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February 17, 2019

1/21/2019 8:17:00 AM
Iowa-Grant School Board to look further into having a track team
At their regularly scheduled board meeting on Monday, Jan. 14, the Iowa-Grant School Board agreed that the student survey results received warranted investigating the possibility of having a track team at the school district. All of the 7-11 grade students were surveyed, and 37 responded saying they were interested in track with 41 saying maybe - 24 then said that track would be their first spring sport preference if it was offered - additionally if track was added, if would not be a dual sport offering as the logistics behind doing that are a nightmare. Board members agreed that this was a much higher number than when the survey went out previously about four years ago. Board members were also concerned that track would take away students from other spring sport offerings; however, it was also noted that track might bring out participants who don't partake in any spring sport at all. The next step is putting together a parent survey to "show if there's enough support," explained Board President Renee Linscheid. "If people have strong opinions about the track team, we encourage them to come and speak at the March board meeting." The parent survey will be going out in February.
Due to a recent report about groundwater quality in southwest Wisconsin, District Administrator Stephanie Hubbard put the board and the public's minds at ease that all is well with the water at Iowa Grant Schools. The water is high quality and is tested frequently as the schools are a public place and are held to a high standard. Moreover, the Clean Water Drinking Act makes sure that the schools' water is tested often including quarterly and yearly along with every three years and five years by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Public water is very regulated. All of the information about the school's testing requirements and results can be found online at and then clock on "Find Public Water Systems" and then type Iowa Grant.
A third and final reading of the updated policy and regulations regarding the use of school facilities was approved. The school board has been working on this in conjunction with coaches and others who frequently use the facilities. "The community youth sports expressed interest in having more access to our gyms on weekends and that led to reviewing this policy.  In reviewing this policy, we realized that there really wasn't anything in the policy that restricted us from allowing groups to use our gyms without a janitor present.  We have made minor changes to the policy such as clarifying that the building principal is in charge of approving facility use requests, emphasizing the need for adequate supervision, and updating the language from strictly keys to keys/fob.  The big changes that this review of the policy has led to is that groups can now reserve our facilities through an online facility use request process.   Check it out by going to our website ( )  and click 'For Parents/Community' and then go to Facility Scheduler.  You can then click on Facility Calendar and see when facility space might be available," Hubbard explained.
Second readings for job descriptions for Business Office Assistant, District Bookkeeper, and Director of Business and Finance were passed. 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.
During the public input part of the meeting, Dori Zimmerman is starting a travel club that is not affiliated with the school, but she would like to cooperate with the school as she'd like to use the facilities there for meetings and more. The travel club will work with Educational First Tours. Local kids have already been going on trips, but they have been joining other, larger groups, and by forming their own club, it allows the flexibility to choose their own travel dates. The first trip is slated for June 2020 with the group venturing to London, Paris, Rome, and Florence - both students and parents are welcome to go on the trips. "I want rural children to get opportunities to travel and see the world," Zimmerman said.
Administrators gave updates on the recent lockdown drill with all of them being very pleased with how the drill went. "Rooms were all secure and silent," stated High School Principal Chris Gotto. "I thought it was successful." While it was positive, Gotto did mention a few minor glitches that happened that need to be addressed, but overall, he thought it was the best lockdown in years. The district will be doing more lockdown drills in the future to help the students and staff get accustomed to doing them.
For the first time in many years, the board agreed to limit special education open enrollment limits, only for early childhood - the open enrollment early childhood spots will be limited to eight; however, the district cannot turn kids away if they are within the district's boundaries.
In other business:
• Long-term substitute contracts were received from Samantha Winkers, Jean Jozefowicz, and Jennifer Volenec along with a contract for 7th grade girls basketball coach Chris Rear.
• A donation of $500 from The Friendly Place/Exxon Mobil Educational Program for the high school math and science programs were approved.
• Permission was granted for the FBLA (Future Business Leads of America) to take an overnight trip for their regional leadership conference on February 1-2. Expenses will be paid by the FBLA.
• The board briefly discussed advising Iowa-Grant's Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB) delegate Kris Spurley on how to vote for specific resolutions at the upcoming WASB convention. The board agreed that Spurley knows what is best for the district and trusts her to vote accordingly.
• The board approved paying the monthly bills and the monthly finance report.
• The next regularly scheduled Iowa-Grant School Board meeting is on Monday, Feb. 11.

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