October 15, 2018 Board Meeting

16 Oct
Clarissa

Clarissa Thompson talks about a new grant that will be administered by Mid-Iowa Community Action at the October 15 school board meeting.

Full Service Community School Grant
Clarissa Thompson of Mid-Iowa Community Action, presented this good news for the district. MICA will administer a 5-year, $2.5 million federal grant from the Department of Education.
The grant will support work in three elementary schools-  Anson, Woodbury and Rogers- selected as the three schools with the highest level of poverty among families.
The grant will provide for staff to support school readiness, attendance, enhance summer programming and parent engagement.
“We really are focused on expanding Bobcat University, that’s a huge piece of our work,” Thompson said.
For more information see this link.

Recognitions

WeidenaarMHS instructional coach Brad Weidenaar , left,  was honored as he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Iowa Council of the Teachers of English. MHS Principal Jacque Wyant read portions of her nomination letter. See this link for more information on the award.

Principals

Principals were recognized as part of National Principals Month

Our district principals were recognized as part of National Principals Month. The proclamation was read by Board Vice President Janelle Carter.

Lynn Large and her nutrition staff were recognized for hosting a food safety boot camp.

Personnel items approved by board
RESIGNATIONS:
Emily Hunt, Assistant Girls Basketball Coach at MHS; Effective June 20, 2018
Stacey Galema, Head Girls Soccer Coach at MHS; Effective October 6, 2018
Stacey Galema, Head Girls Bowling Coach at MHS; Effective October 6, 2018
Tiffany Fouts; Special Education Paraeducator at Hoglan; Effective October 4, 2018
John Fiscus; Assistant 7th Grade Volleyball Coach at Miller Middle School; Effective September 11, 2018
Scarlet Sharp, Special Education Paraeducator at MHS, Effective October 1, 2018
Gerardo Leyva, Bus Driver for Transportation, Staying on as Sub Bus Driver; Effective September 28, 2018

APPOINTMENTS:
Teresa Aguilar Fabian, Math Teacher at MHS
Replaces: Peter Hapke
Salary: MA/5
Start: October 10, 2018

Joan Furjanic, Intramural Assistant at Lenihan Intermediate
Replaces: Lauren Bottom
Salary: $500/season (This is for 1st quarter season)
Start: September 7, 2018

Kanjana Hahn, Food Service General Worker at Franklin Elementary
Replaces: Tamera Greenwood
Salary: $11.67/hr (Grade 2, Step 1)
Start: September 26, 2018

Naw Gay, Special Education Paraeducator Level II/III at MHS
New Position
Salary: $10.36/ hr
Start: October 15, 2018

CHANGE OF CONTRACT:
Teia Anderson, General Education Paraeducator at Fisher Elementary
Change of Contract Hours
From: 6.5 hrs/day
To: 7 hrs/day

Austin Craig, General Education Paraeducator at Fisher Elementary
Change of Contract Hours
From: 6.5 hrs/day
To: 7 hrs/day

Connie Jensen, 10 Mo Secretary at Lenihan Intermediate
From: General Education Paraeducator at Lenihan Intermediate
Start: October 8, 2018
Salary: $12.90/hr

Stephanie Jones, Special Education Paraeducator at Hoglan
Change of Contract Hours
From: 6.5 hrs/day
To: 7 hrs/day

MHS Roundhouse Phase II Project Budget Update
Architect Kevin Eipperle of FEH and Director of Buildings and Grounds Chuck Springer gave this update. The project allowance money has now been spent and the project has occurred added costs now to be covered in change orders.
The first change order included five items at a cost of $15,430. Eipperle said they expect two more change orders in the future of the project
The board accepted the $15,430 in change orders as presented.

Student School Board Representative Update
MHS students America Dominguez, Jane Ragland and Jocelin Sharfnejda presented their report. Jane talked about the “Hamilton” musical trip to Minneapolis
“It was a wonderful experience and I’m really grateful for the opportunity,” Ragland said. Jocelin reported on the MHS art trip to Chicago. America updated the board  on the Latin Dance Group

Marshalltown Learning Academy Presentation
MLA Principal Eric Goslinga presented this attendance center plan for MLA, the at-risk high school in the district.
MLA has 108 students, 92.6 percent are free and reduced and 99 percent are at-risk
Since its inception, more than 200 students have graduated from MLA.Attendance remains an issue with students.Draws such as STEM curriculum are looking to keep more students in school.
“We have to generate hope,” Goslinga said.

