Archive | June, 2018

June 18, 2018 School Board Meeting

19 Jun

Marshalltown High School and district lead nurse Stacey Tool-Crawford presented an annual health services report to the school board on June 18.

2017-2018 School Year Health Report
Stacey Tool Crawford, Marshalltown High School/Lead District Nurse, presented this reportThe district has 9 registered nurses and three health aides.  There are 47 percent of all students with health conditions, but those include visual defects and a wide range of other conditions.

“These numbers are pretty much steady” through the years, indicated Tool-Crawford. There was an increase of 20,000 visits to nurses offices this past school year.
“Keeping our students safe, healthy and ready to learn is a priority in our health offices,” Tool-Crawford said.

For personnel items approved by the board, click here.

There was a donation approved of $1,000 for MHS robotics Ann Keyser Charitable trust.

2018-2019 Student Handbooks
Updated school student handbooks were presented the board.
“For the most part there won’t be significant changes,” said Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte. Changes are highlighted in handbooks and were discussed with the board.

Emily Banks, Preschool Coordinator, presented the preschool handbook.
Anel Garza, Woodbury Principal, presented the elementary handbook.
Lenihan handbook 
Pat Rial, Miller Middle School Principal, presented the Miller handbook.
Eric Goslinga, Marshalltown Learning Academy Principal; presented the MLA handbook.
Deb Holsapple, Associate Principal of Marshalltown High School, presented the MHS handbook.

These handbooks were for information and discussion only at this meeting. The changes will be up for approval at the July 16 board meeting.

Literacy Materials for Special Education
Matt Cretsinger, Director of Special Services, talked about the continued development for literacy curriculum in special education program. This was for information only.

2018 Legislative Priorities
Dr. Theron Schutte, Superintendent, presented these from the past year. This is the time of year where they will start to look at priorities for the next legislative session. The board will have further discussion and approve priorities at a later meeting that will then be presented at the Iowa Association of School Boards delegate assembly.

2018-2019 School Year Regular School Board Meeting Dates
The board approved this list of board meeting dates for 2018-19 school year, which are comparable dates to the current year. 

Flexibility Account Resolution
Paulette Newbold, Director of Business Operations, presented this proposal to transfer $50,000 to a flexibility account for the IJAG program, from the preschool account.
The board approved the resolution, which is then sent to the state.

Heartland Business Systems Proposal – New Phone System
Joshua Wesley, Director of Technology, presented this proposal for a new telephone system for the district. At the last board meeting, the district entered into the discovery phase with Heartland Business Systems. The current system is approximately 13 years old.
The board approved the recommendation from the technology department for a 5 year licensing and hardware agreement for $262,340.60. It is expected to be installed before school starts on August 23.

SIP Trunk Services Bid Tally
Joshua Wesley, Director of Technology, presented this as the service provider for the phone system.  The board approved agreement for 36 months for $662.50 a month from CenturyLink.

MHS Activity Ticket Passes
Deb Holsapple recommended student activity tickets increase by $5 to $50. The CIML conference is looking into more consistency on admission charges.
The board approved the increase.

2018-2019 Superintendent Contract
The contract calls for a 1.77 total package increase for Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte, Board approved.

Board Policies

First reading
312.3 E1 – Fringe Benefits – Administrators and Supervisors- Approved and waived reading
506.2E1- Authorization for Releasing Student DIrectory Information (new policy)- Adopted and waived second reading
705.1- Purchasing- Amended and waived second reading
705.1R – Deleted
705.1R1 -Purchasing – Bidding Regulation- new regulation – Adopted as waived second reading
801.1- School Facilities Long Range Planning –  new policy- Adopted and waived second reading

Initial Review
401.8- Recognition for Service Employees – Adding for 40 year recognition – To come back before board
603.7-Outside Resource people- To come back
903.2-E1 – Volunteer Application-  To come back
801.7- Financing Sites and Construction – Marked as reviewed
802.1 -Maintenance Schedule- Changes to mirror IASB – To come back before board
802.2 – Requests for Improvement – Changes to dollar figure threshold – To come back
802.3- Emergency Repairs- Changes to mirror IASB – To come back
802.4- Capital Assets- to reflect  threshold and IASB policy – To come back
802.7- Change to one sentence add – TO come back
802.7- R-Energy Conservation Guidelines- Marked as reviewed

The board then went into exempt session for negotiations.

The next regular board meeting is at 5 p.m. on Monday July 16.

There is a special board work session focusing on goals on July 17 at 5 p.m.

From Board President Bea Niblock
“The evening’s meeting included the School Year Health Report presented by Stacey Tool-Crawford. The board hears many reports throughout the year, but it was a pleasure to hear about our nursing program and what our nurses do to promote the wellness of our students.

Our school nurses collaborate with teachers, families, health care providers and community resources for the health and safety of our students. That runs that gamut from applying a band aid to a skinned knee to providing specialized health care for students with chronic conditions.

Our nurses provide the knowledge and compassion necessary to give our students whatever they need to get the most from the learning experiences that our educational system provides.” – Bea Niblock



June 4, 2018 Board Meeting

5 Jun

Marshalltown High School teacher Theresa Theis talks about the accomplishments of recent MHS graduate Moises Garcia at the board meeting on June 4. Moises was named Science Bound student of the year and has received a full ride scholarship to ISU.

Recent MHS graduate Moises Garcia was recognized as being the recipient of the Science Bound student of the year.
Science Bound is Iowa State University’s pre-college program to increase the number of ethnically diverse Iowa students who pursue degrees in the STEM field. Garcia will receive a full ride scholarship to ISU for being part of the program.
“He’s a great example of character for our district,” Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte said of Moises.

