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District 518 works on strategic plan

WORTHINGTON -- District 518 will begin developing a strategic plan to serve as an overview of where the district is heading and what its expectations are, the District 518 Board of Education decided Tuesday.

"We want to have it in place by the end of the school year," said John Landgaard, superintendent.

The board approved a $6,220 contract with consultant Bruce Miles of the Big River Group, who will put together the work District 518 has already done on the strategic plan and complete the planning process.

Miles will have staff planning sessions in each of District 518's three buildings, as well as a session for community members and one with the board and administration.

The last time the district officially adopted a strategic plan was in 1982.

In other news Tuesday, the board:

* Approved investigation of engineering options regarding the Prairie Elementary parking lot, which has had settling issues since the building opened.

The contractors who built the parking lot have already replaced some concrete and made adjustments to the parking lot and do not have any further obligation to the school, reported Dave Skog, the district's director of management services.

* Received a positive report on the district's finances.

* Approved a substitute pay rate for its after-school program in which teachers in the program would be paid at their current, contracted rate for serving as substitutes.

* Approved a contract with Katie Clark, who will become the district's coordinator of curriculum and instruction.

* Approved the resignation of Kathleen Fleming as paraprofessional with the EDGE program.

* Approved the employment of Kathy Solt as EDGE program assistant, Teri Reller as EDGE program assistant, Nancy Andern as EDGE program assistant, Teresa Spartz as Worthington Middle School special education secretary, Nathan Harberts as Worthington High School B baseball coach, Kaytlin Simons as EDGE program assistant, Megan Westendorf as EDGE program assistant, Allison Birkey as EDGE program assistant, Roberto Ray Vargas-Cortes as Nobles County Integration Collaborative service learning leader, Perla Banegas as WHS ESL paraprofessional and Pam Westendorf as long-term third grade substitute teacher at Prairie Elementary.

* Accepted donations from Box Tops for Education and Rickers Photography.

* Approved an out-of-state travel request for four to five Nobles County Integration Collaborative employees to travel to Chicago for college visits and service site visits with students.