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G-R SCHOOL BOARD By Marcy Knaack

October 28, 2011
Northern-Sun Print
Thursday evening the Gladbrook-Reinbeck School Board approved the hiring of Brooke Mahr as the Principal’s secretary at the Gladbrook Campus. She will have a 198-day contract and will be paid $10.00/hour. She replaces Carla Goettsch who resigned. The board approved the hiring of Whitney Braun as head girls’ soccer coach. Athletic Director Jeff Charley reviewed the annual athletic report with the receipts and expenditures for 2010-11 and the anticipated budget for the fiscal year 2011-12. Last year’s receipts were $79,013 and expenditures were $60,140. New appointed members to the Advisory Committee are Melody Wittgreve and Jamie Smock. The board accepted the retirement of Marv Hamann as bus driver, effective October 14th. Special education contracts were approved with Storm Lake, Marshalltown and Sioux City. These items were included in the consent agenda. Cooley Pumping LLC was awarded the snow removal bid for the parking lots at the Reinbeck campus for $125/per snow event and will be a 2-year contract. Other bid was received from Al’s Lawn Mowing and Snow Removal. Al Bovy was awarded the sidewalk snow removal bid for $85/per snow event and will be a 1-year contract. TurfMaster submitted the other bid for sidewalk snow removal. There were no objectors present for the public hearing on the district’s participation in the proposed Pilot Program Consortium at the Western Outreach Center using PPEL funds for paying the lease for the building. The board approved this application. High School Principal Matt Leeman said he has been attending meetings regarding obtaining a VREP (Virtual Reality Education Pathfinder) system at Gladbrook-Reinbeck. VREP is a program designed to offer the opportunity for students to work with a program called Blender in order to become further engaged in design and learn some basic functions of engineering. This program has been generally been offered to students who have a disconnect with school and has been very successful so far.  Leeman said VREP is changing the way we think about teaching and learning. Approximate cost for the program is $4,000. Leeman will be attending a meeting in Northeast Iowa next week to further research the benefits and pitfalls associated with it. A Student Tech Committee has been formed where Leeman meets with 13 members made up of all four grade levels and all abilities of students. He said the students have created a Facebook page that they will utilize to share out some of the current and fun things that the G-R students are involved in throughout the district. Leeman attended a meeting at Grinnell High School to get updated on the eWalk program so it can be utilized more often for generating classroom data that is observed during informal walk-throughs. He said the data will be shared with staff to encourage improvement and to also share the good things that are taking place. Principal Bill Parker said the K-8 staff recently went to Grundy Center for the NICL Conference In-Service Day. The day was divided into four parts: listen to Dr. Glass, the Director of Education for the state; learn more about effective teaching characteristics from the Iowa Core; learning session on Classroom Management and a chosen area of technology implementation. MAP testing has been completed and the end of the 1st quarter was Friday, October 21st. Board members will hold an all-day board retreat October 25th at the Youth Center at Union Grove Lake and will be attending the School Board Convention in Des Moines on November 16th and 17th. Supt. Tim Kuehl informed the board that the Gladbrook boilers are waiting the final inspection. The steam pipe in the crawlspace has been fixed and the high school boiler will be retubed this week. Kuehl said it is still recommended to replace the high school boilers next summer. Andy McQuillen, Kassi Nelson, Nicole Creswell, Marcia Hagedorn, Lindsay Erickson, Kathy Etringer, Leeman, Chad Bixby and Kuehl attended one day of the 2011 ITEC Conference in Des Moines.  The Conference focused on utilizing technology in education. Mimio Interactive Whiteboards have been purchased for the Gladbrook and Reinbeck Elementary teachers. Andrea Rowe and Kyla Kibirus are co-teaching and gave a presentation on Math and Eagle (TAG) and showed the board members what they are doing in the classroom. The next board meeting will be Monday, November 14th at 6:30 p.m. in Reinbeck. This is a change of date from the regular meeting scheduled for November 17th.  


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