Resignations, contracts come before LCS Board

Monday, May 16, 2022

LE MARS Personnel resignations and contracts were on the Le Mars Community School District's Board of Education agenda Monday, May 9.

The board approved three resignations. They are: Morgan Ten Napel as a part-time custodian at Franklin, effective at the conclusion of the 2021-22 school year; Megan Puhl as a teacher associate at Clark, effective at the conclusion of the 2021-22 school year; and Dan Morrison as middle school special education teacher at the conclusion of the 2021-22 school year.

The board gave its approval to five contracts for the upcoming school year. They are:

Jocelyn Hommes, IE speech coach, $3,265.20

Heidi Anthony, Kluckhohn 5th grade teacher, $69,110

Morgan Reinking, Franklin kindergarten teacher, $63,396

Traci Comes, Kluckhohn special education teacher, $60,947; and

Judd Kopperud as head 7th grade football coach, $2,448.90.

The board also gave its approval to an increase in the head bowling coach supplemental pay, to 11 percent of teacher's base salary.

The board also set a public hearing for a 2021-22 budget amendment.

Superintendent Dr. Steve Webner said the budget amendment is necessary and required by Iowa Code.

Under the Instruction category, expenditures will increase by $350,000, according to Webner.

"As you can see, it's ESSER spending for our interventionists, those teachers we hired, so the budget threshold needs to be increased there," he said.

"We did not over spend and these funds will actually be reimbursed to us," he continued.

In the Noninstructional Programs category, expenditures will increase by $200,000.

"This is for replacement of equipment due to increased funding. Again, we are receiving a large chunk of money due to COVID within our hot lunch program. The board just approved new kettles and so forth, and she (food service director) is also looking at some other things within the lunch room and the kitchens, that are really necessary. So because these funds are available, we are going to spend more than we budgeted. The funds are there, it's all ESSER related," Webner said.

He added, "A huge majority of districts in the state are going to be doing these amendments due to ESSER and COVID funds. We have spent responsibly. This is an accounting thing, when we need to amend the budget to increase the threshold.

Webner recommended noon, May 25 for the public hearing, but said a secondary date should be considered due to a potential conflict for him.

The board approved publishing the budget amendment, and set a noon meeting for May 25, as recommended by Webner.

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