February 18, 2013 Minutes



February 18, 2013


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.