Monday’s Colo-NESCO board of education meeting began by welcoming Jamie Stensland of the American Heart Association. Stensland discussed some of the activities the organization was able to provide to the district during the past academic year. Stensland mentioned that the physical education department will receive $550 worth of equipment for the upcoming school year.
Superintendent Jim Walker also reported on the activities of the Wellness Committee for the board. The committee, made up of administration, students, staff, parents and community members, has reviewed the board’s wellness policy. Some of the ideas the committee came up with for the upcoming academic year to promote healthy lifestyles include Family Fit Night at the elementary; presentations at the middle school and high school by health professionals addressing things like vaping, nutrition and fitness; and staff wellness activities or events. A shooting club was also mentioned, but the administration will gather more information before deciding to move forward.
The district also reviewed the first reading of the board’s policy on a tobacco-free environment. The Iowa Department of Health is recommending that districts update their policies to explicitly ban electronic smoking devices, cigars, chewing tobacco, snuff pipe and snus from school grounds. Board members also asked about awareness programs (such as DARE) concerning vaping for students, as well as parents. A second reading will take place at July’s board meeting.
Continuing with the health theme, Business Manager Lisa Waddell brought up health insurance for the district’s support staff. The state requires the district to provide some kind of “affordable coverage” regarding health insurance to staff who work 30 hours or more per week. Administration will provide options for fulfilling this requirement during next month’s meeting.
In other news, the board approved an Emergency Operation Plan, a milk bid (of .2250 per pint 1 percent milk with an escalator clause for one year), a fuel bid from New Century FS, a tractor lease with Vetter Equipment for one year (150 hours at $5,250) and a Return to Play/Return to Learn protocol for any student suffering from a concussion.
During superintendent comments, Walker shared that after approval of personnel earlier in the meeting, all teacher opening for the upcoming school year were filled. Seven new teachers will be on staff in the fall. Walker also wanted all interested that the Community Task Force initial meeting will be held July 17 at 7 p.m. in Colo.
The next regular board meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 15, at the C-N High School Media Center.