March 4, 2019 Board Meeting

5 Mar
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Marshalltown High School students Eli Thiessen and Carissa King presented “You’re the Top” from Anything Goes to the school board on March 4. This performance helped them reach all-state status at a recent state large group speech contest.

 

Recognition
MHS students Carissa King and Eli Thiessen performed “You’re the Top” from Anything Goes for the board. This presentation helped land the duo all-state honors in state large group speech. They are the first all-staters in large group speech from MHS in several years.

Personnel items
RESIGNATIONS:
Miriam Rodas, Substitute Bus Driver for Transportation; Effective February 21, 2019
Tesha Ham, Para Educator – Media Specialist at MHS; Effective March 15, 2019

APPOINTMENTS:
Joy Reynolds, Food Service General Worker at Miller Middle School
Replaces: Candice Buckley
Salary: $11.67/hr for 6 hrs/day (Step 1, Grade 2)
Start: February 25, 2019

Morgan Gardalen, Assistant Girls Soccer Coach at MHS
New Position
Salary: $3,569/2018-2019 Season
Start: March 18, 2019

James Khile, Substitute Teacher
Salary: $115/day
Start: February 19, 2019

Susan Pollpeter, Substitute Teacher
Salary: $115/day
Start: February 22, 2019

CHANGE OF CONTRACT:
Briana Riddle, Special Education Teacher Level I at Fisher Elementary School
From: Preschool Teacher at Fisher Elementary School
Elimination of Preschool Position
Start: 2019-2020 School Year

Teresa Bellus, Custodian at Central Office
From: Custodian at Miller Middle School
Replaces: Hester Fisher
Start: February 25, 2019

Leah Barkema, Science Teacher at MHS
From: Science Teacher at Miller Middle School
Salary: BA/6
Start: August 21, 2019

Lilly Robinson, Food Service General Worker at Lenihan Intermediate School
Change of Location, Salary, and Hours
From: Hoglan Elementary: $12.20/hr for 4 hrs/day (Step 2, Grade 2)
Salary: $11.88/hr for 3.75 hrs/day (Step 2, Grade 1)
Start: January 19, 2019

Amanda Zubrod-Torrez, Food Service General Worker at Miller Middle School
Change of Salary
From: $12.52/hr for 6 hrs/day
To: $13.27/hr for 6 hrs/day
Start: January 19, 2019

Public Comment
Two teachers spoke up with concerns on the insurance plan.

Student School Board Representative Update
MHS students America Dominguez and Jane Ragland gave the update at MHS including MVP (Mentors in Violence Prevention), state speech, show choir, Composition II classes, National Honor Society book drive and upcoming events.

Canvas-Learning Management System
Dr. Lisa Stevenson, Director of Instruction, presented this item as a request for approval for us to use with three different groups- licenses for students and staff at MHS and MLA; and Miller courses for high school credit and the third group is all teachers. This program helps  “track and monitor learning,” Dr. Stevenson said. Benefits of a Learning Management System.
The board approved the Canvas subscription for $14,600 for year one.

2018-2019 School Calendar & Weather Related Lost Instructional Hours Update
Dr. Theron Schutte, Superintendent, presented on the make up time for the five days missed due to the weather.
The board approved extending the school year for students by three days from Tuesday June 4 to Friday, June 7 and to extend teacher work day and last teacher day will be Monday, June 10.
The teacher contract has been extended 15 minutes from Mondays to Thursdays beginning March 5 for March, April and May.
The district is looking into future professional development for paraprofessionals.

Bus Bids
Transportation Director Rex Kozak recommended purchasing two 77 passenger gas buses and a 35 passenger gas bus from Hoglund Bus Company of Marshalltown in the amount of $233,572.
“As we continue to look at our fleet we are looking to get 15 years of age per bus,” Kozak said “…and we have some buses that are hitting that 15.”
The board approved the purchases.

Request to Publish Copier RFP
Director of Technology Josh Wesley sought board approval to publish an RFP for a new copier lease agreement. Our current agreement expires in July of 2019 with Advanced Systems Incorporated. The intent will be to request additional functionality for color printing, robust print auditing software and functionality to support Chromebooks. The board approved the publishing of an RFP.

E-Rate Update
Josh Wesley provided updates on the received proposals for 27 edge switches and 4 core switches for the e-Rate 2019 funding year. The board approved to award Heartland Business Systems the bid for 4 core switches and 2nd Gear for 27 edge switches. After the  E-Rate discount, the cost is $9,439 for the edge switches and $7,263 for the 4 core switches.
The board approved the purchases.

Budget Guarantee Resolution
Paulette Newbold, Director of Business Operations, presented this document.
This is a mechanism to provide cushion for school districts experiencing declining enrollment- which applies to MCSD since enrollment was down 93 students.
Out of 330 school districts in Iowa, 35 percent will be on the budget guarantee next year.
This is will be part of the proposed budget at the March 18 meeting. The board approved the budget guarantee resolution.

Insurance Recommendation
Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte said this work has been started last fall.
“We knew that there was some rightsizing that needed to be done,” Schutte said.
At the end of the day ultimate goal is to do the most good for the most employees, Schutte said.
Dr. Schutte said we all realize the district needs to do a better job of educating all of our employees on their options.
Director of Business Operations Paulette Newbold and Mark Becker of Becker and Associates also presented.
With claims costs outpacing premium deposits, that is a major concern.
“The trend that we are on is not sustainable,” Newbold said.
Newbold then went in depth going through this presentation on how employees on each plan would be affected by the changes. (We will send the video of the board meeting to all staff of this presentation when it is available.)
“We will be working closely with Mark and his team on helping to educate all of our staff regarding their options and different tools available to help them in making those decisions,” Newbold said.
The board approved the insurance recommendation as presented.

