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April 18, 2019 Special Meeting

Mormon Trail Community School District

Special Meeting

April 18, 2019

The Mormon Trail School Board along with the Community Building and Grounds committee met in a special meeting April 18, 2019 in the Humeston Elementary Commons. 

President Smiarowski called the meeting to order at 6:43 p.m. Peasley, Funk, Evans and Smiarowski were present. Superintendent Phillips, Principal Stripe and Secretary Rash were also in attendance. Cromer was absent. There were 37 guests signing in to listen to Matthew Gillaspie from Piper Jaffray speak to the group about “Bonding and Levies for Building Projects.” There was a free will offering dinner served by the Mormon Trail Swimming Pool at 6 p.m.

Matthew Gillaspie presented information about how tax levies are calculated. In prior meetings of the Building and Grounds Committee the consensus was reached that the committee felt the District should pursue building a new addition to the already existing K-6 building that would house K-12. Nothing is set in concrete as of right now but future meetings will start to pull the plan together.

The group disbanded at 7:50 p.m.

____________________________ ___________________________

President, Board of Education Secretary, Board of Education

_________ 

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

April 18, 2019 Special Meeting

Mormon Trail Community School District

Special Meeting and Closed Session

April 18, 2019

The Mormon Trail School Board met in special session April 18, 2019 in the Humeston Elementary Library. 

President Smiarowski called the meeting to order at 8:05 p.m. Peasley, Funk, Evans and Smiarowski were present. Cromer was absent. Superintendent Phillips, Principal Stripe and Secretary Rash were also in attendance.

Evans made a motion to approve the agenda with Peasley seconding. All voted aye to approve.

Motion to move into closed session as allowed by Iowa Code 21.5 (1) (j) was made by Evans and seconded by Funk. The following roll call vote was taken. Peasley aye; Funk aye; Evans aye; and Smiarowski aye. Cromer was absent. The Board entered closed session at 8:12 pm.

The Board returned to open session at 8:55 pm.

Evans made a motion to have Mr. Phillips pursue the items discussed in closed session. Funk seconded. The following roll call vote was taken. Peasley aye; Funk aye; Evans aye; and Smiarowski aye. Cromer was absent.

Director Peasley read the “resolution ordering election on the question of continuing to levy a voter approved physical plant and equipment property tax. Motion to adopt the resolution was made by Peasley and seconded by Funk. Funk, Evans, Peasley and Smiarowski voted aye to approve. Cromer was absent. Secretary Rash will file the resolution with the Wayne County Commissioner of Elections by May 10th.

The President declared the Resolution adopted as follows:

RESOLUTION ORDERING ELECTION ON THE QUESTION OF CONTINUING TO LEVY A VOTER APPROVED PHYSICAL PLANT AND EQUIPMENT PROPERTY TAX

WHEREAS, this Board has determined that an election should be called on the question of continuing to levy a voter approved physical plant and equipment property tax.

NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE MORMON TRAIL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT, in the COUNTIES OF WAYNE, CLARKE, 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, Clarke, Decatur and Lucas, State of Iowa, on Tuesday, June 25, 2019.  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.

SHALL THE FOLLOWING PUBLIC MEASURE BE ADOPTED?

PROPOSITION A

Shall the Board of Directors of the Mormon Trail Community School District, in the Counties of Wayne, Clarke, Decatur and Lucas, State of Iowa, for the purpose of purchasing and improving grounds; constructing schoolhouses or buildings and opening roads to schoolhouses or buildings; purchasing of buildings; purchase, lease or lease-purchase of technology and equipment; paying debts contracted for the erection or construction of schoolhouses or buildings, not including interest on bonds; procuring or acquisition of libraries; repairing, remodeling, reconstructing, improving, or expanding the schoolhouses or buildings and additions to existing schoolhouses; expenditures for energy conservation; renting facilities under Chapter 28E; purchasing transportation equipment for transporting students; lease purchase option agreements for school buildings or equipment; purchasing equipment authorized by law; or for any purpose or purposes now or hereafter authorized by law, be authorized for a period of ten (10) years, to levy annually, a voter-approved physical plant and equipment property tax not to exceed One Dollar Thirty-Four Cents ($1.34) per One Thousand Dollars ($1,000) of the assessed valuation of the taxable property within the school district commencing with the levy for collection in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021, or each year thereafter?

