April 13 Minutes

MORMON TRAIL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

REGULAR MEETING

April 13, 2015

Board Minutes

 

President Lundahl called the regular meeting of the Mormon Trail Board of Directors to order at 7:46 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. Andy Graham and Linda Grismore were also present.

 

Smiarowski made a motion to approve the March minutes and open enrollment requests in/out of the district. There will be 3 students enrolled into the district and 3 students enrolled out of the district during the 2015-16 school year. The consent agenda was modified to include a response by the Board on the Senior Trip plans. Peasley seconded the motion to approve with all voting in favor. Guests, Senior Class President, Ashley Hoffman and Senior Class advisors, Robert Thatcher and Beverly Nordyke entered the meeting at 7:51. Principal Hunt entered the meeting at 7:56.

 

Nordyke presented the Senior trip itinerary and projected budget. Providing all Seniors are eligible to go, there will be 17 leaving for Ozark, MO on May 7th. The group will return on Sunday, May 10th. Smiarowski made a motion to approve the Senior trip plans and budget. Funk made the second. All voted aye. Snyder entered the meeting at 8:21.

 

Funk made a motion to approve the proposed FY 15/16 budget. The budget has to be filed by April 15. Peasley seconded the motion with all voting aye.

 

After discussing the monthly bills presented for payment, Smiarowski made a motion to approve the month’s bills of accounting. The motion was seconded by Evans. All voted aye.

 

Evans made a motion to continue the sharing agreement with Wayne CSD. The two districts share a Talented and Gifted K-12 position. Funk seconded the motion. All voted aye.

 

Next on the agenda was the discussion of mowing options for both the Humeston and Garden Grove locations. Only one bid was received which was rejected. The lone bid for mowing both locations came in at $390 per service. Andy Graham was present to give the Board an estimate of costs if the District decided to mow both locations themselves. Smiarowski made a motion to approve a budget of $13,500 for Graham and Miller to purchase a mower and trimmer. Peasley seconded the motion with all voting in favor.

April 10 and May 8 were approved for making up missed weather related student hours. Evans made the motion with Smiarowski seconding. All voted aye.

 

Sandy Moore, Nutrition Program Supervisor, has requested a ten cent increase in the cost of student breakfast and lunch prices for FY 15-16. The increase is necessary to stay in compliance with State requirements. Smiarowski made a motion to increase student breakfast and lunch prices by ten cents. Funk seconded the motion with all voting aye. Prices will increase from $1.15 to $1.25 and from $1.95 to $2.05 respectively. Adult prices will not increase.

 

Smiarowski moved to approve the proposed FY 2015-16 calendar and to set a Public Hearing for public comment for May 11, 2015, 7:30 p.m. in the Humeston Elementary Library. Peasley seconded with all present voting in favor of the motion.

 

Elementary Principal, Mike Snyder, Secondary Principal, Steve Hunt and Superintendent, Alan Miller gave Administrative reports.

 

Smiarowski made the motion to adjourn with Evans seconding the motion. All voted aye and President Lundahl adjourned the meeting at 9:23 pm.

 

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Mormon Trail Board of Directors will be held May 11th @ 7:40 pm in the Elementary Library preceded by a Public Hearing for the proposed FY 2015-16 School Calendar at 7:30 p.m. .

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

March 9, 2015 board minutes

MORMON TRAIL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

REGULAR MEETING

March 9, 2015

Board Minutes

 

