EACSD Board of Directors hears about National FFA Convention, updates on variety of items as end of calendar year approaches

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

The  Eastern Allamakee Community School District  (EACSD) Board of Directors met at Kee High School in Lansing Monday, December 21. Board President Bobbie Goetzinger called the meeting to order. Board members Melanie Mauss and Arla Wagner were in attendance. Members Tony Becker and Kelli Mudderman were absent. Also in attendance were EACSD Superintendent Dr. Dale Crozier, Kee High School and Middle School Principal Dr. Sarah Updegraff, New Albin Elementary School Principal Donna Thomas and Board Secretary Michele Martin, as well as visitors Ray Rankin, Anissa Stanley, Riley Troendle and Jacob Stendel.

After the adoption of the agenda, Lansing FFA advisor Ray Rankin and his students who attended the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN gave a presentation on the events at the convention and other tours they had an opportunity to take in the surrounding area during the trip.

After the approval of the December consent items, minutes of the November meeting, bills for December and the Student Activity Report, the board moved to personnel approvals. Approval was given to the resignation of Patty Olson as Assistant Speech sponsor. In addition, a contract for Stephanie Vest as art teacher was approved.

The Board approved the  500 Series Board Policies and the Drop Out Prevention At-Risk Program for Fiscal Year 2022-2023. The request for an overnight trip for the music department in February was approved.

Under Administrative reports, Dr. Updegraff reported that all deposits for the anticipated Spanish trip will be refunded or extended to the next year if the trip is canceled. She also informed the board that at the old middle school a dumpster was obtained and disposal of broken and unusable items were removed. The old electronics in the building were recycled.

Principal Thomas reported that New Albin Elementary had its first Parent/Teacher Organization Meeting. The next meeting is scheduled for January 6 at 5 p.m.

Dr. Crozier talked about the informational letter that went out to parents on the Tik Tok threat against schools in mid-December. He also provided an update on the Iowa Association of School Boards Convention, noting that the presentation at the Convention went well.