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Aug. 1, 2022 Board Meeting

2 Aug

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.

Four Student School Board Representatives approved for 2022-23 – watch recording
Four Bobcat high school students were named Student School Board Representatives at Monday’s meeting, including Natalie Andrade, Abraham Madrigal Farias, Jaxson Eisenbarth and Yessenia Alvarez Zamora.

These four student representatives will attend regular Marshalltown School Board meetings throughout the 2022-23 school year, and will provide updates on student life and school events. Congratulations to this year’s student representatives!

New District logo gains board approval – watch recording
The Marshalltown CSD will sport a new, refreshed logo after Marshalltown School Board action at the Monday, Aug. 1 regular meeting. The approval came after the logo (see image below) was presented by Communications Director Adam Sodders in July.

The new logo was created by Juicebox as part of the District’s new website project, and was recommended with input from student, parent, staff, and community branding perspectives. Importantly, the new logo will only replace the logo featuring the District’s name alongside a star – no changes will be made to other MCSD logos, including the Bobcat logo.

RACOM HR Manager Carrie Loney, right, accepts an MCSD Career Readiness Partner award from Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte, left.

RACOM recognized as MCSD Career Readiness Partner – watch recording
For many years, RACOM has been a vital partner in the Marshalltown CSD’s Bobcat Ready efforts, and the company was recognized with an MCSD Career Readiness Partner Award at Monday’s board meeting.

“RACOM has been a long-standing partner in providing human capital and volunteer service, as well as financial support, for many of the different STEM and CTE initiatives that we have going on in the District,” said Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte.

For the full story on this incredible MCSD partner, click here!

Tech purchase supports high-quality learning – watch recording
The board approved the purchase of Go Guardian Teacher, a premium feature of the District’s filtering software, at Monday’s board meeting. Director of Technology Amy Harmsen said the platform will allow teachers to customize their students’ online browsing environments during class time, including setting parameters specific to the subject being taught in the classroom.

Board sets 2023 legislative priorities – watch recording
Five key 2023 MCSD legislative priorities gained board approval on Monday evening.

The listed priorities emphasize the importance of sufficient, timely, and equitable funding of public schools. Also advocated are comprehensive community mental health systems and additional resources to help address the pandemic-related student achievement gap.

The full, detailed 2023 MCSD Legislative Priorities document can be seen here.

Communications
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.

Policies:
First reading – 

  • 401.13 Staff Technology Use (amended, second reading waived)
  • 501.14 Open Enrollment Transfers-Procedures as a Sending District (amended, second reading waived)
  • 507.2 Administration of Medication to Students (amended, second reading waived)
  • 507.2-E1 Authorization for Asthma or other Airway Constricting Disease Medication or Epinephrine Auto-Injector Self-Administration Consent Form (amended, second reading waived)


Initial Review – 

  • 500.1 Student Rights & Responsibilities (marked as reviewed)
  • 501.1 Resident Students (marked as reviewed)
  • 501.2 Non-Resident Students (marked as reviewed)

The next Marshalltown School Board meeting is set for 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 15, 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.

July 11, 2022 Board Meeting

12 Jul

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.

New District logo recommendation presented – watch recording
Communications Director Adam Sodders presented a proposed new MCSD logo on Monday evening. The logo was created by Juicebox as part of the District’s new website project, and was recommended after gaining input from student, parent, staff, and community branding perspectives.

Sodders noted that the proposed logo is intended only to replace the current logo featuring the District’s name alongside a star – no changes are recommended for other MCSD logos, including the Bobcat logo.No action was taken on the item on Monday – a vote will take place during an upcoming regular board meeting. 

Mechdyne supports MHS Esports program with generous donation – watch recording
An excellent community partner is again showing support for Bobcat students and programs. Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte thanked Mechdyne Corporation – the Marshalltown-based technology company – for a generous donation of $2,500 toward the brand new MHS E-Sports program.

The E-Sports program is among a slate of new, high-quality opportunities for MHS students coming this fall.

Food Service Director Lynn Large shares an annual departmental overview, including data on meals served last school year and upcoming changes for 2022-23.

Food Service Director delivers annual report, 2022-23 adult meal price set – watch recording
Director of Food Service Lynn Large shared a departmental overview on Monday. Her report included statistics on the number of meals served, the processes followed by the Food Service department, and changes coming in the 2022-23 school year.

The board also approved an increased adult meal price of $4.13 for the upcoming school year. Large noted that the new price was necessary to remain compliant with the USDA’s Paid Lunch Equity Tool and federal regulations.

Another record-breaking Bobcat Golf Fundraiser celebrated – watch recording
MHS Activities Director Ryan Isgrig highlighted this year’s successful Bobcat Golf Fundraiser. Turnout and fundraising records were broken for the second year in a row, and Isgrig thanked the hundreds of community members and alumni who participated. For full information on this year’s Bobcat Golf Fundraiser, click here!

