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Zotz reviews North Union activities

February 28, 2014
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville News

North Union High School assistant principal and activities director Robert Zotz told the board Monday night about the many activities going on in the district.

Zotz reviewed the activities of clubs and organizations such as the FCCLA basketball tailgate supper, dress-up day and sales for Santa; fundraising by the Foreign Language Club for a Costa Rica trip next J-term; FFA students going to subdistricts; Little Warrior wrestling with youth soccer coming up in March and possible wrestling at the high school; a dance camp and showcase last Saturday; and groups going to the state speech contest.

Zotz also talked about the activities of the Supporting Players, a North Union blood drive, parents night, work by the industrial art class on updating school colors on weight room equipment, and the archery program.

Zotz said faculty will attend an inservice April 17 to discuss results of the Iowa Assessments. He also noted activities by the Art Club.

Zotz also discussed academic accountability policies with an added fourth-quarter initiative in which students with failing grades will not be able to access personal apps on their iPads.

"If you can't manage your grades, then you can't manage your own iPad," Zotz said, adding that the goal of academic accountability standards is to promote personal responsibility and accountability.

Superintendent Matt Berninghaus reviewed results of the recent North Union PPEL election. He said he had also met with North Kossuth superintendent Mike Landstrum to discuss various sharing opportunities.

The board discussed the North Union/North Kossuth sports sharing agreement. Berninghaus said the agreement has to be approved by April 30.

The board discussed at length the Sentral softball complex located across form the old Fenton School.

Board member Cory Culbertson noted that if North Union combines with North Kossuth the complex would not be needed. But if that did not happen, the complex might be needed someday. He said North Kossuth had approached Sentral about buying the field lights.

Board chair Jim Boyer said it would probably be better if the Sentral Board made the decision on the disposition of the property.

Under action items, the board approved the North Union/North Kossuth sports sharing agreement, which adds middle-school and high-school wrestling.

The board also set a budget hearing for 6:30 p.m. March 24.

The board also held an exempt session for negotiations.



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