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June 18, 2013

Centerville School Board approves several resignations, new employment contracts

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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.

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