October 13, 2014 Board Minutes

MORMON TRAIL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

REGULAR MEETING

October 13, 2014

Board Minutes

President Lundahl called the regular meeting to order at 7:33 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, Secretary Rash, and Linda Grismore. Julie Thompson/Durham School Services and Shirley Flowers were guests. President Lundahl welcomed Julie Thompson who spoke briefly about the bus service Durham provides to Mormon Trail CSD. Shirley Flowers arrived at 7:38 pm and expressed her concerns about not having any bus stops in the town of Garden Grove other than at the High School. The board agreed to put Flowers on the agenda for the November meeting. Smiarowski moved to approve the agenda. The second came from Peasley. All voted aye. Smiarowski moved to approve the consent agenda which included approval of the previous meeting’s minutes and one open enrollment request which met all required guidelines. Evans made the second with all voting aye. Smiarowski made a motion to approve the bills of accounting for October. Funk made the second. All voted aye. 2014-15 Goals were discussed. A motion to approve was made by Funk with Smiarowski making the second. All voted aye. It was thought that the district’s mission statement needs to be reviewed as well. It will be put on the Action agenda for the November meeting. The Board appointed Jan Lundahl to be the delegate representing Mormon Trail for IASB Legislation. The Board agreed unanimously with the policy as written. Evans moved to approve the Wellness Policy Code No. 507.9 as amended. Evans also made a motion to waive the second reading. Funk seconded both motions. All voted aye. Smiarowski volunteered to serve on the Wellness Committee. There was discussion concerning the installation and connection of Fibre Optics in both the Humeston and Garden Grove buildings but action to proceed was tabled until a later date. Evans made a motion to check into eligibility and apply to the SBRC for both Modified Allowable Growth and Supplemental Aid. The District’s Special Ed Program had a $39,255.64 deficit for the year ending 6/30/2014. Smiarowski seconded the motion with all voting in favor. The review and approval of bids to replace the walk-in freezer in Humeston was tabled until more information could be obtained on the cement work and to allow more time for bids to be received. Administrative reports were given by Steve Hunt, Secondary Principal, Mike Snyder, Elementary Principal and Alan Miller, District Superintendent. Hunt reported a good year so far. Homecoming was successful. Snyder also commented that he thought the Elementary students were having a good year as well. Discipline in school, as well as, on buses is down. Both Hunt and Snyder agreed school spirit is high with both Girls Volleyball and Boys Football being supported by the community and the student body. The Ag students attended district soil judging competition in Knoxville and came home with a 2nd place finish. They also placed 2nd in livestock judging in Osceola recently. For a listing of all conference activities, you may log into www.bluegrassconference.org and keep up with everything going on in the conference. Superintendent Miller reported there are many projects that continue to be a work in progress throughout the District. He noted the Garden Grove lunchroom and shop project still needed to work a couple of issues out concerning water runoff and we need to look at adding some rock at some point to the parking lot in Garden Grove, as well as, around the football field in Humeston. Miller expressed his excitement for the students participating in the music and band programs, reporting that the High School choir will be singing the National Anthem for the Iowa Wild Hockey Team Sunday, November 23rd, 7 pm at Wells Fargo Arena. Tickets for students, family, and friends are offered at a discounted price. The Humeston property purchase is progressing, although not as fast as hoped. Miller also commented that the budget needs to be carefully watched as spending was up in 2013-14. Smiarowski made the motion to adjourn with Funk seconding. All voted aye and President Lundahl adjourned the meeting at 9:23pm. The next meeting of the Mormon Trail Board of Directors will be held November 10th @ 7:30 pm in the Elementary Library

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September 8, 2014 Minutes

MORMON TRAIL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

ANNUAL ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

September 8, 2014

Minutes

President Lundahl called the annual meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. in the Humeston Elementary Library.

