School board hears presentation by food service representatives

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The Clayton Ridge Community School board met in regular session on Dec. 12 at the high school library in Guttenberg.

President John Heying and board members Kathy Ihde, Ellen Johnson, Mike Finnegan, Alicia Helle and Jason Reimer were in  attendance.  Also present were Superintendent Shane Wahls, Principal Laura Bilden, Dean of Students Wade Marlow, Board Secretary Dave Schlueter, Iowa Virtual Academy Head of Schools Steve Hoff, Iowa State Education Association representative Kevin McDermott and eight faculty and staff members. 

The board heard a presentation from two representatives from OPAA Food Management, a food service company that currently serves over 800 schools in seven states. The board took no action following the presentation. 

Early retirement agreements were approved for elementary associate Terry Boardman, teacher Judy Clefisch, and assistant maintenance director Jerry Christianson. 

Heather Meyer was hired as basketball cheer coach; Jennifer Gerner as the JV assistant softball coach and Thomas Robinson as a part-time teacher associate. JT Cunningham was approved as a volunteer wrestling coach. 

An amendment to the handbook was approved to allow administrative officials to determine if weather conditions have improved enough during a cancelled school day to allow after-school activities.

Sarah Zahradnik led a discussion on the elementary reading program, and Adam Radcliffe and Nicole DeGidio spoke on middle school choir lesson plans. Steve Hoff discussed enrollment at the Iowa Virtual Academy. Superintendent Wahls spoke about lights for the Garnavillo fields, and on his school safety presentation. Principal Laura Bilden reviewed her staff survey. — Taken from board minutes by Dave Schlueter, edited by Shelia Tomkins

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