Vol. 14 | Issue 4

9 Sep

Roundhouse project enters bidding process

The Roundhouse renovation project is entering the bid phase as plans move forward for a $9.9 million renovation of the iconic structure.

Representatives from RDG, the architectural firm heading up the project, presented drawings and bid documents to the Board Monday night. Joe Benesh from RDG said drawings are complete and are being printed for contractors.

Plans include remodeling current locker rooms, as well as adding new locker rooms, a team room, conference rooms, offices, a Hall of Pride and additional storage. There will also be a training area, 5,000 square foot fitness area, additional bathrooms, and seating for 3,000 Bobcat fans. New floors, roof, HVAC and electrical infrastructure will also be part of the overall project.

The timeline put forth by CPMI, the firm acting as project manager, aims for exterior work to begin in November of this year. Substantial completion of exterior additions will be completed in May 2014, with the Roundhouse being closed for interior work in June (after graduation). Substantial completion of interior renovations is slated for Nov. 1, 2014, with project completion Dec. 1, 2014.

Bids are expected Oct. 10, 2013, with the Board considering them at its Oct. 21 meeting.

Revised AYP figures show progress in schools

The Iowa Department of Education has amended its Adequate Yearly Progress decisions for Marshalltown Schools, resulting in several schools meeting AYP.

Fisher, Hoglan and Rogers elementary schools all met AYP for 2012-2013 according to the updated DOE data released Sept. 5. This change means all elementary schools met AYP mathematics.

“This demonstrates that the work we’re doing is paying off,” said Dr. Susan Pecinovsky, associate superintendent for student achievement. Pecinovsky presented the updated AYP to the Board, as well as a timeline from when the first data was received (Aug. 4) to when the district was informed there could be changes (Aug. 28).

Special Education Service Delivery Plan approved

The Board approved the Special Education Service Delivery Plan, which governs services provided Sept. 15, 2013 to Sept. 15, 2018.

Matt Cretsinger, director of special services, presented the updated plan, which is being reviewed as part of a 5-year cycle required by the Iowa Department of Education. The plan, drafted by a representative committee of parents, administrators, teachers and Area Education Agency staff, was posted on the district website before being approved by Mary Stevens, AEA 267 director of special education.

Changes to the delivery plan include a realignment of the continuum of services to have a single continuum for students ages 3 to 21. There is also an added category for “Early Childhood Services” and addition of special education teachers working with general education teachers through consultation to provide services in the general education classroom. There is also a rubric to evaluate a teacher’s time and efforts in supporting a student with special needs in all settings, a procedure to resolve caseload concerns and details of the evaluation process regarding how often data is shared with teachers and building administrators.

Board reviews revised facilities plan

The Board reviewed an update District Facilities Plan Monday night, with plans to bring it back for approval on Sept. 23.

The plan, which outlines construction projects in the district over the next four years, was updated by the Design Advisory Committee to account for projects added after the original plan was written (e.g. Project Lead the Way), add new projects that have since been identified, and amend cost estimates and budgets.

The updated plan totals $26,815,443 in projects, an increase of $9.4 million from the original document. Half of increase comes from new projects, while the other half comes from increased scope of work on current projects.

Spread the Words campaign focusing on attendance

In honor of Attendance Awareness Month, Lindsey Upah and Arlene McAtee from Mid-Iowa Community Action came before the Board to discuss the “Every Day Counts” campaign, an initiative of Spread the Words – Read by 3rd focusing on chronic absenteeism in the schools.

Chronic absence is defined as missing 10 percent or 18 days of the school year. Upah and McAtee said their work over the next school year will be focused on reducing the number of students missing 18 days or more through parent education and recognition programs for students. This year the group will continue with its quarterly attendance recognition activities at the elementary schools, which proved popular last year. There are also plans to train preschool classrooms for a Perfectly Punctual Campaign and a presence and school events like conferences, parent nights and registration.

There are also plans to work with parents on understanding the importance of coming to school every day – especially among preschool and kindergarten parents. McAtee says there is often a perception among parents that kindergarten and preschool are just “play time” and not really learning. She says they will work to combat that image.

NOTES FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

By Dr. Marvin Wade, Superintendent of Schools

The September 9 board meeting included a report about Attendance Awareness Month from Spread the Words – Read by Third Project Coordinator Lindsey Upah and Mid-Iowa Community Action Executive Director Arlene McAtee. Ms. Upah and Ms. McAtee provided statistics about the impact of chronic absenteeism on achievement and explained the Perfectly Punctual Campaign developed to improve attendance. Marshalltown Schools appreciate Spread the Words – Read by Third for not only addressing issues of school attendance, but also summer learning loss and readiness for kindergarten.

NOTES FROM THE SCHOOL BOARD

By Sherm Welker, Board President

Tonight the Board reviewed the updated facilities plan for 2013-2018. With cost increases of materials and labor, along with more scope in many of these projects our funding will be stretched over the next five years and fewer new projects were added to the list of authorized upgrades. As always, we thank the fundraisers for helping expand the funding steam for our projects.

We have many more needs and wants than we have ability to fund them so priorities are given each project by staff, administration, the board, and by the public. We encourage all of you to review the plans for our district and provide feedback on your needs and wants.

POLICY

First Reading

411.2 – Classified Employee – Qualifications, Recruitment, Selection, changed to reflect our current procedures, waive second reading.
412.3 – Insurance, paraeducator contract Section 8 needs added.
413.2 – Retirement, mark reviewed.
413.3/E/R – Termination or Suspension of Classified Employees, mark reviewed.

Initial Review

413.6 – Classified Employee Retirement, mark reviewed.
414.1 – Vacation – Classified, mark reviewed.
414.2 – Personal Illness, add paraeducator contract reference.
414.3/E1/E2/R1/R2 – Classified Employee Family and Medical Leave, mark reviewed.
414.4 – Funerals, add paraeducator contract references.
414.6 – Jury Duty, mark reviewed.
414.7 – Military Service, mark reviewed.
414.8 – Absence Without Pay – Classified, add paraeducator contract references.
414.10 – Immediate Family Illness, add paraeducator contract references.
414.11 – Personal Leave, add paraeducator contract references.

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