Happy Friday! I hope you all have had a chance to enjoy some nice weather this week. Just in time for more snow over the weekend!
On Monday we had our SIAC meeting. Albeit a low turnout on attendance, the conversation that we had was great. Tuesday and Wednesday were very productive as well. I started out at a meeting in Cedar Falls to discuss a change in their Southern Urban Renewal district that includes Country Terrace. Essentially what is happening is the original TIF district expired in 2016 and they are now renewing it and adding in some additional land that includes Country Terrace. The City of Cedar Falls assured me they have no plans to acquire this private property and point out that it would not be a good investment for them. They do, however have plans to develop property adjacent to Country Terrace for commercial or industrial purposes and consider this to be a 20 long range plan. We’ll want to be sure to keep track of what is going on along our Northern border, but I was satisfied with the outcome of this meeting. That same afternoon I met with our natural gas supplier to consider hedging a percentage of our gas usage for next winter based on the futures market. I am not ready to go there yet, but this is likely to be a discussion item for our May or June board meeting.
The legislature is scheduled to adjourn next week, but there is a lot of work that needs to be accomplished yet if that is to happen. The big disagreement between the two chambers is how to handle the tax reform proposals. They cannot adjourn until an agreement on this is reached and budget targets are established. The good news this week is that the House passed the SAVE legislation on a 95-3 vote. A similar bill is alive for debate in the Senate. Operational sharing finally moved out of committee late last week and is currently eligible for debate on the floor. If passed, it will need to move back to the House since it was amended. If it does move, we expect concurrence in the House.
The picture I am sharing this week is a great illustration of collaboration across the district including multiple experts. Here, our leadership team is discussing and planning professional development for the 2018-2019 school year for our secondary teachers. Included with Mr. Dieken is Mrs. Owen-Kuhn, an instructional coach in literacy, Mr. Lewis, and technology coach, and Mrs. Rogers, a school improvement consultant with Central Rivers AEA. Our partnership with the AEA is crucial to us being able to execute on our mission!
Have a great weekend and I look forward to seeing you on Monday night for our board meeting!
Dr. Anthony D. Voss, Superintendent