The Hamburg School Board will host a special meeting at noon, Monday, June 26, to take the next step in constructing the proposed 21st Century Discovery Center.
Matt Gillaspie, managing director of public finance investment banking at Piper Jaffray will explain the next steps in securing $825,000 in general obligation school capital loan notes to the board at the special meeting.
In addition to setting the stage for future construction, board members will also be meeting to discuss a piece of the district’s past as they will take part in a work session at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, with a group of citizens who are studying uses for the old high school. This meeting will take place at Hamburg City Hall.
During the June 12 regular meeting, board members also heard a report from superintendent Mike Wells on the Hamburg Middle School trip to Washington, D.C. in late May.
Wells also outlined summer maintenance projects that will be completed around the school, including resurfacing the gym floor and painting the wall, which is set to begin on July 31.
Wells presented a report on the Iowa Assessment Tests that students took during the last school year.
He said that students have shown modest to positive growth in reading and math skills as compared to last year’s assessments. Fourth- and seventh-grade students showed the greatest gain in reading, math and science scores.
A discussion on approving insurance for full-time classified employees was tabled until the July meeting after board members determined they did not have enough information to make a decision during the June meeting.
Board members approved the hiring of Katie Dow as a preschool teacher. Interviews will be conducted later this summer for an associate preschool teacher, as well as for a kindergarten through eighth-grade Title math teacher who will be able to help lower-achieving students gain math proficiency.
The board accepted a bid of $4,165.82 from Clean Harbor Environmental Services Inc. for chemical removal from the middle school and disposal.
Board members also approved the replacement of thermostats in every classroom. This work will be done by Hamburg Electric.