With one director of operations, Irwin said, a new operations building and selling Krieger’s are the last things needed to get done for facilities. A new building would centralize everything in one place. The utility cost at Krieger’s is about $20,000 a year and the district still needs space for general maintenance even without a mechanic available. Irwin added that the 11th Street area should be used commercially and should generate taxes.
Board member Steve Fuglsang agreed with Irwin that a new facility was needed since vocational classes are now held at the old building, and he said he is in favor of continuing that use.
Board member Jennifer Naeve said the old transportation building was not the most efficient space for what is needed today. She also said the district should have funding and/or a step-by-step process to build a new operations facility.
The board approved the final reading of a revised debt management policy with some changes, interim board member Tami Petsche was sworn in; and Peterson reported four school buses and one car were sold on eBay for more than $10,000.
Hired were Jacquelyn Daters as the high school flag corp coach at $11.28 per hour, Jason Guerin as the assistant varsity boys basketball coach, and Barb Sanders and Leslie Roling as general food service workers at $11.93 per hour. The resignation of teacher associate Heidi Lang was accepted.
The board approved five legislative priorities: continued progress in standards and benchmarks in the Iowa Core, equalization of per pupil funding, reform of Iowa’s K-12 education system, setting allowable growth commensurate with school improvement and actual cost increases, and repeal of the mandatory school start date. The priorities, plus a possible addition of returning school board members to three-year terms, will be sent to the Iowa Association of School Boards.