Waterloo School District office moving

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.

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