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School board to vote on financial, special ed reports

During tonight’s meeting of the Newton Community School District’s Board of Education, a vote to approve the Certified Annual Financial Report and Special Education Services report will be held after both measures were tabled on Oct. 14.

The CAR and SES reports were shelved so that the board would have time to properly review the reports.  NCSD Business Manager/Board Secretary Gayle Isaac said that both reports had already been approved by the state.

In addition to the reports, there will be several other action items the board will vote tonight.  One item, the demographic study, was also heavily discussed during the last board meeting.

“We tried to get the demographic study information done,” NCSD Superintendent Bob Callaghan said at that meeting. “Right now, we kind of narrowed our focus to a company outside of Kansas City. For whatever reason — plus they are a pretty busy company, highly utilized in Iowa — and so that’s who we would highly recommend to the board.”

Callaghan also said the demographic study would be needed to fully utilize the facilities study the board approved.

“We believe that this is vital to our study of the facilities — to also have a demographic study,” Callaghan said. “The left hand can’t know what’s going on if they don’t know what the right hand is doing.”

There will also be a vote on a district contract with Youth & Shelter Services, Inc.  According to its website, YSS exists to provide prevention, education, treatment, and residential services to children, youth, and families; to advocate on their behalf, and to help them solve problems, grow, and be self-sufficient, responsible, contributing members of society. 

In other business:

• the board will discuss assessment results with Secondary Education Director Tina Ross.

• vote on bids for a trailer for the band;

• Callaghan will update the board on how parent teacher conferences went;

• building reports from the district’s administrative team; and

• student representatives Grace Perrin and Paige Reed will present reports.

The meeting will be held at Aurora Heights Elementary School.

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

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