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January 22, 2018

Mid-Prairie Community School District   

Kalona, Wellman, West Chester

Mid-Prairie Central Office Community Room, Wellman, IA  52356

January 22, 2018 – 7:00 p.m.


President Jeremy Pickard called the meeting to order.

Board members present:   Denise Chittick, Gabrielle Frederick, Jim Hussey (until 8:18pm), Jodi Meader, Jeremy Pickard, and George Schaefer.

Board members absent:  Marianne Schlabach and Jim Hussey (after 8:18pm).

Also Present:  Mark Schneider, Jeff Swartzentruber

Gabrielle Frederick moved to adopt the agenda as presented.  Seconded by Jodi Meader.  Motion carried 6-0.

Public Forum

No one spoke.

Consent Items

Jim Hussey moved to approve the following consent items.

Payment of Bills

The bills as listed for January 22, 2018 and prepaid bills;

Open Enrollment Requests

Mark and Leatha Arant request Ava Arant (Grade 11), attend Mid-Prairie from Clear Creek Amana Community School District for the 2017-18 School Year;

Oralia Espinoza requests Angel Roman (Grade 11), attend Mid-Prairie from Highland Community School District for the 2017-18 School Year;

Timothy and Dawn Stultz request Jesse Stultz (Grade 5) and John Stultz (Grade 8), attend Mid-Prairie from Highland Community School District for the 2017-18 School Year;

Rachael Harsch requests Austin Chalupa (Grade 12), attend Mid-Prairie from Washington Community School District for the 2017-18 School Year;

Personnel Items

Contract issued to Bailie Harris, HS Girls Assistant Soccer Coach, $2,745 per season;

Contract issued to Pete Cavanagh, MS Boys Assistant Basketball Coach, $1,936 per annum;

Contract issued to Ellen Land, MS Boys Assistant Basketball Coach, $1,467 per annum;

Resignation of Justin Garvey, MS 7th Grade Football Coach, $2,299 per season, effective 1/8/2018;

Fundraising Requests -- None

ALC Graduate

The following student is recommended to be January, 2018 Graduates of the Alternative High School:  Ms. Kayla Fanatia and Ms. Adreanna Stedman.

George Schaefer seconded the consent items.  Motion carried 6-0.

Special Presentations

Retiree Recognition

Superintendent Schneider introduced five persons who have elected to take early retirement during or at the end of the current school year.  These persons are:  Jan Childress, Steve Hollan, Jean Hussey, Cyndy McCall and Rosie Weber, representing 104 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:

Gabrielle Frederick moved with regret to accept the early retirements and resignations of Rosie Weber, Middle School Custodian effective January 31, 2018; Cyndy McCall, High School Secretary, Jean Hussey, Elementary School Chinese Teacher, Jan Childress, Home School Assistance Executive Director, and

Steve Hollan, Activities Director, effective at the end of the School Year.   Jodi Meader seconded the motion.  Motion carried 6-0.

Staff Member Spotlight

Superintendent Schneider and Principals introduced 6 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.

8:00 PM – Public Hearing – Bus Specifications

President Pickard opened the Public Hearing for the discussion and questions on School Bus Specifications.  No one spoke.  Pickard closed the hearing at 8:18pm.

A break for a reception of the Retirees was taken from 8:02p.m. to 8:18p.m.  (Jim Hussey excused himself at 8:02pm)

Work Session

Instructional Support Levy Discussion

Superintendent Schneider continued the conversation from the previous meeting about the Instructional Support Levy (ISL) currently in place for the District.  The ISL will expire at the end of the 2018-2019 School Year.  Discussion continued.  The Board gave direction to have Schneider bring this back in March 2018 with a recommendation for the ISL to Board Directed for an additional 5 years.  The public could request a special election for a 10 year term provided the proper paperwork and petition is filed.  The Board asked additional questions for clarification.

School Board Policy Review – Series 600, Educational Program

Superintendent Schneider led the Board in a review of the Series 600 Policies.

Board Development and Inservice Activities

Discussion of Real Colors Activity for the Board – This is tentatively scheduled in March.

Announcements and Suggestions for Next Agenda

The next regular Board meeting will be on Monday, February 12, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. at the Central Office Community Room.  Next meetings:  Administrator Reports; Staff Member Spotlight; additional items to be reviewed.


The meeting adjourned at 9:17 p.m.