Wapello School Board eyes possible uses for…


Jim Rudisill  |  for The Hawk Eye

WAPELLO — A current survey of the Wapello School District’s licensed employees recognized 30 potential makes use of for an estimated $700,000 in federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds.

At the college board’s common month-to-month assembly on Wednesday, board members agreed the district ought to proceed to research a number of of the concepts. They additionally determined the rest of the listing is in depth sufficient to require a particular April 26 assembly to determine how the funding ought to be break up amongst all the proposed makes use of.

The survey was steered throughout a current board assembly and Superintendent Mike Peterson stated the response from the employees had been good.

Peterson stated the district’s management crew has taken the listing and recognized a number of priorities, though he emphasised this does not imply the rest have been unimportant. He additionally careworn the priorities have been organized alphabetically.

One of the proposals was upgrading of the college’s present digicam system. Board member Brandon Marquardt, chief deputy for the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office, stated these upgrades might assist with figuring out unlawful or different problematic actions and conduct. A proposal to put in vaping detectors at the highschool was additionally a precedence and might be included into the digicam upgrades, Peterson stated.

Other priorities included buying and putting in a pc monitoring program; hiring a number of new positions, together with elementary counselor, elementary interventionist, substitute assist for the elementary and secondary; creating an outside classroom/seating space; and buying playground gear.

Board members indicated assist for many of the priorities, however rapidly targeted on the substitute, interventionist and counselor positions as particularly very important.

Board member Matt Smith stated he want to know what neighboring districts have been paying for these positions. Peterson stated he would receive that info.

Other proposals on the listing included putting in air con models, junior excessive P.E. gear; electrical upgrades, nursing provides, on-line science and typing packages; Industrial Tech laptops and others.

Peterson indicated he would proceed to collect pricing and different info and would current it on the particular assembly.

The board additionally accredited the district’s 2022-23 licensed price range following a public listening to that drew no feedback.

The price range requires Total Expenditures and Other Uses of $11.3 million, whereas anticipated Total Revenue and Other Sources of $9.9 million.

The Beginning Fund Balance of $3.7 million is anticipated to fall to an Ending Balance $2.3 million.

District enterprise supervisor Eric Small stated the proposed charge of just below $12.99 per $1,000 taxable valuation can be greater than 22 cents under the present charge.

In a associated motion involving subsequent 12 months’s spending, the board additionally accredited a 2022-23 settlement with the Wapello Education Association. The settlement, which the WEA had already accredited, features a $900 improve within the district’s present base wage of $30,177.

Other provisions within the settlement embrace a two-year contract with 190 instructor days and a number of other grasp contract language modifications.

The 190 instructor contact days would require a calendar modification and the board agreed to carry a public listening to on that revision on May 11. Peterson stated the ultimate two days, which have been instructor service days can be minimize. That is not going to have an effect on scholar contact days, which suggests the final day of courses will stay May 24.

In different motion through the common assembly, the board:

  • Approved a visit request to New York City for the district’s speech and drama college students;
  • Approved buying a Social-Emotional Learning Curricula;
  • Approved a brand new nine-plan insurance coverage program and dropped a two-tier worker insurance coverage provision;
  • Expressed assist for formally recognizing women wrestling.

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