April 8, 2013 Board Minutes



April 8, 2013


The Mormon Trail Board of Education held an exempt session in the elementary library.  Board members Peasley, Horton, Funk and Lundahl along with Superintendent Miller and Lovett entered exempt session at 6:35 p.m. to discuss bargaining strategies.  The exempt session was closed at 6:50 p.m.

President Lundahl opened the public budget hearing at 7:00 p.m. in the elementary library.  Present were Funk, Horton, Lundahl, Peasley, Superintendent Miller, Lovett and Willa Clark.  Lundahl asked for questions or comments from the public.  Following discussion with Clark, President Lundahl closed the budget hearing at 7:20 p.m.

President Lundahl called the regular meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. in the elementary library.  Funk, Horton, Lundahl and Peasley answered roll call.  Evans was absent.  Superintendent Miller, Principal Hunt, Principal Snyder, Lovett and Willa Clark were also in attendance.

Superintendent Miller requested amending the agenda by removing action item 8: to consider the 2013-2014 school calendar.  Mr. Miller advised the board it would be completed for the May meeting.  Horton moved to approve the agenda as amended.   All voted aye. Second by Peasley.  Following discussion Peasley moved to approve the remaining consent agenda.  Second by Horton All voted aye.

Funk moved to adopt the 2014 Budget.  The second was made by Peasley.  All voted aye.

Consideration of the MTEA collective bargaining proposal was tabled.  The item will be taken up later in the meeting.

Mr. Miller’s recommendation for hourly and administrative staff pay increases was considered.  Increases were recommended on years of service and job responsibilities.  Miller recommended adding one personal day to both principal’s contracts.  Horton moved to approve the recommendations.  The second was made by Funk.  All voted aye.

The administration recommended offering Kayla Ramirez a full-time contract for 2013-2014. She has been serving as a part-time shared teacher, teaching Spanish.  Horton moved to approve offering full-time contract ot Ramirez.  Peasley made the second.  All voted aye.

Funk moved to approve contracts from SWCC for instruction for the 2013-2014 school-year.  Classes approved will be in the medical field and PSEO classes.   The second was made by Peasley.  All voted aye.

Funk moved to approve the transfer of $75,000 from Local Option Sales Tax to Debt Service for the May 1, 2013 GO Bond payment and interest.  Horton made the second.  All voted aye.

Brad Funk moved to adopt a Start Date Waiver Request Resolution.  The resolution waiver is a request allowing the Board of Education to set the school start date earlier than the mandated start date.  President Lundahl called for a vote on the resolution.  Funk, Horton Peasley and Lundahl all voted aye.  The resolution was adopted.

Principal Hunt presented 13 Seniors for graduation.  Horton moved to approve them for graduation upon completion of all requirements.  Second by Peasley.  All voted aye.

Principal Snyder reported Iowa tests results are back and being reviewed.  All grades have made good progress.  Mr. Snyder highlighted the following upcoming activities:

  • Elementary Spring Pictures will be taken April 10, 2013
  • 4th/5th grade attended Ag Day in Leon
  • 4th-8th grade Nation Theater for Children Program May 9.
  • PK-6 Spring Program May 14th @7:00 p.m.
  • 4th-6th grade Track & Field Day @ Corydon
  • K-6 field trip-TBA

Athletic Director Snyder reported spring sports are underway.  Varsity track has 7 boys and 5 girls on the roster.  JH track has 2 boys and 6 girls participating.  There are 7 boys and 1 girl on the golf team.

Principal Hunt reported the following secondary activities:

  • The welding class went to Johnson Machine Works, Fat Baggers and Shivvers.
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences were held March 12 & 14 with and 80% attendance.
  • FCCLA went to conferences in Des Moines
  • Juniors went to career day at IHCC in Ottumwa
  • The Academic Team competed at Wayne
  • Job Shadowing was done on April 3
  • The seniors spent April 3 doing community service in Garden Grove, Leroy, Derby and Humeston.

The board discussed the language and salary increase requested by the MTEA.  Changes in language included allowing the use of 5 sick days for family leave as approved by the administration,  deletion of reimbursement for unused family days, termination of district paid annuity for employees hired after the 2013-2014 school-year and extra duty pay moving from $16 an hour to $17 an hour.  The total package is an increase of 3.5%.  Amy Horton moved to approve the proposal and 2013-2014 Master Agreement.   Funk made the second.  All voted aye.

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

The next regular meeting will be May 20th at 7:30 in the elementary library.  The foods class will be serving dinner to the Board at 7:00 p.m.  in observance of School Board Appreciation Week.

President Lundahl adjourned the meeting at 8:09 p.m.