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Jensen’s sharing contract renewed

By ANDREA FURLONG

The English Valleys and Iowa Valley school boards have renewed their contract to share the services of superintendent Alan Jensen for two more years.

The two boards met Thursday, June 10, at EV Elementary, North English, to discuss Jensen’s contract and salary. Jensen will continue to receive a salary of $145,500 for the 2010-11 school year. Salary may be negotiated on an annual basis.

Both school districts will continue to contribute an equal amount toward Jensen’s salary, as well as FICA, Medicare, IPERS, insurance, professional dues, meeting and conference expenses and mileage. Mileage costs between North English and Marengo will be paid by Iowa Valley.

English Valleys remains the fiscal agent of the agreement and is considered Jensen’s employer. As the employer, only English Valleys has the right to bring termination proceedings against the superintendent. In the event of the superintendent’s termination, English Valleys would pay all costs, including attorney fees, relative to termination proceedings.

The new contract will expire June 2012.

Jensen has served both districts since 2008.

HIRES AND RESIGNATIONS AT EV

• The English Valleys School Board approved hiring Mark Howsare as assistant boys basketball for the 2010-11 school year with a salary of 6.6 percent of base salary. Base pay for 2010-11 is still under negotiation.                       

• The board approved the resignation of Alan Ling as junior high boys track, contingent upon finding a suitable replacement.

• The board approved the resignation of Deana Horras-Colbert as high school girls track coach.

IN OTHER BUSINESS

• The board approved paying $19,089 on math textbooks for elementary students.

• EV Lutton Elementary Principal Amy Andreassen announced the elementary recently received an $8,500 grant from the Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) toward new preschool play equipment and playground surfacing. The school also received an IASB grant for $3,500 toward new surfacing on the rest of the playground. The EV Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) has raised approximately $35,000 toward playground updates for the elementary school. The new preschool play equipment and surfacing is estimated to cost $56,000 to $60,500.

• The treasurer’s report for the month ending May 31 showed deficits in two activity accounts. The athletics fund had a deficit of $7,231. Board secretary Wendy Ayers attributed the deficit to officials’ pay exceeding revenues coming from ticket sales and season passes. The FFA activity fund was short by $327. Ayers said the poor economy had reduced greenhouse sales, but added some of the sales have yet to be turned in, so that deficit will decrease.

The next meeting of the EV School Board will be held July 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the library of EV Elementary.

UPDATED June 15, 2010 12:23 PM

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