Peasley, Funk, Smiarowski, Evans and Lundahl were present. Also in attendance were Superintendent Miller, Principal Hunt, Secretary Rash, and Linda Grismore. President Lundahl welcomed Linda Grismore, who will be the new correspondent covering Mormon Trail CSD Board meetings for the Humeston New Era. Smiarowski moved to approve the consent agenda that included Minutes from the previous meeting, open enrollment, the Articulation Agreement with SWCC, the hiring of staff member, Teri Indorf, at Garden Grove, and assigning Brad Krutsinger HS Student Council Advisor for the 2014-15 school year. The second came from Funk. All voted aye. Smiarowski moved to approve the bills of accounting for September. Peasley made the second. All voted aye. A motion to approve the June 30, 2014 Depository Report was made by Funk. Evans seconded the motion with all voting aye. Funk moved to approve adult lunch and breakfast prices. $3.50 and $2.00, respectively, will be charged to meet state standards. The motion was seconded by Smiarowski. All voted aye. Evans made a motion to approve the following annual appointments: School District Attorney – Verle Norris, Humeston & Ahlers Law Firm, Des Moines Depositories – Great Western Bank, Humeston, $2,000,000 & ISJIT, Des Moines, $2,000,000. Official Publication – Humeston New Era Board Secretary/Treasurer – Peggy Rash, Peasley seconded the motion. All voted aye. A motion to allow the transferring of funds between the General Fund and the Management Fund as may be necessary during the 2014-15 school year was made by Evans. The second came from Funk. All voted aye. Administrative reports were given by Steve Hunt, Secondary Principal and Alan Miller, District Superintendent. Elementary Principal Mike Snyder was not in attendance but submitted a report. Hunt reported there are 100+ enrolled in the secondary building. FFA has good numbers with 15 members. Hunt also reported Mormon Trail is hosting a soil judging contest this week. Plans are in full swing for Homecoming which is coming up on October 3rd during the first few weeks of the new school year. Superintendent Miller reported on the many projects that continue to be a work in progress throughout the District. Among them, he reported that asphalting the Garden Grove Parking area is on hold due to lack of a rock base. As soon as the weather permits, the contractor will take a look at the condition of the track and make a determination on how to proceed. Miller also commended the Mormon Trail Athletic Booster Club on their hard work raising funds in order to provide uniforms and equipment for our athletes that might not otherwise be purchased. He also extended his appreciation for the work they have done fixing up and painting around the athletic fields. 40 Chrome books are in the works that will be set up on mobile labs for use by upper elementary students. President Lundahl administered the Oath to Secretary/Treasurer Rash. Rash then opened the floor to nominations for President. Funk nominated Jan Lundahl for President. The nomination was seconded by Evans. The vote was unanimous. Rash then administered the Oath of office to Lundahl who then called for nominations for Vice President. Peasley nominated Pat Evans. Funk seconded the nomination. All voted in favor and Lundahl proceeded to administer the oath of office for Vice President to Evans. It was agreed that the Board would meet the 2nd Library. The motion was made by Smiarowski and seconded by Funk. Smiarowski made the motion to adjourn with Funk seconding. President Lundahl adjourned the meeting at 8:12. The next meeting of the Mormon Trail Board of Directors will be help October 13th Monday @ 7:30 p.m. in the Humeston Elementary.

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August 11, 2014 Minutes

MORMON TRAIL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

REGULAR MEETING

August 11, 2014

Minutes

President Lundahl called the regular meeting to order at 7:33 p.m. in the Elementary Library. Peasley,

Funk, Smiarowski, and Lundahl were present. Evans was absent. Also present were Superintendent

Miller, Principals Snyder and Hunt, Secretary Rash, Willa Clark, and new teachers Steven Neilssen,

Denise Becker, Gloria Rumley, and Sara Bethards.

Superintendent Miller welcomed the new teachers to Mormon Trail CSD adding he was looking forward

to working with them this coming year.

Peasley moved to approve the consent agenda that included the minutes from the previous meeting,

the resignations of Joseph Parmer as Assistant HS Varsity Football coach and Michiko Fogle, Para

Educator at Garden Grove. A correction to the 2014-15 Calendar was also included. The second came

from Smiarowski. All voted aye.

Peasley moved to approve the bills of accounting for August. Funk made the second. All voted aye.

Smiarowski made a motion to offer contracts for extra duty assignments to the following:

Instrumental Music & Vocal Music, Steven Neilssen; Varsity Baseball, Brad Krutsinger; Varsity Softball,

Josh Stiles; Asst Varsity Softball, Amy Horton; HS Boys & Girls Golf, Steve Hunt; HS Boys & Girls Track,

Robert Thatcher; Yearbook, Robert Thatcher; Speech Contest, Lee Jass; Newspaper & Website, Robert

Thatcher; Drama, Lee Jass; HS Student Council, Adam Hysell; Freshman Class Sponsors, Adam Hysell &

Karey Palmer; Sophomore Class Sponsors, Brad Krutsinger & Stacie Porterfield; Junior Class Sponsors,

Scott Roberts, Lee Jass, & Jeff McCombs; Senior Class Sponsors, Robert Thatcher & Beverly Nordyke;

FCCLA, Bridgette Stark; National Honor Society, Robert Thatcher; Academic Bowl Advisor, Beverly

Nordyke; Asst Drama, Robert Thatcher; JH Boys & Girls track, Mike Snyder; 7th

Stark; and 8th

Funk moved to approve Sam Moore as the Assistant HS Varsity Football coach. The motion was

seconded by Smiarowski. All voted aye.

