Pella Chronicle

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February 26, 2014

Board centers attention around upcoming projects

The Pella Community School Board of Directors met earlier this month for a regular meeting. All directors were present to answer roll call. Members include President Joan Corbin, Timothy Tripp, Michelle VanMaanen, Gary Coppock, and Greg Gustafson. On the consent agenda, the Board had the following personnel changes to review:

Early Retirements

Dennis Linn and Ilene Olson

Resignations

Laura Frank: High School English

Kevin Azinger: High School Assistant Wrestling coach

New Hires

Mike Vint: Girls’ Golf

Kelsey Boot: Assistant Girls’ Tennis

Mitch Foster: JV Baseball

Ryan Doschadis: Freshman Baseball

Roxanne Erhardt: Jefferson Intermediate Custodian

John Grimes: Jefferson Intermediate Custodian

Transfers:

Annie Foskett- K-3 Literacy Coach

Mary Vaverka: K-3 Literacy Coach

Kari Pingel- 4th-6th grade Literacy Coach

Lisa Zylstra- 4th-6th grade Literacy Coach

Tracey Murphy- Physical Education Teacher moved from Jefferson and Lincoln Elementary to Middle School.

Much of the new business was centered on the upcoming construction projects for Lincoln Elementary and the Middle School. Paul Neuharth from Estes Construction and Chris DeGroot from Neumann Monson attended the meeting to give more information on contracts and construction management to the Board. Estes Construction will serve as the project manager for the construction, their fee is part of the general contractor’s fee. Neuharth also discussed the services that will be part of what the company provides. Through the District’s use of a Construction Manager, collaboration, pre-planning, reviews, high quality and budget and schedule control can all be considerations present during the building process. Next the Board reviewed the contracts necessary to execute the relationship between the district and Estes Construction. All Board members were in favor of the contracts presented.

DeGroot from Neumann Monson spoke next about the progress on the Middle School remodeling project. He brought along images to explain the changes and the preliminary plans to show the School Board. The construction will take an estimated 15 months until completion. Changes include a learning street and center, resource classrooms, modified media center, Spanish and health classrooms and changes to the administrative office area. To see the blueprint plan and projected images of what the result is expected to look like, visit the Pella School’s Web Page under the Our District tab.

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