Board hears grant update

Members of the Webster City school board heard a report on the Teacher Leadership Compensation Grant Monday night during the board’s regular session.

Superintendent Mike Sherwood and Dr. Adam Zellmer, middle school principal, gave the update. The grant includes compensation for mentors and 16 teachers as well as a technology instructor.

“We’ve completed the job descriptions I think we’re ready,” Sherwood stated.

The state will review the grant after Feb. 10. Approval should be during the first or second week of March, according to Sherwood.

Beth Van Diest and Juli Jaycox were named to sit in with support staff for negotiations. Pam Hayes and Paul Stenger will be the negotiating team for the teachers.

Board member Juli Jaycox commented on the fact that February is National Children’s Health Dental Month. Jaycox said she spent Friday morning at Sunset Heights with the third graders.

“What an awesome bunch of kids. It was a great time. The third grade teachers were nice. I want to thank them for having me,” stated Jaycox.

Sherwood postponed the budget work session that was scheduled to happen at the end of the regular board meeting last night. The preliminary budget will be included in the Feb. 22 meeting agenda.

A special education contract with Fort Dodge Community Schools Stars program was approved by the board.

The board approved the first reading of policy updates concerning the administration of medication to students, parental authorization and release forms, and the authorization of asthma or epinephrine auto-injector self-administration consent forms. The second reading will take place at the Feb. 22 meeting.

Brian Borkowski will present a possible Eagle Scout project to the board at the Feb. 22 meeting.

There will be no March 14 board meeting. There will be a March 28 board meeting.