Centre board approves $75K tech purchase

Girls’ golf program established

Staff writer

At its Monday meeting, the Centre school board approved the purchase of 150 iPads at a cost of $75,450. After an offset of $18,374 from a REAP grant, the net cost to the district is $57,076. The purchase includes 10 iPad Minis for students in kindergarten through second grade and 140 iPad Airs for students in grades three through 12.

The board discussed the funds remaining in the school budget. Superintendent Brian Smith reported an ending balance of $612,000 on May 31. After discussion, the board authorized the clerk to put remaining money into the contingency fund after paying June bills and making year-end transfers.

The board authorized Smith to install key card openers in the playground and track doors.

Holy Family Parish donated $500 to the district to help students in need. The Centre Foundation donated $800 to offset the cost of sending 15 Future Business Leaders of America students to the national convention this summer.

Carlotta Benning of Germany and Martyna Pioro of Poland were approved for attendance as exchange students in 2014-15. Phil and Jamie Peterson of Burdick will be Benning’s hosts, and Sherri Pankratz of Lincolnville will be Pioro’s host.

The board approved the continued out-of-district attendance of Karsen Kroupa, son of Kelvin and Kimberly Kroupa.

After spending 40 minutes in closed session, at times with Smith, to discuss personnel, the board hired Ashley Coirier as the grades 7-12 business teacher for the 2014-15 school year.

The board approved a 2 percent pay raise for Smith. His salary will increase to $82,620. He also will receive an additional $50 monthly allowance for telephone communications. Smith and his family have moved to a farm 1 mile west of Marion.

The board approved a fall girls’ golf program contingent on having four participants. Greg Wyatt will be the coach.

The board approved a list of 22 full-time certified staff members and one part-time teacher. New teachers include Morgan Menefee, Danielle Murrell, Angela Basore, Ashley Coirier, and Cherie Trieb.

Changes in the supplemental duties schedule for 2014-15 include Angela Basore and Kim Smith, junior class co-sponsors; Laura Vinduska and Tye Remy, student council co-sponsors; Alan Stahlecker and Kelly Steiner, weight room monitors; and Morgan Menefee and Jennifer Montgomery, yearbook sponsors. Open positions include high school cheerleader sponsor, junior high/senior high pep club sponsor, varsity head football coach, junior high girls’ basketball coach, junior high volleyball coach, and junior high track coach.

A K-4 classroom aide remains open on the list of approved classified personnel. Office staff is Traci Alt, board clerk; Terri Bina, K-12 secretary; Susie Johnson, K-12 secretary; and Francie Mueller, superintendent’s secretary, treasurer, and purchasing agent.

Sheri Stahlecker is the media and data coordinator. Food service staff is Inga Nordstrom, head cook; Mary Ann Mille, assistant cook; and Andrea Richardson, part-time assistant cook. Transportation personnel include Bob Mueller, transportation director/bus driver, and route drivers Nancy Haskins, Dani Hatfield, Melissa Wood, Alysia Towey, and Rachael Naerebout.

Terry Deines was re-appointed as representative on the Marion County Special Education Co-op. Steve Jirak and Amber Peterson were appointed to the Centre Foundation board.

The school calendar was amended to reflect the negotiated change in the length of the basic teachers’ contract from 183 to 182 days. The last day of school for teachers was moved from May 21 to May 20.

 

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