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August 22, 2019

7/22/2019 1:05:00 PM
Iowa-Grant School Board Approves Video Recording of Meetings

By Carley Rider
Iowa-Grant's school board will have their meetings recorded in the near future, it was decided at their regular monthly meeting Monday
The board also heard several recommendations from the buildings and grounds committee and received an update on the planning of the gym floor.
The board also received and approved several contracts.
Following a presentation by Jane Barr, the board approved having regular board meetings recorded. Superintendent Stephanie Hubbard had previously worked in a district where meetings were recorded and admitted that there were often issues with recording as the school had a complex set up. Hubbard also mentioned that very few people watched the recorded meetings frequently, but was in favor of the transparency the recordings would provide for the public.
Barr stated that other area schools that record meetings, average around 125 views per meeting. With this decision, the recordings are planned to be posted on Iowa-Grant affiliated social media accounts and the school's website. The board hopes to test out recordings first to better insure technical issues are worked out before posting videos to the public. Within the motion, the board plans to start small and simple and expand as needed, beginning recordings at the regular August meeting.
The buildings and grounds committee covered a lot of ground, both figuratively and literally. The buildings and grounds committee produced many recommendations to the board of different projects and updates needed throughout the campus. These projects and updates include reupholstering the high school's chairs located in the upper level of the building, painting some of the outside doors of the elementary/middle school, and air conditioning units to two classrooms in the east wing of the school. The current quote for the two air conditioning units sits at $17,384 per unit, totaling $34,768 for both. The board plans to look into finding cheaper options. The committee also brought a quote to the board of $26,063 for the removal, drainage, and installation of asphalt. This quote was provided by Iverson construction. The committee awaits the quotes of other businesses before they will choose which business they will go through.
There was also discussion of a new scorers' table for the gym for the high school. Decisions regarding the scorer's table will be made as more information is provided.
The committee has also been looking for alternate arrangements for dumpsters located on the campus so they are no longer located/ visible at the entrances of the schools.
The gym floor has been completely removed and the new floor process is planned to begin next week. The overall layout of the gym floor has mostly been decided on, with some adjustments being requested with the location of "Iowa-Grant Panthers" and the removal of two panther heads that the board deemed to make the main court too busy looking. The board also decided to go away from the center court panther being a gradient or ombre color shift, as this would cost the district over $2000. The grounds and building committee also decided for the area within the three point arc to be stained darker than the rest of the flooring.
The new athletic director, Casey Clausius has been working with former athletic director Chris Gotto to update the athletic and co-curricular handbook for students and for the coaches handbook for the 2019-2020 school year. Although Clausius has not gotten as far as he would have liked, he plans to continue going through the handbooks. The board approved the changes brought to the board with a few changes within the motions.
At the board meeting, Hubbard wished to recognize the monthly anonymous donation of $25. Hubbard stated that donations are highly appreciated and the board is very thankful for this contribution.
Changes were also made to the professional and support staff employee handbooks. These changes were approved.
A request to use the school's name and mascot logo was brought to the board. The board does not have anything copyrighted, allowing the person making the request being able to do so. This raised some concerns with the board as the board hopes the logo and name will be used appropriately and not used in derogatory ways.
The board received and approved 10 non-represented staff contracts, four administrative staff contracts, 17 extra-curricular/summer school contracts, and 67 professional staff contracts.

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