Oct. 4, 2022 Board Meeting

5 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.

MHS Heritage Spanish students Alexia Garcia, left, and Natalie Andrade, right, are recognized after their Spanish-language articles were selected for publication in UNI’s student newspaper, the Northern Iowan.

Two MHS Heritage Spanish students’ articles featured in university newspaper – watch recording
The board recognized MHS Heritage Spanish students Natalie Andrade and Alexia Garcia on Tuesday evening. Both students authored Spanish-language articles which were selected for publication in the University of Northern Iowa’s student newspaper, the Northern Iowan. Andrade’s article – titled “Entre dos mundos” (“Between two worlds”) – has already been published. Garcia’s article was recently selected for publication and will appear in an upcoming edition.

MHS Heritage Spanish teacher Kristin Stuchis said Andrade and Garcia were excited for the opportunity to share their experiences through their articles. Both students said their biliteracy skills have grown thanks to their advanced Spanish education at MHS.

Important step taken toward proposed MHS Stadium complex project – watch recording
The Marshalltown School Board approved the use of SAVE state sales tax revenue for a proposed project to upgrade the Marshalltown High School Stadium complex at the Tuesday, Oct. 4 regular meeting.

FEH Design President and architect Kevin Eipperle shared an overview of the proposed work, including converting Leonard Cole Field to a turf surface, as well as widening the field. Upgrades to stadium bleachers, the press box, scoreboard, and entryway were also among the proposed improvements.

Christensen voices his support of the proposed MHS Stadium project

James Christensen – a District parent and Spanish teacher, Head Boys Tennis Coach, and Assistant Football Coach at MHS – voiced his support for the upgrades at the public hearing on the use of SAVE funds for the project. He said the entire complex is important not only for Bobcat student-athletes’ use, but for the “community as a whole.”

Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte said the information shared on Tuesday was preliminary, and there are still key steps to take before work is able to begin. 

The SAVE funds are not intended to be used for the separate, proposed Tornado-Safe Team Room facility project. Instead, that facility work would be covered by a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant, if the grant is approved.

Newbold applauded for service to MCSD ahead of departure – watch recording
Dr. Schutte presented the Superintendent’s Star Award to Paulette Newbold, who will be departing from the District this month. He commended Newbold’s leadership and dedication in her role as Director of Business Operations over the past several years.

Newbold will continue to serve as a school finance leader in Boone. Meanwhile, former MCSD Business Manager Randy Denham is set to take the helm as Director of Business Operations.

Director of Business Operations Paulette Newbold, left, accepts the Superintendent’s Star Award from Dr. Theron Schutte, right. Newbold is departing from the District after years of dedicated service.

National Principals Month celebrated – watch recording
October is National Principals Month, and the school board recognized the crucial role principals and school building administrators play in Bobcat students’ academic success.

“National Principals Month provides us with the opportunity to take the time to thank all of our principals for the important work that they do,” Dr. Schutte said. “All of our principals are in it for the right reasons.”

FY22 Financial Summary shows District is in good financial health watch recording
Newbold also shared a District year-end financial summary for Fiscal Year 2022 on Tuesday evening. One key takeaway was that the District’s solvency ratio – a key metric for financial health – increased from 13.8% in FY 2021 to 20% in FY 2022.

Newbold said the increased solvency ratio from FY 2022 is, in part, a result of unique circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She said the District has also taken intentional steps to increase the solvency ratio in recent years.

MHS First Team All-State Boys Golf team members Cael Sandvick, left, Tyler Faltys, second from left, and Ryan Schmit, second from right, are recognized for their role in winning the inaugural Iowa Alliance North Conference Championship. Boys Golf Head Coach Lucas Johnson, right, congratulated the student-athletes and shared that Schmit will compete at the State Golf Tournament.

Bobcat Boys Golf team commended for bringing home inaugural conference title – watch recording
The MHS Bobcat Boys Golf team took home the first-ever Iowa Alliance North Conference title this season, and their performance was highlighted at Tuesday’s board meeting.

Head Coach Lucas Johnson and Bobcat First Team All-Conference golfers Ryan Schmit, Tyler Faltys, and Cael Sandvick spoke about their successful 2022 season. In addition to his second-place individual finish at the conference tournament, Schmit has qualified for the state tournament this weekend at Elmcrest Country Club. 

“We’re fortunate to have a really good crew of kids who continue to work hard and continue to push the boundaries of what golf can be,” Johnson said.

School custodians’ important work highlighted – watch recording
Sunday, Oct. 2 was National Custodians Day, and the District’s excellent custodial team was recognized for the important work they do on behalf of Bobcat students.School custodians play a key role in providing great environments for learning, from classrooms and activity areas to cafeterias and hallways. Thank you for your important work!

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 Tuesday evening.

Special education deficit significantly lower this year – watch recording
The District will seek authority from the School Budget Review Committee (SBRC) for allowable growth and supplemental aid to address a negative balance in special education funding after board action on Tuesday.

Newbold said this year’s special education deficit is significantly lower than in previous years.

“[The special education deficit] is about half of what it usually is,” Newbold said, adding that this year’s lower staffing levels and increased state supplemental aid are the main reasons for the lower deficit.

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 Tuesday, click here.

First Reading – 

  • 501.9 – Student Absences-Excused (approved, second reading waived)

Initial Review – 

  • 501.10 Truancy-Unexcused Absences (marked as reviewed)
  • 501.12 Pregnant Students (marked as reviewed)
  • 501.13 Students of Legal Age (marked as reviewed)

The next Marshalltown School Board meeting is set for 5 p.m. on Monday, October 17, 2022 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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