Maquoketa Valley’s Board of Education approved results of the recent election at its meeting Nov. 15, and re-elected Donna Kunde as board president at its organizational meeting the same evening.

Superintendent Dave Hoeger and the board expressed appreciation to outgoing board member Chris Huber for her dedication to the Maquoketa Valley Community School District during her 12 years of service to the board.

In addition to Kunde’s election to the position of president, John Zietlow was elected vice president. The board set the regular monthly meeting date for the 2021-22 year as the third Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m.

Maquoketa Valley FFA members briefed the board on their recent trip to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. The team of Alia Domeyer, Lane Domeyer, Haley Ronnebaum and Courtney Goedken placed third in dairy judging and has been invited to the Royal Highland Show in Scotland.

The board approved an out-of-country travel request and additional fundraising activities for the FFA students to assist them in traveling to Scotland.

The 2021-22 SBRC (School Budget Review Committee) application for increasing enrollment, open enrollment out and LEP instruction beyond five years in the amount of $120, 701 was approved by the board, allowing the district to increase spending authority and levy dollars if needed.

The board also approved a voluntary early separation package for 2021-22 of $57,000 for certified staff. The funds will be paid in three equal installments into a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) account, with the first installment in August 2022.

In other business, the board approved the appointment of Superintendent Hoeger to the Greater Delaware County Community Foundation, approved three open enrollment out requests and two open enrollment in requests. The board accepted the resignation of assistant high school softball coach Macey Anderegg.

Plans for the upcoming IASB Convention were discussed and the board noted a legislative forum has been scheduled for Monday, Nov. 29, in Edgewood, at 6 p.m.

The Enrollment Express Contract was approved, and it was noted the hourly substitute rate for non-certified staff was increased from $11 to $13 effective Oct. 1.

MV Post Prom will be teaming with Heims Awards on an additional fundraiser, selling tumblers, cutting boards and other engraved items.

Superintendent Hoeger also updated the board on pending employee vaccination requirements set to be enforced Dec. 6.