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Middle school goes wireless

High school network to be finished by year’s end

November 6, 2012
Jim Krajewski - Staff Writer ( , The Daily Freeman Journal

At a meeting of the Webster City Community School District Board of Directors, Superintendent Mike Sherwood reported that Webster City Middle School is now fully wireless.

During a technology committee update, Sherwood said the signal strength of the school's wireless network was tested, and the second floor of Jeff gym was the only area not covered by wireless internet.

One third of Webster City High School currently has wireless access, according to Sherwood, who said the goal for completion of the network is Jan. 1, 2013. After the High School's wireless network is completed, Sherwood said the two elementary schools in the district will have wireless internet installed.

The board also heard a letter of intent to bargain from Margaret Ronnfeldt, chief negotiator for the Webster City Educational Services Association. She proposed the first bargaining session for the 2013-2014 master contract be held in early December. This was chosen due to the Jan. 31 deadline to file an impasse, and well in advance of the April 15 completion date.

In a facilities update, Sherwood said the minor work is being completed at the High School gym addition and should be finished in coming weeks. Locker installation for Northeast Hamilton will be today after some delay. The track surface at the High School, which began to delaminate after it neared the end of its 15 year life cycle, has now been refinished and is scheduled to be repainted this week.

The first session is proposed to be an open meeting, but much of the bargaining will be closed to the public. A proposed second session will be held shortly after, according to Ronnfeldt, to save time. Two closed sessions are also planned. Sherwood said he and Ronnfeldt would confirm dates at a later time.

The board also approved a seniority list for faculty and staff. The list provides dates of hire and years of service for faculty and staff and will be used to determine transfers and cuts, if needed, with preference given to those with more time in the district.

Also approved was a modified allowable growth request. Approved was $78,254 for one time funding for increasing enrollment in the district and limited English proficiency programs. When the budget is done in April, Sherwood said it will be determined if it will be taxed.

A resolution authorizing approval of signatures on the school district's account at First American Bank was presented. The bank asked for copies of signatures of those authorized to sign for the account, social security numbers and what they are authorized to sign for.

A list of work session topics was generated at the board meeting. Among others, the board discussed holding work sessions on student achievement, food service, updating policy, grading, finance, common core classes, parental involvement and character development.



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