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June 22, 2020


Mid-Prairie Community School District

Kalona, Wellman, West Chester

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

June 22, 2020 – 7:00 p.m.


President Marianne Schlabach called the meeting to order.  Due to COVID-19 the meeting was conducted via use of ZOOM Meetings.  With the decision to conduct meetings using the ZOOM format, any legal documents required to be signed due to resolutions, etc., will be signed by facsimile signature.

Board members present:   Mary Allred (In Person), Denise Chittick (In Person), Gabrielle Frederick (Via Zoom), Jeremy Gugel (In Person), Jodi Meader (Via Zoom), Jeremy Pickard (Via Zoom), and Marianne Schlabach (In Person).  Voice recognition attendance taken by Board Secretary Swartzentruber for the electronic meeting format.

Board members absent:  None.

Also Present:  Administrators included:  Mark Schneider (In Person), Jeff Swartzentruber (In Person), Robin Foster (Via Zoom), Rachel Kerns (Via Zoom), Marc Pennington (Via Zoom), Bill Poock (Via Zoom), Amy Shalla (Via Zoom), and Jay Strickland (Via Zoom).  Additional members of the media, public, and staff attended via Zoom.

Denise Chittick moved to adopt the agenda as presented with the 28E HSAP Agreement added as an emergency addition.  Seconded by Jeremy Pickard.  Motion carried 7-0.


Public Forum– 7:00 p.m.

No written comments were submitted.  No one spoke.

Consent Items

Gabrielle Frederick moved to approve the following consent items.

Minutes of Previous Meetings

The minutes of June 8, 2020;

Finance Report

None presented at this time;

Payment of Bills

The bills as listed for June 22, 2020;

Open Enrollment Requests

Phil and Ashley Radeboldt request Dwight Radeboldt (Grade 1), attend Mid-Prairie from Washington Community School District for the 2020-21 School Year;

Derek and Emily Muller request Thomas Muller (Grade 8), Elizabeth Muller (Grade 6), Susanna Muller (Grade 4) and, Jane Muller (Grade 2) attend Mid-Prairie’s Home School Assistance Program from Iowa City Community School District for the 2020-21 School Year;

Jordan and Kirah Johnson request Alexander Johnson (Grade 1) and Cody Johnson (Kindergarten) attend Iowa City Community School District from Mid-Prairie;

Personnel Items

Contract issued to Brock Brenneman, Middle School Wrestling Coach, $2,183.00 per season;

Resignation of Carl Yoder, Bus Driver, $25.67 per hour, effective June 9, 2020;

Teacher Leader Contracts Issued for 2020-2021 School Year:

Terri Adam, MS Advisory Team, $2,867 per annum;

Ashley Bartels, MS Advisory Team, $2,867 per annum;

Denise Busch, MS Blended Learning Team, $2,867 per annum;

Erin Cavanagh, HS TLC Model Seminar Teacher, $2,000 per annum;

Mary Beth Fiordelise, MS Blended Learning Team, $2,867 per annum;

Rachel Foubert, MS Blended Learning Team, $2,867 per annum

Dianna Geiger, MP West TLC Early Childhood Facilitator, $2,867 per annum;

Maureen Gingerich, MP West TLC Engagement Strategist, $2,867 per annum;

Jill Hartsock, MP West TLC Model Literacy Teacher, $2,867 per annum;

Terra Huber, MS Blended Learning Team, $2,867 per annum

Nora Kehoe, MP East TLC PBIS Coordinator, $2,867 per annum;

Daren Lambert, MS Advisory Team, $2,867 per annum;

Anna Nelson, HS TLC Model Seminar Teacher, $2,000 per annum;

Sarah O’Rourke, HS TLC Model Seminar Teacher, $2,000 per annum;

Jill Poock, MP East TLC Model Literacy Teacher, $1,433.50 per annum;

Sara Puttmann, HS TLC Model Technology Teacher, $2,867 per annum;

Jennifer Roth, MP East TLC Model Literacy Teacher, $1,433.50 per annum;

Lori Simon, District Learning Design Leader, $50,917 per annum;

Schulyer Snakenberg, HS TLC Data Coordinator, $2,867 per annum;

Krista Stutzman, HS TLC Model Seminar Teacher, $2,000 per annum;

Kelly Tyler, MP West TLC PBIS Coordinator, $2,867 per annum;

Emily Zehr, MP East TLC Engagement Strategist, $2,867 per annum;

Volunteer Coaches Summer Sports

Chris Robertson, HS Baseball Assistant Coach, $1,100, From Baseball Resale/Concessions

Joshua Moore, HS Baseball Assistant Coach, $2,300, From Baseball Resale/Concessions

Jay Strickland, HS Baseball Assistant Coach, Volunteer only

Cassidy Rourke, HS Softball Pitching Coach, up to $1,000, From Softball Resale/Concessions

Fundraising Requests – No requests presented for consideration and approval;

Mary Allred seconded the consent items.  Motion carried 7-0.

