The Adams Central Public Schools Board of Education held its August meeting Monday night to approve an additional pool of substitute teachers and hear a water update at Adams Central Junior/Senior High School.

All members were present.

The school board approved a motion to expand the pool of substitute teachers the district can call upon to help cover for faculty members when they must miss work. Shawn Scott, Adams Central superintendent, said this is an annual vote.

A normal substitute in the Adams Central pool will have a state teaching certificate. The vote approved a request to the Nebraska Department of Education to allow local teaching certificates to be handed out to applicants.

The applicant for the local teaching certificate must have some teaching education — usually a bachelor’s degree, Scott said. The request expands the pool of available substitute teachers.

“Finding substitute teachers is pretty tough for every school district, and we are no exception there,” Scott said.

The board then heard its yearly water report from Tonya Schriner, district water operator. She said water quality is not an issue, but there are some problems with the the elementary school’s well. She said the well keeps shutting down but they are working to fix it.

“Things are actually running very smooth for most schools right now. As far as water quality tests, we haven’t had any issues,” Schriner said.

The school board also got an update on the bus barn, where the school can store buses for school activities. The bus barn is about 85 percent complete, according to Scott. The building contract was awarded in March, but weather caused some delays in construction.

In other business, the Adams Central Future Business Leaders of America thanked the school board for financially supporting a trip to the National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas, June 29 to July 2.

Drake Vorderstrasse, who is on the Adams Central FBLA team, was elected as the National FBLA Mountain Plains Region vice president during the conference.

“In 12 years or so that I’ve been doing this consecutively, this is probably the year that I enjoyed it more than anything else,” said Shawn Mulligan, an Adams Central business teacher. “They did an excellent job of representing our school and our state.”

Tristan Weston, the student council reporter, gave an update to the board about what is going on at the school. He said athletic conditioning has begun and band camp has started. He also discussed a few upcoming events.

The board also recognized four of its own members for recieving levels of distinction from the Nebraska Association of School Boards. Greg Mucklow received level one, Chris Wahlmeier received level two, and Chad Trausch and Dave Johnson received level three. There are ten possible levels.

The next regular board meeting will be Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m.

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