In the minutes - POMEROY SCHOOL BOARD

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Pomeroy School District Board members are Paul Ruark, Lori Slaybaugh, Steve Carlson, Bart Gingerich and Ed Sullivan. With all present Wednesday the board:

  • ASB: Sydni Gormsen and Mitch Ruchert reported the girls and boys basketball teams are in district tournaments, and the wrestling team is in the regional tournament in Reardon this weekend. They also gave a summary of Winter Fest.

  • CURRICULUM: Following a presentation and recommendation by 7-12 history teacher Jessica Wolf, voted to adopt the "Pursuing American Ideals" history curriculum. Wolf also reviewed curriculums "The Americans" and "American Vision." Unanimous.

  • CONFERENCE: Discussed school board legislative conference Feb. 27-28. Board members are not planning to attend; Superintendent Kim Spacek said he may attend.

  • FACILITIES: Heard update on Junior-Senior High School modernization. Teachers will review plans April 25-29, and there will be a constructability review May 9. State agencies are commenting on the Environmental Impact Statement. Discussed task lists, and costs for using the Catholic Church School and Nazarene Church. Fire alarm system needs to be installed. Refrigeration unit could be custom made for Catholic Church School at a cost of up to $5,000 more than a non-custom unit.

  • CONTRACT: Approved contract with attorneys Perkins Coie for construction documents. Unanimous.


  • BOARD DAY: Board members reported they enjoyed day they spent in the classrooms.

  • BUDGET: Discussed current budget status. The target for monthly spending is about $327,000 to $330,000, which will help the district maintain its reserve.

  • PLAN: Approved instructional services plan. Unanimous.

  • EVALUATION: In executive session reviewed coaches' evaluations for fall and early winter.

  • LEVY: Discussed passage of levy Tuesday. Board members said there was very little promoting, and the voters seemed to have based their decision on the district's past performance. The 57.11 percent approval rate was good. The last time a levy failed in the district was in 1980. A bond measure failed because it didn't garner enough votes to validate it in 1995.

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