MCSD Teacher Externship Academy recap
Dee Burt, College and Career Readiness leader and MHS teacher Dori Pinkerton spoke about the August teacher externship academy.
Burt said the first teacher externship academy we’ve ever had in Marshalltown included 43 teachers and 23 Marshalltown area businesses.
It included 11,008 hours of professional development learning.  Teachers learned about local businesses and careers
“We have a lot to be proud of in Marshalltown as far as different types of jobs for our students,” Burt said.
Pinkerton said she is passing on what she learned in the teacher academy to her students.
“They need to see the businesses that are around them have a place for them,” Pinkerton said.

“Leaders of Learning” book discussion
The board and administrators continued its discussion of the book with Chapter 3.

Board policies
First reading
603.2 (new 606.1) Grouping for Instructional Purposes – No changes from initial review – Approved as amended, waived second reading
603.3 (new 606.5)  Field Trips – Slight change- To come back before board
New Policy 603.8-R1 Teaching About Religion-Religious Holidays- No changes from initial review. Approved as amended, waived second reading
605.7-R1 Use of Information Regulation – no changes from initial review. Approved as amended, waived second reading
New Policy 606.2 School Ceremonies and Observances – No changes from initial review. Approved as amended, waived second reading.

Initial review
407.6 Licensed Teacher Staff Voluntary Early Retirement Incentive Program- Date adjustments- To come back
413.7  Twelve-Month Secretary Voluntary Early Retirement Incentive Program – Date adjustment- To come back before board
New Policy 605.1-R1 Selection of Instructional Materials – Adopting IASB – To come back
New Policy 605.2 Instructional Materials Inspection- Adopting IASB- To come back
New Policy 605.3 Objection to Instructional Materials- Adopting IASB- To come back
New Policy 605.3-E1 Instructions to the Reconsideration Committee- Adopting IASB – To come back
603.8-R (new 603.9-R1) Academic Freedom Regulation- New number minor adjustments to mirror IASB language- To come back
704.3 Investments – Adjustment to align with IASB- To come back
705.1 Purchasing-Bidding- Adjustments align with IASB- To come back
710.2 Free or Reduced Price Meals – Adjustments made- to come back
710.4 Meal Charges – adjustments made- to come back

603.4 (new 603.12) Homework- Minor wording and number change- To come back
603.5 Textbook Resource Selection – Deleting this to merge with 605.1 along with 603.6 (delete 603.6)
603.6 (new 605.1) Instructional Materials Selection (new and old) – New policy merged – To come back
603.6-E (new 605.3-E2) Request for Reconsideration of Instructional Materials (new and old)- New number – changes – To come back
603.8 (new 603.9) Academic Freedom – Number change- marked as reviewed

The next regular meeting of the school board is Monday, November 5 at 5 p.m. in district offices.

From Board President Bea Niblock
“Did you know that October is Principals’ Month?  Governor Reynolds issued the Proclamation that was read by Vice President, Janelle Carter, at the board meeting.

Just think about all of the things that fill your principal’s plate each day.  Principals are ‘educational visionaries, instructional and assessment leaders, disciplinarians, community builders, budget analysts, facilities managers, administrators of legal and contractual obligations, work collaboratively with teachers and parents, and create school environments that facilitate great teaching and learning and continuous improvement.’  And a whole bunch of other things, too!

Be sure to thank your principal this month and honor his/her commitment to the education of students in your building.” – Bea Niblock

 

 

 

October 1, 2018 board meeting

2 Oct
JA
Lenihan Intermediate School sixth grade teachers Angie Lovell, left, and Leah Mattox, center, talk to the school board about recent trips to Junior Achievement BizTown in Des Moines. Also pictured is Curriculum Director Erica Finders, right.

Lenihan teachers talk about successful visit to Junior Achievement BizTown

Lenihan sixth grade  teachers Leah Mattox and Angie Lovell and Curriculum Director Erica Finders teamed up for this presentation, to talk about the recent Lenihan sixth grade trip to JA BizTown over the course of 6 days. JA BizTown is a facility full of mock businesses where students learn real world skills in a hands on environment.

“Angie and I think this is one of the best things we’ve ever done in our teaching,” Mattox said.

They taught curriculum for 5 weeks before they went to JA BizTown.

“We really saw some kids show some great leadership with this program,” Mattox said.

Read more about the visit at this link.

Public Hearing
Sale of Surplus Technology Equipment –
A public hearing was held for the sale of surplus technology equipment. This will be for the sale of approximately 970 Dell Chromebooks, 760 Acer Chromebooks and 100 various computers, laptops, tablet devices that have been retired from use due to age. No public comments made at this hearing.

