October 21, 2016 special board meeting

21 Oct

The Marshalltown Community School District Board of Education met in a brief special meeting on October 21.

Referral Bonus Proposal for Transportation Department Employees
This proposal would offer monetary bonuses to current transportation employees who refer successful candidates for bus driving positions, as the lack of bus drivers is a concern in the district. The board decided to table action on this proposal until the November 7 board meeting to have more time to research it. For more on this proposal, click here.

The board approved personnel items at the meeting. Click here for the list approved.

The board also approved two students who are open enrolling into the Marshalltown Community School District. The next regular meeting of the school board will be at 5 p.m. on November 7 in the board room in district offices at 1002 S. 3rd. Ave.

October 17, 2016 board meeting

18 Oct

District art teachers presented a program update to the board at the October 17 meeting. Pictured seated is Kirk Niehouse. Standing, from left, are Wade Judge, Baily Miller, Lauren Williams, Maggie Parks, Laurie Mullen and Rebecca Erickson.

Marshalltown Schools elementary art teacher Maggie Parks recognized Marshalltown High School art teacher Kirk Niehouse, who was recently awarded the Outstanding Secondary Art Educator Award from the Art Educators of Iowa. Parks nominated Niehouse for the award.
Parks said Niehouse not only goes above and beyond for his students, but also for his friends and colleagues. She mentioned when her home was damaged due to a fire, Niehouse helped her extensively with cleaning it up.
“He’s so focused on all of the students’ needs and helping his colleagues in distress,” Parks said.
Niehouse said he enjoys what he does at MHS.
“It was an honor to be recognized by other art teachers,” Niehouse said.

For personnel items approved by the board, click here.

AEA 267 services overview


Kim Swartz

Kim Swartz, regional administrator from AEA 267, and AEA 267 board member (local representative) David Giese talked to the board about the services offered by AEA 267 and how it works together with the school district.
Giese emphasized that AEA 267 works as a partner with all the school districts in its area.
Swartz credited the staff in the Marshalltown Community School District for their collegial relationship.
“I think we are really working together to help support and improve student achievement for all students,” Swartz said.
Swartz handed out a brochure to the board of services that have been offered to the district. To view the brochure, click here.

K-12 Art Presentation
Art teachers in the district, including Lauren Williams, Laurie Mullen, Baily Miller, Kirk Niehouse, Rebecca Erickson, Maggie Parks and Wade Judge, gave an update on the art program district wide to the board. Their presentation document can be viewed here .
Niehouse said art is moving more into the digital area. Students are using Google slides to preserve artwork.
Williams said they meet regularly with the K-12 art group to have a cohesive program throughout the district.
“Art is considered a core subject,” Parks said.

Elementary Literacy Supports
Director of Instruction Dr. Lisa Stevenson and K-6 Curriculum/Professional Development Leader Shauna Smith shared with the board about Reading Corps and Lexia Core 5

Reading Corps
AmeriCorps employees are trained to become elementary literacy tutors as part of Reading Corps. These employees are 11-month employees of AmeriCorps so they can be utilized during the summer.
Anson Elementary was selected to pilot the program and a new tutor has started, Dr. Stevenson said. The hope is to expand it to other sites in the school district.

Lexia Core 5
This is an online personalized learning experience in six areas of reading instruction. More information on this can be accessed via an online video at www.lexialearning.com/products/core5.
“The key components of the program are the ability to scaffold the content for the student and track each click of the mouse,” Smith said.
Lexia costs approximately $24 per student per year. The district has secured a three- year license for all seven PK-6 sites funded through state grant funds (early literacy intervention).
Use of the program this year will be determined at the building level based on the need. Usage will be during the school day.
The November 14 professional development day will provide staff training for this.
Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte said he saw this program working in an inner city school in Washington, DC last year and was impressed.
“This is where things are headed in terms of how we leverage technology,” Schutte said.

School Improvement Advisory Committee Members for 2016-17
Dr. Stevenson presented the list of the School Improvement Advisory Committee, which is a state required committee. The list was approved by the board and can be accessed here.

Teacher Quality Committee for 2016-17
Dr. Stevenson presented this committee list, which is a state required committee which had its first meeting last week. The Teacher Quality budget is expected to be presented at a future meeting. The committee was approved by the board. The committee list can be accessed by clicking here.