Student Learning

Mid-Prairie Resolution 032320

Superintendent Schneider noted that the resolution approved on March 23, 2020 allowed the Superintendent to suspend policy and is active until rescinded by the Board.  Mark proposes to have this on the agenda each time for the Board to consider taking further action or action to rescind.  It will be on the agenda for subsequent meetings until rescinded.  No action taken.

District Annual Report

Superintendent Schneider introduced Kristan Hunter, District Curriculum Leader, to discuss the District Annual Report for this year.  The 8-page report draft was shared with Board by page and in detail.  The Board asked questions for clarification.

Mid-Prairie Virtual Academy

Superintendent Schneider and Frank Schlabaugh, Learning Design Leader at Mid-Prairie, shared the background and thought process leading to the development of the Mid-Prairie Virtual Academy.  The Iowa Legislature passed a law to expand the Virtual Academy offerings beyond two schools allowing other schools to offer a Virtual Academy.  Since the passage of the law three other districts have been approved to offer a Virtual Academy.  They also shared the initial draft of the Mid-Prairie Virtual Academy Handbook.  Schlabaugh then presented a slide show on the Virtually Academy Context and Options.  The recommendation given to the Board is to finalize the application and the handbook and apply to the State for approval of the Mid-Prairie Virtual Academy.  The Board asked questions relative to enrollment projections, current enrollment in other Virtual Academies in Iowa, business model and financial structure.  The Board then discussed the pros and cons of the Virtual Academy as well as whether additional information is needed, and if so, what additional information should be requested.

Denise Chittick moved to approve the submission of an application for a Virtual Academy Option for Mid-Prairie to the State of Iowa Department of Education.  Mary Allred seconded the motion.    Motion carried 6-0. (Jeremy Pickard abstained from the vote.)

School Calendar for 2020-2021

Superintendent Schneider noted that the Board had approved the 2020-2021 School Calendar at the February 24, 2020, Board meeting where school started on August 25, 2020 and ending May 28, 2021.  The Administration Team has been working through a number of back to school ideas and possibilities in light of the COVID-19 crisis and the State of Iowa Return to Learn Plan assignment.  Schneider outlined the main changes to the calendar that are recommended for the upcoming School Year.  The calendar recommendation is to revise the School Calendar to start on Monday, August 24, 2020, and to suspend the early out days in August and September in favor of a full school day on those days.  Schneider explained some of the items considered prior to making this recommendation.  No approval is requested tonight.  Prior to asking for approval, the Administration intends to send out two surveys—one to families and one to the interest based bargaining group.  The Board asked questions for clarification and encouraged the plan to send out the surveys as stated.

Administrative Attendance Policy

Superintendent Schneider asked the Principals to present.  Tyler Hotz shared the thought process on absences and the handling of tardies—late to beginning of the day—across the District.  Board members asked about the current policy and additional thoughts on implementation.  It was noted that this is Administrative Regulation and is brought to the Board for their awareness.

2021 IASB Legislative Priorities

Superintendent Schneider and Board President Schlabach led a discussion on the Legislative Priories list provide by IASB.  Previous year priorities chosen included:  Mental Health, Teacher Leadership and Development, Alternative Licensure, School Funding, and SAVE Fund Extension.   The Board is encouraged to review the document prioritize the top five and bring it to the July meeting.

28E HSAP Service Agreements

Superintendent Schneider directed the Board’s attention to three 28E Service Agreements.  The agreements with Clear Creek Amana, English Valleys and Williamsburg School Districts continue the previous school year agreement that allows Mid-Prairie Home School Assistance to provide Home School Assistance Services to the above named districts for the 2020-2021 School Year.  In the 2019-2020 School Year, the Mid-Prairie Home School Assistance Program provided services to 92 students in these 3 Districts for all or a portion of the School Year.  The District receives 0.3 FTE funding from these Districts by direct billing under these agreements.  It is recommended that the District continues in these arrangements exactly the same as last year.

Gabrielle Frederick moved to approve the 28E HSAP Service Agreements for the three districts—Clear Creek Amana, English Valleys, and Williamsburg—for the 2020-2021 School Year as presented.  Mary Allred seconded the motion.    Motion carried 7-0.

Announcements and Suggestions for Next Meeting

Senior High Graduation

The graduation ceremony will take place Sunday, June 28, 2020 at 2:30pm at the Football field for graduates, and parents, siblings, and grandparents of the graduates.  Seniors will sit with their families during the ceremony.  In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to the High School gymnasium and the attendees will be further limited to graduates, parents and siblings of the graduates.  The Board informally nominated one member, Denise Chittick, to represent the Board and recognized the current circumstances limiting attendance.  The graduation will be broadcast virtually on

Location and Time of Future Meetings

The next regular Board meeting will be on Monday, July 13, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. at the Central Office Community Room and via Zoom.  Agenda items to include: School Calendar, AND Legislative Priorities.


The meeting adjourned at 8:49 p.m.