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August 19, 2019 Board Meeting

20 Aug
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Director of Food Service Lynn Large presented a report to the school board that served as a wrap up of the last year in food service in the district.

Nutrition Services Update
Director of Food Service Lynn Large presented this report to wrap up the last year in food service in the district.

Summer feeding sites served 23,063 lunches and 6,644 for youth in 2019.  These numbers are up slightly from last summer.

For the school year 2018-19 the district served 666,839 lunch meals and 281,409 breakfast meals. This past school year there were more than a million servings of fruits and vegetables delivered to the students,  “which I’m very proud of,” Large said.

Large said they continue to try to incorporate different fruits and vegetable to expose students to options out there.

“We really are encouraging fruits and vegetables at meal time,” Large said.

New this year, Lenihan Intermediate School will offer free lunches and breakfast meals to all students as part of the Community Eligibility Provision, joining all the elementary schools in this program.

Large also has a goal to increase breakfast participation in the district, which is currently at a 30 percent participation level.

“I would love to see that (number) at least 50 percent of our kids,” Large said.

Personnel
Click here for personnel items approved by the board.

 Donation to soccer team

Donation

From left, Dr. Theron Schutte, Steve Madsen, Scott Johannes and Bobby Shomo.

Shomo-Madsen Insurance and IMT Insurance presented a Community award in the amount of $500 as a donation to Marshalltown High School boys soccer through the Bobcat Booster Club. Bobby Shomo and Steve Madsen presented the donation to Coach Scott Johannes and Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte.

Revenue Purpose Statement
Paulette Newbold, Director of Business Operations, presented this item. Our current Revenue Purpose Statement expires in 2029. With the extension of SAVE, there is a need to put this on the ballot to have the statement go beyond 2029.

The board approved the Revenue Purpose Statement, Ordering an Election on a Revenue Purpose Statement to Authorize Expenditures From Revenue Received From the State Secure an Advanced Vision for Education Fund, and Ordering the Publication of a Notice of Election. This will be on the November 5 ballot.

Security Management System Phase 3
Director of Buildings and Grounds Chuck Springer and Director of Technology Josh Wesley presented this plan.

The plans were shared with the board on security enhancements at all elementary schools with bid alternates for secondary schools.

The project plans call for cameras for front entrances, auxiliary entrances and cameras for perimeter, loading docks and other areas. The plans also call for enhanced security with the access/door systems in the schools.

The estimated cost of the project is $450,000. The board set a public hearing for September 3 (next board meeting) regarding plans, specs and form of contract for the project. After that, the project is planned to be let out to bid.

Sale of Surplus Technology Equipment
Josh Wesley talked about the success the technology department has had in selling surplus equipment through PublicSurplus.com. Last year, the department sold several surplus pieces for a total of approximately $90,000.
The board approved a public hearing for September 3 for the sale of these listed items, which would then go to the surplus website.

Board Policies
First Reading
100.1 (new 100) Name of School District- No changes made since initial review- Approved as amended waived second reading
101.1 (new 103) Long-Range Needs Assessment – Approved as amended waived second reading
101.1-R2 (new 103-R2) Early Childhood Progress: Parent Notification – Approved as amended waived second reading
100 (new 101) District Philosophy, Mission, Beliefs, and Expectations  – Approved as amended waived second reading

Initial Review
102 – Equal Educational Opportunity – Updating Contact name to Nora- Marked as reviewed
102.E2 – Continuous Notice of Nondiscrimination – Updating Contact name to Nora- Marked as reviewed

  1. R1 Grievance Procedure -Updating Contact name to Nora- Marked as reviewed

Communications
Director of Communications Andrew Potter presented these updates to progress made from the Communications/Marketing plan presented last fall.

From Board President Bea Niblock
“In just 1 day, we will all be together in the MHS Auditorium.  I will have a few remarks but they won’t be as eloquent as the words of Neil Gaiman.

‘I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you’ll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you’ll make something that didn’t exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return.  And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind.’

Wishing each of you a year filled with remarkable memories!” – Bea Niblock

August 5, 2019 board meeting

6 Aug
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Retiring MHS baseball coach Steve Hanson was recognized by the school board during the school board meeting on August 5.

Retiring Coach Hanson honored by school board

Retiring MHS baseball coach Steve Hanson was honored by the board after serving for 26 years in that role. Hanson led the Bobcats to 567 wins, seven state tournament appearances, four state title games and one state championship. He thanked a very supportive staff, the players and coaches through the years.

“You can’t simply do it by yourself,” Hanson said.

He also gave kudos to the well-rounded players he’s had on the Bobcats through the years.

“Almost to a guy, the great players are also great people,” Hanson said.

MHS junior talks about being a US Youth Ambassador

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MHS junior Abbey Welden talks to the board about her US Youth Ambassador experience in Paraguay this summer.

MHS junior Abbey Welden talked about her experience as a US Youth Ambassador in Paraguay this summer. To qualify for the program, Abbey had to write five essays as part of her lengthy application and conduct the final verbal interview in Spanish. Abbey is a product of the MCSD dual language program as she started at Woodbury Elementary School.

“I credit the bilingual program (in Marshalltown Schools) with this opportunity entirely,” Welden said. “I see how it is beneficial to people of all different backgrounds.”

For more about her experience, see this video.

Personnel
For personnel items approved the board, click here.
Late additions to the agenda are highlighted in yellow, said Director of Human Resources Dr. Nora Ryan.