Wireless authentication software purchase approved – watch recording
Connecting to the MCSD wireless internet network will be faster and easier, while remaining highly secure, after board action on Monday.

Director of Technology Amy Harmsen said the Aruba ClearPass software will speed up the wireless authentication process for users, with fewer errors and better compatibility with digital devices. She also said the long-term cost of using the software will be reduced compared to the  current authentication system.

Communications
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.

Policies:
First reading – 

  • 804.5 Stock Prescription Medication Supply (adopted, second reading waived)

Initial Review – 

  • 401.13 Staff Technology Use (will come back for a first reading)
  • 402.2 Child Abuse Reporting (marked as reviewed)
  • 501.14 Open Enrollment Transfers-Procedures as a Sending District (will come back for a first reading)
  • 507.2 Administration of Medication to Students (will come back for a first reading)
  • 507.2-E1 Authorization for Asthma or other Airway Constricting Disease Medication or Epinephrine Auto-Injector Self-Administration Consent Form (will come back for a first reading)

The next Marshalltown School Board meeting is set for 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 1, 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.

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
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.

Policies:
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.

June 6, 2022 Board Meeting

7 Jun
Chromebook technician Jose Ramirez (left), MHS Dean of Students Dan Terrones (center), and District Server Specialist Sebastian Ramirez (right) discuss plans for providing e-sports opportunities to high school students.

Board approves exciting new MHS student activities – watch recording
There will be even more unique, high-quality activities available to MHS students starting in the 2022-23 school year after Marshalltown School Board action at the Monday, June 6 regular meeting, including:

  • E-sports (electronic sports): Students will have the opportunity to play video games in a highly competitive, organized environment. E-sports competitions have become very popular, and the activity will grow students’ organization, teamwork, and planning skills, all of which are highly valued in many career paths.
  • Girls wrestling: After being sanctioned by the Iowa Girls Athletic Union recently, girls wrestling is now available separate from boys wrestling. MHS will include girls wrestling starting next school year, and only one team member is required to have the program. MHS Activities Director Ryan Isgrig said three girls went out for wrestling with the boys team last year, and more interest could come now that a girls wrestling team is available.
  • Career Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs): The board approved two new CTSOs to be offered at MHS next school year – Future Farmers of America (FFA) and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). Along with offering valuable work-based learning experiences, the organizations will also help foster community partnerships and support the ongoing career and technical education underway at MCSD.

Research shows that students who participate in school activities tend to have improved academic performance and school engagement compared to non-participants. The three activities approved on Monday will add to the great, enriching opportunities available to Bobcat students!

Class of 2022 Seal of Biliteracy earners (from left) Rebekah Stone, Siang Tial, and Miguel Becerra demonstrate their language skills at Monday’s board meeting. They are among the record-breaking 53 graduates who received a Seal of Biliteracy this year.
Click here to see all of this year’s Seal of Biliteracy earners!

Record-breaking 53 Class of 2022 grads earn Seal of Biliteracy – watch recording
A record-breaking 53 graduates from the Class of 2022 earned a Seal of Biliteracy this school year, and three biliterate graduates demonstrated their skills during a board recognition on Monday.

Seal of Biliteracy earners Miguel Becerra (Spanish), Rebekah Stone (French), and Siang Tial (Hakha Chin) each gave an introduction in their languages and shared their future plans with the board. Every year, the Seal is awarded to students for attaining proficiency in English and one or more languages by the time they graduate from high school.

The future of the Seal of Biliteracy at MCSD is bright, with 28 juniors having already qualified to earn the Seal upon graduating as part of the Class of 2023.

New music curricula recommended – watch recording
Director of Instruction Shauna Smith and Curriculum and Professional Development Leader (CDPL) Julie Thede were joined by Miller Middle School Band Instructor Mary Potter and MHS Vocal Music Instructor Amy Ose to recommend new music curriculum materials for K-6 general music and 5-12 performance music on Monday.

The curriculum recommended for K-6 general music was Quaver, while the MusicFirst and SmartMusic platforms were recommended for performance music at grades 5-12.

The board heard a recommendation for new music curricular materials at Monday’s board meeting. Pictured, from left: MHS Vocal Music instructor Amy Ose, Director of Instruction Shauna Smith, Miller Middle School Band instructor Mary Potter, and CDPL Julie Thede.

HumanEx Culture Survey results presented – watch recording
HumanEx CEO Brad Black presented an executive summary of the 2022 District-wide employee culture survey on Monday evening. The summary includes the District’s scores on 15 culture dimensions, a comparison to previous scores, and much more.

The top five scoring dimensions this year were Engage-Inspire, Pride, Continuous Improvement, Innovation, and Quality.

