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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Dec. 20, 2021 Board Meeting

21 Dec

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MHS paraeducators Steve Potter, left, and Pam Fricke-Pickett, second from right, work with students in class. The wage increase for paraeducators approved on Monday will take effect Jan. 1, 2022.

MCSD paraeducator wage increase approved – watch recording
Paraeducators across the Marshalltown CSD will receive a wage increase after board action on Monday, Dec. 20. The increase will take effect on Jan. 1, 2022. 

Paraeducators play a crucial role in MCSD classrooms, supporting Bobcat students and assisting teachers in providing a quality learning environment. The proposal adopted by the board had been agreed to by the paraeducator bargaining unit.

La Carreta owners Alfonso Medina and Vanessa Perez present a $5,000 donation.

Local businesses partner to give generous donation – watch recording
Alfonso Medina and his wife, Vanessa Perez, their business, La Carreta Mexican Grill, and its No Love No Tacos non-profit organization partnered with A&A Concrete and Arturo Mujica to donate $5,000 toward negative student lunch account balances.

Food Service Director Lynn Large introduced Medina and Perez Monday evening, sharing the District’s gratitude for the donation. Medina said he is committed to supporting the Marshalltown community as a local business owner.

Emerson celebrated as MCSD Career Readiness Partner – watch recording
Another top-notch community partner was presented with an MCSD Career Readiness Partner award at this week’s board meeting. 

Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte said Emerson-Fisher Controls has played a key role in several career readiness initiatives for Bobcat students. Emerson Director of Human Resources for the Americas Sarah Erickson accepted the award Monday evening.

Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte, left, presents the MCSD Career Readiness Partner Award to Emerson Director of Human Resources for the Americas Sarah Erickson, right.

Parent/guardian & staff input sought on 2022-23 school calendar – watch recording
Two 2022-23 school year calendar options were presented to the board at Monday’s meeting. Families and staff are being asked to share their input through a calendar preference survey. More information for District families can be found in a message emailed and texted to parents/guardians, or by clicking here.

Board adopts policies in accordance with OSHA emergency rule – watch recording
The board adopted a group of policies, regulations, and exhibits in order to comply with a recent Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) emergency rule regarding staff COVID-19 vaccinations.

The passage of the policies allows for immediate implementation in order to meet federal compliance with upcoming deadlines. The board adopted the policies on an emergency basis, and also voted to automatically suspend enforcement of the policies in the event that a further Court Order stays the federal rule. 

Marshalltown Virtual Academy leaders share showcase – watch recording
Marshalltown Virtual Academy (MVA) principals Ronnie Manis (K-6) and Eric Goslinga (7-12) shared an update on the online school’s first year of implementation. The leaders discussed enrollment trends and MVA students’ day-to-day class experiences.

MHS early graduates list approved – watch recording
Several MHS students were approved as early graduates, pending completion of their graduation requirements, at Monday’s meeting. They include seniors Quinton Lacey, Maria Cervantes Covarrubias, Thomas Whitehead, Dylano Castellanos, Brealyn Anderson, Faviola Diaz, Tanisha Trumbo, and Maria Moody; junior early grads include Ruth Fajardo Zelaya, Daniela Lopez Arredondo, and Yasmin Moran. 

Congratulations to these Bobcats!

Student School Board representatives Haley Reed, left, and Phoebe Hermanson, right, share updates from MHS Monday evening.

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

At-Risk budget proposal presented – watch recording
Director of Instruction Shauna Smith and At-Risk Coordinator Eric Goslinga presented the 2022-23 At-Risk budget proposal to the board on Monday evening.

At-risk programming supports students who are at higher risk of dropping out of school. At MCSD, 30 dedicated staff members and partner organizations – including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Mid-Iowa Community Action, Net High, Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates (iJAG), and local mental health agencies – support students through the At-Risk program.

School financial summary shared – watch recording
MCSD Business Director Paulette Newbold shared a summary of District finances with the board at Monday’s meeting. Newbold said schools are required to make such a report annually, but added that she provides a monthly update to keep the board up-to-date throughout the year.

