also approved 7-0.
The Board voted to sell 3 used buses for $4500, 7-0. Resignations of middle school special education associate Brittany Wide and middle school special education teacher Kimberly Martin and the appointment of Kenneth Hegwood as the new high school at-risk instructor was approved, 7-0.
Beers’ Family Open Letter to Board, Superintendent Armstrong and Principal Hazelett
Good Conduct Rule