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GFW School Board to hear public comments at Fairfax Community Center Monday

FAIRFAX — The Gibbon Fairfax Winthrop (GFW) School Board will hold a regular board meeting to hear public comments at 6:30 p.m., Monday, July 20 at the Fairfax Community Center, 300 S. Park St.

GFW Superintendent Jeff Horton said there will be no dialogue. The board will just listen to public comments.

“As part of our continued effort for transparency, our business manager will do the first of many school finance presentations,” Horton said.

Other agenda items include a resolution to rescind termination of elementary teacher Anne Hansen, and reports from Horton, principal Jennifer Thompson and facility manager Dave Sellner.

Horton’s GFW Schools Facebook site included a post that he will be sending weekly operating levy information to staff and families now.

“We encourage you to learn about the levy and ask questions to support making an informed decision on Aug. 11, 2020,” Horton reported.

In addition, business manager Lindsey Heine will provide a presentation on school finance to support fiscal transparency by the school district. Activities Director Rich Busse will present a plan to offer grades 6-7 volleyball for the 2020-2021 school year.

Action items include approval of milk and fuel bids, fiscal year 2021 school district fees and rates, and a GFW School District Chromebook Protection Plan.

Elementary Principal Jennifer Thompson reported summer school (EDGE) dates are July 27-Aug. 14. Grades 1-6 will follow a hybrid model, blending in-class instruction and distance learning.

Thompson reported permission was granted from Concord Theatricals to reschedule “The Sound of Music” for Aug. 5-8, 2021. A sound grant extension was requested.

GFW Facility Manager Dave Sellner reported cleaning was completed at the Winthrop school. Larson Construction completed metal and support pole replacement at the Winthrop bus garage. Gibbon school cleaning is projected to be done by the end of July. Rickway Carpet completed floor replacement projects.

Garland Corporation performed a free roof assessment at Gibbon and Winthrop sites. They identified $16,000 in repairs that could be done.

Radon testing has not been completed. A project start date has not been finalized.

According to the 2020-2021 fees and rates schedule, student event admission will be free. Substitute teacher pay is $115 a day, $120 after 10 days. Long-term subs (20 consecutive days) will follow a contract daily pay rate, BA/Step 2, .5% daily rate).

For more information, visit https://gfwschools/org

(Fritz Busch can be emailed at fbusch@nujournal.com).

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