  1. 2.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.  The polls will be open from 7:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.
  2. 3.Wayne County, Iowa is the control county of this School District; this election will be conducted by the County Auditor as Commissioner of Elections.
  3. 4.That the Election Board for the voting precinct or precincts be appointed by the County Commissioner of Elections, not less than 15 days before the date of the election, a certified copy of which appointment must be officially placed on file in the office of the Secretary.
  4. 5.The Commissioner of Elections 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 date of the election, in a legal newspaper, printed wholly in the English language, as defined by Iowa Code Section 618.3.
  5. 6.The Humeston New Era, a legal newspaper, has substantial circulation within the District and is hereby designated to make the publication of the Notice of Election.
  6. 7.That the County Commissioner of Elections shall prepare all ballots and election registers and other supplies as necessary for the proper and legal conduct of this election and the Secretary of the Board is authorized and directed to cooperate with the Commissioner of Elections in the preparation of the necessary proceedings.
  7. 8.That the Secretary is directed to file a certified copy of this Resolution in the Office of the County Commissioner of Elections 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 Iowa Code Chapter 47.

PASSED AND APPROVED this 18th day of April, 2019.

The District’s current voted PPEL will expire at the end of fiscal year 2020. The vote is planned for June 25, 2019.

Funk made the motion to adjourn followed by a second from Peasley. Funk, Evans, Peasley and Smiarowski voted aye to approve. Cromer was absent.

President Smiarowski closed the meeting at 9:18 pm.

____________________________ ___________________________

President, Board of Education Secretary, Board of Education

_________ 

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

April 8, 2019 Public Hearing

MORMON TRAIL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

Public Hearing

April 8, 2019

President Smiarowski called the Public Hearing to order at 7 pm for public comment on the proposed 2019-20 Budget.  Answering roll call were board members Cromer, Funk, Peasley and Smiarowski. Evans entered the hearing at 7:05. 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 in attendance. Visitors signing in were Kara Hilton, Kimberly, Claudia Brown, Pam Woollis and Stephanie Bear. There were no public comments on the proposed budget. Peasley made a motion to adjourn with Cromer seconding. All present voted aye. Smiarowski closed the meeting at 7:15 pm.

MORMON TRAIL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

Public Hearing

April 8, 2019

President Smiarowski called the Public Hearing to order at 7:15 pm for public comment on the proposed 2018-19 Budget Amendment.  Answering roll call were board members Evans, Peasley, Cromer, Funk 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 in attendance. Visitors signing in were Kara Hilton, Kimberly, Claudia Brown, Pam Woollis and Stephanie Bear. There were no public comments on the proposed budget amendment. Cromer made a motion to adjourn with Evans seconding. All present voted aye. Smiarowski closed the meeting at 7:25 pm.

MORMON TRAIL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

Public Hearing

April 8, 2019

President Smiarowski called the Public Hearing to order at 7:25 pm for public comment on the proposed 2019-20 School Calendar.  Answering roll call were board members Evans, Peasley, Cromer, Funk 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 in attendance. Visitors signing in were Kara Hilton, Kimberly, Claudia Brown, Pam Woollis and Stephanie Bear. There were no public comments on the proposed calendar. Peasley made a motion to adjourn with Cromer seconding. All present voted aye. Smiarowski closed the meeting at 7:30 pm.

MORMON TRAIL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

REGULAR MEETING

April 8, 2019    

President Smiarowski called the regular meeting of the Mormon Trail Board of Directors to order at 7:30 p.m. in the Humeston Elementary Library. Answering roll call were board members Evans, Cromer, Peasley, Funk 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 in attendance. Guests signing in were Kara Hilton, Kimberly, Claudia Brown, Pam Woollis and Stephanie Bear.

The agenda was approved with the addition of adding action items for the Public Hearings held for the 2019-20 Proposed Budget, the 2018-19 Proposed Budget Amendment and the Proposed 2019-20 Calendar. Required deadlines for filing the 2019-20 proposed Budget and 2018-19 proposed Budget Amendment do not allow this action to be delayed. Funk made the motion to approve with the additional action items. Evans seconded. Motion passes with all present voting aye.

Peasley made a motion to approve the consent agenda which included approval of the previous meeting minutes and one open enrollment out of the District. Funk seconded followed by all aye votes to approve.

Evans made a motion to approve the Proposed 2019-20 Budget. Peasley seconded followed by ayes from all present.

Peasley made a motion to approve the Proposed 2018-19 Budget Amendment. Evans seconded followed by ayes from all present.

