May 7, 2013

Carroll Community Schools will spend up to $7 million in the next several years on five projects that it will pay for with a state sales tax for schools, according to a resolution school board members approved Monday.

Those projects include a new softball stadium, a wrestling and storage area at the high school, an updated front entrance at the high school, a renovated cafeteria at Fairview Elementary and a building addition for fifth-grade classroom space at the middle school.

The resolution passed unanimously, with board member Dennis Molitor absent from the meeting.

The next step for the projects will be to get cost estimates for each.

"We're kind of stuck between the chicken and the egg," Gary Bengtson, director of business affairs, said. "We're waiting to get a cost estimate so we can get the cost of the bonds ... Then we can figure out a repayment schedule."

Bengston said the district will use the resolution to start work on the projects before it borrows the money to pay for them.

The board also approved a $197,500 contract with Howrey Construction in Rockwell City for the parking lot project at Fairview Elementary.

The project will add parking spots and reroute traffic that goes through the elementary building's parking lot to keep lines of vehicles from blocking the intersection of Grant Road and 18th Street.

The bids offered ranged from Howrey's lowest bid at just less than $197,500 to the highest bid at $289,000.

Board members said they were ready to get the ball rolling on this project, not only to make parents happy, but to keep kids safe.

"I had someone complain to me today (about the parking lot), who didn't know this is what we were addressing tonight," said Board member Jerry Fleshner.

The board also accepted nine resignations from the school district.

Mary Kay Quandt resigned form her food service position, Kelly McCaulley resigned from her 6-12 grade technology/business teaching position at the end of the year, Deon Wingert resigned from his 9-12 grade chemistry teaching position, Judy Kolar resigned from her bus position, Roger Wernimont resigned from his noon bus route, Brooke Box resigned as the student senate adviser, Al Wernimont resigned from his noon bus route, Amanda Phaydavong resigned from her special-education teacher associate position, and Kelly Sander resigned from her second-grade teaching position.

The board then accepted seven recommendations for employment.

Marc Renning was hired for the ninth-grade girls' basketball coaching position, Christena Miller was hired as a 4-8 grade art instructor, Kelly McCaulley was hired for the district technology integrationist position, Cory Heiman was hired for the dean of students position at the middle school, Holly Warnke and Kalee Danner were hired as extended school year teachers and Elizabeth Fish was hired as an extended school year teacher associate.

Board members also approved 142 diplomas for this year's senior class.

This year's class will have five valedictorians, as they all achieved a 4.0 grade-point average.