Mid-Prairie Community School District
Kalona, Wellman, West Chester
Mid-Prairie High School Library, Wellman, IA 52356
February 26, 2018 – 7:00 p.m.
President Jeremy Pickard called the meeting to order.
Board members present: Denise Chittick, Gabrielle Frederick, Jim Hussey, Jodi Meader, Jeremy Pickard, George Schaefer, and Marianne Schlabach.
Board members absent: None.
Also Present: Mark Schneider, Jeff Swartzentruber, Robin Foster, Bill Poock, Amy Shalla, and Jay Strickland
Marianne Schlabach moved to adopt the agenda as presented. Seconded by Jodi Meader. Motion carried 7-0.
George Schaefer shared as a person of the public about the School Shootings in Florida and the actions taken—some great and some regrettable—the students are pushing for change. He does not want to see guns in our schools. He hopes that the community of Mid-Prairie does not want guns in the schools.
Marianne Schlabach moved to approve the following consent items.
Payment of Bills
The bills as listed for February 26, 2018 and prepaid bills;
Open Enrollment Requests
Davina Valiente Perez requests Abigail Valiente (Grade 9), Bernardo Valiente (Grade 11), and Emma Valiente (Grade 7), attend Mid-Prairie from Columbus Community School District for the 2018-19 School Year;
William and Dana Clark request Izabela Clark (Kindergarten) and Korbyn Clark (Kindergarten), attend Mid-Prairie from Highland Community School District for the 2018-19 School Year;
Nathan and Orpah Jensema request Ezra Jensema (Kindergarten), attend Mid-Prairie from Iowa City Community School District for the 2018-19 School Year;
Elizabeth Kelly requests Madison Kelly (Grade 8) and Michael Kelly (Grade 9), attend Mid-Prairie from Iowa City Community School District for the 2017-18 School Year;
Elisabeth Kelly requests Mackenzie O’Brien (Kindergarten), attend Mid-Prairie from Iowa City Community School District for the 2017-18 School Year;
Nick and Michelle King request Hudson King (Kindergarten), attend Mid-Prairie from Iowa City Community School District for the 2018-19 School Year;
Jacqueline Messerli requests Eva Messerli (Grade 3) and Daniel Messerli (Kindergarten), attend Mid-Prairie from Iowa City Community School District for the 2018-19 School Year;
Lewis Plank and Amber Mattila-Plank request Raiden Henrichson-Mattila (Kindergarten), attend Mid-Prairie from Keota Community School District for the 2018-19 School Year;
Elise Maxson requests Benjamin Maxson (Kindergarten), attend Mid-Prairie from Louisa Muscatine Community School District for the 2018-19 School Year;
David and Amy Kirkpatrick request Grant Kirkpatrick (Grade 10) and Ryan Kirkpatrick (Grade 7), attend Mid-Prairie from Muscatine Community School District for the 2018-19 School Year;
Tyler and Alisha Harland request Jep Harland (Kindergarten) and Raevyn Harland (Grade 3), attend Mid-Prairie from Washington Community School District for the 2018-19 School Year;
Ethan and Kandi O’Connor request Claire O’Connor (Kindergarten), attend Mid-Prairie from Washington Community School District for the 2018-19 School Year;
David and Roberta Stakland request Melissa Stakland (Grade 6), attend Mid-Prairie from Washington Community School District for the 2018-19 School Year;
Mark and Gwen Hostetler request Danielle Hostetler (Grade 7), attend Mid-Prairie from Williamsburg Community School District for the 2018-19 School Year;
Chuck and Laurie Miller request Isaiah Miller (Alternative Kindergarten), attend Mid-Prairie from Williamsburg Community School District for the 2018-19 School Year;
Julie Rippel requests Isabella Rippel (Grade3), Gabriella Rippel (Grade 7), and Sophie Rippel (Grade 5), attend Mid-Prairie from Williamsburg Community School District for the 2018-19 School Year;
Jerry Schlesselman requests Aris Schlesselman (Grade 3) and Weston Schlesselman (Grade 1), attend Mid-Prairie from Williamsburg Community School District for the 2018-19 School Year;
Ryan and Amy Allen request Maylee Allen (Kindergarten) attend Washington Community School District from Mid-Prairie;
Eric and Mandi Lueck request Ainsley Lueck Grade 9) attend Washington Community School District from Mid-Prairie;
Work Agreement issued to Jordan TeBockhorst, MP-West Elementary Lead Custodian, $16.43 per hour;
Contract issued to Ellen Land, HS Girls Varsity Assistant Soccer Coach, $2,745.00 per season;
Contract issued to Dylan Walther, MS Boys Track Coach, $2,053 per season;
Resignation of Jordan TeBockhorst, MP-East Elementary 2nd Shift Custodian, $15.53 per hour, effective February 16, 2018;
Volunteer Coaches for Spring Sports
Candice Henrichson – Girls Track--$-0- Volunteer
Gary Curtis – Girls Track --$-0- Volunteer
Aaron Fleming– HS Boys/Girls Track--$500 from Resale Funds
Post Prom for Junior Class requests approval to raise funds through a Bake Sale at the Volleyball event on February 24th to be used for purchasing items related to the Post Prom night;
Post Prom for Junior Class requests approval to raise funds through sale of Iced Coffee at the MS Cabin Fever event on March 2nd to be used for purchasing items related to the Post Prom night;
Post Prom for Junior Class requests approval to raise funds through solicitation letters to local businesses on from November 2017 to April 2018 to be used for purchasing items related to the Post Prom night;
Denise Chittick seconded the consent items. Motion carried 7-0.
