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Special Zoom Board Meeting

MORMON TRAIL COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS                                         ADMINISTRATION

Pat Evans, President             Stephanie Bear               Kerry Phillips, Superintendent

Marc Smiarowski, Vice President Jeremy Cromer               Becky Stripe, Principal

Elizabeth Dachenbach Peggy Rash, Board Secretary

SPECIAL BOARD MEETING AGENDA

April 3rd 6:00 p.m. 

District Office, Garden Grove, Iowa

Public limited to Electronic Access Due to COVID-19 Virus

ZOOM address:https://zoom.us/j/8738698115

  1. Call to Order
  1. Roll Call
  2. Mormon Trail CSD Mission Statement:  The mission of the Mormon Trail Community School District, in partnership with the community, is to provide quality educational opportunities in a safe and caring environment to prepare all students to function successfully.
  1. Visitors – Welcome
  1. Public Forum – Board PresidentIt is the goal of the Mormon Trail Board of Directors to ensure that the public understands the level of participation allowed at the meetings of the Mormon Trail School Board.  Please sign in if you have not done so.  Copies of tonight’s agenda are also available
  2. The Mormon Trail Board of Directors invites any member of the audience with comments about items which do not appear on the agenda to address the Board.  The Board does not normally respond to Public Forum comments.  Statements made during the Public Forum shall not be construed as being the statement or position of the District.  Defamatory, slanderous, or libelous comments made during a Public Forum may be subject to legal action.   Please begin by stating your name and address.  Please limit your comments to 2-3 minutes to allow opportunity for everyone to speak.
  1. Agenda Approval
  2. Action Items
  1. Action to close school though April 30th at the recommendation of the Governor
  1. Discussion Items:
  1. None
  1. Adjourn 
  2. Exempt Session

Note:  The Board may act on any item on the agenda.

The next regular meeting will be held Friday, April 10th, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

March 16, 2020 Minutes

MORMON TRAIL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

March 16, 2020    

Superintendent Phillips called the emergency meeting of the Mormon Trail Board of Directors to order at 11:35 a.m. in the Garden Grove Board office. Answering roll call via electronic text communication to hold an emergency meeting in regard to a state of emergency due to COVID-19, were board members Dachenbach, Bear, Smiarowski and Evans. Cromer entered the meeting at 11:43 a.m. Principal Becky Stripe and Board Secretary Peggy Rash were also present. Jr High/High School secretary, Stevie Parmer was also in attendance.

The agenda was approved with a motion by Smiarowski followed by a second from Bear. Dachenbach, Bear, Cromer, Smiarowski and Evans voted aye to approve.

There was no consent agenda.

First up under action items, Smiarowski made a motion to approve an immediate change in the 2019-2020 calendar as follows: March 17th will be a teacher work day. Students will also be allowed to come to their school from 2-4 pm and pick up any necessary supplies, text books, Chromebooks and medications needed for the break. Spring break will be extended through March 31st. At that time, the COVID-19 situation will be reevaluated. As of this meeting, Iowa’s Governor, Kim Reynolds has recommended that all Iowa schools be shut down for four weeks. There will be no activities during this time. Cromer seconded followed by ayes from Dachenbach, Bear, Cromer, Smiarowski and Evans to approve.

Smiarowski motioned to purchase 40 Chromebooks at a cost of approximately $5800 for online learning instruction should the break be extended. Dachenbach seconded. Dachenbach, Bear, Cromer, Smiarowski and Evans voted aye to pass the motion.

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Smiarowski motioned to adjourn the meeting. Cromer seconded followed by ayes from Dachenbach, Bear, Cromer, Smiarowski and Evans.

Superintendent Phillips closed the meeting at 11:58 a.m.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Mormon Trail Board of Directors will be held Wednesday, April 8, 2020 @ 6:30 pm in the District Office in Garden Grove.

