Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

October 17, 2013

TC preparing for DE site visit

By Steve Woodhouse Editor
The Journal Express

---- — Representatives from the Iowa Department of Education are scheduled to visit Twin Cedars Schools beginning Oct. 29. While on site, the representatives will meet with community members, staff and students. It will be the first visit to the district in a few years.

The visit comes at a time when Twin Cedars’ total enrollment is down slightly (17.2 students). However, there are more students open enrolling in to Twin Cedars from other districts (41) than at any other point during Superintendent Brian VanderSluis’ tenure.

“Twin Cedars has benefitted from (open enrollment) greatly,” VanderSluis said. There are 45 students open enrolled out to other districts. Twin Cedars’ certified enrollment for 2013 is 369.2.

Other school board notes:

• TCHS Principal Dave Roby said the Dollars for Scholars and After Prom organizations are looking for more volunteers. The school will also host the first and second rounds of a volleyball tournament on Oct. 22 and 29. TC will also likely host a football playoff game, given the Sabers’ record. The National Honor Society induction will be Nov. 7 at 6 p.m.

• Approved allowable growth to increase the district’s spending authority. The district had a negative special education balance of $46,933.36. The deficit is due, in part, to the district’s responsibility to pay educational costs for a special needs student, with residency in Twin Cedars, who attends school outside of the district. Due to the negative balance, districts are able to apply for allowable growth and supplemental aid. If the district had a positive balance, it would not be eligible for this additional funding.

• Approved a contract for Melinda Miller, seventh and eighth grade science and biology teacher for the remainder of the 2013-14 school year, pending completion of her student teaching assignment.

• Approved coaching contracts for Mike Strasko, head varsity girls’ baskeball coach; Anna Nelson, head junior high girls’ track and assistant varsity girls’ basketball; Beth Kelderman, junior high girls’ basketball coach.

• Accepted the resignation of Theresa Davis as assistant varsity girls’ basketball coach.