Board Policies
Second Reading
204.10 (new 213-R1) Community Participation in Board Meetings – No changes from last meeting – Approved

First Reading
312.3-E1 Fringe Benefits-Administrators/Supervisors – Updated with changes made two years ago. Approved as amended and waived second reading.
New Policy 400 Role of and Guiding Principles for Employees – IASB policies- Adopt and waived second reading
New Policy 411.4 Classified Employee Licensing/Certification – Tabled
New Policy 508.1 Class or Student Group Gifts- Adopt and waived second reading
706.2 Payroll Deductions – Adopt IASB policy- Approved and waived second reading
New Policy 712 Technology and Data Security – Approved and waived second reading
New Regulation 712-R1 Security Requirements of Third Party Vendors Regulation – Approved and Waived second reading
704.4 Gifts, Grants, and Bequests – Mirrors IASB offering, Approved as amended and waive second reading
704.5 Student Activity Fund- Mirrors IASB offering, Approved and waive second reading

Initial Review
405.2 Licensed Employee Qualifications, Recruitment, Selection – Added sentence from IASB- Will come back
405.5 Licensed Employee Work Day – IASB adjustments – no to master contract- to employee handbook- TO come back
405.6 Licensed Employee Assignment- IASB adjustments – To come back
405.7 Transfers – IASB Adjustments – To come back
405.8 Evaluation – iASB Adjustments  – To come back
406.3 (new 408.1) Licensed Employee-Professional Growth – IASB adjustments – To come back
704.5 Tuition Fees – To be deleted
705.3 Requisition and Purchase Order (old) – To be deleted
705.3 Payment for Goods and Services (new) – new policy – IASB policy- To Come back
705-3-R Payments for Goods and Services – Changes to tipping being reimbursed- To Come back
705.4 Receiving Supplies and Equipment – To be deleted

The next regular meeting will be at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 18

From Board Vice President Janelle Carter
“The board meeting kicked off with an energetic performance by Carissa King and Eli Thiessen who performed their All-State Speech number from the musical theater piece “You’re the Top” from “Anything Goes.” This was a wonderful show of talent from our honorees!

The meeting turned back to more serious discussion with the purchase of new buses, requests for copier leases and technology equipment, showing that we still have one foot in the paper world and one in the electronic world yet today. Approved was the Canvas management system for on-line learning, a great new area of learning for our students and staff. Approval for winter complications to the calendar were made for our seemingly never-ending winter of 2019!

The health insurance plan design was approved for the employees of the district following a final in-depth presentation and discussion of the plan adjustments, rates and premium cost sharing. This comes after many months of work to most effectively bring the plan back into solvency and simultaneously have the least negative impact on some and with a positive impact on the majority. The work is not done, as the education will be provided to support this important piece of the benefit package to maintain a strong level of health protection to our staff.

The quote for tonight: “No winter lasts forever; no spring skips it’s turn” by Hal Borland. It has truly been a long arduous winter, but spring will be here soon!”  –  Janelle Carter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feburary 18, 2019 Board Meeting

19 Feb
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Hoglan Elementary School staff talked about how they are making students Bobcat Ready at the school board meeting held on February 18. Pictured from left are Abbe Hand, Sara Nichols, Amy Pollard, Amy Williams, Laura Eberly, Lacie Moore and Heather Stanley.

Hoglan helps students get Bobcat Ready

Hoglan Principal Amy Williams was joined by other Hoglan staff including, Laura Eberly, Abbe Hand, Sara Nichols, Amy Pollard, Heather Stanley and Lacie Moore for this presentation.

Bobcat Ready was one of the main themes in an update from Hoglan Elementary.

“What are we doing in elementary schools to make our students Bobcat Ready and to give them experiences?” Williams said.

Other topics from the Hoglan group included Garden Club which meets once a month, Cafe Hoglan, where parents come to read with their child, High School helpers which visit Hoglan regularly, fourth grade leaders, the Holiday Caring Project and ROARS (Respect, Open Hearted, Achiever, Responsible and Safe) assemblies.

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Nicole Gaughan was honored at the meeting for attaining certification as a Behavior Analsyst.

Recognition
Nicole Gaughan, Behavior Strategist for the district, recently completed a master’s program through Drake University in Applied Behavior Analysis and then also successfully passed the international Board Certified Behavior Analyst or BCBA exam.  This is a prestigious accomplishment and one of the highest levels of education possible in the area of behavioral science. She is the only educator within our region of the state, and one of very few across Iowa, who has successfully obtained this endorsement.

PERSONNEL
Below are personnel items approved by the board

Retirements
Maralyn Schulze, Special Education Paraeducator Level II/III at Franklin Elementary; Effective June 11, 2019. Maralyn has 25 years of service to the district.
Darlene Gilliland, Food Preparation for Food Service at MHS; Effective March 29, 2019; has been with the district for 26 years.

Resignations
Stacy O’Hare, head girls basketball coach

Appointments
Scott Byers, Substitute Bus Driver for Transportation
New Position
Salary: Determined by Route
Start: February 13, 2019

Amelia Ramble, Bus Monitor for Transportation
New Position
Salary: $9.90/hr
Start: January 23, 2019

Scott Johannes, Head Boys Soccer Coach at MHS
Replacing Chris Fuchsen
Salary: $4,586/yr
Start: March 11, 2019

Landon Wood, ESL Teacher at MHS
New Position
Salary: MA/5
Start: March 1, 2019

Spencer Gritsch, Substitute Teacher
Salary: $115/day
Start: February 4, 2109

Mykal Wildman, ESL Teacher at MHS and Fisher
Replacing Abi Burkhead
Salary: BA/5
Start: TBD

Change of contract
Rebecca Neimann, Bus Driver for Transportation
Add on Pre K Route
Salary: $2,609.52 in addition to current contract
Start: January 24, 2019

Public Comment
Several teachers spoke during public comment asking the district to delay decision on the insurance plan changes citing the need for getting more information on premiums amounts and other information on changes.

Student School Board Representative Update
MHS senior and Student Board Representative Jane Ragland presented the MHS update to the board including sports updates on state wrestling and state bowling and basketball.

2018-2019 School Calendar & Weather Related Lost Instructional Hours Update
With 5 full days of school lost- plus 19 additional hours lost- due to heat or cold weather and snow, there is a need to make up 3 full days due to our student hours accrued, said Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte.
Dr. Schutte recommended the district add three student contact days at end of school year to move last student day to June 7.
To regain staff time lost, Dr. Schutte proposed extending the teacher contract by 15 minutes a day Monday through Thursdays in months or March, April and May.
The last teacher day, Monday, June 10.

2019-2020 Marshalltown High School Course Guide Additions
MHS Principal Jacque Wyant presented changes to the course guide including adding intro to criminal justice, and Senior Year Plus alternate assessment to show proficiency.
The board approved the additions.

Leaders of Learning: How District, School, and Classroom Leaders Improve Student Achievement” Board Book Study
The board and administrators continue with chapter 9 of the book study, which is the final chapter of the book.