____________________________ ___________________________

              President, Board of Education               Secretary, Board of Education

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Date               Date

These minutes are written as recorded by the board secretary and subject to approval at the next regular board meeting.   Peggy Rash, Board Secretary/Treasurer

February 19, 2020 Minutes

MORMON TRAIL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

REGULAR MEETING

February 19, 2020    

President Evans called the regular meeting of the Mormon Trail Board of Directors to order at 6:34 p.m. in the Garden Grove Board Office. Answering roll call were board members Dachenbach, Smiarowski and Evans. Cromer entered the meeting at 6:37pm and Bear entered at 7:43 pm. Superintendent Kerry Phillips, Principal Becky Stripe and Board Secretary Peggy Rash were also present. Linda Horton from the Humeston New Era was also in attendance. Guests signing in were Christian Hilton, Claudia Brown, Kara Hilton, Pam Woollis, Kim Hayes and Mona Baker.

During Public forum, Mona Baker spoke to the Board about starting up a Big Brother Big Sister program. Superintendent Phillip told Baker Board approval is not necessary for her to do that.

Claudia Brown, Pam Woollis, Kim Hayes and Chris Hilton were up next to speak during the public forum. The group talked to the Board as part of an ESSA group. ESSA is an acronym for Every Student Succeeds Act. The group went over assessments and explained the District’s proficiency score. 64% of our students are reaching their expected goals. The state wants 80%. The state average is 69% proficiency. The group explained some reasons the District’s score might be lower than we’d like. One such reason is that our reading curriculum is out of date. The group would like the Board to look into changing to a new reading curriculum. The Board took no action. Mr Phillips told the group and the Board that changing would require public input before the Board could take any action.

The agenda was approved with a motion by Smiarowski followed by a second from Dachenbach. All present voted aye to approve.

The consent agenda which included the previous meeting minutes, along with open enrollment requests that meet requirements, was approved with a motion by Cromer and a second by Smiarowski. All present voted aye. There were three new open enrollment requests out of the District. None into the District.

There was no resignation brought to the Board.

The following Spring and Summer sport contracts were approved:

Boys High School golf/Cale Moore and Girls High School golf/Cassie Moore – motion by Bear, second from Dachenbach followed by ayes from all present. Contracts will be issued contingent on licenses being current.

JH Boys and Girls Track/Robert Thatcher, HS Boys and Girls Track co-coaches/ Leslie Bexten and Elizabeth Vanderflught – motion by Cromer, second from Dachenbach followed by ayes from all present. Contracts will be issued contingent on licenses being current.

Head Softball/Cassie Moore and head Baseball/Jason Newton – motion by Smiarowski, second by Dachenbach to approve pending up to date licenses. All present voted aye to approve.

A bid for a new convection oven from Kohl’s ($7257.35) was approved with a motion by Bear and a second from Cromer. All present voted aye. Central Restaurant Products also submitted bids ranging from $7407-$7935.30.

The Board agreed to renew a postage lease with Pitney Bowes. The current lease will expire soon and Pitney Bowes has offered an upgraded postage machine for a similar cost. Smiarowski made the motion to approve, Cromer seconded, and all present voted aye to approve the motion.

Shared contracts were up next for discussion. Currently the District shares technology with both Green Hills AEA and also with Seymour CSD. In a motion by Smiarowski, followed by a second from Dachenbach, the Board voted to discontinue the arrangement with Green Hills AEA for next year and to continue sharing with Seymour CSD. The motion was approved with a vote of all ayes from those present.

The Board would like Mr Phillips and Mrs Stripe to visit with Wayne CSD about the sharing arrangement for TAG teacher for fiscal year 2020-21 With a motion by Cromer, a second from Dachenbach followed by ayes from all present the matter was tabled and will be revisited at the March meeting.

Smiarowski motioned to approve the bills and financials, but only after holding payment to Grand River Mutual for replacing the phone system at both Humeston and Garden Grove. Cromer seconded followed by all ayes.

Principal Stripe and Superintendent Phillips briefly updated the Board on what was happening in the District. Secretary Rash reported she had received the Health Insurance renewal for 2020-21. Costs are expected to stay the same for Dental but Health insurance will see an increase of around 8.25%. The vision plan benefits will be changed by the plan administrators somewhat and will see an increase also.

Smiarowski motioned to adjourn the meeting. Cromer seconded followed by ayes from all present.

