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G-R school board

September 30, 2012
Marcy Knaack - Correspondent , Reinbeck Courier

Thursday evening new staff to the Gladbrook-Reinbeck School District were introduced to the G-R Board at their regular meeting. They were: Brian Williams, Principal at Gladbrook campus; Kim Tscherter, teacher associate at Reinbeck campus; Sherri Walker, Cedar Valley West Coordinator; Sara Jansen, middle school; Kyle Formanek, high school history; Dayna Eckhoff, Early Childhood Special Education; Kayla Benda, 2nd grade @ Reinbeck; and Brady Swenson, middle school.

Matt Wyatt was elected president and Mike Bearden was elected vice-president. New committee appointments are: buildings & grounds Bearden, Lisa Swanson and Wyatt; transportation Deb Cooley and Swanson; negotiations Cooley, Wyatt and Mandy Gehring; extra-curricular Doug Rowe and Eric Sieh; insurance Cooley and Swanson; legislation Rowe; AEA Delegate Bearden; IASB Delegate Wyatt; Tama Co. Conference Board Gehring; Grundy Co. Conference Board Sieh; policy committee Bearden, Sieh and Swanson; Reinbeck Daycare Wyatt; Gladbrook Daycare Gehring; advisory committee Rowe; fitness center Rowe; and Gladbrook Foundation Gehring.

Depository banks are Lincoln Savings Bank for $4,500,000 and Great Western Bank for $500,000. The board president, Deb Oleson, Tim Kuehl and Katherine Schildroth are authorized signers for Lincoln Savings Bank accounts.

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Front row - (l-to-r)  Sara Jansen, Kayla Benda, Dayna Eckhoff and Kim Tscherter; Back row - Sherri Walker, Kyle Formanek, Brady Swenson and Brian Williams.

Under the consent agenda, the board approved the hiring of Danielle Clark to fill the position of head softball coach. She had served as the assistant in 2012 and is currently serving as assistant volleyball coach. Andrew McQuillen was hired for the position of head girls' track coach in addition to being head boys' track coach. The district will post for an assistant girls' track coach.

The board heard from Athletic Director Jeff Charley and boys' soccer coach, Kirk Dinsdale, about Grundy Center and Aplington-Parkersburg sharing boys' soccer with G-R. Numbers are down for G-R and looks like 15 boys may go out and there could be 7-12 boys from GC/AP, thus moving them to Class 2A. Charley's concern was that if the district doesn't have enough boys to play both JV and Varsity, he was afraid that G-R would lose games from the bigger schools from the schedule. Action will be taken at the October meeting. If approved, this would be on an annual basis.

The Northern-Sun Print and the Reinbeck Courier were approved as the District's official publications. Ahlers and Cooney, P.C. was approved as the district's attorney.

There was a very light turnout for the PPEL vote held on September 11th with 157 yes votes cast and 16 no votes. The vote extends the Voted PPEL Levy through 2026, at a rate of $0.67/$1000 assessed valuation. These funds will help with building maintenance and improvements, as well as with technology purchases for students.

The board approved for 6 students and two chaperones to attend the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. October 24-27 and for them to drive a school van. While there, former student Nick Grumble will be receiving his American Degree, the highest degree that can be earned by any FFA member.

Supt. Tim Kuehl reviewed the 2011-12 Certified Annual Report. Revenue from property taxes generated $2,812,105 while state aid brought in $2,578,007. Instruction is a major part of the budget and it was $4,323,251 for FY 11-12.

The transportation report revealed there were 79,613 route miles in 2011-12, compared to 82,756 in 2012-11. Three hundred twenty-one students were transported this year, down two from 2010-11. The average cost per mile traveled was $3.49, down 13 cents and the average cost per pupil transported was $855.90.

There were contract revisions made for 3 staff members due to lane changes from furthering their education.

Kuehl reviewed the Consolidated or C Plan, which was new this year. It incorporated the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan, Annual Progress Report and District Developed Service Delivery Plan into one document for the Department of Education.

The board approved the special education deficit modified allowable growth for $61,927.25.

The board approved purchasing Canvas Software for $12,963 which will replace Edmodo. Canvas will allow the district to track student progress in relation to Standards and Benchmarks/The Core Curriculum. The district hopes to have it in place by the start of the 2nd trimester. The board also approved renewing E2020 but reduced the number of licenses from 20 to 10 at $600 per license.

An early graduation request was approved for Brittany Daley to graduate at the end of the 1st trimester. She moved to G-R this summer from Crestwood so was unable to request early graduation at the usual time.

Principal Brian Williams told about middle school students having the opportunity to campaign for a spot in the middle school student government. iPads are being used extensively in K-2 to reinforce taught concepts in their classrooms. Williams said the teachers use the iPad application as tools for calculating and recording data on STAR tests and reinforcing a skill that meets a learning goal.

All grades will be doing MAP testing in the coming weeks.

Mr. Kuehl talked about early release times for teachers for professional development in 2013-14 and would likely have early release on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, at 12:35/12:45 for students. The District Advisory Committee recommends keeping graduation on Sunday, which would be Memorial Day weekend. If changed to Saturday, State Track would be a factor in 2013-14.

A work session will be held October 10th at 5:30 in Gladbrook and the next regular meeting will be Thursday, October 18th at 6:30, also in Gladbrook.



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