Public Comment
Miller teacher Steve Hinderhofer expressed concern with the amount of food waste he has seen. He would like to talk further on possibly getting those scraps to animals on his farm and maybe paying back the district with a processed pig in the future.

2019 Legislative Priorities
Dr. Theron Schutte, Superintendent, presented this list of priorities.
After previous board conversation, this list was presented for board approval to pass along to the Iowa Association of School Boards to lobby the state legislature. The IASB collates these with other priorities from other districts. The board approved the priorities.

2019-2020 Board and Superintendent Goals
The board was presented these goals for the next year after the board self evaluation and superintendent evaluation. The board approved the goals.

Security management system phase 3
This is looking at further enhancing security and/or adding more secured entry points, said Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte.
The plan also adds security cameras at the elementary and secondary school levels.
Board members expressed concern that they had yet to see plans before approving them and setting a public hearing. Due to this need, it is now scheduled to have plans presented at the August 19 meeting and possibly setting a public hearing for the September 3 meeting.

Board policies
First reading
100 District Philosophy, Mission, Beliefs and Expectations – Approved as amended and waived second reading
100-E1 District Philosophy, Mission, Beliefs and Expectations – Indicators – Deleted
100-E2( new 100-E1)District Philosophy, Mission, Beliefs and Expectations – Strategies  – Approved as amended- waived second reading
New Exhibit 100-E2 District Philosophy, Mission, Beliefs and Expectations-Strategic Plan – Adopted and waived second reading
202.5 (new 203) Board of Directors Conflict of Interest – Updated based on law of thresholds- Approved as amended and waived second reading.
New Policy 206.2 Vice President – Adopted and waived second reading.
501.5 Attendance Center Assignment – Approved as amended and waived second reading
505.5 Graduation Requirements – Approved as amended and waived second reading
603.1 Basic Instruction Program – Approved as amended and waived second reading.

Initial review
100.1 – Name of School District – New number (possibly- coming back) and name change adding wording to align with IASB- To come back before board
101.1  – Long-Range Needs Assessment – Number change to 103 and changes made – To come back before board
101.1-R1 – Long-Range Needs Assessment Process – Number change to 103-R1- marked as reviewed
101.1-R2 – Early Childhood Progress: Parent Notification. Number change to 103-R2- and date changes for reports-  To come back before board

The next regular meeting of the school board will be at 5 p.m. on August 19.

Click here for a video of the August 5 meeting.

From Board President Bea Niblock
“August rolls around and we start thinking about school starting.  In 16 days staff will be gathered together for the pre-service Welcome Back.  And, in 21 days the new school year will start.
But, there’s still much to be done.  Custodians are working at a fast pace to finish their work, administrators are attending a multi-day in-service, teachers are participating in internships, and secretaries are registering the last few students.
As vacations and adventures are but a memory now, a new school year is upon us.  Remember to send those pictures to Andrew so that we can all remember that enjoyment one more time before the school doors open wide to welcome Marshalltown’s youth.
Have a grand new year!” – Bea Niblock

 

July 15, 2019 Board Report

16 Jul
Stensland

Jamie Stensland of the American Heart Association thanks the school district for its support of the Kids Heart Challenge at the school board meeting held on July 15.

American Heart Association gives kudos to district
Jamie Stensland, Youth Market Director, with the American Heart Association thanked Marshalltown Schools for its support in the Kids Heart Challenge, formerly known as Jump Rope for Heart.
The program is operated through the physical education teachers at the elementary and intermediate school level.
Stensland said they are hoping to extend the program to the middle and high school levels.
Rogers Elementary School PE teacher Nicki Boliver received grant in amount for $2,000 for a project as part of this effort.

Personnel
For personnel items approved by the board, click here.
Those items in yellow were the recent updates to the agenda

2019 IASB Legislative Beliefs and MCSD Prioritization of IASB Legislative Resolutions
The board reviewed the legislative priorities established for past two years that it provides to the Iowa Association of School Boards.
“The only thing that has changed is that SAVE became reauthorized,” said Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte, which would put SAVE off of the list of priorities.
“I believe the other four items are still relevant,” Schutte said
Board members provided comments and a draft of those comments are expected to be discussed at the August 5 meeting.

Chromebook Cases and Projector Bid Tally
Josh Wesley, Director of Technology, presented bids received for 440 Chromebook cases to be used by  Miller Middle School students.
Wesley said the technology department has noticed these types of cases provide great protection for the Chromebooks.
The board approved the SHI bid for 440 cases for $11,439.56.
The board also approved the bid of 228 classroom projectors and 280 ceiling mounts for a total of $160,318.70 from Tierney Brothers of St. Paul, MN.
These purchases will replace a good portion of the projectors in the entire district, Wesley said.

