Oct. 18, 2021 Board Report

19 Oct

To watch the full board meeting discussion of the below items, please click the “watch recording” link next to each item. The links will take you to the start of each of the below agenda items/topics from the board meeting recording.

COVID-19 stipend approved for MCSD staff – watch recording
The Marshalltown School Board approved a special COVID-19 stipend for District staff at the Monday, Oct. 18 regular meeting. The stipend will be equivalent to one day’s pay for qualifying employees. 

By offering the stipend, Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte the District is “recognizing all of the hard work, effort, extra time, stress, and anxiety our education professionals in all classifications have had to deal with since COVID hit.”

New District website service approved – watch recording
The Marshalltown School Board approved a 5-year agreement for web services with Juicebox Interactive at Monday’s board meeting. Director of Communications Adam Sodders said the new, upgraded District website is planned to launch in the spring semester of the current school year.

Franklin Elementary Principal Tim Holmgren shares information on the school’s social-emotional learning programming. Franklin school counselor Dani Minkel, center, and instructional coach Elizabeth Overstake, right, also presented on the topic.

Franklin Elementary staff showcase social-emotional learning efforts – watch recording
Franklin Elementary Principal Tim Holmgren, instructional coach Elizabeth Overstake, and school counselor Dani Minkel showcased the building’s ongoing social-emotional learning (SEL) efforts Monday evening.

Principals’ important work recognized – watch recording
October is National Principals Month, and the Marshalltown School Board took time to recognize the essential work the District’s school principals do every day on behalf of Bobcat students. Thank you to all of our excellent principals!

Board discusses Voluntary Early Retirement incentive, approves Early Notification incentive – watch recording
Discussion was held on the District’s Voluntary Early Retirement incentive and related policies Monday evening. No action was taken to reactivate the Voluntary Early Retirement incentive at Monday’s meeting, and four related policies will come back for a first reading at the Nov. 1 meeting.

Additionally, the board approved a new Early Notification employee incentive for the current fiscal year. The goal of the incentive is to post the positions of those who have already made the decision to leave in January, allowing more time to help ensure highly-qualified applicants are hired earlier in the year than normal. 

Student Board reps Phoebe Hermanson, right, and Haley Reed, left share an update with the board.

Student School Board representatives’ report – watch recording
Student School Board representatives Phoebe Hermanson, Taylor Jones, and Haley Reed shared the latest happenings and upcoming events at Marshalltown High School.

Chromebooks, hotspots purchased – watch recording
A purchase of 75 Chromebooks and 450 internet hotspots gained board approval at Monday’s meeting. Director of Technology Amy Harmsen said 100 percent of the purchase cost will be reimbursed through the federal Emergency Connectivity Fund.

Communications Director Adam Sodders reviewed the good news from the district by sharing newspaper articles as well as school communications articles. That list can be seen here.

Personnel items
For a list of personnel items approved Monday, click here.

First Reading

  • 412.3 Insurance (amended, second reading waived)
  • 506.4 Student Library Circulation Records (adopted, second reading waived)

Initial Review – 

  • 402.2-R Child Abuse Reporting Regulation (will come back for a first reading)
  • 402.2-E Reporting Child Abuse When Suspected by “Caretaker” (deleted)
  • 402.3 Abuse of Students by School District Employees (marked as reviewed)
  • 402.2 Child Abuse Reporting (marked as reviewed)
  • 200.1 Organization of the Board of Directors (will come back for a first reading)
  • 210.10 (new 210.8) Agenda and Order of Regular Business Meetings (will come back for a first reading)
  • 212 Closed Sessions (will come back for a first reading)
  • 606.6 Insufficient Classroom Space (will come back for a first reading)
  • 212.1 Exempt Meetings (will come back for a first reading)

From Board President Bea Niblock
“At each board meeting, it is a pleasure to hear from our student board representatives. Last night Haley Reed, Taylor Jones and Phoebe Hermanson made the powerpoint presentation. Aaron Seberger was attending an event.

Each presentation gives the board a look at what’s happening at the high school. Students share events that have happened, upcoming events and victories/awards. Students take turns sharing and offering their personal comments. They do a remarkable job of giving the board directors an inside look at activities at the high school. Thanks to our student board representatives.” – Bea Niblock

The next Marshalltown School Board meeting is set for 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021 at the Central Administration Office, 1002 S. 3rd Ave. The meeting will be available to watch via live stream through the Bobcat News Network (BNN) YouTube channel.

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