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Maytag home, registration procedures to be discussed

Registration for the 2013-14 school year and the sale of the former Maytag home/District Office will headline the Newton Community School District Board of Education meeting Monday.

On Aug. 5 and 6, Newton Senior High School will serve as the central point of registration for every school in the district. The session on Aug. 5 will last from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and the Aug. 6 session will last from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

It should be noted that both middle and high school pictures will be taken during registration and that high school students’ registration sessions are designated by last name.

For Aug. 5:

• 9 to 11 a.m. for letters A-C

• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for letters I-L

• 1 to 3 p.m. for letters T-Z

• 3 to 5 p.m. for letter H

• 5 to 7 p.m. for letter P-R

For Aug. 6:

• 7 to 9 a.m. for letters F-G

• 8:30 to 10 a.m. for letter S

• 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for letters M-O

• 12 to 1 p.m. for letters D-E

Although the above times are recommended, the district will make arrangements for students who can’t attend the session and will welcome walk-ins.

The board will vote on a proposal for the former Maytag home/district office located at 807 S. Sixth Ave. W. and currently valued at $167,357 by the real estate website As of press time, the only known potential bidder is Thombert Inc. CEO Walt Smith.

Smith held a public showing of the property on June 25, in which he showcased a proposal were he to place the winning bid.

July 15 was the last day for submission of bids on the property. If the board selects a bid during Monday’s meeting, it will hold a public hearing on Aug. 12. If a bid is then accepted, the district would then contract Alher’s & Cooney law firm to draw up the proper documentation to complete the process.

In other business:

• The board will vote on naming depositories for the upcoming school year. One bank the district currently has a relationship with is US Bank, which was recently selected to provide purchase cards to the district.

• A vote on the purchase of transportation vehicles. According to the district’s site, it currently has 33 yellow school buses and 27 support vehicles.

• A vote on both the 2013-14 milk and bread contracts.

• A vote on the 2013-14 contract for crossing guards with the City of Newton.

• A vote on the first reading of Board Policy 700 series. The 700 series is the boards guiding principles for Auxiliary Services. Board Policy 702.11, which is with regard to the district’s new surveillance cameras, was recently approved and added to the series.

Staff writer Ty Rushing may be contacted at (641) 792-3121, ext. 426, or at

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