Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton

ELK HORN — Students in the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton School District will be going back to school earlier in the fall after the school board approved an Aug. 12 start date during their meeting this week.

Superintendent Trevor Miller said the date would still need to be approved by the state along with the district’s Return to Learn plan. “This could all change depending on where we are in late July or August, or if the Governor has other proclamations,” Miller said.

Student fees won’t change much for next year — the board approved the two government mandated changes, one on adult lunches for 10 cents per meal and the second on adult and student breakfasts, for 5 cents per meal.

The district also approved the hiring of a new Spanish teacher during the meeting as well. They have seen some turnover in Spanish teachers over the past year, with one retiring, then used an on-line service, and then a teacher from an exchange program, and used on-line instruction again this year, Miller said.

This year there is a husband and wife who will be coming to the U.S. through the exchange program and the husband will be working with the Audubon district while the wife works in Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton, “so, depending on the Embassy and travel we will have a teacher this year,” Miller said.

Courtney Peppers was also hired as the assistant softball coach.

The board also passed a resolution to continue the district’s instructional support levy. A public hearing and board vote will be held in June.

The board also heard the results of the district audit, and Miller said there was noting major noted, except segregation of duties, something all small schools are told due to the small staff.