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May 14, 2018

Mid-Prairie Community School District

Kalona, Wellman, West Chester

Mid-Prairie High School Gymnasium, Wellman, IA  52356

May 14, 2018 – 7:00 p.m.


President Jeremy Pickard called the meeting to order.

Board members present:   Denise Chittick, Gabrielle Frederick, Jim Hussey, Jodi Meader, Jeremy Pickard, George Schaefer, and Marianne Schlabach.

Board members absent:  None.

Also Present:  Mark Schneider, Jeff Swartzentruber, Robin Foster, Marc Pennington, Bill Poock, Amy Shalla and Jay Strickland.

Adopt the Agenda – Superintendent Schneider requested the agenda be amended to remove B.4. Vote of Confidence/No Confidence – Superintendent.  Pickard asked for Board Member comments and thoughts.

George Schaefer moved to adopt the agenda as amended without the Vote of Confidence\No Confidence – Superintendent agenda item.  Seconded by Marianne Schlabach.  Motion carried 7-0.

Public Forum

Marnett Meier President of the MPEA thanked the School Board for their service.  The plants and gift bags are in appreciation for the service of the School Board.

Consent Items

Gabrielle Frederick moved to approve the following consent items.

Minutes of Previous Meetings

The minutes of April 9, 2018, April 23, 2018, and April 28, 2018 (Special Meeting);

Finance Report

The Finance Report for April 2018;

Payment of Bills

The bills as listed for May 14, 2018, Hills Bank ACH Transactions for the Month Ended April 30, 2018; and prepaid bills;

Open Enrollment Requests

Andrea Farrier requests Rebecca Farrier (Grade 8) and Sarah Farrier (Grade 6) attend Mid-Prairie’s Home School Assistance Program from Iowa City Community School District for the 2018-19 School Year;

Courtney Anderson requests Emery Anderson (Kindergarten) attend Mid-Prairie’s Home School Assistance Program from Iowa City Community School District for the 2018-19 School Year;

Personnel Items

Contract issued to Nikole Eichleberger, MP East First Grade Teacher, $38,016 per annum;

Contract issued to Sarah Holtkamp, MP East First Grade Teacher, $38,016 per annum;

Resignation of Kortney Denkman, MPMS Special Education Teacher, $47,026 per annum, effective end of 2017-2018 School Year;

Resignation of Kalen Yutzy, Early Childhood Special Education Teacher, $43,071 per annum, effective end of 2017-2018 School Year;

Resignation of Heather Hershberger, MPHS Assistant Spring Musical Director, $2,217 per season, effective end of 2017-2018 School Year;

Resignation of Jacob Lampe, MP West Associate, $13.18 per hour, effective end of 2017-2018 School Year;

Resignation of Sarah Leonard, MPHS Associate, $14.29 per hour, effective end of 2017-2018 School Year;

Resignation of Jerry Hawkins, Bus Driver, $24.79 per hour, effective end of 2017-2018 School Year;

Resignation of Alexis Duwa, MS Softball Coach, $1,830 per season, effective May 10, 2018;

Volunteer Coaches Spring Summer Sports

Joshua Moore, HS Softball Assistant Coach, $2,500, From Softball Resale

Fundraising Requests

National Honor Society requests approval to raise funds through 50/50 pool at home football games beginning in August 2018 for use to pay the NHS banquet and supplies;

Mid-Prairie Music requests approval to raise funds through sales of cookie dough from August 28th to November 3rd to raise money for the New York trip in 2020;

GWAEA Induction Agreement for Nicholas O’Brien for 2018-19 – Approval of the second of three years arrangement with O’Brien “on loan” to GWAEA as an Induction Coach;

MPHS Graduating Seniors Class of 2017-18 – The Following Seniors are presented for graduation subject to successful completion of their academic program:

David T. Bayliss                                  Mackenzie Hope Beam                 Devin Ray Brown

Blake Burnham                                 Jacob John Busch                             Michael I. Callahan

Traeton Otto Carey                         Kyle Alan Curry                                 Keaton A. Debler

Keaton M. Duwa                              Kelsi Jo Fair                                         Katie Franz

Maizy Anne Fugate                         Collin Brandt Gingerich                  Karson Andrew Gingerich

Logan James Gingerich                  Fatima Patricia Godinez                 Baylee R Goodwin

Pavel Timothy Grepl                       Maya Rachel Hall                              Johnathon James Warren Haman

Treyton Michael Hammen           Logan Allen Hemsted                     Derek Sean Hesseltine

Erin Theresa Horesowsky             Ada Lynn Hulseberg                        Terrhyn Jacoby

Claire Helen King                              Brandon Kleese                                                Bobbi Jo Knight

Averi Renee Kron                            Tyler David Kuenster                      James Johnston Kutcher

