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August 2, 2013

Pella Community School Board meets to discuss upgrades to heating, cooling systems

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The Pella Community School Board of directors met at the High School’s media center for a regular meeting. Members in attendance were President Joan Corbin, vice president Gregg Gustafson and Directors Timothy Tripp, Katie Peterson, and Gary Cuppock. Beginning with consent agenda, the Board reviewed previous meeting minutes, invoices for the July payment, and monthly financial reports. There were various personnel changes that were addressed at the meeting:
Resignations:
Kelilah Brown: Middle School Band Associate
Allison Limke: Middle School L3 Special Education Associate
 
New Hires:
Sheila Graham: High School half-time welding instructor
Mary Kooker: Part Time Pre-K Associate at Lincoln Elementary 
Mollie Groenendyk: L3 Special Education associate at Jefferson Intermediate
Leah Bokinsky: Level 3 Special Education Associate at Jefferson Intermediate
Gary Konfirst: 7th Grade Boys’ Basketball Coach
Joe Atwell: Middle School Wrestling Coach
Robin Knapp: Varsity Assistant Volleyball Coach 
Marv Klein: Bus Driver 
Arnold Gritters: Bus Driver
Perry Mendell: High School Custodian 
Curt Edwards: Middle School Custodian 
 
In new business, Jefferson Intermediate is receiving a much needed upgrade to their heating and cooling system, as part of the overall facility plan for Jefferson. These HVAC upgrades will provide efficient air conditioning, ventilating, and heating for the entire school. After reviewing the proposal and estimated costs, the Board went over a Form of Contract for the project to continue in moving things forward with the upgrade. The total cost for this work is estimated at $591,742.  Students and staff of Jefferson Intermediate can expect installation for the air conditioning throughout the school year. The public hearing time and place for the proposed plans has been set on August 12 at 4:30 , in the High School Media Center. 
The next big topic of discussion on the Board’s agenda was the design of the highly anticipated Career Academy building. Pella High School is partnering with DMACC in an effort to provide students with hands-on experiences and relevant training programs for a future career. The programs offered will spike an interest in students concerning their future and help to build a workforce with a quicker-turn around to benefit local business and industry needs.  Among the programs that may be offered are: Welding technology, Advanced Manufacturing, Ag Business, Information Technology, Health Occupations, Engineering (through Project Lead The Way), Auto mechanics, Criminal Justice and Construction Trades. 

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