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Summer Projects Approved By School Board

By Staff | Apr 26, 2018

A varied list of projects were reviewed and approved by the Emmetsburg Community School Board of Education during the April meeting Monday evening. The board also took action on a student attendance issue during the session.

In addressing the Summer Project, District Maintenance Director Tom Griffin answered questions on the project list, which totaled some $305,000. Among the major items on the list were $60,000 for roofing work at West Elementary, along with $75,000 for flooring replacement in hallways at West, which would also include asbestos abatement.

Another major item was the replacement of the visitors’ bleachers at Duane Twait Field, estimated at $45,000.

“Are the bleachers something that could wait a year?” asked Board member Pete Hamilton.

“What’s there is adequate for now,”?Griffin replied. “That’s a question for the board to answer. Down the road, we’ll have too look at replacing them to be handicap accessible.”

“They are sufficient for now,”?agreed Superintendent Amanda Schmidt. “They’re not the best, but they’re not the worst, either. The money is budgeted so it wouldn’t be an issue.”

Board member Scott Kibbie brought up the district’s tractor, which is used for snow removal and general use year round. The tractor, a 1975 International Hydro 100, recently required repairs when the front axle broke off.

“We’ve kind of kicked the can down the road,”?Griffin replied regarding the tractor. “We fixed the front end so it’s good to go now.”

However, it was noted that the district had to rent a tractor for snow removal purposes after the April 14 snowstorm, at a cost of $400 per day.

When asked what a good used tractor would cost, Griffin replied in the $25 to $30,000 range.

“That would be cheap,”?Kibbie stated.

Board member Kathy Roethler asked what it would take to make the bleachers handicap accessible.

“We would have to build new, the old ones are grandfathered in by our insurance carrier,” Griffin replied.

After a brief discussion on other items, Hamilton moved to accept the list of project, but deleting the bleacher replacement and investigating the purchase of a tractor instead. The motion was approved on a 6-0 vote, with Board member Dan Chism absent and not voting.

In other action, Schmidt presented the board with two options regarding the educational placement of a high school student classified as a sexual offender, in accordance with Chapter 282.9 of the Iowa Code.

“The first option would be to allow the student to return to campus and complete their requirements for graduation,”?Schmidt said. “The second option would be to allow the student to complete the educational requirements for graduation off campus.”

According to Chapter 282.9 of the Code of Iowa,”The tentative agenda for the meeting of the board of directors at which the board will consider such enrollment or educational placement of an individual who is required to register as a sex offender under Chapter 692A. If the individual is denied enrollment in a school district under this section, the school district of residence shall provide the individual with educational services in an alternative setting.”

Schmidt noted that the student has been working off campus and communicates with the instructors as needed.

“My recommendation would be for option two,”?Schmidt said.

“What about the Commencement Exercises?” Hamilton asked. “Would the student be allowed to participate in the ceremonies?”

“There would be no commencement exercises for the student,”?Schmidt replied. “He will not be allowed to participate in Graduation exercises.”

“So he is able to obtain what he needs to finish his requirements?” Hamilton asked.

“He is getting the required educational services at this time,”?Schmidt confirmed.

On a motion by Roethler that was seconded by Hamilton, the board voted to deny enrollment to the student, but allow for the student to receive the educational services off campus. The motion was approved on a 6-0 vote.

In personnel matters, the board accepted the resignation of Tyler Johnson as High School Special Education instructor, along with Middle School football and Freshman Boys Basketball coaching.

Approval was given to the issuance of a contract to Allison Bruhn for the Middle School Language Arts position. Both actions were approved on 6-0 votes of the board.

After a brief exempt session to discuss salaries for non-certified staff members, administrators and Salary Schedule B, the board returned to open session and approved setting a $75 raise to the base salary for Schedule B contracts.

Additionally, the board approved raises of 2.67 percent for all non-certified staff members, as well as Maintenance Director Tom Griffin and Information Technology Director Bryan Ruff. The Board and also approved switching Food Services Director Deb Goeders to a salaried position, setting the salary at $27,170,

The salary for District Nurse Cheri Hinners was set at $36,054 and Transportation Director Jay Sidles at $38,775.

Finally, the board approved raises of 1.5 percent for building Principals Joe Carter, Tracie Christensen and Mike Embrock,