October update on the Board of Education


Taron Masi, Online Editor

The purpose of the Board of Education is to address the business of the School District. Every month they meet in a public setting at the Administration building to address citizens and ask for any feedback and concerns. Read below for a list of topics covered at the meeting on Oct. 7.

This month’s meeting started out with an administrative report from both AGS Middle School principal Eric Rettenmund and Department of Teaching and Learning Executive Director Heidie Ciesielski on recognizing various student volunteers. Rettenmund introduced students who are involved with the AGS Leadership program and work to put on events like Socktober, recycling drives, and the annual Spring Fling dance. Ciesielski also made mention of two student leaders in particular, junior Dominic Krusniak and sophomore Cameron Carlson. Krusniak was involved in tutoring over the summer and Carlson worked on creating an alzheimer’s awareness event. 

There was a single action item on the agenda that required a vote: a resolution to approve the purchase of three 2017 F-250 from lease. These trucks were an upgrade from our previous 20 year old work and plow trucks. The resolution brought forth by the Executive Director of Finance and Personnel Doug Busch was passed. 

The meeting concluded with Superintendent Adam Hartley’s report. He updated the board on the ongoing negotiations with the teachers union over the month-by-month calendar policy in place. Their goal is to eventually establish a year-long calendar. Hartley concluded by confirming that an update on the schools contact with Southern Lakes Parks & Recreation will be on the Nov. agenda.

The meeting finished up with reports from the subcommittees of Teaching & Learning and Finance. Teaching & Learning shared that the enrollment is over 1,200 for the first time in over five years. Finance was able to report that the district was able to add around 1 billion dollars to its budget.