New preschool literacy curriculum approved – watch recording
The board voted to approve a four-year agreement for the Frog Street preschool literacy curriculum at Monday’s meeting. The approval vote came after the curriculum was presented by Director of Instruction Shauna Smith in May.

MCSD receives clean financial statement audit for FY 2021 – watch recording
Kristi Wick of Hogan-Hansen, CPAs and Consultants gave an overview of the MCSD Fiscal Year 2021 financial statement audit at Monday’s board meeting. The independent firm found no issues in their audit of the District’s finances, and the board voted to approve the statement as presented.

2022-23 school meal price changes approved – watch recording
The board approved a set of school meal price changes recommended by Director of Food Service Lynn Large on Monday. Large said the slight price increases were necessary to remain compliant with the USDA’s Paid Lunch Equity Tool and federal regulations, and to keep up with challenges created by supply chain shortages and rising food supply costs.

Employee handbook and appendices discussed – watch recording
The recommended 2022-23 MCSD employee handbook and appendices were presented by Director of Human Resources Dr. Nora Ryan for information and discussion on Monday evening. 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.

No action was taken on the employee handbook and appendices on Monday, and an approval vote is scheduled to take place at a future meeting.

MEA Supplemental Pay schedule, MOA approved – watch recording
The board approved the 2022-23 MEA Supplemental Pay Schedule, as well as a memorandum of agreement regarding Career and Technical Education (CTE) instructors with a limited teaching authorization on the current salary schedule.

Security camera purchase gains approval – watch recording
A set of 10 AVA security cameras will be installed at Miller Middle School after board action on Monday. 

The new cameras can record to the cloud or to a cloud-hybrid system. Secure and Advanced Vision for Education (SAVE) funds will be used for the camera purchase.

Summer projects set to move forward – watch recording
Director of Buildings and Grounds Todd Goulding gained board approval to move forward with planned summer projects on Monday. The projects will take place across the District and will include renovations, replacements, and upgrades both inside of buildings and on outdoor school grounds.

Communications
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.

Policies:
First reading – 

  • 415.1 Drug and Alcohol Testing Program (amended, second reading waived)
  • 415.1-E1 Drug and Alcohol Testing Program Notice to Employees (amended, second reading waived)
  • New Exhibit 403.6-E3 Drug and Alcohol Program and Pre-Employment Testing Written Consent Information (adopted, second reading waived)

Initial Review – 

  • 415.3 Relations to Pupils and Public (deleted)
  • 415.5 Classified Substitutes (deleted)
  • 200.3 Responsibilities of the Board of Directors (will come back for a first reading)

The next Marshalltown School Board meeting is set for 5 p.m. on Monday, June 20, 2022 at the Central 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.

May 16, 2022 Board Meeting

17 May

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.

Several of this year’s MHS dual graduates share their areas of study with the school board. Pictured, from left: Alivia Eaton, Marcus Barker, Erin Stanley, Cassidy Wedemeyer, Zoe Johnson, Hunter Block, Paige Wertzberger, Jackie Bravo, Rochelle Avalos, Taylor Jones, and Veronica Herrera.

Class of 2022 dual graduates recognized – watch recording
The Marshalltown School Board recognized 18 MHS seniors who will graduate with a college degree, diploma, or certificate in hand at the Monday, May 16, 2022 regular meeting. The students recognized on Monday evening included:

  • Rochelle Avalos (Associate of Arts – MCC)
  • Marcus Barker (Associate of Arts – MCC)
  • Hunter Block (Fire Science Certificate – Kirkwood Community College)
  • Jackelyn Bravo Hernandez (Early Childhood: Child Development Certificate – MCC)
  • Uriel Botello (Architecture, Construction, & Engineering Career Academy Certificate – MCC)
  • Lilly Duff (Associate of Arts – MCC)
  • Alivia Eaton (Associate of Arts – MCC)
  • Brenna Hempy (Associate of Arts – MCC)
  • Veronica Herrera (Associate of Arts – MCC)
  • Zoe Johnson (Associate of Arts – MCC)
  • Taylor Jones (Associate of Arts – MCC)
  • Jonah Landas (Associate of Arts – MCC)
  • Jose Manuel Vergara (Associate of Arts – MCC)
  • Levi Ogston (Manufacturing Welding Practitioner Diploma – MCC)
  • Alejandro Rivas Alanis (Associate of Arts – MCC)
  • Erin Stanley (Associate of Arts – MCC)
  • Cassidy Wedemeyer (Associate of Arts – MCC)

Congratulations to all of these exceptional students!

2021-22 Marshalltown School Board student representatives (from left) Haley Reed, Aaron Seberger, Phoebe Hermanson, and Taylor Jones were presented with certificates of recognition at Monday’s regular meeting.

