December 3, 2018 Board Meeting

4 Dec
America

Marshalltown High School student board representative America Dominguez updated the board on MHS activities during the December 3, 2018 school board meeting.

Student School Board Representative Update
MHS student America Dominguez updated the board on MHS activities including information on boys swimming, the French Club, a Veterans Day display, Tree ornaments from Student Rotarians, the poinsettia sale and upcoming events.

Recognition
Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte was recognized as it was his birthday.

Personnel
For personnel items approved by the board see below.

RESIGNATIONS:
Stacy Betts, Special Education Paraeducator Level II at Lenihan, Effective November 28, 2018
Kanjana Hahn, General Food Service Worker at Franklin, Effective November 26, 2018
Curtis Jarrell, Bus Driver for Transportation, Effective November 21, 2018
Ann Collison, Special Education Paraeducator Level III at Hoglan Elementary, Effective December 31, 2018
Stephanie Anderson, General Education Paraeducator – Study Hall at MHS, Effective November 26, 2018

TERMINATIONS:
Tanya Viles, Special Education Paraeducator Level II at MHS, Effective November 21, 2018

CHANGE OF CONTRACT:
Christian Tuttle, LI/T1 Para at Anson Elementary
Change of Contract Hours
Start: November 27, 2018
From: 7 hrs/day
To: 7.5 hrs/day

Barb Arends, Special Education Paraeducator Level I at Hoglan Elementary
To: Special Education Paraeducator Level II at Hoglan Elementary
Start: December 4, 2018
Salary: $16.34/hr

Yaisha Erwin, BD Paraeducator at MHS
To: Special Education Paraeducator Level II at Anson Elementary
Change of Location
From: MHS
To: Anson

Connor McKibben, Substitute Bus Driver with Transportation
From: Bus Monitor with Transportation
Salary: Depends on Route Driven
Start: November 16, 2018

Gary Lurvey, Bus Driver at Transportation
Change of Route which changes Salary
From: Preschool Driver with 3 routes/day
To: Special Education Driver with 2 routes/day
Salary: $12,990.03/yr

Student School Board Representative Update
MHS student America Dominguez updated the board on MHS activities including information on boys swimming, the French Club, a Veterans Day display, Tree ornaments from Student Rotarians, the poinsettia sale and upcoming events.

Smith

State Representative Mark Smith

State Representative Mark Smith
State Representative Mark Smith addressed the board as he prepares for the 2019 legislative session.

“I feel like I’ve always been a strong supporter of public education,” Smith said.

Representative Smith said it appears to be a “tough budget year again.”

Dr. Schutte talked about unfunded and underfunded mandates – such as financial literacy that needs to be implemented soon. Also discussion was held regarding SAVE ( the statewide penny sales tax which sunsets on December 31, 2029), mental health, school calendars, the school funding formula  and more.

The board also presented Representative Smith the Iowa Association priorities and school board priorities.  State Senator Jeff Edler and Representative Dean Fisher are expected to address the board at the December 17 board meeting.

Lisa

Director of Instruction Dr. Lisa Stevenson talks about the At-Risk Budget program and budget while Director of Special Services Matt Cretsinger looks on.

2019-2020 At-Risk Budget Overview
Director of Instruction Dr. Lisa Stevenson and Director Of Special Services Matt Cretsinger presented this report as information only. This is a result of work of an at-risk committee, which meets monthly.
Dr. Stevenson reported while we made headway in increasing the graduation rate and decreasing the  dropout rate, we still have work to do.

“At least our trajectory is moving in the right direction,” Dr. Stevenson said.

She said, they continue to look to improve on chronic absenteeism, behavior issues, overall proficiency in reading and math and credit recovery. Two of the new priorities are to expand Bobcat University and expand the i-JAG at high school. The budget is near the same amount requested the previous year. Board and administrator discussion was held.  Director of Business Operations Paulette Newbold also went over the budget.
The proposed dropout prevention and at-risk budget will be brought before the board for possible approval at the December 17 meeting.