Evans closed the meeting at 8:48 pm.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Mormon Trail Board of Directors will be held Wednesday, March 11, 2020 @ 6:30 pm in the District Office in Garden Grove.

____________________________ ___________________________

              President, Board of Education               Secretary, Board of Education

_________  _________ 

Date               Date

These minutes are written as recorded by the board secretary and subject to approval at the next regular board meeting.   Peggy Rash, Board Secretary/Treasurer

January 22, 2020 Minutes

MORMON TRAIL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

REGULAR MEETING

January 22, 2020    

President Evans called the regular meeting of the Mormon Trail Board of Directors to order at 7:22 p.m. in the Humeston Elementary Commons. Answering roll call were board members Dachenbach, Bear, Cromer and Evans. Smiarowski was absent. Superintendent Kerry Phillips, and Board Secretary Peggy Rash were also present. Linda Horton from the Humeston New Era was also in attendance. Guests signing in were Christian Hilton, Claudia Brown, Kara Hilton and Robin Hilton. Eric and Austin were also there from DLR.

There were no guests who wanted to speak to the Board.

The agenda was approved with a motion by Bear followed by a second from Dachenbach. Dachenbach, Bear, Cromer and Evans voted aye to approve. Smiarowski was absent.

The consent agenda which included the previous meeting minutes from Dec 9th and January 13th along with open enrollment requests that meet requirements, was approved with a motion by Bear and a second by Cromer. Dachenbach, Bear, Cromer and Evans voted aye to approve. Smiarowski was absent. There were no new open enrollments requests into or out of the District reported.

Cromer made a motion to accept the resignation of Cale Moore as baseball coach. Dachenbach seconded followed by ayes from Dachenbach, Bear, Cromer and Evans to approve. Smiarowski was absent. The Board would like to thank Moore for his years of service to the District.

The following Special Education Para educators were approved:

Caitlyn Clark – motion by Cromer, second from Dachenbach followed by ayes from Dachenbach, Bear, Cromer and Evans. Smiarowski was absent.

Natasha Mitchell – motion by Dachenbach, second from Bear followed by ayes from Dachenbach, Bear, Cromer and Evans. Smiarowski was absent.

The District will apply for an Education Standards Exemption for fy 2020-2021. Bear made the motion followed by a second from Dachenbach to apply for a Spanish I II III & IV waiver for 2020-2021. Motions passes with ayes from Dachenbach, Bear, Cromer and Evans to approve. Smiarowski was absent. The District is allowed to apply for a waiver if attempting to find a suitable instructor doesn’t succeed. This is a good opportunity for smaller school districts to be able to offer higher level courses with smaller student enrollment. This alternative enables the student to enroll in online classes the district would not otherwise be able to provide instructors for. This option has been provided by Iowa Learning Online classes. It was noted by Superintendent Phillips this will be the last year the program is offered.

The District will offer an Early Retirement incentive effective at the end of the current fiscal year 2019-2020. The plan is for full-time certified employees only. The District will provide single premium health insurance coverage for one year. The motion passes with a motion by Bear, a second from  Dachenbach followed by ayes from Dachenbach, Bear, Cromer and Evans to approve. Smiarowski was absent.

A Dual Control Waiver for Great Western Bank was approved with a motion by Bear and a second from Dachenbach followed by ayes from Dachenbach, Bear, Cromer and Evans to approve. Smiarowski was absent.

Bear made the motion followed by a second from Cromer to approve Advantage Administrators as administrators for the District’s Section 125 Plan. Ayes were heard from Dachenbach, Bear, Cromer and Evans to approve. Smiarowski was absent. Motion passes. Section 125 Plans allow the District to process certain employee medical payments as pre-tax which decreases the amount of taxes owed. IPERS also requires an approved administrator in order for that portion of the employee’s wages to be IPERS covered.  

Superintendent Phillips ask the Board to retract the action taken in December for the At Risk/Drop Out Prevention application. The amount approved in December was $4759 with a $1586 local match. Phillips ask that the amount be dropped to $0 as the District will not receive additional funding due to carryover left in the program’s balance. The motion was made by Dachenbach, and seconded by Cromer to accept Phillips recommendation. Motion passes with ayes from Dachenbach, Bear, Cromer and Evans to approve. Smiarowski was absent.