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 Monday, click here.

Policies:
First Reading

  • 405.2 Licensed Employee Qualifications, Recruitment, Selection (approved, second reading waived)

Initial Review – 

  • 405.10 Access to Buildings (will come back for a first reading)
  • 405.11 Teachers – Functions (marked as reviewed)
  • 405.12 School Nurse – Functions (will come back for a first reading)

The next Marshalltown School Board meeting is set for 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022 (due to MLK Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 17) at the Central Administration Office, 1002 S. 3rd Ave. The meeting will be available to watch via live stream through the Bobcat News Network (BNN) YouTube channel.

Dec. 6, 2021 Board Meeting

7 Dec

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.

Generous donation made toward International Welcome Center – watch recording
The Marshalltown School Board accepted an anonymous donation in the amount of $15,553.14 toward  the operation of a future District-wide Welcome Center at Monday’s regular meeting. The District is incredibly grateful for this support of a great initiative!

Lennox Director of Plant Operations Miguel Gutierrez, right, and HR Director Jess O’Neil, center, accept a Career Readiness Partner award from Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte, left.

Lennox Industries, Tiger Taekwondo highlighted for support of MCSD – watch recording
The valuable partnership between Marshalltown Schools and Lennox industries to support career readiness initiatives was celebrated at Monday’s meeting. Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte presented an MCSD Career Readiness Partner award to Lennox Director of Plant Operations Miguel Gutierrez and HR Director Jess O’Neil.

Also recognized was a donation by Dr. James Charmichael, Sandy Witt, and Tiger Taekwondo toward clothing and food for students at Marshalltown Learning Academy. Donation funds were raised at the recent Tiger Taekwondo Turkey Trot fun walk/jog.

Board approves voluntary proof of vaccination incentive – watch recording
A financial incentive was approved for District staff who voluntarily provide proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination at Monday’s board meeting. The action was taken in order to ensure MCSD is fully prepared in the event that a pending federal mandate regarding employee vaccinations goes into effect.

Latest MCSD enrollment summary presented – watch recording
A summary of data collected in the 2021-22 annual certified student enrollment count was presented by Business Director Paulette Newbold. Among the highlights from the presentation was data showing an increase in students open enrolling into the District, and a decrease in open enrollments out.

Erin Faas, left, and Lora Kubli, right, present during Monday’s Rogers Elementary showcase.

Rogers Elementary School staff present building showcase – watch recording
Rogers Elementary leaders highlighted in a presentation at Monday’s board meeting. A group of Rogers school leaders presented on a wide range of great programs, including the implementation of the Responsive Classroom social emotional learning program.

State lawmakers hear District legislative priorities ahead of session – watch recording
State Sen. Jeff Edler and State House Reps. Sue Cahill and Dean Fisher discussed the District’s legislative priorities for the 2022 Iowa Legislative Session with the board Monday evening.

State House Reps. Sue Cahill, left, and Dean Fisher, center, as well as State Sen. Jeff Edler, right, discuss legislative priorities.

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

Revised MEA Master Contract and side letter approved – watch recording
A revised Master Contract between the Marshalltown Education Association (MEA) and the District for the years 2021-22 to 2023-24 gained board approval Monday evening. A side letter lifting the 10-year cap on years of experience between January 1, 2022 and the 2022-23 was included in the revision.

Central Rivers AEA services support Marshalltown Schools – watch recording
The Marshalltown CSD is among several school districts served by the Central Rivers Area Education Agency (AEA). Central Rivers AEA leaders shared how the organization supports the District through educational services, special education services, and media services.

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 Monday, click here.

Policies:
First Reading

  • 404.1 Employee Conduct and Appearance (amended, second reading waived)
  • 407.3-E1 Application for Retirement (amended, second reading waived)

Initial Review – 

  • 404.1-R3 (new 404-R2) Code of Rights and Responsibilities Regulation (marked as reviewed)
  • 405.2 Licensed Employee Qualifications, Recruitment, Selection (will come back for a first reading)
  • 405.3 Licensed Employee Individual Contracts (marked as reviewed)

The next Marshalltown School Board meeting is set for 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021 at the Central Administration Office, 1002 S. 3rd Ave. The meeting will be available to watch via live stream through the Bobcat News Network (BNN) YouTube channel.