Laundry fee issue at MHS
MHS Activities/Athletics Director Rollie Ackerman presented a proposal for a change to the MHS student handbook, which includes a change in fees. The laundry fee has been in existence for a long time and it’s a good service that is provided for students, Ackerman said. He said after discussion there was a need to reconfigure the fees for a tiered approach due to the different needs for laundry in each particular sport. The fee was raised from $10 previously to $20 this school year.
Moving forward in certain sports the fee will be $20, certain sports would be at the $10 level and other sports would have no charge for laundry (students have own jersey/warm up that they are responsible for).
The board approved the handbook changes which are activated immediately. The changes are outlined below.

Laundry Fee
A laundry fee will be charged to all participants in athletics based on the schedule below, with a maximum $60 per family. This fee must be paid before an individual may take part in practices or contests. This fee will be paid directly to the Main Office. Any individual who qualifies for the free or reduced lunch program will be exempt from paying this fee. Also students whose families are experiencing a temporary financial difficulty may be eligible for a temporary waiver of student fees. Persons who qualify for this exemption must notify the Athletic Office.

There will be no charge for which the student purchases their own jersey/warm-up and is responsible for its upkeep in the following; Boys Golf, Girls Golf, Boys Tennis, Girls Tennis, Boys Bowling, Girls Bowling.

There will be $10 charge for the following due to uniform/warm-up laundering, upkeep, inventory, and towels; Boys Cross Country, Girls Cross Country, Volleyball, Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Girls Swimming, Boys Swimming, Wrestling, Softball

There will be a $20 charge for the following due to uniform, warm-ups, practice equipment laundering, upkeep, inventory, and towels; Football, Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Baseball.


Board Policies
705.9 – Death of a Student, Staff Member or Board Director – Marked as reviewed.
301.3   – Superintendent of Schools – Functions – Approved as amended.
312.1   – Administrative Personnel Employment — Individual Contracts – Approved as amended (removal of last line)

The following list of policies are minor updates – that are in need of being updated due to the upcoming equity visit by the Iowa Department of Education. The following policies were accepted as amended and waived second reading as a group.

102   – Equal Educational Opportunity –
301.1  –   Superintendent of Schools — Qualifications & Recruitment –
401.1  –   Equal Employment Opportunity
401.1E –  Equal Employment Opportunity Grievance Form; Affirmative Action Grievance Form; Title VI Compliance Form; Title IX Compliance, Grievance Form; Section 504 Compliance, Grievance Form
401.1R –  Grievance Procedure
405.2  – Licensed Employee Qualifications, Recruitment, Selection
411.2   –  Classified Employee — Qualifications, Recruitment, Selection
500.1   – Objectives for Equal Educational Opportunities for Students
504.14  – Harassment — Students
504.14-R1 – Harassment Students (Investigation Procedures)
504.14-R2 – Harassment Students (Student Handbook Provision)
504.14.E1 – Harassment Complaint Form
504.14-E2 – Harassment — Witness Disclosure Form
504.14-E3 –  Harassment — Disposition of ‘Complaint Form
600.1    – Nondiscrimination
905.9    – Nicotine/Tobacco Free Environment –
102.E1   – Annual Notice of Nondiscrimination
102.E2   –  Continuous Notice of Nondiscrimination
102.E3    – Notice of Section 504 Student and Parental Rights
303.2    –  Administrator Qualifications, Recruitment, Appointment
501.12    – Pregnant Students
403.5, 403.5.R, 403.5.E1, 403.5.E2  _ Harassment and Bullying Policies, Regulation, Exhibits
402.3     – Abuse of Students for School District Employees –


Back to regular policy reviews…


602.12-R — Acceleration—Regulation – Minor changes made, will come back for first reading.
602.12-E1 — Acceleration Request Form – Marked as reviewed
602.12-E2 — Acceleration — Personalized Education Plan – Marked as reviewed.
602.12-E3 — Acceleration Report–Whole Grade – Marked as reviewed
602.12-E4 — Acceleration Report — Single Subject – Marked as reviewed
907 – United States Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag – This policy was presented by Dr. Schutte and would allow the opportunity for the pledge to be said at all school levels. The pledge is being done at lower grade levels currently. Leaders at Miller and MHS said they could make time in the day for the pledge. As part of the policy, the pledge will not be required for students to participate in, but the opportunity can be provided.
Board members differed on their views on this policy. While all seemed to indicate the opportunity to have the pledge for all students was fine, some did not agree with requiring staff to administer the pledge. No decision was made and this policy will come back as a first reading.
802.4 – Capital Assets Policy – Director of Business Operations Brian Bartz presented this policy. This is an accounting policy as a means of recording capital assets. The policy will come back for a first reading.