MFA’s bid of $.03/gallon below the posted pump price less applicable taxes for ethanol fuel was accepted with a motion by Bear, a second from Dachenbach followed by ayes from Dachenbach, Bear and Evans to approve. Cromer abstained. Smiarowski was absent. Motion passes. MFA will supply the District’s ethanol fuel for the period January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020. A second bid from Agriland FS for $1.745 per gallon plus applicable taxes (.293 cents per gallon) was also considered.

Cromer motioned to hire Mike Snyder as the Driver’s Education instructor for the Spring of 2020 at a salary of $165 per student finishing the course. Costs will remain the same as last year. $250/resident students. Also, for in District students, $165 with reduced waiver and no cost to students with free waiver. $300/all out of District students. Bear seconded followed by ayes from Dachenbach, Bear, Cromer and Evans to approve. Smiarowski was absent.

Last under action items, Cromer made a motion to approve the bills and financials. Dachenbach seconded followed by ayes from Dachenbach, Bear, Cromer and Evans to approve. Smiarowski was absent. Motion carries. 

Superintendent Phillips briefly updated the Board on what was happening in the District. He reported that several staff and students have enjoyed visiting WACO CSD to observe their 4-day school week.

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Cromer motioned to adjourn the meeting. Dachenbach seconded followed by ayes from Dachenbach, Bear, Cromer and Evans to approve. Smiarowski was absent.

Evans closed the meeting at 8:34 pm.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Mormon Trail Board of Directors will be held Wednesday, February 12, 2020 @ 7:00 pm in the District Office in Garden Grove.

____________________________ ___________________________

              President, Board of Education               Secretary, Board of Education

_________  _________ 

Date               Date

These minutes are written as recorded by the board secretary and subject to approval at the next regular board meeting.   Peggy Rash, Board Secretary/Treasurer

Special Meeting Jan. 13, 2020

Special Meeting

Mormon Trail CSD

January 13, 2020

The Mormon Trail CSD Board of Directors met in special session Monday, January 13, 2020 in the Board Office at Garden Grove.

In the absence of President Evans, acting President, Marc Smiarowski called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm. Roll call was taken with the following recorded: Evans-absent; Bear-absent; Cromer-present; Dachenbach-present; Smiarowski-present. One guest, Lavern Tueth was present. Secretary Rash and Superintendent Phillips were also in attendance.

The agenda was approved with a motion by Cromer, a second from Dachenbach, followed by ayes from Cromer, Dachenbach and Smiarowski. Bear and Evans were absent.

There were no resignations to report.

There were no new contracts to issue.

The District’s MSA (Modified Supplemental Amount) Application in the amount of $4759 with a local match of $1586 for the At Risk/Dropout Budget for 2020-2021 was approved with a motion from Dachenbach and a second from Cromer. Ayes were heard from Cromer, Dachenbach and Smiarowski. Bear and Evans were absent.

Lavern Tueth presented acting president, Marc Smiarowski with petitions collected from eligible District voters for a special public measure proposition to be submitted at a school election.

With a motion by Cromer and a second by Dachenbach all banking permissions currently held by previous president Smiarowski will be transferred to newly elected president Patrick Evans effective immediately. Ayes were heard from Cromer, Dachenbach and Smiarowski. Bear and Evans were absent.

A resolution ordering a special election on March 3,2020 for the issuance of $5,515,000 General Obligation Bonds was read by Marc Smiarowski.

Dachenbach motioned to accept the signed petitions as presented to acting President Smiarowski by Mormon Trail citizen, Lavern Tueth and verified by Board Secretary Rash. The motion was seconded by Cromer. The following votes were heard: Cromer, yes; Dachenbach, yes; and Smiarowski yes. Bear and Evans were absent.

