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September 7, 2020 (SPECIAL MTG.)

Mid-Prairie Community School District

Kalona, Wellman, West Chester

Mid-Prairie High School Multi-Purpose Room, Wellman, IA  52356

September 8, 2020 – 6:00 p.m.



President Marianne Schlabach 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, Robin Foster, Rachel Kerns, Marc Pennington, Bill Poock, Amy Shalla, Jay Strickland, and Tyler Hotz.

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


Public Forum– 6:02 p.m.

No one spoke.

Student Learning

Transportation Agreement with Cedar Rapids Community School District

Superintendent Schneider noted the 28E Agreement with Cedar Rapids Community School District (CRCSD) to share Bus Drivers until the start of CRCSD school year or at the latest September 18, 2020.  Bus Drivers of CRCSD will remain the employees of CRCSD if they drive for Mid-Prairie.

Denise Chittick moved to approve the 28E Agreement with Cedar Rapids Community School District to share Transportation personnel as presented.  Mary Allred seconded the motion.  Motion carried 7-0.

COVID-19 Update

Superintendent Schneider and District Administrators provided an update to the Board of the current status of COVID-19 in the District. Additionally, Superintendent Schneider shared with the Board that the Iowa Department of Education changed the application requirements to transition to a 100% online learning model.  Previously, the Iowa Department of Education required the inclusion of quarantined students in the 10% absenteeism rate threshold for application.  Starting Friday, September 4th, the Iowa Department of Education will no longer allow school districts to include quarantined students in the calculation of the absentee rate.

Activities Program discussion included visiting school districts reluctance to come to Mid-Prairie for events based on their perceptions about positive COVID cases and student quarantine numbers.  Various ways to limit crowd size at athletic events were discussed.  Activities Director Tyler Hotz stated that KCTC will be broadcasting the remaining home varsity football games and that a licensing fee has been paid by the District to allow the free broadcast of the remaining home volleyball games in the Mid-Prairie High School Gymnasium.

Gabrielle Frederick moved to authorize the Activities Director to maximize seating to assure social distancing by allotting 4 tickets for Football per participating athlete and 3 tickets for Volleyball per participating athlete with a lottery of the remaining home tickets for the Mid-Prairie Student Body for all events.  Denise Chittick seconded the motion.    Motion carried 6-1 with Mary Allred casting the dissenting vote.


The meeting adjourned at 7:50p.m.