Student School Board representatives thanked for their service – watch recording
Student School Board representatives Phoebe Hermanson, Taylor Jones, Haley Reed, and Aaron Seberger were recognized and thanked for their service during the 2021-22 school year on Monday evening.

The four student representatives also shared their final presentation on MHS happenings with the board. All four seniors will graduate with their Class of 2022 peers later this month. Learn more about these exceptional student leaders here!

NIET professional learning proposal approved – watch recording
The board approved an agreement with the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) to provide professional learning services in the 2022-23 school year.

Director of Instruction Shauna Smith, Director of Special Services Matt Cretsinger, College & Career Readiness Curriculum and Professional Development Leader (CDPL) Jenny Allen, and PK-6 CDPL Erica Finders presented on NIET and how it will fit in with the District’s initiatives.

Director of Instruction Shauna Smith (left), PK-6 CDPL Erica Finders (center), and Preschool Coordinator Emily Banks (right) discuss the proposed Frog Street preschool literacy curriculum on Monday evening.

Preschool literacy curriculum recommendation presented – watch recording
District Director of Instruction Shauna Smith, PK-6 CDPL Erica Finders, and Preschool Coordinator Emily Banks presented a recommended new preschool literacy curriculum – Frog Street – on Monday evening.

The three education leaders described the highlights of Frog Street, and said they were joined by preschool teachers and PK-4 instructional coaches in the process of narrowing down curriculum options to come to a recommendation.

The board did not take action on this item on Monday evening. A vote on the recommended curriculum will take place at an upcoming board meeting.

Marshalltown Learning Academy showcase presented – watch recording
Marshalltown Learning Academy Principal Eric Goslinga gave an overview of the school’s programs and philosophy. He said MLA’s four primary student learning focus areas include core instruction, work-based learning, dual credit & transition, and social-emotional learning.

Goslinga said MLA serves as an alternative learning environment for high school students, offering several pathways to academic success. He said a semester at MLA is defined by a set of standards for a student to master – not as a function of time.

High school graduates list approved – watch recording
The board approved a list of 350 soon-to-be high school graduates at Monday’s meeting, pending fulfillment of graduation requirements. The Class of 2022 MHS Commencement Ceremony will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 29 at Leonard Cole Field, and will be available to watch via live stream.

Communications
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.

Policies:
Initial Review – 

  • 415.1 Drug and Alcohol Testing Program (will come back for a first reading)
  • 415.1-E1 Drug and Alcohol Testing Program Notice to Employees (will come back for a first reading)
  • 415.1-E2 Drug and Alcohol Program and Pre-Employment Testing Acknowledgment Form (marked as reviewed)
  • New Exhibit 403.6-E3 Drug and Alcohol Program and Pre-Employment Testing Written Consent Information (will come back for a first reading)

The next Marshalltown School Board meeting is set for 5 p.m. on Monday, June 6, 2022 at the Central 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.

May 2, 2022 Board Meeting

3 May

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.

School Board Recognition Month celebrated – watch recording
May is School Board Recognition Month, and Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte shared the District’s appreciation for the significant contributions made by the seven members of the Marshalltown School Board at the Monday, May 2 regular meeting.

Board members are elected by their school community members to manage our local schools. Along with overseeing the District’s annual budget, board members make key decisions in the interest of our 5,200 students and nearly 900 staff spread across 10 school buildings and a virtual academy. These elected volunteers create school policy, approve curricula, develop innovative opportunities, and maintain school facilities. They spend many hours in board training programs and personal study, while also advocating for public schools with their local legislators.

Thank you to all seven Marshalltown School Board members!

  • Sean Heitmann, President
  • Sara Faltys, Vice President
  • Karina Hernandez
  • Bonnie Lowry
  • Jan McGinnis
  • Leah Stanley
  • Zach Wahl

Great appreciation shown for educators – watch recording
Also highlighted at the May 2 regular board meeting were the hundreds of teachers and educational staff who serve Bobcat students every day. Tuesday, May 3 is Teacher Appreciation Day, with Teacher Appreciation Week continuing through Friday, May 6.

Dr. Schutte gave special thanks to teachers for providing quality learning environments for students. He also thanked staff members who support students’ learning every day alongside the District’s outstanding teachers, who play a key role in developing the leaders and thinkers of tomorrow.

$5,000 sign-on incentive approved for XLP, 7-12 science teaching positions – watch recording
A $5,000 sign-on incentive will be offered for newly-hired, full-time Extended Learning Program (XLP) teachers and science teachers at grades 7-12 after board action on Monday.

As with other positions approved for the $5,000 sign-on incentive, a candidate must commit to at least three years of employment. 

