By Pete Temple, Express Sports Editor
ALICE training is coming to the Monticello Community School District.
ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. It is a series of responses in the event of emergency situations within school buildings.
Participation in the training was approved by the Monticello School Board during its regular meeting Monday, June 24. Teachers and staff will attend training sessions conducted by police chief Britt Smith and the Monticello Police Department.
Drills during the school year will be part of the training, just as fire and tornado drills are conducted for students and staff.
“We can make some pretty positive changes within our district to increase our safety,” Smith told the board during the meeting.
In other action, the board:
• approved an educational services agreement with Kirkwood for the Jones Regional Alternative Program for 2013-14.
• approved the Grant Wood AEA Computer Services Agreement for fiscal year 2014, for the amount of $12,675.
• approved the bid of Accent Construction for concrete pads and walkway at Shannon playground, at a cost of $15,061. That cost covers the labor; the district will need to purchase the cement as well, at an additional cost of about $9,000.
• approved the bid of Freese Motors for the purchase of a new van, at a cost of $24,800. The van is a 2014 E150 Club Wagon XLT.
• approved the first reading of three policies: 400.2, 409.1R1, and 413.0.
• approved installation of lights at the Shannon softball field, due to the generosity of an anonymous donor. • approved the contracts of non-certified personnel.
• approved the resignations of Nicolette Wennekamp as varsity volleyball coach, Connie Gullett as special ed child specific associate at Shannon, Emily Stevens as sign language interpreter at Shannon, and Lowell Guard as bus driver.
• appointed Sarah Goldsmith as high school science mentor, Heather Hansen and Morgan Murray as summer technology associates, Mike Lambert and Bruce Novak as volunteer cross country coaches and Melissa Gadient as third grade teacher.
• appointed Nick Thumma as webmaster, Morgan Murray as district help desk, Kim Carlson as high school technology facilitator, Callie Kromminga-Smith as middle school technology facilitator, Tricia Lambert as Carpenter technology facilitator, and Heather Hansen as Shannon technology facilitator.
• appointed Ali Austin, Crystal Lindley, Ashley Davis, Mackenzie Dietiker, Katie Dirks and Rachel Hall as volunteer dance coaches.
• approved the addition of an associate technology position for about .25 FTE.
• approved the transfer of Diana Jones from one special ed child specific associate position at the middle school to another one.
• held a special meeting June 21, during which the board accepted the resignation of Shane Blake as high school social studies, teacher, high school PE teacher, and strength and conditioning coach.