June 17, 2019 Board Report

18 Jun
Board

Director of Human Resources Anthony Spurgetis, left, presented several employee group agreements to the board for the 2019-20 fiscal year during the June 17 school board meeting.

Recognitions
Director of Human Resources Anthony Spurgetis was recognized for his three years of service as he attended his last board meeting before leaving the district.

Dr. Nora Ryan was introduced as the new Director of Human Resources.

Personnel
For personnel items approved by the board, click here.
Late additions to this list included:

Appointments:
Hannah Al-Mazroa 6th grade at Lenihan
Sherri Logan, Library paraeducator at MHS
Elizabeth Warner, 5th grade teacher at Lenihan
Amy Sather, art teacher at Miller
Maci Fritz, Assistant softball coach at MHS

Resignation
Katie Hilby, Kindergarten teacher at Woodbury Elementary School

Board Director Resignation
Board member Ross Harris has submitted his resignation with four months remaining on his four-year term. The board approved the resignation and is accepting letters of interest to fill the vacancy.

Student Health Report for the 2018-2019 School Year
Stacey Tool Crawford, MHS/District Nurse, presented this annual report. We have 9 nurses in the district and three health aides. Almost half of our students list a health condition. This can be something simple as needing glasses up to more chronic conditions.
Total visits to health offices were 75,802 this past school year. Of those visits 64,627 were sent back to class, 2,091 were sent home and 6 were sent to EMS/911.
There has been some great work providing AEDs to all school buildings including some larger buildings which have multiple ones, along with training that has taken place in buildings.
“I am very pleased we are able to provide that cardiac support in our district,” Tool-Crawford said.

Chromebook Bids
Joshua Wesley presented bids received for Chromebooks after making a request to publish a RFP at the April 15, 2019 board meeting. He recommended the board award to CDW for 1,605 total Chromebooks and licencing in the amount $484,500.00. SAVE will be used for payment. The board approved the purchase.

Digital Learning Plan Approval
Dr. Lisa Stevenson, Director of Instruction, presented this for approval after the details were presented at the June 3 meeting. The board approved the plan.

Seal of Biliteracy
Dr. Lisa Stevenson, Director of Instruction, presented the list of 24 MHS students who received the Iowa Seal of Biliteracy.

Marshalltown High School Class of 2019 Graduates
Dr. Theron Schutte, Superintendent presented this list of graduates.

2019-2020 School Board Meeting Dates
Dr. Theron Schutte, Superintendent) The board meeting dates here were approved for the 2019-20 year. Amended: July date to July 13, 2020 (not July 15, 2020)

Miller Middle School Modular Technology Lab Curriculum
“There is a lot of synergy especially in our business community,” Dr. Schutte said of this effort.
These mod tech labs help promote career and technical education as well as STEM careers. Helping fund them is a $20,000 Perkins grant, $20,000 from the Regional Planning Partnership (partnership of local schools) and local business and industry.
The board approved the Miller Middle School Modular Technology Lab Curriculum and furniture from Mid-West 3D Solutions, LLC in the amount of $69,431 as presented.

Classroom Audio Systems Purchase
Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte recommended the purchasing of 22 Lightspeed TOPCAT audio systems (mounted speaker, 2 mics & media connector) and three REDCAT ACCESS and battery with flexmike for classrooms at Rogers, Anson, and Woodbury Elementary School in the amount of $40,054. Sales tax (SAVE) will be used to fund this one time expenditure.  The board approved the item as presented.

2019-2021 School Year Marshalltown Education Association Certified Staff Salary and Benefits Settlement
Anthony Spurgetis, Director of Human Resources, presented the tentative agreement between the MEA and the district.
The contract includes language location changes and a salary 1.91% increase. The board approved the contract.
It’s a 2 year agreement in languages with a re-opener for wages after first year.

2019-20 Food Service Agreement
The District and union agreed to a one-year agreement. The District and union agree to step advancement, longevity, and $.15 per hour to the wage of each employee. 1.78% (salary, fica, ipers). The board approved the agreement.

2019-2020 School Year Transportation Agreement
The District and union agree to a one-year agreement. The District and union agree to step advancement and $.15 per hour to the wage of each employee. 2.5% for drivers and mechanics, 1.44% for monitors (salary, fica, ipers).  The district and union agree to a $.50 increase in trip pay. The district and union agree that all employee wages will be listed as hourly. The board approved the agreement.

2019-20 Buildings and Ground Agreement
The District and union agree to a one-year agreement. The District and union agree to step advancement, longevity, and $.13 per hour to the wage of each employee. 2.85% package (salary, fica, ipers.)  The board approved the agreement.

2019-20 Secretaries Meet and Confer Agreement
Dr. Theron Schutte and Paulette Newbold recommended the Board approve a salary increase of 2.20% as presented, for secretaries for the 2019-2020 school year. There is a 20 cent, 30 cent and 40 cent increase per hour, depending on what category the employee is in.