Board Policies
First reading
401.7 Employee Travel Compensation – No changes to previous posting of policy- Approved and waived second reading
401.10 Credit Cards – No changes to previous posting of policy- Approved and waived second reading
401.12 Employee Use of Cell Phones – No changes to previous posting of policy- Approved and waived second reading
401.12-R Employee Use of Cell Phones Administrative Regulation-No changes to previous posting of policy- Approved and waived second reading
New Policy 705.4 Expenditures for a Public Purpose-  Adopted and waived second reading
New Regulation 705.4-R1  Use of Public Funds – Adopted and waived second reading
705.9 Death of Student, Staff Member, Board Approved Counsel or Board Director -No changes to previous posting of policy- Approved and waived second reading
New Policy 707.5 Internal Controls-  Adopted and waived second reading
New Regulation 707.5-R1 Internal Controls Procedures – Adopted and waived second reading
711.6 (new 711.9) Transportation Insurance Program – Amended and waived second reading

Initial Review
202.2 (new 206.1) President – New number – Marked as reviewed
202.5 (new 203) Board of Directors Conflict of Interest – New number- Legal changes, to come back before board
New Policy 206.2 Vice President – To come back before board
307 Communication Channels – Code and reference changes- marked as reviewed
501.5 Attendance Center Assignment – Changes – To come back before board
505.5 Graduation Requirements – Adjustments and corrections- To come back before board
603.1 Basic Instruction Program – Adjustments- To come back before board
100 District Philosophy, Mission, Beliefs and Expectations – Changes made, to come back before board for first reading
100-E1 District Philosophy, Mission, Beliefs and Expectations – Indicators  – To be deleted at next meeting-
100-E2(new 100-E1)District Philosophy, Mission, Beliefs and Expectations – Strategies – Renumbering and renaming -changes to be made- to come back before board
New Exhibit 100-E2 District Philosophy, Mission, Beliefs and Expectations-Strategic Plan – One page strategic plan added, to come back before board.
100-E3 District Philosophy, Mission, Beliefs, and Expectations – Calendar will be tabled and will be reviewed at a later date.

Reminders:
Communications Director Andrew Potter reminded the board that there are online school registration assistance days this week from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17 and Thursday, July 18 at the Miller Middle School gym.

There is also time to sign up to volunteer for the Woodbury Elementary School playground build on Friday, July 19.

The next regular meeting of the school board will be at 5 p.m. on August 5.

From Board President Bea Niblock
“The start of the new academic year is rapidly approaching.  And, the board approved the hiring of 34 new staff at its July meeting – teachers, paraprofessionals, custodians and secretaries.

And, at the same meeting, we welcomed Dr. Nora Ryan, Director of Human Resources.  Monday’s meeting was the first that Dr. Ryan attended. We also welcomed Nicolas Aguirre as a new board director.  He replaces Ross Harris.

It’s great to know that our MCSD family is growing and that we are welcoming individuals who are excited to be with us.   Get to know these folks and ‘catch’ their enthusiasm!” – Bea Niblock

June 17, 2019 Board Report

18 Jun
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Director of Human Resources Anthony Spurgetis, left, presented several employee group agreements to the board for the 2019-20 fiscal year during the June 17 school board meeting.

Recognitions
Director of Human Resources Anthony Spurgetis was recognized for his three years of service as he attended his last board meeting before leaving the district.

Dr. Nora Ryan was introduced as the new Director of Human Resources.

Personnel
For personnel items approved by the board, click here.
Late additions to this list included:

Appointments:
Hannah Al-Mazroa 6th grade at Lenihan
Sherri Logan, Library paraeducator at MHS
Elizabeth Warner, 5th grade teacher at Lenihan
Amy Sather, art teacher at Miller
Maci Fritz, Assistant softball coach at MHS

Resignation
Katie Hilby, Kindergarten teacher at Woodbury Elementary School

Board Director Resignation
Board member Ross Harris has submitted his resignation with four months remaining on his four-year term. The board approved the resignation and is accepting letters of interest to fill the vacancy.

Student Health Report for the 2018-2019 School Year
Stacey Tool Crawford, MHS/District Nurse, presented this annual report. We have 9 nurses in the district and three health aides. Almost half of our students list a health condition. This can be something simple as needing glasses up to more chronic conditions.
Total visits to health offices were 75,802 this past school year. Of those visits 64,627 were sent back to class, 2,091 were sent home and 6 were sent to EMS/911.
There has been some great work providing AEDs to all school buildings including some larger buildings which have multiple ones, along with training that has taken place in buildings.
“I am very pleased we are able to provide that cardiac support in our district,” Tool-Crawford said.

Chromebook Bids
Joshua Wesley presented bids received for Chromebooks after making a request to publish a RFP at the April 15, 2019 board meeting. He recommended the board award to CDW for 1,605 total Chromebooks and licencing in the amount $484,500.00. SAVE will be used for payment. The board approved the purchase.

Digital Learning Plan Approval
Dr. Lisa Stevenson, Director of Instruction, presented this for approval after the details were presented at the June 3 meeting. The board approved the plan.

Seal of Biliteracy
Dr. Lisa Stevenson, Director of Instruction, presented the list of 24 MHS students who received the Iowa Seal of Biliteracy.

Marshalltown High School Class of 2019 Graduates
Dr. Theron Schutte, Superintendent presented this list of graduates.

2019-2020 School Board Meeting Dates
Dr. Theron Schutte, Superintendent) The board meeting dates here were approved for the 2019-20 year. Amended: July date to July 13, 2020 (not July 15, 2020)

Miller Middle School Modular Technology Lab Curriculum
“There is a lot of synergy especially in our business community,” Dr. Schutte said of this effort.
These mod tech labs help promote career and technical education as well as STEM careers. Helping fund them is a $20,000 Perkins grant, $20,000 from the Regional Planning Partnership (partnership of local schools) and local business and industry.
The board approved the Miller Middle School Modular Technology Lab Curriculum and furniture from Mid-West 3D Solutions, LLC in the amount of $69,431 as presented.

