Old school set for auction block
March 19, 2013
paige godden | Daily times herald
School leaders voted Monday to sell the old Robert Deal Elementary School in Coon Rapids at auction next month. It has been vacant of students for the past school year.
The Robert Deal Elementary School in Coon Rapids will be auctioned on April 27, school board members decided Monday.
The Coon Rapids-Bayard School District stopped using the elementary building this year after it built a $3.1 million elementary addition onto the school building that housed middle- and high-school students.
The district had received an offer for one portion of the elementary-school property, but the school board decided Monday night to host a public auction before accepting any offers.
The district will pay about $2,000 for a surveyor to inspect the property before the building can be auctioned, Coon Rapids-Bayard Superintendent Rich Stoffers said.
Some equipment inside of the building will also be auctioned, but no list of the items was immediately available.
During the hour-long Monday meeting, the school board also accepted a resignation from varsity high school football coach Dan Spooner. Spooner is also the athletic director for the school. He did not attend the meeting. It was not immediately clear why Spooner resigned the post.
Spooner spent six seasons as the Crusaders coach and posted a 40-22 record, with the high mark being the 2008-09 season in which Coon Rapids went 9-3.
The board also set a budget hearing for April 8 for its next school year budget that starts July 1.
Board members said the school property-tax levy rate will be raised to between $12.9 and $13.175 per $1,000 of taxable valuation. The current levy rate is $12.18.
Board members said last year's taxes were abnormally low because of an area ethanol plant that reopened.
The school district plans to spend part of its $606,000 in cash reserves to help offset a property-tax increase if state legislators don't boost the amount of state aid for schools, which is part of Iowa schools' so-called "allowable growth" that governs how much schools can spend per pupil.
The board also discussed:
- Adding a keyless-entry system at its school building. The district is willing to pay up to $20,000 for a system to be installed this summer.
- Being short a bus after one got towed to Carroll Monday after antifreeze was found in its oil. The district has one spare bus.
- Adjusting class times for next year. The district will begin having professional development for teachers every Wednesday at 2 p.m. To make up for the lost time, school will begin at 8:10 a.m. and run until 3:30 p.m. This year, school runs from 8:20 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Stoffers also mentioned he will be interviewing 10 candidates for two kindergarten positions and one first-grade teacher position that will be available next year. He said he received more than 50 applications for the jobs. The district is currently offering one section of kindergarten and one section of first grade. Both will be split into two next year, opening up two new positions. The current kindergarten teacher is retiring at the end of this year.
The district is also testing laptop computers and tablets to decide which would be best for an online-based learning program.
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