The Colo-Nesco board of education discussed communication with others around the district at its meeting Monday.
During public comment, Randy Stoeffler of the Colo City Council informed the board that the council would like to keep open the lines of communication between the council and the board.
Later, Director Levi Bappe mentioned that he received a call from someone in the district and wanted clarification on what parts of the board’s informational packet can be shared with the public. Superintendent Dr. Steve Gray mentioned that any or all of the board packet can be shared with the public, and Business Manager Lisa Waddell added that she sends board packets out upon request.
Bappe would like to see information relating to the board posted on the district’s website or social media sites, and also would like any information sent to the city clerks of the district’s three cities.
“Any time we can get transparency, that’s a good thing,” agreed Board President Joel Niemeyer.
The board also approved sharing agreements for the 2018-2019 school year. The district will again share 50 percent of the time of business manager and human resources positions with neighboring Collins-Maxwell. With the Nevada School District, Colo-Nesco will share time and costs for the positions of transportation director, curriculum director, librarian and continue to use Nevada personnel for Technology Services.
A special budget meeting will be held April 12 at noon in the Colo Iowa Communications Network (ICN) Room to assure that the district can have its budget certified by April 15 (the April regular board meeting is scheduled for April 16). The board is also waiting on possible legislative action to determine if the 2018-2019 school year can begin before Aug. 23. The next regular meeting will be held March 19 at 6:30 p.m. in McCallsburg.