G-R School Board By Marcy Knaack
October 25, 2013
Thursday evening Dani Crozier presented a request to the Gladbrook-Reinbeck School Board about purchasing new band uniforms. Earlier this year the band instructor Keith Reynolds proposed purchasing 30 new uniforms that would be washable and could be worn for concert band as well. The price proposal of $11,271 is from last spring and the board requested getting an updated price quote and also ask if these uniforms would be available 4-5 years later in case more needed to be ordered. Crozier said the students are trying to raise $1,000 and are asking the District to pay half of the remaining balance with the Fine Arts Boosters paying the other half. Under the consent agenda, the resignation Melissa Pagel as assistant softball coach was accepted. The following contracts were approved: Marilyn Ingham for the library associate position at Gladbrook and Reinbeck; Kate Offner for the high school special education associate position; Beth Murty as special education associate position at the Gladbrook campus; and Cara Lott for the Reinbeck Elementary special education associate position. Special education agreements for enrollment to Cedar Falls and Waverly and a special education contract with Marshalltown were approved under the consent agenda. In a written report, Waylon Bern presented to the board a buildings and grounds update on the gym floor, gym wall and gym pads. The concession stand is framed and filled in. In a few weeks Bern stated he should have the numbers crunched and a model put together to better help the district understand how to move forward with the football crow’s nest. Bern said he is working on getting cost estimates for the elementary horseshoe and parking. Plans are to overlay asphalt on top of the concrete and to tear out the grass area to the south of the current lot. The wall in the ICN room at Gladbrook is torn out and currently Lon’s Plumbing is in the process of sealing off the pit to lay in the new pump. Bern is working with Principal Matt Leeman to tear out three borders of the playground areas at the Reinbeck elementary. The cost will be split with IMPACT. At the monthly AD meeting, the conference alignment was a big topic again. The previous proposal of East/West was denied by the principals. The new proposal would split the sports season by school. A-P will be moving to the West for volleyball and track; Hudson will move to the West for basketball; and Dike-New Hartford will move to the West for baseball and softball. Other written reports were presented for technology and transportation. Principal Brian Williams reported on Cognitive Complexity; 1 to 1 Technology and Iowa Assessments. At the next early dismissal for professional development day, he said the high school staff will begin the process of lesson design on cognitive complexity. The goal is to help the teachers develop lessons and assessments that contain critical thinking tools for engaging students in high order thinking skills. Principal Leeman said his staff continues to meet on a regular basis focusing on development of the curriculum in accordance with the Core and also across the district. He has attended meetings for the Career & Technical Education. Earlier this month the ‘School in Need of Assistance’ team for the Reinbeck Elementary met at AEA 267 at which time they created an overall plan or an outline as to what the next steps will be. They will present their plan to Grundy Center as it is a part of the Peer Review process to gain more feedback from them on what G-R is proposing. Leeman shared what the high school students have been doing with the Reinbeck elementary students. The board accepted a snow removal bid for the Reinbeck Campus from Cooley Pumping for $140 which is for snow removal, per plowing. The bid approved for the Gladbrook campus was for $400 for snow removal, per plowing from Scott Schmidt. The board reviewed the Athletic Report that was prepared by Jeff Charley, high school activities director and John Olson, middle school activities director. The overall budget was for $49,000. Income was a$56,505, expenses $32,649 and officials $31,456 which left a negative balance of $7,600. Superintendent Shawn Holloway will be sending a check to Aramark Uniform Services for product and services that were delivered on September 12th and then he is requesting that services be cancelled. The certified enrollment for 2013-14 shows a drop of 10.3 students, compared to 2012-13. The board gave Supt. Holloway the authority to advertise for a 10-15 hour business office position. New backboards for the lower gym will be purchased for $2,400, using PPEL funds. The profit from the snack machines that were purchased this last year is $1,389.16. Middle school teachers Andrea Rowe, Sara Johnson and Marcia Hagedorn shared with the board 1:1 technology at the middle school. All three were very excited with the technology that is available to them and shared how they use the technology in their classrooms. The next regular board meeting will be Monday, November 18th at 6:30 p.m. in Reinbeck. This is rescheduled from their regular meeting due to the State School Board Convention in Des Moines.
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