Sept. 19, 2022 Board Meeting

20 Sep

Proposed MHS Stadium project presented, public hearing set for Oct. 4 – watch recording
Exciting proposed upgrades at the Marshalltown High School Stadium complex were presented at the Monday, Sept. 19 Marshalltown School Board meeting. 

Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte outlined two major portions of proposed work:

  • Construction of a Tornado-Safe Team Room through a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant: If approved, the grant would cover all eligible costs related to installing that facility. In addition to providing a safe location for players and spectators during inclement weather, the Tornado-Safe Team Room would provide improved athletic facilities, including locker room space. 
  • MHS Stadium complex upgrades using SAVE state sales tax revenue: Proposed work includes widening the athletic field and converting its surface from natural grass to turf. Additional proposed areas to be upgraded include the stadium’s bleachers, press box area, and scoreboard, as well as the lighting, sound, and digital timing systems.
    The board set a public hearing on the use of SAVE funds for the proposed project for 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4 at the Central Administration Office, 1002 S. 3rd Ave.
Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte, left, presents the Superintendent’s Star Award to longtime Marshalltown Performing Arts Center Auditorium Manager Al Paxson, right. Paxson is stepping down from the position after nearly three decades of exceptional service to the Marshalltown CSD.

Longtime Auditorium Manager’s service recognized – watch recording
Al Paxson is stepping down from his position as Marshalltown Performing Arts Center Auditorium Manager after 27 years, and his exceptional service was recognized with a Superintendent’s Star Award on Monday evening.

Dr. Schutte said Paxson played a pivotal role during his long tenure at the Auditorium, including overseeing numerous successful fine arts events.

MHS XLP teacher Susan Fritzell, left, and senior student Leticia Herrera, right, share their experiences from this year’s National History Day Summer Institute.

MHS student-teacher team share highlights from National History Day Summer Institute – watch recording
MHS Extended Learning Program (XLP) teacher Susan Fritzell and senior student Leticia Herrera shared their experiences from this year’s National History Day Summer Institute. As part of the Summer Institute program, the duo researched local World War II veteran Eugene Stegmann and visited Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

Fritzell and Herrera were one of 15 student-teacher pairs nationwide to be chosen for the program. They were commended by the board for their selection to and participation in the NHD Summer Institute.

Certified staff lane changes gain board approval – watch recording
Dozens of MCSD certified staff were rewarded for their commitment to furthering their education at Monday’s board meeting.

The board approved lane changes for 42 certified staff members, each of whom dedicated time and resources to earning additional graduate-level credits or a full graduate-level degree. Those staff members will earn higher pay as a result of their continuing education.

Student School Board Representatives (from left) Jaxson Eisenbarth, Natalie Andrade, Abraham Madrigal Farias, and Yessenia Alvarez Zamora provide an update to the board.

Student School Board Representatives’ report – watch recording
Student School Board Representatives Yessenia Alvarez Zamora, Natalie Andrade, Jaxson Eisenbarth and Abraham Madrigal Farias shared an update on student activities and events on Monday evening.

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 on Monday, click here.

First Reading – 

  • 704.4 Gifts, Grants and Bequests (approved, second reading waived)

Initial Review – 

  • 501.7 Student Transfers Out or Withdrawals (marked as reviewed)
  • 501.8 Attendance Records (marked as reviewed)
  • 501.9 Student Absences-Excused (will come back for a first reading)
  • 501.9-E1 Request for Remote Learning Form (marked as reviewed)

The next Marshalltown School Board meeting is set for 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 (rescheduled from original date of Monday, Oct. 3) at the Central Administration Office, 1002 S. 3rd Ave. The meeting will be available to watch via live stream through the MCSD website, Facebook, and Twitter pages.

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