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A-R hopeful for teacher contract

By Staff | Jul 1, 2010

ARMSTRONG – The Armstrong-Ringsted Consolidated School District Board of Education Wednesday night tabled approving a master teacher contract and issuing staff contracts pending approval of an agreement by the A-REA.

Approval of the master contract with the Armstrong-Ringsted Education Association for the 2010-2011 school year had been scheduled for approval at the meeting, as was issuing contacts to staff covered by the master contract. Superintendent Randy Collins said the A-REA will meet Friday to decide on a contract. Board President Rod Foster said the board could possibly hold a special meeting to ink the contract once it’s approved by the A-REA.

In other business, Sandy Tigges, activities director, reviewed summer sports and teacher training at the elementary school at Ringsted.

Collins said the district has received a $35,298 preschool grant, half of what fully-funded schools received in the past. Collins said the state has indicated it will fully fund the grant in the future. Collins said the district will have to charge for preschoolers. The amount is yet to be determined.

Principal Matt Berninghaus said classes are being scheduled and a new family and consumer science and foreign language instructor will be hired. He said he was taking videos of QZAB project.

In other business, the board approved the support staff handbook and business manager/board secretary contract.

The board accepted the resignations of Nathan Hanson, assistant varsity football, and Mark Larson, head girls and boys golf. Deb Obbink, business manager and board secretary, offered her resignation effective June 2011. The board approved a contract for Steve Waldstein as assistant football coach and George Walker as head volleyball coach. Walker has been serving as assistant volleyball coach.

The board approved a 28E agreement with Estherville Lincoln Central to share business operations for the 2010-2011 school year.

The board also discussed at length recent meetings with North Kossuth and Sentral school districts regarding sharing possibilities. A full story will be in Friday’s Daily News.

The next board meeting will be 4:30 p.m. July 26.