The Alta Community School District Board of Education held its monthly meeting on Monday, Sept. 15.
The annual meeting of the board was held first. Action was taken to close the books for the fiscal year ended June 30,2003. Superintendent Fred Maharry reported that the district had a cash balance of $1,322,477 for the year. He said that he thinks this balance is "very positive" and notes that the district "continues to keep a very healthy balance." At that time, Angie Meyer was also appointed secretary/treasurer for the board.
An organizational meeting followed, in which new school board members Suzette Radke and Warren Larson took the oath of office during swearing in. Both new members were welcomed and congratulated by Maharry and fellow board members. Election of officers was held, during which time Wes Holmes was again elected president of the board with Richard Marshall being elected vice president.
It was decided that future school board meetings would be held on the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. unless otherwise stated. Due to harvest season, the October meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Members were then appointed to the various board committees.
The board discussed the future of the quarterly breakfastes they hold in conjuction with the teachers and the Alta Education Association. The board noted that attendance has been poor recently, and they would like to see the breakfastes revamped in order to spur on participation. Board members say they are interested in hearing from the teachers at these meetings as to what is going on in their classrooms.
The regular meeting followed during which time principals Maxine Lampe and Larry Martin gave their administrative reports.
Lampe noted the overwhelming need for new equipment for the middle school science department, and the board granted her request to purchase $2,000 worth of new equipment.
The status of the new art room at the middle school was discussed, along with the issue of moving the pottery kiln to the new location. She spoke about the success of the ACT program, and the board moved to expand Beth Lietz' contract from 5/8 to 3/4 time to teach the program. The status of the Family and Consumer Science program was also discussed, especially as it relates to the new middle school building.
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