Mid-Prairie Community School District
Kalona, Wellman, West Chester
Mid-Prairie Central Office Parking Lot, Wellman, IA 52356
August 10, 2020 – 7:00 p.m.
President Marianne Schlabach called the meeting to order in the parking lot of Central Office due to the power outage and the desire to Social Distance.
Board members present: Mary Allred, Denise Chittick, Gabrielle Frederick, Jeremy Gugel, Jodi Meader, Jeremy Pickard, and Marianne Schlabach.
Board members absent: None.
Also Present: Mark Schneider, Jeff Swartzentruber, Robin Foster, Rachel Kerns, Marc Pennington, Bill Poock, Amy Shalla, Jay Strickland, Frank Slabaugh, Tyler Hotz, Teresa Hartley, Nathan Carlson, and Jessica Nafziger.
Gabrielle Frederick moved to adopt the agenda as presented. Seconded by Jodi Meader. Motion carried 7-0.
Public Forum– 7:00 p.m.
No one spoke.
Gabrielle Frederick moved to approve the following consent items.
Minutes of Previous Meetings
The minutes of July 13, 2020, July 27, 2020, August 3, 2020;
The Finance Report for July 2020 and the first revision of June 2020;
Payment of Bills
The bills as listed for August 10, 2020; Prepaid Bills; and Hills Bank ACH Transactions for the month of July 2020;
Open Enrollment Requests
Michelle King requests Oliver King (Kindergarten), attend Mid-Prairie from Iowa City Community School District for the 2020-21 School Year;
Jenni Peak requests Owyn Peak (Grade 1), Cayan Peak (Grade 3), and Lyndon Peak (Grade 5), attend Mid-Prairie from Keota Community School District for the 2020-21 School Year;
Lauren Butler requests Chloe Cavegn (Kindergarten), attend Mid-Prairie from Washington Community School District for the 2020-21 School Year;
David and Sara Iverson request Sella Iverson (Grade 1) attend Mid-Prairie’s Home School Assistance Program from Iowa City Community School District for the 2020-21 School Year;
Rachel Gold requests Caroline Kovach (Kindergarten) attend Mid-Prairie’s Home School Assistance Program from Iowa City Community School District for the 2020-21 School Year;
Bill and Lori Minor request Claudia Minor (Grade 7) attend Mid-Prairie’s Home School Assistance Program from Iowa City Community School District for the 2020-21 School Year;
John and Chelsie Wilde request Annabelle Wilde (Grade3), Audrey Wilde (Kindergarten), and Weston Wilder (Kindergarten) attend Mid-Prairie’s Home School Assistance Program from Iowa City Community School District for the 2020-21 School Year;
Ryan and Christine Oberman request Wyatt Oberman (Kindergarten) attend Mid-Prairie’s Home School Assistance Program from Lone Tree Community School District for the 2020-21 School Year;
Justin and Ranee Brokaw request Luke Brokaw (Grade 7) and Tessa Brokaw (Grade 5) attend Mid-Prairie’s Home School Assistance Program from Williamsburg Community School District for the 2020-21 School Year;
Cory and Chelsea Leonard request Taven Leonard (Grade 10) attend West Liberty Community School District from Mid-Prairie;
Jason and Madeleine Westfall request Rebecca Westfall (Grade 7) attend CAM Community School District from Mid-Prairie;
Work Agreement Issued to Bryttanye Lynn, MP West Paraprofessional, $13.76 per hour;
Contract issued to Larry Hershberger, School Bus Driver, $23.41 per hour;
Contract issued to Sue Schweinfurth, School Bus Driver, $23.66 per hour;
Resignation of Suzanne Yoder, 4th Grade Teacher, $63,002 per annum, effective August 4, 2020;
Resignation of Stephanie Hoeper, HSAP Supervising Teacher, $40,000 per annum, effective August 4, 2020;
Resignation of Nicole Castillo, High School Paraprofessional, $14.16 per hour; effective August 4, 2020;
Resignation of Ron Jackson, School Bus Driver; $23.91 per hour; effective August 4, 2020;
Resignation of Carol Gehman, School Bus Driver; $25.41 per hour; effective August 4, 2020;
Resignation of Andrew Greiner, Varsity Baseball Coach; $6,127 per season, effective August 4, 2020;
Resignation of Brian Hervey, Assistant Football Coach; $3,832 per season, effective August 4, 2020;
Resignation of David Nisly, MP West Custodian, $15.87 per hour, effective August 31, 2020;
Fundraising Requests – None Presented;
Mary Allred seconded the consent items. Motion carried 7-0.
Mid-Prairie Resolution 032320
Superintendent Schneider noted that the resolution approved on March 23, 2020 allowed the Superintendent to suspend policy and is active until rescinded by the Board. Mark proposes to have this on the agenda each time for the Board to consider taking further action or action to rescind. It will be on the agenda for subsequent meetings until rescinded. No action taken. It was noted that it may be best to wait until after the start of the 2020-2021 School Year.