The next regular meeting of the school board will be at 5 p.m. on November 7 in district offices.

From Board President Bea Niblock
“What a busy board meeting we had.  The board continues to be a learning board.  Multiple presentations on a variety of topics moved the board forward in its learning.

Dr. Stevenson made presentations on two elementary literacy supports.  Through grant funding, the district is able to pilot 2 programs to assist students in becoming “readers by third”.  The Read by Third initiative has gotten a push from these pilot programs.

All PK-4 buildings will have the opportunity to provide individualized and personalized instruction in literacy to all students using the Lexia Core 5 computer learning program.  Daily lessons are geared to the personal needs of each child and are implemented through the one-to-one Chromebooks.  And Reading Corps, an extension of the AmeriCorps program, will be piloted in one elementary building.  It also targets early, individualized reading instruction.

We’re looking forward to increased achievement and proficiency of our early learners.” – Bea Niblock

October 3, 2016 board meeting

4 Oct

Thank you Principals!


Principals were recognized at the board meeting as part of National Principals Month.

The board appointed Ben Fletcher as the new board member to fill a vacancy for the next


Ben Fletcher

year and he was sworn in. Fletcher works as an engineering manager at Emerson/Fisher and has a degree in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University.

“I’m excited to get started and honored they selected me,” Fletcher said.

Seven community members were interviewed by the board for the vacancy last week.

“Thank you to everyone who interviewed and stepped up to volunteer for the position,” said Board Vice President Janelle Carter. “We had really good candidates.”

Fletcher will serve until the next school board election in fall of 2017.

Miller Middle School cross country runners Diana Castro and Ellie Draisey were honored for showing character and great sportsmanship when they helped a runner from an opposing team finish a race at a meet in Indianola recently.

“What you did was truly a great representation of what we want this school district to be like,” said board member Ross Harris.

ABC 5 of Des Moines sent a news reporter to the meeting and the story can be viewed by clicking here.

Principals honored
MCSD principals were honored for their hard work and dedication to the district as part of National Principals Month. Thank you principals!

New staff member introduction
Rod Whitmore introduced himself to the board. He is the new school resource officer at Marshalltown High School. He has more than 20 years of experience with the Marshalltown Police Department.

The following items were approved under personnel.


  • Dominique Cook, Bus Monitor for Transportation

Start:  September 21, 2016

Salary:  $9.50/hour

  • Kurt Reinert, Custodian/Grounds for Buildings & Grounds

Replaces:  Antonio Jaramillo

Start:  August 17, 2016

Salary:  $13.05/hour

  • Brittney Spear, General Education Paraeducator

Replaces: Lisa Crouch and Amy Wunschel

Start: October 3, 2016

Salary: $8.77 per hour

  • Monte Eaton, Industrial Technology Teacher

Replaces: Robert Weatherly

Start: October 3, 2016

Salary: BA Step 5

  • Heather Lee, High School Drama Coach

Start: October 3, 2016

Salary: $5,147


Special education deficit
Director of Special Services Matt Cretsinger said the special education deficit is at $1.2 million.
He said the deficit is an outcome of the services that are required to be provided for students with disabilities. Many school districts throughout the state have a special education deficit.
For more information on this deficit, click here.
Director of Business Operations Brian Bartz requested the board approve the spending authority on the $1.2 million dollars to make up for the deficit. The board approved the measure.

Board Polices
705.9 – Death of a Student, Staff Member or Board Director- To come back for first reading
312.1 – Administrative Personnel Employment- Individual Contracts – To come back for first reading
301.3- Superintendent of Schools- Functions- Asked for adding building principals to supervisory duties and to remove those that are taken care of by Director of Business Operations- Policy to come back for first reading.
401.2 – Employee Conflict of Interest – Marked as reviewed
401.7 – Travel – Marked as reviewed

Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte presented polices that are specifically part of the upcoming equity review. Many policies change the equity coordinator to Anthony Spurgetis. Many of these will be an adoption of Iowa Association of School board policies. Eric Goslinga has been the point person as far as the equity visit.
“He’s done a fantastic job,” Dr. Schutte said.

