November 18, 2019 Board Meeting

19 Nov
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A new set of school board members took their seats at the board table Monday. Pictured, from left, are the winners of the 2019 board election being sworn in: returning board member Sean Heitmann and new board members Jan McGinnis, Sara Faltys and Bob Untiedt.

New board members take their seats
There are new faces on the Marshalltown School Board after three new members and one returning member were sworn in Monday evening. 

Local attorney Sean Heitmann was re-elected in the November board election. New members include longtime teacher Jan McGinnis, McFarland Clinic administrator Sara Faltys and IVCCD Orpheum Theater Center Director Bob Untiedt. The four were sworn in by Board Secretary Paulette Newbold. 

Outgoing board members honored
Three former board members were also recognized Monday. Outgoing board Vice President Janelle Carter and members Ben Fletcher and Ross Harris were presented with certificates of appreciation by Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte. 

Representatives from the Marshalltown Education Association spoke during the meeting’s public comment section to thank the outgoing members for their years of service and to address the incoming board members. 

“We wanted to say welcome to the new board members,” said Lenihan teacher Alex Klyn of the MEA. 

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Three former school board members were honored at Monday’s annual organizational meeting. Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte, second from left, recognized outgoing board Vice President Janelle Carter, left, and members Ross Harris, second from right, and Ben Fletcher, right.

Leadership elections held
With the new board members in place, the new board voted on which members would hold leadership positions. Incumbent Board President Bea Niblock was again chosen to lead the board. With former Vice President Janelle Carter leaving the board, Sean Heitmann was elected to take up the vice president’s position. 

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Bea Niblock, right, is sworn in as board president by Board Secretary Paulette Newbold Monday.

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Sean Heitmann is sworn in as board vice president by board President Bea Niblock. Heitmann replaces former board member and vice president Janelle Carter in the leadership position.

Calendar proposals for 2020-21 school year
Dr. Shutte presented two 2020-2021 school year calendar proposals to the board Monday. Option 1 closely mirrors the current 2019-20 school year calendar, including a spring break in March and an end to classes in early June, dependent on the number of snow days. The school year would start on Aug. 25, 2020. 

Option 2 has the same Aug. 25 start date, but does not include a spring break in March. There would be no school due to a professional development day April 1, 2021 and there would be no school on April 2 (Good Friday), nor on April 5-6. Barring snow days, the Option 2 calendar end date would be May 28, 2021. 

A survey will be sent out to parents and school staff to collect feedback on the two options. District administration and the school board will take the feedback into consideration and the board will make the final decision on which option to approve. 

The Option 1 proposal can be seen here

The Option 2 proposal can be seen here

Marshalltown Learning Academy showcase
Marshalltown Learning Academy Principal Eric Goslinga and teacher Nicole Critchfield shared facts and figures about the building’s academic program and students. Some highlights include:

  • MLA serves more than 100 students in grades 9-12 in a highly personalized learning environment. 
  • The school provides a quality learning environment for at-risk students using a non-conventional learning program. 
  • Semesters are treated as a set of standards for students to master rather than as a function of time. 
  • Students have access to work-based learning, industry credentialing, dual-credit courses (including in career and technical education areas). 
  • MLA’s program includes blended learning, in which some of the students’ work is done online and some is done in-person. 

For more information about the MLA educational program, click here

Student School Board Representative update
The three Student School Board representatives shared many updates with the board Monday. Included was information on the upcoming Holiday Stroll, a recent visit from educators from the country of Georgia, National Honor Society activities and the Marshalltown Area Healthcare Careers Club Asian Food fundraiser. 

One key part of the presentation included data about Marshalltown High School students taking dual-credit college courses. Currently, 10 students are on track to get their associate’s degree by the time they graduate high school. An additional 10-13 students will have at least one year of college done by the time they graduate high school. 

Click here for the full Student School Board representative update. 

Public hearing set for proposed use of SAVE funding on tennis courts
A revenue purpose statement for MCSD’s use of state Secure and Advanced Vision for Education (SAVE) sales tax funding use was approved by district voters earlier in November. One project district leaders are considering for use of that funding is the reconstruction and expansion of the community tennis courts at the high school. 

For the funding to be allowed for use on an athletic facility, district Business Director Paulette Newbold said the board must hold a public hearing on the proposal. The board voted unanimously to set a public hearing for 5 p.m. Dec. 16, 2019 for the proposed use of SAVE funds. Newbold said more details about the tennis court project will be released prior to that public hearing. Click here for more information. 

