March 6, 2017 Board Meeting

7 Mar

Roundhouse Phase II project moves forward


Kevin Eipperle of FEH Architects talks about the latest design of the MHS Roundhouse Phase II project. A public open house was held prior to the board meeting on March 6.

Roundhouse Phase II Project
Kevin Eipperle of FEH and Mark Williams of HKS Architects presented an update on Phase II of the MHS Roundhouse, which will include an auxiliary gym and a wrestling room. A public open house was held prior to the board meeting in the board room to go over the latest designs.

Total project cost is estimated at $6.8 million, with the construction portion of the project at $6 million. The timeline of the project includes acceptance of bids in May then moving forward with construction in the summer.

“We would expect by July 1 turning dirt,” Eipperle said.

The project is expected to take 1.5 to 2 years to complete. Board members commended Eipperle and his team for being open with this process and seeking public input into the project.

The board approved the design development phase documents and budget update and approved to proceed with the construction and bidding documents phase of design.


Three members of the Bobcat boys bowling team are pictured with their Class 3A state runner up bowling trophy. From left are Carson Potter, Josh Arment and Richie Thomas.

Recognition – Boys Bowling Team
Members of the MHS boys bowling team were recognized at the meeting. They recently took runner up honors as a team in the Class 3A state bowling tournament.

“It’s not really a team, it’s more of a family,” said team member Richie Thomas.

Personnel items
For personnel items approved by the board, click here.


Marshalltown Learning Academy presented to the board. From left, Principal Eric Goslinga, student Ivan Martinez, teacher Nicole Critchfield and student Jacob Borton.

Student/Staff Showcase – Marshalltown Learning Academy
Marshalltown Learning Academy, led by Principal Eric Goslinga, teacher Nicole Critchfield, and MLA students Ivan Martinez and Jacob Borton, presented about personalized learning at MLA.

Martinez is interested in pharmacy and is job shadowing at NuCara Pharmacy before heading to college this fall. He is working on coursework to become a certified pharmacy technician.

Borton is in a CNA class at Marshalltown Community College. Borton job shadowed paramedics at Central Iowa Healthcare. He also brought to the board an underwater robot he assembled at MLA.

Goslinga said these students are examples of extending learning out in the community as they gain authentic work experience.

“We are trying to get our kids out in the community,” Goslinga said.

MLA has received the Instructional Excellence National Recognition from the Clayton Christensen Institute last spring.

“We are the only Iowa entity to receive that recognition,” Goslinga said.

For the presentation document, click on the link here Personalized learning at MLA.

2017-18 School Calendar
The board was presented the two options that were presented to staff as far as the 2017-18 calendar for discussion only this meeting . There were slight modifications to each since they were presented to staff. For the updated options click here.

There was some discussion on both options and ideas for future calendars.

Prior to spring break, district staff were polled on the two calendars. Option 1 with a full week of spring break was favored by 62 percent of staff while 38 percent favored Option 2. There were 460 respondents to the staff survey.

Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte said he plans to bring back Option 1 for approval at the next board meeting, which is March 20. Option 1 includes a start date of August 23,2017  a full week of spring break from March 12-16, 2018 and a last day of school on June 4, 2018. Graduation would be May 27, 2018.

Board Policies
314.1 – Early Retirement- Needs changed dates, to come back
401.5- Employee Records- Changed Board Secretary to Human Resources Director as custodian of employee records- Approved
401.8 – Recognition for Service of Employees- Changes to be made after future meeting with MEA – to come back
401.10-R – Credit Cards- No changes- Mark as reviewed
401.11 – Travel Allowance – Marked as reviewed
401.12- Employee Use of Cell Phones – Marked as reviewed
401.12R – Employee Use of Cell Phones Administrative Regulation – Change needed to last paragraph of last section. Josh Wesley will provide a revision.
402.2 – Child Abuse Reporting- Change recommended in second paragraph to mirror with Iowa Association of School Board policy, from come back before board
402.2-R- Child Abuse Reporting Regulation – Changes to be made to mirror Iowa code, Ben Fletcher to provide changes, will come back before board.

Contract agreement
Director of Human Resources Anthony Spurgetis said due to the collective bargaining bill signed by the governor that the teacher contract agreement between the district and Marshalltown Education Association is null and void

“We need to start the process over,” Spurgetis said. “We’ve communicated to MEA that we intend to honor what we agreed to in good faith.”

The next school board meeting is scheduled for March 20 at 5 p.m. in district offices.

From Board President Bea Niblock
“It seems that the movement on Phase II of the Roundhouse development has received quite a push forward. The recent months have found the facilities committee working with the architects from FEH Design through a series of designs and options, seeking community input, and deciding on the one best option for the district.

Kevin Eipperle, and fellow architects, from FEH Design presented the design development documents and budget update to the board. Questions were addressed and the board gave approval to proceed with the construction and bidding documents phase of the design process.

With that approval, and the completion of the next phase, we will see dirt turned on the construction of the $6 million project by July 1! It’s exciting to see Phase II moving ahead after the delays we experienced with Phase I of the remodel project at the Roundhouse.” – Bea Niblock

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