Time Tracking Software Proposal
Paulette Newbold, Anthony Spurgetis, Randy Denham and Tammy Ellis, presented this proposal. This was a recommendation for a time clock solution for hourly employees, substitute teachers and additional payments.

The annual software cost proposed is $23,940 and there is a one time implementation and training fee of $11,000.  The recommendation is to pay for this with PPEL funding (allowable as non-instructional software). As a participating agency with US Communities purchasing cooperative the District can save about $1,000 per year by going through the existing procurement contract with Kronos.  The above cost includes an optional module for FMLA tracking.

Discussion was held on why this is needed. The goal is to have summer staff using it and then have it up and running full for hourly employees in the fall.
The board approved the purchase.

Health Insurance
Due to rising costs of healthcare, and plans that have been underpriced in the past, there is need to make some increases in the health insurance costs for all employees. Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte said equity between plans and equality among plan costs are two main goals the board has given the district.

“We need to ensure that these plans are solvent and sustainable financially,” Schutte said.

Several teaching staff and retired staff  spoke on health insurance, asking the board to delay a decision until more details are presented.  There was clarification given to the concerned staff that the board was merely approving further direction to get true numbers on the cost increases and not approving the cost increases Monday.

The board approved the authority for the consultant (Mark Becker and Associates) to move forward with pricing of plans.

Reopening Voluntary Retirement Program
The board approved to reopen the voluntary retirement incentive program effective February 19, 2019 to March 8, 2019 – due to rightsizing of the TLC budget and changes to the voluntary 4 year old preschool program

Board Policies
First reading
204.10 (new 213-R1) Community Participation in Board Meetings – To come back before board a next meeting.
204.11 General Complaints by Citizens- Deleted- already covered in another policy
New Policy 213 Public Participation in Board Meetings – IASB policy- Adopted and waived second reading – presented at last meeting
New Policy 213.1 Public Complaints- IASB policy- Adopted and waived second ready – presented at last meeting
402.5 Public Complaints About Employees- Deleted – covered in another policy
703.5 (new 707.6) Finance Committee – Approved as amended – no changes since last meeting- Waived second reading.
New Policy 701.3 Financial Records – Presented at last meeting- IASB recommends- Adopted and waive reading.

Initial review
312.3-E1 Fringe Benefits-Administrators/Supervisors – Change to reflect current practice- To come back
New Policy 400 Role of and Guiding Principles for Employees- To come back (IASB recommended)
New Policy 411.4 Classified Employee Licensing/Certification- To come back (IASB recommended
New Policy 508.1 Class or Student Group Gifts – To come back  (IASB recommended)
706.1 Payroll  Periods- No changes- marked as reviewed
706.2 Payroll Deductions- Adjusted to reflect current practice and match IASB langage- To come back before board
New Policy 712 Technology and Data Security – from IASB- To come back
New Regulation 712-R1 Security Requirements of Third-Party Vendors Regulation- from IASB- to come back

704.2 Sale of Bonds- Removed- not necessary – Deleted
704.4 Gifts, Grants, and Bequests- Changed to mirror IASB- To come back
704.4-R Gifts, Grants, and Bequests-Regulation- Removed – deleted.
704.5 Student Activities Fund- Changes to mirror IASB- To come back

Closed session
The board then went into a closed session for the quarterly evaluation of the superintendent.

The next regular meeting of the school board will be at 5 p.m. on March 4 in district offices.

From Board President Bea Niblock
With health insurance being an agenda item at last night’s meeting, the board room was filled with employees wanting to express concerns and share personal stories in light of any changes that might be made.

‘In accordance with board policy, board members may not respond to your comments in order to comply with open meeting laws.’ That is stated before each meeting by the board president, but be assured that each board member listens intently and values the input of the public.

It is also good for audience members to remember that a school board meeting is a meeting held in the public. It is not a public meeting/forum. Spontaneous applause, whistling and verbal comments from the audience are not appropriate. The board has business to conduct.

The board values input from the community and takes each comment to heart. Board members are elected officials and want to hear what community members have to say in the proper setting with respect for all concerned.” – Bea Niblock

 

February 4, 2019 Board Meeting

5 Feb
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Speaking to the school board on February 4 is Franklin Elementary School Principal Tim Holmgren. Also presenting from left, are teacher leaders Amy Phillips, Mallori Ghent, Amanda Goings, Ashley Moeller and Teri Hungerford.

Franklin’s buddies program helps build connections among students

Personnel
For personnel items approved by the board, click here. One late addition to this list is the retirement of Rollie Ackerman, activities director with MHS at the end of the school year.

The personnel items included five more early retirements including:
Jeff Hoogensen, 7th grade social studies teacher at Miller- 28 years with district
Michael Eggleston- PE teacher at Fisher Elementary School-19 years in the district
Deborah Friday – 2nd grade teacher at Hoglan Elementary School – 19 years with the district
Elda Reyes, ELL teacher at Franklin Elementary – been with district with 15 years.
Leah Mattox, 6th grade teacher at Lenihan-  been with district 28 years

Franklin Elementary School Presentation
Franklin Principal Tim Holmgren, along with teacher leaders Amy Phillips, Mallori Ghent, Teri Hungerford,  Ashley Moeller and Amanda Goings, presented.
This meeting they decided to highlight the buddies program at Franklin, where students are paired with mentors two grades above them or serve as mentors to students two grades below them.

“They have opportunities to problem solve with the their buddy, they can learn with their buddy.” Holmgren said.

Other skills learned are academics, social skills and relationship-building. Kindergartners are paired with third grade buddies and 1st graders are paired with fourth grade buddies.

“They are always excited to go to buddies (time),” said fourth grade teacher Ashley Moeller.

Second graders are not involved in the buddy program, but they go to the Iowa Veterans Home every year which is a great way to work on their social skills.

Dual Language Program Iowa Assessment Results
Jon McKenzie, Director of Assessment &  Comprehensive Improvement from Central Rivers AEA  completed a program evaluation for the dual language program in Marshalltown.
He presented along with Rachel Inks, ELL Coordinator and Lisa Stevenson, Director of Instruction.
He talked about the differences between the dual language students and non-dual language students in the district.
Overall, McKenzie found there are no significant differences across grade levels.
“When looking at the differences of reading, math and science scores on the Iowa Assessments across students in the Dual Language program and students not in the Dual Language school who are all ELL students there is no differences in scores across grades, even though scores in these subject areas increase dramatically for all groups of students from the early grades to higher grades in late middle school to high school,” McKenzie said.
The district continues to work to improve the dual language program, Stevenson said.
Board Member Mike Miller said the district should do more work to promote the dual language program to differentiate it from other area school districts.

