Mid-Prairie Community School District
Kalona, Wellman, West Chester
Mid-Prairie Central Office Community Room, Wellman, IA 52356
February 10, 2020 – 6:15 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 (Arrived at 6:26p.m.), and Marianne Schlabach.
Board members absent: Jeremy Pickard (Arrived at 6:26p.m.).
Also Present: Mark Schneider, Jeff Swartzentruber, Robin Foster, Rachel Kerns, Marc Pennington, Bill Poock, Amy Shalla and Jay Strickland.
Jodi Meader moved to adopt the agenda as presented. Seconded by Denise Chittick. Motion carried 6-0.
Middle School Band Presentation
Mark Pennington, Middle School Principal introduced Middle School Band Director Lauren DiGiorgio. Lauren introduced a number of students who earned the highest ratings at band contest. They each performed for the Board. The Board congratulated the students for a job well done and encouraged them to continue their musical endeavors.
Home School Assistance Program
Rachel Kerns, Home School Assistance Program Director, presented an update on the Home School Assistance Program. There are 26 staff members at the Home School Program, 183 families and 409 students. Molly Steinbrech shared about the STEM program and Scale Up Awards that help families enhance their experiential learning opportunities. Rose Schrock shared videos where the parents provided their perspective on Home School Assistance and the impact on their families. The Board affirmed the staff for their commitment and personal touches to the program.
Jeremy Pickard arrived at 6:26p.m. during the above agenda item.
Facilities Committee Report
Superintendent Schneider opened the agenda item with a list of questions received to date. Each time, the administrative staff will attempt to answer the questions posed by Board members. Schneider showed an overview of funds available for the projects from 6 different potential sources and will consult with Piper Jaffray to sharpen these numbers. Schneider also showed a schematic drawing as one option of connecting an auditorium to the High School. The Board raised additional questions to be added to the list for processing by Administration and Board.
Board Member and Administrator Dialogue – Tabled.
The Ideal Team Player Book Discussion -- Agenda item moved to the end of the meeting.
Board Development and Inservice Activities -- Agenda item moved to the end of the meeting.
Announcements and Suggestions for Next Agenda -- Agenda item moved to the end of the meeting.
Public Forum– 7:00 p.m.
Christine Meader representing the Fine Arts Boosters shared of their support for the Auditorium item on the Facilities Committee’s list of recommendations.
Gabrielle Frederick moved to approve the following consent items.
Minutes of Previous Meetings
The minutes of January 27, 2020;
The Finance Report for January 2020;
Payment of Bills
The bills as listed for February 10, 2020, Prepaid Bills; and Hills Bank ACH Transactions for January 2020;
Open Enrollment Requests
Saundra Aldrich requests Courtney Aldrich (Grade 9), attend Mid-Prairie from Pekin Community School District for the 2019-20 School Year;
Dave and Roberta Stakland request Robert Stakland (Grade 3), attend Mid-Prairie from Washington Community School District for the 2019-20 School Year;
Dave and Roberta Stakland request Jayla Stakland (Grade 6), attend Mid-Prairie from Washington Community School District for the 2020-21 School Year;
Erik and Shannon Babbitt request Matthew Babbitt (Grade 3) and Avery Babbitt (Grade 6) attend Mid-Prairie’s Home School Assistance Program from Iowa City Community School District for the 2020-21 School Year;
Work Agreement issued to Kim Blauvelt, West Elementary Paraprofessional, $13.90 per hour;
MP Fine Arts Boosters request approval to raise funds through sale of custom made Pura Vida bracelets for continuation of fundraising for band uniforms;
Mary Allred seconded the consent items. Motion carried 7-0.
Middle School Assistant Principal and Assistant Activities Director
Middle School Principal Marc Pennington, and Activities Director Tyler Hotz presented the recommendation, need, and rational for a Middle School Position. This staff recommended position would be present in the building on a full time basis as part of an ongoing conversation the past two or three years. The position would be a new certified administrator position in the Fall of 2020.
Jeremy Pickard moved to approve the creation of a combined Assistant Middle School Principal and Assistant Activities Director. Gabrielle Frederick seconded the motion. Motion carried 7-0.
Second Reading Board Policies 507.6 – Student Insurance; 403.6 Drug and Alcohol Testing Program
Superintendent Schneider reviewed the two policies that passed on First Reading at the January 27, 2020, School Board Meeting. Board President Schlabach asked for any additional questions or comments from Board Members. There were none.
Jeremy Pickard moved to approve the removal of Board Policy 507.6 Student Insurance on Second Reading as recommended. Gabrielle Frederick seconded the motion. Motion carried 7-0.
Gabrielle Frederick moved to approve the changes to Board Policy 403.6 Drug and Alcohol Testing Program on Second Reading as presented. Jodi Meader seconded the motion. Motion carried 7-0.
Review of Board Policy 407.1 – Licensed Employee Resignation
Superintendent Schneider presented revisions to the current policy. The current policy had specific dates that need to be reviewed annually. The modifications remove the dates and insert relative days within the months of March and April so that the policy is more adaptable in how it flows. Clarification was provided to new Board Members on the rationale for this policy.
Gabrielle Frederick moved to approve the changes to Board Policy 407.1 Licensed Employee Resignation on First Reading as presented. Jeremy Gugel seconded the motion. Motion carried 7-0.
Licensed Employee Non-Renewal Incentive
Superintendent Schneider noted that the incentive amounts need to be determined by the Board for the current year implementation of Board Policy 407.1. Schneider recommends the Board consider the incentive to be $1,500 by the third Friday in March and $750 by the second Friday in April.
Jeremy Pickard moved to approve the third Friday in March amount of $1,500 and the second Friday in April amount of $750. Gabrielle Frederick seconded the motion. Motion carried 7-0.
Completion of Unfinished Work Session Items
The Ideal Team Player Book Discussion -- Agenda item moved from the Work Session Agenda portion of the meeting.
The Board and Administrative Team discussed the second segment and portions of the third segment of the Book The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni as a Board Development Exercise. Discussions of next sections will occur at future meetings during the Work Session segment of the meeting.
Board Development and Inservice Activities – Agenda item moved from the initial Work Session Agenda portion of the meeting. Nothing was added.
Announcements and Suggestions for Next Agenda -- Agenda item moved from the initial Work Session Agenda portion of the meeting.
The next regular Board meeting will be on Monday, February 24, 2020, at 6:15 p.m. at the Central Office Community Room. Agenda items to include: ALC Presentation; Culture and Diversity, Facility Report.
Pursuant to Iowa Code, Chapter 21.5j, the Board may enter into closed session to discuss the purchase of particular real estate only where premature disclosure could be reasonably expected to increase the price the governmental body would have to pay for that property. President Pickard requested a motion to move the Board to Closed Session.
Gabrielle Frederick moved to have the School Board move to closed session pursuant to Iowa Code, Chapter 21.5j. Jodi Meader 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 - yes
Motion carried 7-0.
The Board entered Closed Session at 7:53 p.m.
The Board exited Closed Session at 8:08 p.m.
The meeting adjourned at 8:09 p.m.