This list will be in final form for a first reading next meeting.

The next regular board meeting will be at 5 p.m. October 17 in district offices.

From Board President Bea Niblock
“Each October, the board is faced with the task of looking at the special education deficit and voting to apply for allowable growth and supplemental aid through the state School Budget Review Committee (SBRC).

Director of Special Services, Matt Cretsinger, gave the board pertinent information as to the number of students being served in the district’s continuum of services as well as students who have been open enrolled to other locations to be served and the degree of services provided. The special education deficit was put in perspective when compared to other similar districts and those providing services to similar numbers of students. Marshalltown’s deficit is $1,218,764 for the 2015-16 school year.

The board voted to ask for additional spending authority from the SBRC. The district can then choose to levy additional cash reserves to recover the deficit expenditures.” – Bea Niblock






September 26, 2016 board meeting

27 Sep

Rogers Elementary School staff members Ann Soetenga, left, and Bill Roberts talked to the school board about the Rogers Garden project.

Rogers Elementary staff members Ann Soetenga and Bill Roberts presented about the Rogers Garden. Food from the garden was served to students and families during a special event on September 20.
The garden will be named after the late Martha Shibe during a dedication ceremony planned for the spring. Shibe lived in the Rogers neighborhood and was a big supporter of the school.

For personnel items approved, click here.

Public Comments
Matt Nevins, 7th grade math teacher at Miller Middle School, advocated for the reactivation of the early retirement incentive. Nevins said the early voluntary retirement incentive allows for savings for school district and a benefit to staff.
He said 92.5 percent of staff surveyed, who are Marshalltown Education Association members, said they were in favor of reinstating the early retirement incentive.

Voluntary Early Retirement Programs
The board held a discussion on the reactivation of this policy, which was recommended by Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte.
Schutte said the timing is a problem as it’s hard to know budget-wise until the certified enrollment count date of October 15. Schutte said next year the district would look at pushing out this decision by the board until after this enrollment count.
This plan allows for staff to get health insurance for 8 years or until they turn 65 years of age if they qualify for early retirement. Qualifications for secretaries, teachers and administrators include 55 years of age or older and at least 15 years of service to the district.
There is a possibility this incentive will be extended to other employee groups to make it more equitable among all staff groups in the future. Also, the date of the time the board will make the decision each year is expected to move back to later in the year in the future. Changes will be discussed at future meetings of the board.
The incentive program was approved by the board 5-0 for qualifying staff retiring at the end of this school year.


Settlement of Secretary/Treasurer Reports for Fiscal Year 2016
Director of Business Operations Brian Bartz put together a financial health report. Click here for the report.
Bartz said the general fund had “good things happening” as far the health of that fund.
Revenues were up $1.01 million from the previous year and expenditures were up $681,953, which meant the year ends on the good side to the tune of $328,618.
Overall, most of the budget numbers were improvements from last year, Bartz said.


Board Policies
300- Statement of Guiding Principles – Marked as reviewed.
301.1- Superintendent of Schools- Qualifications and Recruitment- Marked as reviewed.
301.2- Superintendent of Schools – Contract and Contract Non-Renewal – Marked as reviewed.
310.3 – Superintendent of Schools – Functions – Add building principals to evaluation duties, will be brought back at next meeting to change language.
302.1- Associates to the Superintendent – Positions – Marked as reviewed.

Board calendar
Board Vice President Janelle Carter had two recommendations for the board calendar. She proposed the board eliminate the January 9, 2017 meeting and just have one meeting in January. She also proposed for next September to have the meeting the Tuesday after Labor Day, instead of waiting a whole week. Board members agreed to these changes.

Interviews for vacancy
The board then interviewed four candidates for the open board vacancy including Carol Geil of the Marshalltown Community College Foundation, Ben Fletcher of Emerson/Fisher, retired teacher Peggy Niedermann and AEA staff member Kathleen Goslinga.
The board will interview three more candidates in open session beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27 including Edie Rierson, Dwight Martin and Brittany O’Shea. The board is expected to make a decision to fill the vacancy at the October 3 meeting.


