The Nodaway Holt R-VII School Board of Education set dates for board candidate filling, heard reports from both school principals and discussed other business during its regularly scheduled meeting on November 20.

Filling dates for board of education membership candidacy will open December 11 and close January 15, 2019.

Elementary School Principal Shawn Emerson presented his report to the board. He announced the school has an average attendance rate of 97.7 percent. Parent-teacher conferences were held on October 18, with 98 out of 102 parents in attendance. The school hosted its Trivia Night on November 10, featuring 22 teams. The school’s Veterans Day assembly was held on November 13 featuring veterans Virgil Carroll and Ace Stinnett. Steve Livengood, Atlantic, IA, was the guest speaker of the assembly touching on the history of Veterans Day and World War I. He also shared World War I artifacts with the students. The Elementary Christmas Program will be on December 5, the DIBELS middle of the year benchmarks will take place from December 10 through 14 and the SKIP Christmas party and Santa Shop will fall on December 21.

High School Principal Mike Hollingsworth provided the board with his report. The school’s average attendance is 95.45 percent and its recent parent-teacher conferences had a participation rate of 72 percent of the school’s parents. The high school Veterans Day program was held on November 13 with three guest speakers, a performance by the Trojan band and choir and the boy scouts raised and lowered the flag. A drug dog was brought through the school on November 15 with nothing found. The Mound City basketball tournament will begin on November 26 with the girls receiving a fourth seed and the boys earning a seventh seed. He informed the board the high school will be host to the district basketball tournament this year from February 16 through 23. The school’s winter concert will take place on December 10 and the National Honor Society induction ceremony will be December 12.

The board accepted the Special Education Program evaluation.

Kneale Heck contacted the district about cleaning up the fence and tree line at the elementary playground.