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May 21, 2012

School board approves master contract agreement, hires Spanish teacher

CENTERVILLE — The Centerville School Board held a regular meeting Monday, May 14 at the Administration Building.

During the meeting the board approved the resignation of Jerry Meredith from Lakeview custodian and Chuck Banks from his coaching positions. They also approved the expansion of Chelsey Spurgeon's hours as a special education aide from 5.92 hours a day to 7 hours a day at Howar Junior High. The board also okayed the hiring of six temporary summer custodians.

The board was presented a contract for consideration for Emily Guemmer. Guemmer would replace Barb Frewing as a Spanish teacher and would be shared with the Moulton-Udell School District. Frewing is retiring at the end of this year. Guemmer's salary would be $35,794. The board approved the contract.

The 2012-2013 Master Agreement between the Centerville Education Association and the board was also presented for approval by the board. The agreement will cover the 2012-2013 school year and the 2013-2014 school year. The agreement included a minimum of 150 minutes of planning time for each full-time teacher kindergarten through grade 12, sick day accumulation increasing from 120 to 125 days and the Flex Day Bank accumulation increasing from four to five days. Some additional language was added in reference to the seniority list and a deadline of Oct. 1 was added to make any requests for corrections to the seniority list for that current school year. The total package increase for the 2012-2013 year is 3 percent and the total package increase for the 2013-2014 year will be 4 percent based on the 2012-2013 fiscal year. The board approved the agreement. They then also approved the teacher/certified staff continuing contracts for the 2012-2013 school year.

The board was also informed that the district was seeking and receiving health insurance bids. The current health plan will have an average increase of 19.85 percent for staff members and the insurance committee decided to open up the bidding process due to the large increase. According to Superintendent Tony Ryan, the district hasn't taken insurance bids in seven years. Board policy requires all full-time employees to take out insurance, so the district has 100 percent participation.

Tino Terrones gave the board a presentation on the program Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports being used at Lakeview. Terrones outlined how the program is used in the students' lives every day, including in the morning announcements. Each student and classroom also compete each week to see who can be known as True Reds and which class will be declared the Super Class of the Week. He also outlined the strategies the school is using to help students who may be having behavior or attendance problems.

The board approved several small changes to the Centerville High School handbook and also approved the Howar Junior High handbook with no changes. They also approved an addition to the graduate list from Centerville High School-Appanoose County Campus. One student was accidentally left off the original list.

The board approved a purchasing contract with the Iowa Association for Educational Purchasing, a cooperative that gives school districts across Iowa the purchasing power of a much larger entity. The board also approved the trade in of an old mower and purchase of a replacement. The board approved trading a Walker-MTSD26 with 1,650 hours to Centerville Tractor and Implement for $2,400 and purchasing a John Deer 997 with a balance due of $12,489.32 after the trade in. The board also approved bids on two buses. They accepted a bid of $1,550 from William Boylan for a 1996 GMC Blue Bird bus with 135,003 miles and a bid of $1,805 from Rick Sweet for a 1993 International bus with 152,273 miles.

Two contracts for Project CRISS training for staff members were also approved. Each contract states that the trainer will facilitate a two-day CRISS workshop for no more than 30 participants. Each contract is for $854.40.

The board was also updated on the search for a new principal for Centerville High School. Superintendent Ryan said that candidates would most likely begin interviewing in late May and June.

The board approved the sixth grade TAG students taking an out of state trip to Chicago. This is an annual trip the group goes on. They also approved several sports official's contracts for track and soccer.

The board also decided to schedule a special meeting on Tuesday, May 29 at 6:30 p.m. before approving financial reports and adjourning.

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