Classroom Audio Systems Purchase
Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte recommended the purchasing of 22 Lightspeed TOPCAT audio systems (mounted speaker, 2 mics & media connector) and three REDCAT ACCESS and battery with flexmike for classrooms at Rogers, Anson, and Woodbury Elementary School in the amount of $40,054. Sales tax (SAVE) will be used to fund this one time expenditure.  The board approved the item as presented.

2019-2021 School Year Marshalltown Education Association Certified Staff Salary and Benefits Settlement
Anthony Spurgetis, Director of Human Resources, presented the tentative agreement between the MEA and the district.
The contract includes language location changes and a salary 1.91% increase. The board approved the contract.
It’s a 2 year agreement in languages with a re-opener for wages after first year.

2019-20 Food Service Agreement
The District and union agreed to a one-year agreement. The District and union agree to step advancement, longevity, and $.15 per hour to the wage of each employee. 1.78% (salary, fica, ipers). The board approved the agreement.

2019-2020 School Year Transportation Agreement
The District and union agree to a one-year agreement. The District and union agree to step advancement and $.15 per hour to the wage of each employee. 2.5% for drivers and mechanics, 1.44% for monitors (salary, fica, ipers).  The district and union agree to a $.50 increase in trip pay. The district and union agree that all employee wages will be listed as hourly. The board approved the agreement.

2019-20 Buildings and Ground Agreement
The District and union agree to a one-year agreement. The District and union agree to step advancement, longevity, and $.13 per hour to the wage of each employee. 2.85% package (salary, fica, ipers.)  The board approved the agreement.

2019-20 Secretaries Meet and Confer Agreement
Dr. Theron Schutte and Paulette Newbold recommended the Board approve a salary increase of 2.20% as presented, for secretaries for the 2019-2020 school year. There is a 20 cent, 30 cent and 40 cent increase per hour, depending on what category the employee is in.

Administrators, Directors and Others Wages 2019-2020
The superintendent recommended to the board to approve a salary increase of 1.91% as presented, for Administrators, Directors and others for the 2019-2020 school year. Additionally, the positions of Server Specialist, Network; Security Specialist would receive a salary increase of 3.82% in order to move them closer to the norm of similar positions relative to comparability. Positions included under Administrators Others: Instructional Design Specialist, School Resource Officers, Social Workers, Food Service Managers, Auditorium Manager, Server Specialist and Network;Security Specialist, Student Technology Device Coordinator. The board approved the wages for 2019-20.

Review and Acceptance of the Fiscal Year 2018 Audit
Paulette Newbold, Director of Business Operations, presented this from the State Auditor’s Office, which is for July 1, 2017- June 30, 2018.
The good news is that our district’s opinion is the best opinion we can receive which is an unmodified opinion. The board accepted the audit and presented.

Fiscal Year 2019-2021 Financial Statement Audit Proposal
Paulette Newbold, Director of Business Operations, presented the Fiscal Year 2019-2021 Financial Statement Audit Proposal and recommended approving a 3 year contract with Hogan-Hansen.  The proposed engagement cost for FY19 is $35,000; for FY20 is $36,000; and for FY21 is $37,000. The board approved the contract.

Marshalltown High School Roundhouse Phase II Change Order
Director of Buildings and Grounds Chuck Springer presented Marshalltown High School Roundhouse Phase II Change Order number four. The Change Order totals $32,505.00. FEH Architects will pay for $5,000 of this. It was approved by the board.

Hoglan Elementary Playground
District Director of Buildings and Grounds Chuck Springer presented bids received and recommended approval of Kluesner Construction, Inc. to replace 5,595 square feet of playground at Hoglan Elementary in the amount of $38,950. This is the asphalt playground in the southeast section of the play area. Three inch asphalt will add $175.00 to the total price. The Public Education and Recreation Levy (PERL) fund will be used for payment. The board approved the bids.

Gaga

An example of a Gaga pit

Elementary School and Lenihan Intermediate School Playground Gaga Pits
Dr. Theron Schutte recommended approval of purchasing 7 Gaga pits, one for each elementary school playground and Lenihan Intermediate School in the amount of $23,503.70. The Public Education and Recreation Levy (PERL) fund will be used for payment. Gaga is a gentler version of dodgeball.  The board approved the purchase.

Board Policies
First reading
New policy 502.13 Student Name Changes – no changes since previously presented. Adopted and waived second reading
New exhibit 502.13-E1 Student Name Change Application Form -no changes since previous presented. Adopted and waived second reading
711.3 Extra -Curricular Activities Bus Service – Amended with IASB language no changes since last presentation. Approved as amended and waived second reading.
711.4 Summer Program Bus Service -Amended with IASB language no changes since last presentation. Approved as amended and waived second reading.

Initial Review
711.5 Transportation of Nonresident and Nonpublic School Students – Marked as reviewed
711.6 (new 711.9) Transportation Insurance Program – Renumbering and changes made to it- To come back before board.
711.7 (new 711.6) Transportation of Nonschool Groups – Renumbering- marked as reviewed.
711.8 Transportation in Inclement Weather – Additon of social media- Marked as reviewed.