Marshalltown High School Roundhouse Phase II Budget Update
Architect Kevin Eipperle of  FEH Design presented this budget summary.
He said it appears they are on track to be in line with the $100,580 contingency fund to pay for change orders.

Marshalltown High School Roundhouse Phase II Change Order
The board approved the change order as presented.

Student School Board Representative Update
Jocelin Sharfnejda, America Dominguez and Jane Ragland presented an update on MHS.
They talked about the district speech contest, science bowl, boys swimming district meet and upcoming school activities.

2019-2020 Marshalltown High School Course Guide
MHS Principal Jacque Wyant presented this course guide for the 2019-20 school year including several new courses.
The board approved the course guide.

“Leaders of Learning: How District, School, and Classroom Leaders Improve Student Achievement” Board Book Study
The board and administrators continued discussion on the book with a focus on Chapter 8.

Depository Resolution
Paulette Newbold, Director of Business Operations, presented this document, which this is something the board is asked to approve annually.
The board approved the resolution.

Application to the School Budget Review Committee
Matt Cretsinger, Director of Special Services, said this is part of a consortium that shares administrative costs of Grandwood. Marshalltown’s cost is $2,766.24. Grandwood works with students with significant intellectual disabilities and behavior needs.
The board approved the application.

Board Policies
204.10 (new number 213-R1) Community Participation in Board Meetings – What the policy has been, changed from a policy to a regulation.  To come back for first reading
New Policy 213 Public Participation in Board Meetings- Model IASB policy for public participation in board meeting- To come back for first reading at next meeting.

First reading
605.4 (new 505.5) Graduation Requirements -Not revised since last time before board, Adopted and waived second reading
704 2-New Policy – Debt Management Policy – Adopted and waived second reading
701.5 (new 704.2-R1) Post-Issuance Compliance Regulation for Tax-Exempt Obligations (new and old) – no changes since last meeting,Adopted and waived second reading
Delete 701.5
703.3-R Financial Planning Calendar Adopted and waived second reading

Initial review
204.11 General Complaints by Citizens- Delete policy next meeting
New Policy 213.1 Public Complaints – IASB language – To come back before board
402.5 Public Complaints About Employees – Delete policy next meeting
701.3-Financial Records- New policy – Recommended by IASB – To come back
703.4 Fiscal Management-Performance Measures and 703.4-E Fiscal Management-Performance Measures will be deferred to a later meeting-
703.5 (new 707.6) Finance Committee- new number and significant changes- To come back
704.1 Local-State-Federal-Miscellaneous Revenue- No changes except for references – Marked as reviewed

The next regular school board meeting will be held on Monday, February 18 at 5 p.m. in the district offices.

The board will hold a special meeting on the district insurance plan at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6.

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The first wrestling practice was held in the Allie Morrison Wrestling Room on February 4.

From Board President Bea Niblock
“Monday was the first day that wrestlers had practice in the new facilities of the Roundhouse.  Can you imagine the excitement that filled the room as wrestlers took to the mat? Setbacks from weather and supply delays made the use of the facility an even bigger reward.
The board received a budget update on the Roundhouse Phase II project from FEH Design at Monday’s meeting.  The latest change orders were discussed and approved. We are nearing completion of the project with the sincere hopes of finishing within the budget!
A new facility long overdue and within the budget!  What a success for this district!” – Bea Niblock

January 14, 2019 Board Meeting

15 Jan
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Marshalltown High School junior Samantha Snyder, left, talks to the school board on January 14 as part of the MHS presentation. Snyder talked about the new Introduction to Education class at MHS which is preparing future teachers. Also pictured from left are MHS student Pablo Cuevas Montes, MHS Principal Jacque Wyant and MHS student Ariel Daniel.

New MHS class prepares future teachers

MHS Principal Jacque Wyant and students presented an update on MHS. The presentation showcased two new programs at MHS including Introduction to Education and Foods III. MHS students  Pablo Cuevas Montes and  Samantha Snyder talked about the new class Intro to Education.
“I’ve always wanted to be a teacher,” Samantha said. “I’ve really enjoyed this class.”
“I do want to become a teacher, that’s something I do want to pursue,” Pablo said.
Both Pablo and Samantha complimented MHS teacher Jaime Anderson for being a great teacher of this new class.
MHS student Ariel Daniel talked about the Foods III class taught by Alexa Hotopp. Ariel was able to get ServSafe certified as a result of Nutrition Director Lynn Large teaching it to the class.
Ariel also talked about other experiences in the class and the different types of foods they made.
“I learned so much and have the hands on experience to create my own twist or style on food,” Daniel said.
She has an interest in studying event management in college.
Mrs. Wyant also updated the board with this attendance center plan at MHS.

Public Hearing
A public hearing was be held for the sale of surplus technology equipment. This is for the sale of Mitel branded analog and digital phone handsets, controllers and various phone components from the district’s retired phone system.

Recognition – Poetry Out Loud
MHS sophomore Olivia Adams Zmolek recited two poems for the board including “On Virtue” by Philliss Wheatley and “The Poem You’ve Been Waiting For” by Tarfia Faizullah. Olivia is the Poetry Out Loud contest winner from MHS who will compete at the state contest in Des Moines on March 3.

Personnel items approved by the board are here.
Included were two early retirements for the end of the school year including:
Linda Russell-  Special education teacher at Miller. She will retire after 19 years of service to the district.
Mike Loupee – Science teacher at MHS – He will end school year with 21 years of teaching at MHS and has served as coach in several capacities including head MHS boys swim coach for 23 years.

Public Comment
Courtney Simons- MHS English teacher – talked about a district correction to IPERS withdrawals which affects her paycheck each month.

Student School Board Representative Update
MHS student Jane Ragland presented this update on MHS activities

Financial Literacy Course Requirement
Jacque Wyant, MHS Principal, and Eric Goslinga, MLA Principal and Director of Instruction Dr. Lisa Stevenson presented on this topic.
As a result of action from the 2018 legislative session there is a  new Financial Literacy graduation requirement beginning with the class of 2020.
Goslinga and MLA staff have come up with an online course to help meet the requirement in the immediate future.
“We’re hopeful that the online format that we created…is able to meet the Department of Ed standards,” Stevenson said.
The board approved the course of action by the district.

