For the 2nd time this winter, the Gladbrook-Reinbeck School Board members met at separate sites and communicated electronically with webcam, due to the inclement winter weather.
The board entered into a financial service agreement with Piper Jaffray and Co. for the purpose of the issuance of Tax Exempt General Obligation School Capital Loan Notes. The board approved an agreement with Piper Jaffray to serve as dissemination agent and will assist the G-R District with regard to its contract and provide information with respect to outstanding bonds. There is a fee of $1,000 per year for this service.
The board adopted a resolution fixing the date of sale of approximately $1,255,000 general obligation school capital loan notes for March 6th.
The shared wrestling agreement with North Tama and Grundy Center was approved. The shared boys' soccer agreement with Dike-New Hartford and Grundy Center was approved, on a provision that it doesn't bump G-R to 3A and then it would drop Grundy Center or if the numbers would increase for G-R that they could have their own varsity and JV teams.
The board authorized Supt. Tim Kuehl to solicit 1-year bids for grounds maintenance for 2013 at both campuses.
The board had the first reading of board policy 702.4 R.1 as it is needed for the bond sale. This policy will give the compliance coordinator/board treasurer more direction in regard to tax exempt obligations. The district will continue the 28E agreement with the Cedar Valley West Consortium and holds the contract for Sherri Walker to be the director. Kuehl says Walker closely follows legislation that will provide funding for this program and helps reduce/eliminate the current costs to the district.
The current staffing needs for the district include a 5-6 math/science position, Middle School Strategist, a middle school reading specialist (this person will need a K-8 reading endorsement) and a .75 high school Family Consumer Science instructor. Gladbrook Principal Brian Williams said he has started interviewing for several of these positions.
Kuehl will advertise for two summer custodial positions at the Reinbeck campus and one position at the Gladbrook campus.
To ensure appropriate annual education funding and fiscal solvency the G-R School District asked the Legislatures that in order to prepare for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 years, they should approve allowable growth in the first thirty days of the 2013 Legislative Session. The G-R Board requests that the Iowa Legislature set a 4% allowable growth rate for both years prior to consideration of educational reform measures.
With regret the board accepted Darrell Paustian's resignation as custodian at the Gladbrook campus. The resignation of Dan Reisner as high school guidance counselor was accepted.
Kuehl said the district has extensive capital projects planned for the summer and has been working on getting quotes. Some of these projects are repaving horseshoe at Reinbeck elementary, remodel high school football locker room, press box at football field, band equipment replacement, restroom renovations, window replacements, remodel high school old gym and more. The Buildings and Grounds Committee will meet February 28th at 6:30 in Reinbeck to finalize some of their plans.
The FY 14 budget was discussed and Kuehl said he has prepared a certified budget with 0% allowable growth and also has prepared budgets showing a 2% and 4% growth. He said with 0% growth, the tax rate would stay relatively the same but with 2% and 4% growth there would be a reduction in the tax rate. A budget hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Gladbrook on April 10th to certify the budget.
Principal Matt Leeman said he will be starting to work on student requests for scheduling for 2013-14. G-R has been asked to host a Canvas Showcase on Wednesday afternoon, March 27th. Area schools across Iowa will be invited to join them with a limit of 75 people attending. Grundy Center will host a Canvas Showcase on that day in the morning.
Leeman said next week approximately 60 students will be taking the National Assessment of Education Progress. NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas. Assessments are conducted periodically in mathematics, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, US history and beginning in 2014, in technology and engineering literacy.
The first honor trip for those students whom have earned it will be held. Students who have earned this will have the option of going skiing on Friday, March 1st or go to Adventureland in May. Students need to have met the following criteria: no grades below C, no detentions, no unexcused absences/only 1 excused absence per trimester, and no more than 3 tardies per trimester.
Principal Brian Williams said the staff has analyzed Iowa Assessment data and have found that quite a few students have made growth in reading and math, but are not proficient. Williams said he continues to work on scheduling parent-teacher conferences.
Kuehl said on April 1st K-4 staff will be working with their Cedar Valley peers to receive the 'Investigating the Core-Mathematics training from AEA personnel. During the 13-14 school year, this group will continue with the 'Deeper Investigations' training along with their Cedar Valley peers.
The Elmore cohort will visit the Gladbrook campus on March 5th. They will be using the same materials used at the high school, focusing on the Bloom's Taxonomy level that students are being asked to operate at.
Kuehl said problems continue on the elementary shuttle bus and has had teachers riding the bus in the morning and afternoon. As this takes them away from their time to work before and after school, this is not a good situation. He is recruiting an associate to ride the bus from each end and back.
A work session will be held Wednesday, March 6th 6:30 p.m. in Reinbeck and the regular meeting will be held Thursday, March 21st, 6:30 p.m., also in Reinbeck.