Small vehicle purchase approved
After a recent regular vehicle check, district Transportation Director Rex Kozak reported one of the district’s small vehicles for transporting students was in need of replacement. Staff worked to repair the vehicle, he said, but it was decided a new vehicle was needed. 

The board approved the purchase of a 2018 Chrysler Pacifica from Dave Wright Auto in the amount of $25,675 to be paid out of the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) fund’s annual small vehicle replacement allocation. More information can be found here

Bond refinancing saves money
The board approved a recommendation to refinance debt ($7,329,000 in refunding bonds). With the approval, the debt now has a lower interest rate, resulting in more than $266,000 in savings to the district. Click here for more information. 

Communications Director Adam Sodders reviewed the good news from the district by sharing newspaper articles as well as school communications articles. That list can be seen here

Personnel items
For a list of personnel items approved Monday, click here

Donation accepted
The school board accepted a donation of $2,400 in the memory of late MCSD alum John Kunc. The funds will go toward Marshalltown High School Vocal Music. 

Initial review – 

  • New Policy – 508.2 Open Night (will come back for a first reading)
  • 102.E1 Annual Notice of Nondiscrimination (marked as reviewed)
  • 902.6 Board Proceedings (will come back for deletion at first reading)
  • 903.3 Building Visitors (will come back for a first reading) 

From Board President Bea Niblock
“Last night was the annual/organizational meeting.  The old board retired some colleagues and welcomed others to the board table.  Janelle Carter, Ben Fletcher and Niko Aguirre finished their service to the board and Sara Faltys, Jan McGinnis and Bob Untiedt joined the board.  Sean Heitmann was re-elected to his seat.  

Things start; things end. The end of one thing leads to the beginning of another. We will miss some of our colleagues and we welcome others to the board table.

My quote last evening came from Seneca, a Roman philosopher: ‘Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.’ Indeed!” – Bea Niblock. 

The next Marshalltown School Board meeting is set for 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2 at the Central Administration Office, 1002 S. Third Ave.

October 21, 2019 Board Meeting

22 Oct

Marshalltown Schools Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte presented a check to Carrie Barr of the Marshalltown Youth Foundation in the amount of $1,619. The money was donated by Marshalltown Community School District staff during a recent jeans day.

MCSD staff donate $1,619 to the Marshalltown Youth Foundation

MCSD staff held a jeans day recently to raise money for the Marshalltown Youth Foundation. The money raised totaled $1,619. The check was presented to Carrie Barr of the foundation. The Marshalltown Youth Foundation helps families in need in the community in many different ways. It has an instrument lending program which helps many students participate in band and orchestra who otherwise might not be able to. The foundation also helps keep kids active by paying for registration fees for area youth sports for those families in need.

Other recognitions


MHS video production students from left, Jaime Lopez, Tristen Osburn, Ellie Draisey and Tyler Hoskins.

Video production students honored
MHS video production students and teacher Jocelyn Frohwein produced a video that helped local human service agency Central Iowa Residential Services, Inc. (CIRSI) win a $30,000 technology award. Students who were recognized include Jaime Lopez, Tristen Osburn, Tyler Hoskins and Ellie Draisey.
“It was a great collaboration,” said CIRSI Executive Director Jeff Vance.


Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte and MHS Principal Jacque Wyant

MCSD honored by Forecast5
MHS Principal Jacque Wyant and Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte had the pleasure of attending the Forecast5 National Conference in Schaumburg, Illinois last week to receive one of six 2019 National Project of the Year recognitions for Bobcat Ready!  District Instructional Design Specialist David Stanfield was unable to attend the conference but his efforts were instrumental to this work. The student report card that was developed; in partnership with 5Lab, and various recognitions presented at the high school to graduating seniors set us apart from other districts throughout the country that are doing similar work.
See more on the award at this link:

Iowa Valley Chancellor thanks MCSD
Iowa Valley Community College District Chancellor Dr. Kristie Fisher thanked the district for their partnership, especially when it relates to providing dual credit opportunities.
Last year, 489 students at MHS and 9 at MLA took Marshalltown Community College credit classes while attending high school which translated to $800,000 worth of tuition savings. Also, 25 percent of MHS graduates enrolled in MCC or Ellsworth Community College.

Communications Director honored
Andrew Potter, Director of Communications, was recognized for his time with the Marshalltown Community School District.