“Leaders of Learning: How District, School, and Classroom Leaders Improve Student Achievement” Board Book Study
District administrators and the board talked about Chapter 7 of the book.

Board Policies
First Reading
New Policy 605.4 Technology and Instructional Materials – No changes since last meeting – Adopted and waived second reading
605.9 (new 603.6) Physical Education –  Amended with IASB language – Approved as amended and waived second reading
New Policy 606.6 Insufficient Classroom Space – No changes since last meeting- Adopted and waived second reading
700 Statement of Guiding Principles- Amended with IASB language – Approved as amended and waived second reading
904.1(new 504.4) Public Student Performances by Students – Amended with IASB language -Approved as amended and waived second reading

Initial  review
605.4-R(new 505.5) Graduation Requirements – New number – Adjustments made on changes including Financial Literacy requirement – To bring back for first reading at next meeting
New Policy 704.2 Debt Management Policy – To come back before board for first reading
701.2 Transfer of Inactive Account Funds – Marked as reviewed
701.5 (new 704.2-R1) Post-Issuance Compliance Policy for Tax-Exempt Obligations (new and old) – Delete old 701.5 – new number replaces 704.2R1- Some changes – to come back before board.
703.1 Budget Planning – Marked as reviewed
703.3 Preparation of the Working Budget Document – Marked as reviewed
703.3-R Financial Planning Calendar – Some adjustments made on policy- to come back before board.

Board Work session
A board work session preceded the regular meeting on January 14 on the MHS athletics master plan.
FEH Architect Kevin Eipperle presented this document along with MHS Activities Director Rollie Ackerman.

The next regular meeting of the school board will be at 5 p.m. on Feb. 4.

There will be a board work session from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, January 28 on the topic of enrollment forecasting.

From Board President Bea Niblock
“We begin each meeting reading the district mission statement together and end each meeting listing the things that we have done during the meeting to make education better for the students in the district.  Each of those practices is to remind us of why we are there – students!
Having students make presentations to the board is always a plus.  At Monday’s board meeting, Olivia Adams Zmolek recited the poetry that she will recite at the state Poetry Out Loud contest on March 3rd.  Students from the high school shared thoughts about the Foods courses and the Intro to Education course.  And, Jane Ragland, student board representative, made a presentation about activities completed and upcoming events at the high school.
Hearing from students is the most pleasant way to get a feel for what is happening in our schools.  They make us all proud!” – Bea Niblock

 

December 17, 2018 Board Meeting

18 Dec
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English Learner Coordinator Rachel Inks, right, talks to the school board about the new Seal of Biliteracy alongside Director of Instruction Dr. Lisa Stevenson at the December 17 meeting.

Seal of Biliteracy
Dr. Lisa Stevenson, Director of Instruction, and Rachel Inks, English Learner Coordinator presented this document about the upcoming Seal of Biliteracy which came down from Governor Kim Reynolds. It is an award given by a public school district to recognize students who have attained proficiency in two or more languages, one being English, by high school graduation.

“We have an exciting time coming up for us where we will be able to acknowledge our students with a Seal of Biliteracy,” Inks said.

In order to receive the seal on transcripts and their diplomas, students will have to demonstrate they can speak and write in two languages. Inks said this is something to celebrate at MHS.

“The majority of our Class of 2019 is already well positioned to earn this seal,” Inks said.

Dr.  Stevenson said she is excited as our district’s diverse population stands to benefit from this seal.

Recognition

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Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte and Business Manager Randy Denham

Randy Denham, Business Manager, was honored at the fall conference of the Iowa Association of School Business Officials in Altoona on October 31, 2018. Randy received recognition for achieving proficiency on all levels of the four-year sequence of classes offered through Iowa State University’ Iowa School Business Management Academy.

Public Hearing on 2019-2020 School Year Calendar
MHS teacher Jo Frohwein talked about spring break and requested in the future aligning it with Regent Universities and area schools.

Personnel Items approved by the board
RESIGNATIONS:
Stephanie Collins, Special Education Teacher at Woodbury Elementary; Effective December 14, 2018.

APPOINTMENTS:
Scott Johannes, High School Asst. Girls Basketball Coach at MHS
Replaces: Emily Hunt
Start: December 4, 2018
Salary: $4,104/year

Woodbury Elementary Presentation (Anel Garza, Principal)

Woodbury

Woodbury Elementary Principal Anel Garza, right, and Instructional Coach Julie Thede, presented this, which highlights the MTSS Framework intervention time at the school. The two talked about the 30 minutes block of intervention support. Teachers “flood” 30 minute blocks which are staggered depending on grade level
“We are looking at all the data we have available for our students to be able to group them accordingly,” Garza said.

Student School Board Representative
Jocelin Sharfnejda, America Dominguez and Jane Ragland presented this MHS update,
including information on the STEP program, Student Senate Adopt a Family, School Dance, holiday concerts and more

2019-2020 School Year Calendar
The 2019-20 school calendar was approved by the board. It was presented to the board for discussion at a previous meeting.

Communication/ Marketing Plan
Andrew Potter, Director of Communications, presented this plan with strategies to further promote the district and provide better avenues for communication with parents and the community. Discussion was held regarding the plan. The board approved the plan.

Meeting with legislators

Legislators

State Senator Jeff Edler, right, and State Representative Dean Fisher addressed the board as they prepare for the 2018 legislative session.
Elder talked about SAVE Extension mental health services, school transportation equity, and State Supplemental Aid (SSA).
Fisher said it is their goal to the SSA done early.
“The (state) budget is looking at little bit better this year than the last couple of years,” Fisher said.
“Hopefully we can do a little better than we have the past couple of years,” (on SSA). The board also presented the IASB legislative priorities and spoke on a few of those priorities.

Application to School Budget Review Committee for Special Education Administrative Costs associated with River Hills Consortium Program for the 2019-2020 School Year
Director of Business Operations Paulette Newbold presented this item.
This is a consortium which go before SBRC for approval for administrative services for special education.

At-Risk Budget 2019-2020 School Year
Dr. Lisa Stevenson, Director of Instruction, presented details on the at-risk program at the December 3 board meeting and the budget for approval at this meeting. The board approved the at-risk budget.

“Leaders of Learning: How District, School, and Classroom Leaders Improve Student Achievement” Board Book Study
Dr. Lisa Stevenson, Anel Garza and MHS Dean of Students Dan Terrones and board members continued its discussion on the book.

