The agenda for the June 17, 2008, meeting of the school board of the Des Moines Public Schools (DMPS) suggests a long night. The June 14th levee breach along the Des Moines River that flooded part of North High School occurred after the tentative agenda was released but, no doubt, water damage to the building and the relocation of summer school students will be discussed. This meeting is made more important by the reality that there is only one board meeting in July. Moreover, the filing period for candidates seeking a seat on the school board opens in July.
The school board is also gathering on the 17th to work on a monitoring schedule, with consultant Jim Hiatt, for Policy Governance management and on a workshop schedule for more in-depth exploration of key issues.
In the consent agenda for the June 17th board meeting, is a two-month extension of the Pappajohn Center management agreement. The DMPS has a contract related to use of the building from July 1, 2007, through June 30, 2008. The extension would be through August 31, 2008. Although the title for this item notes it is a two-month extension, as does the extension date, the descriptive paragraph notes it is a one-month extension. (Comment: This is just a little error that but if it were an error in a math problem on an assessment exam, it would increase the rate of incorrect answers.)
The consent agenda also includes final acceptance of LVI Environmental Services Inc.’s renovation and addition to Hillis Elementary School. The total contract cost was $202,969.25.
Among contracts included in the consent agenda is the fourth and final extension for contracts to print the three Community and Adult Education catalogues for courses that are offered during the school year. The total estimated award is $62,740, with 63.5 % of that going to the Daily Freeman-Journal in Webster City, and 34.5% going to the Des Moines Register. The first extension of a contract with Artistic Waste Services for waste management and recycling services will increase by 8.2% next year, mostly due to the cost of diesel fuel. The contract amount is estimated at $241,261.56.
The contract with the public transit agency, DART, includes unlimited access for the school district’s 5,000 employees. Currently, only students who are assigned to DART routes for access to school may use their passes for unlimited ride access. Starting July 1, 2008, all students will be able to ride DART for free at any time. The contract cost is $645,970.
Subject to fundraising goals, another consent item is to approve naming of the Dale and Lois Bright Sports Complex and the Bob Savage Alumni Pavilion at Williams Stadium at East High School.
Other agenda items include a public hearing as part of a request for a waiver from state law to have an earlier school start time for the 2008-2009 year, a report on a 248-page demographic study that looks at near-term population projections, and consideration of legislative priorities for 2009.
M.R. Field covers school board meetings for AroundDesMoines.com.