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Education

September 24, 2012

Unofficial school enrollment numbers hold steady

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CENTERVILLE —

Employment contracts were approved for Ryan Hodges, Kelly Kauzlarich and Tim Kaster as substitute bus drivers, Leanne Mulcahy as Lakeview special education aide, Jennifer Hand as National Honor Society sponsor, Larry Stufflebeam as special education aide at Lakeview, Shannon Spears as special education aide at Lakeview, Stephanie McDonald as full-time secretary at Lakeview, Julie Ocker as Garfield cafeteria server, Chad Koestner as assistant football coach and Mike Miller as seventh grade football coach. Diane Van Dyne had an increase from 5.5. hours per day to 5.75 hours per day in the cafeteria and  Jean Smothers had a decrease from 4.75 to 4.5 hours per day as a custodian.
When looking into selling the Cincinnati and Mystic school buildings, superintendent Ryan told the board that the school’s attorney advised setting up a series of questions for potential buyers to fnd out what they intended to do with the buildings after sale. This could potentially help stop any conflicts between new owners and the communities.
The progress of the new school year was briefly discussed, with Ryan stating that the transition of third graders to Lakeview Elementary was proceeding smoothly. 
The board also briefly discussed renewal of the Instructional Support Levy, which was approved last year at a reat of two percent for a period of one year. No final decisions were made regarding the proposed levy.
The board approved purchase of an 84-passenger school bus from Hoglund Bus Company in Marshalltown for $104,927. The school system will receive a $4,000 trade in for bus No. 42, bringing the total expense to $100,927 to be paid from PPEL money.
Superintendent Ryan stated that preliminary registration data had 1,383 students signed up to attend the district. The final official count will be taken Oct. 1. The prelimnary number is holding steady from last year’s official count of 1,385.
The board approved membership to the Centerville Concert Association and approved membership in the Iowa Association of School Boards.
The board held a closed session before hearing reports and approving financial statements, then adjourned.  

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