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G-R School Board by: Marcy Knaack

June 29, 2012
Northern-Sun Print
Wednesday evening the Gladbrook-Reinbeck School Board met in regular session and approved a radio replacement with R comm Wireless of Iowa Falls. January 1, 2013 all 2-way radios are required to be narrow band and those not in compliance will face severe fines. G-R has a few, newer, radios that are in compliance but need to be reprogrammed and several units need to be replaced as well as the base units in Reinbeck and Gladbrook. G-R will use the Grundy Center Schools Repeater and FCC license on their 200 ft tower in Grundy Center. Cost to reprogram, replace and install the radios will be $6,450. G-R currently has a contract with Timberline Billing but the board approved an addendum to the contract for Medicaid Coordinator Service .The addendum gives them the responsibility of serving as Medicaid Coordinator for the district at a cost to the district of 8%, 2% of which is for the coordinator service, of the net Medicaid reimbursement retained by the District. Elementary, middle school and high school handbooks were approved with the addition of ‘homeless students’. Children and youth in transition means children and youth who are otherwise legally entitled to or eligible for a free public education, including preschool, and who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. The board approved technology purchases from Midwest Computers and Apple for $77,405.61 This includes 60 Ipads and cart, 25 mobile carts, Apple TVs for the board room, 6 Mac minis plus mounts, cables, speakers and installation. The board also approved restroom partitions for the Reinbeck Elementary for $14,423.74 from Central Iowa Distributing of Fort Dodge. The custodial staff will do the installation. The voted PPEL expires June 30, 2014 and the board adopted a resolution to place on the ballot September 11, 2012 for the voters in the G-R District to approve a 67 cent voted PPEL for another 10 years. Under the consent agenda, the board accepted the resignation of Trish Mohlis as Middle School Girls Basketball Coach; Shelli Smoldt as high school girls track coach; approved the Hawkeye Community College-Dual Enrollment and Western Outreach Agreements and approved graduates from other attendance schools. Brandon Pippert, William “Luke” Phillips III and Adam Ewing from the Alternative School and David Burton from River Hills. The board approved a $33,500 contract for Neil Lundgren as Technology Coordinator. This is a $1,000 increase. He is also eligible for a TSA in the amount of $4,500 since he elects to take single vs. family insurance. The board accepted the resignation of Jen Feldpausch as .5 early childhood special education teacher. She has been offered a position to teach preschool at BCLUW. The board approved the hiring of  a part time special education associate to work 3 hours per day, from 8:30 – 11:30. The first reading of board policies Section 300 and Section 600 were acknowledged. Julie Grunklee and some high school students received a Team Nutrition Grant for $626.75 that was received in the Nutrition Fund but the board approved transferring this amount to the general fund. A permanent transfer of $20,000 from the general fund to the nutrition fund to cover June bills and payroll was approved. On a vote of 4-3, the board gave Supt. Tim Kuehl direction as how to vote on allowing Waterloo Columbus into the NICL. Val Ehlers, Kevin Leyen and Karen Mussig have fulfilled 3 years on the District Advisory Committee and the board is looking for three individuals to replace them. Supt. Kuehl told the board that Lynn Purvis and Jen Wrage are attending a 2nd Chance Reading Training and Jane Love is attending a Reading Recovery Training. Kuehl said eleven G-R staff recently attended a Professional Learning Conference in St. Louis. Kuehl asked the board’s permission to carry over 7 days of vacation instead of the 5 as stated in his contract and will use those 2 days shortly after July 4th. A work session will be held July 11, 7 p.m. and the regular meeting will be Thursday, July 19th at 6:30 p.m., both in Reinbeck.  


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