MARCUS - During Monday's Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn School Board meeting, Superintendent Jan Brandhorst presented several names for having contracts approved.
Wendy Monical was granted a contract as special education instructor in the amount of $30, 730; Heidi Lauters was granted a part-time contract at $10,732; Holly Jungers was also granted a part-time contract at $15, 260 (Lauters will work two days a week while Jungers has three which will provide some flexibility for them); an assistant high school football coach position will be filled by Joe Mohning at $2,251; summer school contracts were approved for Jodi Feser, Abby Mayer and Lacey Peterson with Jan Nieuwenhuis as coordinator.
An addition to the athletic agenda, under the supervision of the Iowa High School Athletic Association, will begin this coming school year. Students who are interested in bowling, as opposed to participating in other sports, will have a coach and team shirts. Transportation will be provided as well as a coach. Some details have yet to be decided, including the possibility of sharing with a neighboring district. The board will return to the issue at the July meeting.
The board also discussed plans drawn up by Dave Pearson for a new concession stand. It called for a rough estimate of $80,000 to build. Two members of the board, Brian Mugge and Jeff Gross, met with two members of the booster group to take a closer look at the plans, along with Pearsen on Tuesday night. The board would prefer to lower the cost of the total project.
The board agreed to lengthen the school day with starting time at the junior/senior high building to 8:20 a.m. and ending at 3:30 p.m. This will provide "Success time for 30 minutes each day for students to be able to get extra help with whatever course help is needed in. This will help students who are at risk.
The board also went along with the suggestion of dropping 8th grade Spanish Introduction and adding Intro to Computers.
The new fitness room has been a busy place with 217 folks trained in using the facility. More training will be provided this fall for anyone interested. Drivers Ed will conclude by Fourth of July with 45 student involved. Class schedule for the fall has been set up and cleaning is on schedule.