Other teaching positions currently approved for the incentive include 7-12 math, industrial arts, and special education. Reach out to nryan@marshalltown.k12.ia.us for questions about this incentive.

Students who had impressive showings at the recent National History Day state competition share about their projects with the board. Pictured, from left: Lucas Hagen, Charles Gilbertson, Leticia Herrera, and Yessenia Alvarez Zamora.

Students’ National History Day state competition successes highlighted – watch recording
Four Bobcat students were recognized for their outstanding performances at the National History Day state competition in April.

MHS students Leticia Herrera and Yessenia Alvarez Zamora qualified for the NHD national competition for their group exhibit “La Huelga: The Struggle That Brought Farmworkers Rights.” Fellow MHS student Charlie Gilbertson won the Military History Award and was a runner-up for Nationals with his documentary “How the U-2 Incident Eroded Super Power Diplomacy.”

Additionally, Miller Middle School eighth grader Lucas Hagen’s National History Day performance, titled “The Caning of Senator Charles Sumner,” earned a top-three finish in the state competition’s junior individual performance division. Lucas was selected as an alternate for the upcoming NHD National Contest as a result of his excellent performance.

Senior Manuel Castellanos, left, and junior Journee Blaylock, right, share the positive impacts the iJAG program has had on their journey toward graduation.

iJAG students share successes as board approves continued partnership – watch recording
The board heard about the positive impacts the Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates (iJAG) program has had on two MHS students at Monday’s meeting. Senior Manuel Castellanos and junior Journee Blaylock said the program has helped them find success in their journey toward graduation.

As part of Monday’s consent agenda, the board approved continuing the District’s partnership with iJAG at Miller Middle School, MHS, and Marshalltown Learning Academy in the 2022-23 school year.

MHS early graduates list approved – watch recording
Several Class of 2023 Marshalltown High School students were approved to graduate early, pending completion of graduation requirements. Some of the students are set to graduate a year early, and others plan to graduate after the fall semester of 2022-23.

Approval given to seek bids for a new aquatic scoreboard – watch recording
The board granted approval for the MHS Activities Department and District Technology Department to seek bids on a new, upgraded scoreboard for the MHS Pool. Scoring equipment will be sought along with the new scoreboard.

Pictured, from left: Hogan Principal Amy Williams, third grade teacher Hannah Pfantz, instructional coach Mallory Kern, and school resource specialist Angela Pelham share a showcase of their school at Monday’s board meeting.

Hoglan Elementary showcase presented – watch recording
Hoglan Elementary Principal Amy Williams was joined by third grade teacher Hannah Pfantz, instructional coach Mallory Kern, and school resource specialist Angela Pelham to give an overview of the school’s programs on Monday.

The Hoglan educators described the significant social-emotional learning (SEL) efforts underway at the school, including Morning Meeting, Bobcat Buddies, and more.

Student School Board reps (from left) Phoebe Hermanson, Aaron Seberger, and Taylor Jones share an update on the happenings at Marshalltown High School.

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.

2022-23 school handbooks approved – watch recording
School handbooks covering the preschool and elementary levels, Lenihan Intermediate School, Miller Middle School, Marshalltown High School, Marshalltown Learning Academy, Marshalltown Virtual Academy (elementary & secondary levels) and the Transportation Department were approved by the board on Monday.

The handbooks provide students and families with important information on expectations, rules, policies, procedures, and curriculum at each school. The handbooks were approved after being presented to the board in April.

Communications
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.

Policies:
Initial Review – 

  • 414.11 Classified Employees Personal Leave (deleted)
  • 414.12 Temporary Disability (deleted)

The next Marshalltown School Board meeting is set for 5 p.m. on Monday, May 16, 2022 at the Central 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.

April 18, 2022 Board Report

19 Apr

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.

Several employee agreements, wage increases approved – watch recording
Five agreements with Marshalltown CSD employee groups gained board approval at the Monday, April 18 Marshalltown School Board meeting. Each of the agreements included an increase in wages. The agreements approved on Monday included the following employee groups:

Students enjoy learning how to scuba dive at the MHS Pool during P.E. class.
MHS P.E. teacher Chris Ehlert describes the scuba diving P.E. unit at Monday’s meeting.

Details shared on unique scuba diving P.E. unit at MHS – watch recording
Marshalltown High School P.E. teacher Chris Ehlert gave an overview of the unique, exciting scuba diving unit provided to students for the first time this month. 

Ehlert described how the unit positively impacted students. The scuba diving unit was made possible thanks to a partnership with STC Dive Center, and students received instruction at the MHS Pool.

Public School Volunteer Week, Administrative Professionals Day recognized – watch recording
Two important groups within the Marshalltown Schools community were recognized on Monday.

This week, April 18-22, is National School Volunteer week. The Marshalltown CSD is blessed to have parents and community members who give their time to support Bobcat students’ education and extracurricular activities.

