Northview principal resigns

By Bryan Richardson

Northview Elementary principal Shelley Aistrup has resigned, effective July 31.

The resignation was a part of the consent agenda from the USD 383 school board meeting Wednesday.

Aistrup has been with the district since fall 2004.

Her husband, Joe Aistrup, accepted the position of dean of Auburn University’s College of Liberal Arts in June and started his appointment in September.

Supt. Bob Shannon said the job vacancy would be posted after the winter break.

He expects to present a recommended candidate to the board by the first meeting in March.



The board will consider a change in how the district’s virtual education program is provided during its Dec. 4 meeting.

The matter came up during the iQ Academy annual report Wednesday.

K12, a for-profit company, currently operates the district’s virtual learning program, which had 358 students enrolled as of Oct. 1.

The contract with K12 is up for auto-renewal, and the iQ Advisory Council recommended stepping away from the company.

The district has to make a decision by Jan. 1.




The board accepted a first reading of the 2014-15 course proposals by a 6-1 margin.

Board member Pat Hudgins dissented, stating she hoped to get a few questions clarified.

The proposal included five new courses, one required course change, one course to be reinstated, two courses to be discontinued, six name and content changes, and four course description changes.

The new courses would be Media and Public Relations, Project Management and Resource Scheduling, Java Computer Programming, Honors Investigation in Science and Creative Writing.

Two courses would be discontinued: Real Life 101 due to low enrollment and Sugar and Spice Singers, which officials said hasn’t been offered in years.

Career and Life Planning, which would be officially reinstated, touches on some of the same topics as Real Life 101.




The board approved the bid by Ron Fowles Construction for the Marlatt Elementary stair, ramp and retaining wall replacement project. This item is a part of the 2013-14 capital outlay improvement plan.

The company’s total bid was $125,940, with the stated goal of completed the project in 90 days.




Jurdene Ingram, a mother of two high school students, advocated for the reinstatement of the district’s diversity committee during the public comment portion of the meeting.

USD 383 hasn’t had a diversity coordinator since the 2010-11 school year.

When the coordinator resigned, the board didn’t refill the position due to its effort to cut more than $600,000 from the 2011-12 school year budget.

“As an African American and a parent of African American children, I know how important it is not just for us but all people to have exposure to and understanding of culture, diversity, and race and ethnicity, especially in their formative years,” Ingram said.

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