Boards discuss education reform
WELLMAN — The Mid-Prairie and Keota boards of education met in a joint session Monday, June 24, to review an Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) presentation about the recently passed Education Reform Bill and its effect on the two districts that share services. Additionally, the boards had a presentation about the state financial incentives for sharing districts. The incentives, to date, have brought more than an additional $1 million to Mid-Prairie which shares its superintendent, technology director and human resources with Keota. The sharing of the business manager ends June 30.
In other business, the board:
• entered into a cooperative sponsorship agreement with the Iowa City School District. Superintendent Mark Schneider said a student approached him about wanting to bowl, preferring Iowa City over Washington; and
• approved hiring a sixth grade teacher, Brittany Metke ($35,059) and an elementary level foreign language teacher, Elena Beachy ($15.20/hr.) for the 2013-14 year.