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School board to hear from department heads, discuss enrollment

Published: Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 11:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 11:39 a.m. CDT

Monday’s meeting of the Newton Community School District’s Board of Education will provide the board with updates from the district’s non-education related department heads, an update on enrollment and several action items.

NCSD Maintenance Supervisor Jack Suttek, NCSD Technology Supervisor Chris Bieghler, and NCSD Transportation Supervisor Curt Roorda will each give a report. According to the agenda, Suttek will discuss the district’s facilities, Beighler will discuss technology within the district, and Roorda will provide an update on bus driver training.

In his report, Superintendent Bob Callaghan will discuss the district’s enrollment count, which was done on Oct. 1. During the Sept. 23 meeting, Callaghan said student enrollment sat at 3,073. Last year’s figure was 3,051 according to the Iowa Department of Education.

There will also be two action items for the board. The first is for the purchase of a new truck for the maintenance department. The second item up for vote, are the Certified Annual Financial Reports (CAR) and the Special Education Services (SES) state report.

The agenda doesn’t specify if the district is voting to send the reports or to accept the reports. According to Iowa Department of Education, CAR is a report of financial data required by Iowa Code to be filed annually with the Department of Education by each school district and area education agency, which is due no later than Sept. 15 following the close of the fiscal year.

SES reports on the services the district provides to special education students.

The rest of the agenda lists several discussion items:

• Considering a district facilities studies contract with Des Moines-based FRK Architects and Engineers.

• Consider a district demographics study.

Staff writer Ty Rushing may be contacted at (641) 792-3121, ext. 426, or at trushing@newtondailynews.com.

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