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KLEM News AM Update February 28, 2011

Bids to finance the Phase II project for expanded Art, Music, Athletic and related school facilities are opened at one this afternoon. The Board's meeting agenda includes consideration of the bids at 7:30 tonight. The meeting is at the Education Service Center. 

The district's architect and administration are recommending L and L Builders as the general contractor with separate awards to Seating and Athletic Facilities for the bleacher award and V.I.P.S. for the lockers.

The board will receive a report on the use of Moodle, a Virtual Learning Environment. The technology is a tool for creating online websites for students.

Proposals for auditing the district's finances for three years will be presented.

Three options for school district calendars for the coming school year are before the board of education.

According to information given to the board, one option is very similar to this year's calendar. A second option presented to the board ends the first semester with 88 days prior to the Christmas break and ends the school year by May 15th. The third option ends the first semester with 88 days prior to Christmas break and includes a spring week around Easter of seven days. That eliminate having one day of school scheduled of the week of May 21st.

Board members are to be appointed tonight to meet with the superintendent to discuss contracts for support staff and administration. A recommendation would be made to the full board.




FEBRUARY 28, 2011



Phase II Finance Bid Opening 1:00 P.M.

Regular Board Meeting 7:30 P.M.

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Agenda Page 1-3

Approval of Minutes

February 14, 2011 Page 4-7



A. Claims and Accounts (see enclosed) IV. REPORTS AND INFORMATION A. Reports

1. Unscheduled Audience
A 10-minute module of time is available for audience participation.

2. Insurance Dividend
Rob Bixenman with Bixenman Insurance will present a dividend check in the amount of $14,651.26 to the Board of Education for the district’s participation in the IASB Safety Group Insurance program during the 2009-10 school year.

3. Moodle
Dr. Turner, Brett Oetken, and Adam Moss will present a report to the Board of Education regarding the use of Moodle in the district. Moodle is an Open Source Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It has become very popular among educators around the world as a tool for creating online web sites for their students. B. Information 1. Phase II Financing Bid Opening Opening and considering sealed bids by the superintendent of schools, secretary of the board, and financial consultant for the school district, in order to refer same to the Board of Education will occur at 1:00 pm on February 28, 2011.


V. ACTION ITEMS A. Personnel

1. Resignations
a. Kellie Bork has resigned his assistant 7th grade boys’ basketball and assistant
girls’ tennis coaching contracts for 2011-12.

2. Contracts
B. Other Items

1. PHASE II Financing Bid Award
The Board of Education will consider the sealed bids opened at 1:00 pm on February 28, 2011, reviewed, and referred by the superintendent of schools, secretary of the board, and the financial consultant

2. PHASE II Construction Project Award
The Board of Education will take action on the Phase II construction project bids opened at the previous meeting. (See enclosed bid summary.) RECOMMEND: Approve L&L Builders as general contractor with the bleacher award to Seating and Athletic Facilities, the locker award to V.I.P.S., and authorize the board president to sign construction contract.

3. Audit Bid Award
Mr. Webner will present the proposals received and opened on February 25, 2011 for audit services relating to the annual school district audit for the years ending June 30, 2011, 2012, and 2013; with an option for the fourth and fifth years to the Board for consideration.

4. 2011-12 School Calendar Hearing and Adoption
The Board of Education will conduct a hearing, consider input received, and take appropriate action regarding three proposed calendars for the 2011-12 school year. (Calendar proposals enclosed.)

5. Meet and Confer Team
The Board of Education will appoint two members to serve on the Meet and Confer Team with Dr. Wendt for the purpose of discussing contracts with the support staff and administration for 2011-12. 6. Superintendent Evaluation The Board of Education will enter into a closed session as allowed by Iowa Code Chapter 21.5(1)i. to discuss the performance evaluation of district superintendent, Dr. Wendt, who has requested a closed session. Following the closed session, the Board will enter open session and consider extending the existing three-year contract for another year to include school year 2013-14.




(SIOUX CENTER)--A Texas Congressman will be in northwest Iowa for a Presidential Lecture Series hosted by The Family Leader.

Republican Ron Paul will speak next Monday morning at 10 at Dordt College. The Texas congressman ran for president in 2008.

Bob Vander Plaats of The Family Leader says Iowans play a vital role in hosting the first-in-the-nation presidential caucus. Paul is the second potential presidential candidate to speak at The Family Leader series.

(REMSEN)--A kickoff for an event to help fight cancer is in Remsen tonight. The Plymouth County Relay for Life is June 10th from six in the evening to two in the morning at the Remsen track.

Dozens of teams are expected to collect pledges and walk together for the annual Relay for Life. The co-chairs in Plymouth County are Shelly Clay and Stacey Kliever.

A team captain kickoff tonight from five to seven is an opportunity for Relay for Life team captains to pick up team packets.  The kickoff is at the Remsen VFW.

 STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) Eight students have been arrested in a series of bomb threats at Storm Lake Middle School.

The students, ranging in age from 11 to 16, were arrested after written notes containing the threats were found in the school late last week. The school was evacuated because of the three rounds of threats.

In an Associated Press report  School board member Peter Steinfeld said that each threat has to be treated seriously even if officials suspect a prank or copycat. He says the students don't understand how much damage they did.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is on a tour of Iowa to promote his new book amid increasing speculation about whether he's getting ready to run for president again.

Huckabee addressed that question in part Sunday, saying he's evaluating possible financial commitments for another campaign.

The Republican won the Iowa caucuses in 2008, but went on to lose the party's presidential nomination to Sen. John McCain.

The Quad-City Times reports that Huckabee defended his hesitation to jump into the race. He told reporters in Davenport that the candidates who get in early have a long race ahead.

Huckabee has several more stops in Iowa on his schedule Monday.

CEDAR RAPID, Iowa (AP) A Cedar Rapids man faces attempted murder and other charges after a stabbing outside a bar that sent one person to a hospital.

Police told KGAN-TV that 26-year-old Paul Lomas was in a verbal altercation with the victim in a bar parking lot when he slashed the man's face and stabbed him three time in the back. The stabbing was reported about 2 a.m. Saturday.

The victim was taken to an Iowa City hospital. His name and condition weren't released.

Lomas is being held in the Linn County jail. No number was listed for him.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) An official with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says a new levee protecting a Des Moines neighborhood that flooded twice since 1993 should be more reliable than previous ones, but it still doesn't eliminate the risk of flooding.

Flood engineer Tim Heinold told the Des Moines Register that officials want people to keep a close watch on the river and ``be vigilant, even if they have a higher level of protection.''

The corps is in charge of the project.

Reconstruction work on the Birdland levee along the Des Moines River is on pace to be finished this summer. Once completed, the $11 million levee will provide the best defense against flooding the neighborhood has ever had.

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) A Mount Pleasant man has been given a 10-year sentence for sexually abusing a child.

The Mount Pleasant News reports 20-year-old Jonathan Malcolm was sentenced last week as part of a plea deal.

Court documents say Malcolm engaged in sexual acts with a 12 to 13 year old child in January and February of last year. He was charged in October.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) With the Iowa Supreme Court set to return to its full complement of seven members, some are wondering whether efforts to oust justices who supported a gay marriage ruling will resume.

Gov. Terry Branstad last week appointed three people to the court, filling vacancies that arose when voters chose not to retain three judges who had supported a unanimous 2009 decision that found a state law limiting marriage to heterosexual couples violated the Iowa Constitution.

Bob Vander Plaats, who led the campaign last fall to remove the three justices, said he's focused on gaining support for legislation to change Iowa's judicial selection system. At least seven bills or resolutions have been filed that would change the process, approved by voters in 1962.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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