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G-R school board

December 30, 2012
Marcy Knaack , Reinbeck Courier

Thursday evening the Gladbrook-Reinbeck School Board met to hold a public hearing to request a waiver to allow an early start date for school for 2013-14. There were no objectors at the meeting and there were no written objections. The meeting was held in two locations due to the inclement weather. Several board members attended at the Gladbrook Campus ICN Room and several attended at the Reinbeck campus. The meeting was communicated electronically.

The regular meeting followed the public hearing. Under the consent agenda Melissa Pagel was hired as the assistant high school softball coach; there was an agreement with Allen College for a student nurse and the Cooperative Agreement with the Iowa Department of Human Services-Medicaid Program was renewed.

Aplington-Parkersburg has decided not to participate in the boys' soccer sharing program. This leaves G-R sharing with D-NH and Grundy Center. Both districts anticipate 2-3 participants, leaving the program with approximately 20 athletes. Supt. Tim Kuehl said it would still be questionable whether the district could play a JV schedule in addition to a varsity schedule.

Bids for replacing the boiler at the Reinbeck Elementary were reviewed. Capital City Boilers submitted a bid of $149,221 with an optional add-on for controls of $13,455. WBC Mechanical's bid was for $132,049 and this included the controls. Both bids were submitted according to the specs provided. Lon's Plumbing submitted a bid of $129,500 and this was for eight smaller boilers with built-in controls instead of two large boilers. The buildings and grounds committee will consult the engineer who developed the initial specs on the options presented and re-bid if necessary.

The early start waiver for 2013-14 was approved. The first day of classes will be August 21st, starting after the State Fair. The last day of classes for students would be May 30th.

The application in the amount of $77,580 for Drop-Out Prevention Modified Allowable Growth was approved as presented. These funds will be utilized to pay 25% of guidance salaries as well as tuition to the alternative school and salaries for two associates and our At-Risk Coordinator.

The application for SPRC Modified Allowable Growth was approved. The application was for $53,535 for new open enrolled out students.

The shared transportation director with Grundy Center was renewed.

The board was in agreement to move forward with the 1:1 initiative for middle school. The quotes were for 160 MacBook Airs and associated accessories and software and orders would be made this spring with summer delivery to be utilized by fall of 2013. Total cost will be approximately $200,000 or $50,000/year on a four year lease.

Matt Leeman, high school principal, said in his report that the high school has made the transition to Canvas with the biggest challenge being that the invitations make it to inboxes and not get 'spammed' out. A student/staff Professional Development Day was held on December 5th. G-R students Braden Heithoff and Kayli Folkerts were chosen to present at AEA 267's Regional 1:1 Conference. They were on a Student Panel where they were asked many questions about 1:1 as to how it impacted their education. The students were able to bring back new ideas.

Elementary/Middle School Principal Brian Williams said the middle school student council has been very active, uniting the student body and getting involved with the community. Students raised money for "adopt a family" to help out during the holiday season. A $1,000 McElroy Grant was received for K-2. Money will be used to purchase EasiSpeak Microphones that help improve fluency and oral reading. Williams said with the unfortunate incident that happened to the Connecticut elementary, it has reminded the elementary/middle school the need to review their own district safety procedures. The most recent Crisis Plan was revised in 2006. He said the Gladbrook campus is planning to hold a "lock down" drill some time after the Christmas break.

Supt. Kuehl said the PLC's (Professional Learning Communities) continue to work on identifying Essential Standards, creating Common Formative Assessments, and planning instruction/interventions for students. The K-2 teachers are working on mathematics, unit by unit. On January 2nd the elementary teachers will be collaborating with their Cedar Valley West counterparts at Dike Elementary. They will discuss their work in PLC's to date and formulate the most productive ways for this group to collaborate in the future.

Kuehl reviewed the football sportsmanship ratings for coaches, players and spectators. Kuehl also reviewed budget projections for 2013-14.

The next regular meeting will be Thursday, January 17th in Reinbeck at 6:30 p.m. A work session will be held at 7 p.m. on January 9th.



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