May 18, 2015 board meeting

19 May

Elementary art teacher Maggie Parks talks to the board at the start of the May 18 meeting. Also pictured are students, from left, Javi Nunez, Elias Ruiz and Oscar Waterhouse.


Elementary art teacher Maggie Parks talked about the “Trophy of Learning” art projects at Woodbury and Fisher elementary schools. Also talking to the board about the projects were students Javi Nunez, Elias Ruiz and Oscar Waterhouse. The sculptures used clay pieces made by the students and were put together by student teacher Tilly Woodward.

Audit bid summary for 2015-17

Kevin Posekany presented the audit bid for 2015-17. The board approve bids from Nolte, Cornman & Johnson of Newton of $14,250 for 2015, $14,750 for 2016 and $15,250 for 2017.

Community Eligibility Provision

Lynn Large, said MCSD has decided to participate in the Community Eligibility Provision. All students at all six elementary schools in the district will receive breakfast and lunch at no charge next school year as part of this program.

“This is a really exciting provision for us as it makes access to meals easier for our families that we serve,” Large said.

This was approved by the board.

District preschool playgrounds

The board approved the district-wide preschool playground project as substantially complete.

MHS west administration addition and district vestibule project.

Bids were received on May 14. The results of the bids were not as expected as the two bids received were well over the architect’s estimate. The district plans to disconnect the security vestibules from the main MHS project in hopes to get more favorable bids. The board accepted the recommendation to reject the bids. The district will revise the project and bring it back to the board.

Hoglan gutter, storm drainage and air conditioning project

A public hearing was held for this project for work at Hoglan Elementary School. There are physical safety concerns with storm and refreeze – due to water runoff from the roof at Hoglan.

The project was let out to bid with bids to be received on June 11 and the possible awarding of bids on June 15. The board accepted the plans, scope of work, schedule, form of contract and anticipated budget for the project.

Policies (First Readings)

905.9 – Smoking in School District Facilities – To be brought back to reflect “tobacco use” in title

705.9 – Death of a Student, Staff Member or Board Director – Remove last three lines of policy and bring back.

For personnel items, click here.

From Board President Kay Beach

“This coming Sunday afternoon we will be graduating 307 young men and women from Marshalltown High School. As a school district we have strived to ensure that they leave us “intellectually and personally empowered for citizenship” in our ever-changing world. We wish them every good fortune as they step out on their own to enter more fully into adulthood!” – Kay Beach

The next regular board meeting is at 5 p.m. June 1 in district offices.

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