Funk motioned to approve the 2019-20 School Calendar with a corrected legend. Evans seconded followed by ayes from all present.

Funk made a motion to approve adding Junior High softball and baseball to the Schedule B pay schedule. Coaches will receive $1450 each per season. Peasley seconded followed by aye votes from those present.    

Contracts were tabled for Junior High softball and baseball to meet posting requirements with a motion by Peasley and a second from Evans. All present voted aye in agreement.

Funk made a motion to hire Cayle Buckingham as a 60% Elementary Guidance Counselor with additional duties following the Schedule A salary schedule for the 2019-20 school year. Cromer seconded followed by all aye votes from those present.

Donna Binning was hired as a full-time School Nurse for both the Elementary and Secondary buildings with a motion by Evans, a second by Peasley followed by all aye votes from those present. Binning’s salary will follow the Schedule A salary schedule.

With a motion by Funk and a second by Peasley the Board voted to accept the resignation of Jessie Horton as Humeston cook effective April 17th. All present voted aye to accept.

Evans motioned to accept the resignation of Dylan Jones from his Secondary teaching contract as English teacher and other related duties effective at the end of the 2018-19 contract year. The motion was seconded by Funk and all present voted aye to approve.

With a motion by Peasley and a second by Funk, Capital Sanitary was approved to refinish the gym floors at Humeston and Garden Grove this summer.

With a motion by Evans and a second by Cromer, Faller, Kincheloe & Co PLC was chosen to do the District’s audit for 2018-19. Their bid of $8200 was the only bid received for consideration. All present voted aye.

Mowing needs for summer 2019 were next up for discussion. Funk made a motion to accept Ozzie Smith’s bid of $150 per mowing for Garden Grove and M3 Lawn Care’s bid of $150 per mowing for Humeston. Bids include furnishing their own equipment and fuel. Cromer seconded followed by all aye votes.

Evans motioned to renew the Educational Services Contracts with SWCC for 2019-20. Cromer seconded followed by all aye votes. 

Funk made a motion to approve the bills and financials, including one from D&J Rental, upon request of an itemized invoice. Evans seconded followed by all aye votes. Motion carries. 

Evans made a motion to approve Bill Moore as bus driver to take Mr Neilssen and a group of Music students out of state for a trip to World’s of Fun on Saturday, April 13th. Cromer seconded followed by all aye votes to pass the motion.

Director Peasley read the following resolution and motioned to adopt this Resolution for Sports Classification Equity followed by a second from Director Funk. A roll call vote was taken. Evans aye; Peasley aye; Funk aye; Cromer aye; and Smiarowski aye. There were no votes against adopting the resolution. Resolution is adopted as follows:

Whereupon the President declared said Resolution duly adopted as follows:

RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, the Mormon Trail Board of Directors feel the need for the IGHSAU & IHSAA to begin the process for modifications of how schools are classified for district and state tournament competitions, and,

WHEREAS, the IGHSAU & IHSAA recognize the challenges public school districts face when competing with certain private schools with similar enrollment, and,

WHEREAS, all students deserve a level playing field and fair opportunity to strive for success at a competitive level, and,

WHEREAS, recruitment of students and engagement in activities is further hampered by continued lack of success due to an unlevel playing field, and,

WHEREAS, there is a state and community public purpose in ensuring that students from low-income families and communities have every opportunity to engage in activities at school that build confidence, competence, teamwork skills, goal setting, leadership abilities, and caring adult relationships and peer supports that inspire motivation to succeed academically, and

WHEREAS, the IGHSAU & IHSAA must recognize that low poverty levels of students and community impact the ability of school districts to be competitive with other similar sized schools on a regular basis to deliver those ends to all students, and,

WHEREAS, Iowa public school leaders request leadership and action from IGHSAU & IHSAA to begin to address these inequities in school classification in a way that is transparent and fair for Iowa public school districts,

NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved by the Board:

Mormon Trail Board of Directors call for a commitment from the IGHSAU & IHSAA Board of Control and Executive Directors to convene a committee to seriously evaluate the competitive needs of students and schools in order to experience success and the inequities inherent in a system based solely on enrollment size without consideration of family and community capacity for support and make a recommendation to a joint board of both associations to resolve this issue in the 2019-2020 school year.   

  

Passed and approved this 8th day of April 2019.

