Long thought to be a reality, an electronic message board at Panorama High School may lose out to a new scoreboard at the athletic complex.

These were the options given the Panorama Community school board last Monday evening by Superintendent Shawn Holloway. No decision was made. 

A message board along Highway 44 south of the building presents placement and safety problems, said Holloway. Board member Deb Westergaard said, also, traffic speeds by too fast to read the messages.

Cost of a new scoreboard is $25,000 with a price tag for the electronic board at $50,000. Holloway was to check on the age of the present scoreboard.

Holloway gave the board a copy of “State of the District Finances” which will be printed for public consumption. He reported an average of 90 meals per day are being served through a summer food program

In the five district communities. New elementary school playground equipment has arrived and will be installed soon.

Resignations — Gary Faraci, high school science, and Lindsey Duncan, middle school special ed teacher and teacher leader, plus being an assistant coach for cross country and high school track.

It was noted neither are subject to “finding a suitable replacement” as they had not signed a contract.

New hires — Ryan Nail, former elementary PE instructor and current softball coach, returns as the 6-12 PE teacher.  Also, Cheryl Wells, middle-high school art teacher and art sponsor; Steven

Hameister, teacher leader; Kylee Boettcher, high school girls basketball coach and Aly Dahlhauser her assistant;  Jim Bauch, persuaded to be the junior class sponsor one final year after resigning; Dan West, bus driver; and Samantha Flanery, wrestling cheerleaders coach.

Other board action — Approved hot lunches prices staying the same at $2.75 for students and $3.75 for adults and breakfast costs at $1.60 and $2.10.

Pay for substitute teachers was raised from $110 to $115 per day. Substitute paraprofessionals, cooks and custodians had their pay raised 50 cents to $10.50 per hour.

The cost of driver’s ed was hiked from $250.00 to $275 per student with the instructor paid $225.00. The Emergency Operations Guide was given the nod.

A new copier agreement with Access Systems was inked for $2,311 per month. Two open enrollments out and one in, both to and from AC-GC, were okayed. A new science curriculum costing $26,519 was purchased.

First reading was given to four board policies -- employee travel compensation, credit and procurement cards, employee use of credit cards, employees use of cell phones and employee use of cell phone regulations.

Also — May had 11,176 lunches and 3,792 breakfasts served. Forty-two activity fund accounts had a balance of $87,133 as of June 3. The school has funds deposited in the Panora State, Guthrie County State and Farmers State banks. The next regular board meeting is Monday, July 8 at 6:30 p.m.

Cale Kastner voted no -- but gave no reason -- on the consent items which include bills, financial reports, meeting minutes, resignations and hirings. (Though multiple items, they require only one yes or no vote.)