Kruse's Korner

Notes from the Superintendent’s Desk

The March board meeting was busy to say the least.  Calendar issues and the elementary building project consumed most of the meeting.  The April board meeting will be held on Thursday, April 11, at the MS starting at 6:00 p.m. beginning with the budget hearing for FY20.

During the March meeting, the 2019-20 school calendar was approved.  Highlights include:  school start date of Friday, August 23; holiday breaks of November 20-22, December 23 to January 1, and April 10 and 13; tentative last day of school May 22 with all make up days at the end of the year; no school on November 8 and March 27 following conferences; and seven in-service days during the school year.  In addition, the 2018-19 school calendar was amended to have school on April 18 and 19, with April 19 having an early dismissal.  No school on April 22 is still the plan.

SCC made an application to the School Budget Review Committee to create a trauma school.  On Tuesday, March 12, the district attended a hearing in Des Moines to present our plan to the SBRC.  After a number of questions about the program, the plan was approved providing the district with $380,000 of spending authority to begin the program.  During the first year of implementation, it is envisioned 15 students could be served and receive therapeutic support as needed.  I am extremely happy for the SBRC support and the SCC board of education for taking on this courageous idea. 

Updated financial projections with enrollment and current property valuations were provided to the board.  Discussion centered on ideas that would allow the district to move forward with the elementary addition and remodeling project.  The board discussed the option to remove the classroom addition which was added to the project due to increased enrollment.  Once a decision was made to include the classroom addition as part of the project, the board had the low bid to consider with the option to value engineer some items from the original contract.  The district has SAVE funds available to support the classrooms addition portion of the project and the boiler replacement is in the district’s long-range plan but needs replaced to support the additional space at the elementary.

Following much discussion, Hawkins motioned, McKinney seconded, to approve the bid from Sande Construction as presented for $4,770,054 including the classrooms alternate of $445,000, accept the boiler alternate addition of $78,800, and accept the AC deduct alternate of $63,200 for a total of $4,785,654; to form a committee to define rationale for eliminating or including items through the value engineering process; and to present for board approval the list of value engineering items to create change orders after the signing of the contract with Sande Construction.

The HS locker room project has begun with demolition of the girl’s locker room area last week.  Contractors have moved to the boy’s locker room area to begin the demolition work to that area.  It won’t be long before construction in those areas begins.  The goal is to have the locker rooms ready by the start of school next fall.

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. 

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