Hunter Wayne Lindemann           Cameron Miguel Martinez           Nathan McCarthy

Griffin Sean McFadden                 Bricen D. Miller                                 Dylan Dwayne Miller

Kyle K. Miller                                      Peyton David Miller                        Stephen Miller

Adam Miramontes                          Jillian Marie Nafziger                      Katie Lynn Palmer

Anthony Parker                                                Bailee Grace Peiffer                        Zachary David Pettit

Amanda Lee Pfeifer                        Kaitlin Elizabeth Poock                   Addison Mae Rath

Jayla Jo Rediger                                Carah Lynn Reimer                          Creigh Alice Rourke

Ryan Carroll Sansen                        Cary Warren Schaefer                    Jaiden Sedlacek

Isaiah Sents                                        Paige Coreen Slabaugh                  Joshua Thomas Slaubaugh

Ryan Steven Slaubaugh                 Delaney Marie Smith                      Elijah Todd Steckly

Gillian Stone                                       Wyatt Donald Stumpf                    Madison Olivia Swartzentruber

Jacob A. Tappan                               Marshal John Teets                         Jason Michael Tew

Hannah Titus                                      Kaylee Jane Truitt                            Anna Lyn Vilovchik

Melanie Lorraine Wallington       Gina Quinn Waters

Rian Alexandra Cherokee Leigh Wesenberg                                        Gates Madeline Wonders

Alison S. Yoder                                  Brandon Wayne Yoder                  Shelby Elise Zahradnek

Alexander John Zigler

Denise Chittick seconded the consent items.  Motion carried 7-0.


Student Learning

Approval of Summer Projects

Superintendent Schneider presented a list of projects that he and the Lead Custodians recommend be completed during the Summer of 2018.  The projects with cost amounts over $25,000 were presented.  There are five:  Middle School Kitchen Serving Window $33,386.10, Middle School Hallway Tile $36,000.00, Replacement of 2 ventilators at MP West Elementary $31,080.00, and High School iPads $68,754.00. 

Jim Hussey moved to approve Summer Projects are approved as presented.  Gabrielle Frederick seconded the motion.    Motion carried 7-0.

Limited Public Forum

Board Chair Pickard opened the agenda item for the Limited Public Form – 90 minutes in length.  Pickard explained the process of the public forum.    The public was invited to address the School Board on the issue at hand by filling out a form. The forms were drawn at random and people were called in groups of five.  It was requested that persons addressing the Board keep their comments to one minute or less as it relates to the issue of the Volunteer Policies and Procedures.  It was asked that the comments address the Board.  39 people addressed the School Board about the policies and the decisions about a volunteer that led to the current situation of who is allowed to volunteer.   Board Chair Pickard then provided a history of how the District reached this point at this meeting.  He then asked the Board to comment and respond to the comments of the forum with their thoughts.  Board members spoke to the public and to each other during this time.

Volunteer Policies and Procedures – School Board Members Representatives for Community

Superintendent Schneider and Board Chair Pickard discussed the formation of the Volunteer Community Committed.  A list has been prepared of 28 people including 3 School Board members as well as an opening agenda for the first meeting.    Three members of the Board will serve by appointment of the Board was discussed with volunteers requested by Pickard.  Marianne Schlabach, Jodi Meader, and Denise Chittick volunteered to serve as Board representatives.  George Schaefer asked that the committee provide a policy for this specific situation by the next School Board meeting.  Schaefer recognizes that the committee will also need to address a wide range topics.

Superintendent Contract for 2018-19

Board Chair Pickard opened the discussion with an explanation of the package.  He asked Business Manager Swartzentruber to briefly explain the recommended increase of 1% for a total package for the 2018-19 School Year.  Taken with the other administrators, the total package for all including Schneider is 2.01%.  Pickard shared some perspectives about the situation—the policy and the communication between Schneider and the School Board.  Other Board members shared their perspectives on the situation and how we ultimately choose to work together as Administration, Board, and Community.  Appreciation was expressed the Anita Iowa contingent for their willingness to share their difficult experiences and concern for the Mid-Prairie children and students.

Gabrielle Frederick moved to approve and extend the contract increases as presented for a package increase of 1%.  Denise Chittick seconded the motion.    Motion carried 6-1.  Jim Hussey voted no.

Board Development and Inservice Activities

It was proposed that consideration be given for a retreat or extended meeting(s) to rebuild and deepen working relationships between the School Board and the Administrative Team.


Announcements and Suggestions for Next Agenda

The next regular Board meeting will be on Monday, June 11, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. at the Central Office Community Room.  Agenda:  Discussion and potential passage of a Volunteer Policy; and the Year End Report .


The meeting adjourned at 8:36 p.m.