Joey-Kate Carey, fifth-grader and winner of the Times Bulletin’s Kids Design An Ad contest, spoke about her drawing during Wednesday's Lincolnview Board meeting. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
Joey-Kate Carey, fifth-grader and winner of the Times Bulletin’s Kids Design An Ad contest, spoke about her drawing during Wednesday's Lincolnview Board meeting. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)

MIDDLE POINT – During Wednesday evening’s Lincolnview Board of Education meeting, the Board heard about a variety of topics.

During his report, Superintendent Jeff Snyder noted that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved free school lunches for the 2021-2022 school year. This means that all students are eligible to receive a free standard breakfast and lunch; ala carte menu items can be purchased at an extra charge.

Snyder also noted that the district has maintained low COVID-19 numbers in the building.

“Right now we have zero quarantined students; we have zero students who have COVID-19, and we have one staff member who is finishing up [with a quarantine],” said Snyder. “We’ve been at zero, pretty much, since March 1. We did have one student there for a while, but now we’re back at zero.”

During her report, Elementary Principal Nita Meyer introduced Joey-Kate Carey, fifth-grader and winner of the Times Bulletin’s Kids Design An Ad contest. Carey won $20 and a certificate for her drawing of Brewed Expressions. She said she chose Brewed Expressions because she loves getting frappes from there. In the ad, Carey drew her mom and her sister enjoying a drink from Brewed.

Near the end of the meeting, district parent Scott Eddy reiterated that he'd like to see policy changes made at the school. First, Eddy asked that all non-core educational activities in the school require parental permission. Second, he asked that a prohibition be placed on instruction regarding sexuality outside of formal education curriculum such as health class. Third, he asked that the Board make a policy that requires students to use the restrooms and locker rooms that aligns with their biological sex, regardless of if the student identifies as transgender.

Eddy provided the Board with documents such as a document on parental rights in schools in Arizona and a document regarding an organization called the GSA Network that promotes student-run organizations that unite LGBTQ+ youth with allies.

"What you will see on page 18 is that they believe it is their duty to create change in school," said Eddy who said this change includes that transgender students can use facilities and participate in sports and activities consistent with their gender identity. "What this really means is that they want to allow boys in the girls' locker room. I would assume that anyone who has girls in school would not be okay with that."

Eddy asked that the Board take action on all three of his recommendations. The Board did not respond.

In other business, the Board made the following motions:

- Approved the recognition of Teacher and Classified Staff Appreciation Week for the week of May 3-7.

- Approved a trip for Lincolnview High School Band to perform at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida, from March 2-7, 2022.

- Approved Jeff Jacomet as High School Track Volunteer Coach and Eli Farmer as Jr. High Baseball Volunteer Coach.

- Approved the severance payment to Jeannie Vulgamott.

- Approved a one-year classified contract as the Assistant to Treasurer for the 2020-2021 school year effective April 19, 2021, to Kaitlyn Edelbrock.

- Approved a one-year certified contract as the Elementary Intervention Specialist Cross Categorical for the 2021-2022 school year to Emilee Grothouse.

- Approved a one-year certified contract as the Elementary Intervention Specialist for the 2021-2022 school year to Taylor Hughes.

- Approved a year certified contract as the High School Mathematics Teacher for the 2021-2022 school year to Jason Bockey.

- Approved a one-year classified contract as a Bus Driver for the 2021-2022 school year to Pam Rager.

- Approved Donna Coil as a Latchkey Assistant for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.

- Approved Valerie Hamman's resignation letter as a cook effective May 30, 2021.

- Approved Debra Guinther's resignation letter as a bus driver effective April 30, 2021.

- Approved a year certified contract as the Elementary Physical Education Teacher for the 2021-2022 school year to Alison Hammons.

- Approved Danielle Profit's resignation letter as the High School Cheerleading coach effective at the end of the 2020-2021 season.

- Approved Austin Ahlborn's resignation letter as Instrumental Music Teacher effective at the conclusion of the 2020-2021 school year contract.

- Approved Sarah Kill's resignation letter as a kindergarten aide effective May 21, 2021.

With no further business, the Board motioned to go into executive session for negotiations and for personnel matters concerning the employment and compensation of a public employee and then adjourned.

The next Lincolnview Board of Education meeting is set for Monday, May 24 at 6 p.m.