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A-R OKs first reading of good conduct policy

By Staff | Jul 29, 2009

ARMSTRONG – The Armstrong-Ringsted Consolidated School District Board of Education – after considerable discussion – Monday night approved first reading of changes in the district student good conduct policy.

Principal Matt Berninghaus said penalties accumulate throughout a student’s high-school career.

Board President Rod Foster asked if students “self reported” any infractions if they would be granted leniency.

“Personally I don’t like it,” Berninghaus said of such a policy.

Board member Don Looft rephrased Foster’s question, asking if a student came in right away to report an infraction whether penalties would be reduced.

Foster added that he would like to see reduced penalties in such a situation.

Other changes address issues such as truancy and incompletes. Berninghaus said students will have eight days from the end of a quarter to finish incompletes.

In other business Monday night, Nate Hanson, outgoing activities director and continuing as transportation director, gave his reports. Superintendent Randy Collins noted that as a result of Tom Mart, maintenance director, and Hanson sharing duties with the City of Armstrong and Sentral Community School District respectively, the district brought in an additional $78,000 in supplemental weighting.

Sandy Tigges outlined plans as incoming activities director, including buying software for the athletic program, planning the activities calendar and setting a policy on use of the gym. Tigges said area clergy have expressed an interest in establishing a local chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Tigges asked for permission to hire a junior high volleyball and dance coach at the next board meeting.

The board and Tigges discussed applicant qualifications for a preschool position. Collins said the board is looking for a noncertified person for the position, adding, “We’re still focusing on a quality program.”

The board also discussed in concept possible whole-grade sharing or consolidation. The district has discussed whole-grade sharing or consolidation with North Kossuth and Sentral over the past three years.

The board also approved a contract cleaning agreement for the Ringsted building. Also approved was the resignation of Mark Larson as junior-high volleyball coach and hiring Larson as golf coach. Deb Obbink was appointed board secretary/treasurer.

The board also also approved official depositories, Rick Engel as attorney and a sharing agreement with the City of Armstrong to share Mart’s duties with the city which qualifies the district for supplemental weighting payments from the state.

Also approved was first reading of the good conduct policy, free and reduced lunch and breakfast programs and fees for the 2009-2010 school year. The only change was a $100 uniform deposit for athletic, cheerleading and drill team participants. Parents may leave a check as deposit and the check will not be cashed if the uniform is returned.

The board also approved Iowa Association of School Board priorities.