June 20, 2022 Board Meeting

21 Jun

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.

MHS Activities Director Ryan Isgrig, left, and Director of Technology Amy Harmsen, right, share their recommendation for the purchase of a new display board for the MHS Pool. The board approved the purchase at Monday’s regular meeting.

New MHS aquatics display board purchase approved – watch recording
An exciting upgrade is coming to the MHS Pool! The Marshalltown School Board approved the purchase of a new aquatics display and scoreboard from Daktronics Inc. at the Monday, June 20 regular meeting. 

The new display will enhance the MHS aquatics area for Bobcats Swimming student-athletes and fans alike. MHS Activities Director Ryan Isgrig said the new display installation will follow other improvements to the pool area, including ceiling and lights upgrades, as well as the installation of a new air conditioning unit.

We would like to thank the Booster Club and local donors Brendan & Kristina Dulaney, Colette Lothe, Dr. Thomas Rinehart, Edith Hodges-Cornwell, James & Candy Hunt, Jeff & Ann Isgrig. Joe & Janelle Carter, Katherine Sinning, Madilyn Abernathy, Matt & Kimberle Schryver, Paul & Frances Hermanson, and Ryan & Stephanie Isgrig for their donations to this project!

Students’ National History Day exhibit featured in special showcase in D.C. – watch recording
MHS students Yessenia Alvarez Zamora and Leticia Herrera were recognized on Monday after their 2022 National History Day (NHD) national contest exhibit – “La Huelga: The Struggle That Earned Farm Workers Rights” – was competitively selected and featured in a virtual showcase at The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

Congratulations to these incredible students!

Board supports new MHS e-sports program with purchase of computers – watch recording
An exciting new e-sports program is coming to Marshalltown High School next school year, and  the board supported the program by approving the purchase of six gaming computers on Monday. Participating students will be able to use the high-quality computers to practice and compete in e-sports beginning this fall!

Danielson, right, and Johnson, left, share an update on “Scherzo.”

Update shared on “Scherzo” artwork, community invited to unveiling event – watch recording
Marshall County Arts & Culture Alliance Executive Director Amber Danielson and artist Stephen T. Johnson shared an exciting update on Monday – “Scherzo,” a colorful, music-inspired sculpture created by Johnson, has been installed outside of the Marshalltown Performing Arts Center. 

A “Scherzo” Reveal Celebration is scheduled for  5-7 p.m on Thursday, June 30 at the Marshalltown Performing Arts Center (east side of Marshalltown High School, 1602 S. 2nd Ave.). Danielson encouraged community members to join the celebration, which will feature a ribbon-cutting ceremony and live music performed by MHS students and the Marshalltown Municipal Band. More information can be found here.

“Scherzo” stands in front of the Marshalltown Performing Arts Center.

New K-12 music curriculum approved – watch recording
New music curriculum materials for K-6 general music and 5-12 performance music are coming to MCSD after board action on Monday. 

The curriculum approved for K-6 general music was Quaver, while the MusicFirst and SmartMusic platforms were approved for performance music at grades 5-12.Both programs were presented and discussed at the June 6 regular board meeting.

Digital Mapping service agreement moves forward – watch recording
The board approved an agreement with Collaborative Response Graphics (CRGs) to perform site-specific digital mapping of District buildings at Monday’s meeting. 

Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte said the service will support school safety by enabling better communication in the event of an emergency. Monday’s recommendation came after consulting with Marshalltown Police Department Chief Mike Tupper. 

The MPD paid for digital mapping at MHS to allow school officials to become familiar with the service. MHS was the first building in Iowa to use the CRGs digital mapping services.

District Lead Nurse Stacey Tool-Crawford presents the annual student health report on Monday evening.

Annual student health report presented – watch recording
District Lead Nurse Stacey Tool-Crawford presented the student health report for the 2021-22 school year on Monday evening. 

Tool-Crawford provided an overview of the important role school nurses play at each school building, as well as student health data collected throughout the year. She also discussed the schools’ health plans and state health requirements.

Contractor selected for Fisher Elementary walking path project – watch recording
Another step was taken on the Fisher Elementary walking path project on Monday evening. The board voted to approve a contract with Tim Nichols Construction to install the new path. 

ELPA 21 assessment overview shared – watch recording
MCSD English Language Learner & Migrant Program Coordinator Rachel Inks reported on the 2021 ELPA 21 assessment results at Monday’s meeting. Each year, the ELPA 21 assessment measures English-learning (EL) students’ proficiency in the language, as well as progress toward proficiency.

Employee handbook and appendices approved – watch recording
The board voted to approve the 2022-23 MCSD employee handbook and appendices on Monday. The documents had been presented by Director of Human Resources Dr. Nora Ryan at the June 6 regular meeting. The handbook covers the following groups: 

  • Nutrition professionals
  • Buildings and Grounds staff
  • Paraeducators
  • School bus drivers and monitors
  • 10- and 12-month secretaries, administrative assistants, bilingual attendance specialists, youth counselors, and hourly staff in the Business, HR, and IT departments.
  • Staff who are part of the Marshalltown Education Association (MEA), including teachers, school counselors, librarians, school nurses and special resource personnel.
Manis shares a Ladders to Learning update.

Ladders to Learning program data presented – watch recording
Anson Elementary Principal Ronnie Manis shared updated data from the Ladders to Learning program on Monday evening. Ladders to Learning focuses on helping elementary students fill learning gaps by meeting targeted, individualized goals.

Agreement for financial statement audit services approved – watch recording
A three-year contract with Hogan-Hansen for financial statement audit work gained board approval on Monday. The contract will cover fiscal years 2022-2024.

2022-23 Marshalltown School Board regular meeting schedule set – watch recording

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 – 

  • 200.3 Responsibilities of the Board of Directors (adopted, second reading waived)

Initial Review – 

  • 405.5 Licensed Employee Work Day (marked as reviewed)
  • 405.6 Licensed Employee Assignment (marked as reviewed)
  • 405.7 Licensed Employee Transfers (marked as reviewed)
  • 405.8 Licensed Employee Evaluation (marked as reviewed)
  • 804.5 Stock Epinephrine Auto-Injector Supply (marked as reviewed)

The next Marshalltown School Board meeting is set for 5 p.m. on Monday, July 11, 2022 at the Central Administration Office, 1002 S. 3rd Ave. It will be the only regular meeting in the month of July, and available to watch via live stream through the MCSD website, Facebook, and Twitter pages.

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