Public Hearing for Flexibility Account Resolution
A public hearing was held for a resolution to transfer money from preschool account into flexibility account to use for IJAG program next year.
No comments were received for the public hearing

For personnel items approved by the board, click here.


Rex Kozak

Rex Kozak was introduced to the board as the new district transportation director. He will start on Thursday, June 7.
Mr. Kozak is a past principal at East Marshall High School.
“I’m looking forward to the opportunity,” Kozak said.

Public Comment
Larry McKibben, spoke on behalf of the need for air conditioning for MHS. He said the school foundation will help support the project.


Mentor/Mentee End-of-Year Summary
Mentoring Instructional Coach Sue Cahill presented this document as an update to the end of the year for mentoring. Cahill said we have traditionally have taken mentoring very seriously in this district, and have taken it a step further this year with her role.

She said 85 percent of first year teachers are continuing with MCSD into the next year. In the last 5 years, 77 percent of teachers have been retained. The district continues to work to increase these numbers.

ST Math 2017-2018 Year End Executive Briefing
Erica Finders, Elementary Curriculum and Professional Development Leader, presented this briefing on ST Math. There was plenty of positive growth sings in the report and the district received high marks of praise from Dan Tracy of ST Math on our usage rate.
“Our first year of implementation has been very successful,” Finders said.

K-12 Core Curriculum Update 2017-2018 School Year
Erica Finders, Pam Brewer-Michael, Curriculum and Professional Development Leader, and Director of Instruction Dr. Lisa Stevenson end of the year updates on language arts, math, science and social studies.

Teacher Leadership and Compensation System 2018-2019 School Year
Dr. Stevenson provided an updated list with newest appointments in bold.

Operation, Maintenance and Full-Time Transportation Personnel Agreement 2018-2019
This contract for B&G is a 1 year agreement with a total package increase of 2.75 percent, 1.31 percent of which is wages. The contract was approved by the board.

Administrators, Directors and Others Wages 2018-2019
This contract includes a 1.77 percent  total package increase, also some contract language changes. The item was approved by the board.

Chromebook Replacement Cycle Bids
Joshua Wesley, Director of Technology, presented this item, which is the Chromebook replacement 7. Wesley recommended CDW get the bid for 2,360 Lenova Chromebooks totaling $472,000. He also was seeking approval to publish RFP for 430 form fitting cases.The board approved the Chromebook purchases and approved the publish an RFP for 430 cases.

Property Insurance Renewal
Director of Business Operations, Paulette Newbold recommended the approval of the 2018-2019 property/casualty renewal including the recommendation to increase the optional cyber liability coverage amount from $2 million to $5 million at a cost of $4,682.00. Director of Technology Joshua Wesley, discussed the cyber liability emerging risks and coverage options.
This was approved by the board.

Board Policies
Second reading
704.6- New Policy – Online Fundraising- Adopted

First reading
102.E1 Annual Notice of Nondiscrimination – Adjustment made based on equity visits  – language of CTE- Approved waived second reading
201.4 Elections (New #201)-Identify November as election month-  Approved waived second reading.
506.1 Student Education Records Access, Approved and waived second reading
506.1R1 Use of Education Records Regulation- Regulations- from IASB all below- All approved as amended and waived second reading
506.1-E (new # 506.1E8) Annual Notice – New number –
506.1E1 Request of Nonparent for Examination or Copies of Education Records
506.1E2 Authorization for Release of Education Records
506.1E3 Request for Hearing on Correction of Education Records
506.1E4 Request for Examination of Education Records
506.1E5 Notification of Transfer of Education Records
506.1E6 Letter to Parent Regarding Receipt of a Subpoena
506.1E7 Juvenile Justice Agency Information Sharing Agreement

506.2 Student Directory Information – Added a definition of student directory information from IASB, – Approved as amended waived second reading
801(New #901) Public Examination of School District Records- Change hours of operation- Approved as amended, waived second reading

Initial reading
312.3-E1 Fringe Benefits-Administrators/Supervisors – To come back before board, benefits last paragraph will be adjusted.
705.1 Purchasing (New and Old) -Delete old and approve the IASB language – To come back before board
705.1-R Purchasing Policy-Regulation – deleted-
New Policy 506.2E1 Authorization for Releasing Student Directory Information – Exhibit from IASB, TO come back before board.New Policy 705.1E1 Purchasing-Bidding Exhibit -New R1- since it’s a chart. Slight change in chart from 800s. Increase quotes to $25,000. To Come back
New Policy 801.1 School Facilities Long Range Planning – Based on IASB -to come back before board
801.1 Naming Facilities – new number 801.6- Marked as reviewed
801.2 School Facilities Surveys – Marked as reviewed
801.3 Educational Specifications for Buildings & Sites- Marked as reviewed
801.4 Site Acquisition- Marked as reviewed
801.5 Construction Contract Bidding- Delete – in 700 policies
801.5-E1 Construction Contract Bidding-Bid and Quote Thresholds  – Delete in 700 policies

The next board meeting is June 18 at 5 p.m. in district offices

The board then went into Exempt Session for Negotiations and also held a closed session for the quarterly evaluation of the superintendent

From Board President Bea Niblock

“Won’t be long and you’ll be smiling…Enjoy every day of your summer!
Anonymous quote that you might enjoy.  Everyone at the board meeting got quite a chuckle.  ‘Summer vacation is a time when parents realize that teachers are grossly underpaid.’ – Bea Niblock