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November 12, 2018

Mid-Prairie Community School District

Kalona, Wellman, West Chester

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

November 12, 2018 – 6:15 p.m.


Vice-President Marianne Schlabach called the meeting to order in the absence of Board President Jeremy Pickard at 6:18pm.

Board members present:   Denise Chittick, Gabrielle Frederick, Jodi Meader, and Marianne Schlabach.

Board members absent:  Gerry Kahler, Jeremy Pickard, and Emily Uhl.

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

Jodi Meader moved to adopt the agenda as presented.  Seconded by Gabrielle Frederick.  Motion carried 4-0.

WORK SESSION                                                

Background Checks Update

Superintendent Mark Schneider and Carmela Ulin, HR Coordinator provided a status update on the results of the new volunteer background check policy.  To date there are 320 people at a cost of $9,120 to the District and registered on the District background check registry.  We have collected $573.50 from 14 different parties as donations for the increased costs of the background checks.

Special Education Report

Amy Shalla, Principal for the Alternative Learning Center and Special Education Administrator, provided an update of the Special Education Program within the District.  She provided background on Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and the factors that are considered.  There are 139 students on IEPs in Special Education.  Eleven Teachers and 40 Associates provide the Special Education Services within the District.  She also shared examples about the varied supports provided to different students based upon their needs.  She invited five sets of parents of Special Education students to share their experiences.

IASB Delegate Assembly

President Pickard and Superintendent Schneider opened the conversation about items on the agenda for the delegate Assembly on November 14th at the IASB Convention.  Gabrielle Frederick asked for input from the Board and reported to the Board the top priorities as identified prior to Assembly.  The Board and Staff discussed mental health needs and concerns.

Board Member and Administrator Dialogue

The Board and Administrative Team were not able to have further discussions due to time constraints.

Board Development and Inservice Activities

IASB Annual Convention –November 14-16, Des Moines – Reminder of this upcoming event.  All Board Members are registered and transportation has been arranged.

Announcements and Suggestions for Next Agenda

The next regular Board meeting will be on Monday, November 26, 2018, at 6:15 p.m. at the Central Office Community Room.  Items on the agenda include: Mark Schneider’s evaluation is the primary agenda item; review the Public Forum policy.


Public Forum– 7:15 p.m.

No one spoke.

Consent Items

Denise Chittick moved to approve the following consent items.

Minutes of Previous Meetings

The minutes of October 22, 2018;

Finance Report

The Finance Report for October 2018;

Payment of Bills

The bills as listed for November 12, 2018, Hills Bank ACH Transactions for the Month of October 2018, and Prepaid Bills;

Open Enrollment Requests

Ihatrina Todd requests Jenna Nail (Grade 8), attend Mid-Prairie from Washington Community School District for the 2018-19 School Year;

Nikki Sisson requests Jerred Miller (Grade 9), attend Mid-Prairie from Highland Community School District for the 2019-20 School Year;

Trevor and Mackenzie Taghon request Weston Taghon (Grade 1) and Gentry Taghon (Grade 2), attend Mid-Prairie from Sigourney Community School District for the 2019-20 School Year;

Jeremy and Jennifer Young request Scott Young (Grade 2), attend Mid-Prairie from Highland Community School District for the 2019-20 School Year;

Personnel Items

Resignation of Ryan Duwa, Assistant High School Football Coach, $3,681 per season, effective end of the 2018-2019 Season;

Resignation of Cindy Miller, Varsity Girls Volleyball Head Coach, $6,220 per season, effective 11/9/2018;

Volunteer Coaches for Winter Sports 2018-2019:

Jon Rocha, HS Boys Basketball Assistant Coach, $2,000 from Boys Basketball Resale

Eric Davis, HS Wrestling Assistant Coach, $-0

Shannon McCain, HS Wrestling Assistant Coach, $-0

Nearoth Peterschmidt, HS Wrestling Assistant Coach, $-0

Cameron Tolander, HS Wrestling Assistant Coach, $-0

Fundraising Requests

Mid-Prairie Boys Basketball requests approval to raise funds through sale of MP Socks from Late November to Early December to raise funds for team activities and coaches apparel for the 2018-2019 season;

Cooperative Agreement with Iowa Mennonite School for Wrestling

The 28E Agreement to be filed electronically with the IHSAA is presented for approval.

Jodi Meader seconded the consent items.  Motion carried 4-0.


SBRC Resolution for Additional Allowable Growth

Superintendent Schneider noted the additional allowable growth resolution that, if passed, will allow the District to increased spending authority of $69,576 for Increased Enrollment in the 2018 2019 School Year and of $5,944 for ELL Beyond 5 Years.  These amounts are a result of the Certified Enrollment data from October 1, 2018, count date.

Gabrielle Frederick moved to approve Resolution 112181 for increased allowable growth spending authority of $69,576 for Increased Enrollment and $5,944 for ELL Beyond 5 Years.  Jodi SS seconded the motion. 

Roll Call Vote:    Gabrielle Frederick          - yes

     Gerry Kahler                   - absent

                           Jodi Meader                    - yes

                          Jeremy Pickard                - absent

    Marianne Schlabach        - yes

                          Emily Uhl                          - absent

                          Denise Chittick                 - yes

Motion carried 4-0.

October 2018 Certified Enrollment

Superintendent Schneider shared the Certified Enrollment results related to the required count data from October 1, 2018.  Using the data from the Department of Education Portal, Certified Enrollment numbers increased by 9.17 students from last School Year.  Schneider shared other slices of data from the Certified Enrollment for Open Enrolled In and Enrolled Out students.

Work Session

Completion of Unfinished Work Session Items

There were no unfinished items from the Work Session at the start of the meeting.


See Announcements, above, on page one.


The meeting adjourned at 8:02 p.m.