Policy changes from Finance/Facility Meeting
401.7 Employee Compensation – Minor Changes -To come back before board
401.8 Recognition for Service of Employees – Minor change Marked as reviewed
401.10 Credit Cards- Minor Changes -To come back before board
401.12 Employee Use of Cell Phones – Minor changes – To come back before board.
401.12-R Employee Use of Cell Phones Regulation – Minor changes to come back before board
New Policy 705.4 Expenditures for a Public Purpose- New policy- To come back at next meeting
New Regulation 705.4-R1  Expenditures for a Public Purpose Regulation – new policy- To come back at next meeting
705.9 Death of Student, Staff or Board Director – Minor changes To come back before board.
New Policy 707.5 Internal Controls – New  IASB recommended- To come back at next meeting
New Regulation 707.5-R1 Internal Controls Procedures – New IASB recommended- To come back at next meeting

Next meetings
The board will meet in a special open session meeting on July 2 to interview board candidates. Schedule is to be determined depending on number of candidates.

The next regular meeting of the board will be at 5 p.m. on July 15 in district offices.

From Board President Bea Niblock

“The board meeting was a very busy one, but filled with good news.

  • Grant proposals were approved between MCSD and the state of Iowa to support English learners.
  • Donations totaling more than $5000 were received for a variety of needs in the district.
  • Bids were approved to advance the district’s 1 to 1 Chromebook plan.
  • 24 students at MHS received the Seal of Biliteracy award this year.
  • In this year of unknowns with the new collective bargaining law, negotiations were completed and contracts signed for all of the bargaining groups.
  • The audit report was accepted.
  • Gaga pits were approved for each elementary school and Lenihan, and
  • Nora Ryan was introduced as the new Director of Human Resources.

Those are just a few of the items on the agenda which are helping our district move forward. It was, indeed, a full meeting with the known fact that we are making a difference in the lives of each and every student in our district.” – Bea Niblock

For a video of the meeting, click here.

 

 

 

 

June 3, 2019 Board Meeting

4 Jun
Soccer

The MHS boys soccer team and coaches Scott Johannes and Bobby Shomo were recognized at the June 3 school board meeting. The team qualified for the state tournament and finished the season with a 16-3 record.

Recognition
MHS boys soccer coaches Scott Johannes and Bobby Shomo were recognized after leading the team to the state tournament and a 16-3 season record. Mr. Johannes recently was honored as the Des Moines Register’s 2019 All-Iowa boys soccer coach of the year. Several soccer players were in attendance as well. With many of the players coming back next year, Johannes said the team has “unfinished business” for the future.

Personnel
For personnel items approved by the board, click here. It includes the resignation of Director of Human Resources Anthony Spurgetis.

Late changes to personnel items agenda below:
Additional resignations were:
Lacie Moore, instructional coach Hoglan
Jennifer Sloan, 4th grade Hoglan
Additional Appointment:
Cristina Saiz, 6th grade dual language- Lenihan

Public comment
Several teachers talked about their wishes to maintain the permissive language in the contract

Individual Career Academic Plan(ICAP)
Dee Burt, CPDL with College and Career Readiness,  presented this plan. This plan was designed by 16 members.
“This is a work in progress,” Burt said. “We are continually looking at this.”
There are 5 essential components in the plan including: Self-understanding, Career Information, Career Exploration Activities and Post Secondary Exploration, Career and Postsecondary Decision.

Clarity 2019 Survey Data
David Stanfield, Instructional Design Specialist, presented these survey results. Clarity is a survey designed to help districts gather data and analyze their technology integration efforts on instruction. The survey has been taken in the spring for five years and includes certified district staff and students in grades 3-12.
It’s an excellent tool to look at our conversion into more digital platforms, Stanfield said.
The overall score was proficient with an increased score from the past and above the state average.

Digital Learning Plan Presentation
Dr. Lisa Stevenson, Director of Instruction; Josh Wesley, Director of Technology and David Stanfield, Instructional Design Specialist, Paula Johnson, technology instructional coach, presented this plan which is four months in the making.
“We’ve been working on this as a team,” Stevenson said.
The 5 big areas in the plan include Leadership, Teaching, Learning, Assessment and Infrastructure.
Overall, we’re trying to really focus on accessibility for students and staff while promoting equity, Stevenson said.
“We feel like this is a pretty good plan for our first time trying it,” Dr. Stevenson said.

7-12th Grade Math
John Fiscus, Miller teacher, Angela Pierce, MHS teacher, Pam Brewer-Michael, CPDL, and Dr. Lisa Stevenson, Director of Instruction presented this item.
This is an overview of needs assessment process.  Instructors talked about the gaps from classroom observations.
This was a discussion item only.

K-4th Grade Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Into Reading and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Arriba la Lectura Presentation
Dr. Lisa Stevenson, Director of Instruction and Woodbury Principal Anel Garza presented this for approval after providing information on this at the previous board meeting.
Budget is $23,415.00 from ELL budget and $76,883.75 from curriculum budget.  Total purchase is $100,298.75. The board approved the purchase.

Positive Action Guidance Curriculum
Matt Cretsinger, Director of Special Services, brought this up for approval after presenting details at the last board meeting.  The cost of the materials and staff training is $50,000.  It will be paid for with at-risk funds. The board approved the curriculum.