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

Hoglan Elementary School Showcase


Presenting an update on Hoglan Elementary School were, from left, Sara Nichols, Kami Uhde, Megan Turbiville, Abbe Hand, Heather Stanley and Amy Williams.

Principal Amy Williams and Hoglan teachers Sara Nichols, Kami Uhde, Megan Turbiville, Abbe Hand and Heather Stanley presented this showcase with a focus on the new CKLA literacy program. It stands for Core Knowledge Language Arts.
“CKLA was a huge learning curve for teachers as well as students,” Uhde said.
However, Uhde said that the recent parent-teacher conferences provided positive feedback from parents about the topics utilized in the curriculum.
“It’s been awesome to see the kids so excited,” Turbiville said.

Certified Nurse’s Aide Apprenticeship
District Curriculum and Professional Development Leader Dee Burt presented on the Registered Certified Nurse’s Aide Apprenticeship program at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown.
Burt said she hopes this is only the start of many apprenticeship offerings for high school students. The board approved the adoption of the CNA apprenticeship program.

Student School Board Representative Update
Student school board representatives Carmen Araiza, Mia Barajas and Diana Sanchez  presented this report.

Resolution Supporting the Proposed Issuance of Approximately $8,250,000 School Infrastructure Sales, Services & Use Tax Revenue Refunding Bonds
A public hearing was held earlier in the meeting with no public comment.
Director of Business Operations Paulette Newbold said due to low interest rates the district has the opportunity to refinance with a net savings of around $200,000. The board approved the measure.

Fiscal Year 2019 Special Education Deficit
Director of Special Services Matt Cretsinger spoke to seek authority from SBRC to address the district special education deficit. He presented this document.
During the 2018-19 school year the district provided special education to 661 students between the ages of 3-21.
The special education deficit is at $1.745 million, down from $1.922 million in the previous year.
After discussion, the board approved the request

MHS/Community Auditorium Name Change
The MHS/Community Auditorium Foundation met recently and recommended the approval of a new name for the auditorium. The recommended new name is the Marshalltown Performing Arts Center. The board approved the renaming.

MHS/Community Foundation Ad-Hoc Committee Request
This is to establish an ad hoc committee for the purpose of pursuing public art near the front entrance of the performing arts center. Board approved.

Security Management System Phase 3 Project
Director of Buildings and Grounds Chuck Springer presented bids for this project which will upgrade security at the elementary schools.
Two alternate bids were also recommended for approval including Alternate AC-02 for access controls at Lenihan in the amount of $73,714.56 and Alternate VS-01 for video surveillance (external) at all Elementary Schools in the amount of $112,827.62.
The board approved the bid from ADS in the amount of $532,897.57 for the Security Management System Phase 3 Project as presented. This includes alternates AC-02 and VS-01.

Board Policies
First Reading
402.6-R Staff Technology Use/Social Networking Regulation – To come back to a second reading after questions arose.
New 413.8 Twelve Month Operations, Maintenance & Transportation Voluntary Early Retirement Incentive Program – Adopted and waived second reading

Initial Review
900 – Statement of Guiding Principles – Delete first sentence and add IASB model policy language- To come back before board
902.1(new 607.3) Board – Community Relations – Rename and number – language of policy stays same- Marked as reviewed
New 902.1 News Media Relations – New policy from IASB- to come back
902.2 News Conferences and Interviews – Marked as reviewed
903.1 School-Community Groups – No changes. Marked as reviewed.

The board then went into a closed session for an expulsion hearing.

The next regular meeting of the school board will be at 5 p.m. on November 4 in district offices.

From Board President Bea Niblock
“Last night’s meeting saw a donation of a kind we have not seen before, but so desperately need with our student population. We have a number of students who have negative lunch account balances.
Alfonso Medina, owner of La Carreta Mexican Grill, donated $1,167.85 towards negative student lunch accounts at MMS and MHS. This donation is hoped to have a significant impact for those who need it. Mr. Medina hopes that students will be better prepared to focus on academics by providing them with nutritious food and reducing the financial burden to these families.
What a great example of a business giving back to the community in a way that enriches our students’ lives!” – Bea Niblock


October 7, 2019 Board Meeting

8 Oct

Marshalltown High School students talked to the school board on October 7 about their experience at the National Hispanic Institute over the summer. Pictured, from left, are Veronica Herrera, Stephanie Zavalza Flores, Carmen Araiza, Uriel Campos Padilla, Jolcey Santana and Itzary Avalos.

