February Board Meeting & Workshop

MORMON TRAIL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

WORK SESSION

Minutes

February 9, 2015

President Lundahl called the Work Session to order at 8:25 pm in the Elementary Library. Roll call was

answered by Funk, Peasley, Evans, Smiarowski and Lundahl. Also present were Principals Steve Hunt and

Mike Snyder and Secretary Rash.

The Board discussed possible options and strategy for hiring a new Superintendent for the School

District.

Lundahl adjourned the meeting at 9:19 p.m.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Mormon Trail Board of Directors will be held March 9th @

7:30 pm in the Elementary Library.

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President, Board of Education Secretary, Board of Education

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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 12, 2015 Board Minutes

MORMON TRAIL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

REGULAR MEETING

January 12, 2015

Board Minutes

 

President Lundahl called the regular meeting to order at 7:35 p.m. in the Humeston Elementary Library. Board members Peasley, Funk, Smiarowski, Evans and Lundahl were present. Also in attendance were Superintendent Miller, Principals Hunt and Snyder, and Secretary Rash.

Smiarowski made a motion to approve the consent agenda which included agenda approval, approval of the amended November minutes and approval of the December minutes. An open enrollment request out was also approved. Peasley seconded the motion to approve the consent agenda with all voting in favor.

Peasley made a motion to approve the month’s bills of accounting for payment. The motion was seconded by Funk with all voting aye.

Mark Smiarowski was approved as a volunteer to coordinate a new speed/agility program within the District. Smiarowski earned his coaching certificate last year. Evans made the motion to approve with Funk making the second. All voted aye with Smiarowski abstaining.

With no public comments concerning the DDSDP (District Developed Service Delivery Plan) for Special Education, Evans made a motion to approve the plan as written. Peasley seconded the motion with all voting aye.

The Board discussed the start date for the 2015-16 school calendar. Funk made the motion to apply for an early start waiver. Smiarowski made the second with all voting aye.

Funk made a motion to offer an early retirement package to those who qualify and would like to apply. Smiarowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. Secretary Rash will draw up the paperwork for approval at the next Board meeting.

Elementary Principal and Athletic Director, Snyder reported that the school has received and installed name/conference standing boards donated by the Booster Club. Together with other improvements to the Humeston gym this year and the American Flag donated by the South Central Iowa Community Foundation, he is hearing favorable comments on the gymnasium, both from the community and those visiting the school.

Secondary Principal Hunt reported we are now in the second semester of the school year. The high school will begin MAP testing the end of January. Renovations are progressing nicely at the Garden Grove facility. The new entrance is coming along as are the improvements being made to the Shop area. Hunt invited anyone who is interested to stop in and see the progress being made.

Alan Miller, District Superintendent, reported that Prom would be held at the Garden Grove School this spring with After Prom events taking place at the Elementary Building. Prom will be held on Saturday, April 25th. He also reported that Amy Horton had asked to hold an auction and soup supper during a couple of basketball games for upcoming Senior events. Miller discussed the future of ICN classrooms saying they would eventually be closing and replaced with higher speed internet options. Also, the new walk-in freezer unit was installed over Winter break.

Funk made the motion to adjourn with Smiarowski seconding the motion. All voted aye and President Lundahl adjourned the meeting at 8:45pm.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Mormon Trail Board of Directors will be held February 9th @ 7:30 pm in the Elementary Library.

 

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President, Board of Education                                       Secretary, Board of Education

 

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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

 

 

December 8, 2014 Minutes

MORMON TRAIL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

REGULAR MEETING

December 8, 2014

Board Minutes

 

President Lundahl called the regular meeting to order at 7:38 p.m. in the Humeston Elementary Library. Board members Peasley, Funk, Smiarowski, Evans and Lundahl were present. Also in attendance were Superintendent Miller and Secretary Rash. Linda Grismore was also present. President Lundahl asked Secretary Rash to amend the November Board minutes to include the Superintendent’s goals. Superintendent goals were reviewed/approved at the November Board meeting. Superintendent Miller has chosen the following goals to focus on in FY2014-15

  1. To improve Academic Achievement
  2. To satisfactorily complete Affirmative Action Plan

Smiarowski made a motion to approve the agenda. Peasley seconded the motion with all voting aye. Minutes of the November meeting were not approved pending the addition of Superintendent Goals. Smiarowski made a motion to approve the bills of accounting for November. Funk made the second. All voted aye. The Board reviewed estimates received from McGee Concrete for concrete work at both the Humeston and Garden Grove Schools. Smiarowski made a motion for McGee Concrete to begin work as soon as possible on these projects. Evans seconded the motion with all voting aye. The Board voted unanimously to approve the low bid submitted by Agriland FS for Gasohol @ $2.025/gal. The motion to approve was made by Evans. Smiarowski seconded the motion. Diesel bids of $2.375/gal (#2) and $2.675/gal (#1) submitted by Agriland FS were accepted with Evans making the motion to approve. Peasley made the second with all voting in favor. Smiarowski made a motion to approve the SBRC (School Board Review Committee) Application for Open Enrollment Out of the district. The amount applied for is $62,434. Funk seconded. The motion carried with all voting aye. Alan Miller, District Superintendent, reported on the progress of several ongoing projects in the District. The Flag donated by The South Central Iowa Community Foundation has been installed in the Humeston Gymnasium. Miller also reported that work on the walk-in freezer is scheduled to begin during Christmas break. Smiarowski made the motion to adjourn with Peasley seconding the motion. All voted aye and President Lundahl adjourned the meeting at 8:15pm. The next meeting of the Mormon Trail Board of Directors will be held January 12th @ 7:30 pm in the Elementary Library.

