The board approved a sharing agreement with the Maquoketa School District for some classes, particularly college algebra and public speaking for college credit; a contract with the juvenile court liaison officer for 2014-2015 with the Department of Human Services supplementing $26,907 of the cost; and the second and final readings of some policy series revisions. The Clinton County Development Association Grant of $120,000 for facilities needs was accepted.
At the recommendation of the superintendent, the board chose the following legislative priorities: supporting continued progress in the development of rigorous content standards and benchmarks with the Iowa Core to improve student achievement; revising the foundation formula to equalize per pupil funding in all school districts; reform of Iowa’s K-12 education system in six areas; development and funding for research on best practices for early literacy strategies; and setting supplemental state aid by the date specified in the Iowa Code at a rate that encourages school improvement and reflects real costs.
Contracts with union personnel were approved. The Central DeWitt Education Association received a 3.99 percent increase at a cost of $324,393. The base pay rose by $287 and supplemental pay was approved for boys and girls bowling. Formerly these positions were volunteer.
Nutrition personnel received a 2.4 percent raise costing $9,934; teacher associates a 2.75 percent raise (Step 1, $11.50 per hour) costing $15,176; secretaries, a 2.77 percent raise ($13.20 per hour) costing $6,287; and custodians, a 2.65 percent raise (base $15.90 an hour) costing $10,858. The custodians’ contract is for two years.
In personnel changes, the board hired Abbi Lievens as a second-grade teacher at BA step 1, Tatiana McConnell as the fifth-grade teacher at BA step 5, Hailey Nichol as a .75 high school language arts teacher at BA step 2; and extended the contract of high school speech teacher Ramsey Hinkle to full time. Also hired were Spencer Lueders as eighth-grade football head coach; Bill Petsche as eighth-grade boys track coach; Craig Reuter as seventh-grade boys basketball coach; Lori Regenwether as shared junior class sponsor; Kelci Anderson as high school flag corps coach at .03 of the salary schedule; and for summer custodial work Ross Curtis, Jeanine Simmons, Cynthia McTier-Law and Peter Keegan, all at $8.40 an hour.
Resignations were accepted from Kirk Machovec as eighth-grade head girls track coach, Troy Steffens from seventh-grade boys basketball coach, and Liz LaKose from high school language arts teacher.
A contingent from the Central FFA program requested an opportunity to discuss the program.