G-R School Board By Marcy Knaack
January 24, 2014
After several months of discussing the pros and cons of purchasing new marching band uniforms, the Gladbrook-Reinbeck School Board Thursday evening approved a request from band director Keith Reynolds to purchase up to 30 full zip, no hood Rebel blue jackets for the marching band. The total cost will be approximately $846. Reynolds said band members would either wear jeans or khaki style pants with the jacket. Andrea Rowe, middle school math teacher, and Marcia Koester, elementary teacher, presented information on various math textbooks they and a committee had been looking at the past six months. It was the consensus of staff members they wanted the following in a math textbook - hands on teaching, met the common core and technology. A decision to go with Everyday Mathematics for K-6 and Connected Mathematics for 7-9 is the recommendation. Both math series are reform/problem based textbooks. Principal Brian Williams will have costs at a later meeting. The staff wants to improve math grades and become a Blue Ribbon School. Written reports were presented on Buildings and Grounds, Technology, Transportation and from the Athletic Director. Principal Brian Williams said that the Reinbeck Elementary has been deemed to be a ‘school in need of assistance’ due to the Iowa Assessment Test in the area Mathematics Problem Solving. Starting this summer, the district will begin a three-year commitment of twenty-one full professional development days of Cognitively Guided Instruction. CGI is a problem-solving mathematics program designed to improve number sense and computation for students in Kindergarten through 6 grades. Principal Matt Leeman said he is starting to plan scheduling and staffing needs for the 2014-15 school year. He is also beginning to meet with the Cedar Valley West schools and Hawkeye to coordinate classes at the Western Outreach Center for next year as well. The board approved the hiring of Andy McQuillen and Connie Doughan as Drivers Education instructors at a rate of $205 per student, a $10 increase, and setting the driver’s education fee at $325 per student in the district or $425 per out of district student. The board approved the purchase of a 78 passenger Blue Bird bus from School Bus Sales for $91,021 and will include Kelvar fire retardant seat covers. Bus #28 will be traded. Delivery will be prior to the start of school. Thomas Bus Sales submitted a bid of $92,088. The board approved the Teacher Leadership Compensation Application and the early graduation request at the end of the 2nd trimester from Cheyenne Sumner. Gary Sinclair will attend the February 5th work session of the board and along with Supt. Shawn Holloway, will address the unspent balance projections. Holloway shared dates of upcoming IASB District meetings and told the board members to contact himself or the office if they were interested in attending. Christine Farley has been offered and accepted the position of Assistant Girls’ Soccer coach.
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