Kruse's Korner

Notes from the Superintendent’s Desk

Excitement continues to build as the district is nearing the final stages prior to the letting and hopeful approval of bids for the high school locker room renovations and the student support services, gym, and parking at the elementary.  One wrench in the process creating some greater thought processes is the increased size of the current kindergarten and projected kindergarten size next year.  To allow for better planning, the board intends to use the following process for approving bids for these projects:

  • The goal of the board is to honor the original plans communicated to the public using voter PPEL funds.
  • The high school locker room project will be bid as a separate project from the elementary project with the board of education approving bid plans in December with bids to be approved or denied in January.  The necessity to move forward with this project was created by the need to have the locker room renovation completed by next fall.
  • The elementary project could be expanded to include additional classroom space, 2-3 classrooms for the larger class sizes in the lower elementary.
  • If additional classrooms are pursued, they would be funded using SAVE dollars, the state-wide sales tax revenues.  The district used these funds for the fine arts addition at the high school several years ago.  SAVE funds are also utilized for ongoing facility improvements, repairs and technology at SCC.
  • The elementary project timeline is estimated for the board of education to approve bid plans in January with bids to be approved or denied in February.  The gym and student services would be funded by the voter PPEL vote approved by voters.
  • The goal for the elementary projects to be completed is by the fall of 2020.

As we enter the winter season, I want to thank the community for the many forms of support provided to the SCC family.  Another way the district is able to showcase itself will happen in December when the director of the Department of Education visits the district.  During his visit, SCC will be sharing efforts to meet early literacy needs, the teacher leadership program, and vocational offerings.  As I communicated to the directors' secretary, SCC truly is a diamond in the rough.  We have a great school system and the word needs to be shared beyond our boundaries.

It is the policy of the South Central Calhoun Community School District to not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or socioeconomic status in its programs, activities or employment practices.  Questions or grievances related to this policy may be addressed to the district’s Equity Coordinator, Wendi Geno, at South Central Calhoun CSD, 1000 Tonawanda Avenue, Rockwell City, IA 50579 or call 712-297-7222. 

Posted 11.26.2018