The 2013-14 school year will be Aberdeen School District Superintendent Gary Harms' last.
Harms announced Monday that he would not be seeking a renewal of his contract, which expires June 30, 2014.
He said he wanted to state his intent to get started on succession planning.
The Aberdeen Public Board of Education accepted his letter.
Talks at the board meeting centered around school safety and what the district is doing to keep students and staff members safe.
Safety is still the Aberdeen School District's top goal, Harms said.
An Aberdeen Central High School parent also appeared before the board and asked about procedural matters related to student suspensions.
"Any time we have a suspension for whatever reason, we need to have a risk assessment done to see if they are a threat to themselves or others," Harms said.
That is the typical procedure any time there is inappropriate behavior in a school, he said.
In light of recent events happening at other schools throughout the country, such as the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, it seems like students are more open to telling things to counselors and administrators, Harms said.
"Students seem to be very aware of the climate out there right now," said school board member Mike Miller. "They are vigilant of each other."
Harms said the district's safety management plan has been reviewed by officials and that it is being edited. The plan will then go to Brown County Emergency Management Director Scott Meints for his input.
Vulnerability assessments will also be completed at all schools by someone affiliated with the Department of Homeland Security.
Counselors Dianne Brenden, Lois Walpole and Dave Nikolas updated the board on the work of the counseling program and of challenges and issues they face. Walpole, a counselor at Simmons Middle School, said staffers have also been reassuring students that adults in the building willprotect them if incidents do arise.
Walpole also mentioned cyberbullying prevention and of a counselor's evolving role of adapting to the needs of students.
"We're concerned about the children's safety and we're concerned about their learning," she said.
Harms also updated the board on other goals for the year. He said there have been 13 reports of bullying so far this year.
During the same period of the 2011-12 school year, there were 19.
In other news:
- Remodeling: The board approved a remodeling project for Lincoln Elementary School. The project will remake a resource room into a classroom, add a multipurpose room to the school and update the library. The estimated cost is $299,537 for the project.
- House bids: Miller said no bids have been received for the house built by Hub Area Technical School students. Bids are still being accepted and advertising will be expanded to outside the Aberdeen area. He said if no bids are received, an auction of the house might occur in May.
- Child count: Director of Special Education Services Sherron Grote presented the department's child count for the year. This school year, 14.61 percent of enrolled students are in the special education program.
- Election: The board approved that a joint election will be held June 4 so that costs can be split between the city of Aberdeen and Brown County.