From Board President Bea Niblock
“After a good deal of discussion, the board approved the reactivation of the Voluntary Retirement Incentive Programs for the 2016-17 school year. This gives eligible staff members another tool in their personal retirement planning. Notification will need to be given to the superintendent by February 1, 2017, indicating an individual’s intent to participate in the program.
The board has indicated a desire to look at the Voluntary Retirement program over the next few months to determine if any changes would be appropriate for the financial health of the district. If retirement planning is in your near future, make it a point to stay informed of those board discussions.”   – Bea Niblock

September 12, 2016 Board Meeting

13 Sep



Marshalltown High School art teacher Wade Judge talks about his design which was selected for an art piece for the pedestrian walkway in downtown Marshalltown at the school board meeting on September 12.


Walkway art project
Marshalltown High School Art teacher Wade Judge talked about the pedestrian walkway art project he designed in a former alley. It is located between the Fiddle and Whistle and Apgar Photography off of Main Street. Judge said there were several volunteers who helped paint the piece on the ground and said there is more art to come downtown.

“I’m really proud to be able to put my thumbprint to be part of Marshalltown,” Judge said.


MHS Student Senate members Morgan Van Staalduine and Trevor Lewis talked about Homecoming events going on this week. Both encouraged the community to come out to the events and show their Bobcat spirit.

“It’s a way for the whole community to come connect together,” Van Staalduine said.

Board Director Resignation
The board accepted the resignation of board member Ben Stansberry. The board will be accepting letters of interest (sent to Brian Bartz at district office) for those wishing to fill this vacancy until September 21. More information is forthcoming on this process, which could also be filled via an election if a petition is filed with the required signatures by September 28.

New Administrator
Josh Wesley introduced himself as the new Director of Technology. Josh is from St. Paul, Minnesota and was a technology supervisor for a school district in that area. He started at MCSD on September 1.

Director of Human Resources Anthony Spurgetis presented this personnel list which was approved by the board. He noted two changes to the list including Ashlea Dall is not resigning as paraeducator at MHS and Miriam Rodas will stay as a bus monitor.

Depository Resolution
Director of Business Operations Brian Bartz presented this item. This is a yearly requirement to list the financial institutions in which public funds may be deposited.

310.1 – Administrative/Management Team – Marked as reviewed
310.3- -Administrative Structure- Marked as reviewed
312.1 – Administrative Personnel Employment – Individual Contracts – Recommendation to delete last line “The contract shall automatically continue in force for one year following expiration unless mutually modified or terminated.”
This would make all administrative contracts rolling one year contracts like the teachers. (instead of two years). This is expected to come back as a first reading next meeting.
312.3 – Administrative Personnel – Compensation/Benefits – Marked as reviewed
705.9 – Death of a Student, Staff Member or Board Director – Board President Bea Niblock suggested add to this policy that flowers be sent to a funeral that we know about for current students, staff members or board directors. Business Director Brian Bartz said this action has been written up by auditors in the past at a different district. This policy will come back with some revision to have some way to offer sympathy.

Election of Board President for 2016-17 year


Brian Bartz reads the oath of office to Bea Niblock after she was elected Board President.










Bea Niblock was re-elected Board President for the next year and took the oath of office.

Election of Board Vice President for 2016-17 year


Board President Bea Niblock reads the oath of office to Board Vice President Janelle Carter.

Janelle Carter was re-elected Vice President for the next year and took the oath of office.

Annual Appointments for 2016-17

-Appointed Brian Bartz as Board Secretary

-Appointed Cartwright, Druker and Ryden as School Attorney and John Veldey as collective bargaining counsel spokesperson

-Appointed Ahlers and Cooney as additional legal counsel

-Appointed TSP as architect of record

Board Work Session
The board held a special work session with the superintendent search firm McPherson and Jacobson and Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte to set up superintendent goals. This is part of the follow up work by the search firm. The goals established include: Improve Culture, Improve Communication, and Improve Student Development (student achievement, participation and performance).

Next Meeting
The next regular meeting of the school board will be held at 5 p.m. on September 26 in district offices.