The President declared the Resolution adopted as follows:

RESOLUTION ORDERING A SPECIAL ELECTION ON THE ISSUANCE OF $5,515,000 GENERAL OBLIGATION SCHOOL BONDS

WHEREAS, there has been filed with the President of this Board a Petition of eligible electors of this School District asking that an election be called to submit the question of contracting indebtedness and issuing bonds of the School District in an amount not to exceed $5,515,000 to provide funds to provide funds to construct, build, furnish and equip an elementary school addition and to improve the site; and

WHEREAS, this Board has examined the Petition and finds that it is signed by eligible electors of the School District numbering at least 25% of those voting at the last election of school officials and that the purposes set forth in the petition cannot be accomplished within the limit of one and one-quarter percent of the assessed value of the taxable property in the School District; and

WHEREAS, the proposal for the issuance of Bonds or any other proposal incorporating any portion of it has not or will not have been submitted to the qualified electors of the School District for a period of at least six months prior to the date of election being called in these Proceedings;

WHEREAS, this Board has also determined it is necessary to submit at the special school election the proposition of authorizing the Board of Directors to levy annually a tax exceeding Two Dollars and Seventy Cents ($2.70) per Thousand Dollars ($1,000), but not exceeding Four Dollars and Five Cents ($4.05) per Thousand Dollars ($1,000) of the assessed value of the taxable property to pay the principal of and interest on bonded indebtedness; the Board acknowledges that approval of this proposition does not limit the source of payment of the Bonds and interest but only restricts the amount of Bonds which may be issued:

NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS RESOLVED BY THE MORMON TRAIL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT, IN THE COUNTIES OF WAYNE, CLARK, DECATUR AND LUCAS, STATE OF IOWA:

  1. 1.That an election is called of the qualified electors of the Mormon Trail Community School District in the Counties of Wayne, Clark, Decatur and Lucas, State of Iowa, on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.  The following Proposition is approved, and the Secretary is authorized and directed to submit and file the Proposition for the Ballot with the Wayne County Commissioner of Elections at least 46 days prior to the election. 

PROPOSITION ___

Shall the Board of Directors of the Mormon Trail Community School District in the Counties of Wayne, Clark, Decatur and Lucas, State of Iowa, be authorized to contract indebtedness and issue General Obligation Bonds in an amount not to exceed $5,515,000 to provide funds to provide funds to construct, build, furnish and equip an elementary school addition and to improve the site?

  1. 2.Because it is necessary to approve a tax levy for the payment of principal and interest on the above Proposition, the following question also will be submitted to the qualified electors at the special election held on Tuesday, March 3, 2020:

PROPOSITION ___

Shall the Board of Directors of the Mormon Trail Community School District in the Counties of Wayne, Clark, Decatur and Lucas, State of Iowa, be authorized to levy annually a tax exceeding Two Dollars and Seventy Cents ($2.70) per Thousand Dollars ($1,000), but not exceeding Four Dollars and Five Cents ($4.05) per Thousand Dollars ($1,000) of the assessed value of the taxable property within said school corporation to pay the principal of and interest on bonded indebtedness of said school corporation, it being understood that the approval of this proposition shall not limit the source of payment of the bonds and interest, but shall only operate to restrict the amount of bonds which may be issued?

[END OF BALLOT LANGUAGE]

  1. 3.That the notice of the election and ballot form used at the election shall be prepared in accordance with the provisions of the Iowa Code and Iowa Administrative Rules.
  2. 4.That the Election Board for the Voting Precinct or precincts be appointed by the County Commissioner of Elections for each County conducting an election, not less than 15 days before the election.
  3. 5.The Commissioner of Elections for each County conducting an election is requested and directed to make publication of the Notice of Election at least once, not less than four days nor more than twenty days prior to the election, in a newspaper that meets the requirements of Section 49.53(2), Code of Iowa.
  4. 6.Wayne County, Iowa is the Controlling County for this election.
  5. 7.That the County Commissioner of Elections for each County conducting an election shall prepare all ballots and election registers and other supplies necessary for the proper and legal conduct of this election and the Secretary of the Board is directed to cooperate with these Commisioners of Elections in the preparation of the necessary proceedings.
  6. 8.That the Secretary is directed to file a certified copy of this Resolution in the Office of the County Commissioner of Elections of the Controlling County to constitute the “written notice” to the County Commissioner of Elections of the election date, required to be given by the governing body under the provisions of Chapter 47, Code of Iowa .

