Mid-Prairie Community School District
Kalona, Wellman, West Chester
Mid-Prairie Central Office Community Room, Wellman, IA 52356
January 13, 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, and Marianne Schlabach.
Board members absent: Jeremy Pickard.
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 Gabrielle Frederick. Motion carried 6-0.
Beyond Mid-Prairie Marketplace
Superintendent Schneider introduced Kurtis Broeg, Special Education, CTE, Internship, and Job Shadow Coordinator, presented the idea for a new initiative to set up an on-line marketplace for the 4Plus Program and the Beyond Mid-Prairie Marketplace program. This is an online marketing tool for use by Mid-Prairie students and other vendors. Primarily goal is to develop collaborative relationships with merchants—driving traffic to their sites—and promoting our students’ skills, product enhancements and developed products; and also developing their entrepreneurship skills. He described some example sites—Weebly.com and other collaborative sites. He asked the board for questions, feedback and other input. The Board thanked him for his passion and work on this to date.
National Learning Forward Conference
Principal Bill Poock discussed his/their attendance at the National Learning Forward Conference attended On December 9th through 11th in St. Louis, Missouri. He reported on the 6 sessions and 3 keynote speakers that he was privileged to attend—items tied closely to the work of the District. Major themes were Excellence in Education and Equity in Education. This included themes in Culture Building within every district—developing the adults within the district.
The Ideal Team Player Book Discussion – Agenda item moved to end of meeting.
Announcements and Suggestions for Next Agenda – Agenda item moved to end of meeting.
Public Forum– 7:00 p.m.
No one spoke.
Gabrielle Frederick moved to approve the following consent items.
Minutes of Previous Meetings
The minutes of December 9, 2019;
The Finance Report for December 2019;
Payment of Bills
The bills as listed for January 13, 2020, Prepaid Bills; and Hills Bank ACH Transactions for December 2019;
Open Enrollment Requests
Lauren Butler requests Jake Cavegn (Grade 4) and Alissa Cavegn (Grade 3), attend Mid-Prairie from Keota Community School District for the 2019-20 School Year;
Tim and Dawn Stultz request Jessie Stultz (Grade 7), attend Mid-Prairie from Highland Community School District for the 2020-21 School Year;
Trevor and Mackenzie Taghon request Weston Taghon (Grade 2) and Gentry Taghon (Grade 3), attend Mid-Prairie from Sigourney Community School District for the 2020-21 School Year;
Grant and Wendy Netolicky request Lauraya Netolicky (Grade 8) attend Mid-Prairie’s Home School Assistance Program from Iowa City Community School District for the 2019-20 School Year;
Contract issued to Kevin Cortum, MS Assistant 7th Grade Boys Basketball Coach, $1478 per season;
Contract issued to Dylan Walther, HS Assistant Wrestling Coach, $2,219.92 per annum 65%;
Junior Class Prom Committee requests approval to raise funds through Bake Sales on January 16th and January 24th to help fund the expenses related to the Grand March and Dance for the 2020 Prom Event;
Denise Chittick seconded the consent items. Motion carried 6-0.
At-Risk and Dropout Prevention Program SBRC Request
Superintendent Schneider introduced the annual resolution for consideration. This is the second year that the Department of Education is not as closely involved with this process due to legislative change. The request is for Modified Supplemental Aid for 2020-2021 Dropout Prevention Program of $246,367.00 to implement the At-Risk and Dropout Prevention program plans. It is recommended that the Board pass this resolution prior to the January 15, 2020 deadline.
Gabrielle Frederick moved to approve the resolution by reading Resolution 011132001 for Additional Allowable Growth for Modified Supplemental Aid of $246,367.00 for implementation of the 2020-2021 School Year At-Risk and Dropout Prevention program plans. Jeremy Gugel seconded the motion.
Roll Call Vote: Gabrielle Frederick - yes
Mary Allred - yes
Jodi Meader - yes
Jeremy Pickard - absent
Marianne Schlabach - yes
Jeremy Gugel - yes
Denise Chittick - yes
Motion carried 6-0.
School Board Policy 507.9, Automatic External Defibrillator
Superintendent Schneider discussed the need to change School Board Policy 507.9. The proposed document has the changes outlined for the Board. The Board provided input and noted one slight change.
Gabrielle Frederick moved to approve School Board Policy 507.9 on First Reading as presented. Jodi Meader seconded the motion. Motion carried 6-0.
Special Education Mini-Bus
Superintendent Schneider and Special Education Administrator Amy Shalla presented a need for a Yellow Mini-Bus for Students participating in the Beyond Program. The daily use of this bus for transportation of these students to their job sites and community experiences is required. When combined with the needs and uses of the current min-bus, the situation for scheduling becomes almost untenable. Other factors enter in when evaluating, such as weight of student riders, size of the chairlift, etc. It is recommended that the District begin to develop specifications for a new bus while maintaining and keeping the current mini-bus in service and working order. A portion of the cost will be from Special Education funds funded over a seven-year period. The board gave informal approval to move ahead with the development of vehicle specifications.
West Elementary Special Education Paraprofessional
Special Education Administrator, Amy Shalla and West Elementary Principal Bill Poock presented a proposal for an additional special education paraprofessional at West Elementary School. The rational includes the need for more 1:1 minutes with new students and current students. The position would be funded by Special Education funds.
Gabrielle Frederick moved to approve a new special education paraprofessional at West Elementary. Mary Allred seconded the motion. Motion carried 6-0.
Set Public Hearing on School Bus Specifications
Superintendent Schneider discussed the need for replacement of two school buses according to the ongoing replacement schedule. Specifications have been developed and need to be viewed by the public for input. A request for a Public Hearing on January 27, 2020 at 7:30p.m. is recommended.
Jodi Meader moved to approve a Public Hearing for School Bus Specifications on January 27, 2020 at 7:30p.m., and in the High School Library. Denise Chittick seconded the motion. Motion carried 6-0.
Completion of Unfinished Work Session Items
The Ideal Team Player Book Discussion
The Board and Administrative Team discussed the first section 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.
Announcements and Suggestions for Next Agenda
The next regular Board meeting will be on Monday, January 27, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. at the High School Library. Agenda items to include: Eating with new Employees in the Central Office Community Room, followed by Recognition of Retirees in the HS Library; Presentation from the Facilities Committee process by Shive-Hattery; Public Hearing on School Bus Specifications; Second Reading on Board Policy 507.9.
The meeting adjourned at 7:37 p.m.