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Decisions in preparation for the 2021-2022 school comprised the bulk of agenda items at the Monday, July 12 meeting of the Mount Ayr Community Schools board of directors.
In personnel decisions, the board approved the hiring of Robin Lacquement as the elementary guidance counselor, Jackie Stewart as study hall monitor, Victoria Victor as success coordinator assistant, and Ryan Victor as middle school wrestling coach.
The board also approved the bid for supplying milk products to A&E Dairy. The winning bid for fuel went to Smith Oil. Because no bids were received for bread products, the district will utilize Martin Brothers commodity service to supply those products.
School fees and charges, gate admission, and meal prices will remain unchanged for the coming year.
The board approved Janette Campbell as board secretary/business manager, and the law firm of Ahlers and Cooney to serve as district legal counsel. All bank depositories and dollar amounts remained unchanged.
Agreements with the Diagonal school district for the shared positions of transportation director, social worker, and human resource director were renewed for next year.
The board approved a 28E agreement with Southwestern Community College in Creston for a series of metal-working courses. A second 28E agreement with Iowa Central Community College was also approved for unspecified coursework.
Increasing the weighting formula for pre-school enrollment, teacher recruitment and certification, school funding, and protecting local decision-making were approved as legislative priorities for 2021-2022. School districts across the state name their priorities to guide the efforts of education lobbyists at the Iowa legislature.
The board accepted a number of bids at Monday’s meeting:
• $16,106 from Wilson Restaurant Equipment for a combi oven.
• $34,337 from Lutrick Construction for concrete work on the high school parking lot.
• $12,325 from Per Mar for security cameras at the elementary building.
• $13,442 from Per Mar for additional security cameras at the high school.
Bids for the drainage project on the west side of the high school building were tabled pending more detailed specifications for the project.
The board also discussed its intention to hold a sale of surplus furniture, computers, and other items later in the summer, but further details were not finalized.