Mid-Prairie Community School District
Kalona, Wellman, West Chester
Mid-Prairie Central Office Community Room, Wellman, IA 52356
February 24, 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, and Marianne Schlabach.
Board members absent: None.
Also Present: Mark Schneider, Jeff Swartzentruber, Robin Foster, Rachel Kerns, Marc Pennington, Bill Poock, Amy Shalla and Jay Strickland.
Gabrielle Frederick moved to adopt the agenda as presented. Seconded by Mary Allred. Motion carried 7-0.
Culture and Diversity Committee Presentation
Superintendent Schneider introduced the committee and gave a history of how this committee was organized. Shaina Gearhart, Curriculum Leader, and a cross section of the committee presented and discussed the varied topics of Culture and Diversity within the Mid-Prairie District. Casey Leonard discussed the objectives and history of the committee from both a Staff centered and Student centered perspective. The committee has been reading and discussing books and viewing podcasts to broaden their understanding and perspectives on what Diversity entails. The Board affirmed the group’s work and encouraged them to continue to challenge the District.
At-Risk Program Presentation
Amy Shalla, At-Risk and Special Education Administrator, made a presentation on the At-Risk Program at Mid-Prairie. At-Risk is defined as “under-resourced”. She also shared the State of Iowa’s At-Risk definition. She also discussed what it means to be Homeless and a student in the Mid-Prairie District. She discussed perception and reality for the students based upon their personal experiences. The Board expressed appreciation for the Staff as they work with students.
Facility Improvement Discussion
Superintendent Schneider opened the discussion with the questions document and the Uses of the Auditorium document. An overview of financial resources that could be available for the projects was provided to the Board. Schneider also shared recommendations of the Administrative Team of the priorities they have identified and processed as a team. Grade-like/aligned attendance centers, building limitations, collaboration, and shared students were areas given consideration in the recommendations. A discussion of immediate needs versus long-term needs was the second focus of the recommendations made by administrators. The Board discussed the recommendations and items at length as they were presented. Funding sources were discussed generally in conjunction with the projects discussed.
Board Member and Administrator Dialogue – This item was tabled for the evening in favor of the Facility Improvement discussion.
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.
Brenna Goode spoke in favor of an Auditorium and the needs of the District as the Fine Arts programs continue to grow.
Denise Chittick moved to approve the following consent items.
Minutes of Previous Meetings
The minutes of February 10, 2020;
None presented at this time;
Payment of Bills
The bills as listed for February 24, 2020;
Open Enrollment Requests
Kendal and Sue Gingerich request Elise Gingerich (Grade 7), attend Mid-Prairie from Highland Community School District for the 2020-21 School Year for activities only;
Ethan and Laurent Butler request Alissa Cavegn (Grade 3) and Jake Cavegn (Grade 4), attend Mid-Prairie from Washington Community School District for the 2019-20 School Year;
Cody and Tammy Marek request Kassidi Marek (Kindergarten), attend Mid-Prairie from Washington Community School District for the 2020-21 School Year;
Kelly Nebel requests Dean Nebel (Kindergarten), attend Mid-Prairie from Washington Community School District for the 2020-21 School Year;
Denise and Kelly Grimm request Logan Grimm (Grade 9) attend Mid-Prairie’s Home School Assistance Program from Williamsburg Community School District for the 2019-20 School Year;
Steve and Cortney Cable request Theda Cable (Kindergarten) attend Mid-Prairie’s Home School Assistance Program from Highland Community School District for the 2020-21 School Year;
Leslie Greb requests Ari Erickson (Grade 1) attend Mid-Prairie’s Home School Assistance Program from Iowa City Community School District for the 2020-21 School Year;
Philip and Jill Lashmit request Abraham Lashmit (Grade 8) attend Mid-Prairie’s Home School Assistance Program from Iowa City Community School District for the 2020-21 School Year;
Philip and Nicole Gross request Alexander Gross (Kindergarten) attend Mid-Prairie’s Home School Assistance Program from Washington Community School District for the 2020-21 School Year;
Matt and Kim Brenneman request Brielle Brenneman (Grade 9), Bronwyn Brenneman (Grade 11) and Matthew Brenneman (Grade 7) attend Mid-Prairie’s Home School Assistance Program from Williamsburg Community School District for the 2020-21 School Year;
Raelyn Miller requests Ciarra Miller (Grade 8) attend CAM Community School District from Mid-Prairie;
Contract issued to Matthew Freel, MS 8th Grade Boys Basketball Assistant Coach (1-year), $1,597 per annum;
Resignation of Brielle Miller, East Elementary Special Education Paraprofessional, $13.77 per hour, effective February 28, 2020;
Fundraising Requests -- None presented;
Gabrielle Frederick seconded the consent items. Motion carried 7-0.
Public Hearing School Calendar for 2020-2021
Superintendent Schneider discussed the School Calendar for the 2020-2021 School Year. No one from the public spoke on the School Calendar. The Board discussed which days would be the top 5 days for student absences and the impact of considering those days in exchange for other off days near holidays.
Approval of the School Calendar 2020-2021
President Schlabach asked if there were any additional questions on the calendar for the 2020-2021 School Year. A motion was called for either approving the Calendar or tabling it for further study.
Denise Chittick moved to approve School Calendar for 2020-2021 as presented. Mary Allred seconded the motion. Motion carried 6-1. Jeremy Pickard voted no.
Review of Board Policy 407.1 – Licensed Employee Resignation
Superintendent Schneider reviewed the current policy and the changes that were passed on First Reading at the February 20, 2020, School Board Meeting. The current policy has 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.
Gabrielle Frederick moved to approve the changes to Board Policy 407.1 Licensed Employee Resignation on Second Reading as presented. Jodi Meader seconded the motion. Motion carried 7-0.
Review and Approve School Bus Bids
Superintendent Schneider and Business Manager Swartzentruber shared the 4 bus bids received for the 2 Yellow School Bus bid package for delivery in the Summer of 2020. The Transportation Department reviewed the bids and specification required. The recommendation is to take the Hoglund Bus Sales Bid of $192,000, or $96,000 per bus—the bid is net of trade-in value. The next closest bid is Thomas Bus Sales, Inc. at $202,662, or $101,331 per bus—again, net of trade-in value.
Jeremy Pickard moved to approve the purchase of 2 School Buses from Hoglund Bus sales at a total value of $192,000 net of trade-in value of Bus #6 and Bus #10. Gabrielle Frederick seconded the motion. Motion carried 7-0.
Completion of Unfinished Work Session Items
Board Development and Inservice Activities
- New School Board member orientation – Is there interest in doing this. Swartzentruber will contact board members on a date and time.
- Discussion of Insurance Agent – This will be brought as an agenda item to the next meeting.
Nothing added from earlier in the meeting.
Announcements and Suggestions for Next Agenda
The next regular Board meeting will be on Monday, March 9, 2020, at 6:15 p.m. at the Central Office Community Room. Agenda items to include: Facilities Needs and Certified Budget Presentation by Swartzentruber.
The meeting adjourned at 8:42 p.m.