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CCSD budget constraints cited as reason to uphold teaching position termination

Carroll, Iowa -- In April of this year Dean Kollash was served a job termination notice by the Carroll Community School District. Last night at the district’s board meeting the former art instructor was present to not only fight for his position, but also to defend art itself. Kollash spoke about art as a creative outlet for students, the enjoyment of displaying art for others to see, and how many of the art programs could, and have been, lost. Kollash also brought up the district’s current financial situation.

Superintendent Rob Cordes addressed his reasoning for the recommendation to terminate Kollash’s position.

Attorney Brett Nitzschke of Lynch Dallas Law Firm in Cedar Rapids presided over the 40 minute hearing. About ten people came to support Kollash and three testified on his behalf before the school board went into a closed session. When members of the audience were allowed to return Board President Kim Tiefenthaler had this to say.

Board members, Tiefenthaler, Jen Munson, and LaVern Dirkx voted to follow the recommendation and terminate the fulltime art instructor position held by Kollash. Board members Dan Tiefenthaler and Duane Horsley were not present. Later on the district’s budget was a topic of discussion and Director of Business Affairs Gary Bengston presented concrete evidence that the district’s future looks pretty scary.

The board continues to contemplate the district’s future. However, an upcoming public vote for a proposed Instructional Support Levy, or ISL, could significantly turn things around, but the outcome won’t be known until September 9 when the public heads to the polls.
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