G-R School Board by:Marcy Knaack
January 25, 2013
Thursday evening the Gladbrook-Reinbeck School Board met and accepted the early retirement applications/resignations of Mrs. Barb Schwarck, 5th & 6th Science/Math; Mrs. Kayla Reese, Special Education; and Mrs. Vicki Roberts, Family & Consumer Science. They will each be paid a $10,000 lump sum payment and receive single health insurance for eight years or until the employee is Medicare eligible and it is capped at $7,000 per year. The board accepted their resignations with appreciation and gratitude for their many years of service to the district. The past couple of months the board has been visiting with neighboring school districts about the possibility of sharing boys’ soccer. Since December, Supt. Tim Kuehl received numbers from Dike-New Hartford and they anticipate sending seven boys to participate. With the 7 from Dike-New Hartford, two from Grundy Center and G-R’s 17 would give the program approximately 26 players. It will provide the program with enough participants to run a JV and V schedule. The bid from Waterloo Boiler for $132,049, including controls, to replace the Reinbeck Elementary boiler was accepted by the board. Other bidders included Lon’s Plumbing and Capital City Boilers. Under the consent agenda, the board accepted the resignation of Josh Youel as driver’s education instructor. The board offered contracts to Connie Doughan and Andrew McQuillen for driver’s education. The fees will remain the same, $285 for in-district students and $385 for out-of-district students. The instructors will receive $195/student. The board accepted the resignation of Candi Smith as Reinbeck Elementary Secretary. She has worked for the district 19 years. Cathy Storjohann was hired as Assistant Girl’s Track Coach. The Sr. Class Trip to St. Louis on May 4th & 5th was approved by the board. While in St. Louis, students will visit the arch, go to Six Flags and take in a dinner/theater. Andrea Rowe Sara Jansen and Brady Swenson spoke to the board about enrichment courses offered at the middle school. They talked about how they help 7th & 8th grade students who need additional help with math, reading and current events and that a 2nd Chance Reading program is offered as well. High School Principal Matt Leeman said the district has started to look at next year’s planning as far as scheduling and staffing needs. He said that principals and guidance counselors are beginning to meet with the Cedar Valley West schools to coordinate classes at the Western Outreach Center. Middle School and Gladbrook Elementary Principal Brian Williams said the Iowa Assessment results are back and on February 6th as part of their professional development staff will analyze the data. Williams said that based on the current reading data, there are still quite a few struggling readers that are not being met with Second Chance Reading. Due to limited staff and qualifications to teach reading, the district is not able to provide enough intensive reading instruction for all students. Williams said he hopes to add a Reading Interventionist to the staff for 2013-14. This position could be financially stable through Title I and modified allowable growth funds. Supt. Kuehl said the reading recovery program at the Reinbeck Elementary shows students are making tremendous growth. He said plans are to utilize MAP testing with the K-2 students for the first time this winter. The buildings and grounds committee will meet at 6 pm on February 6th with a work session to follow at 7 p.m. The regular meeting will meet Thursday, February 21st, 6:30 p.m. Both meetings will be in Gladbrook.
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