Devonshire demolition contract comes before Waterloo school board

WATERLOO — A $107,700 contract to demolish the former Devonshire school will be considered Monday by the Board of Education.

The board meets at 5 p.m. in the Education Service Center, 1516 Washington St.

Lehman Trucking of Waterloo was the low bidder among five companies that submitted proposals. Other bids ranged from $124,083 to $249,000.

The board held a public hearing on the project last month. Waterloo Community Schools closed Devonshire Elementary in 1987. After that, it served as an Area Education Agency school for a number of years.

In other business, the board will:

Accept a $40,000 specially designed instruction grant from the Iowa Department of Education. It will pay for $5,000 of staff training and materials in the areas of assistive technology and significant disability at seven schools. That includes Poyner Elementary and East and Expo high schools in assistive technology; Kittrell and Lou Henry elementaries and Bunger Middle School in significant disability; and West High School in both areas.

Approve various personnel matters. Among those are appointing Jeff Frost as executive director of career and technical education with a salary of $123,000 and accepting resignations from Crystal Buzza as CTE executive director, Todd Coulter as Central Middle School assistant principal, and Albert Wiggins as Bunger assistant principal.

Receive a number of donations. Waterloo Schools Foundation grants for the last year totaled $23,370 including $12,305 for innovative learning, $10,000 for twice exceptional students and $1,065 for young scholars. The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa donated $3,035 to West High through the John and Marge Young Family Fund and $417 to George Washington Carver Academy through the Dr. Carline Bardford Phillips Fund, both of which can be used for general charitable support related to the schools’ educational mission.

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