Central Middle School has been designated as a school in need of assistance.

Superintendent Dan Peterson presented the annual yearly progress report at the recent Central School Board meeting and because of low math and reading scores during the 2009-10 and 2010-11 school years, the middle school now has the assistance designation.

Central had previously been placed on the “watch list” because of special education scores in reading at the elementary level and math scores at the middle school level. A special education and low income subgroup at the middle school were also low in reading scores, Peterson said.

Though enough gains in elementary reading and low-income middle school reading were made to come off the “watch list,” the middle school special education subgroup did not gain sufficiently for a second year. This led to the SINA designation.

The “safe harbor” designation was also not attained. The board was assured action plans would be put in place.

In personnel changes, the board approved terminating the contract of Kevin Roling as head varsity softball coach. Roling does not have a teaching contract with the district. Board member Jim Irwin abstained from the vote.

The board accepted the resignation of Melanie Glew as fourth-grade teacher, Heath Kelley as seventh grade assistant football coach, Owen Hinz as assistant varsity girls softball coach, Bill Bauman as assistant boys soccer coach, Megan Machovec as freshmen girls basketball coach, and Michelle Stearns as an Ekstrand teachers associate.

The board employed Kelley as eighth grade head football coach and Casey Kettmann as seventh grade assistant football coach, and amended the contract of high school secretary Terri Fischer, from  six hours to eight hours a day at $13.43 per hour.

Board President Dennis Campbell appointed Cindy McAleer as board secretary/treasurer and Brett Nitzschke of the Lynch Dallas law firm in Cedar Rapids as legal counsel. Brent Cook and Terri Selzer will continue to serve as the school district’s Level I investigators, and the DeWitt Police Department and/or the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department as Level II investigators.

The board approved an $833,516 payment to Kraemer Brothers, LLC of  Plain, Wis., for facilities work. To date the total contract sum is $21,019,963.

The board recognized Karl Burmester for his work with Central Community High School health classes, which has been selected for a 2011 Group Governor’s Volunteer award.

In addition, the district’s application for the nutrition program for the school year was approved as well as the second readings of new policies for substitute classified employees and substitute teachers.

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