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November 8, 2021

Mid-Prairie Community School District

Kalona, Wellman, West Chester

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

November 8, 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.

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


Career and Technical Education Site Visit

Chuck Banks, High School Principal, introduced High School Teachers - Glenda Seward, Sarah O’Rourke, Chris Tyler, Lucas Troyer, Chad Surom, and Elsa Schmidt discussed the October 6th Career and Technical Education Site Visit from Grant Wood AEA.  The review documents will be sent to the State CTE Staff where the documents will also be evaluated.  The staff discussed their individual area of focus and items that each will work on in the next year as a result of the site visit.

Elementary Math Interventionist Activities

Robin Foster, West Elementary Principal, introduced Emily Pennington, Elementary Math Interventionist.  Pennington presented on her activities and approach to the new TLC role in the District.  She started her work this School Year by screening all students from Kindergarten to Grade 2.  She also screened a subset of 3rd and 4th graders as recommended by their classroom teachers.  She is planning a Family Math Night for both East and West Elementary Schools—a new event for the District.  The major focus this year is using the resources of Grant Wood AEA to teach 3 different math strategies, and this is underway.  She is also working with a team to look at curriculum two years out.

District Facilities Plan

Discussion continued from previous meetings on the priority items for the Facilities Plan, possible funding sources available, and beginning dialogue on items that may need to be removed from the list to fit within resources raised via possible voted bond issuances.

Board Member and Administrator Dialogue – Tabled to the next meeting.

Board Development and Inservice Activities – Tabled to the next meeting.


Public Forum– 7:00 p.m.

No one spoke.

Consent Items

Gabrielle Frederick moved to approve the following consent items.

Minutes of Previous Meetings

The minutes of October 25, 2021;

Finance Report

The Finance Report for October 2021;

Payment of Bills

The bills as listed for November 8, 2021; and Prepaid Bills;

Open Enrollment Requests

Kaylee Love requests Eian Love (Grade 2), and Payton Love (Grade 5), attend Mid-Prairie from Iowa City Community School District for the 2021-22 School Year;

Personnel Items

Contract issued to Tom Nye, Bus Driver, $23.63 per hour;

Work Agreement to Marla Jennings, High School Paraprofessional, $14.18 per hour;

Contract issued to Zeb Evans, MS Assistant Wrestling Coach, $1,583 per season;

Fundraising Requests – None Submitted

Jodi Meader seconded the consent items.  Motion carried 7-0.

Student Learning

First Reading – School Board Policy 906, Drones

Superintendent Schneider introduced this agenda item.  The current policy was developed to recognize the unique elements of personal flying devices that may be a part of the educational programs within the District.  With Superintendent approval the revised policy includes a provision for drones to be used for curricular and extra-curricular activities.  The board asked questions to clarify the changes.

Gabrielle Frederick moved to approve School Board Policy 906, Drones on First Reading as presented.  Jeremy Pickard seconded the motion.    Motion carried 7-0.


School Bus Buds

The recommendation is to accept the lowest bid from Hoglund Bus Company for two School Buses with cargo capacity at $243,000 total after trade-in of two buses, or $121,500 per diesel-powered bus.  Without the trade-in values the buses would be $126,000 each.  These new buses will have air-conditioning.

Gabrielle Frederick moved to accept the bid from Hoglund School Bus Sales in the amount of $243,000 for the purchase of two new cargo school buses recognizing the price is net of the trade-in value of two buses.  Jodi Meader seconded the motion.    Motion carried 7-0.

SBRC Resolution for Additional Allowable Growth for Enrollment and ELL

Superintendent Schneider noted the additional allowable growth resolution that, if passed, will allow the District to increase spending authority of $87,395 for Open Enrollment Out and of $7,227 for ELL Beyond 5 Years.   These amounts are a result of the Certified Enrollment data from the October 1, 2021, count date.

Gabrielle Frederick moved to approve Resolution 110821 to allow the Superintendent to request increased spending authority of $87,395 on Open Enrollment Out for the 2020-2021 School year and $7,227 for ELL Beyond 5 Years.  Jodi Meader seconded the motion.

Roll Call Vote:    Gabrielle Frederick           - yes

                           Mary Allred                       - yes

                          Jodi Meader                      - yes

                         Jeremy Pickard                  - yes

                         Marianne Schlabach          - yes

                         Jeremy Gugel                    - yes

                         Denise Chittick                  - yes

Motion carried 7-0.

Work Session

Completion of Unfinished Work Session Items

District Facilities Plan

The Board continued discussion from earlier in the meeting on project priorities and potential funding resources.  The Board asked questions of the representatives of Shive-Hattery and Carl A. Nelson and Company who were present at the meeting.  The list was narrowed and will be given to Shive-Hattery and Carl A Nelson and Company for final review prior to the next meeting.

Announcements and Suggestions for Next Agenda

The next regular Board meeting will be on Monday, November 22, 2021, at 6:15 p.m. at the Central Office Community Room.  Agenda items to include: The Superintendent evaluation, the new Board will be convened, and Second Reading of the Drone Policy 906.


The meeting adjourned at 8:21p.m.