Waterloo Schools to Get Another Registered Nurse, More Free Meals

The Waterloo School Board agreed Monday night to sign a new, one-year contract with UnityPoint Health for registered nursing services.  The new deal will add a ninth RN for the district’s 19 buildings.  It’ll cost taxpayers $1.18-million.

On other fronts, the board voted 6 to 1 to enroll its four remaining schools in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.   Only member Sue Flynn voted no, voicing her opinion that it further stereotypes Waterloo as a poor district.  Under the federal program, all district students may now get free meals through the 2022-23 school year.

As expected, the board approved a year-long lease with the Central Rivers Area Education Agency, so Lowell Elementary students can continue attending the former AEA office buildings on Cedar Heights Drive in Cedar Falls while Lowell is repaired following a partially-collapsed roof..  Waterloo will pay the AEA $10,000 a month plus utilities and grounds maintenance.

And the district will ink a three-year contract extension with Durham School Services for busing, with increases of 4.2, 4 and 3% over the next three years.  Board member Jesse Knight voted against the extension, commenting that concerns about quality improvements are not being included in the price hikes, which will cost the district $530,000 more in the first year alone.