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July 12, 2021

Mid-Prairie Community School District

Kalona, Wellman, West Chester

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

July 12, 2021 – 6:15 p.m.

www.mid-prairie.k12.ia.us

 

President Jeremy Gugel 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:  Jeremy Pickard (Arrived at 6:17p.m.).

Also Present:  Mark Schneider, Jeff Swartzentruber, and Tyler Hotz.

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

WORK SESSION

2022 IASB Legislative Priorities

Superintendent Schneider and Board President Gugel led a discussion on the Legislative Priories list provide by IASB.  Previous year priorities chosen included:  Mental Health, Area Education Agencies, Teacher Recruitment and Licensure, Supplementary State Aid, and Bond Issues.   The Board Members discussed priorities and provided their input for the legislative priories from the current outline to include:

  • Mental Health – Supports Efforts to establish comprehensive community mental health systems to offer presentative and treatment services and school mental health programs;
  • Area Education Agencies – Supports full funding of the area education agencies to provide essential services in a cost-effective manner to school districts;
  • Teacher Recruitment and Licensure – Supports additional tools to attract individuals to the teaching profession, especially for teacher shortage areas;
  • Supplemental State Aid – Supports setting supplemental state aid at a rate that sufficiently supports local districts’ efforts to plan, create, and sustain world-class schools;
  • Bond Issues – Supports allowing school bond issued to be passed by a simple majority vote, as well as supports authority to levy a combination of property taxes and income surtaxes to pay the indebtedness, and clarification that revenue bonds do not count toward the 5 percent statutory limit;

Jeremy Pickard arrived at 6:17p.m., during the above agenda item.

School Board Policies Review – Series 200

Superintendent Schneider worked with the Board to review the Series 200 School Board Policies.  The review included Schneider providing an overview of this series of Board Policies and the Board discussing issues pertinent to the policies.

Board Member and Administrator Dialogue

This agenda item tabled to the next meeting.

Board Development and In-service Activities

This agenda item tabled to the end of the meeting.

Announcements and Suggestions for Next Agenda

Agenda item moved to the end of the meeting.

BUSINESS MEETING

Public Forum– 7:00 p.m.

No one spoke.

Consent Items

Jeremy Pickard moved to approve the following consent items.

Minutes of Previous Meetings

The minutes of June 28, 2021;

Finance Report

The Finance Report for June 2021 – Cash Basis;

Payment of Bills

The bills as listed for July 12, 2021, and Prepaid Bills;

Open Enrollment Requests

Megan Libe requests Noelle Star (Grade 7), attend Mid-Prairie from Keota Community School District for the 2021-22 School Year;

James and Gretchen Nollman request Anna Nollman (Grade 5), attend Mid-Prairie from West Liberty Community School District for the 2021-22 School Year;

Personnel Items

Contract issued to Kyla Wiebe, West Elementary Prekindergarten Teacher, $39,364.60 per annum;

Resignation of Dixie Conrad, West Elementary Paraprofessional, $13.94 per hour, effective July 1, 2021;

Resignation of Matt Freel, Assistant Coach Girls Varsity Soccer, $2,914.54 per annum, effective July 9, 2021;

Fundraising Requests – None Presented

Gabrielle Frederick seconded the consent items.  Motion carried 7-0.

Student Learning

YMCA Agreements for Facility Use

Superintendent Schneider and Tyler Hotz discussed the two documents that are addendums to the current 28E Agreements with the City of Wellman and the YMCA of Washington County were provided to the Board for discussion.  Background on the current status, usage, and plans were provided.  These are both a protection for the YMCA and its members as well as to set parameters for usage outside of the School Year.

Jeremy Pickard moved to approve the Addendum with Wellman’s Parkside Activities Center with the City of Wellman and the YMCA of Washington County and the Memorandum of Understanding on Facility Usage Expectations with the YMCA of Washington County.  Mary Allred seconded the motion.    Motion carried 7-0.

IASB Legislative Priorities

The Discussion elements of the Work Session Agenda Item, above, were reviewed.  The five priorities in the bullet points of the Work Session agenda item were again referenced.

Gabrielle Frederick moved to approve Legislative Priorities as listed above for the communication to IASB for the 2021-2022 Legislative Session.  Jodi Meader seconded the motion.    Motion carried 7-0.

Finance

Modular Classrooms Agreement

Superintendent Schneider highlighted the agreement with VESTA Modular and discussed the ongoing process and next steps.  He recommends a 36-month lease of the two two-classroom buildings—one at East Elementary and one at West Elementary—to be used for Music rooms. 

Jeremy Pickard moved to approve the Lease Agreement between Vesta Modular and Mid-Prairie Community Schools for the installation and 36-month lease term for both buildings.  Denise Chittick seconded the motion.    Motion carried 7-0.

Work Session

Completion of Unfinished Work Session Items

School Board Policies Review – Series 200

Superintendent Schneider continued the review of the Series 200 School Board Policies until completed.

Board Development and In-service Activities

The August 3rd joint meeting of the Board and administration is canceled due to an invitation to present at the Washington County Riverboat Foundation meeting on the recent grant application the District submitted to them.

Announcements and Suggestions for Next Agenda

The next regular Board meeting will be on Monday, August 9, 2021, at 6:15 p.m. at the Central Office Community Room.  Agenda items to include:  Carl A Nelson and Company will be here to present on the costs of the Facilities Planning priorities.

Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 7:39p.m.