2019-2020 School Year Calendar
Dr. Theron Schutte and Communications Director Andrew Potter presented a feedback results summary from parents and staff on the tentative 2019-20 calendar. While the results varied, spring break seemed to be the most talked about topic in the feedback.

Board President Bea Niblock said in the future she would like to see two calendars for staff to vote on as was done in the past. A public hearing on the proposed calendar will be held at the December 17 board meeting.

Authorization To Seek Bids for School Buses
Transportation Director Rex Kozak sought authorization from the board get bids for three new school buses
Mr. Kozak will report back to the board with bids he received. The board granted authorization to seek bids.

Board Policies
First reading
312.3-E1 Fringe Benefits-Administrators/Supervisors – Add past practice that administrators can carryover 10 days, TO come back before board
604.6 ( new 604.1) Competent Private Instruction – Adopted IASB policy and renumbered, Adopted and waived second reading
New Policy 903.1 School-Community Groups – Presented at last meeting – Adopted and waived second reading
New Policy 904.1 Transporting Students in Private Vehicles – new policy  -Adopted and waived second reading

Initial Review
New Policy 505.6 Early Graduation – New policy that supports current and past practice- To come back to board for approval
505.7 Commencement – Change made due to deletions in 600 series – To come back before board
704.6 Educational Material Fees – Deleted by board- (Information from it added to policies in 500 and 600 series)
605.1 (new 505.1) Student Progress Reports and Conferences – New number, Minor change, Marked as reviewed
605.2 (new 605.8) Accountability Test Integrity/Test Preparation – Changed from old No Child Left Behind, to come back before board
605.4 – Graduation Requirements – Graduation Ceremonies- Deleted (added to other policy)
605.4-R (new 505.5) Graduation Requirements –Changes made to come back before board.
605.5 Education Records – Deleted –

The board then went into a closed session to conduct a quarterly evaluation of the superintendent.

The next regular meeting of the school board will be at 5 p.m. on Monday, December 17 in district offices (1002 S. 3rd. Ave.).

From Board President Bea Niblock

“This is the time of the year when our legislators are invited to visit with the school board. Last night, Representative Mark Smith joined the board for a conversation.
The board shared its legislative priorities with Representative Smith and he shared his expectations for the 2019 session.

He indicated that this will be another year of low state aid. That is not good news for us as we have been working with a limited budget for a number of years now. Other items discussed included underfunded mandates, mental health concerns, and the continuation of the penny sales tax (SAVE).

Senator Jeff Edler and Representative Dean Fisher will be present at the December 17th board meeting for a similar discussion. Take up advocacy for our public schools and join us at our next meeting.” – Bea Niblock

 

November 19, 2018 Board Meeting

20 Nov
Anson

Anson Elementary School Principal Ronnie Manis presents to the school board on November 19 along with Anson Counselor Ashley Chyma, center,  and Extended Learning Program teacher Nicole Holman Lankelma.

Anson Elementary School Presentation
Principal Ronnie Manis, Counselor Ashley Chyma and Extended Learning Teacher Nicole Holman Lankelma presented this report, which focused on attendance, behavior and STEM activities.
Manis said they have tried several new tactics this year to increase student attendance and so far it’s working. Daily attendance is at 97 percent, which is up a few percentage points from last year. They went to morning meetings and put breakfast back in the classroom. They also have flags for classrooms to hang if they have 100 percent attendance that day.
“The kids love these flags,” Manis said. “When you motivate the kids to be at school it makes a huge difference.”
Chyma talked about the peace room which is a calming room where a student can feel safe and a way to calm down.
Lankelma talked about a makerspace cart with many creative projects, many of which are STEM related.
“It’s available for all students at Anson, not just the XLP kids,” Holman Lankelma said.

Recognitions

Mommer

Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte thanks District Registrar Stacey Mommer for her work on the certified enrollment which resulted in the district being named on The Gold Star List.