Student and Parent Handbooks
Superintendent Schneider asked the Building Principals to discuss changes to the Student and Parent Handbooks for the 2020-2021 School Year. Middle School Principal, Marc Pennington, discussed the Middle School Handbook. It was noted that change in fever-free hours has been made to all Handbooks from 72 hours back to 24 hours as the Health Department’s adjustment occurred after the original discussion of handbooks. The revisions come as a result of changing requirements for the Return to Learn Plan due to COVID. The Board asked questions for clarification and detail.
Gabrielle Frederick moved to accept the Combined Elementary, Middle School, High School Student and Parent Handbooks for the 2020-2021 School Year as presented. Denise Chittick seconded the motion. Motion carried 7-0.
Second Reading - Board Policies 409.2 Licensed Employee Personal Illness Leave; 501.9 Student Absences—Excused; 601.2 School Day; 604.11 Appropriate Use of Online Learning; 907 District Operation During Public Emergencies
Superintendent Schneider discussed the above policies that were passed on First Reading at the July 13, 2020 School Board Meeting. He again noted that these policies are introduced within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Board had an opportunity to ask questions and further discuss these policies for additional understanding and anticipated outcomes.
Gabrielle Frederick moved to approve Board Policies 409.2 Licensed Employee Personal Illness Leave; 501.9 Student Absences—Excused; 601.2 School Day; 604.11 Appropriate Use of Online Learning; and 907.1 District Operation During Public Emergencies as presented on Second Reading. Denise Chittick seconded the motion. Motion carried 7-0.
Preparations for Start of School
Superintendent Schneider and Administrators shared about the preparations for the start of the school year as part of the Return to Learn Plan. Each Building Administrator discussed various considerations given to planning for Social Distancing, Face Coverings, Cohorting of students (in its various forms), Building, entrance and exit strategies for students, Lunch period strategies, Recess strategies, and estimates of students planning to enroll in each of the three options—100% in classroom, Virtual Academy, Home School (using HSAP). It appears that between 15% and 25% of students are opting for either HSAP or Virtual Academy for at least the first time period. However, it was noted that the numbers are still pretty fluid and the percentages are early estimates. Tyler Hotz, Activities Director, discussed developments with Activities and Athletics including Football, Volleyball, Cross Country and Vocal Conference. Jessica Nafziger, District Nurse representative, discussed building trainings on various aspects of social distancing, handwashing and face covering protocols. Included in that discussion was approach to waivers for face coverings. Rachel Kerns, HSAP Director, noted that there are at last 23 families expressing interest in Home School with a HSAP registration day scheduled for Tuesday, august 11th. Frank Slabaugh, Principal for Virtual Academy, has 131 students signed up for the 100% on-line option. Jeff Swartzentruber, Business Manager, discussed some aspects of State and Federal funds for COVID related necessities as well as tracking data elements for Washington and Johnson County related to COVID as well as District level data collection related to all absences as reported by District nurses. The Board asked many questions for clarification on activities, face covering policies, and data collection. The Board expressed appreciation for the continuing work on Return to Learn.
2020 2021 Bank Depository Resolution
Superintendent Schneider presented the board with the annual required resolution on District Bank Depositories and limits and recommended Resolution 0810201 for approval. No changes are proposed at this time compared to the 2019-2020 Fiscal Year. These are being left in place in the event that planning for Facilities is taken up again at any time during the 2020-2021 School Year.
RESOLVED, that the Mid-Prairie Community School District of Wellman, Iowa in Washington County, Iowa approves the following list of financial institutions to be depositories of the Mid-Prairie School, all funds in conformance with all applicable provisions of Iowa Code Chapters 452 and 453 (1983) as amended by 1984 Iowa Acts. S.F. 2220. The Business Manager/Board Secretary is hereby authorized to deposit the Mid-Prairie School funds in amounts not exceed the maximum approved for each respective financial institution as set out below.
Location of Maximum Balance Maximum balance in
Depository name Home Office effect under prior effect under this
___________________ __________ resolution resolution .
UMB Bank, N.A. (Formerly
Bankers Trust) (ISJIT) Des Moines 5,000,000 5,000,000
Hills Bank Kalona Hills 12,000,000 12,000,000
Federation Bank Wellman 5,000,000 5,000,000
CBI Bank & Trust Kalona 5,000,000 5,000,000
Miles Capital Mgmnt Des Moines 2,000,000 2,000,000
Jeremy Pickard moved to approve to approve Resolution 08102001 as presented reading from the resolution. Mary Allred seconded the motion.
Roll Call Vote: Gabrielle Frederick - yes
Mary Allred - yes
Jodi Meader - yes
Jeremy Pickard - yes
Marianne Schlabach - yes
Jeremy Gugel - yes
Denise Chittick - abstained
Motion carried 6-0, with one abstention.
Announcements and Suggestions for Next Meeting
The next regular Board meeting will be on Monday, August 24, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. at the Central Office Community Room. Agenda items to include reports on the first day of School, and other items yet to be determined.
The meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.