By Pete Temple, Express Sports Editor
Monticello Middle School is about to get a new principal.
Brent Meier, currently elementary school principal in the Guthrie Center school district, was approved to take over as Monticello’s middle school principal during the regular meeting of the Monticello School Board Monday, April 22.
He will take over for Bill Gilkerson, who in February announced his retirement from the position after 17 years. Gilkerson’s resignation is effective July 31; Meier will start his position July 15.
In other action, the board:
• accepted the audit report from Nolte, Cornman & Johnson for the year ending June 30, 2012.
The report was mostly favorable, particularly noting that district expenditures for the year ending June 30, 2012 did not exceed the amounts budgeted.
“They found no significant problems,” board treasurer Connie Reyner said.
There were some minor transgressions, including overstating the number of students in the certified enrollment by 1.0 student, and expenditures that were recorded into the student activity fund that the firm said should be in the general fund.
• heard a report from fourth-grade teacher Lindsay Ryan about the human body project in which fourth-graders took part. Ryan said it was an integrated project combining language arts and science.
Students made craft shapes of human bodies, with shirt flaps that opened to reveal essays they had written.
Part of the success of the project, Ryan said, was that the shapes were going to be distributed to several buildings around the community.
“When students know that their writing has a purpose and other people are going to read it outside of the school, it means a lot more to them, and they are be a lot more motivated to do well,” Ryan said.
• heard a report from maintenance director Bob Abeling about summer projects. Among them are finishing the replacement of north side windows at Shannon, replacing fencing along Highway 151 at Dean Nelson Field, and creating a special ed bathroom at the high school.
• heard a report from Abeling about an auction of Panther Park. The district plans to sell Panther Park, either as a whole or in sections, through a live auction. The tentative date for the auction is May 16, with details forthcoming.
• made final approval of the 2013-14 school calendar.
• held a public hearing, and later approved changes in estimates of expenditures in the current school budget. • approved the addition of a high school English class, Foundations of Literature, for the 2013-14 school year. This is an invitation-only course for students identified with specific learning targets in the areas of reading and language arts.
• approved the driver’s education contracts of Doug Ries and Tim Lambert. The program currently has 29 students enrolled.
• approved the resignations of Connie Byers as special ed child specific associate, Pat Bell as elementary school teacher, and of Mike Meshak as MIC advisor.
• appointed Diane Boczkowski as food service employee at Shannon, and Tanner Fellinger as substitute bus driver.