 

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President, Board of Education                                       Secretary, Board of Education

 

 

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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

 

 

Mormon Trail 2014 audit report

Mendenhall CPA Audit Letter 6.30.14

mormontrail.2014auditreport

November 10, 2014 Minutes

MORMON TRAIL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

REGULAR MEETING

November 10, 2014

Board Minutes

 

President Lundahl called the regular meeting to order at 7:31 p.m. in the Humeston Elementary Library. Board members Peasley, Funk, Smiarowski, Evans and Lundahl were present. Also in attendance were Superintendent Miller, Principals Hunt and Snyder and Secretary Rash. Linda Grismore, Stephanie Mendenhall, Kevin Rhine/Durham School Services and Shirley Flowers were guests. Flowers was present to express her concern about not having any bus stops in Garden Grove other than at the High School. Durham representative, Rhine said that due to problems at the pick-up location, the bus company will transport students to and from the High School only. While no formal action is required, the Board will back Durham’s decision. President Lundahl welcomed Stephanie Mendenhall, CPA. Mendenhall was present to go through the FY2013-14 audit report and to answer any questions the Board may have. Evans moved to approve the consent agenda which included approval of the agenda, approval of the previous meeting’s minutes, as well as, moving forward with making the front entrance at the Garden Grove facility handicap accessible. The second came from Peasley. All voted aye. Peasley moved to approve the FY2013-14 audit report. Smiarowski made the second with all voting aye. Evans made a motion to approve the bills of accounting for November. Funk made the second. All voted aye. Superintendent goals for 2014-15 were discussed. A motion to approve was made by Funk with Peasley making the second. All voted aye. The Board reviewed bids received for a new walk-in freezer for the Humeston location. After discussion, Funk moved to approve the bid submitted by Hockenbergs-Des Moines. Peasley seconded the motion with everyone voting aye. 5 bids were submitted in total. The Board voted unanimously to approve the purchase of an 8-passenger handicap accessible van. The motion to approve was made by Funk. Peasley seconded the motion. The van will be purchased from Suburban Chevrolet, Owasso, OK. After reviewing a bid submitted by Josh Bear/Kar Knuts for snow removal, Evans made a motion to accept the bid. Funk seconded the motion with all voting aye. Peasley made a motion to approve the Corrective Action Plan required by the School Board Review Committee. A Plan is required when the Certified Annual Report is not filed by the September 15th deadline. Evans seconded the motion with all voting aye. The review and approval of a new Mission Statement for the District was tabled. The Board was supportive of Superintendent, Miller and School Business Official, Rash looking into replacing the accounting software currently being used by the District. Administrative reports were given by Steve Hunt, Secondary Principal; Mike Snyder, Elementary Principal and Alan Miller, District Superintendent. Funk made the motion to adjourn with Smiarowski seconding the motion. All voted aye and President Lundahl adjourned the meeting at 9:20pm. The next meeting of the Mormon Trail Board of Directors will be held December 8th @ 7:30 pm in the Elementary Library.

 

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President, Board of Education                                       Secretary, Board of Education

 

 

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We’re Back.

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By: Courtney Knust

It’s been since 1976 that the Mormon Trail School District has had its own FFA Chapter. In the spring of 2014 Mormon Trail School board along with administration decided that it was time for us to have our own chapter to benefit our community and school. This year’s members have already participated in several Career Development Events such as Soil Judging, Livestock Judging, Greenhand Quiz and have done very well. The freshmen attended Greenhand Fire­Up Camp in Indianola and enjoyed the activities, as well as, meeting members from other FFA chapters. The members have set many goals of which include to be involved more in the communities of Humeston, Garden Grove and Derby. The calendar is full of activities to come such as Districts, National FFA Week, Annual Spaghetti Supper, Food for America Program at the elementary, State Convention, Parent­Member banquet, hanging flags at local cemeteries, as well as, activities/events with the Central Trail FFA Chapter in Leon. The chapter just finished with their annual Fruit and Cheese Sales. FFA members appreciate past and future support from our communities and plan on returning that back!

FFA members include: Reece Myers, Baylee Head, Connor Michael, Mackinzie Wright, Brittany Knust, Courtney Knust, James, Evans, Jamie Young, Andrew Reed, Maxwell Richardson, Kaylee Parmer, Brett Leer (not pictured Bradley Douglass) FFA officers for 2014­15 are:(front row) Baylee Head ­ President, Courtney Knust ­ Reporter, James Evans ­ Treasurer, (second row) Jamie Young ­ Chaplain/Parliamentarian, Andrew Reed Secretary, Maxwell Richardson ­ Sentinel, Kaylee Parmer ­ Historian, Brett Leer ­ Vice President