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September 17, 2019

8/16/2019 2:15:00 PM
Iowa-Grant School Board August and Annual Meeting

By Carley Rider
The Iowa-Grant School Board held its regular monthly meeting, followed by its annual meeting/budget hearing on Monday, August 12th. This regular meeting was the first recorded meeting for the school board.
In the budget hearing, Loras Winders presented the proposed budget for the 2019-2020 school year. Winders noted that the school has started to follow a new trend of breaking even or earning more through open enrollment tuition. Expenditures in extracurricular activities have gone up as track and field was added. Also discussed was finding a way to be as transparent as possible while still maintaining confidentiality and safety of the school.
In the annual meeting, Renee Linscheid was selected as chairperson. In new business, resolutions on transportation and accidental insurance for all students were made along with consideration of the 2020 annual meeting which will be August 10th.
The board received 3 resignations, including one retirement. Laura Sprinkel withdrew her support staff hire on July 15. Anthony Dahl resigned from the hired position of the high school special education teacher, breaking his contract. Jill Allen, a 40-year Iowa-Grant staff member who played a major role in the success of the school year after year behind the scenes, announced her retirement. Allen official start of retirement will begin October 18th, allowing time for the next hire to be trained.
The board acknowledged contracts received by Casey Clausius and Carolyn
Laufenberg, both summer school teaching contracts. Extra-curricular/ Summer school contracts included: Ryan Allen (assistant football coach and head wrestling coach), Jenni Bindl (assistant cross country coach), Melissa Martinez (middle school athletic director and middle school girls basketball coach), Mandy Rosemeyer (homecoming chairperson and high school yearbook production advisor), Kyle Riemenapp (assistant football coach), Rachel Schmidt (IGEMS yearbook advisor), Jason Schulting (assistant volleyball coach and assistant girls basketball coach), Jacob Winkler (head academic decathlon advisor and head cross country coach).
The board accepted a $500 donation from the Pink Jacket Club of Mineral Point. The Pink Jacket Club is a group of 14 women that have donated over $25,000 to the communities they serve. The donation, as designated by the Pink Jacket Club, will be used for funding lunches for those unable to afford them in the district. The board also accepted the donation of a therapy dog from Spring Valley Kennels. Hazel, a chocolate lab, will be cared for by Brittany Lynch.
The school's administration reported no seclusions or restraints from the 2018-2019 school year. The summer pool bus (fund 80) had reached its second lowest record average, with only 7 riders per day.
Teachers have returned to their classrooms and are now preparing for this upcoming school year.
Superintendent, Stephanie Hubbard mentioned an idea of a grand opening of the gym, brought to her by new hire and alum, Lara Hammerly. They hope to have a lunch steak feed the Saturday leading up to homecoming week.
The removal of playground pavement and addition of drainage has been scheduled and is planned to be completed by the first day of school, but will not be ready for back to school night.
The school board approved for the lowest prices bid for milk to be selected, as there have not been any official bids submitted yet. Hubbard asked for the board to no longer approve milk bids as this is done through CESA purchasing.
The 2019-2020 student and teacher handbooks were approved.
The district's monthly bills were approved to be paid. Winders reported there may be a possible need for borrowing in the fall but as of currently there is no need.

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