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January 23, 2019

12/14/2018 1:47:00 PM
Iowa-Grant School Board to offer another retirement savings option
Due to a staff member's request, the Iowa-Grant School District will be offering a 457 deferred compensation program along with the others the district already offered. The main benefit of this retirement package is that the employee can take the money with him/her when he/she leaves the district without any penalty. "This plan could attract employees to our district," Iowa-Grant Superintendent Stephanie Hubbard explained. The program allows any employee to contribute his/her own money to the plan, and it doesn't cost the district anything. The board unanimously approved adding this retirement program to the school district's offerings.
Several donations were received including $330 from Garrett Jones to the I-G golf program, $250 from Lands' End Business Outfitters, $50 from J&T Concrete Construction, and $100 from a former teacher - all monies from the last three mentioned donations will go towards the Panthers packs food program.
Job descriptions were updated/added for district bookkeeper, business office assistant, and director of business and finance. The major change was having a description for the business office assistant - this position was added six years ago to help with the overburdened bookkeeper and director. Certain responsibilities of the bookkeeper and director were given to the office assistant - the business office works collaboratively to get their work done.
A second reading was done for the use of school facilities policy and regulations. The major change was that whomever is using a facility needs to make note of what extra amenities they want/need in the online scheduler i.e. use of the restroom key if using the football complex.
Three board members' positions are up for re-election if they choose to run again: Chris Richards, Renee Linscheid, and Fred DiVall. The election is April 2, 2019. Papers to run for the position have to be filed by January 2, 2019 at 5 p.m.
In other business:
• The start time of the board meetings for January and February were changed to p.m. as the board plans on having a work session with CESA 3 representative Jamie Nutter those evenings from 6-7 p.m.
• A special closed meeting session for reviewing and accepting the district's emergency plans is slated for Thursday, Dec. 27 at p.m. The meeting is NOT open to the public as the plans contain confidential information that cannot be released due to safety/security issues.
• A 4-day, 3-night Trees for Tomorrow trip for the 6th-8th grade students was passed. The trip will be from February 2-5.
• The monthly bills and finance report were approved.
• The next regularly scheduled Iowa-Grant School Board meeting is for Monday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m.

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