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.
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.
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);
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;
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
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.
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.