Nov. 15, 2021 Board Meeting

16 Nov

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.

Two new members joined the Marshalltown School Board on Monday evening. The board includes (back row, from left): Leah Stanley, Jan McGinnis, Bonnie Lowry, Karina Hernandez, Vice President Sara Faltys, President Sean Heitmann (front row, second from left), and Zach Wahl (front row, right). Also pictured are Board Secretary Paulette Newbold (front row, left) and Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte (front row, second from right).

New school board members sworn in, outgoing members honored
A significant transition took place the evening of Monday, Nov. 15, as two experienced Marshalltown School Board members attended their final meeting and two new members were sworn into office.

Miller, left, and Niblock, right, attended their last school board meeting as directors Monday evening.
  • For former Board President Bea Niblock, it was the end of another chapter in her 49-year career in public education – she served on the board for 8 years. Former board member Mike Miller’s 6-year tenure on the board also came to a close Monday evening. Both valued leaders, who chose not to run for office in 2021, were honored at Monday’s meeting.
    (watch recording)
  • The board gained two new members in this year’s election – Leah Stanley and Zach Wahl. Two sitting board members, Karina Hernandez and Bonnie Lowry, were reelected. All four were sworn into office at the board’s Annual Meeting, followed by the election of Sean Heitmann as the new Board President and Sara Faltys as the new Board Vice President. (watch recording)

Marshalltown Company recognized as a “Career Readiness Partner” – watch recording
Marshalltown Company’s outstanding support and service to Bobcat students, their parents and District staff in career readiness efforts was highlighted at Monday’s board meeting. Marshalltown Company Chief Financial Officer, John Landherr, accepted an MCSD “Career Readiness Partner” award on behalf of the local company from Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte. Thank you for your support of our Bobcat Ready efforts!

Dr. Schutte, right, presents the MCSD “Career Readiness Partner” award to John Landherr of Marshalltown Company.

OSHA emergency rule regarding vaccinations discussed – watch recording
Proposed policies related to an emergency rule on employee COVID-19 vaccinations published by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) were discussed Monday evening. The board voted to table action on the policies as the rule undergoes legal challenges.

Miller Middle School KBRM program makes successful return – watch recording
Miller Middle School students are getting hands-on experience in multimedia production through the school’s KBRM newscast program. From shooting and editing video to writing scripts and performing interviews, these students are having fun while learning valuable skills! Learn more about KBRM here.

Anson Elementary leaders share ongoing efforts to build positive relationships and a sense of community within classrooms. Pictured, from left: Anson teacher Tara Klaas, Anson Principal Ronnie Manis, Anson teacher Molly Neese, and Anson school counselor Ashley Chyma.

Anson Elementary School staff present building showcase – watch recording
Anson Elementary staff have been leaders in District social-emotional learning (SEL) programming, and those efforts were highlighted in a presentation at Monday’s board meeting.

Anson school counselor Ashley Chyma said the Responsive Classrooms program supports positive relationships through Morning Meeting, Closing Circle, learning about parents’ Hopes and Dreams for their children, following the CARES system, and other community-building efforts.

American Education Week highlighted – watch recording
This week, Nov. 15-19, is American Education Week, a time to celebrate the incredible work done every day by teachers, bus drivers, paraeducators, custodians, food service staff, and all other school employees who provide great learning environments for students. Learn more here.

Student School Board representatives’ report and Iowa Youth Congress presentation – watch recording
Student School Board representatives Haley Reed, Phoebe Hermanson and Aaron Seberger shared the latest happenings and upcoming events at Marshalltown High School, including:

Student Board Rep Haley Reed presents on her Iowa Youth Congress experiences.
  • The MHS Fall Musical, “All Together Now!”, entertained audiences last weekend at the Marshalltown Performing Arts Center.
  • Thirty-one students were selected to participate in Rotary Club meetings throughout the rest of the school year.
  • Highlights from the recent Girls State Swim Meet

Additionally, Reed shared her experiences with the Iowa Youth Congress with the board, including her committee’s development of a position statement which supports having at least one non-voting student school board representative in place on each Iowa school board.

