IVC District 321 breakfast in works

Marianne Gillespie

For parents or community members who want to learn a little more about what's going on in the IVC District 321 school system, a community breakfast may hit the spot.

Board members discussed holding a breakfast at their Sept. 24 school board meeting.

Along with updates about current topics in the school district, Superintendent Chad Allison said five items could be breakout sessions during the second part of the two-hour breakfast.

Participants would pick two 25-minute sessions to attend.

Breakout session ideas now include Common Core, finances, county facilities tax, new teacher evaluation system and the new changes to student assessment.

Currently the board is planning to replace its scheduled Jan. 25 school board meeting with the breakfast.

In other items, the board:

• Heard that the Mossville construction is still two to two and one-half weeks behind schedule. Allison said from what he was told, one subcontractor is slowing down another subcontractor and there did not seem to be a "good explanation." As at the last school board meeting, the school library is the focal point right now. Occupancy issues are being looked into by the architects so that it could be used, possibly by mid-October. The rest of the project is expected to be completed in December.

• Heard a facilities/transportation committee report from Chairman Mike Birch. He said the committee looked at what its long-tem options could be for the land the district bought east of the high school.

Options include it staying as one large parcel or if it should be divided for different uses.

Currently the 72 acres is being farmed, generating income for the district. To put it in perspective, the high school is about 80 acres, Birch said.

"We make more money in that than the investments," said Birch.

• Approved the following personnel contracts: Nolan Wilson as a special education assistant at IVC High School, Brooke Kitts as an individual special education assistant at South School, Shay Obery as CEC pom pon coach and Leslie Chambers as a part-time custodian as needed at IVC High School.