May 1, 2017 Board Meeting

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Franklin Elementary School third grader Braylon Draisey talks to school board members Ross Harris and Janelle Carter during the student/staff showcase at the board meeting on May 1.

Student/staff Showcase – Franklin Elementary School
Franklin Principal Tim Holmgren led off the presentation and had students and staff introduce themselves. Dozens of students attended as well as their families and Franklin staff.

The presentation then went into Extended Learning Program students displaying the roving robot they programmed and the introduction of the Franklin Battle of the Books team which won the district contest recently.

The students then broke into groups and spotlighted the following at these grade levels.
Kindergarten –  Fluency/word work
1st –  Math fact games
2nd – Poetry and community experience at Iowa Veterans Home
3rd –  Personalized learning/Writing
4th –  Writing Conferences







May is School Board Recognition Month. Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte recognized the school board members as part of this month.


Marshalltown School Board

Board President Bea Niblock recognized Andrew Potter for his school public relations association award for the Bobcat Pride 2017 video.

Ms. Niblock also read a proclamation for National Teacher Day which is May 9.

Dr. Theron Schutte said the district will be sending cookies to each of the buildings as part of National Teacher Day next Tuesday.

Thank you teachers and the school board!

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

Strategic Action plan update
Dr. Schutte presented a very preliminary draft of potential strategy areas as work continues on the next strategic action plan.
Input was gathered from community members, staff and students as part of Thought Exchange, also taken from other sources to come up with the very preliminary information.
The board plans to have a special work session on the topic in May as work continues on the plan.

Increase of Student Registration Fees for Miller Middle School and Marshalltown High School
Miller Middle School registration fees to increase from $50.00 to $60.00. Marshalltown High School and MLA registration fees to increase from $50.00 to $70.00. The elementary level will remain at $40.
Dr. Schutte said costs of materials and supplies continue to go up and the fees haven’t been adjusted to match these increases in recent years.
After asking several questions on these fee increases, the board approved them.

Ratification of Salary Settlement for Food Service
This item was tabled to allow time for district attorney to review the agreement, per the request of the board.

Ratification of Salary Settlement for Paraeducators
This item was tabled to allow time for district attorney to review the agreement, pre the request of the board.

MHS Roundhouse Phase II bid issuance
Director of Building and Grounds Brett Purvis and FEH architect Kevin Eipperle presented bid documents on the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse Phase 2 project.
The bid documents will be issued to contractors and posted on the district website with bid opening planned for May 30.
It’s possible board approval on bids will occur at the June 5 board meeting, which will also include a public hearing on the project.
The board approved the bid document issuance and the notice of public hearing.

Board Policies
First Reading
404.1 – Employee Appearance- No changes- Approved
404.1-R – Employee Dress Code – Approved
404.1 -R-2 -Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics Regulation- New regulation incorporating BOEE code of conduct and ethics for licensed employees Approve
404.1-R-3 – Code of Rights and Responsibilities Regulation – New regulation incorporating  BOEE code of conduct and ethics for licensed employees
402.6 – Staff Technology Use/ Social Networking (New) – Adopted
402.6 R- Staff Technology Use/Social Networking Regulation (New) Adopted
604.1 – Student Guidance and Counseling Program –  Changes and additions made in relationship to equity visit – Adopted by board
604.1-.R – Student Guidance and Counseling Program – Regulation -Changes and additions made in relationship to equity visit – Adopted by board

Initial Review
405.5 – Licensed Employee Work Day – Marked as reviewed
405.6 -Certification and Assignment- Changes combination of Certification and Assignment policy from IASB – To come back for reading at next meeting
405.7 -Transfers – Changes made to add part of IASB policy – To come back for next meeting
405.8 – Evaluation-  Marked as reviewed
405.10 – Access to Buildings-  Minor adjustments to wording to match current practices – To come back for next meeting
405.11 – Teacher – Functions-  Marked as reviewed.
906 – Unmanned Aircrafts- Drones- New policy matching IASB policy- To come back next meeting
906.R-1-Unmanned Aircrafts- Drones Regulation

The board then went into exempt session for negotiations.

From Board President Bea Niblock
“A proclamation was issued at the board meeting recognizing all teachers.  National Teachers’ Day, May 9th, is a day that the teachers of the district will be honored.  On that day I ask that you remember the teachers who made a significant contribution to your own life, as well as the teachers in Marshalltown who, daily, take the challenge of educating the youth of our community.
As Rita Pierson, renowned educator, stated, ‘Every child deserves a champion; an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power and connection and insists they become the best they can possibly be.’
Thanks, Marshalltown educators.  You are, indeed, champions of children.” – Bea Niblock

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