The Centerville School Board met for their July meeting Monday, July 8 at the Administration Building.
The board heard a presentation about the Student Council trip to Las Vegas to attend the National Association of Student Councils National Conference. They then approved the previous meeting minutes and the updating of Policy 414 which concerns staff payment for jury duty.
The board approved five legislative priorities for the Iowa Association of School Boards. They want the IASB to focus on development of the Iowa Core, sharing incentives for schools, supporting allowable growth, supporting greater flexibility for use of the management levy and opposing unfunded mandates.
In transfers, Kandi Moorman transferred as secretary at Garfield to secretary at Central, Emily Sayres transferred from kindergarten aide at Central to secretary at Garfield, Tom Belloma transferred from maintenance at Lakeview to distract-wide maintenance, Brandon Clark transferred from special education aide at Lakeview to maintenance at Lakeview, Cindee White transferred from special education aide at Centerville High School to PK-12 library aide, a new position, and Merry Dudley transferred using her recall rights from a special education aide at Lakeview to an open K-2 Title I teaching position.
Several new employment contracts were also approved. They included Alexis Kauzlarich as seventh grade volleyball coach and Rita Teater as custodian at Lakeview. Laura DePrizio was recalled to fill a position as elementary special education teacher and Jeri Bradley was recalled to fill a new elementary teaching position. Rose Moon, Lakeview secretary, also had a slight contract adjustment okayed.
The board also approved contracts for the new curriculum director and the new activities director/high school assistant principal. Rhonda Raskie was tapped to take the curriculum director position and Greg Fisher was chosen to be the new activities director/assistant principal. Raskie is currently a secondary special education teacher within the district. Fisher has had experience as a high school principal at Gilbert and Charles City, as a middle school principal at North Cedar and as an assistant principal at Applington-Parkersburg.
The board then heard from each of the principals about student assessments. PK-2 principal Dianne Fatka and 3-6 principal Terri Schofield each spoke about the DIBELS testing being used to track student achievement throughout the year. The tests are given three times a year to test reading abilities and clear progress can be seen throughout the year with students moving into proficiency. Schofield said the test also matches well with results that the school received from the Iowa test, with a 93 percent match between those who tested proficient on DIBELS and those who were deemed proficient on the Iowa test.
Junior High principal Bruce Karpen and High School principal Roger Raum spoke about trend lines. Each of the principals had looked back through several years of data to track the growth rate of students. In both of the principals presentations, the students showed good growth in most areas.
The board accepted a bid from Hill’s Sanitation for garbage pick up in the next year. They also approved fuel bids from MFA and Bratz. A milk bid was accepted from AE Dairy and a bread bid was accepted from Bimbo Bakeries. The board also approved EMC for their business protection insurance. The board approved renewing the district’s subscription to Iowa School Finance Information Services. They also approved a service agreement for Power School, the district’s student reporting system, with Grant Wood AEA. The board also approved the concurrent education services agreement for 2013-2014 with IHCC.
The board received bids for parking lot updates at the high school and Lincoln Elementary. There were four bids for each project. The board accepted the low bid for the high school project from Evers Construction of $68,400. The board decided to hold off on the Lincoln project for now.
The board approved changes to the K-2 handbook and also okayed renewal of the employee assistance program. They then approved sports official’s contracts.
The board then heard administrator’s reports. Fatka said she had met with the preschool teachers to get ready to take over the preschool administrative duties in the upcoming school year. Schofield reported that there is an open sixth grade teaching position, but she believed it would be filled quickly. Karpen reported that the district was approved for six AmeriCorps positions for the next school year, two at Lakeview, two at the junior high and two at the high school. Each position requires a $6,500 match from the district. Raum reported that he was in the process of filling the open math position at the high school and had started to conduct interviews. Buildings and Grounds/Transportation Director Mike Zintz updated the board on the search for a new Suburban. Zintz informed the board they could purchase a new vehicle valued at around $48,000 for about $33,000 at government price. Superintendent Tony Ryan also updated the board on the sale of the Cincinnati and Mystic Elementary buildings. According to Ryan the sale is still in progress. Zintz said the contents of the buildings as well as some things from Central and the high school will be sold at auction. The board then approved financial reports before adjourning.