The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


September 19, 2013

Central mulls over closing Low Moor bus stop


The new board re-elected Christy Kunz as president, elected Fuglsang as vice-president and adopted Roberts Rules of order as operating procedures. Regular board meetings are scheduled at 6 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month.

In addition the board appointed Brett Nitzschke of Lynch Dallas law firm of Cedar Rapids as legal counsel, Fuglsang as legislative liaison and Iowa Association of School Boards delegate, and the members of the School Improvement Advisory committee.

The board approved several contracts. Buckets Construction Services, LLC, of Grand Mound submitted the low bid of $65,787 for tearing out the asphalt on the east side of the operation building on 11th Streeat and replacing it with a 50-foot wide strip of concrete six inches thick. Holst Construction of DeWitt also bid on the project.

A contract for metal roof and siding on the maintenance building with Connor Construction, LLC, of DeWitt was approved at a $27,000 estimated job cost. Holst Construction also bid on this project.

Two new school buses with 65-passenger capacity will be purchased from Hoglund Bus Co., Inc., of Marshalltown. Cost is $78,649 per bus. School Bus Sales Co. and Thomas Bus Sales, Inc., of Des Moines also submitted bids.

Previously in a facilities report, Superintendent Dan Peterson had told the board sale of portions of the operations building property would again be discussed at the October meeting. He noted that once sold, the district could not get the property back.

The board reviewed the annual yearly progress report from the Iowa Department of Education. Central High School and Ekstrand Elementary have met annual measurable objectives. Central Intermediate School has been designated as a school in need of assistance for the first year, and Central Middle School has received the SINA designation for the third year. Principal Jim Wichman said a number of methods to resolve the designation have been implemented. The goal this year is 100 percent proficiency at all schools.

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