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Regular meeting of the Atlantic School Board set for Wed. evening


February 8th, 2022 by Ric Hanson

(Atlantic, Iowa) – A regularly scheduled meeting of the Atlantic School Board will take place 5:30-p.m. Wednesday (Feb.9), in the Schuler Elementary School Media Center**. On the Board’s agenda is a Special Presentation with regard to the High School Speech Program, and regular reports from building administrators, including Assistant High School Principal/Activities Director Andrew Mitchell, who is expected to report the “Wall of Honor” TouchPro screen is about to be installed in the High School Commons area. You can go to atlantic.touchpros.com, or visit the HS Commons to check on project progress. The Wall of Honor is a “Living project,” with many updates throughout the years. Graphic Design students are helping to make the project come to life.

The Board will vote on approving the resignations and Contract Recommendations. The resignations include:

  • Middle School Principal Josh Rasmussen, who has accepted the Superintendent’s position with the AC/GC School District.
  • Preschool Bus Monitor Crystal Sunderman
  • ELL Paraeducator Rebecca Garcia,
  • and Preschool Paraeducator Haley Wright.

Contract Recommendations include:

  • Sam Kennedy, School Bus Monitor
  • Dennis Johnson, Substitute Car Driver
  • Janet Adams, HS Food Service
  • Misty Rhodes, HS Paraeducator
  • Mika Freerksen, 1st Grade Teacher (2022-23)
  • Cambry Miller, Kindergarten Teacher (2022-23), and
  • Jenny Madsen, transfer to Washington Special Education Teacher (2022-23).

The Atlantic School Board will also consider Superintendent Steve Barber’s recommendation to provide all employees (Full- or part-time), a stipend based on continuous years of service at the conclusion of the 2021-22 school year. Years of service will be determined by the number of continuous years as a contracted employee (breaks in service or year[s] spend as a substitute employee will not be counted). Payment will be made to staff on Sept. 1, 2022. (See the stipend amounts below):

  • 1- (partial included) to 4-years experience, $1000
  • 5-to 9-years of experience, $1,250
  • 10+ years of experience, $1,500.

Providing a retention stipend is an allowable use of the ESSER funds, and is a way to recognize staff for their continuing employment with the district, in light of a shortage of persons available to the various district positions. The Board will also act on approving the purchase of 50 MacBook Pros for High School teaching staff. Their current computers were purchased for the 2014-15 school year. And, the Board will act on a Resolution authorizing the Bid Letting and setting the date for a Public Hearing, with regard to the HS south parking lot improvement project, which is expected to cost $552,500. Funds for the project will come from the PPEL/SAVE accounts. The final drawings and design for the project will be sent out to prospective bidders on Feb. 9th, with a one-month deadline to submit bids.

**This board meeting will be streaming live on YouTube at the following link: https://youtu.be/i7DLZniuKOI