Administrators, Directors and Others Wages 2019-2020
The superintendent recommended to the board to approve a salary increase of 1.91% as presented, for Administrators, Directors and others for the 2019-2020 school year. Additionally, the positions of Server Specialist, Network; Security Specialist would receive a salary increase of 3.82% in order to move them closer to the norm of similar positions relative to comparability. Positions included under Administrators Others: Instructional Design Specialist, School Resource Officers, Social Workers, Food Service Managers, Auditorium Manager, Server Specialist and Network;Security Specialist, Student Technology Device Coordinator. The board approved the wages for 2019-20.

Review and Acceptance of the Fiscal Year 2018 Audit
Paulette Newbold, Director of Business Operations, presented this from the State Auditor’s Office, which is for July 1, 2017- June 30, 2018.
The good news is that our district’s opinion is the best opinion we can receive which is an unmodified opinion. The board accepted the audit and presented.

Fiscal Year 2019-2021 Financial Statement Audit Proposal
Paulette Newbold, Director of Business Operations, presented the Fiscal Year 2019-2021 Financial Statement Audit Proposal and recommended approving a 3 year contract with Hogan-Hansen.  The proposed engagement cost for FY19 is $35,000; for FY20 is $36,000; and for FY21 is $37,000. The board approved the contract.

Marshalltown High School Roundhouse Phase II Change Order
Director of Buildings and Grounds Chuck Springer presented Marshalltown High School Roundhouse Phase II Change Order number four. The Change Order totals $32,505.00. FEH Architects will pay for $5,000 of this. It was approved by the board.

Hoglan Elementary Playground
District Director of Buildings and Grounds Chuck Springer presented bids received and recommended approval of Kluesner Construction, Inc. to replace 5,595 square feet of playground at Hoglan Elementary in the amount of $38,950. This is the asphalt playground in the southeast section of the play area. Three inch asphalt will add $175.00 to the total price. The Public Education and Recreation Levy (PERL) fund will be used for payment. The board approved the bids.

Gaga

An example of a Gaga pit

Elementary School and Lenihan Intermediate School Playground Gaga Pits
Dr. Theron Schutte recommended approval of purchasing 7 Gaga pits, one for each elementary school playground and Lenihan Intermediate School in the amount of $23,503.70. The Public Education and Recreation Levy (PERL) fund will be used for payment. Gaga is a gentler version of dodgeball.  The board approved the purchase.

Board Policies
First reading
New policy 502.13 Student Name Changes – no changes since previously presented. Adopted and waived second reading
New exhibit 502.13-E1 Student Name Change Application Form -no changes since previous presented. Adopted and waived second reading
711.3 Extra -Curricular Activities Bus Service – Amended with IASB language no changes since last presentation. Approved as amended and waived second reading.
711.4 Summer Program Bus Service -Amended with IASB language no changes since last presentation. Approved as amended and waived second reading.

Initial Review
711.5 Transportation of Nonresident and Nonpublic School Students – Marked as reviewed
711.6 (new 711.9) Transportation Insurance Program – Renumbering and changes made to it- To come back before board.
711.7 (new 711.6) Transportation of Nonschool Groups – Renumbering- marked as reviewed.
711.8 Transportation in Inclement Weather – Additon of social media- Marked as reviewed.

Policy changes from Finance/Facility Meeting
401.7 Employee Compensation – Minor Changes -To come back before board
401.8 Recognition for Service of Employees – Minor change Marked as reviewed
401.10 Credit Cards- Minor Changes -To come back before board
401.12 Employee Use of Cell Phones – Minor changes – To come back before board.
401.12-R Employee Use of Cell Phones Regulation – Minor changes to come back before board
New Policy 705.4 Expenditures for a Public Purpose- New policy- To come back at next meeting
New Regulation 705.4-R1  Expenditures for a Public Purpose Regulation – new policy- To come back at next meeting
705.9 Death of Student, Staff or Board Director – Minor changes To come back before board.
New Policy 707.5 Internal Controls – New  IASB recommended- To come back at next meeting
New Regulation 707.5-R1 Internal Controls Procedures – New IASB recommended- To come back at next meeting

Next meetings
The board will meet in a special open session meeting on July 2 to interview board candidates. Schedule is to be determined depending on number of candidates.

The next regular meeting of the board will be at 5 p.m. on July 15 in district offices.

From Board President Bea Niblock

“The board meeting was a very busy one, but filled with good news.

  • Grant proposals were approved between MCSD and the state of Iowa to support English learners.
  • Donations totaling more than $5000 were received for a variety of needs in the district.
  • Bids were approved to advance the district’s 1 to 1 Chromebook plan.
  • 24 students at MHS received the Seal of Biliteracy award this year.
  • In this year of unknowns with the new collective bargaining law, negotiations were completed and contracts signed for all of the bargaining groups.
  • The audit report was accepted.
  • Gaga pits were approved for each elementary school and Lenihan, and
  • Nora Ryan was introduced as the new Director of Human Resources.

Those are just a few of the items on the agenda which are helping our district move forward. It was, indeed, a full meeting with the known fact that we are making a difference in the lives of each and every student in our district.” – Bea Niblock

For a video of the meeting, click here.

 

 

 

 

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