G-R School Board By Marcy Knaack
December 26, 2013
Thursday evening band instructor Keith Reynolds attended the meeting of the Gladbrook-Reinbeck School Board. Band uniforms have been on the agendas in October and November without a decision reached on purchasing new uniforms. The Fine Arts students have raised money for band uniforms and the Fine Arts Boosters have ear marked money for uniforms. Reynolds said the current uniforms are approximately 20 years old and most of the uniforms do not fit the students. Currently there are 16 students in high school participating in band. There are 63 students in 5th through 8th grade and it is hoped these students will stay with the program. Reynolds said when asked why kids aren’t staying in band in high school, he said some of the responses were that they didn’t like the uniforms. A motion was made and seconded to purchase 30 band uniforms but the motion was defeated. Reynolds said he was okay with members wearing formal black and white attire but board member Doug Rowe said he would like to see the band members wearing school colors. Reynolds will bring back alternative ideas to the January board on what would be appropriate for marching and concert band. An early start waiver for the 2014-15 school year was approved by the board. The official calendar will not be set until late winter or early spring. A public hearing was held prior to the start of the regular meeting on an early start waiver and there were no objectors present. Under the consent agenda the board approved a special education contract with Grundy Center and accepted the resignation of Julie Grunklee as Reinbeck campus nurse. Grunklee’s request to purchase her computer was approved for $300. The board waived the 2nd reading of board policy 502.10 ‘Use of Motor Vehicles’ and approved the changes made to the 500 policy series. They referred to Wellness; Student Progress Reports and Conferences; Student Promotion-Retention-Acceleration; Use of Student Records Regulation; and Middle School Social Events. These policies can be viewed at the superintendent’s office. Waylon Bern submitted a written buildings and ground report and stated that the old gym at the Reinbeck campus is finally finished and is being utilized by the kids. Bern said Select Structural is writing a proposal for a fee to draw up blueprints for a new crow’s nest at the Gladbrook complex. There will be two contractors who will bid on the project. One set of contractors will have to bid on any structural modifications that need to be made and the other set of contractors will bid on building the actual press box. Bern received two bids for locker replacement in Gladbrook. V.I.P.S. out of Cedar Rapids and Iowa Direct out of Cedar Falls have bid on the project. They were asked to get as close to the make and color as the existing lockers already in place. Two out of three exterior lights have been installed on the east side of the high school. This has helped light up the parking lot at night and also helps to capture more on the video surveillance camera. Other items he commented on were the boilers at the Reinbeck Elementary that had a glitch in the piping; received a bid from Schoonover Tuckpointing and they agreed the high school was in the most need of tuckpointing. Heating at the Gladbrook gym has been a problem as it has been over heating and Bern said he is working on getting this taken care of. The winch system that lifts the high school basketball hoops are starting to show their age and Bern is working on pricing to eventually replace these two winches with four separate systems. Technology Coordinator Chad Bixby said he is looking ahead into the fall of 2014 and looking at purchasing new computers for the staff at the high school. The computers have been used 4 years and need to be replaced. He said depending on budgets, it would be nice to replace all staff K-12 so everyone has the same machine. Bixby also said the district has been in contact with Canvas and JMC and a webex meeting was held earlier this month. Canvas has asked G-R to be a pilot school for them as they have started a new division that is dedicated to SIS integrations with K-12 schools. Tyler Wrage is interning with Bixby this trimester and has helped with various tasks and learning along the way. Transportation Director Mark Possehl said Bus 28 will be retired after Christmas break. The new bus that was ordered should arrive some time during break. He also recommends ordering a new bus at the January meeting so it could be delivered in July. The board was okay with Possehl proceeding with a bid for a 78 passenger transit style front engine bus. Gladbrook campus principal Brian Williams reported on curriculum and instruction and Cognitively Guided Instruction and told what the cost would be. He said that next year the district will be looking to revamp the middle school schedule to offer 60 minutes of math and literacy. He said the student council has been active during December and recently students raised money for ‘adopt a family’ to help out during the holiday season. They organized a ‘deck the halls’ theme that allowed for students to create a ‘Charlie Brown Christmas’ in their hallways and lastly they coordinated this year’s Christmas movie for the middle school. Reinbeck campus principal Matt Leeman told how beneficial the cameras at the high school parking lot had been this fall. He would like to see more cameras added in the gym hallway and Commons area. Students will be watching the movie ‘Bully’ prior to the Christmas break. Leeman said bullying continues to be a topic that we want our students to be well educated on and something we want to continue to keep having discussions on. In an attempt to further educate G-R students on options they have that are not the ‘traditional’ part of high school he plans to take visits to different places. His plan is to take approximately 25 students to the Job Corps Training Centers in Denison and Ottumwa. Between the two facilities they offer training for certification in the areas of brick masonry, carpentry, facility maintenance, health occupations, painting, tile setting, health careers, information technology, manufacturing and transportation. He said as the district continues to change an attempt to improve the processes in place at the Elementary, a STAT team has been meeting weekly. This is mostly focused on students who are being served in Special Education or may potentially have needs that need to be addressed by Special Education or by other means. Leeman said this is a great way to keep our AEA supports up-to-date on what the district is doing for students and what they can do to support us better. After a closed meeting and reconvening, the board approved the resignation of Jeff Charley has high school activities director and approved the interim contract for John Olson has high school activities director. The board accepted the painting proposal from Watson Painting but asked for clarification as to whether the bid included painting the stage area as well. Superintendent Shawn Holloway told what is happening with the Teacher Leadership and Compensation program. The next meeting will be held at the Reinbeck High School on Thursday, January 16th at 7:30 p.m.
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