Kollmann seated as new school board member

The Altamont Board of Education filled the vacancy left by the resignation of Randy Tillman by appointing Alan Kolllmann in a unanimous vote at the board’s regular monthly meeting held on Monday, Aug. 14. The board cited his past leadership positions in making the announcement.

The meeting opened with public comment in which kindergarten teacher Cheryl Jackman expressed concern regarding the number of children in each kindergarten class this year. The class has 52 total students and two teachers. Jackman explained the detriment of large class sizes, especially in kindergarten. Due to the five-minute public comment rule, the two kindergarten teachers will be scheduled for a longer presentation before the board. Parent Taylor Polk also expressed his concern over this situation.

District teacher Casie Bowman provided an overview of the Eureka Math K-8th grade curriculum and implementation. Bowman also discussed a book study for teachers focused on the book, “Minds on Math.”

AGS Principal Doug Hill announced that the school’s annual Meet the Teacher Night will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Enrollment numbers as of Aug. 9 showed that AGS was down 66 students from last year, having dropped from 466 to 400 based upon registration numbers. The projection for this year was 416.

The board discussed adding swings to the AGS playground in the project’s second phase.

The Equity was approved as the fuel provider for the upcoming year as was the Intergovernmental Agreement for Effingham Regional Career Academy.

The resignations of three district employees–Kassie Bullard, Jessica Scholes, and Barb Williams—were accepted. Heather Began and Suzanne Jackson were hired to fill two of those positions. Amanda Tonn was hired as a cook.

Tera Hahn was approved as a volunteer flag corps sponsor.

The tentative budget was approved for fiscal year 2018.

The board reviewed its policy on bullying and conducted the first reading of board policy updates.

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