The Ottumwa Courier


September 19, 2012

E-B-F school board fine-tunes details

OTTUMWA — The Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont School Board held its first annual organizational meeting this week, handling several housekeeping matters. The board re-elected Deb Bahr as president of the board, and Kevin Lane was elected vice president.

The board set meeting times at 6 p.m. the third Monday of each month at the administration office in Eddyville.  

Board members named the Ottumwa Courier their newspaper for official publication, and the First Iowa State Bank in Eddyville will continue to be the district’s depository. The board also accepted appointments to various committees.

The board agreed to request nearly $200,000 in allowable growth to cover the special education deficit from the two merged districts.

New Junior/Senior High School Principal Matt Johnson told the board about several incentives the school is offering to students this year. Those incentives include: good news letters sent home to parents, student of the month, perfect attendance awards and the new Rocket Committee designed to give students a forum to voice concerns. In addition, the new mini laptop computers have arrived and will be distributed to students soon.

Meanwhile, new Blakesburg and Eddyville Elementary Principal Chris Fenster told the board of similar incentives in his buildings, including the Rocket Pride Program where students earn tickets for modeling good behavior.  

In Fremont, Principal Joellen Harding-Breon says that the new lunch program featuring healthy choices is running smoothly. Staff are modeling healthy activity choices with a special bulletin board filled with photos of active staff members.

Also, all three elementary buildings expect to receive and distribute iPads to students in the coming weeks.

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