SHELDON—The first day of the 2021-22 academic year is fast approaching, and the Sheldon School District Board of Education will get several back-to-school updates when it meets at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11.

The board will convene in the middle school library following a walkthrough of the building to learn about potential facility needs.

One of the board’s new business items will be approving the 2021-22 Return-to-Learn plans for the academic year, which starts Monday, Aug. 23.

Each building has three plans that correspond to three teaching scenarios in light of the coronavirus pandemic:

  • Possibility 1: Regular learning held on site.
  • Possibility 2: Hybrid learning, with some virtual instruction.
  • Possibility 3: Distance learning held virtually.

Face masks for students and staff will be optional at all three buildings.

The three building principals — Jason Groendyke at East Elementary, Cindy Barwick at the middle school and Sherrie Zeutenhorst at the high school — will also each deliver their administrator reports that will mainly pertain to the upcoming academic year.

New teachers will have orientations in their respective buildings on Friday, Aug. 13, while the week of Aug. 16-20 will consist of various staff training sessions and professional development days.

Open houses for elementary, middle and high school students and their families will also take noon-6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18.

Activities director Eric Maassen will also discuss the schedules for fall athletics, which will start in late August.

Superintendent Cory Myer meanwhile will provide the board with several updates related to buildings and grounds. Those will include the recent high school flooding, the preschool renovation project and landscaping work in the district.

Myer will also discuss the district’s daylong literacy conference planned for Thursday, Aug. 12, at Crossroads Pavilion event center and a special school board meeting set for 5 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 25. During the special meeting, the board will hear from different architectural firms about their work interest in working with the Sheldon schools in the future.

Other items the board will consider during its Aug. 11 meeting include:

  • Accepting the following resignations: Matt Dykstra as varsity baseball coach; Jerod Reinking as middle school baseball coach; Leon Kleinwolterink as middle school softball coach; Carla Kleinwolterink as junior varsity softball coach; Tara Foote as an elementary paraprofessional.
  • Offering the following contracts: Judy Prins-Kooiman as an East Elementary paraeducator; for $13 per hour, seven hours a day; Toby Maggert as a National Honor Society sponsor for $1,075; and Hannah Miller as a volunteer assistant cross country coach. The board also will consider adjusting Rachel Jurgens’ contract as a softball coach from ninth grade to junior varsity.
  • Approving the preschool transportation agreements with St. Patrick’s Catholic School, Noah's Ark Preschool and Head Start for the 2021-22 academic year.
  • Setting $106,000 as the amount of term life insurance coverage for the 2021-22 academic year for certified staff.
  • Approving the transfer of funds for indirect costs from the nutrition fund to the general fund in the amount of $46,766.64.
  • Approving the Teacher Education Clinical Experience Placement agreement with Morningside College for the 2021-22 academic year.
  • Approving four open enrollment applications for the 2021-22 academic year.
  • Adopting the K-12 Lau Plan for Serving English Learners for the 2021-22 academic year.
  • Approving the Silver Cord Award Program, in which students who complete the necessary volunteer hours will wear a silver cord at graduation as a means to recognize their volunteer hours.
  • Entering closed session for a superintendent evaluation.