President Lundahl called the regular meeting to order at 7:43 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 was also present. Smiarowski made a motion to approve the consent agenda including agenda approval, approval of February minutes, which included both the regular and special meetings, and open enrollment requests into the district. Evans seconded the motion to approve the consent agenda with all voting in favor. After discussing the monthly bills presented for payment, Evans made a motion to approve the month’s bills of accounting. The motion was seconded by Funk with all voting aye. Smiarowski made a motion to approve Resolution 2015 for a Voluntary Early Retirement Plan. An employee would have to be at least 55 years of age, have served at least 10 years in the district and be a certified, full time teacher in order to be eligible. Peasley made the second with all voting in favor. Next on the agenda was approving the date for the public hearing for the FY2016 Budget. Smiarowski made a motion to hold a public hearing for the FY 2016 Budget at the next Board meeting on April 13, 7:30 p.m. in the Humeston Elementary Library. The budget is required to be filed with the state by April 15th. Peasley seconded the motion with all voting aye. A Budget Resolution stating the District will levy property tax for fiscal year 2015-2016 for the regular program budget adjustment as allowed under section, 257.14, Code of Iowa was passed. Evans made the motion with Smiarowski seconding. All present voted aye. Smiarowski moved to approve the Educational Services Contracts with SWCC. SWCC provides college courses to Mormon Trail High School students. Funk made the second with all voting aye. Smiarowski made a motion to set the public hearing for the District’s internet policies for April 13, 2015 7:45 p.m. in the Humeston Elementary Library. The District’s internet policy must follow the Internet Child Protection Act. Peasley seconded the motion with all voting aye. Elementary Principal, Mike Snyder reported that the Elementary students enjoyed their recent field trip to the Des Moines Playhouse to watch the production of “The somewhat True Tales of Robin Hood”. Rock n Prevention will be presented to the Elementary April 8th. The Spring Concert will be held April 7th. Snyder also announced Kindergarten Roundup will be held March 27th. Winter sports wrapped up the season last week with their annual banquet. Spring sports will soon be underway. Snyder reminds sports followers that they can keep up with the goings on of the Blue Grass Conference by checking out www.bluegrassconference.org . Secondary Principal Hunt reported that Mona Baker and the Mormon Trail FFA Chapter held their first FFA Week as a new group with some fun activities the latter part of March. The week ended with a spaghetti supper fundraiser. Hunt said that the JR/SR High students, along with the Elementary students, went to Corydon last week and enjoyed a program sponsored by the Wayne County Development Corporation. Members of the boys and girls basketball teams went to watch the State Basketball Tournaments in Des Moines. High School students will be job shadowing in April. Hunt also reported there have been very few mishaps or maintenance issues with the Chromebooks being used at the Secondary level. Students are utilizing them for many activities in classrooms. Hunt estimates that paper usage has gone done around 30% this year. Alan Miller, District Superintendent, reported that Chromebooks have been integrated into the 5th Grade classroom. The students are enjoying learning on them. Miller also gave an update on the security cameras that are being installed in both locations, saying that they will be fully functional as early as the end of the month. The e-rate program, the school calendar, early start date, negotiations and the real estate purchase in Humeston were briefly discussed. Miller said it was very difficult, without knowing what supplemental state aid the District will receive, to move forward with any sort of salary negotiations for 2015-2016. Mark Smiarowski updated the Board on the new speed/agility program. Training has recently started with several interested in the program. Funk made the motion to adjourn with Peasley seconding the motion. All voted aye and President Lundahl adjourned the meeting at 8:40 pm. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Mormon Trail Board of Directors will be held April 13th @ 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

 

Special Mtg Board minutes

MORMON TRAIL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT SPECIAL MEETING

President Lundahl called the special session to order at 5:34 p.m. in the Humeston Elementary Library. Board members Peasley, Evans and Lundahl were present to answer roll call. Funk was present and answered roll call by phone. Also in attendance were Secretary Peggy Rash, Becky Stripe and Linda Grismore. Evans made a motion to approve the District’s Modified Supplemental Amount application for Dropout Prevention. The Board requested $36,611 which includes a total proposed budgeted amount for the district of $51,045 less 25% that must be covered by regular district program costs of $14,434. The funds are used to pay salaries and benefits for staff and paraprofessionals in the dropout prevention program. Peasley made the second with all voting in favor. Smiarowski joined the meeting by phone at 5:38. Evans made the motion to offer Lorna Paxson the position of part time Superintendent. The offer includes a salary of $27,000 per year for serving in-district 1 ½ days per week, including 4 hours per week with a set time to be available to parents, teachers, and staff and an additional 8 flexible hours per week that can vary depending on the needs of the district. The position will begin July 1, 2015. Smiarowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. Peasley made the motion to adjourn with Evans seconding the motion. All voted aye and President Lundahl adjourned the meeting at 5:40pm. The next regular meeting of the Mormon Trail Board of Directors will be held March 9th @ 7:30 pm in the Elementary Library, Humeston.

____________________________ ___________________________

President, Board of Education Secretary, Board of Education

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

February 9, 2015 Board Minutes

MORMON TRAIL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

REGULAR MEETING

February 9, 2015

Board Minutes

President Lundahl called the regular meeting to order at 6:50 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, Renae Poush, Crystal Boggs, Christian

Hilton, Brad Krutsinger and Mona Baker. Linda Grismore was also present.

Visitor Brad Krutsinger, representing the Mormon Trail Education Association, briefly spoke about the

negotiation process. A waiver waiving the May 31 date for completion of negotiations has been signed

giving the Association and the District more time to come to a voluntary agreement concerning a

collective bargaining agreement for the 2015-16 school year.

