Patrons of the Atlantic Community School District will have to vote for three, new School Board members in September. Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein reports two long-time Board Members, Dennis Davis and Phil Hascall, along with Rod Hartwig, have decided not to run for re-election. Nomination papers for offices to be filled in 2015 can be filed with your school board secretary through July 30th, 2015. All offices are for four-year terms. Amstein says following the September 8th School Board elections, those persons who win the vacant seats will be provided with the necessary training to get them started.
Hartwig is the newest member of the Board, having served for nearly four-years. Davis has served for 29-years, while Hascall has been on the Board for about 12-years. Amstein said all three Board members have expressed various reasons for not running for re-election. For Hartwig, Amstein says it was because of his job commitments and changes in the Ag economy. Amstein says Davis probably thought that after 29-years it was time for new leadership to step-in, and Hascall thought along the same line.
In other business, Mike Amstein said the Board, after some lengthy discussion, approved the District’s Affirmative Action Plan that has to be updated every two-years. They also awarded bids for: Concrete work on the High School parking lot; New bleachers at Schuler Elementary, and fuel contracts for the coming school year. The Board budgeted $20,000 for the parking lot repair, and around $25,000 for the bleachers (which he expects to come in at under $20,000).
The Board also approved a Cooperative Sharing Agreement with the Clarinda Community School District for Girls, and possibly Boys Swimming.