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July 10, 2014

Kraig Van Hulzen fills vacant seat

OSKALOOSA — There will be a new member of the Oskaloosa School Board when the group convenes for its August meeting.

The board met Tuesday night with the evening ending with the appointment of Kraig Van Hulzen as a new board member.

Board member Charlie Comfort had tendered his resignation effective this Thursday at the June meeting. Van Hulzen, who has two children in the district, submitted his name for consideration and will represent the Southwest portion of Oskaloosa as Director 4. Van Hulzen was a candidate for an at-large position in September’s election and was on the slate with current board president Carl Drost in the last election.

Van Hulzen told board members he wanted to give back to the community.

“I am a life-long resident of Oskaloosa,” said Van Hulzen. “My father was on the board with Carl. I teach at North Mahaska so I have the education side understanding. Kamron is a senior and Kourtney is a freshman and I thought it would be a good time.”

Van Hulzen was sworn after a unanimous vote. His first meeting will officially be in August.

Superintendent Russ Reiter stated during his report that he and Middle School Principal Andy Hotek just returned for an exchange trip to the Habai Province of China. He said Oskaloosa hosted about two dozen students in January at the middle school.

"We believe our students would benefit from knowing and understanding the cultures of other countries," said Reiter.

Reiter and Hotek visited a school in the province with a student enrollment of 12,500. He said he wanted to thank all those who made it possible for the pair to take the trip.

Preschool to go to four-day week

Reiter informed the board that the Oskaloosa Preschool Partnership has asked to operate on a four-day, Monday-Thursday, schedule for the coming school year. The start and end of the school year will align with the school district’s calendar.

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