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January 28, 2019

Mid-Prairie Community School District

Kalona, Wellman, West Chester

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

January 28, 2019 – 6:15 p.m.


President Jeremy Pickard called the meeting to order at 6:40pm after most people have finished eating as part of the Supper with new staff members.

Board members present:   Denise Chittick, Gabrielle Frederick, Gerry Kahler, Jodi Meader, Jeremy Pickard, Marianne Schlabach, and Emily Uhl.

Board members absent:  None.

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 7-0.


School Board Supper with New Staff Members

The Board shared supper with Staff who joined the District at the beginning of the School Year.  This included personal introductions of the School Board and new staff and a time for questions, comments and interaction.

Induction and Mentoring Program Presentation – This is postponed to future meeting.

Board Member and Administrator Dialogue

  • Superintendent Schneider shared the calculations for school days and hours in light of the current inclement weather events.  The District is required to be in session for 1,080 hours.  Given the cancellations, late starts and early outs, there will be a need now to add time to reach the minimum hours of class time.  It is planned that a recommendation will come to the Board at the February 11, 2019 meeting.
  • Schneider shared a draft of the 2019-2020 School Calendar.  The calendar needs to be finalized before presentation for approval to the Board at a future meeting.

Board Development and Inservice Activities

President Pickard discussed the idea of having all board members taking turns to lead and facilitate portions of the School Board meetings as a way of increasing board skills and discussion.  Other ideas were noted as well.

Announcements and Suggestions for Next Agenda

Tabled to the end of the meeting.


Public Forum– 7:15 p.m.

No one spoke.

Consent Items

Gerry Kahler moved to approve the following consent items.

Minutes of Previous Meetings

The minutes of January 14, 2019;

Finance Report

None presented at this time;

Payment of Bills

The bills as listed for January 29, 2019;

Open Enrollment Requests

Craig and Carrie Sexton request Malachi Sexton (Grade 7) attend Mid-Prairie’s Home School Assistance Program from Highland Community School District for the 2018-19 School Year;

Travis and Amber Becker request Jase Becker (Alternative Kindergarten), attend Mid-Prairie from Highland Community School District for the 2019-20 School Year;

Chris Vogel requests Zeno Vogel (Kindergarten), attend Mid-Prairie from Keota Community School District for the 2019-20 School Year;

Mike and Julia McNurlen request Finn McNurlen (Kindergarten), attend Mid-Prairie from Williamsburg Community School District for the 2019-20 School Year;

Michelle Danker requests Isaac Danker (Grade 8), Jeremiah Danker (Grade 6), Naomi Danker (Grade 7), and Oren Danker (Grade 11) attend WACO Community School District from Mid-Prairie;

Personnel Items

No Contract or Work Agreements issued;

Resignation of Monica Wood, HS General Cook, $12.99 per hour, effective 1/20/2019;

Fundraising Requests -- None

Marianne Schlabach seconded the consent items.  Motion carried 7-0.


Public Hearing – 7:30pm – School Bus Specifications

President Pickard opened the floor for the Public Hearing on School Bus Specifications by asking if anyone was present to comment on the School Bus Specifications.  It was noted by Business Manager, Swartzentruber that one of the bidders has inquired about specifications and possible alternatives.  A response has been sent to encourage them to provide a bid and not any changes.

Gabrielle Frederick moved to approve the specifications for School Buses as presented.  Jodi Meader seconded the motion.    Motion carried 7-0.

City of Kalona Recreation Facility Lease

Superintendent Schneider referenced the 28E Agreement for a lease with the City of Kalona.  This is a 60 month lease with rents payable in 12 month intervals starting at $10,000 per year and increasing by $1,000 each of the subsequent 4 years.  The District will have access to the facility as stated in the lease agreement.  It is patterned after the lease used with Parkside Recreational Center in Wellman, Iowa.

Emily Uhl moved to approve the 28E Lease Agreement between the District and the City of Kalona as presented.  Jodi Meader seconded the motion.    Motion carried 7-0.

Student Learning

Washington County Hazard Mitigation Plan Resolution

Superintendent Schneider introduced this agenda item by noting the Washington County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan document that is shared in the Board materials.  The 267 page document outlines strategies for most all of the Washington County public entities.  The District must approve the strategy by School Board resolution.  No financial cost to the District and could be used for grant applications through FEMA and other Federal agencies

Gabrielle Frederick moved to approve Resolution 012819 Washington County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan 2019 as it impacts the Mid-Prairie Community School District as presented.  Marianne Schlabach seconded the motion.

Roll Call Vote:    Gabrielle Frederick          - yes

                           Gerry Kahler                    - yes

                           Jodi Meader                     - yes

                          Jeremy Pickard                 - yes

                          Marianne Schlabach         - yes

                          Emily Uhl                           - yes

                          Denise Chittick                  - yes

Motion carried 7-0.

Work Session

Completion of Unfinished Work Session Items

There were no unfinished items from the Work Session section of the meeting.


The next regular Board meeting will be on Monday, February 11, 2019, at 6:15 p.m. at the Central Office Community Room.  Suggestions:  Culture and Diversity Committee will present; English Language Learner Program with exchange students will be present; Gabrielle Frederick volunteered to lead the Work Session portion of the meeting.


The meeting adjourned at 7:39 p.m.