After a brief discussion concerning Insurance deductibles, a motion was made by Smiarowski to keep

the property insurance deductible at $0/$250 and change the vehicle deductible to $0/$100. Peasley

seconded the motion. All present voted aye.

Peasley moved to approve the Waiver for Spanish I, II, III, & IV. The courses will be available through

Iowa Learning Online. Miller has received an email stating we were approved but not officially

confirmed. This is a great opportunity for our school and will be a short term solution for this hard to fill

position. Funk made the second. All voted aye.

Grade Sponsor, Bridgette

Grade Sponsor, Mona Baker. Peasley seconded the motion. All voted aye.

Funk moved to approve a one-year transportation contract with Durham School Services. Smiarowski

made the second. All voted aye.

Funk made a motion to approve the purchase of 40 Chrome Books that will replace some of the older

MACS in the Elementary Computer Lab. Additional discussion will be needed to decide how to best

utilize and implement them into our program. Peasley made the second. All voted aye.

Smiarowski moved to approve contracts to Phillips’ Floors for rubber flooring around the remainder

of the Humeston Gym; to Doors Incorporated for installation of the exterior door of the Kindergarten

room; and to Miller’s Construction to connect the buildings at Garden Grove, for upgrades to the Crow’s

Nest/Concession Stand in Humeston, and to replace windows in the Family and Consumer Science room

at Garden Grove. Peasley made the second. All voted aye.

Administrative reports were given by Principals Snyder and Hunt. Superintendent Miller briefly informed

the Board our Fire Inspection had gone well with only minor issues to correct. He updated the group on

the progress of the Humeston property purchase and ended by inviting the Board to a breakfast Monday

morning that will kick off a two-day Teacher In-service. The ins-service will officially begin the 2014-15

school year.

Smiarowski moved to adjourn the meeting. Peasley made the second. All voted aye.

The next regular meeting will be September 8, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elementary Library.

_Jan Lundahl___________________________ __Peggy Rash_______________________

President, Board of Education Secretary, Board of Education

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July 14, 2014 Minutes

MORMON TRAIL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

REGULAR MEETING

July 14, 2014

Minutes

President Lundahl called the regular meeting to order at 7:32 p.m. in the elementary library. Peasley,

Evans, Funk, Lundahl and Smiarowski were present. Also present were Superintendent Miller, Secretary

Rash, Willa Clark, and members from the Mormon Trail Booster Club.

Smiarowski moved to approve the consent agenda that included the minutes from the previous

meeting, renewing and extending the Edgenuity contract to 3 years, and the resignations from Sharon

Day, Music/Band, Martha Shanks, Technology, and Joel Petty, Talented & Gifted. The second came from

Peasley. All voted aye.

Smiarowski moved to approve the bills of accounting for July as presented. Peasley made the second.

All voted aye. Peasley made a motion to approve the bills dated June 30 that were paid to clear up year

end payables. Funk seconded the motion. All voted aye.

President Lundahl asked for a motion to appoint Peggy Rash to the office of Board Secretary/Treasurer.

Motion was made by Peasley. The second was made by Evans. All voted aye. Lundahl then administered

the Oath of Office to Rash.

After review of the propane bids received, Funk made a motion to approve the low bid from Agriland FS

for $1.355/gal. Peasley made the second. All voted aye. A second bid from MFA came in at $1.45/gal.

Evans moved to accept the only commodities bid received from Kohl Wholesale, as well as, the Dairy

bid submitted by Anderson Erickson Dairy. The motion was seconded by Smiarowski. All voted aye. A

second Dairy bid submitted by Hiland Dairy was also considered.

Evans made a motion to approve Fall/Winter coaches as follows:

HS Football/Travis Johnson

Assistant HS Football and JH Football/Joseph Parmer

HS Cross Country/Robert Thatcher

HS Volleyball/Josh Stiles

Assistant HS Volleyball and JH Volleyball/Amy Horton

HS Boys Basketball/Aaron Parmer

Assistant HS Football and JH Boys Basketball/Joseph Parmer

HS Girls Basketball/James Parmer

Assistant HS Girls Basketball and JH Girls Basketball/Ashly Parmer.

The motion was seconded by Peasley. All voted aye.

