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Highland seeks new school board member

By Xiomara Levsen | Nov 26, 2013
Pictured from the left is Highland School Board President Kevin Engel and Highland Community School District Superintendent Chris Armstrong at the school board meeting on Monday, Nov. 25. The school board discussed the appointment process for the open school board seat from Nick Smith’s resignation on Nov. 19.

RIVERSIDE—A school board member has resigned, leaving the Highland Community school board 30 days to appoint someone to fill the empty seat.
Nick Smith, who was the at-large representative, submitted his resignation effective Nov. 19, said Highland Superintendent Chris Armstrong.
“Visiting with Joe Holland [the school district’s attorney], basically he says we have 30 days in which to make an appointment,” Armstrong said. “If the board doesn’t make it within 30 days, then it would go to a special election.”
The district will announce the opening on the board and any residents in the Highland Community School District can apply, Armstrong said. Those interested will give their contact information to board secretary and business manager Sue Rich along with the reason why they’re interested in the position.
“Basically, we need to make everybody aware that we have a vacancy so they have a chance to tell us they’re interested in filling that vacancy,” Armstrong said. “Since this is an at-large vacancy anybody in the district is eligible, and then the board needs to have some kind of process and some kind of decision of exactly how we’re going to have that position filled by Dec. 9.”
Armstrong said a subcommittee of three board members would be sufficient to interview the persons wanting to fill the open board seat.
School Board Vice President Mike Golden asked if this would be considered a quorum because the board currently has six members on it. Armstrong said he would contact Holland and find out and let the board members know.
Armstrong asked for three volunteers for the subcommittee; and if he did find that three was considered a quorum, one person could step away from the committee. School board president Kevin Engel, Golden, and Rachel Longbine volunteered for the subcommittee.
“I want to make sure I understand this,” Golden said. “Dec. 9, we’ll make an appointment. That’s within our 30 days from the [Nov.] 19?”
Armstrong answered yes to Golden’s question. The opening will be listed on the school’s Web site, published in newspapers, and by word of mouth, Armstrong said.
A motion was made to accept Smith’s resignation and to appoint his replacement on Dec. 9. The motion passed unanimously.
Other items discussed at the school board meeting included:
approving a motion to apply for modified allowable growth funds in the amount of $111,765. The district has an increase in open enrollment students out of district to 18.4 students and in limited English proficiency students to the ratio of 1.347, which allows the district to ask for the modified allowable growth;
and heard from the district’s school administrators on what the district has accomplished so far in the professional development process. A designated set of priorities has been set up for the district, and each building is working on how to incorporate those priorities into the curriculum. At the next school board meeting each principal will have a presentation on how the priorities will affect their building’s way of learning.
The next school board meeting will be held on Monday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m.

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