The Spencer school board met Tuesday evening in a special meeting to discuss the contract bid for the renovations at Fairview elementary school.
Of the four bids that were placed, Larson Contracting, Inc. was chosen unanimously for the project. Larson is currently working on the middle school addition, and the board has been impressed with the work they have seen.
"They've done a good job," said Terry Hemann, superintendent at Spencer schools. "They're timely, and there have been very few areas that have needed revisiting."
Work on Fairview school will start after this school year lets out, and is set to be finished by the time the next school year begins.
Several people submitted their resignations. Megan McCabe, who teaches seventh grade Language Arts, will finish at the end of the school year, and Charles Wilkinson will not be driving the lunch van next year. In addition, Drake Swanson resigned from coaching baseball this summer, and Laura Kelp has resigned from her position as substitute caller.
In addition, several positions were filled for the upcoming year. Ashley Meyer will be teaching high school English. Meyer attended the University of Northern Iowa for both her bachelor's and master's degrees, and taught English at Guilford High School.
Sarah Larsen will be teaching sixth grade Reading. Larsen attended Drake University for her bachelor's degree, and taught fourth grade in Walnut, Iowa, and sixth grade Reading and Language Arts in South Hardin.
Brook Schueller will be teaching kindergarten. Schueller attended Iowa State University for her bachelor's degree, and Viterbo University for her master's degree. She has taught several grades at Des Moines Schools.
The board voted to issue General Obligation School Refunding bonds in the amount of $2,520,000, which will be tax levy-funded. These bonds will save the district $315,000 after fees, which is an 11.7 percent savings, about $30,000 per year.
Next year, Spencer will share two faculty positions with Ruthven-Ayrshire schools. The board voted to continue sharing Emelia Gulk as the teacher librarian, at an 80/20 share, and also to add an elementary counselor, at a 50/50 share. Matt Borchers, hired for this position, attended Iowa State University for his bachelor's degree and the University of Colorado for his master's degree. He has counseled in Yankton, S.D., and in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Hemann met with the support staff on Tuesday to discuss changes that could be made within the support positions at the school. Based on this discussion, the pay for bus drivers who drive activity routes will move from $10 to $10.50, and the custodial pay for non-school activity work will move from $17 to $17.50. In addition, the Article XI insurance will increase by $300, and $0.20 per hour will be added to the Article XIII salary schedule and complete three lanes in each job category.
"It was enjoyable working with the support staff," Hemann said. "We had fun, and I was able to hear their concerns and what was important to them."
The next board meeting is scheduled for May 22 at 5:30 p.m.