MHS students talk about experience at National Hispanic Institute

An MHS student group gave this presentation after attending two separate National Hispanic Institute (NHI) gatherings in Schaumburg, Illinois and Rock Island, Illinois over the summer.
Students who presented included Veronica Herrera, Stephanie Zavalza Flores, Carmen Araiza, Uriel Campos Padilla, Jolcey Santana and Itzary Avalos.
“In NHI, they really teach you on how to become a leader,” Herrera said.
MHS teacher Hector Campos is the group sponsor said this group of students are both future leaders in the community and academic leaders at MHS. They are looking to recruit more students to attend NHI in the future and into fundraising opportunities to offset the cost of the program.




Pictured from left, Buildings and Grounds Director Chuck Springer and custodians Eric Smith (Lenihan) and Loma Green (Hoglan).

Eric Smith (Lenihan), center,  and Loma Green (Hoglan) represented custodians in recognition of last week having National Custodians Day.
“Thank you for all that you do,” said Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte.



Principals were honored as part of National Principal Month. Pictured from left are Dave Glenn, Eric Goslinga, Kyle Young, Amy Williams, Anel Garza, Liz Jurgensen, Jacque Wyant, Ronnie Manis, Mark Lee and Tim Holmgren.

Many school principals were in attendance to be recognized as October is National Principals Month.
“I can say wholeheartedly it’s just a phenomenal team to work with,” Schutte said of the principals.

For personnel items approved by the board, click here.
Included in the personnel report is the retirement of William Myers after 37 years of service to the district.
“We are very grateful for his longtime service to our district,” Schutte said.

Student School Board Representative update
MHS seniors Carmen Araiza and Mia Barajas presented this report for the student school board representatives update.

Chromebook purchase
This is for the purchase of 150 Chromebooks from CDWG for use by paraeducators in the amount of $42,000. Benefits of Chromebooks for paraeducators include: These benefits include: time clock accessibility, improved communications, student work assistance, student reporting, ease of access to professional development/training and access to translation support. The board approved the purchase..

SAVE presentation
Dr. Theron Schutte talked about this information item only.
“These dollars are instrumental in order for us to move forward on our long range facilities plan,” Schutte said.
Long range needs include: Miller auditorium, MHS air conditioning, Anson enclosing classrooms and others.
See below for more information on SAVE and the Revenue Purpose Statement.

During the 2019 Legislative session, the Secure an Advanced Vision for Education sales tax (SAVE or statewide penny) was extended from 2029 through January 1, 2051.  As part of that extension, there is a requirement that each school district seek voter approval for renewing and/or revising their existing Revenue Purpose Statement (RPS) on or after July 1st, 2019.

Renewing the Revenue Purpose Statement (RPS) is intended to allow for maximum flexibility as we continue to plan for infrastructure needs in the Marshalltown Community School District and is essential to our future.  The current RPS was approved by the voters in September, 2011. Adoption of a new RPS is required in order to use this funding through the extended sunset date in 2051.

In the Marshalltown Community School District, the proposed Revenue Purpose Statement is intended to be used for, but not limited to, the following:

  • To continue providing funds for property tax relief;
  • To provide funds for school safety and security infrastructure;
  • To provide funds to remodel, build, purchase and/or lease and furnish school buildings;
  • To continue to provide funds for the payment of principal and interest or retirement of general obligation bonds

If approved by a majority of voters, this Revenue Purpose Statement shall remain in effect until replaced or amended by the Marshalltown Community School District.

Ahlers Engagement Letter
This is to refinance 2013 bonds with the current interest rate market opportunity. Ahlers would be bond counsel for reissuance of bonds. The board approved the item.

Piper Jaffray Engagement Letter
Piper Jaffray would be fiscal agent for bond documentation to put out to bid. Anticipated savings for the district on refinancing the bonds is between $180,000-$230,000.
The board approved the item.

Series 2019 SAVE Refunding Bonds Participant Package
This is the document that Piper Jaffray to put out to market to refinance bonds.
The board approved the item.

Resolution for hearing on bonds
This is to set a public hearing for the refinancing of the bonds- The public hearing will be October 21. The board approved the setting of the hearing.

Buildings and Grounds Retirement Incentive
This policy for initial review. To come back before board.