All-State Music students recognized – watch recording
MHS students Eric Santana, Rebekah Stone, Veronica Herrera, and Aaron Seberger were recognized for their All State Music selections this year. The All State Music Festival takes place at Hilton Coliseum in Ames this weekend.

New program to help identify students in need of supports – watch recording
The board approved the purchase of the Early Warning System to aid school staff in identifying students in need of key supports. ESSER funds will be used to cover the cost of the new program.

District employee health plan update presented – watch recording
An update on the District’s self-funded employee health plan was presented to the board Monday evening. The data shows the District’s plan is in good shape.

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 Monday, click here.

Policies:
First Reading

  • 401.4 Employee Complaints (amended, second reading waived)
  • 402.3-R Abuse of Students by School District Employees Regulation (amended, second reading waived)
  • 502.4 Student Complaints and Grievances (amended, second reading waived)

Initial Review – 

  • 402.4 Gifts to Employees (marked as reviewed)
  • 403.4 Hazardous Chemical Right to Know (marked as reviewed)
  • 404.1 Employee Conduct and Appearance (will come back for a first reading)
  • 407.3-E1 Application for Retirement (will come back for a first reading)

From Board President Bea Niblock
“Last night’s board meeting was the last time that I would call a meeting to order. It also marked the end of 25 years of serving the students, staff and community of Marshalltown as a principal and board member.

It has been a pleasure serving in this community. The relationships that I have had and the experiences that I have enjoyed have been a huge part of my life. Your faith and trust in me has been humbling.

My quote at the meeting was a fitting statement of my feelings at this time. As Winnie the Pooh said to Piglet, ‘How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.’ I wish all of you success in your endeavors. Goodbye…” – Bea Niblock

The next Marshalltown School Board meeting is set for 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021 at the Central Administration Office, 1002 S. 3rd Ave. The meeting will be available to watch via live stream through the Bobcat News Network (BNN) YouTube channel.

Nov. 1, 2021 Board Meeting

2 Nov
Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte, left, presented an MCSD Career Readiness Partner award to JBS Marshalltown at Monday’s meeting. JBS Marshalltown HR Director Patrick Brue, right, accepted the award.

Longtime JBS partnership celebrated – watch recording
The Marshalltown CSD has many strong community relationships, and Marshalltown’s largest employer is among the District’s key partners. JBS Marshalltown Human Resources Director Patrick Brue accepted a Career Readiness Partner award from MCSD on behalf of the company at the Monday, Nov. 1 board meeting. 

“Marshalltown is extraordinarily well-known for having longstanding and strong relationships,” said Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte. “JBS is our largest employer in the community. They’ve been an extraordinary partner.”

Dr. Schutte gave several examples of how JBS has proven to be a great community partner, from sharing water bottles and face masks with District students and staff to offering the “Better Futures” post-secondary education funding program with their thousands of local employees.

Joa LaVille of the Marshalltown Public Library, right, and Lenihan Instructional Coach Tonya Gaffney, left, present on the EMERGE program.

EMERGE program connects Bobcat students with their local library – watch recording
Marshalltown Public Library Youth Manager Joa LaVille and Lenihan Intermediate School Instructional Coach Tonya Gaffney shared an overview of the EMERGE program partnership Monday evening.

The long-standing program brings 6th-grade Bobcat students into the Marshalltown Public Library to learn about searching for library materials and keeping up with a library account. The program also engages students’ literary skills and interests.