Personnel
Personnel items approved by the board below

RESIGNATIONS:
Liliana Perez, 10 Mo Bilingual Attendance Secretary at MHS; Effective September 19, 2018
Sam Backstrom, Assistant Swim Coach at Miller Middle School; Effective September 14, 2018
Jeanette Heil, Special Education paraeducator Level II/II at Lenihan Intermediate School; Effective September 21, 2018

TERMINATIONS:
Melina Alvarado Angel, Special Education Paraeducator Level II/III at Lenihan Intermediate School; Effective September 18th, 2018

APPOINTMENTS:
Brittany O’Shea, Pre-School Paraeducator at Fisher Elementary
New Position
Start: October 2, 2018
Salary: $ 10.36/hr

CHANGE OF CONTRACT:
Jennifer Jensen, 10 Mo Secretary: Attendance at MHS
From: General Education Paraeducator: Study Hall at MHS
Replaces: Dianne Floyd
Start: October 3, 2018
Salary: $11.90/hr
Hours: 8 hr/day

Teacher Abi Burkhead transferred  ELL at Woodbury

Student School Board Representatives Report

Students

From left, MHS students Jocelin Sharfnejda, America Dominguez and Jane Ragland give a wrap up on Homecoming week events and talked about upcoming events at the high school.

Leaders of Learning book study
The board and administrators continued with their discussion with chapter two of the book “Leaders of Learning: How District, School, and Classroom Leaders Improve Student Achievement” by Richard DuFour and Robert J. Marzano.

Special Education Deficit
Director of Special Services Matt Cretsinger presented this document on the special education deficit.  The current special education deficit is at $1.92 million, which decreased by $64,588 from the previous year.

The district is required to provide services to special education students no matter the cost. The average cost of a special education student in Marshalltown is nearly $18,000 a year.

Cretsinger sought board approval for the authority from the School Budget Review Committee to account for the deficit.

Discussion was held regarding a wide range of topics in special education.
The board approved that the district seek authority from the SBRC.

Board Policies
First Reading – ALL FIRST READINGS BELOW ADOPTED AND WAIVED SECOND READING
204.9-R1 Board Calendar –
600.1 (new 603.4) Multicultural/Gender Fair Education – New number and title-
New Policy 602.4 Pilot-Experimental-Innovative Projects-Research –
New Policy 602.4-R Pilot-Experimental-Innovative Projects-Research Regulation A
New Policy 602.4-E Application for Pilot-Experimental-Innovative Projects-Research-
New Policy 603.2 Summer School Instruction – New policy from IASB
New Policy 603.5 Health Education – Mandatory policy
New Policy 603.5-E1 Human Growth and Development Student Excuse Form
New Policy 603.7 Career Education – New mandatory policy
New Policy 603.10 Global Education –
New Policy 603.11 Citizenship – Mandatory policy
605.3 (new 505.2) Student Promotion-Retention-Acceleration –

Initial Review
602.15 (new 603.8) Teaching About Religion – New number and title- marked as reviewed
603.1 (new 606.5-R2) Non-District Sponsored Travel – New number – marked as reviewed
603.2 (new 606.1) Class Size-Class Grouping- New number and title- new content – To come back before board
603.3 (new 606.5) Field Trips – New number – A little new content and more needed- To come back before board
603.3-R (new 606.5-R1) Field Trips Regulation – new number and policy reference change- marked as reviewed
New Policy 603.8-R1 Teaching About Religion Regulation-Religious Holidays – New policy IASB policy – To come back before board
605.7-R1 Use of Information Resources Regulation – Made adjustments due to current usage- To come back before board
New Policy 606.2 School Ceremonies and Observances – Adopting IASB policy – To come back before board

The next regular board meeting is at 5 p.m. on Monday, October 15 in district offices.

From Board President Bea Niblock:
“The board continues learning together with another book study this year. The book, Leaders of Learning, by DuFour and Marzano helps us understand that “no single person has all the knowledge, skill and talent to lead a district, improve a school, or meet all of the needs of every student”.

To that end, central office directors and building principals join us in discussion at each meeting. They help the board to understand the role of all educators in improving the district and raising student achievement. They challenge the board of directors to think in a myriad of different ways about the district and the role of change. And the board members help them to see the improvement from the perspective of the community.

Together, we can all participate in a collaborative effort to meet the challenges in moving the district forward in its work to raise student achievement and make Marshalltown the district of choice.” – Bea Niblock

For the McTV video from the meeting see this link.

 

 

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