Marshalltown Community School District Registrar, Stacey Mommer, and Assistant to the Director of Instruction, Maeia Milot (not in attendance), were recognized for their work on certified enrollment. The District was placed on the The Gold Star List, receiving special recognition from the Student Reporting in Iowa (SRI) team from the Iowa Department of Education.

Better Boardsmanship Award
The school board was recognized for its collective Better Boardsmanship Awards from the Iowa Association of School Boards at the recent convention. Also individual board members who received awards for their continued professional development included Ross Harris, Sean Heitmann, Janelle Carter and Bea Niblock. Click here for more information on the board recognition.

Personnel items approved by the board below
RESIGNATIONS:
Sage Ballalatak, General Education Paraeducator at Anson Elementary; Effective November 19, 2018
Yadira Yepez, Special Education Paraeducator Level III at Lenihan Intermediate; Effective December 20, 2018
Daniel Juhl, Bus Driver for Transportation , Effective November 10, 2018
Jennifer Hager, Food Service Bookkeeper at Central Office, Effective November 16, 2018
Kamar Essex, Special Education Paraeducator Level II at Anson Elementary; Effective November 8, 2018
Linda Mills, General Food Service Worker at Miller Middle School, Effective November 30, 2018

TERMINATIONS:
Anthony Moore, Bus Driver for Transportation , Effective November 7, 2018

APPOINTMENTS:
Carlos Torres, Bus Monitor for Transportation
New Position
Salary: $9.90/hr
Start: October 30, 2018

Rebecca Neiman, Bus Monitor for Transportation
New Position
Salary: $9.90/hr
Start: October 29, 2018

Stan Randall, Substitute Bus Driver for Transportation
New Position
Salary: Determined by Route
Start: October 30, 2018

Katie Houser, Intramural Assistant at Lenihan Intermediate
Salary: $500/season (This is for 2nd quarter season)
Start: October 6, 2018

Christian Carrazco, Intramural Assistant at Lenihan Intermediate
Salary: $500/season (This is for 2nd quarter season)
Start: October 6, 2018

Joan Furjanic, Intramural Assistant at Lenihan Intermediate
Salary: $500/season (This is for 2nd quarter season)
Start: October 6, 2018

Kim Gaskill, Intramural Assistant at Lenihan Intermediate
Replaces: Brandon Goldman
Salary: $500/season (This is for 2nd quarter season)
Start: October 6, 2018

Katherine Gable, Assistant Girls Soccer Coach at MHS
Replaces: Leigh Hornbuckle
Salary: $3,569 for 2018-2019 season
Start: March 18, 2019

Maria Avalos Parra, 10 Mo. Secretary: Bilingual Attendance at MHS
Replaces: Lilana Perez
Salary: $11.90/hr
Start: October 16, 2018

Gillian Beebe, Special Education Paraeducator Level II/III at MHS
New Position
Salary: $10.36/hr
Start: November 1, 2018

Stacy Betts, Special Education Paraeducator Level II at Lenihan
New Position
Salary: $10.36/hr
Start: November 27, 2018

CHANGE OF CONTRACT:
Morgan Hager, Food Service General Worker at Miller
Change of Location and Salary
From: Franklin Elementary: $11.67/hr (Step 2, Grade 1)
To: Miller Middle School: $11.46/hr (Step 1, Grade 1)

Start: October 29, 2018
Mary Ann Wallace, Food Service General Worker at Lenihan Intermediate
From: General Worker at Miller Middle School
Salary: $12.15/hr (Step 1, Grade 3)
Start: October 29, 2018

Susan Fecht, Food Service General Worker at Miller Middle School
From: Food Service Substitute Worker
Salary: $11.46/hr (Step 1, Grade 1)
Start: October 29, 2018

Jeff Davis, Evening Custodian at Anson Elementary
From: Evening Custodian at MHS
Replaces: Heather West
Salary: $17.78
Start: October 15, 2018

Lee Krukow, Grade 5 Engineer at MHS
From: Food Service Driver with Food Service
Replaces: Gary Nymeyer
Salary: $17.38/hr
Start: November 12, 2018

Public comment
Teachers Matthew Nevins and Rachel Nelson-Loupee spoke in favor of continuing the early retirement incentive.