PASSED AND APPROVED this 13th day of January, 2020.

There were no additional discussions. Acting President Smiarowski closed the meeting at 7:42 pm with a motion from Cromer, a second from Dachenbach followed by ayes from Cromer, Dachenbach and Smiarowski. Bear and Evans were absent.

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President Board Secretary

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Date Date

These minutes were written as recorded by the Board Secretary and subject to approval at the next regular Board meeting.

December 9, 2019 Minutes

MORMON TRAIL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

ANNUAL MEETING

December 9, 2019    

President Smiarowski called the regular meeting of the Mormon Trail Board of Directors to order at 7:00 p.m. in the Garden Grove Board Office. Answering roll call were board members Peasley, Funk, Evans, Cromer and Smiarowski. Superintendent Kerry Phillips, Elementary / High School Principal Becky Stripe and Board Secretary Peggy Rash were also present. Linda Horton from the Humeston New Era was also present. There were three guests signing in, Kimberly Hayes, Stephanie Bear and Elizabeth Dachenbach.

The agenda was approved with a motion by Funk followed by a second by Peasley. All present voted aye.

The consent agenda which included the previous meeting minutes and open enrollment requests that met requirements were approved with a motion by Cromer and a second by Evans. All present voted aye to approve the motion. There were no new open enrollment requests in or out of the District. 

First up under action items, there were no resignations to report.

Cynthia Schlangen was approved as a 1:1 Special Ed Para educator with a motion by Evans, a second by Cromer followed by all ayes from those present. Amanda Jackson was approved as a 1:1 Special Ed Para educator with a motion by Cromer, a second by Peasley followed by all ayes from those present. Karlee Williams was approved as a 1:1 Special Ed Para educator with a motion by Cromer, a second by Funk followed by all ayes from those present.

The financial report for 18-19 year end was approved with a motion by Funk. Evans seconded followed by all ayes from those present.

The depository report for June 30, 18-19 year end, was also approved with a motion by Cromer. Funk seconded followed by all ayes from those present.

At the recommendation of Principal Stripe, updated Elementary and Junior High/High School student handbooks were approved with a motion by Funk and a second from Evans. All aye votes followed. The handbooks will be put on the school’s website for all to access.

The District received one snow removal bid from Erick Cobb. Cobb’s bid was the same terms as last year. He will remove snow at both locations @ $85 per hour. Cobb will receive a $600 service charge at the inception of the agreement and be guaranteed to receive $2400 for services by May 31, 2020 or an additional service charge of $600 will be paid. Evans motioned to accept the terms followed by a second from Cromer. All present voted aye to pass the motion.

The SBRC application for Open enrollment out not in fall 2018 in the amount of $40,416 was approved in a motion by Evans, a second from Peasley followed by all ayes. The application was originally approved in November without a stated amount as the application had to be certified with the amount unknown. The District will recertify the amount of $40,416.

Cromer made a motion to approve the removal of Lori Reed and replace Lori with Stephanie Parmer to be added as an administrator for the District’s BMO card. Evans seconded followed by all ayes.

Cromer made a motion to approve the bills as submitted for payment. Funk seconded followed by all ayes. Motion passes.

The board approved the Canvass of votes for the Nov 5, 2019 School Board Election with a motion by Funk and a second by Cromer. Motion passed with a vote of all ayes. Patrick D Evans (168 votes) Stephanie Bear (165 votes) and write-in candidate, Elizabeth Dachenbach (66 votes) won the three open seats on the Board. They will each serve a four-year term. Other write-in votes were received for Christine Auxier (20 votes), Leigh Ann Coffey (41 votes) and scattering (25 votes).  These numbers include tallies from all four counties in the Mormon Trail CSD.

Administrative reports were given by Mrs Stripe and Mr Phillips. Stripe spoke to the Board about the new Equity report. The report shows the District is maintaining the trends seen in previous reports. The report shows diversity in the following categories, including, race, gender and socio-economic factors. Stripe also discussed the positive feedback she has received from people concerning the recent winter concert and the music/band program in general. Mr Traylor and the pk-12 students are doing a really nice job.

