2020 In the News

HOPKINS, Mo. — The North Nodaway Board of Education approved the purchase of new technology equipment with funds allotted to the district by the CARES Act at its July 15 meeting.

According to Superintendent Chris Turpin, the district received slightly more than $23,500 from the CARES Act provided to school districts based on Title projections for the year. The act was signed into law in March by President Donald Trump to stimulate the economy.

North Nodaway has only allocated $19,525 toward the purchase of 60 Chromebooks, 15 refurbished HP 250 G7 teacher laptops and 25 Chromebook licenses, according to the minutes.

Should the district close and move to complete remote learning, students will be sent home with a Chromebook. According to the district’s reentry plan, in the event of closure, one Chromebook will be assigned to each family for every two students and sent home with the oldest student enrolled.

“The district will take measures to ensure that equitable access is available to all students,” the plan notes.

Turpin said the district still is planning more technological upgrades including the possibility of internet access points available to families in school parking lots and/or providing “hot spots” to families in need.

For more information about the district’s reentry plan, visit the school’s website.

Maintenance position

In executive session, board members approved the creation of a new full-time salaried Maintenance Supervisor position for the 2020-2021 school year.

Turpin said the district has a nighttime custodian who does odds and ends repair throughout the district after custodial work each evening, however, the new supervisor will be a full-time staff member devoted to districtwide repairs and maintenance.

“They’re going to be able to do some general facility maintenance issues and repairs,” he said. “They’re going to be able to help with preventive maintenance, whether that’s on some heating and cooling change filters those kinds of things.”

The new maintenance supervisor will be in charge of all future mowing and snow removal. This year the district took bids on grass cutting and Turpin said that person will finish out the year.

He or she also will set up for major activities, making sure microphones and speakers are working etc.

Some upcoming projects that Turpin hopes the maintenance leader will be involved with include major capital improvement projects such as some problem areas at the Hopkins building such as an interior wall that’s seeing moisture and water running alongside the outside of the Hopkins building.

The latter project will tie all downspouts into an 8-inch double-lined pipe that will be trenched and run it out to the road rather than down and around the building. The district hopes to have that completed before the start of school.

Personnel

Extra-duty assignments

  • Emily Bix, Scholar Bowl sponsor for the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Gretchen Wehmeyer, Yearbook Sponsor for the 2020-2021 school year.

Other news

  • Board members approved the district tuition rate of $10,866 per student for the 2020-2021 school year. According to Board Secretary Tiffany Whipple this is very similar to last year’s rate.
  • The board approved allowing homeschool students to participate in school-based athletics as long as he or she is enrolled in the district for a minimum of four seat credit hours.
  • Board members approved several 2020-2021 school handbooks for employees, parents and students.
  • The board approved removal of chemicals by Clean Harbors Environmental Services, of Liberty, Missouri, at a cost of $16,039.05.

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