September 17, 2018 meeting

18 Sep
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MHS teacher Jocelyn Frohwein is pictured speaking about a new podcast produced by MHS students. Pictured are many of the students featured in the first podcast including front row,  from left, Jesus Silva Enriquez and Ashlyn Ruiz. Back row Sam Wilder, Jeselyn Guzman, Evalitzy Rangel and Zoey Johnson. 

MHS podcast goes international

MHS teacher Jocelyn Frohwein and several MHS students talked about the new podcast produced by MHS students. The podcast has been listened to by people in several different countries including the United States, Czech Republic, Ireland, Mexico, Ireland, Indonesia and Turkey.
“We’ve gone international and it’s kind of neat to see that feedback,” Frohwein said.
The next podcast is nearly complete with a goal to have 20 new students speak on each one.
To listen to the first podcast visit this link: www.marshalltown.k12.ia.us/mhs-student-podcasts.

Personnel
For personnel items approved by the board see below”

RESIGNATIONS:
Dianne Floyd, Attendance Secretary at MHS; Effective September 14, 2018
Kelly Sebastian, Special Education Paraeducator Level II/II at Fisher; Effective August 24, 2018

TERMINATIONS:
Roger Taylor, Head Boys Bowling Coach; effective September 14, 2018.

APPOINTMENTS:
Alexis Schrafel, Special Education Paraeducator Level II/II at Lenihan Intermediate School
New Position
Start: September 18, 2018
Salary: $10.36/hr

Melina Alvarado, Special Education Paraeducator Level II/III at Lenihan Intermediate School
Replaces: Siamme Sietmann
Start: September 18, 2018
Salary: $10.36/hr

Alicia Hernandez, Special Education Paraeducator at MHS
New Position
Start: September 18, 2018
Salary: $10.36/hr

Morgan Hager, Food Service General Worker at Franklin Elementary
Replaces:
Start: September 17, 2018
Salary: $11.67/hr (Grade 2, Step 1, 4 hours per day)

Austin Hauser, Assistant Boys Basketball Coach at MHS
Replaces: Todd Beare
Start: 18-19 Basketball Season
Salary: $4104/yr

Stacie Sorenson, Musical Production Assistant at MHS
New Position
Start: TBD
Salary: $567/yr

Lauren McKibben, Co-Cheer Coach, Basketball Cheer Coach
Replaces: Joseph Child
Start: TBD
Salary: $5,887.50/yr

Crystal Garcia, Special Education Paraeducator Level II/III at Fisher Elementary
Replaces: Karina Hernandez
Start: September 18, 2018
Salary: $10.36/hr

Christian Tuttle, General Education Paraeducator at Anson Elementary
Replaces: Joey Lang
Start: September 18, 2018
Salary: $9.20/hr

CHANGE OF CONTRACT
The Following is a PLC Lead for the 2018-2019 School Year
Catherine Lang, 8th Grade Literature at Miller Middle School
Start: August 20, 2018
Salary: $1,200

Shelly Dall, Food Service General Worker at Anson (4 hours per day)
From: Food Service General Worker at Lenihan (5.75 hours per day)
Replaces: Pam McCord
Start: September 10, 2018
Salary: $14.33/hr (Grade 2, Step 3)

Connie Mahlstede, Food Service Lead Worker at Lenihan (7.0 hours)
From: Food Service General Worker at Lenihan
New Position
Start: August 24, 2018
Salary: $15.89

Murray McHone, Bus Monitor at Transportation
From: Bus Driver at Transportation
Transfer
Start: September 5, 2018
Salary: $10.04/hr

Student School Board Representative Update
MHS students America Dominguez and Jocelin Sharfnejda talked about upcoming Homecoming activities.

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Marshalltown High School Roundhouse Phase 2 Schedule Update
District Director of Buildings and & Grounds Chuck Springer and Rick Ball and Matt Burch of Ball Team (general contractor) gave a Roundhouse Phase 2 update.
Due to delays, the substantial completion of the upper floor is now scheduled for January 7, 2019 and the lower floor (wrestling room) has a substantial completion date of December 10.

Out-of-State Trip for MHS Band and New Uniforms
MHS Band Director Brett Umthun and Associate Band Director Nick Gardner presented an out of state band trip for board approval.
The band is planning its next big trip to Orlando, Florida in March 6-12, 2020, IF this does not fall on spring break they would go during winter break.
The trip would include workshops, rehearsal time and would allow the MHS students to participate in the marching band parade in Disney World.
The band is conducting fundraisers through the years to hopefully collect the needed funds to pay the $1,400 per student cost of the trip.
The band is also looking into purchasing 200 new marching band uniforms hopefully by fall 2019 or spring 2020.  They will be applying for grants to help with this cost.
The board approved the out of state band trip

Out-of-State Art Trip to Chicago
MHS art teachers Wade Judge and Kirk Niehouse asked for board approval to take students on an art trip to Chicago on October 5. Stops will include the National Museum of Mexican Art and the Art Institute. The trip was approved by the board.

Out-of-State Trip to Minneapolis to view Hamilton musical
MHS social studies teacher Brad Rahmiller requested the board approve this trip to Minneapolis to attend the Hamilton musical on October 4. This also includes questions and answers with cast members of Hamilton, which is part of the Hamilton Education Program grant. The board approved this trip.

Board Committee Assignments
These 2018-2019 School Board Committee Assignments were confirmed by the board.

Board Book Study
The board and administrators talked about the first chapter of the book they are studying titled “Leaders of Learning: How District, School, and Classroom Leaders Improve Student Achievement” by Richard DuFour and Robert J. Marzano.

