MARCUS - The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn School Board approved a number of contracts for coaching at their Board meeting Monday. Approved contracts included boy's golf coach Chris Rubendahl at $927; girl's golf coach Joe Mohning at $794; girl's track coach Ric Collins at $3,708; boy's track coach Brad Cave at $2,913; assistant track coach Lonnie Boekhout at $3,046,and Bill Sillau for junior high volleyball coach at $1,218.
Gina Potterbaum moved from part-time to full time as an aide at $9.52 an hour. Two to three more paraprofessionals will be hired prior to school starting to aid students who need full-time help.
The board learned that the district was reimbursed $148,369 for water damage done to the gym. This money, coupled with budget cut-backs has the district in the black by $200,000. Interest income for the year was lower as well as money received from federal grants. Two areas of expense that were higher than what was planned was in the grounds maintenance as well as money for the Middle School.
The board voted to put the matter of Physical Plant and Equipment Levy on this September ballot as there will be no ballot in 2010 due to the change in election requirements of school board directors. This will save the district money by voting on this levy in 2009. The levy asking will remain the same at 67 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation for a period of five years. The present levy is good through 2010. The board said it needs this levy to keep the district running.
The board approved purchasing milk from Deans Foods and bread from Casey Bakery of Sioux Center. The decisive factor with bread is that Casey uses white whole grain in all it's buns where Sara Lee does not.
After a short discussion, the board decided to have the old press box sold by taking sealed bids. The dates to have the bids in have not yet been determined. along with the press box, there are a number of other items which will be listed for sale.
The First Cooperative Association sent a letter to the board stating that if the district owned a share ($25), the district could have potentially had a check sent to them in the amount of $701. The matter may be pursued.
The board was asked for names to be recognized for service to the district and board put forth Rachel Holmes name as she has served two terms and was one to start the local pantry to helping those in need.
According to Elementary Principal Kathy Tritz-Rhodes, several new families have moved into the MMC District. She noted that 25 students will start kindergarten, 25 first graders, 26 students in second grade, 24 third graders, 23 students in fourth grade, 29 in fifth grade, and 36 in sixth grade.
High School Principal Al Vasher announced that parents may register their children by mail as they will be able to download the correct forms on-line. They will also have access to on-line attendance of their children as well as keep up with their grades.
Opening school time will be 8:20 a.m. for all classes and end at 3:20 p.m. in Cleghorn and 3:30 p.m. in Marcus. For junior and senior high, "Success Time" will run from 3 to 3:30 p.m. which is the time students should use to get extra help from any instructor to raise their grades and firm up their understanding. Seniors and juniors may earn passports to get out of success time by having a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. This is all explained in the parent-student handbook as well as the three type of diplomas.
Vasher has also further explained the requirement that parents need to notify the school ahead of time if their child is to ride home with another legal adult. The school needs to protect themselves from liability if something should happen enroute home.
In closing, Superintendent Jan Brandhorst noted he is studying ways to reduce lighting costs of the gym.