Vol. 14 | Issue 8

4 Nov

Four Oaks Consortium contract approved

The Board approved a Four Oaks Consortium contract Monday, allowing outside districts to utilize Four Oaks classroom. The agreement states those districts will then reimburse Marshalltown Schools for the actual costs of serving those students.

Matt Cretsinger, director of special services, told the Board if all the Four Oaks slots are filled and students from within the District are identified for services they will take priority and he would work with the outside districts to find alternatives for their students.

Cretsinger said currently there are six outside districts expressing interest in placing students at Four Oaks.

MHS medium voltage service upgrade nears completion

The Board approved substantial completion of the medium voltage electrical service project at Marshalltown High School.

The project, which cost about $1.4 million, updates electrical equipment at MHS and removes the risk of power loss at the high school.

“It’s one that makes our district way safer than it was,” said Sherm Welker, board president.

Marshalltown named ‘Platinum’ district for enrollment reporting

The Iowa Department of Education has named Marshalltown Community School District a “Platinum” district for its timely certified enrollment count.

The DOE recognized 159 districts as being “Gold” level, which means they met three data submission targets set by the state. Districts receiving “Platinum” distinction met those targets for the second consecutive year. Marshalltown is one of 52 districts – or 15 percent of Iowa districts – to meet this standard.

Lisa Koester, director of human resources and student issues, told the Board about this recognition Monday evening. She thanked Sharon Baughman, Stacey Mommer, Keri Ashby and Ginger Jacobson for their work on submitting enrollment data to the state, as well as the numerous others who supported the process.


By Marvin Wade, Superintendent of Schools

During Monday’s meeting the Board of Education approved Voluntary Early Retirement Incentive Program policies for Licensed Teaching Staff, Twelve-Month Secretaries, and Administrators (Policies 314.1, 407.7 and 413.7, respectively).  These policies may be viewed on the MCSD website by clicking on the “Staff Resources” tab.

Respecting the November 2012 decision of a previous Board, voluntary early retirement is not an option for the current 2013-2014 school year.  Sometime between July 1 and September 30, 2014, the Board will make a decision about the Program for the 2014-2015 school year.

Thanks go out to everyone who provided input during the recent process of policy revision – your comments were both helpful and appreciated.


First Reading

407.6/314.1/413.7 – Early Retirement Incentive Programs, approved and waived second reading.
500.1 Objectives for Equal Educational Opportunities for Students, changing “buses” to “vehicles” and “legal guardian or custodian” to  “legal custodial guardian”, approved and waived second reading.
501.3 Attendance Center Assignment, last part of first sentence and second paragraph struck from policy, approved and waive second reading.

Initial Reading

501.4 Attendance Records, mark reviewed.
501.5 Resident Students, add “and/or designee” after superintendent.
501.6 Non-Resident Students, mark reviewed.
501.7 Foreign Students, mark reviewed.
501.9/R Open Enrollment – Sending District, mark reviewed.
501.10/R Open Enrollment – Receiving District, mark reviewed.
501.11 Student Transfers In, mark reviewed.
501.16 Homeless Children and Youth, mark reviewed.

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