Administrative Professionals Day is next Wednesday, April 27. Administrative Professionals Day is an opportunity to highlight the critical work done by the administrative assistants and secretarial staff spread throughout the District. These professionals serve as crucial points of contact for parents, students, fellow staff members, and community members.

2022-23 school handbooks presented – watch recording
School handbooks covering the preschool and elementary levels, Lenihan Intermediate School, Miller Middle School, Marshalltown High School, Marshalltown Learning Academy, Marshalltown Virtual Academy (elementary & secondary levels) and the Transportation Department were presented to the board on Monday.

The handbooks provide students and families with important information on expectations, rules, policies, procedures, and curriculum at each school. The handbooks were up for discussion only at Monday’s meeting, and are set to be voted upon by the board at a future meeting.

Marshalltown High School showcase presented – watch recording
Marshalltown High School Principal Jacque Wyant was joined by Associate Principal Michael Dale, and  Instructional Coaches Brad Weidenaar and Janelle Hawk to present on student data and programs. 

The group touched on the high school’s overall vision and goals, and included information on student involvement in extracurricular activities.

Student School Board representatives Phoebe Hermanson, Aaron Seberger, and Taylor Jones present at Monday’s meeting.

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.

Communications
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.

Policies:
Initial Review – 

  • 411.5 Classified Employee Assignment (adopted, second reading waived)
  • 411.6 Classified Employee Transfers (adopted, second reading waived)
  • 411.8 Classified Employee Probationary Status (adopted, second reading waived)
  • 413.2 Classified Employee Retirement (amended, second reading waived)
  • 413.3 Dismissal and Suspension of Classified Employees (amended, second reading waived)

First Reading – 

  • 414.2 Personal Illness (deleted)
  • 414.10 Classified Employees Immediate Family Illness (deleted)

The next Marshalltown School Board meeting is set for 5 p.m. on Monday, May 2, 2022 at the Central 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.

April 4, 2022 Board Meeting

5 Apr

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.

FY23 MCSD budget approved, includes lower property tax rate – watch recording
The Marshalltown CSD budget for Fiscal Year 2023 gained board approval at the Monday, April 4 Marshalltown School Board meeting. The FY23 budget includes a lower property tax rate compared to the current fiscal year, coming to approximately $17.855 per $1,000 taxable valuation.

A public hearing on the budget was held prior to approval on Monday, with no comments shared. Additionally, the board approved an amendment to the current year’s budget; a public hearing on that amendment also yielded no comments.

Lenihan sixth graders Aiden Holmgren (left) and Arianie Hidalgo (right) recite their “What the Flag Means to Me” essays. Aiden and Arianie were named the boys and girls first-place winners, respectively, in the recent Marshalltown Elks Lodge essay contest. Also pictured are student Alonso Romero Bautista and Lenihan XLP teacher Vanessa Engel.

Lenihan essay contest honorees recite their work – watch recording
A group of talented writers from Lenihan Intermediate School recited their award-winning “What the Flag Means to Me” essays at Monday’s meeting. 

The group included sixth-graders Aiden Holmgren, Alonso Romero Bautista, Garrett Thede, Arianie Hidalgo, and Kennedy Goldman. Those students, in addition to Martiza Barajas Hernandez, received awards from the Marshalltown Elks Lodge for their excellent essays.

Fifth-grader Brooklyn Smith recited her American Flag essay as well. Brooklyn and fellow fifth-graders Kayden Upah and Gina Priscy-Banakeng were honored by the Marshalltown American Legion for their essays.

McDonnell

Soon-to-be Rogers Elementary Principal (re)introduced– watch recording
Rogers Elementary will welcome new leadership this summer as longtime Rogers Principal Dr. Mick Jurgensen finishes his final school year before retirement. Pam McDonnell, who will succeed Dr. Jurgensen, said she is excited to be back in Marshalltown at Monday’s meeting.

McDonnell is a 1982 MHS graduate and former ELL teacher at the District, and she will bring 35 years of experience in public education to her new position effective July 1. She currently serves as Consultant for English Language Acquisition and Immigrant Education for the Iowa Department of Education. 

McDonnell has also served as an elementary- and secondary teacher, and has worked with at-risk students, special education students, and English language learners. She met with Rogers staff at an open house event prior to Monday’s meeting.

Incoming Rogers Elementary Principal Pam McDonnell enjoyed a meet-and greet open house at Rogers on Monday afternoon.

Teacher-librarians, associate principals, paraeducators honored this week – watch recording
The month of April brings opportunities to recognize and thank several groups of school staff  for the unique, critical role each plays to support student success. Three staff groups were highlighted during recognitions on Monday evening.

