ARMSTRONG?- The Armstrong-Ringsted Board of Education in its organizational meeting of the new board Monday night swore in members elected Sept. 10.
Travis Nielsen was sworn in as a new board member as were incumbent board members Jennifer Von Bank and Karen Ann Thackery who ran unopposed. The board approved Von Bank as board president and George Walker as vice president, both by unanimous ballot.
The board decided to continue meeting 6 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month. Members also defined board operating rules and practices - Robert's Rules of Order - and authorized interim payment of bills.
Walker was approved as County Conference Board member, Von Bank as IA-SB Action Network member and Walker as IA-SB Assembly delegate.
Superintendent-appointed committees were also approved for transportation, building and grounds, personnel and empowerment.
Prior to the organizational meeting the board heard administrative reports. In his report, assistant principal Robert Zotz said 94 percent of last year's students ranked 20 or above on their ACTs - compared to 70 percent for Iowa and 57 nationwide.
Superintendent Matt Berninghaus reported a $95,123 increase in the district unspent balance - thanks in large part to savings through whole-grade sharing.
The board also approved the canvass of elections, second reading of a tobacco/nicotine-free environment and an out-of-state FFA trip to the national FFA Convention.
Outgoing board president Jim Boyer offered some departing remarks.
"I'm extremely proud of what this board has done over the past four years," Boyer said. "It's been something that I will always treasure. My responsibility has always been inspiring the educational opportunities for our kids."