Mr Phillips mentioned plans for a community dinner to be held December 18th at 6 pm in the Humeston Elementary commons. The topic up for discussion is the Housing 360 Program. The program is being developed for housing opportunities in the area. Phillips also told the Board Dec 10th is the day we find out the DOE’s recommendation to the SBRC for the District’s Certificate of Need application. The SBRC will make the final decision on December 17th. Another group will be visiting WACO CSD on January 8th to look at how the proposed 4-day school week will affect their area of interest within the District.

In other discussion, Board member, Jeremy Cromer, expressed the need to keep moving forward with the softball/baseball field plans. Everyone agreed.

Funk motioned to adjourn the meeting. Peasley seconded followed by a vote of aye from Cromer, Funk, Peasley, Evans and Smiarowski.

President Smiarowski adjourned the meeting at 8:23 pm.

In between meetings, Superintendent Phillips presented Brad Funk and Jason Peasley, outgoing Board members, with a plaque and a pass to District events to show appreciation for their service to the school district. Funk served 11 years and Peasley has served 8 years. The Board and the community would like to thank both Funk and Peasley.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Mormon Trail Board of Directors will be held Wednesday, January 22, 2020 in the Board Office in Garden Grove.

____________________________ ___________________________

              President, Board of Education               Secretary, Board of Education

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Date               Date

These minutes are written as recorded by the board secretary and subject to approval at the next regular board meeting.   Peggy Rash, Board Secretary/Treasurer

ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

The organizational meeting of the Mormon Trail Board of Education was held directly following the annual meeting on December 9th in the Garden Grove Board Office. Secretary Peggy Rash called the meeting to order at 8:29 p.m. Marc Smiarowski, Pat Evans and Jeremy Cromer were present. First on the agenda, Rash administered the oath to newly elected board members, Stephanie Bear and Elizabeth Dachenbach and to Pat Evans who was reelected to serve another 4-yr term.

Next, Smiarowski nominated Pat Evans as President of the Board. Cromer seconded and motioned to cease nominations. Evans was named President with a vote of aye from Cromer, Smiarowski, Dachenbach and Bear. Evans abstained.

Secretary Rash administered the oath of office to President Evans.

President Evans asks for nominations for Board Vice President. Cromer nominated Marc Smiarowski. Bear seconded and motioned to cease nominations. Smiarowski was named Vice President with a vote of aye from Cromer, Evans, Dachenbach and Bear. Smiarowski abstained.

Smiarowski made a motion to appoint Peggy Rash as Secretary-Treasurer of the Board. Dachenbach seconded followed by a vote of aye from Cromer, Evans, Smiarowski, Dachenbach and Bear. 

President Evans administered the oath of office to Vice President, Marc Smiarowski and Secretary-Treasurer, Peggy Rash.

There was no new business.

Bear made the motion to designate the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Garden Grove Board Office for the Board to meet beginning January 2020.  Cromer seconded followed by all ayes.

The following appointments were made:

With a motion by Bear and a second by Smiarowski Ahlers and Cooney was approved as school’s main legal counsel and Verle Norris for local counsel.  Smiarowski seconded followed by a vote of aye from Cromer, Dachenbach, Bear, Evans and Smiarowski.

Cromer made the motion to use the Humeston New Era for the District’s legal publications. Bear seconded followed by all aye votes.

Cromer made a motion to adjourn the meeting followed by a second from Dachenbach and all ayes from Smiarowski, Dachenbach, Bear, Evans and Cromer. President Evans closed the meeting at 8:56 p.m. 

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Mormon Trail Board of Directors will be held January 22, 2020 @ 6:30 p.m. in the board office in Garden Grove.

____________________________ ___________________________

              President, Board of Education                 Secretary, Board of Education

_________  _________ 

Date   Date

These minutes are written as recorded by the board secretary and subject to approval at the next regular board meeting.   Peggy Rash, Board Secretary/Treasurer