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.