The Alta School Board recognized Richard Marshall, who decided to no longer be a part of the board, for his six years of service Monday night and welcomed Dave Turnquist as the newly elected member of the board.
Marshall was presented a plaque. Cake was served to those in attendance.
"I want to thank Richard for his analytical mind and his insight," commented board president Val Rosenthal. "He's been a great help to me and I appreciate it."
Superintendent Fred Maharry added, "Richard has been a wonderful resource for our board. When it came to dollars and cents, he could always guide us in the right direction. He was always very, very good at thinking things through. I hope he'll continue to serve in our district in other capacities. I thank you."
Marshall served two terms with the board (six years.)
Dave Turnquist begins his first term on the school board. He and Val Rosenthal, who was re-elected back onto the board at last month's election, took the oath of office.
Rosenthal was also elected to continue serving as the president of the board; Suzette Radke was elected in as vice president.
The board welcomed city council members to the meeting. The two groups get together once a year to discuss topics of interest to both groups. The library sharing agreement, the revolving stop signs, the renovation of the Roxy Theater and the high school facility study were discussed briefly.
"The city council and the school board have a great relationship," said president Rosenthal, "and we hope that will continue."
Jeff Koth, new director of transportation, was present at the meeting to discuss the bus routes.
"Everything is going smoothly," he told the board. "We made some changes in the route to be more economical so there's not so much back-tracking."
He added that the district may have to consider purchasing a new bus before long. A 1981 bus is no longer being used because of transmission and a 1984 bus, which has gone through inspection and has gotten the "ok for now" will probably not last a great deal longer.
Koth added that there have been a few break-downs that have been fixed. Maintenance records have been maintained on all the buses.
The district runs four regular buses, one special ed bus and has three "spares."
Superintendent Maharry said with the numbers of students showing interest in playing boys varsity basketball (somewhere between 32 and 35) an assistant coach is necessary. The board approved offering Randy Bissen a contract to assist with freshmen as well as junior varsity. He will be paid $1,589.
Numbers for those interested in taking part in the girls varsity team are sitting at 21.
It was recommended to hire Vicki DeMan for the four-hour custodial position at the high school. She will be working evening hours and will be on a three-month probation period. This is not a new position. she will be paid $8.25 per hour.
There have been many requests for financial assistance for a number of projects. Superintendent Maharry will meet with the board Oct. 24 to discuss the prioritizing of the requests.
Requests include air conditioning for the elementary building and assisting with the construction of a new crow's nest at the football field.
Maharry said maintenance work on the high school bleachers have been made but that more work will need to be done in the summer.
A recommendation was made to increase the mileage rate to 32 cents from 28 cents. Maharry pointed out that the district has no cars and that there are times when taking personal cars is more efficient than using a school van, especially in light of soaring energy costs. The board approved the increase.
The school board conducted a second reading of the good conduct code, the first reading of 300 board policy series on administration and a second reading of board policy on credit card usage.
The board approved allowing Mr. Zinnel and up to three FFA'ers to take part in the national convention to be held in Kentucky. Those chosen members, Zinnel and a chaperone will go to Manson in a school vehicle and will travel the rest of the way with other students and advisors. The students will pay their own expenses.
The board members signed up to serve on several committees:
* Buildings and grounds - Ila Galvin and Dave Turnquist
* Personnel - Suzette Radke and Ila Galvin
* Transportation - Val Rosenthal and Suzette Radke
* Curriculum - Val Rosenthal and Warren Larson
* District Advisory - Suzette Radke and Val Rosenthal
* Ballfield - Dave Turnquist and Warren Larson
The Alta School Board will continue to meet the second Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Exceptions will be made.