Board Hears Achievement Update and Approves Schafer Change Orders

Board Hears Achievement Update and Approves Schafer Change Orders

The Ottumwa Board of Education met in regular session Monday night. 

Several educational topics were presented by staff, including FAST and Iowa Assessment data K-12; and school improvement updates from Evans, James, Douma, and Wilson. Schools shared their proficiency and culture data. Information included charts showing preliminary test results as well as office referrals. 

The Class of 1967 made a request to the board to place a monument at the former Walsh High School site, located at 422 McCarroll Drive. The board will act on the request at the July regular board meeting. 

The board discussed re-establishing a district facility committee. The committee will discuss current and future capital projects, establish potential timelines, and make recommendations to the board. “The committee has to have people on it who have vision . . .,” said Gary Granneman. Other committees may also be explored. 

Superintendent Nicole Kooiker reported on several topics, including an associate handbook, hiring update, district safety procedures, preschool construction, district auction, and a plan to transition several new administrators. 

The board approved several action items, including:
Travel to Marengo, OH for the trapshooting squad to attend the national competition
A public hearing for July 9 regarding the sale of Agassiz Elementary
Increases to the district personal insurance contribution, 2.1% for the administrative assistant employee group and 1.7% for miscellaneous employee group
A one year agreement with the Teacher Associates union
Two change orders from Hellas  Construction. The first change order for $25,889 will complete additional tear out and drainage hook up around east wall at Schafer Stadium. A second change order for $3,200 will install a curb in front of the visitor bleachers on the north side of the stadium. Kim Mulch from Klingner and Associates was at the meeting to answer questions.
A change order from Christner Construction for $10,710 to fix a gap between the asphalt and wall on the southwest side of Schafer Stadium behind the home bleachers.