Department of Transportation Purchase and Small Vehicle Fleet Update
Rex Kozak, Director of Transportation, requested permission to move forward with purchase of four vehicles.
The board approved the purchases of a 5 Passenger Vehicle from Jensen Ford 2019 Fusion for $17,289.00 Vans: from Dave Wright Auto 2019 Grand Caravan SE $20,700.00 and 2019 Grand Caravan $20,500.00 and a 9 Passenger from Clemons 2019 Suburban $39,639.00 Total $98,128.00

E-Rate Funding Item Request
Director of Technology, Josh Wesley,  presented on E-Rate funding item requests for the 2019-2020 school year. He requested  approval to publish an RFP, in conjunction with the E-Rate form 470, for 27 HP POE switches and 4 Cisco core switches and installation services. Total estimated cost is $90,000. Estimated total cost after E-Rate funding commitment is $18,000.

State Auditor’s Report; Special Investigation Report
Paulette Newbold, Director of Business Operations, and Randy Denham, Business Manager, gave a summary of the continuous improvement processes to the board on the heels of  State Auditor’s special investigation. The investigation was requested by the district as a result of payroll taxes that were not filed on time from a former payroll specialist and a penalty of more than $600,000 from the IRS.
Newbold said the district has spent a lot of time over the last 6 months evaluating oversight procedures to mitigate this from ever happening again.
“It is our goal to make sure everything in that whole entire payroll cycle has oversight,” Newbold said.
Discussion was held about the improvements and other items revealed in the investigation.

Board Policies
Second reading
312.3-E1 Fringe Benefits-Administrators/Supervisors – No Changes since last meeting, Approved as presented

First reading
New Policy 505.6 Early Graduation- New policy from IASB, Adopted and waived second reading
505.7 Commencement – Approved as amended, waived second reading
605.2 (new 605.8) Accountability Test Integrity/Test Preparation – Approved as amended waived second reading
605.4-R (new 505.5) Graduation Requirements – Pulled from agenda- To come back later

Initial reading
New Policy 605.4 Technology and Instructional Materials – Mandatory policy – To come back before board
New Policy 606.6 Insufficient Classroom Space – Mandatory policy- to come back
701.4 Governmental Accounting Practices and Regulations – Marked as reviewed
904.1 (new 504.4) Public Performances by Students – New number and added IASB language- TO come back before board
605.8 Media Centers – Number change to 605.5 – small changes- Marked as reviewed with changes
605.9 Physical Education – New number 603.6 and other changes added from IASB- To come back
700 Statement of Guiding Principles – Added IASB language and name change – To Come back
701 Financial Accounting System  – Deleted.
701.1 Depository of Funds – Marked as reviewed

The board then went into a a closed session to discuss strategy with legal council in matters presently in litigation, or where litigation is imminent as provided in Iowa Code 21.5 (1)(c). Roll call required.

The next regular meeting of the school board will be at 5 p.m. on January 14.

From Board President Bea Niblock
“A precious few days remain before young and old, alike, are off enjoying the winter break.  My quote from last night’s meeting comes to us from Norman Vincent Peale – “Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”

A well-deserved break is almost upon you.  Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or any other holiday tradition, may you have the merriest of holidays.  May your soul be filled with softness and beauty. Come back to us safe and rested. We have lots of work to continue to do together!” – Bea Niblock

 

December 3, 2018 Board Meeting

4 Dec
America

Marshalltown High School student board representative America Dominguez updated the board on MHS activities during the December 3, 2018 school board meeting.

Student School Board Representative Update
MHS student America Dominguez updated the board on MHS activities including information on boys swimming, the French Club, a Veterans Day display, Tree ornaments from Student Rotarians, the poinsettia sale and upcoming events.

Recognition
Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte was recognized as it was his birthday.

Personnel
For personnel items approved by the board see below.

RESIGNATIONS:
Stacy Betts, Special Education Paraeducator Level II at Lenihan, Effective November 28, 2018
Kanjana Hahn, General Food Service Worker at Franklin, Effective November 26, 2018
Curtis Jarrell, Bus Driver for Transportation, Effective November 21, 2018
Ann Collison, Special Education Paraeducator Level III at Hoglan Elementary, Effective December 31, 2018
Stephanie Anderson, General Education Paraeducator – Study Hall at MHS, Effective November 26, 2018

TERMINATIONS:
Tanya Viles, Special Education Paraeducator Level II at MHS, Effective November 21, 2018

CHANGE OF CONTRACT:
Christian Tuttle, LI/T1 Para at Anson Elementary
Change of Contract Hours
Start: November 27, 2018
From: 7 hrs/day
To: 7.5 hrs/day

Barb Arends, Special Education Paraeducator Level I at Hoglan Elementary
To: Special Education Paraeducator Level II at Hoglan Elementary
Start: December 4, 2018
Salary: $16.34/hr

Yaisha Erwin, BD Paraeducator at MHS
To: Special Education Paraeducator Level II at Anson Elementary
Change of Location
From: MHS
To: Anson

Connor McKibben, Substitute Bus Driver with Transportation
From: Bus Monitor with Transportation
Salary: Depends on Route Driven
Start: November 16, 2018

Gary Lurvey, Bus Driver at Transportation
Change of Route which changes Salary
From: Preschool Driver with 3 routes/day
To: Special Education Driver with 2 routes/day
Salary: $12,990.03/yr

Student School Board Representative Update
MHS student America Dominguez updated the board on MHS activities including information on boys swimming, the French Club, a Veterans Day display, Tree ornaments from Student Rotarians, the poinsettia sale and upcoming events.

Smith

State Representative Mark Smith

State Representative Mark Smith
State Representative Mark Smith addressed the board as he prepares for the 2019 legislative session.

“I feel like I’ve always been a strong supporter of public education,” Smith said.

Representative Smith said it appears to be a “tough budget year again.”

Dr. Schutte talked about unfunded and underfunded mandates – such as financial literacy that needs to be implemented soon. Also discussion was held regarding SAVE ( the statewide penny sales tax which sunsets on December 31, 2029), mental health, school calendars, the school funding formula  and more.

The board also presented Representative Smith the Iowa Association priorities and school board priorities.  State Senator Jeff Edler and Representative Dean Fisher are expected to address the board at the December 17 board meeting.

Lisa

Director of Instruction Dr. Lisa Stevenson talks about the At-Risk Budget program and budget while Director of Special Services Matt Cretsinger looks on.