Student School Board Representative Update
MHS senior Jane Ragland talked about the  all-state music festival held last Saturday and the monthly Friday night dances at MHS.

2018-2019 Miller Middle School Student Handbook Amendment
The Miller handbook was not updated when others were updates made to head lice to other handbooks in district. This item updated that handbook.

2019-2020 School Year Calendar
A tentative 2019-20 school calendar was presented to the board. It mirrors the current calendar year in many ways. It has also been brought before the administrative team and calendar committee for feedback.
The tentative calendar will next be sent to parents and staff for feedback before being brought back to the board for approval in December.

“Leaders of Learning: How District, School, and Classroom Leaders Improve Student Achievement” Board Book Study
The board and administrators continues with the discussion of Chapter 5 – Developing a Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum.

The board approved the following two items

Application to the School Budget Review Committee for 2018 Modified Supplemental Authority for Increasing Enrollment, Open Enrollment Out and Limited English Proficiency Instruction Beyond Five Years

Approve SBRC Application for Increasing Enrollment, Open Enrollment Out, and LEP Instruction Beyond Five Years as presented. The recommendation is to apply for the authority for LEP instruction beyond 5 years in the amount of $1,154,626 and open enrollment out not on the fall 2017 count in the amount of $625,083.20 for a total request of $1,779,709.20.

Board approves voluntary early retirement program for end of 2018-19 school year
This program offers health insurance to those eligible for early retirement for 96 months or to the age of 65  who take early retirement.
Dr. Schutte presented additional information to the board as requested.
Employees are eligible by serving the district for 15 or more years and meeting rule of 88. The board held a lengthy discussion on the agenda item before approving the incentive for this spring.

Board Policies
407.6 Licensed Teacher Staff Voluntary Early Retirement Incentive Program – First reading- Changing deadline date to after certified enrollment is made public. Approved as amended waived second reading
413.7 Twelve-Month Secretary Voluntary Early Retirement Incentive Program – Changing deadline date. Approved as amended waived second reading
New Policy 505.8 Parent and Family Engagement – Brought before board at last meeting,- Adopted and waived second reading
New Policy 604.6 Instruction At A Post-Secondary Education Institution –  Adopted and waived second reading
New Policy 604.6-R1 Instruction At A Post-Secondary Educational Institution Regulation- Adopted and waived second reading
604.1 (new 607.1) Student Guidance and Counseling Program- New number- adopted and waived second reading
312.3-E1 Fringe Benefits-Administrators/Supervisors – Change to use previous years accumulate vacation through July of next year- To come back before board
New Policy 903.1 School-Community Groups – Finance committee to look into wording of policy – To come back before board
New Policy 904.1 Transporting Students in Private Vehicles – To come back
604.2 Health Services  – New number to 607.2 to align with IASB, minor changes- Marked as reviewed
604.1 (new number- Private Instruction (old and new (604.1) – Delete 604.6 that was delete old policy  – New policy to come back before board
604.7 Dual Enrollment – very similar to IASB policy minor word changes- Marked as reviewed.
604.8 Foreign Students – Marked as reviewed
604.8 Home School Assistance Program- Delete policy -not needed

Annual Organizational meeting

JanelleBea

Bea Niblock, right, was re-elected by the board to serve as Board President for the next year.
Janelle Carter, left, was re-elected by the board to serve as Board Vice President for the next year.

The next regular meeting of the school board will be at 5 p.m. on December 3 in district offices.

From Board President Bea Niblock
“Monday’s board meeting found the board holding its annual organizational meeting due to changes in state law. This meeting used to be held in September. Board leadership was elected during this meeting.

Janelle Carter was elected vice president for the coming year. I have worked with Janelle for 3 years and am delighted to continue working with her. Janelle is an educator for fellow board members helping them understand issues and works tirelessly to move the district forward. Without Janelle’s leadership, the board would not work as seamlessly as it does.