Social-Emotional Learning Overview
Matt Cretsinger, Director of Special Services, presented this update to the board. A steering committee was formed, with 5 goals previously set by the steering committee which include:

  1. We want staff to generally understand the impact that trauma has on the brain
  2. “Kids do well if they can” mindset – all staff understand there are problems to be solved, not just a behavior to be stopped
  3. Staff trained in Tier I of Collaborative Problem Solving will model and introduce common SEL language to all staff
  4. All staff will know the 5 categories of thinking skills our SEL will focus on
  5. All staff will understand the relationship between challenging behaviors, problems to be solved, and lagging skills

Mr. Cretsinger presented staff surveys from these goals and a timeline of professional learning throughout the past year.
The next steps include:
– SEL Steering Committee is working to develop new goals for next year
– Continue to grow the number of people trained in the Collaborative Problem Solving approach
– Continue to offer professional learning that emphasizes the mindset and actions aligned to our learning
– Including paraeducators
– Offer online learning opportunities
– Bring Capturing Kids Hearts to Miller, MLA, and MHS

2019-2020 School Meal Prices
Lynn Large, Director of Food Service, presented this proposal to raise breakfast and lunch by 10 cents at the 7-12 level and adult lunches. She expects increase expenses in labor and insurance.
Kindergarten through 6th grade meals will be free due to the Community Eligibility Provision. Fifth and sixth grade are added to the CEP this fall.The board approved the changes

2019-2020 Paraeducator Agreement
Anthony Spurgetis, Director of Human Resources, presented this agreement with the paraeducators.
The is no added money to wages but the advancement in steps for the group equates to a 2.85 percent package increase.
The board approved the agreement.

MHS Roundhouse Phase II Change Order
Charles Springer, Director of Buildings and Grounds, presented this change order in the amount of $31,516. This would take the total contract sum to $6,763,522. It was approved by the board. There are four additional change orders being negotiated on.

Woodbury Playground Bid
Charles Springer, Director of Buildings and Grounds presented this for approval. This is for a rubberized surface of the new the KaBoom playground, which we are receiving a grant for. The board approved the bid from Taylormade Company (Eco Turf) in the amount of $30,576.00. Public Education and Recreation Levy dollars will be used to cover the costs. The community build of the playground will be July 19.

Proposed 2019 Summer Projects
Charles Springer, Director of Buildings and Grounds, presented this list by school.  The overall amount of the projects will be $385,535. Physical Plant and Equipment Levy dollars will be used to fund these projects.

Board Policies
First reading
710.5 Financial Support-Food Service – Deleted and waived second reading
711.1-R(new 711.1-R1) Student Eligibility for Bus Service – Deleted last sentence in policy – Approved as amended and waived second reading.

Initial review
New policy 502.13 – Student Name Changes – This is a formalized process with how name changes can take place within the scope of the law. To come back before board
New exhibit 502.13-E1 Student Name Change Application Form- To come back before board.
711.2 Student Conduct on School Transportation- Change to whom discipline issues are reported to- Marked as reviewed
711.3 Extra -Curricular Activities Bus Service- Transportation Director has made changes- To come back before the board.
711.4 Summer Program Bus Service- – Changes to come back

The board then went into an exempt session for negotiations

The next regular board meeting will be at 5 p.m. on June 17

The board will meet in special work sessions on building data reports from 5 to 7 p.m on June 10 and 11.

From Board President Bea Niblock
“The work of the school district is never done. With summer school, professional development opportunities and work on the infrastructure being done, the summer months are busy in their own way.
That being said, it is also a time for staff to let down and rejuvenate. Enjoy your summer plans; sleep in; have a beverage on your deck/patio or just plain do nothing for a while. I do remember that it takes a few weeks to get out of the school mind set and to rest enough to enjoy the rest of the summer.
Wishing you all relaxation in your time away. And, remember to send Andrew those pics of all the fun you had over the summer months!” – Bea Niblock

May 20, 2019 Board Report

21 May
IJAG

IJAG Specialists Katie Allison, left, and Austin Hauser gave an update on the program to the school board at the May 20 meeting.

iJAG program making a difference in first year
Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates (iJAG) Specialists Katie Allison (MHS 11-12th grade) and Austin Hauser (Miller – 7th-8th) gave this presentation on the iJAG program. This program is for students who may be facing barriers but also show great potential.
“We are excited to be wrapping up our first year,” Allison said.
IJAG teaches leadership skills, soft skills, employability skills, service learning and more.
“The program is very beneficial,” Hauser said.
The goal is to prepare students to be active participants in the workforce.  The board approved adding a 9-10 grade coordinator for MHS for next school year as part of a Memorandum of Understanding.

Recognition

NHD

Marshalltown High School seniors Emily Miller (left) and Phoebe Osgood presented their national-qualifying senior performance on Emily Dickinson in National History Day. The two will travel the Maryland in June for nationals.

Personnel
For personnel items approved by the school board, click here.

Public Comment
Several teachers spoke out against removing permissive items from the teacher contract.

Out-of-State Travel Request
The board a approved the out-of-state trip for the National History Day national qualifiers, as requested by MHS XLP teacher Susan Fritzell.

Student School Board Representatives
Student School Board Representatives America Dominguez, Jane Ragland and Jocelin Sharfnejda from MHS gave their final update presentation of their one-year term. The three will graduate from MHS on June 2.

Guidance Curriculum Adoption
Matt Cretsinger, Director of Special Services and Dee Burt, College and Career Readiness CPDL presented this item.
Between every 5-7 years professional school counselors have to go through a guidance curriculum adoption. At the next board meeting, bids will be brought to the board for $50,000 paid for out of at-risk budget.

