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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.

Feb. 21, 2022 Board Meeting

22 Feb

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.

Lenihan Lego Leaguers recognized for Global Innovation Award nomination – watch recording
The Marshalltown School Board recognized the Lenihan Lego Leaguers at the Monday, Feb. 21 regular meeting. The Lenihan students were among just 16 Lego League teams statewide to be nominated for the FIRST Lego League Global Innovation Award. 

Members of the Lenihan Lego Leaguers demonstrate a prototype designed to support the successful transportation of kidneys for transplant patients at Monday’s board meeting. Pictured, from left: Zech Klaas, Thomas Stanley, Zepplin McCulley, Kennedy Goldman, Levi Reynolds, and Lenihan XLP teacher Vanessa Engel. Not pictured: Esteban Analco Rodriguez.

The team’s project focused on minimizing human error in the process of transporting kidneys to transplant patients. The students shared an engaging prototype demonstration at Monday evening’s board meeting.

While the project did not advance to the national level of competition, Lenihan Extended Learning Program (XLP) teacher Vanessa Engel said she is excited to see further achievement from her students in the coming years.

Partnership between MCSD & Child Abuse Prevention Services highlighted – watch recording
The robust partnership between Marshalltown Schools and Child Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS) to provide important programming was highlighted on Monday evening. Linda Havelka and Esmeralda Monroy of CAPS said the partnership provides services like migrant tutoring, connecting families to resources, and age-appropriate sexual abuse prevention and sexual health programming.

District demographic data shared – watch recording
Director of Human Resources Dr. Nora Ryan shared MCSD student and staff demographic data from the 2020-21 school year on Monday evening. The data collected was in alignment with federal demographic definitions.

Board hears update on work to address dyslexia – watch recording
Director of Special Services Matt Cretsinger shared an update on the progress made by the Iowa Dyslexia Board over the past several months. The presentation included a brief history of the work being done at the state and District levels to support students with dyslexia, as well as the District’s vision going forward.

Student School Board representatives (from left) Aaron Seberger, Taylor Jones, and Phoebe Hermanson were on-hand to share an update from MHS on Monday evening.

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.

School funding, budgeting process overview presented – watch recording
Director of Finance Paulette Newbold shared information on how public schools are funded in Iowa, including how supplemental state aid works. The presentation also covered MCSD’s budgeting process.

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

  • 406.6 Annuities-Licensed (amended, second reading waived)

Initial Review – 

  • 407.4 Dismissal and Suspension of Licensed Employees (marked as reviewed)
  • 407.4-R Discipline of Licensed Employees (will come back for a first reading)
  • 407.4-E Disciplinary Guidelines-Licensed Personnel (marked as reviewed)

The next Marshalltown School Board meeting is set for 5 p.m. on Monday, March 7, 2022 at theCentral 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.

Feb. 7, 2022 Board Meeting

8 Feb

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 senior Gustavo Ordaz Avalos shares how the Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates (iJAG) program has positively impacted him.

Student shares experience speaking to governor about iJAG – watch recording

MHS senior Gustavo Ordaz Avalos presented on his positive experience with the Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates (iJAG) program on Monday evening. He was one of 10 students statewide chosen to share their iJAG success stories with Gov. Kim Reynolds last week.

Avalos emphasized the key role iJAG played in supporting his academic success in high school. He was joined by MHS iJAG specialists Mary McCann Fuchsen and Traci Wright, who commended the student’s hard work.

Board approves expanded $5,000 sign-on bonus, increased substitute teacher pay – watch recording
The board voted to approve a $5,000 sign-on bonus for high school French, Industrial Arts, and secondary math teaching positions on Monday. Like the existing sign-on bonus for special education teaching positions, the incentive applies to new hires who commit to their position for at least three years.

Also approved was an increase in pay for daily teacher substitutes from $120 to $130.

Student-teacher team Susan Fritzell, left, and Leticia Herrera, right, describe their research on World War II as part of this year’s National History Day Summer Institute.

MHS student-teacher team selected for National History Day Summer Institute – watch recording
MHS Extended Learning Program (XLP) teacher Susan Fritzell and sophomore Leticia Herrera are among 16 student-teacher teams nationwide chosen to research World War II for the 2022 National History Day Summer Institute.

The Marshalltown School Board recognized the duo at the Monday, Feb. 7 regular meeting. Fritzell and Leticia spoke about their research, including their focus on the story of a WWII veteran from Marshalltown. The duo will travel to Hawaii this summer to join with fellow research teams as part of the Institute program.

