February 18, 2013 Minutes

MORMON TRAIL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

REGULAR MEETING 

February 18, 2013

Minutes

President Lundahl called the regular meeting of the board of education to order at 7:09 p.m. in the elementary library.  Evans, Horton, Lundahl and Peasley answered roll call.  Brad Funk was absent.  Also present were Superintendent Miller, Principals Hunt and Snyder and Lovett.

Evans moved to accept the consent agenda.  Horton made the second.  All voted aye.

Horton moved to approve the bills of accounting and the financial report, following board questions and discussion.  Peasley made the second.  All voted aye.

Evans proposed the following resolution: Resolved, that the Board of Directors of Mormon Trail Community School District, will levy property tax for fiscal year 2013-2014 for the regular program budget adjustment as allowed under section, 257.14, Code of Iowa.  Horton made the second.  All voted aye.

Horton moved to adopt The School Funding Resolution in support of providing adequate current funding for Iowa schools requests 4% allowable growth approved by the Iowa Legislature for 2013-14 and 2014-15 and conceptual implications of the Education Reform Proposal.    Evans made the second.  All voted aye.

The board received no bids for the used refrigerator.  Following discussion Evans moved to have the unit sold for scrap.  Peasley made the second.  All voted.

Peasley moved to approve the second reading of the 300 series of board policy with the approved changes.  Horton made the second.  All voted aye.

Superintendent Miller and Lovett have researched credit card options for the district.  Miller recommended a procurement card through the Iowa Association of School Business Officials.  The card will work as a credit card, has no fees and offers cash back.  Evans moved to approve a resolution authorizing issuance of individual procurement cards.  The second was made by Peasley.  All voted aye.

Willa Clark entered the meeting at 7:40 p.m.

Mr. Miller asked to board to begin considering a one-to-one initiative to provide chrome books to students.  The district has enough band width to support the program, but there are infrastructure needs that will need to be addressed.  Mr. Miller provided information on how to train students and staff to use the chrome books to increase learning.  This will be an ongoing conversation for the next few months.

Superintendent Miller has been in contact with Tyco/ADT Security to review the service the district is receiving.  The representative will send a proposal for service by the end of the week.  This proposal will be reviewed and other options explored and presented to board at the next regular meeting.

Board meeting dates for March and April were discussed.  Horton moved  to set the March meeting for the 11that 7:00 p.m.   April 8th will be the date for the budget hearing at 7:00 p.m. with the board meeting following at 7:30 p.m.  Peasley made the second to the motion.  All voted aye.

Mike Snyder reviewed his written report to the board.  He highlighted attendance records and honor roll student achievements.  Iowa testing and MAP testing have been completed.  Snyder’s athletic reports gave the final stats for the concluded basketball season.  He reported varsity track has started with 12 boys and 8-10 girls participating.

Superintendent Hunt reported the following:

  • ITBS testing will be February 18th through the 22nd for 7-12 students.
  • This is FFA week.
  • New teachers have received white board training.
  • Nation Honor society selection and induction will be at the winter athletic banquet scheduled for Thursday, February 28th at 6:30 p.m.
  • Reading and math scores were discussed.  There have been increases in student achievement in both areas.

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

President Lundahl adjourned the meeting at 8:23 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 21, 2013 Minutes

MORMON TRAIL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

REGULAR MEETING

January 21, 2013

Minutes

Vice-President Pat Evans called the regular meeting of the board of education to order at 7:02 p.m. in the elementary library.  Evans, Funk, Horton, and Peasley answered roll call.  Also present were Superintendent Miller, Principal Hunt, Principal Snyder, Lovett , Willa Clark and MTEA representative Brad Krutsinger.  Members of the senior class, senior parents and class sponsors were also present.

Evans turned the floor over to Mr. Krutsinger.  Krutsinger was present to inform the board of the Mormon Trail Education Association’s intent to bargain.  The association proposed face to face negotiations prior to opening proposals.  The board agreed to this arrangement.  Mr. Miller and Mr. Krutsinger will set a date for the first meeting as soon as possible.

Evans asked for the representative from the senior class to inform the board of their proposed senior trip plans.  Cassie Moore spoke for the group.  They are planning their trip to the Wisconsin Dells.  They will be staying at the Kalahari Resorts for three nights.  The total estimated cost of the trip is $4,308.  Ten or eleven students are planning on participating.  Mr. Miller praised the group’s presentation.  Evans thanked students, parents and sponsors for attending.

Superintendent Miller recommended amending the agenda by striking action item D.7 Employee Time Reporting.  Funk moved to approve the agenda as amended.  Peasely made the second.  All voted aye

Peasley moved to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Horton made the second.

The board was informed the district has received an open enrollment out request for a student who has moved into the district but will be attending Central Decatur.  The district has also received open enrollment out requests for two students who will start kindergarten next fall.

Superintendent Miller reviewed the financial report.  Horton moved to approve the financial report and the bills of accounting.  Second by Peasley.  All voted aye.

Mr. Hunt and Mr. Miller recommended offering contracts to Lee Jass and Sharon Day to direct the all school play, and one to Robert Thatcher for scenery assistant.  Horton moved to approve the contracts.  Peasley made the second.  All vote aye.

Mr. Miller has not been able to locate a van to purchase.  His recommendation is to purchase a vehicle at auction.  He asked to board to approve a dollar limit on such a purchase.  Following discussion Peasely moved to approve up to $15,000 for the purchase at auction.  Funk made the second.  All voted aye.

The board discussed options of disposal of the refrigerator from the elementary kitchen.  Superintendent Miller said it would take $600 or more for parts plus labor to repair the unit.  His recommendation is to sell the refrigerator as is.  Funk moved to advertise and accept sealed bids for the refrigerator.  Horton made the second.  All voted aye.

The following coaching assignments were presented for approval:

  • Varsity Track, Robert Thatcher
  • Junior High Track, Mike Snyder
  • Golf, Steve Hunt
  • Baseball, Brad Krutsinger
  • Softball, Josh Stiles.

Amy Horton submitted a letter volunteering to assist with softball.  Funk moved to approve all positions.  Second by Peasley.  All voted aye.

Principal Snyder reported the following:

  • The next elementary assembly will be February 7th at 10:15 a.m.
  • Iowa testing will begin February 4th.
  • Students will be released at 12:30 p.m. on February 8th for teacher professional development.
  • The 21st Century Learning Center after school program is underway.  50 elementary students are participating.  Julie Griffith is the coordinator for the program.

Principal Hunt reported the following:

  • Central Trail FFA students attended the Denver stock show.
  • Student council members raised $129 for the food pantry.
  • Map testing will be the end of the month and the start of      February.
  • 25 students had perfect attendance for the 2nd      quarter.
  • 12 students had perfect attendance for the 1st      semester.
  • A honor roll 1st semester – 12 students, B      honor roll 1st semester-20 students.
  • Dallas Schuman, Ariaus Fraker, Joel Funk received All      Academic awards for football.
  • Friday the Iowa Pride academy will do a workshop on making      good choices and being an effective leader.  Junior High students will also cover bullying.

Superintendent Miller reported he has been hearing good things about the afterschool program.  He says he is seeing great things happening in the buildings at all levels.  Mr. Miller talked briefly about the current legislative session.

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

The next regular meeting will be February 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the elementary library.

Vice-President Evans adjourned the meeting at 9:07 p.m.