Kruse's Korner

Notes from the Superintendent’s Desk

The May board meeting proved to be quite busy with canvasing of the VPPEL vote, science curriculum review, transportation updates, the creation of a SMART room, technology plan approval, and contracts for staff to name a few.

The board of supervisors approved the Voter Physical Plant and Equipment Levy and provided the canvas to the board of education for their approval.  The VPPEL was approved by nearly 60% of the voters with over 900 total votes being cast.  With the election results final, the board will begin the process of negotiating a contract with the contractor and working with a financial advisor to coordinate bond rates.  By next spring, the goal will be to begin construction on the locker room renovation with the elementary project to begin during the summer of 2019.

The district is currently on a seven year curriculum review cycle; science is the curriculum area being reviewed for implementation starting next year.  The curriculum is moving to align with the new science standards being more inquiry based for students.  The new science curriculum connects directly with a plan to continually upgrade technology in the district.  Julia Jacobs, technology coordinator, presented a detailed plan to the board for software, hardware, and infrastructure needs at an approximate cost of $100,000.

The board continues to move forward with improvements to our facilities.  Windows will be replaced on the east side of the high school building.  New water lines will be run at the elementary building to provide better water flow to classrooms and restrooms.

A positive issue impacting the district potentially is the size of the kindergarten next year; therefore, the board will be adding an additional section of kindergarten.  This will require modification to the 3 year old pre-school program for next year.  All 3 year old pre-school students will be taught in Lake City next fall.  Transportation procedures are still being considered.  

A SMART room will be established at the elementary.  Computers will be moved to classrooms creating a room that allows students to do activities to connect both sides of the brain.  The research on developing connections for improved learning and increased motor skills is positive.

A new bus was approved for purchase after July 1.  The final version of the 2018-19 school calendar was approved by the board.  One of the highlights for the board is to approve the list of graduates pending the completion of SCC requirements and meeting state requirements to graduate.  And finally, the board approved a majority of classified and certified contracts for the 2018-19 school year.

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 4.27.2018