July 15, 2019 Board Report

16 Jul
Stensland

Jamie Stensland of the American Heart Association thanks the school district for its support of the Kids Heart Challenge at the school board meeting held on July 15.

American Heart Association gives kudos to district
Jamie Stensland, Youth Market Director, with the American Heart Association thanked Marshalltown Schools for its support in the Kids Heart Challenge, formerly known as Jump Rope for Heart.
The program is operated through the physical education teachers at the elementary and intermediate school level.
Stensland said they are hoping to extend the program to the middle and high school levels.
Rogers Elementary School PE teacher Nicki Boliver received grant in amount for $2,000 for a project as part of this effort.

Personnel
For personnel items approved by the board, click here.
Those items in yellow were the recent updates to the agenda

2019 IASB Legislative Beliefs and MCSD Prioritization of IASB Legislative Resolutions
The board reviewed the legislative priorities established for past two years that it provides to the Iowa Association of School Boards.
“The only thing that has changed is that SAVE became reauthorized,” said Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte, which would put SAVE off of the list of priorities.
“I believe the other four items are still relevant,” Schutte said
Board members provided comments and a draft of those comments are expected to be discussed at the August 5 meeting.

Chromebook Cases and Projector Bid Tally
Josh Wesley, Director of Technology, presented bids received for 440 Chromebook cases to be used by  Miller Middle School students.
Wesley said the technology department has noticed these types of cases provide great protection for the Chromebooks.
The board approved the SHI bid for 440 cases for $11,439.56.
The board also approved the bid of 228 classroom projectors and 280 ceiling mounts for a total of $160,318.70 from Tierney Brothers of St. Paul, MN.
These purchases will replace a good portion of the projectors in the entire district, Wesley said.

Board Policies
First reading
401.7 Employee Travel Compensation – No changes to previous posting of policy- Approved and waived second reading
401.10 Credit Cards – No changes to previous posting of policy- Approved and waived second reading
401.12 Employee Use of Cell Phones – No changes to previous posting of policy- Approved and waived second reading
401.12-R Employee Use of Cell Phones Administrative Regulation-No changes to previous posting of policy- Approved and waived second reading
New Policy 705.4 Expenditures for a Public Purpose-  Adopted and waived second reading
New Regulation 705.4-R1  Use of Public Funds – Adopted and waived second reading
705.9 Death of Student, Staff Member, Board Approved Counsel or Board Director -No changes to previous posting of policy- Approved and waived second reading
New Policy 707.5 Internal Controls-  Adopted and waived second reading
New Regulation 707.5-R1 Internal Controls Procedures – Adopted and waived second reading
711.6 (new 711.9) Transportation Insurance Program – Amended and waived second reading

Initial Review
202.2 (new 206.1) President – New number – Marked as reviewed
202.5 (new 203) Board of Directors Conflict of Interest – New number- Legal changes, to come back before board
New Policy 206.2 Vice President – To come back before board
307 Communication Channels – Code and reference changes- marked as reviewed
501.5 Attendance Center Assignment – Changes – To come back before board
505.5 Graduation Requirements – Adjustments and corrections- To come back before board
603.1 Basic Instruction Program – Adjustments- To come back before board
100 District Philosophy, Mission, Beliefs and Expectations – Changes made, to come back before board for first reading
100-E1 District Philosophy, Mission, Beliefs and Expectations – Indicators  – To be deleted at next meeting-
100-E2(new 100-E1)District Philosophy, Mission, Beliefs and Expectations – Strategies – Renumbering and renaming -changes to be made- to come back before board
New Exhibit 100-E2 District Philosophy, Mission, Beliefs and Expectations-Strategic Plan – One page strategic plan added, to come back before board.
100-E3 District Philosophy, Mission, Beliefs, and Expectations – Calendar will be tabled and will be reviewed at a later date.

Reminders:
Communications Director Andrew Potter reminded the board that there are online school registration assistance days this week from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17 and Thursday, July 18 at the Miller Middle School gym.

There is also time to sign up to volunteer for the Woodbury Elementary School playground build on Friday, July 19.

The next regular meeting of the school board will be at 5 p.m. on August 5.

From Board President Bea Niblock
“The start of the new academic year is rapidly approaching.  And, the board approved the hiring of 34 new staff at its July meeting – teachers, paraprofessionals, custodians and secretaries.

And, at the same meeting, we welcomed Dr. Nora Ryan, Director of Human Resources.  Monday’s meeting was the first that Dr. Ryan attended. We also welcomed Nicolas Aguirre as a new board director.  He replaces Ross Harris.

It’s great to know that our MCSD family is growing and that we are welcoming individuals who are excited to be with us.   Get to know these folks and ‘catch’ their enthusiasm!” – Bea Niblock

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