By Janet Huffman Herald Correspondent
The Clinton Herald
---- — DEWITT — There will not be a new operations facility constructed in the Central Community School District in the foreseeable future.
Reacting to last month’s bid openings, Superintendent Dan Peterson said the $1.7 million projected cost was not favorable to the district. At the Aug. 14 Central Board meeting, Peterson said he had done some “soul-searching” on the direction of a new combined transportation and maintenance facility and realized transportation should stay on 11th Street at the former Krieger’s property. Peterson added there were several ideas about what to do on the existing property as they would be using the facility there for awhile.
Operations director Keith Walker enumerated some needed changes and improvements. He said the parking lot would be redone with installation of a 50-foot strip of concrete for bus parking on the east. He recommended “squaring up” the property by selling the 261-by-132 section on the west side. He estimated cost of the concrete at $50,000 and possibly another $150,000 to repair the remaining asphalt. A new guard rail could be installed and on the north edge the chain link fence taken out. In the future, parking in the back could be used.
The building itself needs nothing at this point as it has a new roof, and air conditioning and furnace were replaced last year. The district could change out large front windows for greater energy efficiency, Walker added. About $10,000 needs to be spent for electricity for buses. He asks that concrete and electricity be done this fall and the asphalt in the spring.
Walker said the current facility meets the district’s needs and the $1.7 million cannot be spent on a new facility when it can be put to better use elsewhere.
In his construction update, Walker told the board the Ekstrand Elementary roof project is complete and he was told by contractors that it should last 30 to 40 years. Air conditioning is 85 percent complete at Ekstrand and 60 percent complete at the intermediate and high schools. Everything should be up and running by Sept. 14. Walker noted the good quality of the work that has been done.
Because the district has decided to stay with the current transportation and maintenance facilities, the board formally approved rejection of the $275,000 bid from RLR Enterprises, Inc., of Wheatland and the bid of $200,000 from MCP, LLC, of DeWitt for the former Krieger property on 11th Street.
The board approved sale of a no-longer-used 5,000-gallon LP tank at the transportation site. Possible sale price is $3,000 to $5,000.
As per board policy, counselors Carl Small and Katie Burgmeier were appointed as Level I investigators. The DeWitt Police Department and the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office were appointed Level II investigators.
Peterson reviewed the Teach Iowa statewide job posting and application program. He said the program has been revamped. Most applications are done online, but a paper form can be used.
Central High School Principal George Pickup said there were about 550 students enrolled at the high school, with more new students than those leaving.
A number of personnel changes were approved. Employed were Brianne Beuter as assistant high school speech coach at $851; Jessica Rooks as a second-grade teacher at BA step 1, $31,593; Amber Finnesand as a first-grade teacher at BA step 1, $31,593; Jen Froeschle as an Ekstrand teacher associate at $11.28 per hour; Daniel Selzer as part-time high school custodian at $15.60 per hour; Kirk Machovec as seventh-grade assistant football coach at $1,986; Collin Ellis as head boys golf coach at $2,553; and the middle school drama position will be split between Hannah Totten and Brittany Manning at $993 apiece.
The board accepted the resignations of Adam Beck as .58 general music teacher at the intermediate/middle schools; Adam Grell from assistant varsity baseball coach; Morgan Burbach from assistant varsity girls track coach; and Dee Dau from middle school custodian. Dau will be replaced by Dayna McReynolds at $16 per hour.
Ann Marie Peterson was recalled as a teacher associate at $11.28 per hour, and the hours of transportation associate Shawn Everett were increased.