Thursday evening the Gladbrook-Reinbeck School Board approved the purchase of security cameras from Dakota Securities for the high school parking lot. Consideration was made to purchase security cameras at all three buildings but may do so at a later time.
The board reviewed the 2013-14 budget and there will be a budget hearing on Wednesday, April 10, 6:30 p.m. in the ICN room at Gladbrook. The tax rate per $1,000 evaluation will be $11.08604 and this is based on 0% allowable growth. Estimated taxes levied on property for 2014 will be $2,805,041 this compares to a re-estimated figure for 2013 of $2,690,483. Total resources for 2014 are $10,405,758, down from $11,808,628 for 2013.
The board adopted a resolution to levy property tax for fiscal year 2013-14 for the regular program budget adjustment as allowed under Iowa Code Section 257.14. At 0% allowable growth, the budget guarantee would be $141,403. Last year the budget guarantee was $84,343.
Monsanto presented a check of $2,500 to the G-R School District as they were nominated by Joel and Barbara Ehrig, Through the America’s Farmers Grow Communties, farmers enrolled for the opportunity to direct a $2,500 donation to a nonprofit organization in their county that they felt strengthens their community. Accepting the donation are (l-r) Matt Wyatt, G-R Board president, Joel and Barb Ehrig, Gordon Arp, local Monsanto dealer, and Curt Mackie, Monsanto.
The school calendar for 2013-14 has been changed due to conflicts with student activities. Spring break will be the week of March 17 in 2013-14. Other schools in the Cedar Valley West have also changed their date for spring break.
The board took no action on bids for ground maintenance at the Reinbeck and Gladbrook campuses. The board approved a buildings and grounds coordinator position. A job description will be created for this position.
The 2nd reading of board policy 702.4R.1 was approved. The policy is needed for the bond sale as it gives the compliance coordinator/board treasurer more direction in regard to tax exempt obligations.
The elementary summer school for K-3 reading and 1-4 math was approved for 2013 and will be held 4 days/week for four weeks. Approval was given to utilize three teachers with the addition of another teacher if the need is warranted. Teachers will be paid at the rate of $25/hour.
The board discussed options on disposing of the sport court, old high school gym, and decided to sell to the highest bidder with the administration to open and accept bids on April 5th. The buyer is responsible for picking up the court.
Megan Neuwohner was hired as 5-6 math/science instructor. She was a December UNI graduate and grew up in the Lake Mills area. Lyn Purvis has asked to transfer to the reading specialist position at the Gladbrook campus which creates an opening for a 5-6 language arts teacher.
The resignation of girls' basketball coach, Bruce Bailey, was approved in the consent agenda. A contract with Marshalltown Learning Academy was approved. Also under the consent agenda, a letter was received from the Iowa High School Speech Association congratulating Hanna Christopher as an Outstanding Performer. She will appear at the All-State Festival.
Supt. Tim Kuehl said projections for kindergarten enrollment are 26-30 students at the Reinbeck Elementary and 10-15 at the Gladbrook Elementary. He proposes continuing with three sections next fall.
Kuehl also noted the Nutrition Fund will be operating in the red next month and the board will discuss increasing hot lunch prices at the April meeting.
On behalf of Monsanto, a $2,500 check was presented to the G-R School District to be used in the music department. Joel and Barbara Ehrig were the recipients of this award and chose G-R Making the presentation was Monsanto representative Curt Mackie. This year, winning farmers from counties that were declared natural disaster areas by the U.S.D.A. were able to direct an additional $2,500 donation to a nonprofit organization to address community needs brought on by the drought and they chose the Reinbeck Fire Department.
High School Principal Matt Leeman continues to work on scheduling for students currently in grades 9-11. He will also meet with the current 8th grade students to help them with their course requests for next year. He said twenty-nine students went on the skiing honor trip to Dubuque earlier this month and other students who qualified for the trip will go to Adventureland in May.
Leeman introduced Brady Kuehl, Pete Meyers and Jeff Tscherter who gave a presentation on Project Lead-the-Way and are Principles of Engineering students. They said the class is an overview of what engineers do and they do hands-on projects. They told about a project they had done for someone locally where they installed security cameras and an alarm system.
Gladbrook campus Principal Brian Williams said this spring, fourth and eighth grade students will be starting the process of the transition to a different building for the 2013-14 school year. Fourth grade students will have the opportunity to visit the middle school to meet their teachers and get a tour of the building. Eighth grade students will begin the process for high school when they meet with Mr. Leeman. Williams said this year's 8th grade class has been great leaders at the middle school.
Williams said John Olson will be teaching a character lesson (Coaching Boys into Men) to the middle school boys. This lesson engages athletic coaches through the Coaches Leadership Program to help shape the attitudes and behaviors of young male athletes.
Supt. Kuehl said all K-2 students took the MAP assessment for the first time this winter. He said staff continues their work in PLC's and will be working with the Cedar Valley West partners on investigating the Core-Mathematics training on April 1st.
Fourth grade camp is scheduled for May 23-24 and is held in Boone.
There will be a special meeting on April 10th at 6:30 p.m. in Gladbrook with a work session to follow. The next regular meeting will be Thursday, April 18th, 6:30 p.m. in Gladbrook.