Mona Baker was present to discuss the FFA program. Baker reported the group was in the top 20

schools selling fruit and cheese this year, raising around $1700. The FFA chapter has several projects in

their future, including the Adopt a Highway program and cleaning up the old Horse Arena in the east

part of Humeston. The group will participate in District competition, FFA Week, and will hold a Spring

Banquet in the coming weeks. Baker also spoke to the Board about wanting to hold a fundraiser,

possibly yet this school year or in the summer. The group is interested in a Donkey basketball game to

raise money for Mormon Trail’s FFA chapter.

Funk made a motion to approve the consent agenda which included agenda approval, approval of the

January minutes which included both the regular and special meetings, and an open enrollment request

into the district. Peasley seconded the motion to approve the consent agenda with all voting in favor.

After discussing the monthly bills presented for payment, Smiarowski made a motion to approve the

month’s bills of accounting. The motion was seconded by Evans with all voting aye.

Funk made a motion to table a decision on a FFA fundraising request pending more information.

Smiarowski made the second with all voting in favor of the motion. The Board will revisit the request at

a later date.

Next on the agenda was the consideration of several projects Superintendent Miller would like to see

completed before he steps down as Superintendent June 30th. First up for consideration was the

purchase and installation of 74 lockers at both Garden Grove and Humeston. The lockers will allow

students to safely store items while participating in athletics and other events at the schools.

Smiarowski made the motion to approve. Peasley seconded the motion. All voted aye.

A new, more efficient furnace was discussed which would replace the hanging heaters currently being

used in the shop and kitchen areas in the Garden Grove facility. Funk made the motion to purchase a

unit from Southern Iowa Heating and Cooling, Centerville. Smiarowski seconded with all voting aye.

Evans made a motion to purchase and replace several new toilet partitions in both the Humeston and

Garden Grove buildings. Smiarowski made the second with all voting in favor of the motion.

Next up for discussion was installing Security Systems at both the Humeston and Garden Grove

buildings. Funk made the motion to approve with Smiarowski seconding. All voted aye.

Elementary Principal and Athletic Director, Snyder reported that Chrome books had been distributed to

5th and 6th graders. The elementary is taking Iowa Assessment tests this week. Snyder also reported that

Mormon Trail’s K-6 has been named a spotlight school and will be visited by a group of actors from the

Des Moines Playhouse on February 17th. In March, the Elementary students will attend the production of

“The somewhat True Tales of Robin Hood” presented by the Des Moines Playhouse. Also, K-12 students

will be going to Wayne CSD to attend a presentation by Wayne County Development Corporation called

“Think”. All Wayne County Schools have been invited to participate. “Think” teaches students about the

environment and recycling. Snyder spoke highly of the Jr. High Basketball programs. The boys had an

undefeated season and have started post season Booster Club tournaments. The girls had a good season

as well, playing out the season with only 5 team players. He commended both teams on their dedication

and hard work.

Secondary Principal Hunt reported the Secondary students would be doing Iowa Assessment testing the

week of February 23rd. Winter MAP testing is complete with 30 some students tested. He was very

pleased with the results. Scores in Math increased 2.7% and Reading scores saw a 4% increase. Hunt

reported that the Jr and Sr High had more than normal numbers of students with perfect attendance

First Semester. Principal Hunt commended Lee Jass and the Speech group on a successful year. Coming

up, the 8th graders with be attending a Career Day at SWCC. Hunt also reported that the High School

Choir has been invited, along with other Decatur County Schools, to perform at Graceland University

with Simon Estes. Lamoni, Leon, and Mormon Trail Choirs will perform individually and as a group with

Estes on April 19th.

Alan Miller, District Superintendent, reported that he and Peggy Rash had gone to Des Moines January

21st to attend the SBRC meeting where the District’s corrective plan for filing an untimely Certified

Annual Report was approved. Miller also reported he was in contact with area Legislators concerning

local and state school related issues. Miller ended with a reminder that Graduation will be held at 1pm

Sunday, May 17th.

Smiarowski made the motion to adjourn with Peasley seconding the motion. All voted aye and

President Lundahl adjourned the meeting at 8:13pm.

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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Date

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

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.

____________________________ ___________________________

President, Board of Education Secretary, Board of Education

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Date

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.

 

____________________________                    ___________________________

President, Board of Education                                       Secretary, Board of Education

 

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Date

 

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