Mid-Prairie Community School District
Kalona, Wellman, West Chester
Mid-Prairie Central Office Community Room, Wellman, IA 52356
September 13, 2021 – 6:15 p.m.
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, Chuck Banks, Robin Foster, Rob Hruby, Greg Jergens, Rachel Kerns, Amy Shalla, and Frank Slabaugh.
Gabrielle Frederick moved to adopt the agenda as presented. Seconded by Jodi Meader. Motion carried 7-0.
Public Forum– 7:00 p.m.
No one spoke.
Gabrielle Frederick moved to approve the following consent items.
Minutes of Previous Meetings
The minutes of August 23, 2021;
The Finance Report for August 2021 and June 2021 Accrual Year End;
Payment of Bills
The bills as listed for September 13, 2021; and Prepaid Bills;
Open Enrollment Requests
Amanda Alvis and Ronnie Schenkel request Alisha Garrels (Grade 12), attend Mid-Prairie from Washington Community School District for the 2021-22 School Year;
Jennifer Mize requests Ella Mize (Grade5) and Samantha Mize (Grade 6), attend Mid-Prairie’s Home School Assistance Program from Highland Community School District for the 2021-22 School Year;
Tommy and Shyra Warwick request Brayden Warwick (Grade 9), Elijah Warwick (Grade 6), Miriam Warwick (Grade 4), and Titus Warwick (Grade 8) attend Mid-Prairie’s Home School Assistance Program from Keota Community School District for the 2021-22 School Year;
Alex Cole and Chris Williams request Ellianna Williams (Kindergarten) attend Mid-Prairie’s Home School Assistance Program from Keota Community School District for the 2021-22 School Year;
Kira Fikes requests Isabella Fikes (Grade 11), Gideon Fikes (Grade 5), Levi Fikes (Grade 7), Michaela Fikes (Grade 9), Nora Fikes (Kindergarten), Silas Fikes (Grade 6), and Titus Fikes (Grade 12) attend Mid-Prairie’s Home School Assistance Program from Washington Community School District for the 2021-22 School Year;
Rachel Owen requests Elizabeth Owen (Kindergarten) attend Mid-Prairie’s Home School Assistance Program from West Branch Community School District for the 2021-22 School Year;
Joseph and Christina Taormina request Abigale Taormina (Grade 8) and Nathan Taormina (Grade 12) attend CAM Community School District from Mid-Prairie;
Lisa McCain requests Brian McCain (Grade 5), Jonathan McCain (Grade 8), and Kanen McCain Grade 4) attend Washington Community School District from Mid-Prairie;
Contract issued to Lisa Doser, Middle School Head Volleyball Coach 2, $3,219 per annum;
Contract issued to Paige Peiffer, Middle School Volleyball Assistant Coach (1-Year), $1,523 per annum;
Contract issued to Derek Kalm, Middle School Volleyball Assistant Coach (1-Year), $1,888 per season;
Contract issued to Daniel Hershberger, Middle School Football Assistant Coach (1-Year), $1,949 per annum;
Fall Volunteer Coaches
Justin Barthelman, High School Football Coach, Up to $2,000 from Football Resale;
Kevin Cortum, High School Football Coach, Up to $2,000 from Football Resale;
Brian Hervey, High School Football Coach, Up to $2,000 from Football Resale;
Derek Yoder, High School Football Coach, Up to $2,000 from Football Resale;
Nathan Carlson, High School Football Statistician, up to $500 from Football Resale;
Dolfi Kalm, High School Volleyball Coach, Up to $2,000 from Football Resale;
Zeb Evans, High School Volleyball Coach, Up to $2,000 from Football Resale;
Lynnette Poll, High School Cross Country Coach;
Mid-Prairie Boys and Girls Basketball request approval to raise funds through a three Saturday Basketball Youth Clinic on November 6th, 13th, and 20th to raise funds towards the purchase of equipment, coaches apparel, player apparel, costs of the Kansas City Trip, and volunteer coaches;
Mary Allred seconded the consent items. Motion carried 7-0.
Annual Treasurer’s Report
Business Manager and Board Secretary Jeff Swartzentruber provided the 2020-2021 Treasurers Report. The report presented is the Summary Treasurer’s Report from the Iowa Board of Education Portal. Net Operating Fund Balance increased by $236,000 for 2020-2021 compared to $264,000 for the previous Fiscal Year. Swartzentruber discussed the reasons for the decrease in Fund Balance for the PPEL Fund. He noted increases in the SAVE Fund and the Nutrition Fund during the year and noted the COVID Funding received during the year influenced these increases. The Board asked questions for clarification.
Gabriella Frederick moved to accept the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Treasurers Report as presented. Denise Chittick seconded the motion. Motion carried 7-0.
District Facilities Discussion
Superintendent Mark Schneider and Board President Jeremy Gugel led the Board through additional discussion about the Facilities Plan from the work of the Facilities Committee. Focus areas of the conversation centered on elements of the book prepared by the Carl A. Nelson team, projections for borrowings performed by Piper Sandler on General Obligations and Revenue Bonds, and priorities of the various projects presented. A document has been started to provide a place for Board Members to ask specific questions about the project, priorities, and financing so that the questions can be addressed for future Board discussions. Key to that discussion is new classroom space at the buildings that may be more than what the Facilities Committee suggested in their work from 2018-2019. Additional questions and initial conversations between Board Member and also with the Administrative Team continued on space and space limitations that may occur with building additions and renovations at each building location.
Board Development and Inservice Activities
The annual IASB convention is November 18th. Preconference sessions are on November 17th. Let Jeff know what days you wish to be registered at this conference in the next few board meetings.
Announcements and Suggestions for Next Agenda
School Board Candidate Documents are due Thursday, September 16, 2021 by 5pm to Jeff Swartzentruber, Board Secretary. These will be delivered to the Washington County Auditor on September 17, 2021.
The next regular Board meeting will be on Monday, September 27, 2021, at 6:15 p.m. at the Central Office Community Room. Agenda items to include: Special Education Deficit Spending Authority Resolution, LEP/ELL SBRC Spending Authority Resolutions; IASB Delegates; Tours of the High School, West Elementary, and Home School Education Center Buildings; and Facility Plan Discussion.
Tour of District Facilities
The Board toured East Elementary and the Middle School with Principals and Lead Custodians present. This annual review allows Board Members to see the physical locations and review improvements from the Summer and discuss the ongoing District planning and facility needs and priorities.
The meeting adjourned at 8:11 p.m.