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November 26, 2018

Mid-Prairie Community School District

Kalona, Wellman, West Chester

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

November 26, 2018 – 6:15 p.m.


President Jeremy Pickard called the meeting to order.

Board members present:   Denise Chittick, Gerry Kahler, Jodi Meader, Jeremy Pickard, Marianne Schlabach, and Emily Uhl.

Board members absent:  Gabrielle Frederick.

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 Marianne Schlabach.  Motion carried 6-0.


Board Policy Review

Superintendent Schneider led the Board through a reviewed of policies reminding the Board that no changes are to be made at this meeting, only discussed:

201 Director Elections – Change of the election date to November;

203.3 Director Terms of Office – Follows the change in election dates;

213 Public Participation – Discussed possible language to be added to define “disruptive behavior”;

402.5 Public Complaints About Employees – Discussed the current language as solid, with thoughts about fine tuning the policy to promote free speech and to follow the established protocols;

The Board discussed proposed wording changes and asked questions for clarification.  First reading will be on the agenda in December with proposed changes.

IASB Convention Report

The Board members reported on their impressions of the sessions, both plenary and break-out.  The two newest board members attended new board member orientation session.  The Board expressed appreciation for the learning opportunities.

Iowa Seal of Biliteracy for Mid-Prairie Graduates

Superintendent Schneider highlighted the press release on the Department of Education (DE) website on Biliteracy.  It is the District’s intent to implement the program and will let the DE know by December 1, 2018. 

Superintendent Evaluation

Marianne Schlabach, Vice President, led the evaluation session with the Mark Schneider and the Board.  The Board used the annual evaluation tool that is normally used.  Topics include:  Shared Vision, Culture for Learning, Management, Family and Community, Ethics, and Societal Context.

Board Development and Inservice Activities

Tabled to later in this meeting, at the end of the Business Session.

Announcements and Suggestions for Next Agenda

Tabled to later in this meeting, at the end of the Business Session.


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 November 12, 2018

Finance Report

None presented at this time;

Payment of Bills

The bills as listed for November 26, 2018;

Open Enrollment Requests

Tim and Dawn StuItz request Jesse Stultz (Grade 6) and John Stultz (Grade 9), attend Mid-Prairie from Highland Community School District for the 2019-20 School Year;

Personnel Items

Contract issued to Shannon McCain, Assistant Middle School Wrestling Coach (1 Year), $2,221 per Season;

Work Agreement issued to Cynthia Michel, Associate West Elementary; $13.15 per hour;

Driver Contract issued to Julie Cole, Bus Driver; $22.46 per hour;

Fundraising Requests

Mid-Prairie Wrestling requests approval to raise funds through sales of Soy Candles from November 19th to November 30th for payment to volunteer coaches, coaches apparel, and State expenditures;

Amy Shalla, on behalf of the Hurricane Florence Trip Planning Group, requests approval to raise funds for the trip through the preparation of solicitation letters to businesses, community groups, and a GoFundMe page on Facebook.  The effort will be ongoing from November 19, 2018 through February 10, 2019.

Gerry Kahler seconded the consent items.  Motion carried 6-0.

Short and Long Term Planning

Authorization of Hours for the Communications Specialist

Superintendent Schneider shared an update on the activities and focus of the District Communication Specialist, Kristi Strickland.  The work of Mid-Prairie Foundation has increased dramatically in the past 4 or 5 years leading to discussions about how day to day administrative support/clerical support items will be handled in the long term.  In order to increase capacity, Schneider recommended that Strickland’s hours be increased to 20 hours per week from the current 15 hours per week. This is an estimated weekly average. The board asked questions for clarification.

Marianne Schlabach moved to approve an increase of 5 hours per week for the Communication Specialist position to a total average of 20 hours per week, effective immediately.  Denise Chittick seconded the motion.    Motion carried 6-0.

IASB Board of Directors – District 9

There are two people on the ballot Sandy Dockendorff from Danville Community Schools and Jesse Howard from New London Community Schools.  The IASB link to the candidates is on the Board Website.  The board evaluated the resumes of the two nominees.  The vote is taken through a secure internet site.  Superintendent Schneider will cast the vote based upon the action taken by the Board.

Marianne Schlabach moved to approve a District vote for Sandy Dockendorff as the IASB District 9 IASB.  Emily Uhl seconded the motion.    Motion carried 6-0.

Work Session

Completion of Unfinished Work Session Items

Board Development and Inservice Activities

IASB “Day on the Hill” is set for Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden and State Capitol Building in Des Moines.  Board members may attend and should let Jeff Swartzentruber know so registrations may be completed.

Announcements and Suggestions for Next Agenda

The next regular Board meeting will be on Monday, December 10, 2018, at 6:15 p.m. at the Central Office Community Room.  Suggested agenda items include: Development and signatures on the Superintendent Statement of Commitment; HSAP presentation on Strings and Band program; An update on realignment; Tyler Hotz to discuss the Student Good Conduct Statement.


The meeting adjourned at 7:41p.m.