Iowa Youth Survey Update
Matt Cretsinger, Director of Special Services presented this update. The survey happens every 2 years given to all 6, 8 and 11th grades (Students can decline)
It was administered in November of 2018.
Cretsinger compared our answer percentages to those districts of similar size. Students self report their perceptions, their beliefs and their feelings.
Next time he will talk about social emotional learning support continued plans for the district.

Classroom Computer and Projector Replacement Cycle
Joshua Wesley, Director of Technology, presented this cycle.
Wesley said we are “trying to create a regular replacement cycle similar to what we have going on with the Chromebooks” to provide reliable technology for teachers. The goal is to spend in the $200,000 range each year.
The board approved to go ahead for technology to publish and RFP for 228 Epson projectors and 280 ceiling mounts for the first year in this replacement cycle.

Copier Bid Tally Results
Joshua Wesley, Director of Technology, presented the bid tally.
The current lease expires July 1, 2019. Discussion was held regarding this item.
The board approved awarding Advanced Systems the copier bid for 3 year copier lease and software agreement in the approximate total of $292,478.76 as presented.

K-4th Grade Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Into Reading and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Arriba la Lectura Presentation
Woodbury Principal Anel Garza, ELL Coordinator Rachel Inks and Woodbury Instructional Coach Julie Thede presented this curriculum recommendation for Woodbury Elementary, after meetings of the literacy advisory committee.
“This will be the first Spanish curriculum we’ve purchased in over 17 years,” Garza said.
The kindergarten through fourth grade Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Into Reading and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Arriba la Lectura is in the amount of $100,298.75, with $23,415.00 from ELL budget and $76,883.75 from curriculum budget.
This was a discussion item only as it will be up for possible board approval at the June 3 meeting.

K-4 CKLA Language Studio
Dr. Lisa Stevenson, Director of Instruction, presented this as a follow up to the presentation at the last meeting. This is for literacy materials in English for K-4 (minus Woodbury).
The board approved the purchase of CKLA Language Studio in the amount of $92,942.25 accompanying ELL materials to support all K-4 English Learners (except Woodbury K-4) as presented.

K-5 CKLA ELA and 6th Amplify ELA Literacy Materials
Dr. Lisa Stevenson, Director of Instruction, This information was presented at the previous meeting, for K-5 literacy and 6th grade.
The board approved the purchase of K-5 CKLA ELA in the amount of $281,313 and 6th Amplify ELA in the amount of $35,700.80.

2019-2020 Preschool Handbook
This was shared with the board at the last meeting with the changes. The board approved the handbook as presented.

2019-2020- Property/Casualty and WC Renewal
Local agent Mark Rohde and representatives from the Iowa Public School Insurance Program presented at the meeting. IPSIP uses group purchasing power as it has dozens of other districts in the state on the plan.
The insurance market is tightening with flooding, hail and tornadoes becoming more prevalent in Iowa. Due to increases in losses, the premium cost to Marshalltown Schools is going up.
The new rate for 2019-20 is $862,597, up from $679.204 for the current year.
It was noted that 75 percent of claims were bus incidents in 2017-18.  More training is expected in hopes to cut that number of claims.
This is the renewal of the third year of a 3-year contract which was approved by the board.

2018-2019 Budget Amendment
Paulette Newbold, Director of Business Operations, presented this item to increase the expenditures of the support services area of the budget from from $18.4 million to $21.2 million. This is not an increase in overall budget of expenditures, but rather some coding changes.
The board approved the budget amendment. A public hearing on this budget amendment was held earlier in the meeting

Board Policies
First Reading
708.5 Inventory – Deleted by board, waived second reading

Initial Review
710.5 Financial Support-Food Service – To be deleted at next meeting.
711.1 Student School Transportation Eligibility – Marked as reviewed
711.1-R(new 711.1-R1) Student Eligibility for Bus Service- Minor change at end of regulation which is not current practice.

The next regular meeting of the board will be on June 3 at 5 p.m. in district offices.

From Board President Bea Niblock
“Matt Cretsinger presented the board with an update on the results of the Iowa Youth Survey given to our 6th, 8th and 11th grade students. Even though the results of Marshalltown youth were, oftentimes, similar to other schools our size, it is troubling to think that any of our students do not feel safe at school or home and have thought about suicide. We certainly have issues in our district that need to be addressed.
And Matt Cretsinger and Dee Burt shared information about a new guidance program being proposed. The guidance curriculum, Positive Action, provides lessons that encourage student interaction. Lessons provide instruction on social skills, managing emotions, building positive relationships with others and mental health. Sounds like a good choice for our students.” – Bea Niblock

For a video of the entire meeting, click here.

 

May 6, 2019 Board Meeting

7 May
Lenihan

Lenihan Intermediate School provided an update to the school board on May 6. Pictured from left are Jenny Allen, Diane Simpson and Kim Gaskill.

Lenihan Intermediate School Showcase
Principal Kyle Young, and other Lenihan staff including Jenny Allen, Kim Gaskill, Diane Simpson,Alex Klyn, Elaine Johnson and Julie Hammond presented an update from the school.
The presentation focused on three different programs at the school including the STEMScopes program, career research unit for 5th grade and partnerships with community agencies to support the social-emotional learning needs of our students.
“We having amazing partners that come weekly to work with our students and families,” Johnson said.

Recognitions

Cyber Defense team
MHS students Keaten Collinson, Marek Jablonski and Wesley Kodis were recognized for placing first in cyber defense at the recent IT-Olympics held at Iowa State University.

