EACSD Board approves DARE program, discusses Instructional Support Levy

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

All members of the Eastern Allamakee Community School District (EACSD) Board of Directors were present for the monthly board meeting held at Kee High School in Lansing Monday, July 18. Those present included Board President Bobbie Goetzinger and members Tony Becker, Melanie Mauss, Kelli Mudderman and Arla Wagner.

Also present were EACSD Superintendent Dr. Dale Crozier, Kee High School and Middle School Principal Dr. Sarah Updegraff-Murray, New Albin Elementary Principal Donna Thomas and Board Secretary Michele Martin. Lansing/New Albin  Police Chief Conrad Rosendahl was a visitor.

After the agenda was adopted and approved, the board approved the July consent items, minutes of the June meeting, bills for June and July, and Food Service June Report. The board gave its unanimous approval to the DARE program, which is focused on teaching students decision making for safe and healthy living and which will be taught by Police Chief Conrad Rosendahl, who was present to answer any questions the board might have. In addition, the board approved the Computer Science Program for the 2022-2023 school year.

Several business items on the agenda were approved, including the approval of the renewal of the EMC Liability Insurance, effective through July 1, 2023. In personnel items, the board approved a base wage contract of $27,000 for Kenny Johnson, Transportation Director.

The board also approved the milk bid from Prairie Farms. It was the only bid received and included the following:

½ pt. 1% White .3468
½ pt. Skim Chocolate .3622
½ pt. White Skim .3255
4 oz. Orange Juice .3162

Under Administrative Reports, Dr. Updegraff-Murray reported that in conjunction with Locker Night scheduled for August 18 to start the new school year, there will be a picnic meal at both the Lansing and New Albin locations to welcome all students and families in the district.

Principal Thomas said she received help from Brittany McKee, along with her daughters, to do painting in the New Albin Elementary classrooms. Four additional smart boards were installed in the classrooms. Without the hiring of an additional Kindergarten teacher, Sierra Schobert will move to Kindergarten.

Superintendent Crozier reported that the district’s Instructional Support Levy will end in 2024. The board can vote to extend the levy, and discussion will take place prior to that determination. Extending the  PPEL funding would help with repairs in the future.

The energy audit from Alliant Energy was reviewed. Dr. Crozier requested mileage reimbursement for travel at $.30 per mile rather than the $.42 normally paid for district mileage.