Gladbrook-Reinbeck Special Board Meeting By Marcy Knaack
June 12, 2014
Wednesday evening the Gladbrook-Reinbeck School Board met in special session and hired Erin Becker as 7th/8th Language Arts/Science Instructor. She comes from Seaton Catholic where she taught middle school in Farley and has 7 years of experience. The board accepted the following resignations: Amanda Bridges as K-12 vocal music; Sarah Block, 1st grade, Reinbeck elementary; and Andrew McQuillen, business education teacher, head boys track coach, junior high girls basketball coach, yearbook sponsor and drivers education instructor. The board approved the bid from Waterloo Boiler to install a stainless steel chimney stack installed on the outside of chimney, ending 5 feet above the roof level for $32,099 and to add power vents for the water heaters, if needed, for an additional $2,869. A work session followed the special meeting at which time David Stoakes of RSP discussed future planning for the G-R District. Rob Swartz founded RSP in 2003. Stoakes talked to the board about the six main areas to focus on, which are: boundary master plans, demographic analysis, enrollment projections, facility planning, facility staffing and site analysis. If hired by the G-R District, an example of the collaborative planning process would be RSP attending two board meetings, 3 to 4 committee meetings and facilitating 2 public forums. The cost to do this could be $25,000 - $35,000 and would come from the general fund. Supt. Shawn Holloway will be contacting some schools RSP has helped who have enrollments compared to G-R and who have declining enrollments. After studying this information, may ask Stoakes to attend the June meeting and make a decision on whether to hire RSP. At the July 16th meeting, there will be a public hearing whether to proceed with a board approved Instructional Support Levy for five years that would provide $319,195 in general funding.
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