April 22, 2013

Kuemper School Board last week received plans for three major projects from architects with BCDM Architects of Des Moines.

Kuemper President Vern Henkenius said the architects presented plans for improving the high school entryway and the fieldhouse and options for the school to build an early-learning center.

The school would like to start a center for newborn children through 3-years-old.

Henkenius said though the drawings were presented, all three projects are in the early stages of development and are still being discussed.

The drawings and the official report from the meeting with the architect will be discussed with the board's subcommittees.

Henkenius also said:

- Increase of the Student Tuition Organization tax credit is progressing in the Iowa Legislature. Currently it allows for a maximum of $8.75 million in tax credits for people who give to such groups. The House approved a plan to hike the available tax credits to $12 million. This credit benefits the Monsignor Lafferty Tuition Assistance Program, which aids students in local Catholic schools.

- Kuemper is three-fourths of the way through its school year. The school has spent 69 percent of its budget and has 74 percent of its revenue in.

- Summer projects have been given the go-ahead. The school will focus on putting cameras in the Holy Spirit building and updating the camera system at St. Lawrence. The school will also install an intercom system at St. Lawrence.

- Kuemper signed a student teacher contract with the University of Northern Iowa.

- Kuemper will be hiring a person for custodial and bus-driving duties.

- Carolyn Baddeley and Louayne Mueggenberg are leaving their food-service positions.

- Christy Magner is resigning as a high school science teacher.

- John Malett is resigning as the 5-through-12 instrumental-music teacher.

- Jill Venner, formerly Jill Ferneding, who is a 1994 graduate of Kuemper, will be taking over for Mary Grossman, who is retiring as a secretary in the activities office.

- Lydia Schettler, a 2007 Kuemper graduate and a graduate of Simpson College, has been hired as the new preK-5 vocal-music teacher. She's taught elementary vocal music the last two years at Fremont Mills-Tabor.

- The school board raised substitute teaching wages from $95 per day to $100.