Board Policies
Initial review
104-R2 Harassment-Students (Student Handbook Provision) – Marked as reviewed
104-E1 Harassment Complaint Form – Marked as reviewed
104-E2 Harassment-Witness Disclosure Form- Marked as reviewed
402.6R Staff Technology Use/Social Networking Regulation – Additional items added to policy on password protection. To come back before the board for first reading next time.

The next board meeting will be held at 5 p.m. on October 21.

From Board President Bea Niblock
“Last night’s meeting gave the board the opportunity to interact with staff and students.  That is always an engaging time for board directors.

Principals were recognized during National Principals’ Month.  Custodial leaders from their labor management committee, as representatives of all custodians, were recognized for National Custodians’ Day.

Then, students shared their experiences at the National Hispanic Institute.  Their plans for fundraising so that more students could participate in these experiences was encouraging.  And the student board representatives gave an update on activities happening at the high school.

A pleasure, indeed, to recognize and hear from staff and students.” Bea Niblock

Click here for a video of the meeting.

September 16, 2019 Board Meeting

17 Sep

Lonnie Hogeland, left,  and David Adland were recognized at the school board meeting on September 16 for donating vests to the school district for use by staff outside of schools.

Local business leaders donate safety vests

Lonnie Hogeland from L. Hogeland Auto Plaza and David Adland from Adland Engraving and Screen Printing were recognized for donating new safety vests for our staff serving as crossing guards at our schools.

Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte thanked them as we continue to look at ways to increase safety around our schools. Handheld stop signs have been purchased by the district for those helping at school crossings as well.

Personnel items
Click here for personnel items approved by the board.


Student School Board Representatives
School board representatives, from left, Carmen Araiza, Mia Barajas and Diana Sanchez presented their report on upcoming Homecoming week activities, band information and an athletics recap from the past week.


Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte

Reconstruction and Expansion of MHS Tennis/Pickleball Facilities
Dr. Theron Schutte presented this future proposed project which includes the  reconstruction and expansion of MHS tennis facility.  The courts have outlived their standard life time and are cracking in several places.

There is a need for quality courts in the future for not only MHS tennis programs, but for youth and community use.

The proposal would take the complex from an 8 court location to 12 courts plus the addition of pickleball courts, a restroom and parking. It would also make the facility ADA accessible.

The total preliminary cost of the project is at $2.2 million, which Dr. Schutte hopes can be split three ways between the school district, the city and a Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation grant. Sales tax funds would pay the district’s share of the project. There is a hope that half of the 12 courts can begin construction in the spring.

Dr. Schutte said he realizes there are more pressing facility needs in the district such as Miller auditorium and MHS air conditioning.  He said those are significantly higher priced projects and the reason why this tennis court project is coming before the board is the possibility of sharing the cost.

He will be presenting to the Marshalltown City Council on September 23. This was an information item only, no action was taken by the board on Monday.

Board Policies
Initial Review
102.E.6 Disposition of Disclosure Form –  Marked as reviewed
104 Anti-Bullying/Anti-Harrassment Policy – Marked as reviewed
104-R1 Anti-Bullying/Anti-Harrassment Policy (Investigation Procedures) – Marked as reviewed

The next regular meeting of the school board will be at 5 p.m. on October 7.

From Board President Bea Niblock
“The student board representatives gave their first presentation at Monday’s meeting.  Carmen Araiza, Mia Barajas, and Diana Sanchez shared a power point presentation with the board and audience.

The presentation included photos and information about Homecoming Week and sporting events.  The student reps have set a high bar for themselves in sharing high school news. We look forward to their participation in future meetings and sharing of presentations.” – Bea Niblock

Click here for the video of this meeting.

September 3, 2019 Board Meeting

4 Sep

Junior Achievement of Central Iowa presented the Marshalltown Community School District with the School District of the Year award. Pictured from left are Erica Finders and Pam Brewer- Michael receiving the award from Collin Lane of Junior Achievement.

MCSD awarded Junior Achievement School District of the Year

Junior Achievement Director of Central Iowa Programs Collin Lane presented Curriculum and Professional Development Teacher Leaders Erica Finders and Pam Brewer-Michael the recognition of the Marshalltown Community School District being awarded their 2019 School District of the Year Award.

In 2018-19, Marshalltown Schools had 150 classrooms participate in Junior Achievement, where community members present the curriculum and provide a taste of their career to the students. There were also special programs such as Junior Achievement BizTown attended by Lenihan students and other JA programs utilized by the district.