From Board President Bea Niblock
“Monday’s board meeting allowed us to see two of the ways that staff and students are reaching into the community and sharing of themselves and the educational community, as well.
MHS art teacher, Wade Judge, told the board of his design, which was selected to help beautify a pedestrian walkway in downtown.  The talents of our staff reach far beyond teaching students and into the community to make it a more enriched place to live and work.
Senior class officers, Morgan Van Staalduine and Trevor Lewis shared a preview of the activities that are happening at the high school and in the community for Homecoming Week.  It’s a wonderful highlight of the spirit and enthusiasm of the student body.
Great things are happening in our schools and the successes are being shared with our school community and the Marshalltown community at large!” – Bea Niblock

August 15, 2016 board meeting

16 Aug

Three school nurses provided a health services update to the board on August 15, 2016. Pictured are, from left, Franklin Nurse Carol Barlow, Woodbury Nurse Elly Mack and MHS and lead district Nurse Stacey Tool-Crawford.

Health Services Report
Marshalltown High School and lead district Nurse Stacey Tool-Crawford, Woodbury Nurse Elly Mack and Franklin Nurse Carol Barlow gave an update on health services provided in the district.
Tool-Crawford said the three primary duties of the nursing staff are student health, well-being and academic success.
“The need for school nurses has never been stronger,” Barlow said.
The student population in the district is 5,320 and nurse office visits totaled 50,626 from August 2015 to June 2016.
Mack said one of the most important things to do is build a trust relationship with the child so they feel comfortable coming the nurse. She said it’s also important to build trust with parents as well.

New administrator introduction


Dr. Lisa Stevenson

Dr. Lisa Stevenson, the new director of instruction, introduced herself. She has been in education for 21 years including 10 years as an ESL teacher. She has been a curriculum director and principal for the past 11 years and comes from Bettendorf.
“I’m real excited to be here,” Stevenson said. “It’s been a whirlwind the last six weeks.”

Personnel items
For the initial list of personnel items, click here.
Director of Human Resources Anthony Spurgetis also provided another list of additional personnel items at the meeting, which included:


Joshua Wesley, Director of Technology, Salary $97,000

Reji Kurian, Resource Specialist at Marshalltown Learning Academy- Salary $37,000

Pamela McDonnell, ESL Teacher at Senior High, Salary- MA/Step 10

Matt Tullis, Special Ed II teacher at Lenihan Intermediate, Salary MA + 30/Step 15

Tiffany White, Paraeducator at Rogers Elementary School, Salary $9.77/hour

Change of Contract:

Stephanie Collins, Special Ed II Teacher at Rogers Elementary (from Woodbury Elementary),

Spurgetis said Wesley has been a supervisor of network services at a school district in North St. Paul, Minnesota. He is scheduled to begin on Sept. 1.

Bus Transfer Discussion
With the advent of the new police and fire station to be built on the site of the current bus transfer lot, the district is looking into other locations for this transfer site in the future.
Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte said informal discussions have taken place as they search for a centralized and safe location for the new transfer site.
Board President Bea Niblock stressed the bus transfer site will be in the same location to begin the school year and the near future and encouraged others to spread the word.

Board Vacancy
Director of Business Operations Brian Bartz talked about the board vacancy, with an application deadline of August 31. For more information on this vacancy, click here.

From Board President Bea Niblock
“This most recent meeting of the school board marks the beginning of a very busy week. At the meeting we heard from Dr. Stevenson, Director of Instruction, about her past professional life and her goals for the coming year. That is the last report of 7 new administrators in the district.
And Tuesday, August 16th marks the Open House for the new administrators to meet and greet the public. The Open House will be held at the Roundhouse (team room) from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and is open to staff and community. We hope that many people will come to meet the new administrators who will be providing new direction to the district this year.
Thursday, August 18th is the date for all MCSD staff to meet together in the Auditorium. Various individuals will speak to welcome back or welcome aboard the tenured and new staff of the district. This is the beginning of the beginning with the first day of school on Tuesday, August 23rd. Welcome back to staff and students!” -Bea Niblock

August 11, 2016 Special Meeting

12 Aug

The school board met in a special session on August 11, 2016 to approve personnel hires. The meeting was held to approve the hiring of several of the new teachers who will be reporting for new teacher orientation on August 15, said Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte.

To view the personnel items approved, click here.

Note: Director of Human Resources Anthony Spurgetis pulled Joseph Doyen (Miller art) off the list of hires to be approved.

The next regular meeting of the school board will be at 5 p.m. on Monday, August 15 in district offices.

The board also invites everyone to an open house to meet new school administrators from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 16 in the team room of the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse. For more information on the open house, click here.