And, I was elected president. I am honored that my fellow board members have confidence in my leadership skills and ability to drive our own learning to better understand the things that make our district great.

Janelle and I are both excited to provide leadership to the board and to encourage the growth of the district day after day.” – Bea Niblock

 

November 5, 2018 Board Meeting

6 Nov

Rogers Elementary teachers embrace leadership roles

Rogers

Rogers Elementary School Principal Dr. Mick Jurgensen talks to the school board during a school presentation on November 5. Also pictured from left are Rogers staff Sabrina Russell, Jodi Kolbe, Ashley Verdinez Ramirez and Erin Faas.

Rogers Elementary Presentation
Rogers Principal Dr. Mick Jurgensen presented along with Rogers staff Ashley Verdinez Ramirez, Jodi Kolbe, Erin Faas and Sabrina Russell.
Jurgensen said many teachers are involved in leadership roles at the school.
“Our teachers are involved, usually in multiple things,” Jurgensen said.
The group talked about how they utilize leadership roles in the school and other items including supporting instruction and learning through the use of technology, accepting instruction from the instructional coach, classroom observations and more.

Recognitions
Board Member Sean Heitmann read the presidential proclamation on National Veterans and Military Families Month. Click here to see the list of veterans employed in Marshalltown Schools. Thank you veterans!

Personnel
The personnel items approved by the board are below.

RESIGNATIONS:
Kayla Mobley, Special Education Paraeducator Level II/III at MHS; Effective October 19, 2018
Lacey Anderson, Food Service Worker at Miller Middle School; Effective October 31, 2018
Kim Turner, Food Service Worker at Franklin Elementary; Effectiver October 23, 2018
Shonna Garth, Speech Coach Assistant at MHS, Effective October 15, 2018

TERMINATIONS:
Heather West, Full time Custodian with Buildings & Grounds; Effective October 4, 2018

APPOINTMENTS:
Don Wilder, Head Boys Bowling Coach at MHS
Replaces: Roger Taylor
Salary: $3569
Start: November 5, 1018

Don Wilder, Head Girls Bowling Coach at MHS
Replaces: Stacey Galema
Salary: $3569
Start: November 5, 1018

Alley Edwards, Special Education Paraeducator Level II/III at MHS
New Position
Salary: $10.36/hr
Start: TBD

Denise Tarrence, Special Education Paraeducator Level II/III at Lenihan Intermediate
Replaces: Jeanette Heil
Salary: $10.36/hr
Start: TBD

Sarai Ruiz, Special Education Paraeducator Level II/III at Lenihan Intermediate
New Position
Salary: $10.36/hr
Start: October 30, 2018

Leigh Hornbuckle, Head Girls Soccer Coach at MHS
Replaces: Stacey Galema
Salary: $4,586
Start: March 18th, 2018

Shelby Zahand, Special Education Paraeducator Level III at Hoglan Elementary
Replaces: Tiffany Fouts
Salary: $10.36/hr
Start: October 17, 2018

Jennifer Renderos, Special Education Paraeducator Level II at Fisher Elementary
New Position
Salary: 10.36/hr
Start: October 23, 2018

CHANGE OF CONTRACT:
Sage Ballalatak, General Education Paraeducator at Anson
Change of Contract Hours
From: 6.5 hrs/day
To: 7.0 hrs/day

Student School Board Representative Update
Student Board Representatives America Dominguez, Jane Ragland and Jocelin Sharfnejda provided their regular update to the board, with updates on athletics and activities at MHS.

Certified Enrollment Count and Open Enrollment Count
Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte presented these updated enrollment numbers.
Current certified enrollment is at 5,366, down 92.78 students.
“We are going to continue to drill down,” Schutte said of the enrollment numbers.
This drop was after two straight years of enrollment increases in the district.

Bobcat University Summer 2018 Summary
Director of Instruction Dr. Lisa Stevenson and Clarissa Thompson of Mid-Iowa Community Action gave a summary of Bobcat University. The summer learning program had 237 elementary students attend.
Reading and math achievement data was positive for those who attended Bobcat University, Dr. Stevenson said.
“I am pleased with the results we had,” Dr. Stevenson said.