2019-2020 At-Risk Budget Overview
Director of Instruction Dr. Lisa Stevenson and Director Of Special Services Matt Cretsinger presented this report as information only. This is a result of work of an at-risk committee, which meets monthly.
Dr. Stevenson reported while we made headway in increasing the graduation rate and decreasing the  dropout rate, we still have work to do.

“At least our trajectory is moving in the right direction,” Dr. Stevenson said.

She said, they continue to look to improve on chronic absenteeism, behavior issues, overall proficiency in reading and math and credit recovery. Two of the new priorities are to expand Bobcat University and expand the i-JAG at high school. The budget is near the same amount requested the previous year. Board and administrator discussion was held.  Director of Business Operations Paulette Newbold also went over the budget.
The proposed dropout prevention and at-risk budget will be brought before the board for possible approval at the December 17 meeting.

2019-2020 School Year Calendar
Dr. Theron Schutte and Communications Director Andrew Potter presented a feedback results summary from parents and staff on the tentative 2019-20 calendar. While the results varied, spring break seemed to be the most talked about topic in the feedback.

Board President Bea Niblock said in the future she would like to see two calendars for staff to vote on as was done in the past. A public hearing on the proposed calendar will be held at the December 17 board meeting.

Authorization To Seek Bids for School Buses
Transportation Director Rex Kozak sought authorization from the board get bids for three new school buses
Mr. Kozak will report back to the board with bids he received. The board granted authorization to seek bids.

Board Policies
First reading
312.3-E1 Fringe Benefits-Administrators/Supervisors – Add past practice that administrators can carryover 10 days, TO come back before board
604.6 ( new 604.1) Competent Private Instruction – Adopted IASB policy and renumbered, Adopted and waived second reading
New Policy 903.1 School-Community Groups – Presented at last meeting – Adopted and waived second reading
New Policy 904.1 Transporting Students in Private Vehicles – new policy  -Adopted and waived second reading

Initial Review
New Policy 505.6 Early Graduation – New policy that supports current and past practice- To come back to board for approval
505.7 Commencement – Change made due to deletions in 600 series – To come back before board
704.6 Educational Material Fees – Deleted by board- (Information from it added to policies in 500 and 600 series)
605.1 (new 505.1) Student Progress Reports and Conferences – New number, Minor change, Marked as reviewed
605.2 (new 605.8) Accountability Test Integrity/Test Preparation – Changed from old No Child Left Behind, to come back before board
605.4 – Graduation Requirements – Graduation Ceremonies- Deleted (added to other policy)
605.4-R (new 505.5) Graduation Requirements –Changes made to come back before board.
605.5 Education Records – Deleted –

The board then went into a closed session to conduct a quarterly evaluation of the superintendent.

The next regular meeting of the school board will be at 5 p.m. on Monday, December 17 in district offices (1002 S. 3rd. Ave.).

From Board President Bea Niblock

“This is the time of the year when our legislators are invited to visit with the school board. Last night, Representative Mark Smith joined the board for a conversation.
The board shared its legislative priorities with Representative Smith and he shared his expectations for the 2019 session.

He indicated that this will be another year of low state aid. That is not good news for us as we have been working with a limited budget for a number of years now. Other items discussed included underfunded mandates, mental health concerns, and the continuation of the penny sales tax (SAVE).

Senator Jeff Edler and Representative Dean Fisher will be present at the December 17th board meeting for a similar discussion. Take up advocacy for our public schools and join us at our next meeting.” – Bea Niblock

 

November 19, 2018 Board Meeting

20 Nov
Anson

Anson Elementary School Principal Ronnie Manis presents to the school board on November 19 along with Anson Counselor Ashley Chyma, center,  and Extended Learning Program teacher Nicole Holman Lankelma.

Anson Elementary School Presentation
Principal Ronnie Manis, Counselor Ashley Chyma and Extended Learning Teacher Nicole Holman Lankelma presented this report, which focused on attendance, behavior and STEM activities.
Manis said they have tried several new tactics this year to increase student attendance and so far it’s working. Daily attendance is at 97 percent, which is up a few percentage points from last year. They went to morning meetings and put breakfast back in the classroom. They also have flags for classrooms to hang if they have 100 percent attendance that day.
“The kids love these flags,” Manis said. “When you motivate the kids to be at school it makes a huge difference.”
Chyma talked about the peace room which is a calming room where a student can feel safe and a way to calm down.
Lankelma talked about a makerspace cart with many creative projects, many of which are STEM related.
“It’s available for all students at Anson, not just the XLP kids,” Holman Lankelma said.

Recognitions

Mommer

Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte thanks District Registrar Stacey Mommer for her work on the certified enrollment which resulted in the district being named on The Gold Star List.

Marshalltown Community School District Registrar, Stacey Mommer, and Assistant to the Director of Instruction, Maeia Milot (not in attendance), were recognized for their work on certified enrollment. The District was placed on the The Gold Star List, receiving special recognition from the Student Reporting in Iowa (SRI) team from the Iowa Department of Education.

Better Boardsmanship Award
The school board was recognized for its collective Better Boardsmanship Awards from the Iowa Association of School Boards at the recent convention. Also individual board members who received awards for their continued professional development included Ross Harris, Sean Heitmann, Janelle Carter and Bea Niblock. Click here for more information on the board recognition.

Personnel items approved by the board below
RESIGNATIONS:
Sage Ballalatak, General Education Paraeducator at Anson Elementary; Effective November 19, 2018
Yadira Yepez, Special Education Paraeducator Level III at Lenihan Intermediate; Effective December 20, 2018
Daniel Juhl, Bus Driver for Transportation , Effective November 10, 2018
Jennifer Hager, Food Service Bookkeeper at Central Office, Effective November 16, 2018
Kamar Essex, Special Education Paraeducator Level II at Anson Elementary; Effective November 8, 2018
Linda Mills, General Food Service Worker at Miller Middle School, Effective November 30, 2018

TERMINATIONS:
Anthony Moore, Bus Driver for Transportation , Effective November 7, 2018

APPOINTMENTS:
Carlos Torres, Bus Monitor for Transportation
New Position
Salary: $9.90/hr
Start: October 30, 2018

Rebecca Neiman, Bus Monitor for Transportation
New Position
Salary: $9.90/hr
Start: October 29, 2018

Stan Randall, Substitute Bus Driver for Transportation
New Position
Salary: Determined by Route
Start: October 30, 2018

