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February 22, 2020

1/20/2020 10:00:00 AM
IG School Board Approves Engineering Bid, Caps Two Open Enrollment Sections

By Carley Rider

The Iowa-Grant school board approved an engineering firm bid for improvements and changes to the campus drainage system at their meeting Monday night.
The bid was approved following a recommendation from the Buildings and Grounds Committee. The bid was from Jewell Engineering for improvements and changes to the campus drainage system. Jewell Engineering will survey and prepare plans, present specifications and cost estimates, bidding documents to replace pavement, curb, and gutter to correct drainage issues, and connect buildings' roof drainage to new storm drainage system. Jewel Engineering will also assist in bidding the project, reviewing bids, and will recommend a selection of a contractor.
Upon a recommendation from the district administrator, the board approved capping Early Childhood Special Education to eight students and fifth grade open enrollment to five students.
Superintendent Stephanie Hubbard recommended that the board place a cap on open enrollment on early childhood special education. This recommendation was made in regards to current staffing in this area, along with the trend of number of students in this section. Capping the open enrollment will limit the number of students from other districts looking to enroll in the Iowa-Grant school district. This cap ensures the students of the Iowa-Grant district are supported fully. Another enrollment cap recommendation was approved for the fifth grade section to allow five open enrolled students. This recommendation was made in regards to class sizes and staffing with intent of keeping class sections at 25 students or fewer. Both open enrollment cap recommendations were approved.
The board approved raising substitute night custodian pay to $15 an hour in response to recurring problems filling shifts especially at IGEMS. The district received information on a potential gymnastics tri-op, granting permission for interest in the schools to be investigated. Also, an overnight FFA trip was approved along with several donations..
Hubbard also asked the board to increase substitute support staff pay, specifically second shift or night custodians. The recommendation to raise the hourly wage to $15 an hour was in response to recurrent issues filling custodial night shifts especially in the IGEMS building. This substitute support staff increase in wage recommendation was approved.
At the last building and grounds committee, a recommendation in engineering firms was made, along with the discussion and plans for a fiber optics project. This fiber optics project would provide fiber from the elementary/middle school to the football press box along with the bus garage. This portion of the project would be paid for by grants. The committee also discussed the additional cost of fiber to the concession stand that would not be covered by the grants. The committee communicated with the track and field program in additions and adjustments to be made to the campus to support the new track and field team. All changes and additions are planned to be done internally.
The board approved a ad-hoc committee to review policies and present the board with potential changes to the updating of the policies. This committee was formed to reduce the length of board meetings. Committee meetings will be open for the public to attend.
Lara Hammerly, the Iowa-Grant FFA Advisor requested the board approve an overnight trip in February for the Farm Forum located in Wisconsin Rapids. Mrs. Hammerly saw this forum to be an excellent way for FFA students to expand, meet new people, and learn. The trip would allow three junior/senior students in FFA to attend, with all costs covered by fundraising done by the FFA and funding from the Iowa County Farm Bureau. The board approved the overnight trip.
Many donations were presented at this meeting. Jason Schulting raised money at The Secret Santa Open golf outing in the summer. Money raised helps to provide christmas gifts for families in need in Barneveld, Dodgeville, and Iowa-Grant school districts.
John and Dean Cordts donated money in memory of Nancy Ware, a monthly donor to Panther Packs until her passing.
The Iowa-Grant Lions Club and an anonymous staff member and their spouse donated money for Panther packs also.
Garrett Jones, a panther alumnus, donated money raised in an annual summer golf outing, with the donation going to the golf program.

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