Feb. 21, 2022 Board Meeting

22 Feb

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.

Lenihan Lego Leaguers recognized for Global Innovation Award nomination – watch recording
The Marshalltown School Board recognized the Lenihan Lego Leaguers at the Monday, Feb. 21 regular meeting. The Lenihan students were among just 16 Lego League teams statewide to be nominated for the FIRST Lego League Global Innovation Award. 

Members of the Lenihan Lego Leaguers demonstrate a prototype designed to support the successful transportation of kidneys for transplant patients at Monday’s board meeting. Pictured, from left: Zech Klaas, Thomas Stanley, Zepplin McCulley, Kennedy Goldman, Levi Reynolds, and Lenihan XLP teacher Vanessa Engel. Not pictured: Esteban Analco Rodriguez.

The team’s project focused on minimizing human error in the process of transporting kidneys to transplant patients. The students shared an engaging prototype demonstration at Monday evening’s board meeting.

While the project did not advance to the national level of competition, Lenihan Extended Learning Program (XLP) teacher Vanessa Engel said she is excited to see further achievement from her students in the coming years.

Partnership between MCSD & Child Abuse Prevention Services highlighted – watch recording
The robust partnership between Marshalltown Schools and Child Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS) to provide important programming was highlighted on Monday evening. Linda Havelka and Esmeralda Monroy of CAPS said the partnership provides services like migrant tutoring, connecting families to resources, and age-appropriate sexual abuse prevention and sexual health programming.

District demographic data shared – watch recording
Director of Human Resources Dr. Nora Ryan shared MCSD student and staff demographic data from the 2020-21 school year on Monday evening. The data collected was in alignment with federal demographic definitions.

Board hears update on work to address dyslexia – watch recording
Director of Special Services Matt Cretsinger shared an update on the progress made by the Iowa Dyslexia Board over the past several months. The presentation included a brief history of the work being done at the state and District levels to support students with dyslexia, as well as the District’s vision going forward.

Student School Board representatives (from left) Aaron Seberger, Taylor Jones, and Phoebe Hermanson were on-hand to share an update from MHS on Monday evening.

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

School funding, budgeting process overview presented – watch recording
Director of Finance Paulette Newbold shared information on how public schools are funded in Iowa, including how supplemental state aid works. The presentation also covered MCSD’s budgeting process.

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 Tuesday, click here.

First Reading

  • 406.6 Annuities-Licensed (amended, second reading waived)

Initial Review – 

  • 407.4 Dismissal and Suspension of Licensed Employees (marked as reviewed)
  • 407.4-R Discipline of Licensed Employees (will come back for a first reading)
  • 407.4-E Disciplinary Guidelines-Licensed Personnel (marked as reviewed)

The next Marshalltown School Board meeting is set for 5 p.m. on Monday, March 7, 2022 at theCentral Administration Office, 1002 S. 3rd Ave. The meeting will be available to watch via live stream through the MCSD website, as well as our Facebook, and Twitter pages.

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