“That impacted 3,352 students in your district,” Lane said.

Finders said she has received positive feedback from community members, teachers and students involved in Junior Achievement.

“We’re really excited to get this award,” Finders said. “We have worked really hard in Marshalltown to implement this program.”

Computer Science

Pictured from left are Nicole Critchfield, Sue Cahill and Deirdre Murphy

MCSD staff earn Computer Science endorsement
MCSD staff who earned a Computer Science endorsement from the State of Iowa through the Computer Science grant were recognized at the meeting. Teachers include Sue Cahill, Tessa Cohen (not present), Nicole Critchfield, Deirdre Murphy, Anne Sellers (not present) and Alicia Patten (not present).  The program was through Northwestern College in Orange City.
“I think this will greatly enhance our understanding that all students need to be involved in computer science,” Cahill said.

Apgar Family donates $15,000 to MHS volleyball
Tom Apgar presented a donation to MHS Athletic Director Ryan Isgrig and Miller Athletic Director Jeff Tice in the amount of $15,000 in recognition of his father, the late Pat Apgar. The donation will help the middle school and high school volleyball programs.
The Apgars have been strong supporters of Marshalltown volleyball and the school district.
Click here to learn more about the donation.

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

Student School Board Representatives
MHS seniors Carmen Araiza, Mia Barajas and Diana Sanchez have been selected as the student school board representatives this school year. This is the second year the board has had student representatives. The board approved them as representatives. Learn more about them here.

Art Trip Out-of-State Travel Request to Chicago, Illinois
MHS art teachers Kirk Niehouse, Rebecca Erickson and Wade Judge made this request as they plan to take students on a trip to Chicago on October 4. They plan to take a chartered bus to Chicago to visit The National Museum of Mexican Art, the Contemporary Museum of Art, the Chicago Art Institute, Millennium Park and Navy Pier. The board approved the out of state field trip request.

2019 Summer Teacher Externship Recap
Dee Burt, Curriculum Professional Development Leader, gave this report on the summer Teacher Externship program.
“Four days of intense tours, panel discussions and conversations with business leaders in our community,” Burt said.
A total of 36 businesses and 48 teachers participated. The plans are for this to continue next year. Dr. Schutte commended Dee for leading this program and all of her hard work.

End-of-Year Report
Dr. Lisa Stevenson, Director of Instruction, presented this report. These are all data indicators we collected last school year.

  • Chronic Absenteeism went up to 20.8 percent of students overall. These are students who miss more than 10 percent of the total school days.

“It is a concern,” Dr. Stevenson said of the chronic absenteeism percentage. “We really are digging into this.”

  • Bullying/Harassment- Data-  stayed steady-
  •  Did reach the goal of decrease in major behavior referrals. 87 percent of students had 0-1 referrals.
  • Preschool- met goal of students of 58 percent not at risk-
  • Reading goals- “We are inching forward” Stevenson said, but goals were not met= though FAST is more rigorous than the previous Iowa Assessments.
  • Math- FAST system used currently- goals were based on previous Iowa Assessments- and were not met.
  • Graduation Rate- Goal was 90 percent graduation rate not met, but 87.9 percent is something to celebrate in our district.
  • Drop outs –  met the drop out goal of no more than 75- as drop outs last year were 64

Sale of Surplus Technology
The board approved this sale of surplus technology equipment after a public hearing was held on this earlier in the meeting.

Security Management System Phase 3 Project
This project is to further enhance our existing security entrance systems, add additional elementary school cameras and other upgrades. Bids will be let out and received by October 3. A public hearing was held earlier in the meeting. The board approved the plans specifications, form of contract and estimates of total cost for Phase 3. The bids will be considered at the October 7 board meeting.

Board Policies
102.E3 Notice of Section 504 Student and Parental Rights – Marked as reviewed
102.E4 Discrimination, Anti-Bullying, and Anti Harassment Complaint Form – Marked as reviewed
102.E5 Witness Disclosure Form -Marked as reviewed

The next regular meeting of the school board will be at 5 p.m. on September 16 in the district board room at district offices, 1002 S. 3rd. Ave.

From Board President Bea Niblock
“September has arrived and we look forward to another great year for the MCSD.  We welcomed 3 new student representatives to the board, accepted donations to programs, heard from school district employees and received an award for the district’s participation in the Junior Achievement program.

