December 21, 2015 board meeting

22 Dec

Extended Learning Program teacher Deb Christenson talks to the school board about the Hour of Code at the Dec. 21 meeting. Also presenting to the board were Franklin fourth grade students Adrian Juarez, left, and Ava Lucas.


Extended Learning Program Teacher Deb Christenson and Franklin Elementary School fourth graders Adrian Juarez and Ava Lucas presented on the Hour of Code. Elementary students throughout the district took part in the computer coding earlier this month. Adrian and Ava conducted a demonstration for the board on coding.

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Iowa School Report Card

Superintendent Dr. Marvin Wade talked about the Iowa School Report Card, which was called for by the 2013 Legislature.

The card was released by the Iowa Department of Education last week via a website (click here for website). He went over the format of the site and how much of the information can be accessed.

“There’s a lot of data on the report cards,” Dr. Wade said.

Dr. Wade said the next step is to figure out how to use this information for the continuous improvement throughout the district.

Super News

Dr. Wade gave his regular overview of his activities, which included dozens of meetings in the schools and community.

Urban Education Network and Iowa Association of School Boards Annual Conference

Dr. Wade, board member Sean Heitmann, and Board President Bea Niblock spoke about their experience at the conference, which was held in November.

Instructional Support Levy

Director of Business Operations Brian Bartz said the Instructional Support Levy has been approved every year. This resolution is proposed for five years.This generates over $2 million a year to be used for general fund purpose. A public hearing on this levy is planned for the Jan. 18 meeting. The board approved the resolution to support the Instructional Support Levy and move forward. 

Board Room Audio and Visual

Director of Buildings and Grounds Rick Simpson and Architect Dave Schulze presented on this topic to make visual and sound improvements in the board room. Two companies submitted proposals for the project. The recommended action from the architect was a total contract award of $65,250 to Tri-City Electric Company of Davenport, Iowa.

The motion for approval died for lack of a second from the board. Buildings personnel were asked to make some adjustments on the cost to bring it down. There was also a concern from some board members that only four board members were in attendance Monday and they haven’t seen a recent facilities plan. There is a plan to have a special board work session to learn more about the facilities plan.


905.1 – Community Use of School Facilities – Last two paragraphs on ICN need to be deleted, will be brought back.

905.1-R1 – Application for Use and Approval – Marked as reviewed.

905.1-R2 – Fees for Use of School Facilities – Increases in hourly rate schedule, will be brought back to board.

905.1-R3 – Regulations for Use of School Facilities – Proposed additional items, to come back.

905.1 –R4 – ICN Room Use Regulations – Policy eliminated by board. (no longer in use in district)

201.8 – Vacancies – Iowa Code language added to policy, to be brought back.

From Board President Bea Niblock

“We find ourselves a day away from winter break – a well-deserved respite from the work that each of you do each day. Travel safely on your journeys and come back to us rested and ready to tackle the challenges and joys that each day brings.

May each of you find the peace and tranquility that this season offers. Wishing all of you a joyous holiday and the most memorable of new years.” – Bea Niblock

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