Naming wrestling room
Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte, with the approval of the Naming Facilities Committee, requested the board  approve the naming of the new wrestling practice room in Roundhouse Phase 2 the “Allie Morrison Wrestling Training Room.” Morrison is a an 1926 MHS graduate who went on to win the 1928 Olympic gold medal, which is one of his many accomplishments.
The board approved the naming of the facility.

Policies
First Reading
New Policy 603.1 Basic Instruction Program – Combined a couple of policies and incorporated IASB policy, Approved as waived second reading

Initial readings
204.9-R1 Board Calendar – recent changes, TO come back before board
New Policy 602.4 Pilot-Experimental-Innovative Projects-Research – To come back before board
New Policy 602.4-R Pilot-Experimental-Innovative Projects-Research Regulation –  To come back before board
New Policy 602.4-E Application for Pilot-Experimental-Innovative Projects-Research To come back before board
602.11 (new 605.7) Use of Information Resources – Marked as reviewed
602.11-R1( new 605.7-R1) Use of Information Resources Regulation – Marked as reviewed
602.12  Acceleration – Deleting policy
602.12-R (new 505.2-R) Acceleration Regulation – New number marked as reviewed
602.12-E1 (new 505.2-E1) Acceleration-Request Form New number “ “
600.1 (new 603.4) Nondiscrimination – new number To come back
602.12-E2 (new 505.2-E2) Acceleration-Personalized Education Plan – new number Marked as reviewed
602.12-E3 (new 505.2-E3) Acceleration Report: Whole Grade – new number – marked as reviewed
602.12-E4 (new 505.2-E4) Acceleration Report: Single Subject – new number – marked as reviewed
New Policy 603.2 Summer School Instruction – New policy to come back
New Policy 603.5 Health Education-  to come back
New Policy 603.5-E1 Human Growth and Development Student Excuse Form- TO come back
New Policy 603.7 Career Education – To come back
New Policy 603.10 Global Education – To come back
New Policy 603.11 Citizenship – T0 come back
605.3 (new 505.2) Student Promotion-Retention-Acceleration- Taking what we had on acceleration policy ac combined with ISAB policy.  To come back

Future meetings
The board will have a work session 6-7:30 p.m. on Instructional Practices Inventory (IPI) with Jerry Valentine on September 25.
The next regular board meeting October 1

From Board President Bea Niblock
“The board approved the expansion of classrooms at the Monday night meeting.  Not the bricks and mortar type of expansion, but the moving the walls of the classroom to include ventures out into the world.
A band trip to Orlando was approved for spring of 2020.  It’s a guess at the time of spring break, but whenever the band travels, it will represent the Marshalltown school district well and look smart in their new uniforms.
The annual art trip to Chicago was also approved, as was a history trip to Minneapolis. Each of these trips will take our students to new places to experience new things.
Thanks go to the teachers and volunteers who have planned these trips to give our students a rich and rewarding educational experience beyond the bricks and mortar of campus.” – Bea Niblock

 

 

 

 

 

September 4, 2018 Board Meeting

5 Sep
Check

Marshalltown Schools Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte presents a check of $2,788 to Karina Hernandez of Mid-Iowa Community Action to help those impacted by the July 19 tornado. Marshalltown Schools staff donated money to the effort if they wore jeans during two staff days on August 21 and 22.

Marshalltown Schools staff donate $2,788 for tornado relief
Marshalltown Schools staff held two jeans day prior to the start of school where donations were collected from those who wore jeans to go to Mid-Iowa Community Action to help those impacted by the July 19 tornado.
The district raised $2,778 as part of the effort and donated it to Karina Hernandez of MICA at the September 4 board meeting.

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MHS Project Lead the Way teacher Ryan Carroll was among the new teachers who introduced themselves to the school board.

New teachers
Several of the 25 new teachers in the district were in attendance and introduced themselves to the board.

Personnel items
The board approved the following personnel items

RETIREMENTS:
Gary Nymeyer, Custodian at MHS; Effective October 31, 2018; been with the district for 37 years.

RESIGNATIONS:
Brandon Campbell, Special Education Paraeducator at MHS; Effective August 23, 2018
Samantha Poulson, Paraeducator at Fisher Elementary School; Effective August 20, 2018

APPOINTMENTS:
Todd Beare, 8th Grade Boys Assistant Basketball Coach at Miller Middle School
Replaces: Joe Miller
Start: 18-19 8th Grade Boys Basketball Season
Salary: $2509/yr

Sally Jansen, 7th Grade Assistant Volleyball Coach at Miller Middle School
Replace: Joe Miller
Start: 18-19 7th Grade Volleyball Season
Salary: $2,509/yr

Adam Edgington, 8th Grade Assistant Boys Basketball Coach at Miller Middle School
Replaces: Jeff Tice
Start: 18-19 8th Grade Boys Basketball Coach
Salary: $2,509/yr

Leah Barkema, Head 7th & 8th Grade Swimming Coach at Miller Middle School
Replaces: Jennifer Beals
Start: 18-19 7th & 8th Grade Swimming Season
Salary: $2,712/yr

Todd Rosenberger, 8th Grade Assistant Girls Basketball Coach at Miller Middle School
Replaces: Joe Miller
Start: 18-19 8th Grade Girls Basketball Coach
Salary: $2,509/yr

Mikki Englund, 10 Mo. Counseling Secretary at MHS
Replaces: Diane Peden
Start: September 5, 2018
Salary: $11.90/hr

