G-R School Board by: Marcy Knaack
June 1, 2013
Tuesday evening the Gladbrook-Reinbeck School Board met in regular session and approved administrative salary increases. Principal Matt Leeman at the Reinbeck campus received a $16,500 increase with $12,000 of the increase because Leeman has accepted the principalship at the Reinbeck Elementary. His salary will be $95,000. Principal Brian Williams at the Gladbrook campus received a $4,000 increase, making his salary $80,000. Other administrative contracts for Chad Bixby, Neil Lundgren and Sherri Walker all received increases. Bixby will receive $55,000 and Lundgren $34,500. Cedar Valley West Coordinator Walker will receive $45,000. G-R will be pay 25% of her salary. Custodians received a 2.99% increase. Waylon Bern was hired as building & grounds coordinator and he will be paid $20/hr. Gage Smith was hired custodian at the Gladbrook campus at the rate of $11/hour. This position will be 8 hours/day in the summer and 6 hours/day during the school year. Under the consent agenda, the board agreed to the termination of Chuck Delfs as bus driver, effective May 11 ,2013. His contract for 2013-14 was terminated too. Angie Thiesing was hired as the Reinbeck Elementary secretary and her rate of pay will be $10.25/hr. The board approved hiring an additional person to staff the Gladbrook summer school program due an increase in students. The summer school program is primarily for K-4 students. Early graduation requests for 2013-14 were approved for Jamie Worrell, Danyelle Foos, and Jordan Rinneis. Britney Keller and Taylor Weida were approved for secondary enrollment requests. Earlier in the evening the board held a public hearing on the budget amendment for 2012-13 and there were no objectors. The board approved the budget amendment increasing total other expenditures from $928,439 to $1,928,439 because of the voted PPEL and loan note proceeds. The Education Service Agreements for 2013-14 was approved with Hawkeye Community College for PLTW (Project Lead the Way), the G-R Education Service Agreement and CVW (Cedar Valley West) Service Agreement. The application for Iowa Association for Educational Purchasing was approved. The board discussed plans for a new soccer concessions/restrooms building as well as the press box at the football field. No decisions were made. The board approved middle school hallway lighting with motion sensors and LED bulbs. Upon the recommendation of Transportation Director Mark Possehl, the board voted to solicit bids for the purchase of a new 78 passenger transit style bus which will be used for the 7-8 grade shuttle. Bus 26 would be traded in as it is the oldest bus. The board approved the purchase of 10 Bytespeed Laptops for $1,049 each. The middle school has received the shipment of Macbook Airs bags, straps, etc. to get ready for the 1:1 rollout this fall. It was recommended a kindergarten student be retained and this met with the approval of the parents. On May 30th the board will hold a special meeting at which time they plan to offer a contract to a new superintendent for 2013-14. Interviews are currently being conducted. Principals Brian Williams, Matt Leeman and Supt. Tim Kuehl presented written reports to the board. Mr. Leeman reported on the following: scheduling, honor trip, professional development and having Pedro Lopez from Postville speak to Andrew Mcquillen's 21st Century Leadership Class. Lopez and his family were affected by the immigration raid at a meat packing plant in Postville. Lopez will tell the class what it means to be an immigrant to the U.S. and the various challenges that they face. He has been accepted at the U of I double majoring in Business and Political Science, but is currently waiting for his Visa to be approved in order to attend school there. Mr. Williams reported on curriculum and instruction; 5-8 Foss Science Kits they will be renting from UNI at a cost of $75 per kit to use as part of their alignment to the Next Generation Science Standards; building tech committee laying out plans for the implementation of the 1:1 laptop initiative and middle school awards. Mr. Kuehl told about the field trip, talent show and awards program planned at the Reinbeck elementary. Mr. Kuehl shared basketball and wresting sportsmanship ratings and was pleased with the numbers. Jessica Weber, middle school student council advisor, brought in several students who talked about the newly implemented student council. They told the process of how they were elected to the student council and officers are Matt Roeding, president; Cael Wyatt, vice-president and Maddie Frischmeyer, secretary. Some of the activities and events this year were: Penny Wars, Deck the Halls, Valentine Day Hearts, dance, principal and nurse appreciation gifts, teacher appreciation cookout and fits, middle school shirts and helped with the 5th grade orientation. The next regular meeting will be Thursday, June 13th at 6:30 p.m. in Gladbrook.
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