But, a very significant part of the agenda for the evening was the approval of plans to upgrade the school district security management system.  This topic has been the subject of multiple meetings and a public hearing was held at last night’s meeting. The board approved the distribution of the RFP for the project.  This is a great step forward in securing our buildings and providing a safe environment for students and staff.” – Bea Niblock

Click here for video of this meeting

August 19, 2019 Board Meeting

20 Aug

Director of Food Service Lynn Large presented a report to the school board that served as a wrap up of the last year in food service in the district.

Nutrition Services Update
Director of Food Service Lynn Large presented this report to wrap up the last year in food service in the district.

Summer feeding sites served 23,063 lunches and 6,644 for youth in 2019.  These numbers are up slightly from last summer.

For the school year 2018-19 the district served 666,839 lunch meals and 281,409 breakfast meals. This past school year there were more than a million servings of fruits and vegetables delivered to the students,  “which I’m very proud of,” Large said.

Large said they continue to try to incorporate different fruits and vegetable to expose students to options out there.

“We really are encouraging fruits and vegetables at meal time,” Large said.

New this year, Lenihan Intermediate School will offer free lunches and breakfast meals to all students as part of the Community Eligibility Provision, joining all the elementary schools in this program.

Large also has a goal to increase breakfast participation in the district, which is currently at a 30 percent participation level.

“I would love to see that (number) at least 50 percent of our kids,” Large said.

Click here for personnel items approved by the board.

 Donation to soccer team


From left, Dr. Theron Schutte, Steve Madsen, Scott Johannes and Bobby Shomo.

Shomo-Madsen Insurance and IMT Insurance presented a Community award in the amount of $500 as a donation to Marshalltown High School boys soccer through the Bobcat Booster Club. Bobby Shomo and Steve Madsen presented the donation to Coach Scott Johannes and Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte.

Revenue Purpose Statement
Paulette Newbold, Director of Business Operations, presented this item. Our current Revenue Purpose Statement expires in 2029. With the extension of SAVE, there is a need to put this on the ballot to have the statement go beyond 2029.

The board approved the Revenue Purpose Statement, Ordering an Election on a Revenue Purpose Statement to Authorize Expenditures From Revenue Received From the State Secure an Advanced Vision for Education Fund, and Ordering the Publication of a Notice of Election. This will be on the November 5 ballot.

Security Management System Phase 3
Director of Buildings and Grounds Chuck Springer and Director of Technology Josh Wesley presented this plan.

The plans were shared with the board on security enhancements at all elementary schools with bid alternates for secondary schools.

The project plans call for cameras for front entrances, auxiliary entrances and cameras for perimeter, loading docks and other areas. The plans also call for enhanced security with the access/door systems in the schools.

The estimated cost of the project is $450,000. The board set a public hearing for September 3 (next board meeting) regarding plans, specs and form of contract for the project. After that, the project is planned to be let out to bid.

Sale of Surplus Technology Equipment
Josh Wesley talked about the success the technology department has had in selling surplus equipment through Last year, the department sold several surplus pieces for a total of approximately $90,000.
The board approved a public hearing for September 3 for the sale of these listed items, which would then go to the surplus website.

Board Policies
First Reading
100.1 (new 100) Name of School District- No changes made since initial review- Approved as amended waived second reading
101.1 (new 103) Long-Range Needs Assessment – Approved as amended waived second reading
101.1-R2 (new 103-R2) Early Childhood Progress: Parent Notification – Approved as amended waived second reading
100 (new 101) District Philosophy, Mission, Beliefs, and Expectations  – Approved as amended waived second reading

Initial Review
102 – Equal Educational Opportunity – Updating Contact name to Nora- Marked as reviewed
102.E2 – Continuous Notice of Nondiscrimination – Updating Contact name to Nora- Marked as reviewed

  1. R1 Grievance Procedure -Updating Contact name to Nora- Marked as reviewed

Director of Communications Andrew Potter presented these updates to progress made from the Communications/Marketing plan presented last fall.

From Board President Bea Niblock
“In just 1 day, we will all be together in the MHS Auditorium.  I will have a few remarks but they won’t be as eloquent as the words of Neil Gaiman.

‘I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you’ll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you’ll make something that didn’t exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return.  And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind.’

