G-R School Board by:Marcy Knaack
August 23, 2013
The Gladbrook-Reinbeck School Board met in regular session Thursday evening and heard a report from Buildings & Grounds Director Waylon Bern on summer projects that have been completed or the work that needs to be completed prior to the start of school on August 21st. Last month the district had not received a bread bid for the 2013-14 school year but shortly after the July meeting, received a bid from Pan-O-Gold. They will deliver 2 times a week, Monday for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and Thursday for Friday and Monday. The board accepted their bid. An update on technology said that all machines at the middle school have been tagged, bagged and imaged for the upcoming fall school year. A mobile cart was moved from the 2nd floor at Gladbrook to Reinbeck’s 3rd & 4th grade. These machines were all reimaged and ready to go. The silver lab is still available to the K-2 Gladbrook elementary along with 30 ipads and a mobile cart with 25 laptops. At the Reinbeck campus, all machines are imaged and ready to go. Fall sports are underway and the fall coaches meeting was held with football, volleyball and cross country. Coach’s handbooks were distributed. Sports participation is as follows: football with 56 players; volleyball with 27 players and cross country with 15 players. The Fall Sports Kick-off was held this weekend, August 16-17. At the Middle School, volleyball coaches are Michelle Keller as the 8th grade coach with 12 girls and 7th grade coach is O J Egesdal and has between 12-15 girls participating. There are 22 8th graders and 107th graders out for football. Coaches are Todd Rickert as head coach; Jeff Mayes as the assistant along with Kyle Formanek volunteering. The Cross Country runners at the middle school are coached by high school coach Andrew McQuillen with 5 runners at the middle school level. The 2013 Summer School Reading/Math program at the Gladbrook campus served 19 students in grades kindergarten through 4th, including two middle school students in June and July. At the Reinbeck campus, there were 30 students in grades kindergarten through fourth. A variety of activities was used to review the previous school year’s curriculum in reading and math. Gladbrook campus Principal Brian Williams gave a presentation to the board on the Adequate Yearly Progress. To meet the AYP, a district needs to be at 90%. The G-R Middle School in reading missed the AYP for two years and now is a district in need of assistance in literacy. High School reading also missed the AYP and the Reinbeck Elementary missed the AYP in math. These reports are a year behind and he said the district worked hard last year on bringing up the reading skills at the Gladbrook middle school. The new math curriculum has been narrowed down to Math Expressions by Houghton Mifflin and My Math by McGraw Hill. This fall, K-8 teachers will be teaching a unit with these samples to see how they like them and anticipate all teachers to be finished with the samples by the end of November so a recommendation can be made to the board for consideration to purchase for the 2014-15 year. Williams said for the 2013-14 school year, their professional development focuses are in three areas: 1:1 Technology Integration, Response to Intervention (RTI) and PLC (Professional Learning Communities) Collaboration. Reinbeck Campus Principal Matt Leeman said the new student and freshmen orientation will be held Tuesday, August 20th from 5:30-8:30. Computers will be passed out and he said he would be sharing with parents the increased focus on RTI (Response to Intervention). Class times will be altered slightly to allow for a longer period for Rebel Wrap Up. Instead of 17 minutes, it will be 35 minutes this year. Approved under the consent agenda were the resignations of Tristan Switzer as middle school girls track; Nathan Wrage a day shift custodian at the Gladbrook campus; and Rachel Nemmers from middle school basketball. The board approved the bid from Lon’s Plumbing to install a condensate pump in the ICN Room at Gladbrook for approximately $11,000. The board accepted the resignation of Cassi Wheeler as K-8 special education. As of today 6 applications had been received. Casey Faircloth will be the interim special education instructor. Katie Bauder was hired as the middle school girls’ basketball coach. Her contract will be for $1,946. She has two years of experience. Kristi Giesking was appointed to the District Advisory Committee. Gage Smith will work the 6:00 am - 2:30 p.m day shift for custodian and Rick Benda will work the evening shift from noon to 6:30 p.m. as a substitute. Sportsmanship ratings for soccer and baseball were reviewed. Soccer ratings were improved over last year but could still be better and the ratings for baseball were very positive. At the September 4th work session the board review the superintendent goals and professional development plans. The regular meeting will be held Thursday, September 19th at 6:30 p.m. in Reinbeck.
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