WACO directors approve staff
WAYLAND — A political statement, accepting maintenance quotes and tying up loose ends before the beginning of the school year topped the agenda for the WACO School Board during its regular meeting Monday night.
Superintendent Dr. Darrell Smith, while making personnel recommendations, noted that one new instructor to the district (Katherine Shindelar) incurred a large pay cut to come to Iowa.
“She had to take an $11,000 pay cut to come to Iowa from Alabama,” Smith said. “That is a real shame.”
Shindelar will be paid $38,250.60 as a science instructor and $630 for duties as student council sponsor.
Her contract was one of several approved by the board. Mark Cremer will be paid $47,367.70 to teach business; Miriah Boone will be cheeleading sponsor and paid $1,092; Diana Johnson was hired as a secondary associate at a salary of $7.85 per hour; and the contract for Jeff Nance, new secondary principal, was amended to reflect a salary of $77,000.
Smith said Cremer has plans to expand the business curriculum. “He will also be in charge of internships and workplace readiness,” Smith noted. “He was the technology coordinator at Fairfield and wants to add some technology courses. We are taking advantage of the resources he has.”
Quotes were accepted for new lockers, roof repair and a mower for the WACO campus.
Storage & Design Group of Des Moines will be installing 39 new lockers this week. The firm bid $6,695 for the project. VIPS of Cedar Rapids submitted a cost of $14,166.04 for the lockers.
The board, acting on the recommendation of Smith, accepted the high bid of $10,550 from Imperial Roof Systems Co. of West Union for roof repair on the junior/senior high school. The company will also perform a 2014 roof inspection for $550.
Although the bid was nearly twice the amount asked for by D.C. Taylor Co. of Cedar Rapids (its bid was $5,318), Smith said he did not like a clause in Taylor’s bid that basically said if additional repairs are needed they will be considered outside the contract and billed accordingly.
“Taylor’s bid was like saying they will do necessary repairs and if they see more (repairs needed), they will repair it and bill us. That could end up being $15,000. I would rather have a solid bid,” Smith said.
Repair work will begin this week.
WACO will purchase a new Kubota mower from Morning Sun Farm Implement for a cost of $10,750, which includes trading in the school’s 2004 Kubota mower with 1,800 hours. Smith said he sent requests to three firms but Morning Sun was the only firm to submit a bid. The new mower will have a 30-horsepower diesel engine.
Directors also approved sharing physical education instructor Bob Hilmer with the Highland Community School District. The sharing will increase Hilmer’s contract from quarter time to half time. Through the 28E agreement, Hilmer will be paid $31,830.34 with $19,915.17 of that total coming from the Highland District.
“We aren’t making any money on this deal,” Smith announced. “It is a good deal for Bob and Bob is willing to do it. We have to help our neighbors out, some day we may need their help.”
In his report, Smith said the gym floor refinishing project turned out well and the door project will be finished in the next several days. The superintendent hopes to present quotes for window replacement during the next board meeting.
The new school buses, purchased in a lease/purchase arrangement in July, may not arrive at the district until Thanksgiving, Smith said.
He also told the board that they will have some decisions to make on technology soon. Smith said the district hopes to incorporate the 1:1 initiative by January and may include more grades in the project than previously thought. The administrator said computers for students could extend well into the elementary school.
Board members approved elementary, secondary and staff handbooks. However, the handbooks need updating due to the 4 + 1 innovative calendar and also must be reviewed by district principals.
Four open enrollment requests out of the district and one into the district were OKed.
WACO directors meet again in regular session Monday, Sept. 16, at 6:30 p.m.