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Van-Far approves ballot language for August election

Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 10:15 am

Van-Far Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hunter talks to the board during last week’s meeting.

The Van-Far R-I School Board meeting officially approved the ballot language for what is being called “Proposition A” on the upcoming August 8 ballot.
The district is asking voters to cast their vote for the increase of an operating tax levy ceiling to $3.9701 per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation for the purpose of providing additional funds to better maintain the district’s programming, facilities, retain qualified staff and meet other operating needs. The move pushes the levy up by .58 cents, from $3.3901 to $3.9701.
The language was passed 5-1 with board member Larry Wheeler casting the lone “No” vote.

Hiring, resignations, and more
Most of the information coming out of last week’s board meeting involved resignation letters and a busy Executive Session filling many of the same positions.
Resignation letters were ready by Board Secretary Jim Hopke for Tonya St. John (Ag/FFA Advisor), Brenda Perkins (Elementary Custodian), Scott Eickhoff (Teacher), Teresa Winders (Yearbook Advisor only), Ronald Bealmer (Custodian), Juli Hackethal (MASS Sponsor only), Jackie Waller (NHS Advisor only), Alex Cucciarre (Music Director), and Dale Smith (Custodian).
Hirings include Thomas Roth (Credit Recovery teacher, assistant HS football coach, Jr. High boys track and Jr. High girls basketball coach), Colten Penrod (Jr. High Science), Cory Bennett (Special Education), Zachary Keller (Music), Blaise Stuedle (Ag/FFA), Andrea Grimmett (Special Education Para), Darrell Stuart (Maintenance/Custodian), Larry Creek (Maintenance/Custodian), Brenda Weiss (MASS), Rebecca McCurdy (Yearbook, Web), Teresa Winders (12th grade lead sponsor, NHS), Kelsy Fowler (assistant HS softball), and Daniel Friedel (Baseball, Jr. High boys basketball).

Enrollment is at 566 students, with 265 in the Jr./Sr. High School and 301 in the Elementary School.
Superintendent Dr. Hunter gave a report on maintenance work and Summer projects. He also talked about no action being taken on SB 313.
A Last Day of School Luncheon will be held at noon on May 26.
In Principal’s Reports, it was noted that the Vocational Advisory Committee meets at 5 p.m. on May 25.
The Elementary has Pre-K promotion and track and field day on May 22, 6th grade on May 23, and an Awards Assembly on May 26.
A Second Reading was done for MSBA 2017A.
Approved were the OPAA Summer food service, bids (tires, oil, and fuel), Summer School stipends, and the June board meeting will now be held at 7 p.m. on June 22.
Hopke talked about his enjoyment of Leadership Day. Pete Nasir encouraged folks to contact local representative to support the PSRS and PEERS retirement programs.