Carol Huff, Paraeducator (Library) at Miller Middle School
Replaces: Micki Butler
Start: September 5,2018
Salary: $9.20/hr

Tracy Everts, Special Education Paraeducator Level II/III at Miller Middle School
Vacant Position
Start: September 5, 2018
Salary: $10.36/hr

Tammy Ellis. Payroll Specialist at Central Office
Replaces: Allison Meyer
Start: September 12, 2018
Salary: $21.30/hr

Molly Kirby, Special Education Paraeducator Level II/III at Miller Middle School
Replaces: Kristine Fisher
Start: September 5, 2018
Salary: $10.36/hr

Stephanie Anderson, General Education Paraeducator – Study Hall at MHS
Replaces: Gabriela Terrazas
Start: September 5, 2018
Salary: $9.20/hr

Rachel Sather, Special Education Paraeducator at Miller Middle School
New Position
Start: September 5, 2018
Salary: $10.36/hr

Susan Fritzell, Robotics Team Coach at MHS
Replaces: Stephen Frese
Start: August 23, 2018
Salary: $945.5 Each/yr

Dori Pinkerton, Robotics Head Coach at MHS
Replaces: Mike Lazere
Start: August 23, 2018
Salary: $945.5/year

Cody Randall, Custodian at MLA/Rogers
Replaces: Scott Randall
Start: August 20, 2018
Salary: $13.46/hr

CHANGE OF CONTRACT:
Micki Butler, 10 Mo Counseling Secretary at Miller Middle School
From:  General Education Parareducator (Library) at Miller Middle School
Replaces: Susan Ferneau
Start: August 21, 2018
Salary: $11.90/hr

Student Board Representatives
America Dominguez, Jane Ragland and Jocelin Sharfnejda were inducted as the new student board representatives. They will provide the student perspective during board meetings. Click here for more information on the three MHS seniors.

Iowa Assessment Results
Director of Instruction Dr. Lisa Stevenson shared 2017-18 Iowa Assessment scores and other data.
Several growth numbers are promising, but there is still work ahead, Stevenson said.
The district now looks ahead to the new state assessment, which will be taken in Marshalltown the second week of April and will be online.
The board held a discussion on this agenda item. For more of the data discussed see the board agenda link.

Instructional Support Levy
Director of Business Operations, Paulette Newbold, presented this item as a discussion item only.
Currently, the instructional support levy is funded by property tax. Newbold talked about another method to fund it which consists of property tax and income surtax.

Annual Appointments
Three annual appointments were made at the meeting.
Paulette Newbold  was appointed and took the oath as Board Secretary/Treasurer.
The board also appointed  Cartwright, Druker and Ryden as School Attorney for the 2018-2019 school year and Ahlers & Cooney, PC as Additional Legal Counsel for selected legal issues for 2018-2019.

Board Policies
Second reading
601.1 – School Calendar- no Changes since last meeting- Approved

First reading
602.5 now 603.3 -Special Education- approved as amended – waived second reading
505.4 – Testing Program – Approved as amended, waived second reading
804.7-Cardiac Emergency Response Plan (CERP)- Approved, waived second reading
603.1- Basic Instruction Program – Combination of IASB and other district policies- to bring back before board – changes to be made.

Initial review
204.9 R-Board Calendar- To come back before board with changes
602.4 – Pilot-Experimental-Innovative Projects-Research- To come back with changes
602.4 -R – Pilot-Experimental-Innovative Projects-Research Regulation – To come back with changes
602.4 E- Application for Pilot-Experimental-Innovative Projects-Research- To come back before board
602.8-Co-Curricular Activities- No Changes marked as reviewed
602.1 old number 602.9 – Curriculum Development -Same as IASB- Marked as reviewed
602.2- old number 602.9R1- Curriculum Implementation -Marked as reviewed
602.3- old number 602.9R2 -Curriculum Evaluation- Marked as reviewed
602.10- Federal Programs- Marked as reviewed

The next regular board meeting will be held on Monday, September 17 in district offices at 5 p.m.

From Board President Bea Niblock
“The board had its first school board meeting of the year.  The annual meeting was conducted, 3 student representatives were sworn in (America Dominguez, Jane Ragland and Jocelin Sharfnejda), student achievement scores were reviewed showing trend data and the instructional support levy was discussed.  It will be a delight to have the student representatives at board meetings to share input on the impact that board decisions will have on students, tell stories about their activities and share their perspectives with board members.

In going through boxes of things collected from my teaching years, I found a banner that I displayed in my AP Literature course.  I asked board members to reflect on it and I ask you to do the same. “If everyone in our school had your attitude, what kind of place would it be?”  It’s early in the year and you can change the climate of your classroom if it’s not what you choose for it to be.  Have an exciting year!” – Bea Niblock

 

August 20, 2018 board meeting

21 Aug
Rahmiller

Marshalltown High School social studies teacher Brad Rahmiller spoke to the school board on August 20 about his time in the four-week summer institute at Washington DC as part of the James Madison Fellowship Program.

MHS social studies teacher highlights summer institute as part of James Madison Fellowship

Marshalltown High School social studies teacher Brad Rahmiller discussed a four-week institute he participated in this summer in Washington DC.

He spent the time with 50 social studies teachers from across the country studying the origins of the American Constitution and visiting many historical sites as part of his James Madison Fellowship.

“It was a really amazing experience,” Rahmiller said.

