By Krystal Fowler Lifestyle Editor
The Daily Iowegian
---- — The Centerville School Board held a regular meeting and public hearing on Tuesday, June 11.
The public hearing, held first, regarded the sale of the Cincinnati and Mystic Elementary buildings. The cities of Cincinnati and Mystic have both offered to purchase their respective buildings. There was no public input. The board then adjourned to the regular meeting.
The regular meeting got underway with new School Board President Rich Roos presiding.
The board approved including the Athletic Director position as a half-time position split with a half-time position as an assistant principal at Centerville High School. The board also decided to change Athletic Director to Activities Director. Board members Marty Braster and Bill Matkovich voted no.
The board then discussed revisiting the non-certified/hourly pay matrix since allowable growth was approved by the state legislature. The board was interested in improving the pay matrix to be more competitive with other local businesses starting wages. No decision was made, but the board directed Superintendent Tony Ryan to see how much increasing the pay matrix would cost.
The board members next approved the purchase of new math textbooks for kindergarten through fifth grade and language arts textbooks for kindergarten through sixth grade. The board had seen examples of the proposed math books at their previous meeting. The math books will be paid for in fiscal year 2013 and the language arts books in fiscal year 2014.
The board then discussed sharing librarian services with the Moulton-Udell School District. At this time Moulton-Udell decided to keep the same agreement they already had with Centerville of sharing 28 days a year, but said they might like to increase the time next year.
In new business, the board approved the resignations of Robyn McClurg, Emily Smith, Rod Campbell and Rich Gander and the retirement of Phyllis Tracy. They also approved the transfer of Brooke Johnson from a shared position with Moravia to a full-time position in Centerville. Contracts were also signed with Jill Manning, Richard England, Kolby Were, Olivia Starcevich, Jennifer Appler, Tim Kaster, Brandon Clark, Jonathan Kovacavich, Karen Matherly, Greg Lowe and Stacey Zaputil. The board also approved the contract for the new K-2 counselor, Megan Kirkland. Kirkland will also be taking over the K-2 TAG classes.
The board then approved adding pre-school administrative duties to Dianne Fatka, the K-2 principal. The position is open due to the retirement of Kathy Cossolotto.
The board okayed the second resolution approving the sales of the Cincinnati and Mystic Elementary school buildings and also approved a letter of understanding with the Centerville Education Association regarding the recall of teachers who had been let go due to budget cuts and the closing of schools.
The board then held a brief discussion on the school district's athletic department goals. Board member Braster had wanted the board to look at the goals to see if anything needed to be updated or changed. Board members Michelle Moore asked about possibly adding spectator behavior to the goals.
The free and reduced lunch program contract was approved as well as the Iowa Association of Educational Purchasing 2013-2014 purchasing agreement.
The board then revisited their previously approved tax rate for next year. The board had to approve a tax rate before the state legislature had approved the allocable growth rate for next year. The board approved a rate of 19.149 based on an assumption of a three percent allowable growth from the state. The state recently approved a two percent allowable growth rate, with a one-time additional two percent raise. This in effect makes next year's allowable growth rate rise by four percent, which raised the board's approved tax rate. The board approved lowering the tax rate back to the amount they had previously approved of 19.149.
A slight raise in food rates for next year was approved, with student breakfast prices rising from $1.30 to $1.40 and lunch from $2.10 to $2.20. Adult breakfast prices went from $1.80 to $1.90 while lunched went from $3.10 to $3.20. The general fund fee schedule for next year was also approved with the only change being a rise in the price of Driver's Education from $175 to $200. Board member Moore asked about the possibility of adding arts events onto the Activities Pass currently available Right now the pass only gets holders into sporting events.
The board set a special meeting for Tuesday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m. for evaluation of the superintendent, to be followed by an open session to consider offering the superintendent's contract.
Sports officials contracts and financial reports were approved.
In reports, Transportation/Building and Grounds Director Mike Zintz reported that the faculty parking lot at the high school would be redone and the football concession stand would be fully operational and up to code by fall. Superintendent Ryan spoke about the ALICE training that staff had went through the previous week with emergency personnel and asked the principals to speak about how the training went. The training included "class" time in the auditorium as well as simulations of emergency events. There was at least one representative from each building and CHS principal Roger Raum said the training was very empowering. The staff learned strategies to employ in case of emergencies, such as a shooter in the building. The local fire department, law enforcement and EMS were involved in the training.
The next regular board meeting is schedules for Monday, July 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Administration building.