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7/17/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Petsche takes oath of office for Central school board

By Jeremy Huss
Staff writer

Tami Petsche of DeWitt was sworn in as a member of the Central Community School Board, Wednesday night, July 10.

Petsche was appointed to the board last month to fill a vacancy created by the departure of Kurt Rickard, who resigned June 5 after taking a job in Texas.

Petsche will serve the remainder of Rickard's term until school board elections are held Sept. 10.

Also on the ballot will be the board seat currently held by Steve Fuglsang of DeWitt. Fuglsang has indicated he intends to run for re-election.

July 8 was the first day for candidates to file nomination papers to run for the school board, and the filing period runs until 5 p.m., Aug. 1.

Candidates are required to submit a petition signed by a minimum of 50 eligible voters within the school district in order to have their names placed on the ballot.

Board approves revised debt management policy

The board approved the second reading and adoption of a revised policy on debt management that establishes standards for district finances.

The policy states the district will establish a restricted general fund reserve of no less than 8 percent of annual expenditures to deal with cash flow needs. The policy also states the district will establish an unassigned general fund balance of not less than 7 percent of expenditures and will levy for cash reserve funding to maintain the 7 percent ratio.

The board approved the policy as recommended by the Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB), with the exception of one change regarding allowable growth.

The recommended policy states the district shall solicit the school budget review committee for additional allowable growth when eligible and will levy for the funds in the next available budget year.

The policy adopted by the board states the board "may levy" for the funds, rather than "will levy."

"I don't want to agree if we get approved for allowable growth, we're automatically going to levy for it next year," superintendent Dan Peterson said in explaining the change.

If allowable growth is approved, the district could levy for the funds at any time in the future, he said, "But I don't want to place a tax levy on our residents if we don't have to."

Bus sales reviewed

Peterson reported on the sale of four school buses and a passenger vehicle through the online auction site eBay.

Vehicles sold were:

•2001 Buick Century Sedan, $811, to Linda Cupples of Rockford, Ill.

•2000 Freightlinger/Cummins 66-passenger bus, $3,750, to Paredes Humberto of San Diego, Calif.

•1991 International/Thomas 59-passenger school bus, $2,225, to Paredes Humberto of San Diego, Calif.

•1992 Ford/Bluebird 59-passenger school bus, $1,725, to Steve Wilson of Knoxville.

•1998 Ford/Bluebird 65-passenger school bus, $2,225, to Joe Grasso of Conshohocken, Penn.

Personnel report

Under the personnel report, the board:

•Approved the employment of Jacquelyn Daters as high school flag corps coach at an hourly rate of $11.28, with a maximum of 120 hours per year.

•Approved the employment of Jason Guerin as assistant varsity boys basketball coach.

•Approved the transfer of Karen Daniels to the position of cook at the high school for six hours per day at an hourly rate of $13.20.

•Approved the employment of Leslie Roling as general food service worker at the middle school for four hours per day at an hourly rate of $11.93.

•Approved increasing the hours of Jana Murray, high school associate, from 6 to 6.5 hours per day.

•Approved the employment of Barb Sander as a general food service worker for 4.5 hours per day at an hourly rate of $11.93.

•Accepted the resignation of Heidi Lang as a special education associate at Ekstrand Elementary.

Legislative priorities

The board approved recommendations to the IASB for legislative priorities in the 2014 legislative session.

They are:

•Support continued progress in the development of rigorous content standards and benchmarks consistent with the Iowa Core focused on improving student achievement, and including state funding for technical assistance, high-quality summative and formative assessments and other components of successful standards systems.

•Support revising the foundation formula to equalize per-pupil funding regardless of the school district.

•Support reform of Iowa's K-12 education system that is research-based, focused on student achievement, includes comprehensive assessments to measure the full range and rigor of the Iowa Core, maintains oversight and control by locally elected boards of directors, does not repurpose existing education funds and does not impose new mandates unless they are fully funded.

•Support setting allowable growth at a rate that encourages continuous school improvement and reflects actual cost increases experienced by school districts.

•Support the repeal of the mandatory school start date while offering incentives to school districts to provide extended days and/or innovative calendars.

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