Personnel items approved by the board
RESIGNATIONS:
Mary Bazal, Special Education Paraeducator at Rogers Elementary; Effective August 7, 2018
Renae Devenney, 12 Month Secretary at Lenihan Intermediate School; Effective August 24, 2018

APPOINTMENTS:
Adam Edgington, Assistant Volleyball Coach at MHS
Replaces: Casey Moberly
Start: 18-19 Volleyball Season
Salary: $3,569

Khor Kong, Assistant Football Coach
Filling Vacant position for all of 2017 football season
Start: 18-19 Football Season
Salary: $4,104

Emilee Johnson, Special Education Paraeducator Level II/Level II at Hoglan Elementary
Replaces: Lori Egleston
Start: August 21, 2018
Salary: $10.36/hr

Jackie Bryant, Special Education Paraeducator Level II/Level III at Lenihan Intermediate SchoolNew Position
Start: August 21, 2018
Salary: $10.36/hr

Ruth Kliewer, 5th Grade Math & Science Teacher at Lenihan Intermediate School
Replaces: Eliana Garcia
Start: August 20, 2018
Salary: BA/5

Jeanette Heil, Special Education Para Level II/Level III at Lenihan Intermediate School
New Position
Start: August 21, 2018
Salary: $10.36/hr

Morgan Benthin, 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher at Miller Middle School
Replaces: Chad Spear
Start: August 20, 2018
Salary: BA/5

Brisel Davalos, Special Education Paraeducator Level II/Level III at Lenihan Intermediate School
New Position
Start: August 21, 2018
Salary: $10.36/hr

Elizabeth Chavez, 12 Month Secretary at Anson Elementary School
Replaces: Stephanie Cutright
Start: August 21, 2018
Salary: $14.00/hr

Kelly Sebastian, Special Education Paraeducator Level II at Fisher Elementary School
Replaces: Sam Horn
Start: August 21, 2018
Salary: $10.36/hr

Kayla Edwards, Food Service General Worker at Miller Middle School
Replaces: Candace Buckley
Start: August 21, 2018
Salary: $11.67/hr (Grade 2, Step 1, 6 hours per day)

Amanda Zubrod-Torres, Food Service General Worker at Miller Middle School
Replaces: Jessica Starn
Start: August 21, 2018
Salary: $11.67/hr (Grade 2, Step 1, 6 hours per day)

CHANGE OF CONTRACT:
Elizabeth Montepeque, Bilingual Assistant Paraeducator at Woodbury Elementary
From: General Education Paraeducator at Woodbury Elementary
Replace: Lorena Valdez
Start: August 21, 2018

Nicole Moore, Preschool Para Educator at Woodbury Elementary
From: K-4 Special Education Level II at Woodbury
Replaces: Nancy Minjares
Start: August 21,2018

Lori Ferneau, General Education Paraeducator at Rogers
From: Special Education Paraeducator Level I at Rogers
Replaces: Anne Soetenga
Start: August 21, 2018

Stephanie Kunch, Special Education Paraeducator Level II at Hoglan
From: Special Education Paraeducator Level II at Franklin
Start: August 21, 2018

Scott Randall, Head Custodian at MHS
From: Custodian at Rogers & MLA
Replaces: Eldon Stanley
Start: July 31, 2018

Adriana Ramirez-Avalos, Bilingual Language Assistant at Franklin
From: Special Education Paraeducator Level II at Franklin
Replaces: Patty Magana
Start: August 21, 2018

The Following are PLC Leads for the 2018-2019 School Year:

Jonathan Landhauser, 8th Grade Social Studies at Miller
Allison Burchland, 7th Grade Math at Miller
Start: August 20, 2018
Salary: $1,200

Lisa Crouch, 12 Month Secretary at Lenihan
From: 10 Month Secretary at Lenihan Intermediate School
Replaces: Renae Devenney
Start: August 24, 2018
Salary: $24,508.80 (222 days; hourly rate $13.80.)

Lauren Bottom, Special Ed Pareducator Level II/III (7 hours per day) at Lenihan
From: Special Ed Paraeducator Level II (6.5 hours per day) at Lenihan
New Position
Start: August 21, 2018

Superintendent and Board Goals
The board approved these superintendent and board goals.

Franklin Elementary School roof replacement
Director of Buildings and Grounds Chuck Springer talked about this Franklin Elementary roof project. The board approved the bid from Central States Roofing for $63,800. The work is expected to be done this fall.
“This can be done during school, so it’s not an issue,” Springer said.
This is the northwest quadrant of the roof, not the portion damaged in the storm.

The permanent roof replacement on the north end which was damaged due to the July 19 tornado has been completed as of this past weekend. That repair was covered by insurance.

Power outage at MHS athletic complex
Springer explained the current power outage at MHS athletic complex and the remedies in place. Plans are to replace the power lines underground. The board approved a waiver of liability with Alliant Energy as part of this work.
“They just want a waiver of liability which is very common,” Springer said.

Board Policies

First Reading
204.4 – Annual Meeting-  No changes since last meeting- Approved as amended and waived second reading
600 – Statement of Guiding Principles- Approved as amended
600.1 -Nondiscrimination- Approved as amended
601.2 (new number) School Day- Approved as amended waived second reading
601.1 (new number)- School Calendar- change start date to August 23 to no sooner than permitted by state law. To come back before board

Initial Review
602.1 – Elementary Curriculum -Deleted
602.2 – Middle School Curriculum- deleted
602.3  – Senior High School Curriculum -deleted
602.5- New number 602.3- Special Education- A number of changes to come back before board
602.6 – Adult Education- Deleted
602.7- Safety Education-Deleted
New number 603.1 Basic Instruction Program- to combine previous policies- To come back before board
505.4- Testing program -IASB policy to add – To come back before board
804.7- Cardiac Emergency Response Plan -Minor changes on policy – To come back before board

Next meeting
The next regular meeting of the board will be at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 4 in district offices (1002 S. 3rd. Ave.).

