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G-R school board

March 3, 2012
Marcy Knaack - Correspondent , Reinbeck Courier

Thursday evening the Gladbrook-Reinbeck School Board approved the school district calendar for 2012-13 with classes starting on August 15th and the last day of school being May 22nd. Graduation will be Sunday, May 19th. Supt. Tim Kuehl said he anticipates in 2013-14 school will start after the State Fair. Kuehl said other schools in the consortium weren't willing to change this year. Early outs will continue on the 1st Wednesday.

Supt. Tim Kuehl shared with the board plans for the Senior Trip to Kansas City this year. Scott Kiburis and Amanda Bridges are class sponsors for this year's class. The date for the trip will be May 5-6 with a 4 AM departure on May 5th. Activities planned are to visit Worlds of Fun, Strikers Bowling, a baseball game or shopping at the Mall. They will be staying at the Holiday Inn Express and students have the funds available.

The resignation of Julie (Frischmeyer) Petersen as assistant volleyball coach was accepted. The board approved a contract for Petersen as assistant high school golf. Michelle Keller was hired as middle school softball coach and Danielle Lujan as assistant high school softball coach.

Ames Environmental was hired to manage asbestos tile removal at the Reinbeck Elementary for a fee of $5,900. They will request bids for the actual removal and oversee the process. They estimate the asbestos removal to be between $25,000 and $30,000 and will take approximately 2 weeks.

The board accepted the sale of the washer and dryer from the locker rooms to Jerry Widdel for $75. The board will advertise for the lawn mower/snow blower/brush in Reinbeck and will review the bid at the March meeting.

The board will accept bids for lawn maintenance at Reinbeck and the Gladbrook campus and will open them at the March 22nd meeting.

A budget hearing will be held Wednesday, April 11th at 5:30 in Gladbrook to certify the FY 13 budget.

The 1st reading of the 200 series of board policies was acknowledged.

A 28E agreement to create the Cedar Valley West Consortium to allow the hiring of shared staff was approved. This agreement is between G-R, Grundy Center, Dike-New Hartford and Aplington-Parkersburg.

Summer projects include the asbestos abatement and carpet at the Reinbeck Elementary and new carpet in two elementary classrooms at the Gladbrook Elementary.

Gladbrook Principal Bill Parker said Abby Johnson, a former G-R graduate, has requested an opportunity to do her research project with the 7-12 students at G-R. Her project is entitled "The Effects of Interaction on the Perception of the Elderly Among Adolescents. She will be coming to the middle school February 29th. Johnson is a psychology major at Wartburg.

This month the 8th graders took the University of Michigan's "Monitoring the Future Survey" and received $500 for participating. Part of the money will go towards the 8th grade field trip to Des Moines. Renowned author Ron Glodoski came to the middle school and met with the 5-8 students. He talked about his life's struggles and how he worked through them and the effects of alcohol, drugs, and bullying on people. This week 'Hat Day' was observed as a way of doing something for Noah Ohrt and his family. Ohrt was recently diagnosed with cancer. For a minimum donation of a $1, students may wear hats during the school day.

High School Principal Matt Leeman said that G-R along with BCLUW and Grundy Center will pilot a new software program that has been created by Dyton, Inc which is based out of Cedar Falls. The software would allow teachers to create their instructional lessons, assessments (formative and summative) and content online that will help generate data.

Leeman said he has been working with Pam Delagardelle and other local businesses and have several more students who will be having internship experiences during the 3rd Trimester. There are currently 13 seniors that will be taking part in at least half-day experiences. In addition to working at the hospital, G-R has also arranged for experiences with the Preschool/Daycare, Napa, Trunck's and Pioneer.

Leeman said the Honor Trip for students that qualified will be Friday, March 2nd. The students have the option of either going skiing or going to the Waterpark in Dubuque. There were 58 students who qualified for the trip (30%), grades 9-12. The criterion required students to have No Unexcused Absences, Only 1 excused absence per Tri, no more than 3 tardies per Tri, no detentions, and no grades below C (for both Trimesters).

A work session will be held March 6th, 5:30 in Reinbeck. The next regular meeting will be Thursday, March 22nd, 6:30 p.m., also in Reinbeck.



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