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G-R School Board by: Marcy Knaack

July 28, 2012
Northern-Sun Print
Thursday evening the Gladbrook-Reinbeck School Board met in regular session and discussed the 2013-14 calendar. Supt. Tim Kuehl said the four superintendents in the Cedar Valley West met recently and discussed it. Starting school date would be August 21st, after the State Fair, and would end on May 30th. At the end of the 1st trimester there would be a 1 day break and at the end of the 2nd trimester February 28th, there would be a 1 week spring break. Snow makeup days would be Presidents Day in February and April 21st which was a no-school day due to Professional Development. Kuehl said the PD day could be added at the end of the school year. It is looking as graduation would be on Memorial Day weekend and consideration is being given to holding Commencement on Saturday. The board will approve the 2013-14 calendar at their August meeting. The following were appointed to serve on the District Advisory committee, Jackie Stephenson, Chris Bunz, Lori Knaack and Rod Brockett. Resignations accepted were Brian Thompson as head softball coach and LeEllen Parker as special education associate at the high school. She has held this position the past seven years. The resignation of Ruth Parsons as bus driver the past 45 years was accepted. Kayla Benda was hired as second grade instructor at the Reinbeck Elementary. She student taught in the district and has served as a substitute teacher. Her salary will be $32,100 as a 1st year teacher. Dayna Eckhoff was hired to fill the .5 position of Early Childhood Special Education teacher. She previously worked at Head Start in Waterloo as a preschool teacher. Her salary will be $16,050. Kim Tscherter was hired to fill the part time special education associate position at the Reinbeck Elementary. She will work 3 hours per day at $8.80 per hour. A special education contract was approved with Cedar Rapids Community School District for a student attending a program in their district. Bus routes, shuttles/special education routes were approved. This year there will be six regular routes, three out of each campus; four shuttles, high school, 3rd & 4th, 5th & 6th and 7th & 8th; and currently there are two special education routes. The board approved the purchase of a 2013 Dodge Caravan SE from Rouse Motors in Grundy Center for $19,217 after receiving $2,100 trade in for van 2. The escalator milk bid from Anderson-Erickson was accepted, Interstate Brands was awarded the bread bid subject to confirmation on the delivery schedule and Cooley Pumping received the garbage bid in Reinbeck. Kuehl said he did not receive a garbage bid for Gladbrook. The bids for diesel and gas were approved. Heartland Co-op received the bid at Reinbeck and will be the posted pump price less federal tax and Mid-Iowa Coop received the bid at Gladbrook and will be the posted pump price without the federal taxes and a .04 cent discount. September 11th the district will go to the polls to vote on extending the current $0 .67 Voted Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (VPPEL). The current VPPEL runs through FY 2014. Money from the VPPEL is used to pay off the note on the high school addition that includes the high school commons area. Plans for the VPPEL, if approved, include several projects geared toward improving efficiency and appearance of the facilities, as well as increasing the available technology for the students. The board approved the 2nd reading of board policies – section 300, administration and section 600, education program. The 1st reading of board policies 506.1 Student Records Access, 506.2 Student Directory Information and 704.2R1 Post-Issuance Compliance Regulations for Tax-Exempt Obligations were acknowledged. Board policy 507.9 Wellness was tabled ‘til the August meeting. The 1st reading of board policy 605.6 Internet Appropriate Use was waived and approved on the 2nd reading. Kuehl gave the board an update on the summer projects progress. The asbestos removal at the Reinbeck Elementary is completed, the carpet installation is complete at the Gladbrook Elementary, carpet installation has started at the Reinbeck Elementary, and the parking lot at the Reinbeck Elementary was sealed and repainted with diagonal parking. The high school boilers are 90% complete. Painting is on pace and should be completed by the time of school starting. The district needs to fill a high school special education associate position prior to school starting. Other needs are a softball coach; girls track coach and a bus driver. The next regular meeting will be Thursday, August 16th, 6:30 p.m. in Gladbrook.  


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