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School board officers elected at organizational meeting

District approves football field waterline, school bus purchases

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 11:10 a.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 11:59 a.m. CST

MONROE — As the PCM Community School District’s Board of Education entered a new year under a new school board, relatively little has changed in terms of personnel — this includes board officers.

At the organizational meeting Sept. 18, board member Mitchell Chipps maintained his position as board president by a unanimous vote from his fellow board members. Steve Nearmyer also will hold a second term as the board’s vice president in 4-0 vote. Board officers are elected each year by their fellow school board members. The president’s role is to guide each meeting and help set the agenda for the board.

In one of his first acts as a second-term board president, Chipps thanked retiring board member Brenda Downey and returning members Nicole Stafford and Alvin Keuning after the Sept. 12 school board election.

“I wanted to thank Brenda (Downey), in public, for serving four years on the school board. She did a very nice job serving the PCM school district,” Chipps said. “Congratulations to Alvin (Keuning) and Nicole (Stafford) for stepping up and serving another four years. It’s a big commitment.”

Downey, who decided not to seek a second term, declined to accept a write-in victory in last month’s race. The school board discussed filling the vacancy on the board via appointment during a special meeting Sept. 27, but no decision has been made.

Capital purchases

The board also approved the purchase of a water line Sept. 18 which will be installed at the PCM High School football field in preparation for a future irrigation system. The purchase was recommended by the board transpiration/facilities committee. The work contract was awarded to T and T Sprinkler Services, Inc. of Johnston, at a cost of $19,750. Money for the project will come from the Student Activity Fund, donated by the PCM Athletic Boosters.

• The board approved 5-0 the purchase of a new school bus to update the PCM district’s fleet. The $83,500 purchase from Hoglund Bus Co., Inc. of Marshalltown, is part of the district’s planned bus rotation schedule. Money for the bus will be taken from the capital projects fund.

Contact Mike Mendenhall at mmendenhall@myprairiecitynews.com

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