From Board President Bea Niblock
“It’s back to school time for everyone.  And it’s no different for the Board of Education.  At last night’s meeting the board approved its goals for the coming academic year.

The goals include a focus on student achievement for all students, preparation for negotiations based on the new state laws for collective bargaining and ensuring the fiscal integrity of the district.

The focus on student achievement is our priority goal.  The board will focus on defining academic standards and overseeing the development of solutions for low performance.  Student data will be shared regularly with the board as benchmarks are achieved and achievement increased.

Focus on these 3 goals will drive the deliberation of the board at meetings and work sessions throughout the year.” – Bea Niblock

 

August 6, 2018 Board Meeting

7 Aug
Check

Tom Mead, right, representing the Marshalltown High School Class of 1981, presented $500 donations to both the school district and Mid-Iowa Community Action during the August 6 school board meeting. Pictured with Mead are Marshalltown Schools Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte, left, and Karina Hernandez of MICA who is also a school board member.

Class of 1981 donates $1,000 to tornado relief
Tom Mead, representing the MHS Class of 1981, presented two donations totaling $1,000 for tornado relief.  He presented a $500 check to the school district for the school supply donations/tornado relief and a $500 check to Mid-Iowa Community Action for tornado relief.

Tornado response
Communications Director Andrew Potter, Food Service Director Lynn Large and Buildings and Grounds Director Chuck Springer presented ways in which the school district responded to the July 19 tornado. This document was presented.
Potter said he was very proud of the way students and staff stepped up to volunteer in the community. Board member Karina Hernandez said she was also proud of the Bobcats, both staff and students that she saw in the community and also helping on her property.

Personnel items
This personnel list was approved by the board was the retirement of Rose Fuller, a paraeducator from Woodbury Elementary School who spent 19 years of service.
“She will be missed by her Woodbury family,” said Director of Human Resources Anthony Spurgetis.

Research project
Wade Judge, Marshalltown High School art teacher, requested approval for his action research project through the University of Northern Iowa. Click here for more information on the project. Mr. Judge is looking to see and compare how teacher only feedback from blogging to peer evaluations. The board approved the project.

2017-2018 End of the School Year report
Dr. Lisa Stevenson, Director of Instruction, presented this end of the year report.
Dr. Stevenson said the good news is there was a decrease in the number of chronically absent students and overall percentage for the 2017-18 school year, with hopes to continue the decrease. Bullying/Harassment data was down as well. The graduation rate is at 88.07 percent. Given the challenges, Dr. Stevenson said that rate is exciting information.

2018-2019 Chromebook Cases
The board approved  awarding C.D.W. the bid for 7th grade Chromebook cases in the amount of $12,685, which was the recommendation of Director of Technology Josh Wesley.

2018-2019 Transportation-Bus Drivers/Monitor Handbook, 2018-2019 Student Transportation Handbooks
The board approved the transportation handbooks which were presented by Director of Transportation Rex Kozak at the previous board meeting.

2018 Legislative Priorities
The board agreed to keeping these same priorities as last year,  because there was no action on those priorities at the last legislative session and approved. These priorities will be presented to the Iowa Association of School Boards, which will tally the priorities from throughout the state.

Bid Award for the Purchase of Nutrition Equipment
Lynn Large, Director of Nutrition, presented these bids. The board approved the bid award for the purchase of nutrition equipment to Rapids in the amount to $32,369.12.

Summer Projects Update
Director of Buildings and Grounds Chuck Springer updated the board on summer projects. Several projects will be done by the start of the school year, while others will be deferred to a later date, especially due to tornado damage work. Speaking of the tornado damage, temporary roof fixes are in place at Woodbury and Franklin with more permanent fixes in the future.
“We are not going to have any issues with roofs for (the start of) school,” Springer said.

Woodbury Classroom Audio Systems Purchase
Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte recommend the purchasing of 15 Lightspeed TOPCAT audio systems (mounted speaker, 2 mics & media connector) for the regular education classrooms at Woodbury Elementary School in the amount of $24,480.00. The PPEL (Physical Plant and Equipment Levy) Fund will be used for payment The board approved the purchase. Dr. Schutte said Woodbury will work as a pilot program for these type of audio systems, with hopes for expanded this in the district in the future.

Board Policies
First reading
710.4 – Meal Charges –  No changes from previous presentation -Approved as amended and waived second reading
802.8 – Use of Contract Service- Minor change – Approved as amended and waived second reading.
804.1 – R – Safety Management Manual- Approved as amended waived second reading
804.4 – Asbestos-Containing Materials – Approved as amended and waived second reading.
804.2 – Warning System and Emergency Plans- New policy – from IASB Adopted and waived second reading

Initial review
204.4- Annual Meeting – Change to make a deletion to be consistent with 801.3- To come back before board for first reading
600 – Statement of Guiding Principles –   Interjected new language consistent with anti-discrimination language- To come back for first reading
600.1 Nondiscrimination – Minor change to reflect IASB language, to come back –
601.1 – new number 601.3-  Type of School Organization – Marked as reviewed
601.2 – new number 601.1 School Calendar – Adjustments made- to come back before board
601.3 – new number 601.2- School Day – changes reflecting change in law- to come back
804.7- Cardiac Emergency Response Plan –  New policy developed by nurses for the implementation of AEDs in schools. To come back before board

The next regular meeting of the school board will be at 5 p.m. on  August 20 at district offices.