The District’s outstanding teacher-librarians were celebrated on National School Librarian Day Monday. Also being celebrated are National Assistant Principals Week from April 4-8 and National Paraprofessional Appreciation Day on Wednesday, April 6.

Fisher Elementary Principal Mark Lee, left, and Instructional Coach Jennifer August, right, present on programs and data during their school showcase.

Fisher Elementary showcase presented – watch recording
Fisher Elementary Principal Mark Lee and Instructional Coach Jennifer August shared facts and figures on student programming and curricula on Monday. They discussed academic data, attendance, the school’s Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) programming, and more.

Tentative 2022-23 agreements approved for food service, certified staff groups – watch recording
Two 2022-23 tentative employee agreements gained board approval on Monday. One agreement was with the Marshalltown Education Association, which includes step and lane advancement, longevity, and an addition of $465 to the base of the salary schedule and $502 to the base of the supplemental salary schedule. A three-year agreement was approved between the MEA and MCSD last year.

Also approved was the tentative Food Service professionals agreement, which included a small number of language changes in the Master Contract and a 7.07% overall increase in cost ($1/hr). It is a one-year agreement.

Director of Instruction shares information on PLC Institutes – watch recording
The benefits of Professional Learning Community (PLC) Institutes were highlighted on Monday evening. Director of Instruction Shauna Smith described the advantages of such professional learning for teachers, and cited research showing its positive impact on student success.

Student School Board representatives’ report – watch recording
Student School Board representative Phoebe Hermanson shared the latest happenings and upcoming events at Marshalltown High School.

Communications
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.

Policies:

Initial Review – 

  • 411.5 Classified Employee Assignment (will come back for a first reading)
  • 411.6 Classified Employee Transfers (will come back for a first reading)
  • 411.7 Evaluation (marked as reviewed)
  • 411.8 Classified Employee Probationary Status (will come back for a first reading)
  • 412.4 Classified Employee Tax Shelter Programs (marked as reviewed)
  • 413.2 Classified Employee Retirement (will come back for a first reading)
  • 413.3 Dismissal and Suspension of Classified Employees (will come back for a first reading)
  • 413.3-R Dismissal and Suspension of Classified Employees Regulation(marked as reviewed)
  • 413.3-E Disciplinary Guidelines-Classified Personnel (marked as reviewed)

First Reading – 

  • 405.1 Licensed Employee Defined (adopted, second reading waived)
  • 411.3 Classified Employee Terms of Employment (adopted, second reading waived)
  • 412.2 Classified Employee Wage and Overtime Compensation (adopted, second reading waived)
  • 411.2 Classified Employee-Qualifications, Recruitment, Selection (amended, second reading waived)
  • 412.1 Salary Schedule (amended, second reading waived)

The next Marshalltown School Board meeting is set for 5 p.m. on Monday, April 18, 2022 at the Central 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.

March 21, 2022 Board Meeting

22 Mar

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.


Students celebrated for outstanding State Speech performances – watch recording
MHS students Jeremiah Hernandez and Andrea Montes Melendez were named Outstanding Performers at this year’s Individual State Speech contest, a feat for which they were recognized at the Monday, March 21 Marshalltown School Board meeting. 

As Outstanding Performers, both students qualified to attend the annual All-State Speech Festival of Individual Events on March 28 at UNI. Montes Melendez and Hernandez each gave moving performances at Monday’s board meeting – make sure to watch at the link above!

Public hearings set for proposed 2022-23 budget, amendment to current fiscal year budget – watch recording
The board approved setting a public hearing and publication of the proposed FY23 MCSD budget on Monday. The proposed budget includes a lower property tax rate compared to this year, and the public hearing is set for Monday, April 4 at 5 p.m.

Also approved was a public hearing and publication of a proposed amendment to the current fiscal year budget. That hearing will also be held during the regular board meeting on April 4.

Board takes step toward new Fisher Elementary walking track – watch recording
Competitive quotes will be sought for a proposed walking path at Fisher Elementary School after board action Monday. Also approved were design drawings of the proposed path, which were presented by TSP Architect Justin Sorensen.

Lonnie Hogeland, right, presents a $4,000 donation toward the Fisher Elementary playground resurfacing project at the Monday, March 21 Marshalltown School Board meeting. Also pictured is Buildings and Grounds Director Todd Goulding, left.

Lonnie Hogeland donation supports Fisher playground upgrade – watch recording
Local business owner Lonnie Hogeland made yet another generous donation to the Marshalltown CSD on Monday, this time toward the Fisher Elementary playground resurfacing project. The $4,000 donation is the latest in the 1986 MHS graduate’s long history of supporting Marshalltown Schools.

