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October 28, 2019

Mid-Prairie Community School District

Kalona, Wellman, West Chester

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

October 28, 2019 – 6:15 p.m.


Vice President Marianne Schlabach called the meeting to order in the absence of President Jeremy Pickard.

Board members present:   Mary Allred, Denise Chittick, Gabrielle Frederick, Jodi Meader, Jeremy Pickard (arrived at 6:17 p.m.), and Marianne Schlabach.

Board members absent: Jeremy Gugel, Jeremy Pickard (arrived at 6:17 p.m.)

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 Mary Allred.  Motion carried 5-0.


Grant Wood AEA Presentation

Superintendent Schneider welcomed the Grant Wood team and invited them to share.  Led by Maria Cashman, Associate Chief Administrator for GWAEA, the team including Tina Hoffman, Regional Administrator, and Carol Montz, AEA Board Member presented.  The team shared their approach and services provided to Mid-Prairie.  They also discussed funding sources for Grant Wood and Mid-Prairie’s contribution to the funding.  The Grant Wood staff expressed appreciation for the partnership and for the progressive approaches to education for all students and needs.  The Board asked questions and expressed gratitude for the services provided by Grant Wood AEA.

Pickard arrived during the beginning of this agenda item.

Title I Presentation

Robin Foster, Principal at East Elementary, shared about the Title 1 program at Mid-Prairie elementary schools.  This Federal Program provides for extension of reading resources in the elementary buildings.  The approach taken in the program at Mid-Prairie was described in detail.  The Board affirmed the work of the team in the Title I Program and asked a number of clarifying questions.

West Elementary Building Presentation

Bill Poock, Principal at West Elementary, focused on the program and outcomes at West Elementary in the current school year as it relates behavioral issues.  Katelyn Hammen and Mackenzie Kos joined Poock to discuss how they are providing supports, including a demonstration on structured play. 

Announcements and Suggestions for Next Agenda

The next regular Board meeting will be on Monday, November 11, 2019, at 6:15 p.m. at the Central Office Community Room.  Agenda items to include: ISASP Results, ELP, High School presentation.

It was announced that the audit fieldwork begins on October 29, 2019 for the 2018-2019 Fiscal Year.  Also announced was the funding for the refinance of the bonds will begin on October 29, 2019 and continue through October 31, 2019.


Public Forum– 7:00 p.m.

No one spoke.

Consent Items

Marianne Schlabach moved to approve the following consent items.

Minutes of Previous Meetings

The minutes of October 14, 2019;

Finance Report

None presented at this time;

Payment of Bills

The bills as listed for October 28, 2019, and prepaid bills;

Open Enrollment Requests

Aron and Alisia Meader request Kynlee Meader (Kindergarten), attend Mid-Prairie from Washington Community School District for the 2019-20 School Year;

Dwayne and Maria Jennings request Parker Jennings (Grade 7), Paityn Jennings (Grade 9), and Pyper Jennings (Grade 4), attend Mid-Prairie from Highland Community School District for the 2019-20 School Year;

Personnel Items

Contract issued to Natalie Trier, HS Cheerleading Coach, $1,774.14 per season;

Contract issued to Tyler Hotz, 7th Grade Girls Basketball Coach, $2,483.80 per annum;

Work Agreement issued to Taylor Sheets, East Elementary Associate, $13.40 per hour;

Work Agreement issued to Amanda Foster, MS General Cook, $13.24 per hour;

Fundraising Requests – None Submitted;

Gabrielle Frederick seconded the consent items.  Motion carried 6-0.

Student Learning

School Board Policies – Therapy Dogs and Service Animals

Based upon the discussion of potential changes during the October 14, 2019 School Board Meeting, Superintendent Schneider amended the originally proposed policies.  With these changes, Policies 606.7 Therapy Dogs and 606.8 Service Animals are recommended for approval on First Reading.  If approved, a Second Reading will take place at the November 11, 2019 School Board Meeting.

Gabrielle Frederick moved to approve School Board Policies 606.7 and 606.8, Therapy Dogs and Service Animals, respectively, as presented on First Reading.  Jodi Meader seconded the motion.    Motion carried 6-0.

Grant Wood AEA District 6 Director

Superintendent Schneider introduced the agenda item by noting that current District #6 Director Carol Montz will finish her current term. An election is taking place for with due dates at the end of November.  Carol Montz is currently the candidate listed on the ballot, meaning she is up for re-election.  The Board must take action to complete the ballot by the received due date of November 30, 2019.  The approved ballot must be completed by a Board Member.   The weighted vote for Mid-Prairie is 0.196 (19.6%).

Gabrielle Frederick moved to approve the completion of the ballot for a vote for Carol Montz by President Pickard.  Mary Allred seconded the motion.  Motion carried 6-0.

Work Session

Completion of Unfinished Work Session Items

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


Nothing added from earlier in the meeting.  Encourage everyone to go vote on the candidates and the two resolutions on November 5, 2019.

Closed Session

Pursuant to Iowa Code, Chapter 21.5j, the Board may enter into closed session to discuss the purchase of particular real estate only where premature disclosure could be reasonably expected to increase the price the governmental body would have to pay for that property.  President Pickard requested a motion to move the Board to Closed Session.

Gabrielle Fredrick moved to have the School Board move to closed session pursuant to Iowa Code, Chapter 21.5j.  Mary Allred seconded the motion.

NN moved to approve entering closed session under Iowa Code Chapter 21.5j.  SS seconded the motion. 

Roll Call Vote:    Gabrielle Frederick           - yes

     Mary Allred                       - yes

                           Jodi Meader                     - yes

                          Jeremy Pickard                 - yes

    Marianne Schlabach         - yes

                          Jeremy Gugel                   - absent

                          Denise Chittick                  - yes

Motion carried 6-0.

The Board entered Closed Session at 7:30 p.m.

The Board exited Closed Session at 7:40 p.m.


The meeting adjourned at 7:42 p.m.