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A-R, North Union boards meet

Berninghaus talks about move to North Iowa Conference

January 31, 2014
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville News

ARMSTRONG - The Armstrong-Ringsted and North Union boards of education heard administrative reports and reviewed the upcoming Feb. 4 special election for a physical plant and equipment levy at meetings Monday in Armstrong.

In the A-R meeting, superintendent Matt Berninghaus reported on North Union getting out of the Cornbelt Conference and moving next year to the North Iowa Conference.

Berninghaus said North Union would go as far as Osage next year; however, since North Iowa was having conversations with the Cornbelt about forming an east and west division, the furthest NU would probably go the following year would be Forest City.

Berninghaus also discussed the middle-school wrestling program and whole-grade sharing. He also said the five North Union operational sharing agreements that max out next year have brought $1.5 million to the district, adding that North Kossuth has seven agreements to max out, generating $1.3 million.

In the activities report, assistant principal Robert Zotz reviewed activities by choir members, basketball, Little Warrior wrestling and basketball and large group speech. He also filled the board in about ALICE training which shows how to deal with an active shooter. He said staff agreed evacuation is the course to follow and that teachers felt strongly about educating kids about ALICE.

Zotz recapped J-Term which featured the following courses:

n An Amazing Adventure.

n Our Life Stories.

n Mind Your Own Business.

n CSI.

n Student Voice.

n Advanced Egg Tossing.

n Save Us.

n Art of Grilling.

n So You Want to Learn to Fly.

n Sports Franchise Management.

n What's Up With Our Schools?

n Senior Internship.

There were also 45-minute elective mini courses each day.

Zotz said surveys showed both teachers and students rated the J-Term experience more highly than regular semester courses.

Berninghaus also reviewed ballot language in the Feb. 4 special PPEL election. Polls will be open from noon to 8 p.m. at the Armstrong Community Center,

Ringsted Library and Sentral School. Voters will decide two issues - the voter-approved PPEL and accompanying revenue purpose statement. Measure A, the voter-approved PPEL, would allow a levy not to exceed $1.34 in both districts. Measure B determines the use of money raised from the penny sales, services and use tax.

The same topics were discussed in the North Union board meeting that followed.

Berninghaus said the board would discuss administrative restructuring and negotiations at the next meeting, with the A-R board meeting at 5:30 p.m. and the North Union board at 6:30 Feb. 24.



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