By Steve Peterson
The West Sioux School Board approved a sharing agreement for a teacher’s time with Akron-Westfield Community School District at their Oct. 25 meeting.
Matthew Jongeling was hired by A-W to teach Industrial Arts classes of cabinetry, Computer Assisted Drafting, construction trades, auto tech and auto body, welding and electric subjects for the 2013-2014 school year. He also teachers Middle School Industrial Arts and sixth grade’s Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses.
Jongeling also teaches at West Sioux High School but the agreement did not come to the West Sioux School Board until this meeting. Board members approved it by a 4-0 vote. Member Jeff Eilts was absent.
At West Sioux, Jongeling currently teaches two classes, welding and carpentry, according to Board Secretary Dani Gradert.
“We have a fantastic facility at West Sioux but it has been understaffed. Jongeling teaches a couple of classes for West Sioux High School teacher Tom Chapman so he can work on expanding the alternative fuel program,” said West Sioux Shared Superintendent Randy Collins, who sees Chapman’s program as a way to attract students from other districts to Hawarden.
As far as Jongeling’s hiring was concerned, Collins admitted to not bringing it to the West Sioux School Board’s attention earlier.
In other business, the West Sioux School Board:
• Established a policy to have three members present for a quorum.
• Set the next regular meeting for 6 p.m., Nov. 18, at West Sioux Administrative Offices. The public is invited.