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December 5, 2019

11/18/2019 10:57:00 AM
IG School Board Tables Raising Substitute Rates

By Carley Rider
On November 11th, the Iowa-Grant School board met for their regular monthly meeting. Key topics discussed were potentially raising substitute rates, baseball facilities, changes to the Summer Recreation program, and discussion on a bill that may fully fund four-year-old kindergarten. The board also received information on IGEMS being a 5-star school for the 2018-2019 school year.
Iowa-Grant, along with other schools have been faced with a shortage of substitutes for classroom/clerical assistants, custodial, and food service. The board discussed raising the current $10.50 per hour to $12.00 per hour. The board also discussed raising the rates for long-term substitutes, or substitutes serving ten or more consecutive days in the same support staff assignment. The rates brought to the board for long-term substitutes were $15.16 per hour for food service, $15.91 per hour for custodial, and $15.29 per hour for clerical or teacher assistant. The board recognized the lack of substitutes but tabled the decision for the regular December meeting.
The building and grounds committee plans to meet with representatives from the town of Livingston to discuss baseball facilities as they have not yet met and would like to create a clear understanding and produce accurate information at this meeting as there has been much conversation on this topic.
Stephanie Anderson, the new Summer Recreation coordinator, brought to the board new ideas for the program. Anderson has looked into changes and restructuring the program. Some ideas she had brought to the board included increasing cost to be in the program as the program is overdue for new equipment. Anderson found that many local Summer Rec programs charge significantly more than Iowa-Grant currently does. There was also a survey sent out to see if parents would prefer a change to the schedule. Anderson also brought up that some businesses in the area may be interested in sponsoring the teams to provide jerseys for the athletes to decrease the overall costs for families. There was also discussion for creating a family cap. The board had suggested a new survey be sent on the school website to be accessible by all families. There will be further discussion following results from the new survey.
Tricia Sander and Kristen Nelson, four-year-old kindergarten instructors, asked the board for permission to investigate programs of surrounding schools to find what seems to work best and what Iowa-Grant could potentially improve on. Currently, four-year-old kindergarteners attend two full school days a week, which the two find to be much less effective than the half days that were once used. The half day schedule was changed to two full days as bussing for half days had become very costly. Under a new bill that will be decided in January, four-year-old kindergarten may be fully funded by the state.
There was a presentation put on by four Iowa-Grant FFA students that attended the 92nd annual FFA National Convention and Expo. The four girls that represented Iowa-Grant's FFA Chapter showed pictures and discussed activities they were able to participate in while at the convention. The students finished the presentation by thanking the board for allowing them the opportunity and thanking them for supporting the FFA.
The school board discussed the 2020-2021, 2021-2022 Cooperative Wrestling Agreement between Iowa-Grant and Highland Schools. The board discussed transportation costs that Highland was faced with as they have to bus students to and from Iowa-Grant for practices and matches.
The Administration (1000) board policies were discussed and read at the meeting. This was the first reading of the policies.
The board discussed and approved an agreement with Highland Schools for Special education services.
The board accepted the resignation of Melissa Martinez for the position of 8th grade girls basketball coach for 2019-2020.

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