June 17, 2019 Minutes

Mormon Trail Community School District

Community Meeting

June 17, 2019

As there was a quorum present for the Community Meeting President Smiarowski opened at 6:10 pm with Jason Peasley, Brad Funk and Marc Smiarowski answering roll call. Pat Evans entered at 6:15pm. Jeremy Cromer was absent. The agenda listed discussion as the school calendar. Other discussion led to a new design of the proposed school addition in Humeston. A trip to WACO CSD, who currently has a 4-day schedule with a calendar consisting of 149 days/1090 hours in their school year, was discussed. A small group of students, administrators, teachers and a Board member who had attended talked about their impressions of the 4-day week. It is something the District would like to look into further in the future. Peasley motioned to adjourn the Community Meeting and Evans seconded. All present voted aye to adjourn. Cromer was absent. Smiarowski closed the meeting at 7:38 pm

Regular Meeting and Closed Session

June 17, 2019

President Smiarowski called the regular meeting of the Mormon Trail Board of Directors to order at 7:50 p.m. in the Humeston Elementary Library. Answering roll call were board members Evans, Peasley, Funk and Smiarowski. 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 signing in were Brad Krutsinger, Kimberly Hayes, Claudia Brown, Gina Savely, Kara Hilton, Chris Hilton and Pam Woollis. Board member Jeremy Cromer entered the meeting at 7:54 pm.

Principal Stripe introduced Donna Binning, the newly hired District Nurse, to the group.

The TLC group, consisting of Chris Hilton, Brad Krutsinger, Claudia Brown and Kim Hayes presented information to the Board.

Evans made a motion to approve the agenda with the following changes: Item 1. Closed Session in reference to Iowa Code 21.5 (1) (i) to the end of the agenda. Item 2. Possible action on Closed Session was also moved to the end of the agenda. Funk seconded. All voted aye to approve.

The consent agenda, consisting of previous meeting minutes and open enrollment was approved with a motion by Funk and a second by Cromer. All present voted aye. There were no open enrollments in or out of the District to act on.

The resignation of Steven Neilssen was approved with a motion by Evans, a second by Cromer and all aye votes by board members in agreement.

Schedule B assignments were approved with a motion by Cromer and a second by Funk. All present voted aye to approve the following:

8th grade class sponsor- Bridgette Stark $0

Freshman class sponsor-Kara Hilton & Mona Baker $450 ea

Sophomore class sponsor-Scott Roberts & Bev Nordyke $450 ea

Junior class sponsor-Dorota Bear, Stevie Parmer and Stacie Porterfield $450 ea

Senior class sponsor-Teri Indorf & Brad Krutsinger $450 ea

National Honor Society-Adam Hysell $200

Academic Bowl-Bev Nordyke $500

Student Council-Kara Hilton/Dorota Bear $200 ea

Yearbook-Kara Hilton $2100

Speech-Kara Hilton $900

Drama-Kara Hilton $1200

Website-Robert Thatcher $900

Activities Director- Robert Thatcher $4950

TLC (Teacher Leadership Compensation) contracts will remain the same as last year with a motion by Funk and a second by Peasley. All voted in favor of issuing contracts to:

Claudia Brown- TLC Instructional Coach $54,942

Chris Hilton- Elementary Data $2989

Stacie Porterfield-Jr/Sr High School Data $2989

Brad Krutsinger-Lead Teacher$5979

Kimberly Hayes-Lead Teacher $5979

2019-20 Membership to RSAI (Rural School Advocates of Iowa) was approved with a motion by Evans, a second by Cromer and aye votes by all present.

The Board voted to approve carryover, extending the use of Superintendent Phillips 8 remaining vacation days through August 1, 2019 in a motion by Cromer and a second from Funk. All present voted aye.

With a motion from Funk and a second by Cromer the Board approved putting the 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer up for bid. Bids will be accepted until August 12th. The motion carries with ayes from all present.

Cromer made a motion to approve that Superintendent Phillips begin looking at options for a used vehicle to replace the Blazer. Phillips was instructed to look at Fords or Chevys at Fesler and Macke to see what they have in the way of 7 passenger vehicles with mileage between 25,000-35,000 miles and in the price range of $28,500. Funk seconded the motion followed by all ayes.

Funk made a motion to approve the purchase of an online communications application “SchoolMessenger” for two years at a cost of $1250. Evans seconded followed by all aye votes.

A motion was made by Evans and a second by Funk to table signing a Dual Control waiver for Great Western Bank. The waiver will be looked at again in July. Motion passes with all voting aye.

Cromer made a motion to approve the software agreement with Grant Wood AEA for one year. Cost is $6081 per year. Peasley seconded followed by all aye votes.

Evans made a motion to make a change in the District’s copier lease with M&M Sales Company. The motion includes entering a new 5-yr agreement with Xerox who will buy out the remainder of the M&M contract with the leasing company “Leaf”. Cromer seconded followed by a vote of all ayes.

Cromer made a motion to approve the bills and financials. Funk seconded followed by all ayes.

Peasley made the motion to take a short break before continuing to the closed session. Cromer seconded followed by all aye.

With a motion by Cromer and a second by Funk to go into closed session under Iowa Code 21.5 (1) (i), the following roll call vote was taken. Smiarowski yes; Evans yes; Peasley yes; Funk yes; Cromer yes. The Board went into closed session at 9:50 pm

The Board returned to open session at 10:27 pm

Funk made a motion to offer Mr Phillips a new contract with the following terms: 28 days will be added to the contract bringing total contracted days from 144 to 172, Days in the District will be increased from the current 3 days to 4 days during the school year and decreased from 3 days to 2 days during the summer. Change is an additional $18,612.87 bringing total salary to $90,993.06. Cromer seconded followed by all ayes to approve the new 3 year rolling contract.

There were no administrative reports.

Cromer made the motion to adjourn followed by a second from Funk. Cromer, Funk, Evans, Peasley and Smiarowski voted aye to approve.

President Smiarowski closed the meeting at 10:38 pm.

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President, Board of Education Secretary, Board of Education


These minutes are written as recorded by the Board Secretary and are subject to approval at the next regular board meeting.   Peggy Rash, Board Secretary/Treasurer