Mid-Prairie OKs bond sale, district science program
WELLMAN — The $10.6 million district improvement plan moved closer to bid stage Monday when the Mid-Prairie Board of Education set 1 p.m. June 23 for a $10 million bond sale to finance the project. Awarding of the bonds will follow during the regular board meeting at 7 p.m.
Monday, the board learned there is interest from at least one local area bank in buying the bonds. The timeline calls for actual bid letting in December or January with construction to start in the spring. Completion for all phases is expected in 2016. The board has approved hiring a construction manager, as it has for its prior $5.5 million high school project. One of the first construction priorities is the air-conditioning for Washington Township Elementary School.
Following a detailed presentation, the board approved the district science program for elementary through high school at cost not to exceed $115,000. Cost estimate for lab equipment, safety measures and curriculum items was $114,834.88.
In other business, the board:
• discussed and approved a sharing agreement with the Keota School District to share a high school Dean of Students. The position is a Keota District one and the sharing will be 80-20 withe 80 percent for Keota;
• discussed the procedures involved in hiring a new business manager for the district to replace Cindy Steege who is leaving in mid-June;
• approved a sharing agreement with Keota for 7th grade softball program;
• approved school fees for 2014-15 that saw waiving of the book rent for the year, lunch prices at $2.75 per day and $55 for the 20 days for students, $30 for FFA and for FCCLA, band uniform cleaning fee at $16 per and choir at $9 per, and driver’s education at $315;
• learned about six six-week exploratory classes at the middle school that include Spanish, Chinese, Family consumer Science, Art and general music. Some proposed changes include study skills for the 6th grade, supplemental math for students scoring in the bottom 10th percentile of the Iowa Assessment/MAP and Academic Pentathalon; and
• hired Anna Nelson as high school English teacher, replacing Katie Beary, at a salary of $35,815 and Erik Grunder as JV boys basketball coach, replacing Patrick Ryan, at a salary of $2,662.92.