Chatfield's school board held a very brief meeting last Monday evening to sum up business in the district since its July meeting and prepare for the start of the new school year.

Principals' reports included Chatfield Elementary Principal Craig Ihrke citing that the staff and building are "ready to roll" and that the "Stop and Drop" meet the teacher and school supply drop-off event is coming up this week. Elementary students may visit the school this Thursday, Aug. 29, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Chatfield High School Principal Randy Paulson related that the high school staff is being rounded out by new members ready to teach.

"We had to work a little bit harder than we were expecting, but Jessica Bester is our new ag teacher, and she's already come in and started working on some things," Paulson told the board. "I'd like to thank Terri Dudek and Sharon Manahan for doing a lot of behind the scenes work, and the janitorial staff has done a wonderful job in getting the building ready. We've got the schedule squared away, and the teachers have begun to organize."

Chatfield Superintendent Ed Harris reported on numerous matters, including that the district's 2012-2013 audit is complete and that the "records are in very good shape." He also stated that the elementary parking lot has been sealed and repainted.

Harris also told the board that a storage room at the elementary will be converted into a work station for the Hiawatha Valley Education District (HVED) as HVED intends to use Chatfield as a base office for many of its operations in the district and surrounding school districts, and that the work done will have costs shared between the district and HVED.

Additionally, the district has hired five new teachers and seven paraprofessionals. The board approved the hire of Angela Wiegmann as an English instructor and Jessica Bester as an ag instructor at the meeting.

The consent agenda included approving the elementary student council family fun run/walk fundraiser and increasing adult meal prices to $3.35 for lunch.

The board also considered the hire of an eighth grade volleyball coach and new elementary paraprofessionals.

Before adjourning, the board approved the K-12 student handbook and the staff handbook, with only minor changes to each.

The next meeting of the Chatfield School Board is set for Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. in the high school media center. The public is welcome to attend. Furthermore, the annual truth in taxation hearing has been scheduled for Dec. 16 at 7 p.m.

For more information, one may log onto the school website at www.chatfield.k12.mn.us.