G-R School Board by:Marcy Knaack
July 26, 2013
The Gladbrook-Reinbeck School Board held their regular meeting July 22nd and approved some personnel resignations and personnel contracts under the consent agenda. Resignations accepted included Mike Bengen as full time assistant football coach and Chris Jans as assistant girls soccer coach. Dan Hartz contract as assistant boys soccer coach was rescinded. Julie Wrage was hired as secretary at the Gladbrook campus. She will receive $10.25/hour, single insurance and 18 sick days; Sylvia Flutcher was hired as special education associate at the Reinbeck Elementary at $9.06/hour, 6.5 hours per day; and Tristan Switzer was hired as head girls track coach. Half-time assistant football coaching contracts were assigned to Skyler Trunck and Mike Bengen. Last week the board approved the purchase of an outdoor walk-in freezer from Wilson Restaurant Supply for $8,550. But later found out there was an additional $1,500 charge for delivery, set-up and installation. At tonight’s meeting the board rescinded the motion to purchase the walk-in freezer from Wilson and approved the purchase of a walk-in freezer from DeWitt Refrigeration for $11,987. DeWitt has a five week lead time so Hometown Foods will allow the school to store items in their freezer. The board approved the bid from Sides and Bown Construction for $74,270 for a vinyl siding and shingled roof concession stand at Reinbeck. The 24x40x9 building will be purchased from Moeller and Walter and includes a 9x7 garage door for storage and an 8x4 roll up door for concession. The bid includes electrical, plumbing, concrete, restroom partitions, labor, finishing materials and teardown and disposal of old structure. The 2nd reading of board policy 505.5 to change the graduation requirements was approved. In 2016 58 credits will be needed to graduate. P E is 1 credit per trimester beginning with the 2012-13 year. Students will be required to take PE at least 9 of their 12 high school trimesters. The state is offering new operational sharing incentives for 5 years and G-R will share a nurse with Grundy Center. Julie Grunklee was offered this position. She will have a 185 day contract and her salary will be $37,082.20. G-R’s portion will be $23,176.38 and Grundy Center will pay $13,905.82. A typical day for Grunklee will be to be in Grundy Center from 7:40-10:20, travel and lunch from 10:20 to 11:00 and at G-R from 11:00-3:40. A 28E agreement was approved with Grundy Center. The two districts also share a transportation director. B & D Disposal was awarded the garbage bid for the Gladbrook campus at an annual cost of $1,800. Cooley Sanitation received the bid for the Reinbeck campus at an annual cost of $6,105. Anderson-Erickson received the milk bid and the board approved the escalator prices. 1% milk is .2090; skim milk is .2002; chocolate milk, .2172; orange juice .2800; 5# cottage cheese, 7.5 and 5# yogurt, 4.75. Prairie Farms also submitted a bid. Mid Iowa was awarded the fuel bid at Gladbrook and Heartland Co-op at Reinbeck. They will both give a 4 cent discount off the posted pump price. There were no bread bids and the school may have to purchase from the area grocery stores. The board voted to purchase an 84 passenger bus with seating for 78 for a route/shuttle bus from Blue Bird for $90,562. Supt. Shawn Holloway said this year there will be six regular bus routes, 3 out of each campus; four shuttles, high school, third and fourth, fifth and sixth and seventh and eighth and the need for special education routes, currently there are two. Leslie (Sager) McClintock and Jeremy Thesing have agreed to a 3-year term on the Advisory Board. A third candidate is still needed. The district developed service delivery plan was developed in accordance with the Iowa Administrative Code Rule 41.408(2)”C”. The group of individuals who developed the plan includes parents of eligible individuals, special education teachers, general education teachers, administrators and AEA 267 administrators. G-R committee members to serve are: Brian & Chris Bunz, Julie & Chris Frischmeyer, Annie Brokaw (parents), Shawn Holloway (superintendent), Brian Williams (Gladbrook campus principal/district curriculum director), Matt Leeman (Reinbeck elementary and high school principal), Nicole Creswell (kindergarten teacher), Andrea Rowe (middle school teacher), Jeff Charley (physical education teacher), Ashley Caslavka (Reinbeck elementary special education teacher), Cassie Wheeler (Gladbrook campus special education teacher), Katie Bauder (middle school special education teacher), Connie Doughan and Bruce Bailey (high school special education teachers) Diane Staker, (Reinbeck elementary special education teacher) and Amy Knupp (AEA 267 special education coordinator, appointned by the AEA 267 Director of Special Education). On a 3-2 vote, the board voted to purchase two Healthy Snack Vending Machines for $6,573 from the PPEL fund. Proceeds will go towards the nutrition fund. One will be located at the middle school and the other at the high school. Lyn Purvis will be the Reading Specialist and she will teach Second Chance Reading and Title I classes to the elementary and middle school students. She previously was the 5th and 6th reading/language arts teacher in the middle school. Chad Bixby gave a summer technology update. He said he has been working on getting the 9-12 and 5-8 laptops up and running. The board picked their top 5 legislative action priorities and these will be discussed at the annual school board convention in November. The next regular meeting will be Thursday, August 15th at 6:30 p.m. in Gladbrook.
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