Principal Stripe gave a brief report to the Board mentioning students had begun testing and that 6th graders will be shadowing Junior High students. Superintendent Phillips noted the use of At Risk funds for the full-time K-12 Nursing position and part-time Elementary Guidance Counselor position. He also encouraged people to write and submit stories and articles to the newspapers concerning the school as often as possible.

Cromer motioned that the meeting be adjourned. Evans seconded with all voting in favor of adjournment.  Smiarowski closed the meeting at 8:46 p.m.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Mormon Trail Board of Directors will be held May 13, 2019 @ 7:00 pm in the Elementary Library.

____________________________ ___________________________

              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

March 11, 2019 Board Minutes

MORMON TRAIL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

REGULAR MEETING

March 11, 2019    

President Smiarowski called the regular meeting of the Mormon Trail Board of Directors to order at 7:10 p.m. in the Humeston Elementary Library. Answering roll call were board members Peasley, Cromer, Evans, Funk and Smiarowski. Superintendent Kerry Phillips, Elementary/High School Principal Becky Stripe and Board Secretary Peggy Rash were present. Linda Horton from the Humeston New Era was also in attendance. Guests signing in were Kimberly Hayes, Dylan Jones, Teri Indorf, Stephanie Bear, Pam Woollis, Matthew Gillaspie, Brad Krutsinger, Claudia Brown and Kara Hilton.

The agenda was approved with a motion by Evans and a second by Cromer. All present voted aye to approve.

The consent agenda, consisting of previous board minutes and one open enrollment request out of the District was approved with a motion by Funk and a second by Peasley. All present voted aye to approve.

First up, under Public Forum comments, Matthew Gillaspie from Piper Jaffrey spoke to the group about the District’s “School Infrastructure Financing Capacity” as of Spring 2019. He explained different financing options related to Bond issues and also about the PPEL Levy. The District’s PPEL levy will expire in FY 2020 and will need to be voted on in the near future.

TLC team members Claudia Brown, Kimberly Hayes and Brad Krutsinger were next to speak to the Board. Mrs Brown spoke of mentoring, the Plan Book and Professional Development. Mrs Hayes followed with her observation of how the program allows for more class observation time and meeting the needs of both teachers and students. Hayes also talked of the reports being more useful with better data. Finally, Mr Krutsinger spoke of the group’s plan to reach out to parents more, more parental involvement in the school and of parent surveys. The group feels there are many great things happening with the TLC program.   

First up, under action items, the following contract was approved:

With a motion by Funk and a second by Evans, Leslie Bexten was approved as a volunteer for Junior High and High School boys and girls track. All present voted aye to pass the motion.

Motion by Cromer, Second by Peasley to accept the resignation of Missy Myers as volunteer Cheer Coach. All present voted aye.

The Senior Class trip was next up for discussion. Class Sponsors Teri Indorf and Dylan Jones were present to discuss the trip. Indorf and Jones discussed the classes itinerary and budget for the trip. With a motion by Cromer and a second by Funk the following was approved. The itinerary and budget; the dates Saturday, May 4th through Tuesday, May 7th; the group will stay at Tan Tar A Resort; the use of a District school bus to travel out of state with driver Bill Moore and his wife Carol; and the use of the District’s credit card. All present voted aye in approval.

The second reading of a new policy, Code No. 713 “CANCELLING SCHOOL IN INCLEMENT WEATHER” was approved and the third reading waived with a motion by Funk and a second by Evans. All present voted aye to approve.

Funk made a motion to use the CFPM model with ISFIS & Piper Jaffrey. Peasley seconded followed by all aye votes.

The second readings for Board Policy changes series 100-500 were approved and the third reading waived with the following motions. 100 Series, Brad Funk. Motion by Cromer, second by Funk. All present voted aye to approve and waive the third reading. 200 Series, Jason Peasley. Motion by Evans, second by Peasley. All present vote aye to approve and waive the third reading. 300 Series Jeremy Cromer. Motion by Cromer, second by Evans. All present vote aye to approve and waive the third reading. 400 Series Pat Evans. Motion by Evans, second by Peasley. All present vote aye to approve and waive the third reading. 500 Series Marc Smiarowski. Motion to approve by Peasley, second by Cromer. All present vote aye to approve and waive the third reading. Each Board member was assigned a series of policies to review and recommend any changes they felt necessary. There were no recommendations.