Leaders of Learning book study
The board and administrators continued with the book study, this time with Chapter 4.

Consideration of Voluntary Early Retirement Program
Dr. Schutte said this is the time of the year that the board decides if it wishes to offer the voluntary early retirement incentive for the coming year.
His recommendation for this year is for the board to approve offering the Voluntary Early Retirement Incentive program, which provides insurance to those retirees after retirement.
Board members expressed interest in seeing numbers of how much money it will save and the need for “hard data” on eligible retirees and how much the program costs.
The district will provide information at the next meeting to help the board with the decision.
The item was tabled until the requested financial data is received.

Bids for the Purchase of Buildings and Grounds Equipment
Director of Buildings and Grounds Chuck Springer recommended the board approve the Van-Wall Equipment Inc. bid in the amount $34,998 for a new utility tractor.
The utility tractor will replace an aging and high-mileage truck and will be used for moving snow, playground mulch, dirt work, work at the athletic complex and other general uses.
The board approved the bid.

Board Policies
603.3 (new 606.5) Student Field Trips and Excursions – Minor changes from last meeting. Approved as amended, waived second reading

First Reading
407.6 Licensed Teacher Staff Voluntary Early Retirement Incentive Program – Changed date, To Come back
413.7 Twelve-Month Secretary Voluntary Early Retirement Incentive Program – To come back
603.4 (new 603.12) Homework – No changes since last meeting, Approved and waived second reading
603.5 Textbook Resource Selection- Deleted
603.6 (new 605.1) Instructional Materials Selection (new and old) -Approve new policy waive second reading
603.6-E (new 605.3-E2) Request for Reconsideration of Instructional Materials (new and old)- Approve new policy, delete old waive second reading
603.8-R(new 603.9-R1) Academic Freedom Regulation = Approved and waived second reading
New Policy 605.1-R1 Selection of Instructional Materials – Approve and waive second reading
New Policy 605.2 Instructional Materials Inspection – Adopt and waive second reading
New Policy 605.3 Objection to Instructional Materials- Adopt and waive second reading
New Policy 605.3-E1 Instructions to the Reconsideration Committee- Adopt and waive second reading
704.3 Investments No changes since last meeting, Approved and waived second reading
705.1 Purchasing-Bidding – No changes since last meeting, Approved and waived second reading
710.2 Free or Reduced Price Meals- No changes since last meeting, Approved and waived second reading
710.4 Meal Charges -No changes since last meeting, Approved and waived second reading

Initial Reading
New Policy 505.8 Parent and Family Engagement – Recent recommendation for Department of Education- To come back before board
New Policy 604.6 Instruction at a Post-Secondary Educational Institution – IASB policy to come back
New Policy 604.6-R1 Instruction at a Post-Secondary Education Institution Regulation – To come back
603.11 (new 604.5) Religion Based Exclusion From School Program – Marked as reviewed
603.12 (new 605.6) Internet-Appropriate and Safe Use- Marked as reviewed
603.12-R (new 605.6-R1) Internet-Appropriate and Safe Use Regulation- Marked as reviewed
604.1 (new 607.1) Student Guidance and Counseling Program – minor word change- marked as reviewed
604.1-R (new 607.1-R1) Student Guidance and Counseling Program – Marked as reviewed.

Special finance meeting
A special work session finance meeting was held on November 1. Click here to view a video of that meeting.

The next board meeting is November 19 at 5 p.m.

From Board President Bea Niblock
“As the district continues to struggle with student achievement, the board received some encouraging news last night.

Bobcat University (the district’s elementary summer supplemental program) showed growth in the fall test scores of students who attended BU. Students attending the program showed greater growth in both reading and math than those who did not attend. That is welcomed news as the district strives to lessen summer learning loss.

Many things were learned about how to enrich this opportunity and organizers are working to diminish problems noted. Bobcat University proved to be a learning experience for students and adults alike.” – Bea Niblock

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
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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

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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