The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


April 15, 2014

Central approves school budget


Also approved after the public hearing were bids on boiler replacements. Two different companies were hired at a savings of about $8,500 after all bids came in more than original estimates. J L Brady of Moline, Ill., at $181,808 was approved to replace the Ekstrand Elementary boiler, and Scharnweber Water Conditioning of Toledo, Iowa, was approved to replace the high school boiler.

The board accepted the resignations of Maria Cibula as part-time intermediate general music teacher and Laurie Wildes from seventh grade volleyball coach. Middle school teacher Katie Danner was hired to replace Wildes.

A student teaching agreement with Ashford University was approved as was a memorandum of agreement for college credits with Clinton Community College. The agreement increases fees for current classes to $600 per section.

The board tentatively approved a sharing agreement with the Iowa High School Clay Target Association for trap shooting. This will allow the district to officially recognize children for awards, athletic director Kurt Kreiter said. Approval is contingent on clarification of insurance issues.

High school Principal George Pickup reported the district in 2013 had a 95.54 percent graduation rate as opposed to the state rate of 89.7 percent.

Director of Student Services Terri Selzer said there was only one non-compliant implementation on individual education programs, or one question missed out of 33, and there was no corrective action in the annual special education report.

Blake Buttars, representing the Central Education Foundation, reported that this was the 20th year for giving grants with over a record $44,000 given. Out of 33 requests, 22 were funded. He added over the 20 years, 236 grants had been funded for about $400,000 in monies.

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