Peasley moved to approve the Sharing Agreement between Mormon Trail and Murray for

Superintendent Miller. Funk made the second. All voted aye.

Evans moved to approve the contract for Elementary, JH & HS Vocal Music/Band. Steven Neilssen will be

the instructor for K-12. Smiarowski made the second. All voted aye.

Funk made the following motion to approve the contract for 4th

Rumley. Peasley made the second. All voted aye.

Funk moved to approve the contract for an additional Preschool Teacher. The position was offered to

Elizabeth Vanderflught. Evans made the second. All voted aye.

Smiarowski made a motion to approve Denise Becker as JH Consumer Math Instructor. Peasley

seconded the motion. All voted aye. This will be a half time position.

A motion to approve the contract and sharing agreement for a shared TAG Instructor with Wayne

CSD was made by Funk. Smiarowski made the second. All voted aye. Sara Bethards will be the TAG

instructor. Mormon Trail will hold the contract for this shared position.

Evans made a motion to approve Laura Funk as School Nurse. Peasley seconded the motion. Motion

carried with Funk abstaining.

Superintendent Miller briefly explained the Iowa Learning Online Program and after a brief discussion,

Smiarowski made a motion to approve. Peasley made the second. All voted Aye.

In other business, the Board discussed painting the Humeston Gym. The project will be completed in

two phases. The first phase consists of painting the gym walls and the ceiling above the seating areas.

The second phase will consist of painting the ceiling above the gym floor. The entire project will take

over four weeks to complete. As time does not allow the entire project to be completed at once, a

motion was made by Evans to accept the estimate of $13,800 from Des Moines Painting Company for

Phase I of the project. Second was made by Smiarowski. All voted aye.

The board also approved a bid from Bud Jones Construction for crushed asphalt for the Garden Grove

east parking lot and the track. The project will require specialized equipment and proof of liability

insurance. Track prep work and 4” of asphalt will cost $13,310. Parking lot prep work and 6” of asphalt

will cost $22,180 for a total cost of $35,490. After discussion, a motion was made by Funk and seconded

by Evans to approve the bid of $35,490. All voted aye.

Grade Elementary Teacher, Gloria

A motion was made by Smiarowski to approve the low bid of $10,513 from Miller’s Roof Restoration

for roof repairs to the Garden Grove facility. The roof over the gymnasium and guidance area will be

repaired. Peasley seconded the motion. All voted aye.

Registration fees for the coming year were discussed. While book rental etc will not increase it was

unknown if athletic fees would be changed at the state level. Funk moved to table discussion until

athletic fees were determined. Peasley seconded the motion. All voted aye.

Evans made a motion to approve a new electronic textbook reading series offered by Houghton

Mifflin Harcourt Literature Series. This will be a 6-yr contract. The series can be used with all types of

computers that the school currently uses. Smiarowski seconded the motion. All voted aye.

Principals Hunt and Snyder were not present at the meeting but shared the following information.

Principal Snyder reported:

Summer school finished up on June 26

Drivers Education was completed by 10 students on June 27

The first volleyball game is August 28 with Melcher Dallas

The first football game is August 29 with Murray

The first cross country meet is September 4 at Wayne.

Principal Hunt reported:

Registration will be August 5th

Teachers will return to school on August 18th

Students return to classes on August 20th

Superintendent Miller addressed issues concerning the Site Visit. They will be back in one year to

reassess our progress. He stated that a lot of improvements had been made prior to their visit so he felt

all in all it was a clean visit. Miller also reported that the required equity and discrimination clauses had

been updated.

Smiarowski moved to adjourn the meeting. Peasley made the second. All voted aye.

The next regular meeting will be August 11, 2014 at 7:30 in the elementary library.

President Lundahl adjourned the meeting at 8:30 p.m.

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MORMON TRAIL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

PUBLIC HEARING

President Jan Lundahl opened the public hearing for comments on the sale of real estate locally known

as 404 East Main Street, Garden Grove, and is legally described as follows: Lots Three (3) and Eight (8),

Block One (1) Original Town of Garden Grove, Decatur County, Iowa at 7:20 pm.

There were no public comments.

President Lundahl closed the public hearing at 7:30 pm.

Evans made a motion to sell the property. Funk seconded the motion. A Roll call vote was taken with

Peasley voting Yes, Smiarowski, Yes, Funk, Yes, Evans, Yes, and Lundahl, Yes.

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Fine Arts Wood Burning by Kelsey Gehlhaar

Kelsey Gehlhaar is a senior at Mormon Trail. Here are a few of her wood burnings that she has completed this year.IMG_1050IMG_1051