G-R School Board By Marcy Knaack
May 30, 2014
The Gladbrook-Reinbeck School Board approved a 2.09% increase for the administrator group that includes Supt. Shawn Holloway, Sherri Walker and Chad Bixby at their regular meeting Wednesday evening. Holloway's salary for 2013-14 was $120,000. He will also receive an additional $10,000 stipend to compensate for the elementary principal duties at the Reinbeck campus and the board approved rolling over 10 days of unused vacation and to cap the amount of days to 30 per year. The 28E agreement to share a nurse with Grundy Center was terminated, effective the end of the 2013-14 school year. When this position originated, the districts were eligible for incentive funding. This position was stricken from the new legislation and the district cannot financially afford to continue this agreement. A 28E sharing agreement for a Director of Curriculum & Innovation was made with BCLUW, GMG, North Tama and G-R, effective July 1, 2014. Operational sharing dollars will fund this position for each of the four schools. A 28E sharing agreement between the Hudson Community School District and G-R for a Family Consumer Science instructor was approved. This would be a 50/50 split. Supt. Holloway said at this time they have not had any applicants. The board approved certified staff contracts, non-teaching contracts and salaries and seasonal contracts and substitute pay contracts as presented, all for the 2014-15 school year. The changes made to school fees for 2014-15 are a $10 fee for chorus/band uniforms, down from $15 and $65 for activity ticket, up from $55. All other fees will remain the same. The board tabled the decision to approve a bid for work on the Gladbrook chimney. Board members had several concerns and want answers before making a decision. The board did approve Karr Tuckpointing to complete the tuckpointing work on the Gladbrook building at the swimming pool area for $10,436. Under the consent agenda, the board approved the hiring of Jason Strub as Dean of Students. Strub has been athletic director and middle school teacher at Janesville. His contract is for 200 days, salary of $56,500, single insurance and $2,500 in moving expenses. Jackson Anderson of New Hampton was hired as K-8 Special Education at the Gladbrook campus. He is a recent graduate of Wartburg College. Samantha Weber was hired as Early Childhood Special Education and Hillary Smith was hired as K-4 Special Ed, both at Reinbeck. Marcia Koester and Terri Luehring will be middle school volleyball coaches Resignations were approved for Greda Haag, nurse and Kate Offner, associate. Also under the consent agenda, Jennifer Lassuy and Ashlynn Barnes were approved for early graduation at the end of the 2nd trimester in 2014-15. Waylon Bern, Building and Grounds, said the soccer concession stand just needs a counter top and some partitions installed. Board members would like to have the concession stand operational for the sub-state soccer games. Other written reports were made for technology, transportation, and athletic director. Upcoming events at the high school include Senior Awards Night in the high school gymnasium Tuesday, May 20th at 7 p.m.; baccalaureate, 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Reinbeck on Wednesday, May 21st; graduation practice and pictures in the high school gym Friday, May 23rd, starting at 8:30 and commencement Sunday, May 25th in the high school gym, 2 p.m. Principal Matt Leeman said he and Ariel Patton, high school guidance, met with the high school administrators of the Hudson Community School District to discuss their policy and protocol for bullying. Leeman said Hudson has an excellent plan and policy in place and are a great local example for G-R to look into further. Upon the hiring of Jason Strub as Dean of Students, there will be a follow-up meeting so that information can be put together for G-R and then presented to the board. Gladbrook campus Principal Brian Williams said a language arts instructor still needs to be hired for the middle school. He said Professional Development is almost complete for the 2014-15 school year. 5-12 teachers will be working on higher engaging lessons with the support from AEA 267 personnel. In addition K-8 math teachers will be working on lesson design with their new math series. Sandy Ubben from AEA 267 will be assisting them with their work. Again this fall, G-R will be renting Foss Science Kits from UNI at a cost of $75 per kit for 5-8 grades to use as part of the alignment to the Next Generation Science Standards. 5th grade will be General Science, 6th grade Life Science, 7th grade Earth Science and 8th grade, Physical Science. Middle School awards ceremony will be the last day of school, June 3rd at 9 a.m. in the gymnasium. The board approved the budget amendment for 2013-14 as presented at the public hearing at 6:30. Beginning fund balances and revenues are higher than anticipated for total support services, non-instructional programs and total other expenditures. The board discussed the time-line for some decision making on the future for G-R and will discuss this at their June work session on Wednesday, June 4th at 7 p.m. in Gladbrook. A staff breakfast will be held Thursday, June 5th at 7:45 a.m. at the Amvet Hall in Lincoln. Supt. Holloway presented each board member a gift for School Board recognition.
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