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April 24, 2018

4/13/2018 10:18:00 AM
I-G School Board postpones decision about proximity doors
At their Monday, April 9 meeting, the Iowa-Grant School Board tabled making a decision on a security door proposal. Iowa-Grant School District Superintendent Linda Erickson explained that Governor Scott Walker recently approved a $100 million plan to provide schools with grants for building improvements and staffing training. The district would have to submit a letter to get approval for the grant. There will also be federal money available through the STOP School Violence Act.
The board is hoping to get the entire cost of the proximity security doors project covered; however, board members were concerned about the quick turnaround and doing it the proper way. Bids for the project were just received the same night as the board meeting at 5 p.m. Additionally, there were some extenuating circumstances with one of the bids as the engineer who came to the school to look at the building and put a bid together actually died on site. The company then had to bring in someone else who was less experienced in that field. The board is looking to see if they can renegotiate the price with them. Furthermore, the school's insurance company is coming sometime within the next few months to do a safety/security assessment that it does every five years. The board would like to wait to approve the project until after this assessment so that they know they are putting in the correct security measures and can see the insurance company's recommendations.
A bid for the Iowa Grant Elementary/Middle School roof was approved. The bid went to Performance Roofing out of Richfield, Wis. Who came in as the lowest bid at $329,499. The project is scheduled to start and finish this summer.
Donations from the Iowa-Grant Booster Club were received including $1,200 for covers for the baseball diamond mound and home plate areas and $500 to finish the high school sound system for the gymnasium to buy a wireless microphone system. Moreover, a portable concession stand is being built and will hopefully be done by the end of the month.
In other business:
Angela Belken, IGEMS Guidance Counselor, submitted her resignation to the board as she will be retiring.
An update on the superintendent search was given. Board president Renee Linscheid stated that half the applicants have been gone through already with the goal being to have five interview candidates.
A student trip to Ashland and Lake Superior was passed. The trip has been happening for a few years now and is for 6-8 graders to study the ecosystems. The dates are June 4-7 with the students paying a portion of the trip and a grant paying a portion as well.
On a related note, an IGEMS outdoor adventure/education club was approved with Tim Donovan being in charge of the club. He plans taking students on river trips or doing geology-related things or maybe even visiting an ice cave. The goal is to get students out to see natural things in the tri-state area. Currently, about 25 students are interested.
After a brief discussion, the board tabled any decision about the Colt Cadets using the school facilities overnight. They are a band group of students in the Dubuque area that travel around in the summer. They try to stay at schools. The board was okay with them staying at the school, but they were unsure if it conflicted with other summer activities such as league volleyball or basketball because these sports haven't scheduled their events yet. The board will revisit this once more about the summer schedule is known.
A purchase card resolution was approved. These purchase cards will replace the current credit cards. Purchase cards provide more local control and have no annual fee unlike the credit cards. Hopefully, there will also be less paperwork with these for the district office to handle. They will be implemented with the new fiscal year, July 2018.
The SWEEP agreement with surrounding schools was passed. This agreement is a sharing program with other schools for equipment that is generally only used once a year. The agreement is only one year long.
The board approved extending fall coaching contracts to Gary Allen, Ryan Allen, Ryan Hill, Paul Havlik, Zach Raimer (Football); Marla Simon, Amber Stanek, Ashley Liddicoat, Angie Boldt, Lois Peart (HS and MS Volleyball); Jake Winkler (Cross Country); and Marcie Harwick (Cheerleading). 
They also extended contract renewals to Loras Winders, Cathy Kohlenberg, Loretta Riemenapp, (Business Office); Stephanie Dirks, Dan Steinbach, (IT); Mike Oium, (Facilities); Sharon Friederick, (Nurse) Linda Klaas, (Food Service); Jill Allen, and Deanna Brennum (HS and IGEMS Office Secretarial).





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