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Central school board approves air conditioning bid

By Jeremy Huss
Staff writer

The Central Community School District will pay $497,610 to install air conditioning in 66 classrooms at the elementary, middle and high school building after awarding a contract to The Schebler Co. of Bettendorf.

The cost previously was estimated at $600,000-$700,000.

Four bids were received for the work. The bid from Air Control Inc. of Clinton, was $390 higher than Schebler's bid, and company representatives asked the board during the public comment section of the meeting to consider awarding the contract to them because they are a local company that does a lot of business in the community.

However, superintendent Dan Peterson said the school district's attorney advised the district can award the contract to someone other than the lowest bidder only by documenting concerns about the reliability and responsibility of the bidder, such as poor performance on past projects.

Although state bidding laws allow cities and counties to award work to a local bidder if there is a cost difference of 5 percent or less, that provision does not apply to school districts, board member Jim Irwin stated.

"So as much as we would like to go with a local business, we really can't," said board president Christy Kunz.

The board also approved a contract with Jim Giese Commercial Roofing of Dubuque for replacement of the Ekstrand Elementary roof at a cost of $201,540. The cost previously was estimated at $300,000-$400,000.

Operations director Keith Walker said the cost depends on the amount of insulation that needs to be replaced. Giese was the low bidder based on an estimate to replace 25 percent of the insulation, but Beckwith Commercial Roofing of Clinton would have the lower price if more than 25 percent of the insulation needs to be replaced.

"That's a gamble we're going to have to take," Walker said.

The project is scheduled to be substantially complete by Aug. 25, and the work must be completed before new classroom air conditioning units can be installed at the elementary.

Nutrition report and bid awards

Retiring nutrition director LuAnne Barber reported on the implementation of federal healthy lunch guidelines.

Lunch program participation fell 2.2 percent, to 75.12 percent, from the prior year when the new guidelines were implemented, but the district was able to meet the requirements to receive an additional 6-cent per meal reimbursement.

The district served 205,355 lunches and 37,844 breakfasts and had total sales of $492,572.

Barber said she questions the calorie limits imposed under the guidelines.

"It's my personal opinion that's not enough. A lot of parents are noticing their kids are buying a lot more extras," she said.

Barber also reported on a vendor change for the food cooperative in which Central is a member from Hawkeye Foods of Iowa City to Fox River Foods of Montgomery, Ill.

In related business, the board awarded the milk contract to Prairie Farms of Dubuque and the bread contract to Bimbo Bakeries of Dubuque.

Resignations and appointments

The board approved the following personnel changes:

•Employment of Brianne Beuter as a fourth-grade teacher.

•Employment of Lonny Truelsen as high school industrial technology teacher.

•Employment of Rachel Truelsen as assistant varsity volleyball coach.

•Employment of Heather Dingbaum as assistant varsity volleyball coach.

•Employment of Hannah Totten as middle school language arts teacher.

•Employment of Deanna Wagener as director of nutrition services at a salary of $30,000.

•Employment of Kendra Casel as high school/middle school kitchen manager.

•Employment of Richard Russett as full-time second-shift custodian at Ekstrand at an hourly rate of $15.74.

•Employment of Cheryl Hageman as preschool route bus driver at an hourly rate of $16.32.

•Modification to add one hour to the contract of Roxanne Kueter, middle school cook.

•Transfer of Angela Henningsen to the position of cook at the middle school at an hourly rate of $13.05.

•Resignation of Erin Schlotfeldt as freshman volleyball coach.

•Resignation of Michael Walter as seventh-grade assistant football coach.

•Resignation of Brandon Barnhart as assistant varsity boys basketball coach.

•Resignation of Andrea Roseland as cook at the high school.

Other business

In other business, the board:

•Approved the purchase of online math books for grades K-6 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt of Orlando for $56,245.40.

•Approved a three-year equipment service agreement with Johnson Controls for $40,800 in year one, $39,616 in year two and $40,448.32 in year three.

•Reviewed the results of the measures of academic progress (MAP) assessment in grades 2-8.

•Reviewed the results of technology surveys distributed to students, parents and teachers.

•Approved the sale of a Jet vertical mill and Rockwell horizontal mill from the industrial technology department.

•Approved the second reading and adoption of revised policies in the 100 and 200 series and others as recommended by administrators.

•Approved the first reading of a revised policy on debt management.

•Discussed but took no action on Iowa Association of School Boards' legislative priorities.

•Approved open enrollment out of the district for Cierra Svetich to attend North Scott Community Schools.

•Was informed by high school principal George Pickup the high school will begin counting grades in physical education as part of a student's grade-point average this school year.

"We think it'll help in the effort of making sure all kids are dressing out," Pickup said.

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