The North Winneshiek School Board approved the resignations of three long-term employees during its meeting last week.
The Board recognized and thanked kindergarten teacher Nancy Welper for her 22 years of service to the North Winneshiek School District. She is retiring effective at the end of this school year.
The Board approved the resignation of Cristy Nimrod, who also has served the District for 22 years. She will be teaching physical education at the Decorah High School next year.
In addition, the Board approved Carole Sand’s resignation. After 16 years at North Winneshiek, she will be teaching talented and gifted students at the Decorah Middle School.

The Board approved a 3.8 percent salary increase for support staff for next school year. The support staff includes secretaries, cooks, custodians, bus drivers, associates and a nurse. The increase is the same percentage as teachers received.
Superintendent/Principal Tim Dugger will receive a three-year contract extension and a 3.8 percent salary increase for the 2014-2015 school year. His salary for next year will be $99,369.
In other personnel matters, the Board approved a summer recreation director’s contract for Matt Amundson, a fourth grade teacher in the District. He will be paid $2,500 for this position. Amundson also will be the athletic director next year for a salary of $1,000.
The Board also:
• Approved an extra duty contract for third grade teacher Lisa Barth as the District’s curriculum leader for $2,250.
• Approved an extra duty contract for fifth grade Kris Bigler as the district’s testing coordinator/data leader. She will be paid $2,250 for this position.
• Approved paying staff members $35 for school related articles submitted to the Decorah/Mabel newspapers or
• Approved having Bigler serve as substitute building supervisor when the superintendent/principal is not in the building. Bigler will handle additional duties and discipline issues which need immediate attention when Dugger is out of the district. She will be paid $40 per day for the additional responsibility.
• Offered Nancy Sojka a part time contract for the 2014-15 school year. She works with curriculum/testing, the website, staff development, grant writing, the garden and other duties as assigned. She will be paid a per diem hourly rate for her work.
• Approved a list of summer projects.
• Approved five additional days for summer work for Melissa Wicklund, the District’s technology coordinator.

Volleyball ending
Due to low participant numbers, the Board approved a recommendation to discontinue girls’ volleyball and girls’ basketball for the 2014-2015 school year.
In the fall, the North Winneshiek middle school girls will have the opportunity to participate in volleyball at both Mabel-Canton or Decorah. They will also have the opportunity to run on the cross country team in Decorah.
During the winter season, they will have the option to participate in basketball in Mabel-Canton or Decorah. There will be enough boys participating to have a boys’ basketball team for next school year.
The Board approved a guidance counselor sharing agreement with the Allamakee School District. North Winneshiek will purchase 40 days of guidance time from them for the 2014-2015 school year. The Iowa Legislature recently approved supplemental funding for certain shared positions. Guidance counselors qualify for this additional funding. North Winneshiek receives enough additional funding to cover the cost of the 40 days.

The Board had a short discussion regarding the long range planning process. Several ideas were discussed about future options for the school system. There were no major decisions made at this time; the dialogue will be continuing.
Following a feasibility study by the Iowa Department of Education, North Winneshiek officials were informed last year that due to declining enrollment and stagnant state/federal revenues, the District would not be able to maintain its pre-K through eighth grade school beyond the year 2017.
In October, the Board met with the Decorah School Board to discuss possibilities for dealing with the situation. Options for the District include increasing whole-grade sharing, consolidating or dissolving. It takes two to three years to plan for consolidation.
The North Winneshiek preschool will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays next year. There will not be a Monday/Wednesday section.
The Board was recognized for School Board Recognition Month. Each board member received a certificate from the Iowa Association of School Boards honoring them for their service.
The June board meeting is Monday, June 9, at 4:30 p.m. at the school.