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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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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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

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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