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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 29, 2014

Board members look to Sept. 10 election

By Xiomara Levsen | Jul 09, 2013

RIVERSIDE—Highland business manager Sue Rich told board members there would be four school board seats open in the upcoming election.
“There were some questions and a little bit of confusion about what districts were open,” Rich said. “We got some clarification from Mary Gannon at IASB [Iowa Association of School Boards].”
Rich said since Megan Allen was now considered part of district five because of re-districting in 2012. Allen could run for district five, which would be a four-year term.
This would leave district four open with a two-year term to fill the seat Allen would be leaving.
“Really we have one, three, four, and five open,” Rich said.
Board member Becky Hanson, who currently represents district five, said she wasn’t going to run again.
Board member Megan Allen asked what would happen if no one runs for the school board.
“They would be appointed,” Highland superintendent Chris Armstrong said.
Hanson said board members would need to start speaking with people in district five if Allen decides not to run.
“No, I have not decided,” Allen said. “I took the papers to people. I just have not had them sign it yet.”
She said she needed to decide where she is more effective for the district, as a parent or as a board member.
“I’m not really sure where I’m best at,” Allen said.
Allen asked Rich when the papers would be due if she were to decide to run again. Rich said Aug. 1 by 5 p.m. because she would take them to the auditor’s office the next morning.
School board president Mike Roberts will not run again in district one and board member Kevin Engel confirmed he would run for district three again.
The school board election will be held on Sept. 10.
Other items covered at the meeting included:
• approving a list of legislative action priorities to be sent to the IASB. Some of the items that were chosen as a priority by the district included the school start date and supporting allowable growth;
• accepting bids from Anderson Erickson Dairy for milk, Pan-O-Gold bakery for bread, Hoards Bakery for pita bread, Johnson County  Refuse for sanitation, and Ferrellgas for LP, and Consumer’s Co-op for gasohol and diesel fuel for the 2013-14 fiscal year;
• and approving a bid from Randy’s Carpet for carpet to be installed in the Riverside Elementary entranceway and for carpet tile to be replaced in nine classrooms.
The next school board meeting will be held Aug. 12, at 6 p.m.

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