Superintendent / Activities Director
21st Century Learning!
Peaking into a 6th grade classroom, you don't see desks in rows or kids struggling to "sit up straight"! You do see couches, rocking chairs, tables and kids focused on learning! Chalkboards have been replaced by walls that you can write on and each student with an electronic device, connected to the world via wifi internet. At Howard-Winn, learning is no longer confined to a siloed classroom! CADET NATION is on the move!
A Spring Tradition: The CRESTWOOD H.S. Jazz Spotlight!
If you did not see this on Twitter, take a look here! Just a week away is the 2017 Jazz Spotlight!
This a wonderful event that features very talented CRESTWOOD students.
Great music, wonderful food, you do not want to miss it!
CADET Stadium Update
Work is moving forward on the Concession/Bathroom building. Brick work is almost completed and the blue roof is being installed. Handicapped ramps are nearly completed on each end of the home grandstand. A Handicapped ramp will be built on the visitor's side as well. The pressbox is framed up and next week the interior work should begin.
The State Legislature and Governor Branstad have been very active this session. Many new laws have been passed and actions taken that will have direct impact on public schools in Iowa and specifically Howard-Winneshiek.
Code of Iowa Chapter 20 addresses state employee, specifically what items can be negotiated. Mandatory means it must be negotiated. Prohibited means by law it cannot be negotiated and that these items are determined by the Board. Permissive means it may be negotiated if both sides agree. It should be noted that if something is added to the Master Contract (from the "Permissive" list) it is difficult at best to have it removed at a later point. Board President Duane Bodermann has stated several times that the intent of the Board is to be fair to employees and that all are valued. It goes without saying that there will be attempts in the next election cycle to change this new law. That being said, as representatives of the community, The Board will proceed forward cautiously.
The Legislature set per pupil funding at an increase of 1.01%. This means that Howard-Winn will receive roughly $60,000.00 in new money for the 2017-18 school year. To age the current salary schedule is roughly $160,000.00. This is roughly a $100,00.00 shortfall. The district does have a cash reserve, but it is "one time" money. Howard-Winn Business Manager Clint Farlinger uses the analogy that paying salaries with cash reserves is like paying a house payment from a savings account. Again the Board does value the employees and will do the best it can with the resources available.
SF 455 - Transportation Equity and District Cost per Pupil Equalization: This bill would provide school districts with transportation equity and equalizes the per pupil amount over a ten year period. IASB provided the framework for this bill and is registered in support because it provides districts with relief and the financial equity to educate every student regardless of the district the student attends. The bill passed the House Education Committee and has been referred to the House Appropriations Committee.
What is happening in CADET NATION this week?
Learning in CADET NATION last week looked like......