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April 18, 2022 SPECIAL MEETING

Mid-Prairie Community School District   

Kalona, Wellman, West Chester

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

April 13, 2022 – 6:00 p.m.


President Jeremy Pickard called the meeting to order.

Board members present Mary Allred, Denise Chittick, Gabrielle Frederick, Jeremy Pickard, Marianne Schlabach, Jed Seward, Jake Snider.

Board members absent:  None.

Staff Present:  Business Manager/Board Secretary Jeff Swartzentruber; Human Resources Coordinator Carmela Ulin

Denise Chittick moved to adopt the agenda as presented.  Seconded by Mary Allred.  Motion carried 7-0.

Overview of Superintendent Candidate Pool

Board President Pickard asked Trent Grundmeyer of Grundmeyer Leader Services to proceed with the agenda as outlined.  22 total candidates applied for the Mid-Prairie Superintendent opening. The candidate pool stats were shared in terms of diversity, experience, and referral sources.  The Board asked clarifying questions on the data provided.

Finalize Formal Interview Schedule for the New Superintendent Position

Trent Grundmeyer shared the tentative Interview Schedule for Finalists with the Board and explained the process.  He asked for questions and input by the Board.  The Board provided feedback on the schedule.  Modifications will be made by Grundmeyer and returned to the District.

Review Superintendent Candidates, Finalize Screening Questions, Discuss Formal Interview Teams for New Superintendent – Closed Session

Denise Chittick moved to continue to closed session to evaluate the professional competency of an individual who’s hiring, performance, or discharge is being considered when necessary to prevent needless and irreparable injury to that individual’s reputation and that individual request a closed session as provided by 21.5(i), Code of Iowa.  Seconded by Mary Allred.

Roll Call Vote:    Gabrielle Frederick           - yes                                     Mary Allred                        - yes

                           Jed Seward                      - yes                                     Jeremy Pickard                 - yes

                           Marianne Schlabach        - yes                                     Jake Snider                       - yes

                           Denise Chittick                 - yes

Motion carried 7-0.

The Board entered Closed Session at 6:35p.m.

The Board exited Closed Session at 8:44p.m.


The meeting adjourned at 8:45p.m.