National School Counseling Week runs Feb. 7-11 – watch recording
This week, Feb. 7-11, is National School Counseling Week. At MCSD, our outstanding school counselors serve students in multiple ways, from supporting social-emotional learning to guiding soon-to-be graduates toward college and career success after high school. Thank you to all of our school counselors!

2022-24 Strategic Communications & Marketing Plan approved – watch recording
The 2022-24 MCSD Strategic Communications & Marketing Plan gained board approval Monday evening. Communications Director Adam Sodders presented the plan in January and said work is well underway on several of the plan goals, including a District website upgrade and the development of a Welcome Center for new families.

Revised 2022-23 school calendar includes earlier school year end – watch recording
A revised 2022-23 school year calendar was approved on Monday. Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte said the revisions include:

  • An additional teacher pre-service day in August 2022
  • Last day of school for students – May 31, 2023
  • Last teacher work day – June 1, 2023 (will accommodate staff mandatory training)
Student school board representatives (from left) Phoebe Hermanson, Taylor Jones, and Haley Reed share an update with the board.

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

Four Oaks contract dissolved, services to continue through District – watch recording
The board voted to dissolve the remainder of the District’s contract with the Four Oaks Family and Children’s Services. Director of Special Services Matt Cretsinger said the move will result in cost savings for the District. He said current services will continue under MCSD after Four Oaks services end on June 30.

Purchases for new school buses, student Chromebooks, workstation computers approvedwatch recording
Two new school buses will be added to the MCSD Transportation fleet after board action on Monday. Transportation Director Rex Kozak said four of the fleet’s current buses will be traded in as well; the remainder of the new bus purchase cost will be covered by PPEL funds.

The board also approved two important Technology Department purchases. New Chromebooks were ordered for students in grades PK, 2, 5, and 9, in accordance with the District’s normal device replacement cycle.

The other replacement cycle purchase to gain board approval included 75 laptop workstations for District Food Service, secretarial, and administrative assistant staff. The new computers will replace current, non-mobile workstations.

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

  • 406.1 Employee Salary Schedule (amended, second reading waived)
  • 406.4 Licensed Employee Compensation for Extra Duty (amended, second reading waived)
  • 406.5 Licensed Employee Group Insurance Benefits (amended, second reading waived)
  • 412.3 Classified Employee Group Insurance Benefits (amended, second reading waived)
  • 406.3 Licensed Employee Continued Education Credit (adopted, second reading waived)

Initial Review – 

  • 406.6 Annuities-Licensed (will come back for a first reading)
  • 406.7 Prior Service (marked as reviewed)
  • 407.1 Resignation (marked as reviewed)

The next Marshalltown School Board meeting is set for 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 21, 2022 at theCentral Administration Office, 1002 S. 3rd Ave. The meeting will be available to watch via live stream through the Bobcat News Network (BNN) YouTube channel.

Jan. 18, 2022 Board Report

19 Jan

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 seniors (from left) Rochelle Avalos, Jose Manuel Vergara and Lwe Moo discuss their leadership experiences in the AmeriCorps Program. Also pictured: MHS Principal Jacque Wyant, right.

MHS students discuss AmeriCorps Program experiences – watch recording
MHS seniors Rochelle Avalos, Lwe Moo and Jose Manuel Vergara shared their experiences with the AmeriCorps Program at Tuesday’s board meeting. The students discussed taking leadership roles where they helped welcome and mentor their younger peers, provided college & career readiness support for senior students, and much more.

COVID-19 Mitigation Strategy update presented – watch recording
Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte shared an update to the District’s COVID-19 mitigation strategy at the Tuesday, Jan. 18 regular meeting. Changes made as of Tuesday include: 

  • Allowing use of lockers.
  • Loosened restrictions in outdoor settings and within classroom sections.
  • Returning some temporarily stored furniture to classrooms to allow for more collaborative work.

Dr. Schutte said additional proposed changes, including increased use of cafeterias during lunch and optional masking at the elementary level, are being postponed until county and District COVID-19 positivity rates decrease. He said the number one priority is to ensure as many staff and students are healthy and able to attend school as possible.

Dr. Schutte said recent vaccination clinics have provided a means for students and staff to be as protected as possible. He also praised the incredible efforts by building- and District-level staff to provide high-quality learning environments amid increased COVID-related absences.

Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte, left, accepts a $1,000 donation from Dean Vaughn, right, and Angie Shibe, center of Freedom Financial Group. The donation will go toward Miller Middle School students’ upcoming Junior Achievement Finance Park experience.

Generous donation to support Junior Achievement opportunity for Miller Middle School students – watch recording
Dean Vaughn and Angie Shibe of Freedom Financial Group presented a $1,000 donation to support Miller Middle School students’ participation in the upcoming Junior Achievement Finance Park experience.

