MARCUS - The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn School Board Monday night accepted resignations from Jenna Johnson as junior high volleyball and girls basketball coach; Dean Bindner as an assistant football and wrestling coach; Jodi Mongan as a volleyball coach; Patty Spencer as a cook at Cleghorn building; and Victor Dreier as technology instructor.
The board cut two positions at the elementary level to bring the budget in line. The certified staff agreed to a raise of $1,060 above what they are earning this present year. Their insurance benefits increase 4.45 percent. The classified staff agreed to an hourly raise of 30 cents and bus drivers will receive a $30 per month raise.
The board hired Christy Carlson as summer custodian, and Steve Utesch and Ed Smith as driver's education instructors at $125 per student.
The district received it's spring check from the county from property taxes in the amount of $696.782. This year's budget is doing fine in covering needed expenses as planned. The board planned on purchasing a bus before next school year begins and decided it was time to get some estimates from various companies.
The MMC activity booster group, which includes music and sports, is very interested in getting some improvements done for the outdoors concession stand, as well as the crow's nest. The board was presented with a proposed drawing made by Tom Hohbach so the group had a starting point to begin some serious discussion on how to proceed with such a project. The board recognized the need for updating the bathroom facility, plus there is a great deal of concern for the safety of young children running in and around parked cars. The cost of the project topped off at $117,000 plus, and dropped down to $80,000. The board would be willing to pay for about half of a needed facility but felt it should be in the $50,000 and under for cost. The board thought the concession and restrooms should be done first with the crows' nest updated later. High School Principal Al Vasher made the presentation for the group just to help in getting ideas going on what was most needed the an efficient way of getting the task done. The group will do more planning and come back to the board later.
Elementary Principal Kathy Tritz-Rhodes informed the board that the special education pool will be no more for next year. There were two special education students at the beginning of this school year in the age range of 3-5 for preschool. Right now the district has nine possibly for next year. It would take much inventory to get such a program started and it takes a year and a half before the state reimburses the district for those expenses. Tritz-Rhodes was concerned about finding a special education instructor if the district would want to have their own special education preschool. Two neighboring districts would take those students provided they are not filled up. Right now there is room for them.
The board felt this would not be a good idea to start such a program as rooms would be in short supply after this coming year. In the fall of 2010, the Cleghorn building may very well be closed. Others noted there are always changes every year that the board has to deal with. The matter was tabled until the next meeting. The board also found material from Superintendent Jan Brandhorst on the procedure on how to close a building which will be pursued this summer.
Many comments were made about the use of cell phones in the school. There are rules for students to abide and punishment set out for the violation. The board felt staff should be restricted on cell phones as well. No teacher should use a cell phone for personal reasons during student's time whether it be a study hall or classroom.
Brandhorst noted that teacher and staff appreciation week is May 4 and School board appreciation week is May 11.