Peasley read the Budget Guarantee Resolution for the 2019-20 Fiscal Year which reads as follows:

Summary: Iowa law provides for a minimum amount of growth in the regular program district cost for any school district where regular program district cost will decrease due to declining enrollment or low allowable growth or a combination of the two. In Iowa Code Sec. 257.14, the legislature has provided for a budget guarantee of 101% of the preceding year regular program district cost (without budget guarantee).

To utilize the budget guarantee, Districts must adopt a resolution and file with the Department of Management by April 15, 2019

Be it resolved, that the Board of Directors of the Mormon Trail Community School District, will levy property tax for fiscal year 2019-20 for the regular program budget adjustment as allowed under section 257.14, Code of Iowa.

Motion by Peasley, second by Evans to accept the resolution with the following roll call vote: Funk aye; Peasley aye; Cromer aye; Evans aye; and Smiarowski aye. There were no nay votes. Motion passes.

Evans made a motion to hold the public Budget hearing for fy 2019-20 at the next regular board meeting, Monday, April  8th, 2019 at 7 pm. Peasley seconded followed by all aye votes.

Cromer made a motion to continue all sharing arrangements currently being shared for 2019-20. Peasley seconded followed by all aye votes.

A motion to table a decision on offering an Early Retirement incentive was made with a motion by Funk and a second by Peasley. All present voted aye.

Cromer made a motion to approve the bills but hold the Embark payment contingent on Mr Phillips requesting additional information. Peasley seconded followed by all ayes.

Principal Stripe reported to the Board that an Army recruiter had been at the school. Spring break is almost here.

Superintendent Phillips reported on the Jester Insurance Application Process and progress on the 2019-20 School Calendar. Phillips is anticipating adding 12 minutes to each day next year.

Cromer motioned to adjourn the meeting. Peasley seconded followed by all ayes in agreement. Smiarowski closed the meeting at 9:45 pm.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Mormon Trail Board of Directors will be held April 8, 2019 @ 7:15 pm in the Elementary Library preceded by the Public Hearing for the 2019-20 Budget at 7 pm.

____________________________ ___________________________

              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

February 25, 2019 Board Minutes

MORMON TRAIL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

REGULAR MEETING

February 25, 2019    

President Smiarowski called the regular meeting of the Mormon Trail Board of Directors to order at 7:02 p.m. in the Humeston Elementary Library. Answering roll call were board members Peasley, Cromer, Evans, and Smiarowski. Funk entered the meeting at 7:05 p.m. Superintendent Kerry Phillips, Elementary/High School Principal Becky Stripe and Board Secretary Peggy Rash were present. Linda Horton from the Humeston New Era was also in attendance. Guests signing in were Lizzey Vanderflught, Kimberly Hayes, Claudia Brown, Pam Woollis, Stephanie Bear, Kara Hilton, Teri Indorf, Robert Thatcher and Dylan Jones.

The agenda was approved with a motion by Cromer and a second by Peasley. All present voted aye to approve.

The consent agenda, consisting of previous board minutes and one open enrollment request out of the District was approved with a motion by Peasley and a second by Evans. All present voted aye to approve.

First up, under action items, the following contracts were approved:

JH boys and girls Track-Robert Thatcher. Motion by Funk, second by Evans followed by all aye votes.

HS boys and girls Track-Elizabeth Vanderflught. Motion by Cromer, second by Funk followed by all aye votes.

Assistant HS boys and girls Track-Robert Thatcher. Motion by Evans, second by Cromer followed by all aye votes.

HS boys and girls Golf- Co-coaches- Cale Moore and Cassie Moore. Motion by Evans, second by Cromer followed by all aye votes.

HS Baseball- Co-coaches-Jason Newton and Cale Moore. Motion by Evans, second by Funk followed by all aye votes.

HS Softball- Cassie Moore. Motion by Funk, second by Cromer followed by all aye votes. 

1:1 para-educator-Joan Langloss @ $9.53/hr. Motion by Evans, second by Cromer followed by all aye votes.

There were no resignations.

The Senior Class trip was next up for discussion. Class Sponsors Teri Indorf and Dylan Jones were present to discuss the trip and to ask questions of the Board. Indorf and Jones were directed to the Student Handbook on the school’s website for basic instructions. The handbook says Seniors are the only students eligible to go on Senior trip. The group traveling to the Ozarks in May will consist of 7 girls, 5 boys, 2 sponsors and the bus driver and his wife. The dates the group usually goes on is Thursday-Sunday. This year there is a conflict and the group wishes to leave on Saturday and return on Tuesday. Also, the lodging has yet to be finalized. $500 or less per person is the suggested cost of the trip. The Senior Class still has a couple of fund raisers to earn some extra money for their trip. Indorf and Jones were invited back to the March meeting to further discuss the trip and to get Board approval on their final agenda and budget. No formal action was taken at this time.

