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Greig, Karels to head new ELC School Board

By Staff | Sep 15, 2009

Jodie Greig will serve as president of the new Estherville Lincoln Central Community School District Board of Education, after accepting the nomination and vote of approval of fellow board members Monday.

Receiving and accepting the nomination and vote for vice president was Mike Karels.

Molly Jo Anderson declined the nomination to serve another term as board president. Outgoing vice president is Karen Butler.

In other business at Monday’s board meeting, Deb Lenertz, AEA school improvement consultant, reviewed Iowa Core Curriculum standards with the board. Lenertz said the Iowa Legislature is requiring that districts have standards in place by 2014 and have a written plan by 2010.

“In my mind, the key is what happens in the classroom,” Superintendent Dick Magnuson said of applying the concepts and standards in the classroom.

In a construction update, Magnuson noted many positive comments during a tour of the new middle school Sept. 10 as well as positive comments from students.

Assistant high-school principal Brian DeJong, speaking for the Booster Club, requested and received approval of vinyl lettering with the ELC logo for the new middle school. The board approved the same design for the high school after turning down a design that included a midget caricature.

High-school principal Frank Christenson noted a number of students with no English skills had moved into the district – hence the need to hire an interpreter for the English Language Learner (ELL) room. He said he is working on finding an additional ELL instructor and bilingual aide.

Christenson noted he is also looking for an in-school suspension aide and an individual to do The Communicator.

Christenson said students exceeded state and national ACT averages in every area except reading.

Across-the-board enrollment increases are projected for this year. “There’s a good chance our enrollment will be up,” Magnuson said, noting students are still enrolling.

In other business the board:

n Set 5:10 p.m. Oct. 12 for a public hearing for an innovative school calendar for the 2010-11 school year.

n Approved salary lane advancements.

n Approved a student teaching contract with Briar Cliff for 2009-2010.

n Approved nominating Steve Peterson as the board member representing District No. 1 in the AEA election.

n Discussed the good conduct policy. Christenson noted that ELC standards are stricter that the state’s.

n Went into closed session to discuss a real estate purchase.