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March 28, 2020

3/18/2020 2:50:00 PM
IG school board approves Five day 4-K program and gymnastics tri-op
Carley Rider

At their March 9 meeting the Iowa-Grant School Board Approved the change of a two full-day preschool program to a five half-day preschool program.
Pre-school teachers Mrs. Sanders and Mrs. Nelson brought information from conferences and from other districts regarding time with preschoolers. Sanders and Nelson said that area schools have found five half days compared to two full days is much more beneficial to the preschoolers, their families, and the preschool staffs. Sanders and Nelson provided information on this opportunity to further develop students. The four contact days would allow less time to be spent introducing and re-introducing topics and concepts without overwhelming the four year old group. Sanders and Nelson informed the board of the consistent school days allowing the students and their guardians to gain a sense of normalcy in their schedules and schooling. With the half days, some schools have implemented a "Stay and Play" portion during the day. The "Stay and Play" would allow the preschool staff to spend more time with students with time for recess, rest time, a snack break, and play time. Currently the staff does two full days a week with preschool students which has benefits, but also has many downfalls.
Hubbard informed the board of a lack of room to add two additional staff members and increase a part-time staff member to full-time. The board unanimously approved the preschool program to be changed to five days a week.
The board discussed and approved joining Dodgeville and Mineral Point for a gymnastics triop. Superintendent Hubbard made the recommendation that the board approve the tri-op to offer gymnastics to Iowa-Grant high schoolers. Travel arrangements would be determined following the decision. Unlike the Highland Wrestling co-op agreement, there is no transportation clause within the agreement.
A few of the board members showed concern of thinning out the current winter sports teams as numbers for sports have seemed to fluctuate a lot throughout the year. The survey received nearly 200 responses from female students from the elementary, middle school, and 9th-11th graders.
The board approved two football fundraisers: a best ball golf tournament at the Dodge-Point country club and a Drive One For Your School. The extra funding would be put towards extra items such as new uniforms.
A quote for painting of the high school gymnasium was accepted. The quote was said to be significantly less than the buildings and grounds committee expected. An additional amount would be added to keep the current striping. The board recognized the importance of transferring over the conference championships earned, recognizing this as an opportunity for input and design ideas from students, teachers, and community members.
The board accepted the recommendation from High School Guidance Counselor, Jackie Benish, for students interested in Start College now and Early College Credit.
The board approved a transportation and lease agreement with Warco Transportation and lease agreement with Warco Inc. as Warco rents the bus garage located on the Iowa-Grant campus.

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