Staff members’ military service recognized – watch recording
Veterans Day is next Thursday, Nov. 11, and the Marshalltown CSD took time to thank 16 staff members for their service in the U.S. military. The recognition includes individual thank-you cards for each of the veteran staff members, including:

NameBranchRole at MCSDBuilding
Brett ComegysMarine Corps & Nat’l GuardTeacherMMS
Marvin DetrickMarine CorpsBus DriverBus Barn
Jerry FlathersArmyMechanicBus Barn
Nicole GaughanArmyBehavior StrategistCentral Office
Richard GoshonNational GuardBus DriverBus Barn
Michael HinesArmyCitizen CoachMHS
Kenneth HoffmanNavyBus DriverBus Barn
Marsha JohnsonAir Force & ArmyTeacherMHS
Tim JohnsonArmyTeacherMHS
David MurphyNational GuardCustodian/GroundsMHS
Pete NielandArmyTeacherMMS
Scott RandallArmyCustodial SupervisorCentral Office
Bill RobertsArmyHealth AideLIS
Greg RodrigueNavyTeacherMHS
Theresa TheisAir National Guard & NavyTeacherMHS
Matt TullisArmyTeacherLIS
Matt Tullis, Bill Roberts, David Murphy, and Scott Randall are four of the 16 military veteran employees recognized at Monday’s board meeting. Thank you all!

Lenihan Intermediate School staff present building showcase – watch recording
Leaders from Lenihan Intermediate School shared a showcase of the building’s robust academic reading and math academic support programs. Other Lenihan programs discussed included intramural sports, gardening with 4-H, Ricochet student leadership activities, and more.

Voluntary Early Retirement incentive approved for 2021-22 – watch recording
The board approved the Voluntary Early Retirement incentive for the 2021-22 school year on Monday evening. The incentive had not been offered in the previous school year. Updated Voluntary Early Retirement policy language also gained board approval after initial review at the Oct. 18 meeting.

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, including

Successful Anson Elementary building renovation discussed – watch recording
A large area of Anson Elementary School has seen major upgrades in recent months. 

At the heart of that work has been the school’s media center, which Principal Ronnie Manis described as looking like new construction. He said the new and improved space will serve as a great learning environment for Anson students. A statement of substantial completion for the project was approved by the board at the Oct. 18 meeting.

District Technology program overview shared – watch recording
Director of Technology Amy Harmsen presented an overview of her Department’s important work at Monday’s meeting. Information on school devices, key safety software, internet hotspots, tech support, and more featured in the presentation.

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 Monday, click here.

Policies:
First Reading

  • 200.1 Organization of the Board of Directors (amended, second reading waived)
  • 210.10 (new 210.8) Agenda and Order of Regular Business Meetings (amended, second reading waived)
  • 212 Closed Sessions (amended, second reading waived)
  • New Policy 212.1 Exempt Meetings (adopted, second reading waived)
  • 402.2-R Child Abuse Reporting Regulation (amended, second reading waived)
  • 606.6 Insufficient Classroom Space (amended, second reading waived)

Initial Review – 

  • 402.3-R Abuse of Students by School District Employees Regulation (will come back for a first reading)
  • 402.3-E1 Abuse of Students by School District Employees (Complaint of Injury or Abuse) (will come back for a first reading)
  • 402.3-E2 Abuse of Students by School District Employees (Report of Level 1 Investigation) (will come back for a first reading)
  • 307 Communication Channels (deleted)
  • 401.4 Employee Complaints (will come back for a first reading)
  • 502.4 Student Complaints and Grievances (will come back for a first reading)

From Board President Bea Niblock
“One of the joys of board meetings is the individual school presentations. The board began its schedule of school presentations at our last meeting in October. 

Franklin Elementary staff members were the first to present to the board this year. And Lenihan Intermediate School presented last night. Each presentation is a short one that highlights a specific process of instruction or curriculum item. Staff members share the reason that particular procedure/curricula was chosen for building focus, the steps taken to alleviate the issue and the results of the intervention. 

The board’s first goal is to monitor and increase student achievement. These building presentations keep the board informed about progress toward increased achievement. We look forward to the next presentation and hearing about the strides being made toward increased student achievement and closing the learning gap.” – Bea Niblock

The next Marshalltown School Board meeting is set for 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021 at the Central Administration Office, 1002 S. 3rd Ave. The meeting will be available to watch via live stream through the Bobcat News Network (BNN) YouTube channel.