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Waterloo School District office moving

By on June 12, 2013 at 12:54 pm
Pictured is the current Waterloo Superintendant's office on Park Street. (Teryn Schaefer photo)

Pictured is the current Waterloo Superintendent’s office on Park Street. (Teryn Schaefer photo)

The Waterloo School District central office is moving to a new location, it was learned last week.

During a special meeting held last Tuesday afternoon, the Waterloo School Board gave school superintendent Jim Helton authorization to award bids and contracts for a district office move from 219 Park Street into the Waterloo Junior High School library.

This relocation is expected to save the district $32,000 per year, Helton said at the meeting.

The current central office lease expires in September. The district has had its office at the Park Street location — the former Morrison-Talbott Library — for just less than 10 years.

The plan is to complete the move sometime in August.

As a result, the WJHS library will be relocated to the school’s records room with some construction modifications. The office move will cause the junior high building to have a temporary library for a year.

In other action from the special meeting, the topic of adding another assistant principal position at Waterloo High School was discussed.

Following a lengthy conversation on the pros and cons of this added position, the matter was tabled.

One reason for this position, school officials said, is the up-coming state mandate to implement the Danielson Framework for teacher evaluation starting with the 2014-15 school year.

This evaluation method uses a rubric that addresses planning and preparation, classroom environment, instruction and professional responsibilities, and will require additional staffing to implement.

WHS principal Brian Charron said his school can function smoothly without a second assistant principal this coming school year, but they will have to hire one before the start of 2014-15.

Helton cautioned that making a hire for 2014-15 won’t be an easy task due to ongoing budget constraints, the impending hire of a district business manager, and the possibility of further teacher reductions.

Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.