Cake

A cake was served in honor of School Board Recognition Month

School Board Recognition Month
Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte took a moment to thank the school board members for their dedication to the district. He said board members not only participate in the public board meetings but also attend various committee meetings and have duties. Dr. Schutte also mentioned that it is Teacher Appreciation Week and that cookies will be delivered to the schools in recognition of the week.

SchoolReps

Student School Board Representatives
Student School Board Representatives (above, from left) America Dominguez, Jane Ragland and Jocelin Sharfnejda were recognized for their service during the school year. Later in the meeting, the three students presented their regular update to the board.

Personnel items
For personnel items approved by the board, click here.

Public Comment
Several teachers spoke on the removal of permissible items in the contract.

Lenihan Intermediate School Showcase
Principal Kyle Young, and other Lenihan staff including Jenny Allen, Kim Gaskill, Diane Simpson, Alex Klyn, Elaine Johnson and Julie Hammond presented an update from the school.
The presentation focused on three different programs at the school including the STEMScopes program, career research unit for 5th grade and partnerships with community agencies to support the social-emotional learning needs of our students.
“We having amazing partners that come weekly to work with our students and families,” Johnson said.

MHS Course Guide Changes  
Jacque Wyant, MHS Principal, presented an amendment to the course guide to allow the pathway for a Child Development Associate Career Academy. These courses are offered through MCC.

Bobcat Ready! Presentation
Mrs. Wyant gave this presentation. She said they have been working at the high school to recognize students to be college and career ready, or what is known as Bobcat Ready.
There are 112 seniors who are considered to be Bobcat Ready. MHS will be recognizing them at our seniors awards assembly.

K-6th Literacy Curriculum
Dr. Lisa Stevenson, Director of Instruction, Erica Finders, CPDL, and teachers Alex Klyn and Lindsay Stanton presented this recommendation for a new literacy curriculum for grades K-6., which is Amplify.
“We are really excited about this,” Finders said.
The curriculum was formed via a process by the literacy advisory committee which included 15 teachers. There is a K-5 program and grade 6 program.
Cost to the district is estimated at $15 per student per year which equates to $288,429 (for K-5), and $35,700 (For 6th grade). Total for approval will be $324,129.92, for all schools except Woodbury due to the dual language program ($92,942 English learners program coming from ELL budget). Discussion was held in response to board questions on this curriculum. This was an information item only at this meeting. It will be brought back before the board at the May 20 meeting for possible approval.

7-12 Grade Math Materials Purchase Increase
Dr. Lisa Stevenson, Director of Instruction, presented this for approval. Since enrollment has increased in math at MHS from what was projected earlier this year there was a need to increase materials for purchase by $15,182.18. The board approved the increase.

2019-2020 Preschool Student Handbook
Dr. Stevenson and Preschool Director Emily Banks presented changes for the preschool handbook. This will be up for approval at the May 20 board meeting.

2019-2020 Student Handbooks
Rex Kozak spoke about the transportation handbook changes. The other school level handbooks for elementary, Lenihan, Miler, MHS and MLA were presented at the last meeting and approved at this meeting after discussion was held, especially on the Miller handbook.

KaBOOM! Woodbury Elementary Playground Community Build Grant Application
Dr. Schutte talked about this grant application for a community built playground at Woodbury. This would get $50,000 worth of equipment in the playground. Dr. Schutte will move forward with the application and seek board approval if the district was awarded the grant.

Concussion Protocol Resolution, Concussion Management and Return to Play Protocols Dr. Schutte said all the protocols are in place already and they are making it a formality with seal of approval from the board. The board approved this resolution.

2018-2019 Budget Amendment
Director of Business Operations Paulette Newbold presented this item which was a request publish the budget amendment and set a public hearing at the next meeting for a budget amendment- This is an increase in the support services area of the budget from from $18.4 million to $21.2 million.
“We are not increasing our overall budget here at all,” Newbold said.
She said we are moving budget items out of instruction to the support services area of the budget.
The board set the public hearing for the budget amendment for May 20 and granted permission to publish a budget amendment.

Board Policies
Second Reading

  1. 2- Sick Leave -No changes from previous reading.Approved

First Reading
707.3 Publication of Financial Records- Approved and amended
707.4 Audits – Approved as amended.
New 708.1-R1 Care, Maintenance and Disposal of School District Records- Adopted
708.1-R Board of Director’s Records Regulation- Deleted

Initial Review
708.5 Inventory – Deleted.
710.1 Purpose and Scope of Child Nutrition Programs – Minor changes made- Marked as reviewed
710.3 Competitive Foods – Minor changes made, marked as reviewed

The board then went into an exempt session for negotiations. The next regular meeting of the school board will be at 5 p.m. on May 20.

From Board President Bea Niblock
“Here we are approaching the end of another school year. I was reminded of the great students our district serves and the caring and talented staff who work with them during the recognition portion of the meeting.

Our student board representatives were honored for their service during this past year. America Dominguez, Jane Ragland and Jocelin Sharfnejda have set the bar high for next year’s student reps. Each meeting they have presented a wonderful PowerPoint to share the ‘happenings’ at the high school and upcoming events.

And, then Keaten Collinson, Marek Jablonski and Wesley Kodis were honored for their first place finish in cyber defense at the IT-Olympics at ISU. These young men are certainly positioned for a remarkable career in the tech field!” – Bea Niblock