Mid-Prairie Community School District
Kalona, Wellman, West Chester
Mid-Prairie Central Office Community Room, Wellman, IA 52356
June 24, 2019 – 6:15 p.m.
Vice President Marianne Schlabach called the meeting to order in the absence of President Jeremy Pickard.
Board members present: Denise Chittick, Gerry Kahler (arrived at 6:22pm), Jodi Meader, Marianne Schlabach, and Emily Uhl.
Board members absent: Gabrielle Frederick, Jeremy Pickard, Gerry Kahler (until 6:22pm).
Also Present: Mark Schneider, Jeff Swartzentruber, Robin Foster, Rachel Kerns, Marc Pennington, Bill Poock, Amy Shalla and Jay Strickland.
Denise Chittick moved to adopt the agenda as presented. Seconded by Jodi Meader. Motion carried 4-0.
Student Handbook Changes
Middle School Principal, Marc Pennington, discussed the proposed changes to the Middle School Handbook. Changes in the documents were highlighted. Questions were asked by School Board Members for clarification.
2020 IASB Legislative Priorities
Superintendent Schneider led the discussion on 2019 ISAB Legislative Priorities. Mark reminded the board that IASB asks each board to provide their top 5 priorities. This is due to IASB in August and will be on the July agenda.
Changes to School Elections
Superintendent Schneider directed the Board’s attention to the School Election Dates document provided by IASB. He highlighted key dates for the School Board Election Process, change in Election Day to November 5th, and other Special Election dates.
Gerry Kahler joined the meeting at 6:22pm during this agenda item.
Review of Board Policies – Series 700, 800, and 900
Superintendent Schneider led the discussion on the 3 School Board Policy Series – 700, 800, and 900. Items for change consideration were noted and discussed. Only Series 700 was completed during this session of the Work Session
Announcements and Suggestions for Next Agenda
The next regular Board meeting will be on Monday, July 8, 2019, at 6:15 p.m. at the Central Office Community Room. Agenda items to include: HSAP 28E Agreements for Students at Williamsburg, Clear Creek-Amana, and English Valleys; IASB Legislative Priorities; First Readings of Series 700, 800, 900; and Lead Custodians report.
Public Forum– 7:00 p.m.
No one spoke.
Gerry Kahler moved to approve the following consent items.
Minutes of Previous Meetings
The minutes of June 10, 2019;
None presented at this time;
Payment of Bills
The bills as listed for June 24, 2019, and prepaid bills;
Open Enrollment Requests
Kyle and Julie Birky request Hazel Birky (Kindergarten), attend Mid-Prairie from Williamsburg Community School District for the 2019-20 School Year;
Mitchell and Wendy Sorrell request Michael Sorrell (Grade 2), Jensen Sorrell (Grade3), and Jack Sorrell (Grade 5), attend Mid-Prairie from Washington Community School District for the 2019-20 School Year;
Henry Feuk and Amanda McNaughton request Christian Feuk (Grade 8) and Jesup Feuk (Grade 10), attend Mid-Prairie from Iowa City Community School District for the 2019-20 School Year;
Work Agreement Contract issued to Lori Slaughter, MS General Cook, $13.24 per hour;
Contract issued to Daniel Hershberger, HS Girls Basketball Head Coach, $5,133.00 per annum;
Contract issued to Michelle Bessman, TLC Advisory Teacher, $2,867.00 per annum;
Contract issued to Kelly Tyler, West Elementary PBIS Coordinator, $2,867.00 per annum;
Contract issued to Jessica Swartzentruber, TLC Professional Partner, $1,000.00 per annum;
Resignation of Daniel Hershberger, HS Girls Assistant Basketball Coach, $3,178.00 per annum, effective June 14, 2019;
Fundraising Requests – None presented for approval;
Jodi Meader seconded the consent items. Motion carried 5-0.
Student Handbooks for 2019-2020
Superintendent Schneider noted the earlier presentation and requested the board accept the Middle School Handbook changes as presented for the 2019-2020 School Year.
Jodi Meader moved to accept the 2019-2020 Middle School Handbook as presented. Emily Uhl seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.
Superintendent Schneider directed the Board to the Concussion Management Guidelines and discussed the ongoing need to maintain the most up to date standards. It is recommended that the Return-to-Play Protocol resolution be adopted as presented. In the past Mid-Prairie has adopted the policies as recommended by the Iowa Board of Public Health. This resolution will continue to place us in compliance with the new law.
Denise Chittick moved to approve resolution 062419 Return-to-Play Protocol established by the Iowa Department of Public Health, listed in 641 Iowa Administrative Code Chapter 54 as presented. Gerry Kahler seconded the motion.
Roll Call Vote: Gabrielle Frederick - absent
Gerry Kahler - yes
Jodi Meader - yes
Jeremy Pickard - absent
Marianne Schlabach - yes
Emily Uhl - yes
Denise Chittick - yes
Motion carried 5-0.
Staff Sharing Arrangement
Superintendent Schneider shared the five 28E Agreements that need to be renewed for 2019-2020 that relate to the Sharing of Staff with other Districts. All of these are a continuation of the arrangements that are in place during the current 2018-2019 Fiscal Year. These include agreements with Clear Creek Amana to share the Human Resources Coordinator where Mid-Prairie holds the Contract; with Clear Creek Amana to share the Buildings and Grounds Director where Clear Creek Amana holds the contract; with Clear Creek Amana to share the Social Worker where Mid-Prairie holds the Contract; with Clear Creek Amana to share the Curriculum Director where Clear Creek Amana holds the contract; and with Sigourney CSD to share the Elementary Guidance Counselor where Mid-Prairie holds the contract.
Jodi Meader moved to approve the four 28E Sharing Agreements with Clear Creek Amana CSD to share the Human Resource Director, Maintenance and Grounds Director, Social Worker, and Curriculum Director, for 2019-20 School Year. Denise Chittick seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.
Denise Chittick moved to approve the 28E Sharing Agreement with Sigourney CSD to share the Elementary Guidance Counselor for 2019-20 School Year. Gerry Kahler seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.
First Reading of Board Policy 507.6, Student Insurance
Superintendent Schneider introduced this agenda item. This policy is proposed for elimination as there is no longer a company which provides this coverage for schools in Iowa.
Denise Chittick moved to approve to rescind the Policy 507.6 Student Insurance on First Reading as presented. Jodi Meader seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.
Emily Uhl moved to enter closed session pursuant to Iowa Code 21.5 (a) – To review or discuss records which are required or authorized by state or federal law to be kept confidential. Jodi Meader seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.
At 7:15 pm, the Board entered closed session to discuss the Mid-Prairie Emergency Operations Plan.
The board returned to public session at 7:24 pm.
Action on Mid-Prairie Emergency Operations Plans
Marianne Schlabach asked of a motion to approve the Emergency Operations Plan.
Jodi Meader moved to approve the Emergency Operations Plan as presented. Denise Chittick seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.
Completion of Unfinished Work Session Items
Review of Board Policies – Series 800, and 900
Superintendent Schneider continued the discussion on the remaining 2 School Board Policy Series – 800, and 900. Items for change consideration were noted and discussed. Series 800 and 900 was completed during this session of the Work Session.
Gerry Kahler announced his resignation from the School Board due his reassignment to the Conrad-Beaman churches in Grundy County Iowa, effective July 1, 2019. He encouraged the Board in their work with students. It is effective at the end of this meeting. This will be on the agenda for the July meeting.
The meeting adjourned at 7:54 p.m.