Athletic Director, Robert Thatcher, was present to discuss the process for evaluation and hiring of coaches. Thatcher was directed to the Coaching handbook which contains agreements for coaches to sign and to file in the employee’s personnel file. Background checks will be completed on all coaches. Teach Iowa is the required location to list all positions of the District. The idea to hire for all coaching positions at the same time teacher contracts are written in late spring seems like a good plan so that coaches have time to work together and make plans for the next school year. AD Thatcher, was invited back to the March meeting to further discuss these ideas. No formal action was taken at this time.

Cromer made a motion to approve the purchase of kickboxing equipment using a grant Ms Hilton received for high school PE classes. Funk seconded followed by all aye votes to approve. Kara Hilton was present to explain to the Board what cardio kick boxing is all about. She explained it is a good sport for students who may not excel in traditional sports and allows kids to participate at their own pace. The equipment will be used for high school PE classes but not for elementary PE.

A new policy, Code No. 713 “CANCELLING SCHOOL IN INCLEMENT WEATHER” will be added following a motion by Cromer and a second from Funk to approve the first reading. The policy will be on the agenda next meeting as well. All present voted aye to approve.

Evans made a motion to move towards using a CFPM model with ISFIS & Piper Jaffrey. Funk seconded followed by all aye votes.

The First reading of Board Policy changes for series 100-500 was approved with a motion by Evans and a second by Cromer. All present voted aye. Each Board member was assigned a series of policies to review. The second reading of the policies will be on the agenda next meeting.

Funk made a motion to continue sharing a TAG instructor with Wayne CSD in fy 2019-20. Cromer made the second followed by all aye votes.

A motion to table a decision on offering an Early Retirement incentive was made by Funk. Peasley seconded followed by all aye votes.

Jester breakdown insurance was the next topic up for discussion. Funk made a motion for Superintendent Phillips to get quotes for the next meeting. Cromer seconded followed by all aye votes from those present.

Bills were approved at a Special meeting of the Board on February 13th.

Principal Stripe reported to the Board that Iowa Workforce will be coming to the High School  in March to work with Junior and Senior students on resumes, mock job interviews and job seeking skills. A group of Juniors and Seniors will be visiting the SWCC campus in Creston for a fun and educational day of tours and activities.

Superintendent Phillips announced a meeting with DLR @ 4 pm March 26th followed by a community meeting @ 5:30 pm to discuss the building project.

Cromer motioned to adjourn the meeting. Funk seconded followed by all ayes in agreement. Smiarowski closed the meeting at 9:03 pm.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Mormon Trail Board of Directors will be held March 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm in the Elementary Library.

____________________________ ___________________________

              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

February 13, 2019 Special Board Minutes

Mormon Trail Community School District

Special Meeting

February 13, 2019

The Mormon Trail School Board met in special session February 13, 2019 in the Humeston District Office. 

President Smiarowski called the meeting to order at 5:31 p.m. Peasley, Funk, Cromer and Evans answered roll call via telephone. Smiarowski was present in person. Superintendent Phillips and Secretary Rash were also in attendance. One guest, Christine Auxier was also present.

Evans made a motion to approve the short agenda with Funk seconding. All voted aye to approve.

Under action items, bills were approved with a motion by Evans and a second by Cromer. All voted aye in favor.

The amended calendar with weather related make-up days was approved with a motion by Cromer and a second by Funk. “The original calendar was approved with 1117.8 hrs. 1080 are required for the 180 days of school scheduled. Converting to minutes, the District missed a total of 2982 minutes in weather related late starts/early outs and cancelled days. This leaves 1032 minutes to make up. The plan beginning February 18th will add 30 minutes to each day. This will result in school starting 10 minutes early (8:10) and ending 20 minutes later (3:40). Originally scheduled as “no-school” days the following will now be school attendance days. March 20,21,22, April 22, and May 24. This plan also includes 2 additional days that may be missed.” 

Cromer made the motion to adjourn followed by a second from Funk. All present voted aye in favor of adjournment.

President Smiarowski closed the meeting at 7:40 pm.

____________________________ ___________________________

President, Board of Education Secretary, Board of Education

_________ 

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