From Board President Bea Niblock
“Bobcat Pride filled the room as district directors shared all that had been done to service the community since the July 19th tornado. Andrew Potter, Lynn Large and Chuck Springer shared all of the ways that district employees and students rose to the occasion and helped Marshalltown begin its recovery.

Devastation is the single word to describe what happened on July 19th, but the days following showed the true mettle of Bobcats in the community. Staff and students showed their strength of spirit in cleaning up, assisting where needed and providing meals to those who needed it.

We are Bobcat Strong!” – Bea Niblock

July 16, 2018 board meeting

17 Jul
Food

Director of Food Service Lynn Large, left, leads a mock lunch line for administrators and board members during the July 16 board meeting. Large wanted to show how students with negative lunch account balances were given a turkey sandwich meal. Also pictured, from left, are Business Manager Randy Denham and board members Mike Miller and Ben Fletcher.

Nutritional Services Report
Director of Food Service Lynn Large, presented this report.
She talked about the House File 2467, which is recently approved state legislation. Large went into the requirements of the law and how MCSD will comply.
She also had the board go through a mock food line at a school to see the slight difference in how they handle those who have negative account balances and those who do not. Those with a negative meal accounts receive a turkey sandwich, with fruit and milk.
“We won’t turn anybody away…We want to feed kids,” Large said.

Consent Agenda
For personnel items approved by the board, click here.
Included in this list was the hiring of Michael Appel as the new head boys basketball coach at MHS. Click here for more information on Appel’s appointment.

Discussion was held on how bills are paid and invoices verified in the district.

Donation – The district approved a $50,000 grant from the Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation- to help support the arts in MCSD.

2018-19 Transportation handbooks
Director of Transportation Rex Kozak presented changes to these handbooks. They will be up for approval at the August 6 board meeting

2018-19 Student Handbooks
Changes in the student handbooks at the different school levels for the 2018-19 school year were presented by principals at the June 18 meeting. At this meeting they were up for approval and approved by the board.

Nutritional Services Report
Director of Food Service Lynn Large, presented this report.
She talked about the House File 2467, which is recently approved state legislation. Large went into the requirements of the law and how MCSD will comply.
She also had the board go through a mock food line at a school to see the slight difference in how they handle those who have negative account balances and those who do not. Those with a negative meal accounts receive a turkey sandwich, with fruit and milk.
“We won’t turn anybody away…we want to feed kids,” Large said.

Literacy materials for Special Education
Director of Special Services Matt Cretsinger presented special education literacy materials for K-6. These materials are part of a multi-year process to provide the district’s special educators with an evidence-based curriculum that targets the skill deficit areas students with reading disabilities most commonly need instructional support.  Really Great Reading is the product that has been selected by the special education literacy committee.
The cost for 5th-6th is $20,464.20 and the cost for the remaining K-4th teachers (plus consumable replacements) is $20,070.40. The board approved the purchases.

Fiscal Year 2018 Audit Proposal
Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte presented this request to seek guidance from state auditor’s office due to irregularities in payroll reporting and to complete this year’s audit. The board approved the 2018 fiscal year audit with the expectation of the release from the previously-approved auditor.

MHS Roundhouse Phase II Update
Director of Buildings and Grounds Chuck Springer presented a Phase II update at the Roundhouse. The north wall is now complete to the roof line, wrestling room floor has been poured as well as the storage and office area in the wrestling room area.
Substantial completion date is November 28th and budget is within approved budget plus contingency.  Several board members will tour the facility at 11 a.m. on Thursday.

Board Policies

First reading
The following first reading policies were all approved and waived second reading.
802.1 – Maintenance Schedule
802.2 – Requests for Improvement
802.3 – Emergency Repairs
802.4 – Capital Assets
802.7 – Energy Management Conservation
401.8 – Recognition for Service of Employees
903.2- old number 603.7 – Community Resource Persons and Volunteers
903.2- E1 – School Volunteer Application

Initial Review
503.1R1-Disciplinary Procedures and or Penalties –  Number change in consecutive school days. Policy to come back before board.
710.4- Meal Charges – Changes to come from Food Service Director Lynn Large- to come back before board
802.8- Use of Contract Service – Additions to come back
803.1 -Disposition of Obsolete Equipment – Marked as reviewed
804.1- Facilities Safety Program – Change in title of policy- Marked as reviewed
804.1 R- Safety Management Manual –  Changes language to coincide with board policy on tobacco – To come back
804.6 (old number 804.2)  Marked as reviewed
804.6 R (old number 804.6-R) – – Marked as reviewed
804.4- Asbestos-Containing Material -Deletion of portion, to come back before board
804.2- Warning System and Emergency Plans – Adopting an IASB policy- To come back before board.

The next meeting will be board work session in district office conference room on Tuesday, July 17 at 5 p.m. for board and superintendent goals.

The next regular board meeting is Aug. 6 at 5 p.m. in the district office.

From Board President Bea Niblock
“I hope that you are all enjoying your time away!
It seems that even the month of July finds the board with a full agenda.  Many items were reviewed and discussed. One of the highlights of the evening was an update on the Roundhouse Phase II.  Chuck Springer gave a presentation showing pictures of the work in progress. It was encouraging to see the walls going up and to hear that the project was still on schedule and within the projected budget.
“On time and under budget” seems to be an impossibility in construction these days.  But, we are blessed with that possibility in the Roundhouse Phase II project. Hurray for the district!”  – Bea Niblock

 

June 18, 2018 School Board Meeting

19 Jun
Stacey

Marshalltown High School and district lead nurse Stacey Tool-Crawford presented an annual health services report to the school board on June 18.

