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G-R SCHOOL BOARD By Marcy Knaack

March 30, 2012
Northern-Sun Print
By Marcy Knaack Thursday evening the Gladbrook-Reinbeck School Board accepted the resignation from Bill Parker as administrator/teacher at the Gladbrook campus and baseball coach, effective June 30, 2012. The board ratified the 2012-13 Master Contract with a 3.13% increase. This year’s total package will be $2,718,513 compared to $2,635,959 in 2011-12.  An increase of $82,554. Insurance language will reflect a maximum district cost of $495.85/month with the total cost of $249,396. The base salary will be $32,100 and Schedule B will follow the Schedule A base by $4,900. The board proposed removing the following positions from Schedule B: FHA Sponsor, Middle School Cheer Coach, Letter Club Sponsor and Department Head. The Elementary Summer School was approved for K-3 reading and 1-4 math and will be held June 20-July 19 Monday thru Thursday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. The instructors will receive $25/hour and students will pay $30. This may need to be tweaked if the number of students requires the time to be lengthened. Turf Master was awarded the bid for mowing at the Gladbrook and Reinbeck campuses this summer. Mowing at Gladbrook around the school and park will be $35/mowing; the softball field $60/mowing and the outside area of the track at the football field $125/mowing. Spraying application will be $220/application plus the cost of the chemicals and fertilizer. At the Reinbeck campus it will be $90/mowing the front lawn at the high school and around the elementary and $70/mowing at the playground. Spraying application is $160/application plus the cost of the chemicals and fertilizer. Mowing the soccer fields will be $55/mowing and spraying application $55/application plus the cost of chemicals and fertilizer. Other bids were submitted by Tender Lawn Care (Pat Brown), Al’s Lawn Mowing and D & R Turf. REW Services Corp of Ankeny was awarded the bid for asbestos abatement for $15,917 and the work will be done July 9-20 in the eight classrooms at the Reinbeck Elementary where the carpet will be installed. Frederick Furniture of Grundy Center was awarded the carpet bid for $21,984. Lon’s Heating & Plumbing received the bid for replacing the air conditioning units for the high school office for $5,292. Randy Brubaker submitted the highest bid for the John Deere lawn mower of $2,601. The Wresting Agreement with North Tama and Grundy Center was renewed. The board approved the budget guarantee resolution for $84,343 to allow the district to generate the funds for the budget guarantee through local property tax. Supt. Tim Kuehl reviewed the audit report and gave a brief budget presentation with the public hearing for the budget to be held April 6 at 5:30 p.m. in Gladbrook. The contract that had been offered to Brienna Decker on March 6th for the Cedar Valley West Coordinator position was rescinded. A contact was offered to Sherri Walker for this position. She currently teaches in Dunkerton. The board approved offering her $19.23/hour for up to 20 hours per week from April 2-June 30 and a contract for $40,000 with other benefits included in the master contract from July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013. Kindergarten enrollment projections show approximately 24 kindergarteners at the Reinbeck Elementary and possibly 13 at Gladbrook Elementary. A parent’s welcome meeting will be held April 2 with the 2012-13 kindergarteners attending class on April 4 and 5. The board accepted the resignations from Yanuary Allen as Cheer Coach and Lindsay Erickson as Assistant Volleyball, pending a suitable replacement for Erickson. Cathy Storjohann resigned as Cross Country coach. The hiring up to two summer custodians at the Gladbrook and Reinbeck campuses was approved. The Student Teacher Agreement with Northwestern College was approved as they have at least one student that would like to be in this area. A Special Education Contract with Cedar Rapids Community School District was approved for a student placed and receiving services in that district. The Department of Education Site Visit was scheduled for March 27 and 28th. Principal Bill Parker said attendance at the Middle School conferences was about 95%. Attendance for the elementary classes was outstanding as usual. Parker said Josh Ellis will be doing his student teaching in middle school science through early May. He will have classes in all four grade levels. He previously student taught in Mr. Boheman’s room at the high school. Parker said middle school students have been raising funds to help with expenses for the Ohrt family and plan to hold a dance next weekend. High School Principal Matt Leeman said there are 16 students participating in internships and have created partnerships with Grundy County Engineering Office, PCI and Lincoln Savings Bank. An update was given on the Senior Class trip to Kansas City May 5th and 6th. Cost of the trip is $9,224.50 with each student asked to contribute $20. Kathy Etringer and Nancy Gardner, elementary teachers at the Reinbeck campus told about the writing workshops they have attended and how they are using this information in their classrooms. The next regular meeting will be Thursday, April 19th, 6:30 p.m. in Gladbrook.  


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