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October 17, 2013

DMACC campus continues to see progress

The Pella Community School Board of Directors held another meeting in September on the 30th. Superintendent Greg Ebeling served as temporary president for the meeting and members answering roll call were: Greg Gustafson, Timothy Tripp, Gary Coppock, and Michelle VanMaanen. First on the agenda, the Board made a unanimous decision to re-elect Joan Corbin as Board President and Gregg Gustafson as Vice President.

The Board began by reviewing payment invoices, previous board minutes, and the monthly financial reports. The following personnel changes were also reviewed and approved by the Board:

Early Retirement:

John Davidson


Allysa Stephens- Middle School Special Education Associate & Middle School Girls’ Basketball

Karen Overgaard- Lincoln Elementary

Kelly Carlson- Jefferson Intermediate Special Education Associate

New Hires:

Charles (Mitch) Foster- Madison Elementary Special Education Associate

Jackie Gielau- High School Assistant Girls’ Soccer Coach


Carrie Blommers- Middle School Special Education and Media Associate

The progress on the DMACC Career Academy continued as the Directors reviewed updated plans and specifications. Construction contractor Jackson Den Herder was present to present the plans for the building, as well as to answer any questions. The Board received a budget document showing the overall estimated cost of the project to be $5,640,633.

Next, Directors received and addressed Reports from Principals and the Director of Instruction for the Pella Community School District. Instruction Director Lowell Ernst informed the Board on the work that is being done with the Literacy Committee, involving a new four step approach to help impact students the most. These efforts are parallel to the new C4K program, an acronym that stands for Collaboration for Kids. On the report, Lowell stated, “The focus on what to do for those who don’t learn has some exciting components that should lead us to be able to help students better than we have ever done.”

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