Storm Lake Board of Education Veteran member Ed McKenna was chosen to serve as president during the board's annual organization meeting. Peter Steinfeld, who had also been nominated as president, was elected as vice president, with Marcella Koth also receiving VP votes.
There was some debate about setting the date for board meetings, as the district tries to keep Wednesdays free of activities, but the decision was made to continue Wednesday meetings.
Later, in the regular meeting, reports were made on the before-and-after-school programs.
The grant that had funded the TLC middle school program has run out, but Monsanto stepped forward this year with funding to help continue enrichment program developments. It has just been learned that the 21st Century Grant program will be returned. The district is investigating the requirements to see if it would be wise to apply again for funding for future years.
Currently the program is being limited by the number of staff members able to staff TLC. Over 125 families had expressed some interest in the program before the school year, but only a fraction of that number can currently be served. Various efforts throughout the school day are being used to provide extra help and enrichments for the students who may not be able to attend after school.
The Little Tornado Academy for elementary schoolers is serving over 60 in morning and afternoon sessions.
The District has been ordered by the Department of Education to increase the costs of lunches for adults or for students who want seconds, since subsidizing such meals is not allowed. The board increased the price of these meals from $2.85 to $3, noting the $3 price applied even to students on free or reduced-price lunch programs, if they want to obtain a second meal.
There was also a discussion of the district's social media efforts.
To help get information out to families more quickly, a new, user-friendly site is available at slcscl.org, as well as two social media sites: facebook.com/slcsd and twitter.com/stormlakecsd.
The board began the process of establishing a committee to write a new mission statement for the district, as the last one dates from the 1990s.