Pella Chronicle


April 9, 2014

Middle School renovations discussed by board

The Pella Community School Board of directors met on March 27, at the High School Media Center for a regular board meeting. Members Gregg Gustafson, Michelle VanMaanen, and Gary Coppock were present, and director Timothy Tripp attended via cell phone.

The following personnel changes in the school district were approved at the meeting:


Donita Smith- Lincoln Elementary Reading Plus Teacher

Jamie Wittmer- Jefferson Intermediate Special Education Associate

Lori Mullen- Food Service Dishwasher

New Hires:

Kendi Arndt- High School Math, BA Step 7

Josiah Brandt- High School Spanish, BA Step 5

Taelar Hillyer- 7th-12th grade English/Language Arts

President Joan Corbin opened the floor for a public hearing. No comments were received. The purpose of the hearing was to go over proposed plans, specifications, and contracts of the Pella Middle School renovation project.

One of the new and exciting aspects to be expected at the Middle School is what the District is calling the Learning Street. It will be a learning center with a collaborative learning environment, student control, flexible and active learning, and multiple learning styles with easy transitions. The center will have an interactive element with direct communicative aspects. Students will be able to work together in various settings, making education most efficient. The stylish and comfortable seating will accommodate large and small groups. Perspective images of the finalized center can be found on the district’s website. This project will involve remodeling of nearly 50 percent of the Pella Middle School.

Next, the Board reviewed a form of contract for the project and went over specifications. Chris DeGroot from Neumann Monson and Paul Neuharth from Estes Construction were present to guide the specifics along and answer questions of the board members. Land construction, windows, and roofing and sheet metal were some of the things being examined as part of the budget. The Board reviewed contracts and bids made on general construction, roofing, drywall, painting, fire sprinkler, mechanical, and electrical systems. Two of the prime contracts did not receive bids and will be sent out for re-bidding as soon as possible. Voting will take place by the end of April.

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