Board Minutes November 13



November 13, 2017    

President Smiarowski called the regular meeting of the Mormon Trail Board of Directors to order at 7:03 p.m. in the Humeston Elementary Library. Answering roll call were board members Evans, Cromer, and Smiarowski.  Board members Funk and Peasley were absent. Superintendent Kerry Phillips, Elementary / High School Principal Becky Stripe and Board Secretary Peggy Rash were also present. Linda Horton from the Humeston New Era was also in attendance. Guests were Mona Bake, Claudia Brown, Teri Indorf, Brad Krutsinger and Stephanie Bear. Mike Livermore, FBG cleaning service was also a guest. Kara Hilton and Stacie Porterfield entered the meeting at 7:25.

Cromer made a motion to approve the agenda with the following changes: move action items #5 and #13 along with discussion item #2 to the top of the agenda. Evans made the second followed by all aye votes from Cromer, Evans and Smiarowski.

The consent agenda, which included the previous meeting’s minutes and two open enrollments out for fy 18-19 and one open enrollment into the District for fy 17-18 were approved with a motion by Cromer and a second by Evans. All present voted aye. Motion carried.

Administrative reports were given by Principal Becky Stripe and Superintendent Phillips. Stripe reported there was 90% attendance in both buildings for conferences. November 22nd grandparents will be visiting the elementary. Stripe also wanted to remind the community the Food Bank receives supplies every 4th Wednesday.  Superintendent Phillips reported to the Board there was only one technology services bid received which was higher than anticipated. Phillips has had Green Hills AEA and the Shenandoah CSD visit the District seeking their ideas on how they could help us with our technology needs. Phillips also reported he has been in contact with Street Smarts Driver Education about offering Driver Education classes for the District. Certified enrollment is up a net 5.54 students this fall with 226 students being enrolled between both the elementary and secondary schools.   

First up, under item #5, the Board welcomed Mike Livermore from FBG Services. Mike shared a proposal for FBG to contract custodial services with the District to clean both the Humeston and Garden Grove buildings. The Board will continue looking into the proposal and will bring this up for consideration at a later date.

Next, item #13 HS Teacher Technology Request was up for discussion. High School teacher, Brad Krutsinger, told the board he and other teachers in Garden Grove were using laptops that were 8-9 years old.  Krutsinger proposed that the Board purchase 7 Apple laptops at a cost of $2000 each now and another 7 laptops later. Krutsinger also told the Board the District was in need of support for technology badly. The teachers did the best they could to keep computers running but that recently there were a lot of problems with both teacher laptops and student chrome books. Phillips said that the AEA will be doing a complete inventory and assessment of technology needs in the District. With a motion by Evans and a second by Cromer, Cromer, Evans and Smiarowski voted aye to purchase 7 Apple computers at a cost of no more than $2000 each.

Moving on to item #2 under discussion items, the Board received an update from participating teachers about the TLC (Teacher Leadership Compensation) Program.  The school is in the second year of the TLC program.

Moving on to other action items on the agenda, Cromer motioned to approve the financial report. Evans seconded. Cromer, Evans and Smiarowski voted aye.

Following a brief discussion, Evans motioned to approve the November bills for payment. Cromer seconded with Cromer, Evans and Smiarowski voting aye.

Cromer motioned to offer basketball coaching contracts to:

Aaron Parmer-Varsity boys

Bill Hoover-Junior High boys

Joseph Parmer-Junior High girls

Motion passes with a second by Evans and aye votes from Cromer, Evans and Smiarowski.

Evans motioned to offer para professional positions to SueAnn Lane and Julie Young.  Cromer seconded with Cromer, Evans and Smiarowski voting aye.

There were no resignations to take action on.

Reversing a decision by the Board in August to purchase a Chevy Express Van from Karl Chevrolet, Evans made a motion to purchase a Dodge Caravan from Stew Hansen Dodge City as recommended by Superintendent Phillips. The motion was seconded by Cromer. Cromer, Evans and Smiarowski voted aye.  The District had a second vehicle pulled from service and Phillips feels the repairs for body work would be more than the van is worth.

In a related motion Evans motioned to offer the 2006 Ford Freestar up for public bid. Cromer seconded with Cromer, Evans and Smiarowski voting in favor of the motion.

Cromer motioned to not accept the technology bid submitted by Darmedia. Evans seconded with  Cromer, Evans and Smiarowski voting aye.

An agreement to work with student teachers from Buena Vista was approved in a motion by Evans and a second by Cromer. Cromer, Evans and Smiarowski voted aye.

In a motion by Evans and a second from Cromer, the Board approved the SBRC application for both Maximum On-Time Funding Modified Supplemental Amount for Increasing Enrollment in the amount of $59,294 and the Maximum Modified Supplemental Amount for Open Enrollment Out in the amount of $23,068.  Motion passes with Cromer, Evans and Smiarowski voting aye. 

As there were no bids received for snow removal, the Board did not take any action. Superintendent Phillips will look into options available to the District.

There were no bids received on the 2006 Ford Econoline E150 van. The van will be put back up for bid and the Board will reconsider its disposal the next meeting. It was put out of service the end of last school year for rust damage.

A joint board retreat with Harmony CSD is being considered. The time and place will be determined at a later time.

Cromer motioned that the meeting be adjourned. Evans seconded with all voting in favor of adjournment.  Smiarowski closed the meeting at 9:36 p.m.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Mormon Trail Board of Directors will be held December 11,

2017 @ 7:00 p.m. 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