Worth County Approves Baseball Cooperative With Northeast Nodaway

Worth County School Board members agreed to participate in a cooperative baseball agreement with the Northeast Nodaway School District for the 2022-23 school year. The action was part of a meeting held Thursday night. Prior to the vote, the board considered the pros and cons of such a measure. Some of the reason that the baseball cooperative was offered by NE Nodaway was a projection of declining numbers in the next few years and a need for more participants to be able to have a competitive baseball team. There would be a minimal start up cost and maintenance costs for Worth County, but the district may need to spend another $10,000 for transportation costs to participate. The vote for the measure was 6-0 with 1 abstention.

Superintendent Chris Healy also updated the board on the draft budget for the 2022-23 school year. He stated that several variables remain before a final budget is developed. Two of those include salaries and personnel. He did report that the employee health insurance rates will raise by 5.9 percent for the upcoming year.

The board opened bids for a roofing project for the agriculture education building. They also discussed other summer facility projects.

Worth County approved a pre-K through 12th grade summer school for this summer. The program will run from May 23rd to June 10th. Pre-K through 6th grades will have their sessions between 8:15 and 12:30pm. The 7th through 12th grade summer school will be credit recovery and will run all day from May 20th to June 3rd. Registration for summer school must be completed with the elementary office by May 6th.

Board members also approved an enhancement grant application that will support Vocational-Technical Education.

In personnel moves, the Worth County board offered Renee Zollman a position for Agriculture Education, Rebecca New as a Family and Consumer Science Teacher, Harley Jo Meek as a Title I Reading Teacher, and Ashley Briner as a paraprofessional. Non-certified positions and extra duty assignments were also approved.