February 12, 2018 Minutes



February 12, 2018    

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, Peasley, Funk and Smiarowski. Superintendent Kerry Phillips, Elementary / High School Principal Becky Stripe and Board Secretary Peggy Rash were also present. Guests signing in were Edward Coffey, Kim Brown, Bill Moore, Karen Abel, Claudia Brown, Kimberly Hayes, Renae Poush, Kara Hilton, Chris Hilton, Stephanie Bear, Pam Woollis, Teri Indorf, Willard Armstrong, and Dennis Gardner. 

The agenda was approved with a motion by Peasley and a second by Evans. All present voted ayes.

The consent agenda, which included the previous meeting’s minutes and bills and financials, were first up. Funk made the motion to approve and Cromer seconded. Motion passes with all present voting aye.

Administrative reports were given by Principal Becky Stripe and Superintendent Kerry Phillips.

Renae Poush addressed the Board on behalf of ISEA. New rules will go into effect for how the Education Association and Mormon Trail CSD can and can not conduct negotiations for 2018-19. Poush said she is looking forward to working with the Board.

Track and Golf coaches were next up for discussion. Evans made a motion to offer Robert Thatcher the Head High School girls and boys track coaching contract and a contract to Elizabeth Vanderflught for Asst HS coach as well as Junior High girls and boys track coach.  Funk seconded followed by all ayes.

Funk motioned to offer a 50/50 split contract for High School boys and girls golf coach to Cale Moore and Cassie Moore. Peasley seconded followed by all ayes.

There were no resignations.

Peasley read a resolution to offer early retirement. Cromer motioned to approve early retirement followed by a second from Peasley. All present voted aye. Early retirement as offered is a yearly benefit of $650 per month to anyone who qualifies and chooses to accept Early Retirement. An employee must be at least 55 years of age by the retirement date of June 30, 2018, was actively employed full-time (as defined by Iowa Code Section 279.13) during the last school year prior to early retirement, and accepts and notifies the Board by March 31, 2018 of their decision to accept the Early Retirement Plan.

Funk made a motion to approve an open enrollment request out of the District for 2018-19 as the application met all requirements. Cromer seconded followed by all ayes from the Board.

Last on the agenda under action items, Sharing for 2018-19 was discussed. Evans motioned to continue the sharing agreement with Wayne CSD for the TAG position. Cromer seconded followed by all aye votes from the Board. Evans also motioned to terminate the sharing contract between Van Buren CSD and Mormon Trail for shared Human Resources Director in 2018-19. Funk seconded. All present voted aye in favor of the motion.

The Board went on a break at 7:50pm so that drivers and the Board could look at the bus brought over from Moravia by Transportation Director, Willard Armstrong. The meeting resumed at 8 pm followed by open discussion of the bus.

The meeting ended with discussion of possible uses of a new Flex Fund by the District.

Funk motioned that the meeting be adjourned. Cromer seconded with all voting in favor of adjournment.  Smiarowski closed the meeting at 8:25 p.m.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Mormon Trail Board of Directors will be held March 12, 2018 @ 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