MARCUS - At their Febrauary meeting, the Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn School Board accepted the resignations of High School and Middle School Principal Bill Siillau after 15 years of service to the district, and high school English instructor Karen Swinger who will complete her first year at MMC. Swinger is going to Pakistan to teach English.
The board also approved contracts for Jodi Mongan to coach junior high track along with Leo Hupke. Golf contracts were approved for Christ Rubendall and Shawn Packard.
The board looked briefly at the budget for this year and found they were right on track for the spending level and money received thus far. They also looked at a certified budget projection for the district's coming year with Superintendent Jan Brandhorst guiding them through. The board didn't have to approved or reach any decision on it but Brandhorst recommended that they think about approving the levy at $10,87315. The weather didn't permit the business manager to be present to go over the budget and projections.
There is some funds left in the insurance cafeteria plan and the board plans to transfer that out to the general fund as it is no longer needed there.
Some time was spent on reminding the board that it will be time to renew the Instructional Support Levy Program which raises around $240,000. Practically every school district has such a levy to make sure the district has what is needed. The money comes from 9 percent of income tax and 1 percent on property tax. A hearing will be held for this levy on March 17 at 6 p.m. in the MMC High School Library.
Brandhorst informed the board that he went over the old kitchen location and used his carpenter skills to get an estimate on what it would take to bring the building up to a satisfactory level. A rough estimate of $10,000 should do it. which would provide a lower ceiling, lights, carpet in a large classroom and some shelves. There would be two restrooms and plenty of storage in back for the district. NCC of Sheldon would provide the instructor as well as provide the materials for instruction.
Brandhorst shared a copy of the type of agreement that was drawn up between another school district and NCC so the board understands what is being considered.
Brandhorst noted that more than one district is interested in the alternative high school in Marcus and several are excited about the "Lead the Way" program where students may take some pre-engineering courses. Both programs will benefit the district.
Brandhorst noted he will be taking the Marcus fire Department on a tour through the new addition sometime in early April so they will know where everything is located in case of a fire. The board also received an update on the building project.
In addition, Brandhorst ran through a number of things that need to be done such as meeting with the insurance company about the gym floor, replace some pipes, see about lights for the ball field, replace the entry doors to the high school building, investigate purchases of tables, computers and weight equipment for the new addition. Much of these purchases will be done through SILO funds.