Board Report- March 2, 2015 meeting

3 Mar


Lenihan Intermediate School students Xander Harwell and Megan Sills were honored for their art pieces, which received statewide recognition through the Art Educators of Iowa.

Marshalltown High School student resource specialist Scott Johannes talked about being honored with the Golden Apple Award from WHO-TV.

The Marshalltown High School bowling team won the Class 3A state team title on Feb. 25 and talked about their experience.


The MHS boys bowling team was honored by the school board for its Class 3A state team title. Pictured talking  is coach Roger Taylor Sr.

Anson Elementary Presentation

Anson Principal Ronnie Manis, presented along with staff members Jennifer Estabrook, Kim Hurley and Jennifer Janssen on strategies to help the school’s 360 students succeed. The four main areas of focus for Anson staff include SIOP implementation, math, language literacy framework and increasing parent involvement.

MHS Principal Search Process

Lisa Koester presented the process for selecting the next MHS principal. Dr. Marvin Wade and Koester plan to meet with MHS staff next week to share information on the process. Committees of staff, students, community members and administration will be formed and meet to determine criteria of what they want in the next principal. The district received 23 applicants from throughout the United States. Administration will sort through criteria and narrow the field to interview. Committees will determine questions to ask the candidates. Candidate interviews are planned to be scheduled for the week of March 23. The plan is come to the board on April 6 with a recommendation for the new hire.

Budget preparation for fiscal year 2015-16

Dr. Wade said the district is starting to feel the crunch because State Supplemental Aid has not been set by legislature, and we are in the same boat with every other district in the state. There are several variables to take into consideration before building the budget. Kevin Posekany said in two weeks he will bring more budget information to the board.

Reading Recovery Training Facility Remodel

Rick Simpson and Dave Schulze presented remodeling bids for the Staff Development Annex at 315 Columbus Drive. This renovation will allow for the space to be used by the district and other school districts for training. The board approved the base bid and two alternates for $83,500 from Hay Construction of Marshalltown for the project.

Board policies

902.2 – News Conferences and Interviews – Approve as amended and waive second reading.

903.3 – Building Visitors– Approved as amended and waive second reading.

803.1 – Deposition of Obsolete Equipment – Initial reading conducted, will come back to board for first reading

705.1 – Purchasing – Initial reading conducted, will come back for first reading

903.7 – Parent-Teacher Organizations – Marked as reviewed.

904.1 – Public Performance by students – Marked as reviewed

904.2- Sales Promotion Prohibited – Suggested to be reworded and brought back.

904.4 – Money Raising Activities in Schools. – Marked as reviewed.

905.1-R1 – Application for Use and approval- Take a look at it and bring back.

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Message From Board President Kay Beach

Tonight I began my personal ANGRY SEASON. I’m angry with our governor for not making adequate funding for education his top priority. And I’m angry with our legislators for failing to agree on a package for State Supplemental Aid for next school year within the time required by law. And I’m angry that Boards of Education are required to certify by April 20 their budgets for next school year without that information. Please take the time to let your state legislators know that you are angry about this, too–because you should be! They’re your children, and their futures are at stake…

– Kay Beach

The next regular board meeting is at 5 p.m. March 16 in district offices.

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