Wateroo board to hear about education technology partnership

WATERLOO — A partnership with an education technology company is helping Waterloo Community Schools’ students learn about post-secondary possibilities.

The Board of Education will hear an informational report on the NextGrad College Opportunity Network during its 5 p.m. meeting Monday at the Education Service Center, 1516 Washington St.







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The family-owned company based in Salt Lake City provides digital screens at no cost to high schools. The screens serve as a dynamic platform, introducing students to a wide array of institutions, programs, and opportunities that they may not have previously been aware of.

In other business, the board is expected to:

  • Approve seeking bids and set a March 25 public hearing date on the proposed East High roof replacement over the auditorium and pool. The contractor would remove materials down to the decking on the two roof sections, replacing it with new insulation and a synthetic rubber membrane. The bid date is scheduled for March 13.
  • Accept a donation of $200,000 from the R.J. McElroy Trust in support of the LifeLab program, which provides out-of-the-classroom experiences and service learning for students. Starting in 2018, the trust gave the district $1.5 million over three years to get the program started. Last fall, it pledged another three-year commitment of $200,000 annually starting this year.
  • Approve a trip by 10 Career Center students and two teachers to participate in the CyberForce competition in Baltimore, Maryland, March 22-26. Students also will visit Washington, D.C., for a tour of U.S. cybersecurity operations. The $10,717 cost of the trip will be covered by a grant.
  • Celebrate the accomplishments of the FIRST Lego League Challenge program. Five district teams participated in the state championship last month.
  • Set a Feb. 26 public hearing on the 2024-25 district school year calendar.
  • Approve the appointment of Matthew Verbraken as the associate director of finance with a salary of $95,000. He would replace Jeff Sommerfeldt, who has been appointed chief financial officer.

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The board will meet in a special session at 4:15 p.m. in room 110 to discuss the Be SMART program. Be SMART is a national program that promotes responsible gun ownership to reduce accidental child gun deaths. The campaign focuses on education and awareness about child gun deaths and secure gun storage.

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