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April 23, 2018

Mid-Prairie Community School District        

 Kalona, Wellman, West Chester

Mid-Prairie Central Office Community Room, Wellman, IA  52356

April 23, 2018 – 7:00 p.m.


President Jeremy Pickard called the meeting to order.

Board members present:   Denise Chittick, Gabrielle Frederick, Jim Hussey, Jodi Meader, Jeremy Pickard, George Schaefer, and Marianne Schlabach.

Board members absent:  None.

Also Present:  Mark Schneider, Jeff Swartzentruber, Robin Foster, Marc Pennington, Bill Pock, Amy Shalla, and Jay Strickland.

Gabrielle Frederick moved to adopt the agenda as presented.  Seconded by Marianne Schlabach.  Motion carried 7-0.

Public Forum

No one spoke.

Consent Items

Jodi Meader moved to approve the following consent items.

Payment of Bills

The bills as listed for April 23, 2018 and prepaid bills;

Open Enrollment Requests

Catherine Moen requests Trever Moen (Grade 7), attend Mid-Prairie from Iowa City Community School District for the 2017-18 School Year;

Steve and Jamie Patterson request Joesyn Patterson (Kindergarten) attend Mid-Prairie’s Home School Assistance Program from Williamsburg Community School District for the 2018-19 School Year;

Jamie Patterson requests Jeana Muse (Grade 11) attend Mid-Prairie’s Home School Assistance Program from Williamsburg Community School District for the 2018-19 School Year;

Amber Blakley requests Kaylee Blakley (Grade 1) attend Highland Community School District from Mid-Prairie;

Personnel Items

Work Agreement issued to Jessica Dodds, MP West Elementary Media Secretary, $13.40 per hour for 2018-19 School Year;

Work Agreement issued to Oralia Espinoza, MP Middle School Media Secretary, $13.40 per hour for 2018-19 School Year;

Work Agreement issued to Dirk Rich, MP High School Custodian, $14.36 per hour;

Contract issued to Heidi Hertzler, HSAP Project Teacher, $25 per hour;

Contract issued to Stephanie Hoeper, HSAP Supervising Teacher, $25 per hour;

Contract issued to Laura Mallory, HSAP Supervising Teacher, $25 per hour;

Contract issued to Mindy Van Zuiden, HSAP Supervising Teacher, $25 per hour;

Contract issued to Andrea Farrier, HSAP Supervising Teacher, $27.75 per hour;

Resignation of Lori Gerber, East Elementary Media Secretary, $13.93 per hour, effective End of 2017-18 School Year;

Fundraising Requests -- None

2018 2019 Iowa Wesleyan Student Teacher Agreement

Renews the service agreement for the 2018-19 School Year for Student Teachers;

Hills Bank Wire Transfer Agreement

The renewal of the Wire Transfer Agreement with standard provisions.

Denise Chittick seconded the consent items.  Motion carried 7-0.

Student Learning

Elementary Chinese/Cultural Diversity

Superintendent Schneider introduced this item as continued process by the Board to determine direction on Elementary Foreign Language and Celebrating Cultural Diversity.  Bill Poock, Principal at West Elementary shared from the document presented for the Board’s information focused on Cultural Diversity ideas and opportunities.  Members of the Board asked questions and made observations on a number of areas about Culture and Diversity, one observation is that the ideas are good start.  The question of whether or not to hire an elementary Chinese teacher was presented.  Further discussion on this topic/question ensued.  Board Members expressed a desire for an annual report of the elementary foreign language and culture program.  Administrators agreed to provide an annual report, likely in the Spring of each year.

George Schaefer moved to focus on Spanish as the Elementary Foreign Language.  Marianne Schlabach seconded the motion.    Motion carried 6-0.  Jim Hussey voted present.


HSAP Compensation for 2018-19

Superintendent Schneider discussed the compensation package increases for Home School Staff.  Cash increases to wages are similar to other staff, except for the persons who are full time and eligible for full benefits.  The listing of all staff represents a net increase of $45,000 increased wage costs over last year. This is after the savings for not replacing the retiring Executive Director on the team of $60,000.  With the growth of students, this increase is expected to be covered by the increased revenue within the program as well as recognition that some previous years’ carryovers may be needed in 2018-19.

Jim Hussey moved to approve HSAP compensation package.  Gabrielle Frederick seconded the motion.    Motion carried 7-0.

Closed Session

Mark Schneider, Superintendent requested a closed session as stated below.  Chairman Pickard introduced this to the Board and requested a motion.  George Schaefer moved to request a closed session to evaluate the professional competency of an individual whose hiring, performance, or discharge is being considered when necessary to prevent needless and irreparable injury to that individual’s reputation and that individual requests a closed session as provided by 21.5(1)(i), Code of Iowa.  Jodi Meader second the motion. 

Roll Call Vote:    Gabrielle Frederick          - yes

    Jim Hussey                      - yes

                          Jodi Meader                     - yes

                         Jeremy Pickard                 - yes

   Marianne Schlabach         - yes

                         George Schaefer              - yes

                         Denise Chittick                  - yes

Motion carried 7-0.  The Board entered closed session in the Mid-Prairie Central Office Conference Room at 7:40pm.

The Board resumed open session of the meeting at 10:53 p.m.

Board Development and Inservice Activities

Nothing was added due to the lateness of the hours.

Announcements and Suggestions for Next Agenda

The next regular Board meeting will be on Monday, May 14, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. at the Central Office Community Room.  This is the only scheduled meeting in May.


The meeting adjourned at 10:54p.m.