Katie Houser, Intramural Assistant at Lenihan Intermediate
Salary: $500/season (This is for 2nd quarter season)
Start: October 6, 2018

Christian Carrazco, Intramural Assistant at Lenihan Intermediate
Salary: $500/season (This is for 2nd quarter season)
Start: October 6, 2018

Joan Furjanic, Intramural Assistant at Lenihan Intermediate
Salary: $500/season (This is for 2nd quarter season)
Start: October 6, 2018

Kim Gaskill, Intramural Assistant at Lenihan Intermediate
Replaces: Brandon Goldman
Salary: $500/season (This is for 2nd quarter season)
Start: October 6, 2018

Katherine Gable, Assistant Girls Soccer Coach at MHS
Replaces: Leigh Hornbuckle
Salary: $3,569 for 2018-2019 season
Start: March 18, 2019

Maria Avalos Parra, 10 Mo. Secretary: Bilingual Attendance at MHS
Replaces: Lilana Perez
Salary: $11.90/hr
Start: October 16, 2018

Gillian Beebe, Special Education Paraeducator Level II/III at MHS
New Position
Salary: $10.36/hr
Start: November 1, 2018

Stacy Betts, Special Education Paraeducator Level II at Lenihan
New Position
Salary: $10.36/hr
Start: November 27, 2018

CHANGE OF CONTRACT:
Morgan Hager, Food Service General Worker at Miller
Change of Location and Salary
From: Franklin Elementary: $11.67/hr (Step 2, Grade 1)
To: Miller Middle School: $11.46/hr (Step 1, Grade 1)

Start: October 29, 2018
Mary Ann Wallace, Food Service General Worker at Lenihan Intermediate
From: General Worker at Miller Middle School
Salary: $12.15/hr (Step 1, Grade 3)
Start: October 29, 2018

Susan Fecht, Food Service General Worker at Miller Middle School
From: Food Service Substitute Worker
Salary: $11.46/hr (Step 1, Grade 1)
Start: October 29, 2018

Jeff Davis, Evening Custodian at Anson Elementary
From: Evening Custodian at MHS
Replaces: Heather West
Salary: $17.78
Start: October 15, 2018

Lee Krukow, Grade 5 Engineer at MHS
From: Food Service Driver with Food Service
Replaces: Gary Nymeyer
Salary: $17.38/hr
Start: November 12, 2018

Public comment
Teachers Matthew Nevins and Rachel Nelson-Loupee spoke in favor of continuing the early retirement incentive.

Student School Board Representative Update
MHS senior Jane Ragland talked about the  all-state music festival held last Saturday and the monthly Friday night dances at MHS.

2018-2019 Miller Middle School Student Handbook Amendment
The Miller handbook was not updated when others were updates made to head lice to other handbooks in district. This item updated that handbook.

2019-2020 School Year Calendar
A tentative 2019-20 school calendar was presented to the board. It mirrors the current calendar year in many ways. It has also been brought before the administrative team and calendar committee for feedback.
The tentative calendar will next be sent to parents and staff for feedback before being brought back to the board for approval in December.

“Leaders of Learning: How District, School, and Classroom Leaders Improve Student Achievement” Board Book Study
The board and administrators continues with the discussion of Chapter 5 – Developing a Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum.

The board approved the following two items

Application to the School Budget Review Committee for 2018 Modified Supplemental Authority for Increasing Enrollment, Open Enrollment Out and Limited English Proficiency Instruction Beyond Five Years

Approve SBRC Application for Increasing Enrollment, Open Enrollment Out, and LEP Instruction Beyond Five Years as presented. The recommendation is to apply for the authority for LEP instruction beyond 5 years in the amount of $1,154,626 and open enrollment out not on the fall 2017 count in the amount of $625,083.20 for a total request of $1,779,709.20.

Board approves voluntary early retirement program for end of 2018-19 school year
This program offers health insurance to those eligible for early retirement for 96 months or to the age of 65  who take early retirement.
Dr. Schutte presented additional information to the board as requested.
Employees are eligible by serving the district for 15 or more years and meeting rule of 88. The board held a lengthy discussion on the agenda item before approving the incentive for this spring.

Board Policies
407.6 Licensed Teacher Staff Voluntary Early Retirement Incentive Program – First reading- Changing deadline date to after certified enrollment is made public. Approved as amended waived second reading
413.7 Twelve-Month Secretary Voluntary Early Retirement Incentive Program – Changing deadline date. Approved as amended waived second reading
New Policy 505.8 Parent and Family Engagement – Brought before board at last meeting,- Adopted and waived second reading
New Policy 604.6 Instruction At A Post-Secondary Education Institution –  Adopted and waived second reading
New Policy 604.6-R1 Instruction At A Post-Secondary Educational Institution Regulation- Adopted and waived second reading
604.1 (new 607.1) Student Guidance and Counseling Program- New number- adopted and waived second reading
312.3-E1 Fringe Benefits-Administrators/Supervisors – Change to use previous years accumulate vacation through July of next year- To come back before board
New Policy 903.1 School-Community Groups – Finance committee to look into wording of policy – To come back before board
New Policy 904.1 Transporting Students in Private Vehicles – To come back
604.2 Health Services  – New number to 607.2 to align with IASB, minor changes- Marked as reviewed
604.1 (new number- Private Instruction (old and new (604.1) – Delete 604.6 that was delete old policy  – New policy to come back before board
604.7 Dual Enrollment – very similar to IASB policy minor word changes- Marked as reviewed.
604.8 Foreign Students – Marked as reviewed
604.8 Home School Assistance Program- Delete policy -not needed

Annual Organizational meeting

JanelleBea

Bea Niblock, right, was re-elected by the board to serve as Board President for the next year.
Janelle Carter, left, was re-elected by the board to serve as Board Vice President for the next year.

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

From Board President Bea Niblock
“Monday’s board meeting found the board holding its annual organizational meeting due to changes in state law. This meeting used to be held in September. Board leadership was elected during this meeting.

Janelle Carter was elected vice president for the coming year. I have worked with Janelle for 3 years and am delighted to continue working with her. Janelle is an educator for fellow board members helping them understand issues and works tirelessly to move the district forward. Without Janelle’s leadership, the board would not work as seamlessly as it does.

And, I was elected president. I am honored that my fellow board members have confidence in my leadership skills and ability to drive our own learning to better understand the things that make our district great.

Janelle and I are both excited to provide leadership to the board and to encourage the growth of the district day after day.” – Bea Niblock