Kruse's Korner

Notes from the Superintendent’s Desk

The South Central Calhoun board of education met on January 15 for their regular board meeting.  With the evening so cold and a couple of board members unable to attend, the greatest focus of the meeting was the continued discussion of developing SMART goals.  SMART goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and have a timeline.  They have chosen four broad areas for goal development:  1) financial/facility long term planning; 2) strengthening communication and developing respect; 3) obtaining and sustaining academic excellence; and 4) providing students and staff with a safe and caring environment.  The board has divided up into committees to help with the development of these goal areas. 

Initial draft goals for the four areas include:  1) The superintendent and the school board will approve a five year plan for building and grounds, transportation, and technology improvements while monitoring the district’s unspent balance. 2) Strong communication within a school system is the free exchange of ideas, concerns, and information between students, faculty, administration and community. Where strong communication is found there is active dialog among all parties. Our goal is to strengthen the opportunities for the free exchange of ideas, concerns, and information between students, faculty, administration and community each calendar year encouraging the active dialog at all levels such that mutual understanding and respect is fostered.  3) Obtaining and Sustaining Academic Excellence by:  Performing 1 & 5 year graduate follow-up surveys; Providing time & resources for staff Professional Development. Along with attending some Professional Development so as to have a better understanding of what the teachers are learning and to provide support; Providing time & support for TLC programs.  The Annual Yearly Progress Report data in regard to the Iowa Assessments (ITBS/ITED) will be presented to the Board annually; Recruit, hire and maintain quality administrators, teachers and staff; Invite and welcome parents in to the schools to encourage them to be involved with their child’s education.  4) The school board will continue to work to provide students and staff with a safe and caring environment.

In other business, the board approved a bid to finish the light pole replacement project at the baseball field in Lytton.  The board also approved joining a consortium with other school districts in Prairie Lakes AEA to create a system to support beginning teachers to the profession if enough other school district join the consortium to make it cost effective.

The next regular board meeting is set for Monday, February 19, starting at 7:00 p.m. in Rockwell City at the Middle School.  Hearing dates are being explored to share and receive information about the proposed building projects funded by a Voter PPEL vote on April 3, if approved by the voters.

“Shall the Board of Directors of the South Central Calhoun Community School District in the Counties of Calhoun, Carroll, Greene, and Sac, State of Iowa, be authorized for a period of ten (10) years, to levy annually, as determined by the Board, a voter-approved physical plant and equipment property tax not to exceed One Dollar and Thirty-four cents ($1.34) per One Thousand Dollars ($1,000) of the assessed valuation of the taxable property within the school district, and be authorized annually, as determined by the Board, to levy a physical plant and equipment property tax upon all the taxable property within the school district commencing with the levy of property taxes for collection in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, and each year thereafter, to be used for the purchase and improvement of grounds; the construction of schoolhouses or buildings and opening roads to schoolhouses or buildings; the purchase, lease, or lease-purchase of equipment or technology exceeding Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) in value per purchase, lease, or lease-purchase transaction (each transaction may include multiple equipment or technology units); the payment of debts contracted for the erection or construction of schoolhouses or buildings, not including interest on bonds; procuring or acquisition of library facilities; repairing, remodeling, reconstructing, improving, or expanding the schoolhouses or buildings and additions to existing schoolhouses; expenditures for energy conservation; the rental of facilities under chapter 28E; purchase of transportation equipment for transporting students and the repair of such transportation equipment if the cost of the repair exceeds two thousand five hundred dollars; the purchase of buildings or lease-purchase option agreements for school buildings; equipment purchases for recreational purposes; payments to a municipality or other entity as required under section 403.19, subsection 2; demolition, clean up, and other costs if such costs are necessitated by, and incurred within two years of, a disaster as defined in section 29C.2, subsection 2; the cost of an asbestos project as provided under section 279.52; or any other use as authorized under section 298.3, Code of Iowa, now or hereafter as may be adopted?”

Posted 1.16.2018