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August 28, 2017

Mid-Prairie Community School District  

Kalona, Wellman, West Chester

Mid-Prairie Middle School Library, Kalona, IA  52247

August 28, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.


Jeremy Statler, Vice President, called the meeting to order.

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

Board members absent:  Jeremy Pickard.

Also Present:  Mark Schneider, Jeff Swartzentruber, Marc Pennington (through the Middle School tour)

Gabrielle Frederick moved to adopt the agenda as presented.  Seconded by Marianne Schlabach.  Motion carried 6-0.

Public Forum

No one spoke.

Consent Items

Jim Hussey moved to approve the following consent items.

Payment of Bills

The bills as listed for August 28, 2017 and prepaid bills;

Open Enrollment Requests

Brian and Angela Herren request Hailey Herren (Grade 3) and Treyton Herren (Grade 2), attend Mid-Prairie from Highland Community School District for the 2017-18 School Year;

Kala Kading requests Allison Kading (Grade 4) and Elyssa Kading (Grade 6), attend Mid-Prairie from Keota Community School District for the 2017-18 School Year;

Amber Boeckenstedt requests Kate Boeckenstedt (Grade 9), attend Mid-Prairie from Washington Community School District for the 2017-18 School Year;

Nicole Green requests Mason Green (Kindergarten), attend Mid-Prairie from Washington Community School District for the 2017-18 School Year;

Personnel Items

Contract issued to Ron Jackson, Mini Bus Driver-Special Education Transportation, $15.48 per hour;

Contract issued to Merlin Boshart, Special Education and Preschool Van Driver, $15.48 per hour;

Work Agreement issued to Taylor Gordon, Associate, $13.15 per hour;

Volunteer Coaches for Fall Sports

Derek Yoder – HS Football--$2,000 from Resale Funds

Daren Lambert – HS Football--$2,000 from Resale Funds

Kevin Cortum – HS Football--$1,500 from Resale Funds

Mark Dalton – HS Football--$1,500 from Resale Funds

Justin Barthelman – HS Football--$1,500 from Resale Funds

Daniel Hershberger – MS Football--$1,500 from Resale Funds

Lynette Poll – MS Volleyball--$500 from Resale Funds

Jodi Meader seconded the consent items.  Motion carried 6-0.

Student Learning

Grant Wood AEA Director District Convention

Grant Wood AEA has experience a board member vacancy for the seat of Director of District 6.  Mid-Prairie is represented by this District.  Candidates for the vacated Director term through 2019 are sought.  Carol Montz, former Superintendent of Williamsburg Schools, is the only candidate that has filed the necessary paperwork.  The convention date to elect a new Director is set for September 5, 2017, 6:30pm at the Washington Community School District Central Office.  Mid-Prairie must send a School Board Member as a representative to vote with the approved resolution and the ballot in hand.  A representative is needed for this meeting and should be chosen at the August 28, 2017 meeting. 

Jim Hussey moved to resolve to appoint Jodi Meader to serve as delegate for Mid-Prairie with Gabrielle Frederick to serve as an alternate delegate. Gabrielle Frederick seconded the motion.

Roll Call Vote

Roll Call Vote:    Gabrielle Frederick          - yes

                           Jim Hussey                      - yes

                           Jodi Meader                     - yes

                           Jeremy Pickard                - absent

                           Marianne Schlabach       - yes

                           George Schaefer              - yes

                           Jeremy Statler                   - yes

Motion carried 6-0.

Board Development and Inservice Activities

IASB Employee Relations Conference – October 17, 2017, Altoona, Iowa – Noted to let Swartzentruber know of your plans to attend this event.

IASB School Board Member Orientation Workshop – Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 6-8:30 p.m. – Mt. Pleasant, or Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 6-8:30 p.m. – Clear Creek Amana – Noted to let Swartzentruber know of your plans to attend  one of these events.

IASB Annual Convention – November 15-17, 2017, Des Moines (Mid-Prairie Presentation)

Jim Hussey handed out the beginning of a Power Point slide show for initial review by the Board.  Included were questions to be discussed, participation, outside feedback, outcomes and lessons learned. A work session during the second Board meeting in September or October will be scheduled.

Announcements and Suggestions for Next Agenda

The next regular Board meeting will be on Monday, September 11, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at the Central Office Community Room.  Item suggested was continued work on the Family Night Policy Issue processing from the August 14, 2017, meeting as brought by the Mid-Prairie Council of Churches.  Superintendent Schneider expressed his thanks to the Custodians for their work and the Transportation department for their tireless efforts in getting the School Year off and running—from his perspective, things have gone very well.  Schneider will discuss some ideas and policies for controls at Central Office as well as thoughts on communication efforts for the District.

Work Session

The Board toured the buildings within the District starting with Mid-Prairie Middles School, Mid-Prairie East Elementary School, Mid-Prairie High School, and Mid-Prairie West Elementary School.  The Building Principals and Lead Custodians in each building conducted the tours to review the changes made since the end of the previous school year.


The meeting adjourned at 9:21p.m. on location at West Elementary in Wellman, Iowa.