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November 23, 2020

Mid-Prairie Community School District

Kalona, Wellman, West Chester

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

November 23, 2020 – 6:30 p.m.

www.mid-prairie.k12.ia.us

 

President Jeremy Gugel called the meeting to order.

Board members present:   Mary Allred, Denise Chittick, Gabrielle Frederick, Jeremy Gugel, Jodi Meader, Jeremy Pickard, and Marianne Schlabach.

Board members absent:  None.

Also Present:  Mark Schneider, Jeff Swartzentruber.

Public Session:  Many administrators, staff and people from the public attended via Zoom link.

Gabrielle Frederick moved to adopt the agenda as presented.  Seconded by Jodi Meader.  Motion carried 7-0.

WORK SESSION

Annual Superintendent Evaluation – Closed Session

Denise Chittick moved to adjourn to closed session to evaluate the professional competency of an individual whose hiring, performance, or discharge is being considered when necessary to prevent needless and irreparable injury to that individual’s reputation and that individual request a closed session as provided by 21.5(1)(i), Code of Iowa.  Seconded by Gabrielle Frederick.

Roll call vote:     Gabrielle Frederick           - yes

                           Mary Allred                       - yes

                          Jodi Meader                       - yes

                          Jeremy Pickard                  - yes

                          Marianne Schlabach          - yes

                         Jeremy Gugel                      - yes

                         Denise Chittick                    - yes

Motion carried 7-0.

The Board entered Closed Session at 6:32 p.m.

The Board exited Closed Session at 6:58 p.m.

BUSINESS MEETING

Public Forum– 7:00 p.m.

No one spoke or submitted written comments.  Written comments were requested due to the Zoom Link.

Consent Items

Jeremy Pickard moved to approve the following consent items.

Minutes of Previous Meetings

The minutes of November 9, 2020;

Finance Report

None presented at this time;

Payment of Bills

The bills as listed for November 23, 2020;

Open Enrollment Requests

Tara Claussen requests Simeon Claussen (Grade 7), Solomon Claussen (Grade 6), and Surion Claussen (Grade 4) attend Mid-Prairie’s Home School Assistance Program from Fairfield Community School District for the 2020-21 School Year;

Ben and Hanh Kratz request David Kratz (Grade 4) and Michael Kratz (Grade 8) attend Mid-Prairie’s Home School Assistance Program from Highland Community School District for the 2020-21 School Year;

Chris and Anna Rode request Aedan Rode (Grade 3) and Ethaen Rode (Grade 6) attend Mid-Prairie’s Home School Assistance Program from Iowa City Community School District for the 2020-21 School Year;

Personnel Items

Contract issued to Zeb Evans, MS Assistant Wrestling Coach $1,499.25 per season;

Resignation of Bryttanye Lynn, West Elementary Paraprofessional, $13.76 per hour, effective November 12, 2020;

Fundraising Requests

MP Baseball requests approval to raise fund through a can and bottle drive to raise money on November 21st for equipment, supplies, coaches’ apparel, and volunteer coaches;

Post Prom Committee requests approval to raise funds through the sale of apple cider, cotton candy, and Ice cream/brownie sundaes at winter sports activities for supplies, activities and prizes at the Post Prom event in the Spring of 2021;

28 E Agreement for HSAP Services – request approval to serve students of the Keota School District who wish to have Mid-Prairie Home School Assistance Program Services but maintain access to Keota School District for Dual Enrollment purposes for the 2020-2021 School year.

Gabrielle Frederick seconded the consent items.  Motion carried 7-0.

Student Learning

Current District COVID Situation – Face Covering Policy

Superintendent Schneider Updated the Board on the current happenings and Status of the impacts of COVID within the District.  He provided the data on absent employees—absences due to things beyond the control of the employee or the District.  Our percentages are improving slightly from where they have been.  Principals are working hard to find substitute coverage for absences on a daily basis.  He also provided information that includes today for student and staff absences, with today’s percentage that show less than 10% for the three categories (COVID, Quarantine, and Other illnesses).  The Board asked questions for clarification on different employee groups wearing face coverings—shields and masks—and the various outcomes.  Discussion of Face Covering Policy and potential positions and changes to the current policy ensued.  It was again stated that the priority is to keep students in school.

Jeremy Pickard moved to amend the Face Covering Policy to now require all employees to wear face masks when with students with limited reasonable exceptions.  Denise Chittick seconded the motion.    Motion carried 6-1.  Mary Allred dissented.

Marianne Schlabach moved to amend the Face Covering Policy to now require all students to wear face masks with limited reasonable exceptions and adjustments.  Gabrielle Frederick seconded the motion.  Motion failed 5-2. Jeremy Pickard, Jodi Meader, Mary Allred, Jeremy Pickard, and Denise Chittick dissented.

Work Session

Completion of Unfinished Work Session Items

Annual Superintendent Evaluation – Closed Session.

Denise Chittick moved to continue to closed session to evaluate the professional competency of an individual whose hiring, performance, or discharge is being considered when necessary to prevent needless and irreparable injury to that individual’s reputation and that individual request a closed session as provided by 21.5(1)(i), Code of Iowa.  Seconded by Gabrielle Frederick.

Roll call vote:     Gabrielle Frederick           - yes

                           Mary Allred                      - yes

                          Jodi Meader                      - yes

                         Jeremy Pickard                  - yes

                         Marianne Schlabach          - yes

                         Jeremy Gugel                    - yes

                         Denise Chittick                  - yes

Motion carried 7-0.

The Board entered Closed Session at 7:50 p.m.

The Board exited Closed Session at 8:23 p.m.

Announcements and Suggestions for Next Agenda

The next regular Board meeting will be on Monday, December 14, 2020, at 6:15 p.m. at the Central Office Community Room.  Agenda items to include:  Yearly PE waiver; and Superintendent Commitment Statement.

Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 8:24 p.m.