Superintendent Schneider introduced 6 persons who have elected to take early retirement at the end of the current school year. These persons are: Marlinda Beachy, Kim Juilfs, Jon Noel, Valli Ruggiero, Nancy Sojka, and Daryl Thompson, representing 131 years of experience in the District. Each person was honored individually by the Board with many persons sharing memories and gratitude for years of dedicated service. Following the celebration the board acted on the motion as follows:
Jim Hussey moved with regret to accept the early retirements and resignations of Marlinda Beachy, District Librarian; Kim Juilfs, Title 1 Reading Teacher; Jon Noel, High School Science; Valli Ruggiero, Talented and Gifted Elementary Teacher; Nancy Sojka, Middle School Library/Media Secretary, and Daryl Thompson, Home School Assistance Program Secretary, effective at the end of the School Year. Marianne Schlabach seconded the motion. Motion carried 7-0.
Staff Member Spotlight
Superintendent Schneider and Principals introduced 17 staff members in all buildings to be recognized and highlighted the contributions and commitment of this group of colleagues. Each is making significant contributions to the educational experience of our students and their teams.
The Board called a 10 minute recess at this time to personally congratulate reitrees. Time was 8:07 p.m.
The Board reconvened at 8:19 p.m.
School Calendar for 2018-19
Superintendent Schneider provided a copy of the proposed School Calendar for next School Year—2018-19—and discussed the process with the IBB/IBD group along with changes from the current school year 2017-18 including elementary schools moving to trimesters next year, cutting out two early outs from this year, and parent/teacher conferences differentiating between elementary schools and the middle school, high school. He recommended the proposed calendar for approval.
George Schaefer moved to approve the 2018-19 School Calendar as presented. Jodi Meader seconded the motion. Motion carried 7-0.
Elementary Foreign Language Program
Superintendent Schneider presented this element for discussion by the School Board at the request of Board President Pickard. The board requested the comparison of the 2016-17 School Year Specials schedules to 2017-18 School Year. What do two languages at the Elementary level look like versus one? What is happening at the High School and Middle School in terms of curriculum and capacity? Additionally, the financial situation needs to be reviewed. Finally, what are the pros, cons, success factors from a data perspective on the success of the program in the Elementary Schools? It was noted that a decision about program and staff needs to be made at the March 19, 2018 meeting.
Assistant High School Principal and Activities Director Selection Process
Jay Strickland explained the process for interviewing including 50 individuals on 8 teams. The process is unique and provides the candidates an opportunity to see Mid-Prairie, our focus, philosophy, and how we do things. The Board asked questions and observed the high interest and importance of this leadership role within the District.
Superintendent Schneider shared that School Safety is on everyone’s mind. He is working on a structured response that will be shared in various settings and mediums. He shared things we already do and some things we are contemplating. The Board affirmed Schneider as he shares this information with the public.
District Finance Presentation
Business Manager Swartzentruber presented the Certified Budget for the 2018-19 School Year. He discussed the Certified Enrollment upon which the budget is based as well as the resulting Property Tax Levy rate comparing it to previous years’ Tax Rates and to adjacent School Districts for 2017-2018. He discussed the Debt Surplus Levy that is proposed for 2018-19 and that will be part of the Public Notice. Property Tax values have increased over 4% from last year, which has contributed to the Levy Rate being less. Both houses of the State Legislature have passed a 1.0% spending growth for 2018-19, but it has not yet been signed by the Governor due to the transportation cost balancing initiative. While the District believes the 1.0% growth rate will be signed, which will mean a $0.21 decrease in Property Tax rates to $13.66 per thousand, we will publicize a 0% increase if the Governor does not sign this week, which would be a $0.06 decrease in Property Tax rates to $13.81. This will also be a part of the Public Hearing on March 19, 2018. The Board asked questions for clarification and understanding.
Board Development and Inservice Activities
Colors Training for the Board is planned for one of the meetings in April.
President and Vice President may not be at the March 19, 2018 Board Meeting. Marianne Schlabach volunteered to chair the meeting in the absence of both President and Vice President, as needed.
Announcements and Suggestions for Next Agenda
The next regular Board meeting will be on Monday, March 19, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. at the Central Office Community Room. Next meeting: Two Public Hearings; Action on the Revised Budget and the Certified Budget; Audited Financial Statements; Elementary Foreign Languages; and Instructional Support Levy Action;
The meeting adjourned at 9:59 p.m.