Seneca East keeps representation

ATTICA – The Seneca East Board of Education met Monday evening to re-elect and congratulate Jamie Beamer as the board’s president, and Larry Lucius as vice president.

Appointments to board committees included farm committee, Lucius; legislative committee, Beamer; finance/audit board, Steve Bridgford and Lucius; labor management committee, Steve Albright and Valerie Phillips; and Sentinel Committee, Beamer. Superintendent Michael Wank was appointed purchasing agent with elementary principal Brad Powers as substitute.

A motion to adopt the proposed budget for all funds from July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2013, was approved.

In his report, Wank discussed a proposed school calendar for the 2013-14 school year with graduation occurring the Sunday before Memorial Day.

Powers addressed how busy the elementary has been in these winter months and it will continue. The junior high student council “bell ringers” for “Ringing the Bells” fundraiser raised more than $400 to be donated to the Salvation Army this year. “Operation Christmas” entailed fifth-grade students who are taking guitar lessons, played during the high school lunches to raise money to be split between three families in the community with needs during the holiday season. Students involved raised more than $100.

Powers also reported:

Grade cards are to be sent home Friday.

Parent teacher conferences will be March 11-14. Parents are asked to contact their children’s teachers for an appointment.

An awards ceremony is to take place every quarter to recognize elementary “bucket fillers,” those who participated in service projects and academic success.

High school Principal Don Vogt said students from elementary to high school are starting a student safety committee. The purpose of this committee is to get students involved and feel safe in the school environment. Vogt also said the high school musical performance will be March 8, 9 and 10. The board approved the hires of Diane Stallings, Heather Hunker and Crista Heibertshausen as directors for the March musical.

In other business, the board passed:

A resolution to authorize the treasurer to seek and collect advances on local tax money as needed and available.

A resolution to authorize the treasurer to pay bills as they are due and to fulfill all contractual obligations.

A resolution to authorize the treasurer to invest funds as available and to place all interest from said investments into the General Fund, except for the Farm Fund, the Heartland Scholarship Fund, the Technology Fund, and the Replacement Fund, with interest from the investment of these funds going back to each, respectively.

Accept amounts and rates as determined by the Budget Commission and certifying to and authorizing the county auditor to collect the necessary levies on the duplicate.

A resolution to authorize the superintendent to accept resignations which have been submitted by employees during times when the board is not in session and set up guidelines.

A resolution to authorize the superintendent to make offers of employment directly to candidates for either teaching or nonteaching positions on behalf of board and set up guidelines during periods when board is not in session.