District health insurance plan approved for 2022-23 – watch recording
The District’s 2022-23 self-funded health insurance plan for employees gained board approval on Monday evening. The two main changes made to the plan include:

  • The current Alliance Select plan will be replaced with the Blue Choice. The Blue Choice plan will have the same design as the Alliance Select plan.
  • The specialty drug copay will increase from $85 to $100 and will move to the Exclusive Specialty Pharmacy Program with the copay card.

Under the 2022-23 plan, Director of Finance Paulette Newbold said more than half of plan enrollees will see no change to their monthly deductions, and more than a quarter will have lower monthly deductions.

A team of Miller Middle School teachers and administrators present a showcase on their building. Pictured, from left: Lauren Ward, Brett Comegys, Dave Glenn, Kristyn Kell, and Angie Lovell.

Miller Middle School showcase presented – watch recording
Miller Middle School Co-Principals Kristyn Kell and Dave Glenn were joined by special education teacher Lauren Ward, social studies teacher Brett Comegys, and language arts teacher Angie Lovell to present on building data and programs.

Among the topics discussed was the successful co-teaching system in many Miller classrooms.

MHS student’s state Poetry Out Loud win highlighted – watch recording
MHS freshman Landon Stanley’s recent victory at the Poetry Out Loud state contest was recognized on Monday. It is the second year in a row that a Bobcat student won the Poetry Out Loud state championship – 2021 grad Elijah Thiessen won the honor last year.

Student School Board representative Haley Reed, left, shares highlights from MHS. Also pictured are student reps Aaron Seberger, center, and Phoebe Hermanson, right.

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

Communications
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.

Policies:
Initial Review – 

  • 411.1 Definition of Classified Personnel (marked as reviewed)
  • 411.9 Terms of Employment (deleted)
  • 411.2 Classified Employee-Qualifications, Recruitment, Selection (will come back for a first reading)
  • 412.1 Salary Schedule (will come back for a first reading)
  • 405.1 Licensed Employee Defined (will come back for a first reading)
  • 411.3 Classified Employee Terms of Employment (will come back for a first reading)
  • 412.2 Classified Employee Wage and Overtime Compensation (will come back for a first reading)

The next Marshalltown School Board meeting is set for 5 p.m. on Monday, April 4, 2022 at the Central 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.

March 7, 2022 Board Meeting

8 Mar

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.

Board shows appreciation for staff with retention payment approval – watch recording
In a proactive decision at the Monday, March 7 regular meeting, the Marshalltown School Board approved retention payments for eligible staff who do not qualify for a similar payment from the state level.

“It takes all of us to put together a high-quality educational experience for our young people,” said Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte. 

The state-level retention payment includes $1,000 for qualifying full-time, in-person teachers. Monday’s decision means an equivalent retention payment (or a prorated payment, as appropriate) will be given to all other eligible staff members using federal ESSER funds. For full details on the payments, please see the recorded segment from Monday’s board meeting above.

The board also officially shared its intention to provide similar payments to qualified staff next school year, if still allowed under state and/or federal law.

MHS Boys Bowling team members (from left) Xander Pickett, Andru Wilder, Alex Thompson, Damon Borton, MHS Activities Director Ryan Isgrig, Head Coach DJ Wilder, Assistant Coach Nate Clark, and Assistant Coach Dustin Peterson are celebrated at Monday’s meeting. Team members not pictured: Dylan Cooper, Demitri Ferneau, and Aaron Ratte.

Another stellar MHS Boys Bowling campaign recognized  – watch recording
The MHS Boys Bowling team just completed another outstanding season, finishing as runners-up in the Class 3A state competition. It was their eighth-straight state-qualifying season. Bowling Head Coach DJ Wilder and several team members were recognized for their continued excellence on Monday evening.

In addition to their great team performance, individual team members earned major plaudits this season. Demitri Ferneau was named First Team All-State, Andru Wilder was named Second Team All-State, and Damon Borton finished second overall as an individual in state competition.

Buildings & Grounds Director Todd Goulding describes an upcoming playground resurfacing project at Fisher Elementary.

Fisher Elementary playground resurfacing project moves forward – watch recording
Fisher Elementary students will soon have an improved platform for outdoor play after board action on Monday. The board approved a contract with Boland Recreation to complete the playground resurfacing project. Buildings and Grounds Director Todd Goulding said the Fisher project follows similar work at other District schools.

Board Reps Phoebe Hermanson, right, and Aaron Seberger, left, deliver an update from MHS.

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

Communications
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.

Policies:
First Reading

  • 407.4-R Discipline of Licensed Employees (amended, second reading waived)

Initial Review – 

  • 408.1 Licensed Employee Professional Development (marked as reviewed)
  • 408.3 Tutoring (marked as reviewed)
  • 410.7 Exchange Teachers (marked as reviewed)

The next Marshalltown School Board meeting is set for 5 p.m. on Monday, March 21, 2022 at the Central 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.