May 6, 2019 Board Meeting

7 May
Lenihan

Lenihan Intermediate School provided an update to the school board on May 6. Pictured from left are Jenny Allen, Diane Simpson and Kim Gaskill.

Lenihan Intermediate School Showcase
Principal Kyle Young, and other Lenihan staff including Jenny Allen, Kim Gaskill, Diane Simpson,Alex Klyn, Elaine Johnson and Julie Hammond presented an update from the school.
The presentation focused on three different programs at the school including the STEMScopes program, career research unit for 5th grade and partnerships with community agencies to support the social-emotional learning needs of our students.
“We having amazing partners that come weekly to work with our students and families,” Johnson said.

Recognitions

Cyber Defense team
MHS students Keaten Collinson, Marek Jablonski and Wesley Kodis were recognized for placing first in cyber defense at the recent IT-Olympics held at Iowa State University.

Cake

A cake was served in honor of School Board Recognition Month

School Board Recognition Month
Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte took a moment to thank the school board members for their dedication to the district. He said board members not only participate in the public board meetings but also attend various committee meetings and have duties. Dr. Schutte also mentioned that it is Teacher Appreciation Week and that cookies will be delivered to the schools in recognition of the week.

SchoolReps

Student School Board Representatives
Student School Board Representatives (above, from left) America Dominguez, Jane Ragland and Jocelin Sharfnejda were recognized for their service during the school year. Later in the meeting, the three students presented their regular update to the board.

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

Public Comment
Several teachers spoke on the removal of permissible items in the contract.

Lenihan Intermediate School Showcase
Principal Kyle Young, and other Lenihan staff including Jenny Allen, Kim Gaskill, Diane Simpson, Alex Klyn, Elaine Johnson and Julie Hammond presented an update from the school.
The presentation focused on three different programs at the school including the STEMScopes program, career research unit for 5th grade and partnerships with community agencies to support the social-emotional learning needs of our students.
“We having amazing partners that come weekly to work with our students and families,” Johnson said.

MHS Course Guide Changes  
Jacque Wyant, MHS Principal, presented an amendment to the course guide to allow the pathway for a Child Development Associate Career Academy. These courses are offered through MCC.

Bobcat Ready! Presentation
Mrs. Wyant gave this presentation. She said they have been working at the high school to recognize students to be college and career ready, or what is known as Bobcat Ready.
There are 112 seniors who are considered to be Bobcat Ready. MHS will be recognizing them at our seniors awards assembly.

K-6th Literacy Curriculum
Dr. Lisa Stevenson, Director of Instruction, Erica Finders, CPDL, and teachers Alex Klyn and Lindsay Stanton presented this recommendation for a new literacy curriculum for grades K-6., which is Amplify.
“We are really excited about this,” Finders said.
The curriculum was formed via a process by the literacy advisory committee which included 15 teachers. There is a K-5 program and grade 6 program.
Cost to the district is estimated at $15 per student per year which equates to $288,429 (for K-5), and $35,700 (For 6th grade). Total for approval will be $324,129.92, for all schools except Woodbury due to the dual language program ($92,942 English learners program coming from ELL budget). Discussion was held in response to board questions on this curriculum. This was an information item only at this meeting. It will be brought back before the board at the May 20 meeting for possible approval.

7-12 Grade Math Materials Purchase Increase
Dr. Lisa Stevenson, Director of Instruction, presented this for approval. Since enrollment has increased in math at MHS from what was projected earlier this year there was a need to increase materials for purchase by $15,182.18. The board approved the increase.

2019-2020 Preschool Student Handbook
Dr. Stevenson and Preschool Director Emily Banks presented changes for the preschool handbook. This will be up for approval at the May 20 board meeting.

2019-2020 Student Handbooks
Rex Kozak spoke about the transportation handbook changes. The other school level handbooks for elementary, Lenihan, Miler, MHS and MLA were presented at the last meeting and approved at this meeting after discussion was held, especially on the Miller handbook.

KaBOOM! Woodbury Elementary Playground Community Build Grant Application
Dr. Schutte talked about this grant application for a community built playground at Woodbury. This would get $50,000 worth of equipment in the playground. Dr. Schutte will move forward with the application and seek board approval if the district was awarded the grant.

Concussion Protocol Resolution, Concussion Management and Return to Play Protocols Dr. Schutte said all the protocols are in place already and they are making it a formality with seal of approval from the board. The board approved this resolution.

2018-2019 Budget Amendment
Director of Business Operations Paulette Newbold presented this item which was a request publish the budget amendment and set a public hearing at the next meeting for a budget amendment- This is an increase in the support services area of the budget from from $18.4 million to $21.2 million.
“We are not increasing our overall budget here at all,” Newbold said.
She said we are moving budget items out of instruction to the support services area of the budget.
The board set the public hearing for the budget amendment for May 20 and granted permission to publish a budget amendment.

Board Policies
Second Reading

  1. 2- Sick Leave -No changes from previous reading.Approved

First Reading
707.3 Publication of Financial Records- Approved and amended
707.4 Audits – Approved as amended.
New 708.1-R1 Care, Maintenance and Disposal of School District Records- Adopted
708.1-R Board of Director’s Records Regulation- Deleted

Initial Review
708.5 Inventory – Deleted.
710.1 Purpose and Scope of Child Nutrition Programs – Minor changes made- Marked as reviewed
710.3 Competitive Foods – Minor changes made, marked as reviewed

The board then went into an exempt session for negotiations. The next regular meeting of the school board will be at 5 p.m. on May 20.

From Board President Bea Niblock
“Here we are approaching the end of another school year. I was reminded of the great students our district serves and the caring and talented staff who work with them during the recognition portion of the meeting.

Our student board representatives were honored for their service during this past year. America Dominguez, Jane Ragland and Jocelin Sharfnejda have set the bar high for next year’s student reps. Each meeting they have presented a wonderful PowerPoint to share the ‘happenings’ at the high school and upcoming events.

And, then Keaten Collinson, Marek Jablonski and Wesley Kodis were honored for their first place finish in cyber defense at the IT-Olympics at ISU. These young men are certainly positioned for a remarkable career in the tech field!” – Bea Niblock

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