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MISD BOE elects new Board President and Board Vice President
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · September 28th, 2017

Several important agenda items topped the Marion Independent School District Board of Education meeting on Monday, September 25, at 7 p.m., including Item A: September 11th School Board Election Results and, Item B: Introduction of Incoming Board Directors-Elect.

The election results were as follows: Total Votes Cast - 559; Shari Funck - 251; Bill Huntoon - 168; Diana Zrudsky - 58; Scattering Votes - 82. Huntoon and Funck, have previously served on the board, while Zrudsky is a first-time district board member. "Thank you for being so welcoming and I hope I can bring something to the board," Zrudsky said.

After the newly elected board members were sworn in, the first meeting was adjourned and a second meeting was immediately called to order. Business Manager and President Pro-tem John Donner took roll call where a quorum was present (Board Member Alan Tribble was absent). The Pledge of Allegiance was recited before the Board President and Board Vice President for 2017-18 were elected.

Board President nominees were David Law and Jill Hansen. With closed votes tallied, Hansen was announced as the new Board President, and was sworn in. Election for Vice President for this year was then selected. Funck and Huntoon were both nominated for the position, Funck received the most closed votes and was then sworn in as the new Board Vice-President.

Board Member Huntoon was appointment to be the Linn County Conference Board Representative. Huntoon will represent the MISD at meetings during the year. Also, Board Vice-President Funck was appointed as the IASB Delegate & Legislative Action Network Member. According to item 10, she will "cast the District's vote at the Delegate Assembly and receive legislative information throughout the year."

Two proclamations declared during the board meeting as well. The MISD BOE first publicly acknowledged HACAP Operation Back Pack. The program gives 40 students in the MISD food to take home on weekends. The second proclamation was given to the Living Water United Methodist Church in Marion. "They have picked up, stored, packed and delivered food packs for students to take home on Fridays during the 2016-17 school year ..."

In addition, MHS Principal Greg Semler and MHS Counselor Tom Kettmann gave the following presentation: "An Approach to Career and Technical Education Planning and Guidance for High School Students." Semler said MHS supports Career and Technical Education, STEM Day, CTE Job Shadow and Internships, college credit in high school (Kirkwood Community College), Advanced Manufacturing Day, and the Construction Trades program. They are partnering with the City of Marion, KCC, MEDCO, and businesses throughout the Marion area in order to give MISD students a vision and opportunities for the future.

Four MISD teachers also gave a K-12 ELA, The Four Essential Questions presentation to the board. The information included the following: "Common Core Standards: Phonological Awareness, Phonics and Word Recognition, Fluency, Comprehension/Vocabulary, and Writing." They discussed teaching strategies and implementations designed to help students achieve their goals.
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