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October 8, 2018

Mid-Prairie Community School District

Kalona, Wellman, West Chester

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

October 8, 2018 – 6:15 p.m.


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

Board members present:   Denise Chittick, Jim Hussey, Gabrielle Frederick, Gerry Kahler, Jodi Meader, Marianne Schlabach, and Emily Uhl.

Board members absent:  Jeremy Pickard.

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

Gabrielle Frederick moved to adopt the agenda as presented.  Seconded by Jodi Meader.  Motion carried 6-0.


Activities Report

Superintendent Schneider introduced Tyler Hotz, Activities Director for the District.  Hotz reported on the many extracurricular activities underway in the District.  He also shared his philosophy and mission for his work in Activities at Mid-Prairie.  He shared some upgrade ideas and the process utilized to prioritize the upgrades—a three to five year plan.  The Board asked questions for clarification and expressed appreciation for his work.  There are 271 students participating in Fall extra-curricular activities.

Update on Community Service Trip

Amy Shalla, ALC Administrator and Matt Freel, Behavioral Interventionist updated the Board on the planning progress for the trip to support the victims of Hurricane Florence offered to students.  A handout was shared with the current information as known.  The planned dates for the trip are from November 25th to November 30th.  There is a fund-raising element and a request for the creation of a $4,000-$7,500 “Go Fund Me” page to cover traveling expenses, as well as sending letters to businesses to seek support.  Funds raised beyond travel expenses would be donated to the hurricane victims.  The board asked questions of the Shalla and Freel and encouraged them to continue planning and investigating the possibilities of this trip.  A recommendation to approve the trip is expected at the next board meeting for Board action.

Board Members and Administrators Dialogue

Superintendent Schneider introduced this session as an item that will be on the agenda for each meeting.  Schneider shared an article and video on the art of dialogue.  Board members asked questions about an expenditure to the Iowa Department of Human Services related to Medicaid reimbursement that was on the payment of bills list for the board meeting.  Business Manager Swartzentruber provided background and explanation.

Board Development and Inservice Activities

IASB Employee Relations Conference -- October 18, 2018 in Altoona – This conference is open for registration and attendance by Board Members through October 9th.  At this time no one is registered.

IASB Annual Convention -- November 14-16, 2018 in Des Moines– Everyone is registered for at least one day for the conference.  Board members traveling together on the 15th will gather at Central Office.  The Transportation Department has reserved a vehicle for Board Members traveling that day to use.

Announcements and Suggestions for Next Agenda

The next regular Board meeting will be on Monday, October 22, 2018, at 6:15 p.m. at the Central Office Community Room.  Revised Special Education Deficit Resolution, Community Service Trip action and the Activities Handbook as well as a presentation from the Gifted and Talented Teachers will be on the next meeting agenda.


Public Forum

No one spoke.

Consent Items

Gerry Kahler moved to approve the following consent items.

Minutes of Previous Meetings

The minutes of September 10, 2018 and September 24, 2018;

Finance Report

The Finance Report for Year to Date September 30, 2018;

Payment of Bills

The bills as listed for October 8, 2018, Hills Bank ACH Transactions for the month of September 2018;

Open Enrollment Requests

Chris and Allyce Bender request Eva Bender (Grade 2), attend Mid-Prairie from Washington Community School District for the 2018-19 School Year;

Earl and Marianne Blasingame request Abigail Blasingame (Grade 8) attend Washington Community School District from Mid-Prairie;

Personnel Items

No Contracts to be issued or new hires listed;

Resignation of April Crane-Brady, West Elementary Associate, $13.53 per hour, effective October 4, 2018;

Fundraising Requests

MP West Grade 4E requests approval to raise funds through a Bake Sale on October 11, 2018 for victims of Hurricane Florence;

MP West CEC requests approval to raise funds through the sale of shirts between October 9th and 16th for Down Syndrome Awareness Month;

Cooperative Agreement with Iowa State University

Approve the cooperative field experience agreement with Iowa State University for the 2018-2019 School Year;

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

Student Learning

Coach and Sponsor Handbook Acceptance – This is tabled to next meeting on October 22, 2018;


The meeting adjourned at 7:26 p.m.