Wishing each of you a year filled with remarkable memories!” – Bea Niblock

August 5, 2019 board meeting

6 Aug

Retiring MHS baseball coach Steve Hanson was recognized by the school board during the school board meeting on August 5.

Retiring Coach Hanson honored by school board

Retiring MHS baseball coach Steve Hanson was honored by the board after serving for 26 years in that role. Hanson led the Bobcats to 567 wins, seven state tournament appearances, four state title games and one state championship. He thanked a very supportive staff, the players and coaches through the years.

“You can’t simply do it by yourself,” Hanson said.

He also gave kudos to the well-rounded players he’s had on the Bobcats through the years.

“Almost to a guy, the great players are also great people,” Hanson said.

MHS junior talks about being a US Youth Ambassador


MHS junior Abbey Welden talks to the board about her US Youth Ambassador experience in Paraguay this summer.

MHS junior Abbey Welden talked about her experience as a US Youth Ambassador in Paraguay this summer. To qualify for the program, Abbey had to write five essays as part of her lengthy application and conduct the final verbal interview in Spanish. Abbey is a product of the MCSD dual language program as she started at Woodbury Elementary School.

“I credit the bilingual program (in Marshalltown Schools) with this opportunity entirely,” Welden said. “I see how it is beneficial to people of all different backgrounds.”

For more about her experience, see this video.

For personnel items approved the board, click here.
Late additions to the agenda are highlighted in yellow, said Director of Human Resources Dr. Nora Ryan.

Public Comment
Miller teacher Steve Hinderhofer expressed concern with the amount of food waste he has seen. He would like to talk further on possibly getting those scraps to animals on his farm and maybe paying back the district with a processed pig in the future.

2019 Legislative Priorities
Dr. Theron Schutte, Superintendent, presented this list of priorities.
After previous board conversation, this list was presented for board approval to pass along to the Iowa Association of School Boards to lobby the state legislature. The IASB collates these with other priorities from other districts. The board approved the priorities.

2019-2020 Board and Superintendent Goals
The board was presented these goals for the next year after the board self evaluation and superintendent evaluation. The board approved the goals.

Security management system phase 3
This is looking at further enhancing security and/or adding more secured entry points, said Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte.
The plan also adds security cameras at the elementary and secondary school levels.
Board members expressed concern that they had yet to see plans before approving them and setting a public hearing. Due to this need, it is now scheduled to have plans presented at the August 19 meeting and possibly setting a public hearing for the September 3 meeting.

Board policies
First reading
100 District Philosophy, Mission, Beliefs and Expectations – Approved as amended and waived second reading
100-E1 District Philosophy, Mission, Beliefs and Expectations – Indicators – Deleted
100-E2( new 100-E1)District Philosophy, Mission, Beliefs and Expectations – Strategies  – Approved as amended- waived second reading
New Exhibit 100-E2 District Philosophy, Mission, Beliefs and Expectations-Strategic Plan – Adopted and waived second reading
202.5 (new 203) Board of Directors Conflict of Interest – Updated based on law of thresholds- Approved as amended and waived second reading.
New Policy 206.2 Vice President – Adopted and waived second reading.
501.5 Attendance Center Assignment – Approved as amended and waived second reading
505.5 Graduation Requirements – Approved as amended and waived second reading
603.1 Basic Instruction Program – Approved as amended and waived second reading.

Initial review
100.1 – Name of School District – New number (possibly- coming back) and name change adding wording to align with IASB- To come back before board
101.1  – Long-Range Needs Assessment – Number change to 103 and changes made – To come back before board
101.1-R1 – Long-Range Needs Assessment Process – Number change to 103-R1- marked as reviewed
101.1-R2 – Early Childhood Progress: Parent Notification. Number change to 103-R2- and date changes for reports-  To come back before board

The next regular meeting of the school board will be at 5 p.m. on August 19.

Click here for a video of the August 5 meeting.

From Board President Bea Niblock
“August rolls around and we start thinking about school starting.  In 16 days staff will be gathered together for the pre-service Welcome Back.  And, in 21 days the new school year will start.
But, there’s still much to be done.  Custodians are working at a fast pace to finish their work, administrators are attending a multi-day in-service, teachers are participating in internships, and secretaries are registering the last few students.
As vacations and adventures are but a memory now, a new school year is upon us.  Remember to send those pictures to Andrew so that we can all remember that enjoyment one more time before the school doors open wide to welcome Marshalltown’s youth.
Have a grand new year!” – Bea Niblock