2017-2018 School Year Health Report
Stacey Tool Crawford, Marshalltown High School/Lead District Nurse, presented this reportThe district has 9 registered nurses and three health aides.  There are 47 percent of all students with health conditions, but those include visual defects and a wide range of other conditions.

“These numbers are pretty much steady” through the years, indicated Tool-Crawford. There was an increase of 20,000 visits to nurses offices this past school year.
“Keeping our students safe, healthy and ready to learn is a priority in our health offices,” Tool-Crawford said.

Personnel
For personnel items approved by the board, click here.

There was a donation approved of $1,000 for MHS robotics Ann Keyser Charitable trust.

2018-2019 Student Handbooks
Updated school student handbooks were presented the board.
“For the most part there won’t be significant changes,” said Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte. Changes are highlighted in handbooks and were discussed with the board.

Emily Banks, Preschool Coordinator, presented the preschool handbook.
Anel Garza, Woodbury Principal, presented the elementary handbook.
Lenihan handbook 
Pat Rial, Miller Middle School Principal, presented the Miller handbook.
Eric Goslinga, Marshalltown Learning Academy Principal; presented the MLA handbook.
Deb Holsapple, Associate Principal of Marshalltown High School, presented the MHS handbook.

These handbooks were for information and discussion only at this meeting. The changes will be up for approval at the July 16 board meeting.

Literacy Materials for Special Education
Matt Cretsinger, Director of Special Services, talked about the continued development for literacy curriculum in special education program. This was for information only.

2018 Legislative Priorities
Dr. Theron Schutte, Superintendent, presented these from the past year. This is the time of year where they will start to look at priorities for the next legislative session. The board will have further discussion and approve priorities at a later meeting that will then be presented at the Iowa Association of School Boards delegate assembly.

2018-2019 School Year Regular School Board Meeting Dates
The board approved this list of board meeting dates for 2018-19 school year, which are comparable dates to the current year. 

Flexibility Account Resolution
Paulette Newbold, Director of Business Operations, presented this proposal to transfer $50,000 to a flexibility account for the IJAG program, from the preschool account.
The board approved the resolution, which is then sent to the state.

Heartland Business Systems Proposal – New Phone System
Joshua Wesley, Director of Technology, presented this proposal for a new telephone system for the district. At the last board meeting, the district entered into the discovery phase with Heartland Business Systems. The current system is approximately 13 years old.
The board approved the recommendation from the technology department for a 5 year licensing and hardware agreement for $262,340.60. It is expected to be installed before school starts on August 23.

SIP Trunk Services Bid Tally
Joshua Wesley, Director of Technology, presented this as the service provider for the phone system.  The board approved agreement for 36 months for $662.50 a month from CenturyLink.

MHS Activity Ticket Passes
Deb Holsapple recommended student activity tickets increase by $5 to $50. The CIML conference is looking into more consistency on admission charges.
The board approved the increase.

2018-2019 Superintendent Contract
The contract calls for a 1.77 total package increase for Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte, Board approved.

Board Policies

First reading
312.3 E1 – Fringe Benefits – Administrators and Supervisors- Approved and waived reading
506.2E1- Authorization for Releasing Student DIrectory Information (new policy)- Adopted and waived second reading
705.1- Purchasing- Amended and waived second reading
705.1R – Deleted
705.1R1 -Purchasing – Bidding Regulation- new regulation – Adopted as waived second reading
801.1- School Facilities Long Range Planning –  new policy- Adopted and waived second reading

Initial Review
401.8- Recognition for Service Employees – Adding for 40 year recognition – To come back before board
603.7-Outside Resource people- To come back
903.2-E1 – Volunteer Application-  To come back
801.7- Financing Sites and Construction – Marked as reviewed
802.1 -Maintenance Schedule- Changes to mirror IASB – To come back before board
802.2 – Requests for Improvement – Changes to dollar figure threshold – To come back
802.3- Emergency Repairs- Changes to mirror IASB – To come back
802.4- Capital Assets- to reflect  threshold and IASB policy – To come back
802.7- Change to one sentence add – TO come back
802.7- R-Energy Conservation Guidelines- Marked as reviewed

The board then went into exempt session for negotiations.

The next regular board meeting is at 5 p.m. on Monday July 16.

There is a special board work session focusing on goals on July 17 at 5 p.m.

From Board President Bea Niblock
“The evening’s meeting included the School Year Health Report presented by Stacey Tool-Crawford. The board hears many reports throughout the year, but it was a pleasure to hear about our nursing program and what our nurses do to promote the wellness of our students.

Our school nurses collaborate with teachers, families, health care providers and community resources for the health and safety of our students. That runs that gamut from applying a band aid to a skinned knee to providing specialized health care for students with chronic conditions.

Our nurses provide the knowledge and compassion necessary to give our students whatever they need to get the most from the learning experiences that our educational system provides.” – Bea Niblock

 

 

June 4, 2018 Board Meeting

5 Jun
Moises

Marshalltown High School teacher Theresa Theis talks about the accomplishments of recent MHS graduate Moises Garcia at the board meeting on June 4. Moises was named Science Bound student of the year and has received a full ride scholarship to ISU.

Recognition
Recent MHS graduate Moises Garcia was recognized as being the recipient of the Science Bound student of the year.
Science Bound is Iowa State University’s pre-college program to increase the number of ethnically diverse Iowa students who pursue degrees in the STEM field. Garcia will receive a full ride scholarship to ISU for being part of the program.
“He’s a great example of character for our district,” Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte said of Moises.

