Kruse's Korner

Notes from the Superintendent’s Desk

Exciting news on improving the school facilities is beginning to take shape.  During the January school board meeting, the board of education approved a bid with Badding Construction to remodel the HS locker rooms.  You may recall the voters in the district approved a voter PPEL levy last April; one of the purposes communicated to the public was the renovation of the locker rooms at the high school.  Construction is scheduled to begin mid March with a substantial completion date of August 1.  Locker rooms will be gutted, new showers, lockers, mechanical and plumbing systems will be added.  The showers will be individualized spaces to allow for more privacy.  The total cost for the project was approximately $1,100,000; this does not account for possible change orders.

Another item shared by the architect for the original project included the board reviewing the architect's construction drawings for the remodeling and addition to the elementary building.  The board was shown the new student support services addition, the new gym and parking, and some remodeling in current spaces.  Again this was part of the original plan communicated to voters to be funded by PPEL.  

During the drawing process, the board added an alternate option for three additional classrooms and an upgrade to the boiler system.  These additions would be supported using SAVE funds, the one cent sales tax revenues.  Unfortunately the total project is approximately $500,000 higher than expected; therefore, we are trying to realign some other projects to fund the renovation.  The board did approve to submit the project to bid with the hope bids come in less than the architect's estimate.

Another issue impacting the district relates to working with students who are experiencing behavioral issues.  Administrators met with local leaders to discuss ideas to work together to coordinate services and explore alternate ideas for more services dealing with mental health issues.  Using this data, the board approved applying to the School Budget Review Committee for modified supplemental aid to begin a new program to address these behavioral concerns in a more proactive way.  While there is no guarantee the SBRC will approve the request, it allows a district to maintain spending authority if approved.  On a side note, this issue is a priority of the governor, Iowa Association of School boards, and the South Central Calhoun Community School Board.  The hearing with the SBRC is scheduled for March 12.

It is the policy of the South Central Calhoun Community School District to not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or socioeconomic status in its programs, activities or employment practices.  Questions or grievances related to this policy may be addressed to the district’s Equity Coordinator, Wendi Geno, at South Central Calhoun CSD, 1000 Tonawanda Avenue, Rockwell City, IA 50579 or call 712-297-7222. 

Posted 1.31.2019