Security system approved at Valley

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Security system approved at Valley

 

Becky Walz
News Editor

 

For the safety of the students, the Valley school board on Monday approved the purchase of additional cameras inside and outside of the school building, a key fob system for staff to enter the building, and an intercom system that will require visitors to be let into the locked building. 

“With these new features there will be very few blind spots in the hallways, so we can address disciplinary and security issues,” noted Superintendent Duane Willhite. “The intercom system makes the school feel more institutional, but definitely safer.”

Willhite informed the board that parents registering NFV students will be able to do so at either West Union or Valley for students in grades 7-12. Registration for fall enrollment will take place Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 5-6, at Valley and Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 7-8 at North Fayette. Hours will be 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.

In anticipation of many Valley students driving to West Union, NFV plans to eliminate one bus for before- and after-school shuttles. Willhite explained that the morning and afternoon trips to and from West Union are extensions of a normal route, and the drivers should be compensated for the change. As a result, the board approved to pay a rate of $9.50 twice a day. Also approved was a $23 stipend per trip for drivers on the activity shuttles.

Choir instructor Janet Helgerson presented a request and tentative itinerary for the band/choir students to Washington, D.C., March 19-24, 2014, as members of the NFV fine arts program. Early estimates show the cost per student will be approximately $750 and will include transportation, hotel, and numerous meals. 

“This is an outstanding opportunity for our students,” acknowledged Willhite. 

Board members reviewed the first draft of the 2013-14 bus routes. Buses are planned to be at Valley by 7:30 a.m. Route buses will be leaving around 3:40 p.m. after the shuttle buses make the stops.

An increase from $2.40 to $2.50 for lunch for PK through eighth grade was approved; breakfast rates will increase from $1.30 to $1.40.

In the past NF has given senior citizens over 65 years of age a “Golden Pass,” and past board members receive lifetime passes to all school events. Board members approved $30 senior citizen passes and reduced entry fees for senior citizens for the upcoming year. All passes previously received by NF and Valley patrons will continue to be honored.

In other business, the Valley school board:

• Amended the interim management operations principal’s contract from 204 to 227 days.

• Approved milk and bread bids from Pan-O-Gold and Prairie Farms.

• Extended contracts to Sarah McCarty (.75 FTE elementary special education), Royale Torkelson (1.0 FTE special education), Amber Linderbaum (elementary instructor), and Debbie Houston (MS language arts). Middle school coaches approved were Amie Johansen (volleyball), Antwyan Cullar (boys’ basketball), and Tracy Nuss (cross country).

• Accepted resignations from Jim Miller (regular school bus route driver) and Lowell Lyngaas (MS cross country coach).

The next regular meeting of the Valley school board will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19.

 
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