G-R Happenings By: Supt. Tim Kuehl
June 8, 2012
As you are likely aware the G-R Schools recently released for summer break. I would like to thank the Board of Education, Parents, Students, Patrons, and Staff for a fantastic year in 11-12. Perhaps the most notable success was the implementation of 1:1 computing at the high school. Our technology directors, Mr. Bixby and Mr. Lundgren, put in a lot of time last summer getting the computers and our network up to speed in order to have the system work this year. Based on reports from students and teachers, their hard work paid off. Mr. Leeman and the teachers did an excellent job of preparing the students for this change in their educational experience. I’m excited as the possibilities having this technology afford us the ability to continually improve G-R students’ educational experiences. There were many other highlights throughout the year at all levels of the G-R Schools. Please take some time over the summer to visit with your students about their personal highlights of the school year. G-R will enjoy adding several new faces to the staff in the 12-13 school year. Mrs. Val Ehlers will be taking over the role of K-12 Library/Media Specialist. Mr. Brady Swenson and Miss Sara Jansen will be teaching 7th and 8th graders. And Mr. Brian Williams will be Gladbrook Campus Principal/District Curriculum Director. I am excited by the skills and energy each of these people bring to G-R. Please help us welcome them to G-R as you meet them throughout this next year. School finances are always a hot-topic at the State Legislature and this year was no different. In the end the legislators decided to break Iowa law and not set an allowable growth amount for schools in fiscal year 2014. This lack of action makes it more difficult for Iowa schools to plan into the future. The good news is that G-R is sitting in a strong financial position and should be able to handle whatever the future holds. The unspent balance is projected to hold relatively steady at the end of fiscal year 12, right about $1.3 million. As we look at projected enrollment and anticipated allowable growth we anticipate that balance stabilizing at around $500,000+ over the next several years. This level of financial stability helps us to focus on improving the educational opportunities for the students of G-R. Gladbrook-Reinbeck Schools currently have a tax levy, known as the Voted Physical Plant and Equipment Levy. This levy has been used to pay for the addition of the new commons area at the high school. The current levy expires at the end of FY 14. The Board is planning to ask for an extension to this levy, $.67/1000, through a vote in September 2012. Approval of the levy will not increase taxes, but will maintain the district’s current level of funding. An extension to the levy will ensure that the district has funds to continue making needed improvements to buildings, provide technology to our students, and maintain our facilities. Proposed projects will focus on improved energy efficiency and improved aesthetics in our facilities, as well as technology for student use. Plan to see more detailed articles in the future on this topic. Again, thanks to all for making 2011-2012 school year a successful one for the students of G-R. I wish all a fun and relaxing summer break and look forward to another great school year starting August 15. If you have any questions or comments regarding the school please contact me at 319-345-2712, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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