Mid-Prairie Community School District
Kalona, Wellman, West Chester
Mid-Prairie High School Multi-Purpose Room, Wellman, IA 52356
August 24, 2020 – 7:00 p.m.
President Marianne Schlabach called the meeting to order.
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, Frank Slabaugh, and Jay Strickland.
Gabrielle Frederick moved to adopt the agenda as presented. Seconded by Mary Allred. Motion carried 7-0.
Public Forum– 7:00 p.m.
No one spoke.
Denise Chittick moved to approve the following consent items.
Minutes of Previous Meetings
The minutes of August 10, 2020;
None presented at this time;
Payment of Bills
The bills as listed for August 24, 2020;
Open Enrollment Requests
Beth Humble requests Landon Humble (Grade 7) and William Waddell (Kindergarten), attend Mid-Prairie from English Valleys Community School District for the 2020-21 School Year;
Joy Kim requests Hannah Kim (Grade 10) attend Mid-Prairie’s Home School Assistance Program from Clear Creek Amana Community School District for the 2020-21 School Year;
Erik and Erin Schulte request Calvin Schulte (Grade 7) and Holley Schulte (Grade 6) attend Mid-Prairie’s Home School Assistance Program from College Community School District for the 2020-21 School Year;
Jake and Becky Mangold request Marnie Mangold (Kindergarten) attend Mid-Prairie’s Home School Assistance Program from Iowa City Community School District for the 2020-21 School Year;
Chuck and Angie Miller request Brayden Miller (Grade 6) and Ena Miller (Grade 8) attend Mid-Prairie’s Home School Assistance Program from Lone Tree Community School District for the 2020-21 School Year;
Christopher and Heather Ganger request Cade Ganger (Grade 2), Hannah Ganger (Kindergarten) and Sadie Ganger (Grade 3) attend Mid-Prairie’s Home School Assistance Program from Williamsburg Community School District for the 2020-21 School Year;
Lisa Douglas requests Aldan Waddell-Douglas (Grade 10) attend CAM Community School District from Mid-Prairie;
Contract issued to Aaron Coghlan, Assistant Varsity Football Coach, $3,130 per annum;
Contract issued to Angie Boyse, Assistant Varsity Basketball Coach, $2,599 per season;
Contract issued to Caitlyn Anderson, 4th Grade Teacher, $38,906 per annum;
Contract issued to Terry Kroemer, District Bus Driver, $24.66 per hour;
Contract issued to Beth Hanselman, MP East School Nurse, $50,645 per annum;
Contract issued to Emily Pennington, Professional Partner, $1,000 per annum;
Resignation of Wendy Klostermann, Paraprofessional West Elementary, $15.50 per hour, effective August 15, 2020;
Resignation of Lois Dehogues, Paraprofessional East Elementary, $15.44 per hour; effective August 21, 2020;
Resignation of Mallory McArtor, Varsity Head Softball Coach, $4,305 per season; effective August 7, 2020;
Fall Volunteer Coaches:
Justin Barthelman, High School Football Assistant Coach; Up to $1,700 from Football Resale
Kevin Cortum, High School Football Assistant Coach; Up to $1,700 from Football Resale
Dolfi Kalm, High School Volleyball Assistant Coach; Up to $2,000 from Volleyball Resale
Zeb Evans, Volleyball Assistant Coach; Up to $2,000 from Volleyball Resale
Fundraising Requests – None submitted
Jodi Meader seconded the consent items. Motion carried 7-0.
Superintendent Schneider shared of the interest of the adjacent landowner, Elwyn Stutzman, to the East of the East 15 acre parcel in gaining access to his property through the new driveway the District recently created. There are options to sell a portion of the parcel or provide an easement to his property. Stutzman’s proposal would be to purchase 1 to 2 acres from the District. Stutzman provided a rough sketch/map of his proposal and provided an explanation. The Board asked questions of Stutzman and Schneider for clarifications and details. The general direction the Board suggested was to look into a temporary easement. Stutzman expressed reservations on a temporary easement and thought once a longer term vision of the property it would make him more comfortable to wait. He would be interested in a three-year easement. There seemed to be consensus on pursuing a three-year easement.
First Reading of School Board Policy #106 - Discrimination
Superintendent Schneider discussed Policy #106 on Discrimination and Harassment. This policy is to fit in with the new Title IX regulations. This new, in addition to, existing policy.
Gabrielle Frederick moved to approve Board Policy 106 – Discrimination and Harassment on First Reading as presented. Denise Chittick seconded the motion. Motion carried 7-0.
First Reading of School Board Policy #711.11 School Bus Passenger Restraints
Superintendent Schneider discussed Policy #711.11 on School Bus Passenger Restraints. This is the first year that we have buses with seatbelt restraints. This applies only to the buses with the restraint.
Jeremy Pickard moved to approve Board Policy 711.11 School Bus Passenger Restraints on First Reading as presented. Gabrielle Frederick seconded the motion. Motion carried 7-0.
Start of School
Superintendent Schneider and the Administrative Team reported on the happenings at the first day of school, today. He invited the Administrative Team to share about the happenings of the first day. There were many positive reports. There is a mix of face masks and face shield being worn by the students and staff. Virtual Academy students total nearly 190. East and West Elementary is at about 82% attendance compared to last year. Initial class sizes were noted, though solidified numbers will not be available until later in the week. HSAP has enrolled 486 as of today, an increase of 75 students over last year. However, this does not take into account normal year anticipated growth for HSAP. Sports and Activities are to be off to a solid start. The District is tracking County data and District Student and Staff Absence numbers. This data is updated daily on the District Website in two different links.
Announcements and Suggestions for Next Agenda
It was reported that Adult Meal Prices for Lunch have been raised by $0.10 to $3.85 per meal for the upcoming year as the state has increased the minimum Lunch Price for Adults. Since the Districts approved meal prices from March 2020, were set too low, it is reported that this will be raised.
It was also reported that the 2021 Future Board Agenda link has been added School Board Document site.
The next regular Board meeting will be on Monday, September 14, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. at the Central Office Community Room. Agenda items to include: Review the 500 Series Board Policies will be made available prior to the next School Board meeting; and 2019-2020 Treasurer’s Report.
The meeting adjourned at 7:33p.m.