Public Hearing for Flexibility Account Resolution
A public hearing was held for a resolution to transfer money from preschool account into flexibility account to use for IJAG program next year.
No comments were received for the public hearing

Personnel
For personnel items approved by the board, click here.

Kozak

Rex Kozak

Rex Kozak was introduced to the board as the new district transportation director. He will start on Thursday, June 7.
Mr. Kozak is a past principal at East Marshall High School.
“I’m looking forward to the opportunity,” Kozak said.

Public Comment
Larry McKibben, spoke on behalf of the need for air conditioning for MHS. He said the school foundation will help support the project.

 

Mentor/Mentee End-of-Year Summary
Mentoring Instructional Coach Sue Cahill presented this document as an update to the end of the year for mentoring. Cahill said we have traditionally have taken mentoring very seriously in this district, and have taken it a step further this year with her role.

She said 85 percent of first year teachers are continuing with MCSD into the next year. In the last 5 years, 77 percent of teachers have been retained. The district continues to work to increase these numbers.

ST Math 2017-2018 Year End Executive Briefing
Erica Finders, Elementary Curriculum and Professional Development Leader, presented this briefing on ST Math. There was plenty of positive growth sings in the report and the district received high marks of praise from Dan Tracy of ST Math on our usage rate.
“Our first year of implementation has been very successful,” Finders said.

K-12 Core Curriculum Update 2017-2018 School Year
Erica Finders, Pam Brewer-Michael, Curriculum and Professional Development Leader, and Director of Instruction Dr. Lisa Stevenson end of the year updates on language arts, math, science and social studies.

Teacher Leadership and Compensation System 2018-2019 School Year
Dr. Stevenson provided an updated list with newest appointments in bold.

Operation, Maintenance and Full-Time Transportation Personnel Agreement 2018-2019
This contract for B&G is a 1 year agreement with a total package increase of 2.75 percent, 1.31 percent of which is wages. The contract was approved by the board.

Administrators, Directors and Others Wages 2018-2019
This contract includes a 1.77 percent  total package increase, also some contract language changes. The item was approved by the board.

Chromebook Replacement Cycle Bids
Joshua Wesley, Director of Technology, presented this item, which is the Chromebook replacement 7. Wesley recommended CDW get the bid for 2,360 Lenova Chromebooks totaling $472,000. He also was seeking approval to publish RFP for 430 form fitting cases.The board approved the Chromebook purchases and approved the publish an RFP for 430 cases.

Property Insurance Renewal
Director of Business Operations, Paulette Newbold recommended the approval of the 2018-2019 property/casualty renewal including the recommendation to increase the optional cyber liability coverage amount from $2 million to $5 million at a cost of $4,682.00. Director of Technology Joshua Wesley, discussed the cyber liability emerging risks and coverage options.
This was approved by the board.

Board Policies
Second reading
704.6- New Policy – Online Fundraising- Adopted

First reading
102.E1 Annual Notice of Nondiscrimination – Adjustment made based on equity visits  – language of CTE- Approved waived second reading
201.4 Elections (New #201)-Identify November as election month-  Approved waived second reading.
506.1 Student Education Records Access, Approved and waived second reading
506.1R1 Use of Education Records Regulation- Regulations- from IASB all below- All approved as amended and waived second reading
506.1-E (new # 506.1E8) Annual Notice – New number –
506.1E1 Request of Nonparent for Examination or Copies of Education Records
506.1E2 Authorization for Release of Education Records
506.1E3 Request for Hearing on Correction of Education Records
506.1E4 Request for Examination of Education Records
506.1E5 Notification of Transfer of Education Records
506.1E6 Letter to Parent Regarding Receipt of a Subpoena
506.1E7 Juvenile Justice Agency Information Sharing Agreement

506.2 Student Directory Information – Added a definition of student directory information from IASB, – Approved as amended waived second reading
801(New #901) Public Examination of School District Records- Change hours of operation- Approved as amended, waived second reading

Initial reading
312.3-E1 Fringe Benefits-Administrators/Supervisors – To come back before board, benefits last paragraph will be adjusted.
705.1 Purchasing (New and Old) -Delete old and approve the IASB language – To come back before board
705.1-R Purchasing Policy-Regulation – deleted-
New Policy 506.2E1 Authorization for Releasing Student Directory Information – Exhibit from IASB, TO come back before board.New Policy 705.1E1 Purchasing-Bidding Exhibit -New R1- since it’s a chart. Slight change in chart from 800s. Increase quotes to $25,000. To Come back
New Policy 801.1 School Facilities Long Range Planning – Based on IASB -to come back before board
801.1 Naming Facilities – new number 801.6- Marked as reviewed
801.2 School Facilities Surveys – Marked as reviewed
801.3 Educational Specifications for Buildings & Sites- Marked as reviewed
801.4 Site Acquisition- Marked as reviewed
801.5 Construction Contract Bidding- Delete – in 700 policies
801.5-E1 Construction Contract Bidding-Bid and Quote Thresholds  – Delete in 700 policies

The next board meeting is June 18 at 5 p.m. in district offices

The board then went into Exempt Session for Negotiations and also held a closed session for the quarterly evaluation of the superintendent

From Board President Bea Niblock

“Won’t be long and you’ll be smiling…Enjoy every day of your summer!
Anonymous quote that you might enjoy.  Everyone at the board meeting got quite a chuckle.  ‘Summer vacation is a time when parents realize that teachers are grossly underpaid.’ – Bea Niblock