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.

from 12pm-7pm

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President, Board of Education Secretary, Board of Education

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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.

Fine Arts Sculpture by Jacob Heasley

Jacob Heasley has used clay to create “Forever Mine.” This is just one example of the work that he has done this year.IMG_1055 IMG_1056 IMG_1084

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

Audit Report

MT Audit Report 2012-2013 pdf

Fine Arts Painting by Taylor Jackson

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These are a couple of examples of Taylor Jackson’s artwork. She is a senior at Mormon Trail.

Fine Arts Painting by Makesha Beebe

Makesha Beebe’s abstract painting showcases her unique and creative way to look at our world today. Makesha is new to the district this year. We have really enjoyed getting to know Makesha, and we look forward to seeing more of her creativity in our community.

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