“I want to thank you very much for your continued support for our financial literacy efforts,” Dr. Schutte said during Tuesday’s recognition of the generous donation.

2022-23 school calendar approved – watch recording
The board approved the 2022-23 school year calendar on Tuesday. The decision came after MCSD families and staff were surveyed on which of two calendar options they preferred; a clear majority of both groups favored the calendar option approved by the board. 

The 2022-23 calendar closely resembles this school year’s calendar – the first day of school will be Aug. 23, Thanksgiving Break will be Nov. 23-25, Winter Break will be Dec. 23-Jan. 3, Spring Break will be March 13-17, a vacation day will be held on April 7, and the last day of school is scheduled for June 1. 

Landon Stanley performs at Tuesday’s board meeting.

MHS Poetry Out Loud winner Landon Stanley recognized – watch recording
MHS freshman Landon Stanley won first place in this year’s MHS Poetry Out Loud contest, and his accomplishment was recognized by the board ahead of this spring’s state-level Poetry Out Loud competition. 

Landon gave a great performance of David Kirby’s “Broken Promises” at Tuesday evening’s meeting. We look forward to cheering him on at the state level!

Alliant Energy named a valuable Career Readiness Partner – watch recording
Alliant Energy is an incredibly valuable partner in the Marshalltown CSD’s Bobcat Ready efforts, and the company was recognized with an MCSD Career Readiness Partner Award on Tuesday.

“I’ve been very appreciative of [Alliant Energy] getting on board with Junior Achievement – they were one of the first organizations that sent external volunteers to help us with that effort,” said Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte, who presented the award to Alliant Energy Training Specialist Lori Wildman and Senior Manager of Customer Operations Carla Gall.

Learn more about all the ways Alliant Energy supports Bobcat Ready efforts here!

2022-24 Strategic Communications & Marketing Plan presented – watch recording
Communications Director Adam Sodders provided information on the 2022-24 Strategic Communications & Marketing Plan. The plan was formed using focus group feedback from MCSD students, families, staff, and local organizational and business leaders, a process supported by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA).

Woodbury Elementary staff showcase the school’s important collaborative problem solving strategies. Pictured, from left: Instructional Coach Mary Brown, Principal Anel Garza, Administrative Assistant Anay Avila, and School Counselor Heidi Williams.

Woodbury Elementary showcase highlights collaborative problem solving – watch recording
Woodbury Elementary Principal Anel Garza was joined by staff members Anay Avila, Mary Brown, and Heidi Williams to share details behind the school’s collaborative problem solving efforts with students.

Updates shared on Full Service Community School Grant & 21st Century Grant – watch recording
Director of Instruction Shauna Smith and Mid-Iowa Community Action (MICA) Family Development Director Allison Wilson shared information on two grants supporting important programs for MCSD students. 

The $500,000 Full Service Community School Grant is in its fourth year of implementation through MCSD’s partnership with MICA. The grant focuses on student attendance, academic proficiency, health, safety, and family engagement. This year, the 21st Century Grant is providing funding for after school programming at Anson, Hoglan, and Franklin elementary schools. The grant is currently in its third year of implementation at MCSD, in partnership with MICA.

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.

MHS attendance efforts reviewed – watch recording
MHS Bilingual Attendance Specialist Celia Gomez presented on the efforts and progress made in working with students on school attendance at Tuesday’s meeting. 

2022-23 MHS Course Guide approved – watch recording
Next school year’s MHS course guide gained board approval on Tuesday. The guide includes several exciting new offerings, including online certifications, computer networking and repair, advanced consumer economics, social media marketing, and web design. Other additions include a lifeguarding course and an XLP 9th grade seminar.

MHS Principal Jacque Wyant said many of the new offerings are based on the District’s Bobcat Ready initiative, which seeks to ensure students have the skills and knowledge they need for life after 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

  • 405.10 Access to Buildings (amended, second reading waived)
  • 405.12 School Nurse – Functions (amended, second reading waived)

Initial Review – 

  • 406.1 Employee Salary Schedule (will come back for a first reading)
  • 406.4 Licensed Employee Compensation for Extra Duty (will come back for a first reading)
  • 406.5 Licensed Employee Group Insurance Benefits (will come back for a first reading)
  • 412.3 Classified Employee Group Insurance Benefits (will come back for a first reading)
  • 406.3 Licensed Employee Continued Education Credit (will come back for a first reading)

The next Marshalltown School Board meeting is set for 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022 at theCentral Administration Office, 1002 S. 3rd Ave. The meeting will be available to watch via live stream through the Bobcat News Network (BNN) YouTube channel.