March 8, 2018 Minutes



March 8, 2018    

President Smiarowski called the special meeting of the Mormon Trail Board of Directors to order at 6:11 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 Pam Woollis, Teri Indorf, Lizzey Vanderflught, Kara Hilton, Chris Hilton, and Stephanie Bear.

The agenda was approved with a motion by Funk and a second by Cromer. All present voted aye.

There were no consent agenda items to approve or Administrative reports. 

First up under action items, with a motion by Cromer, a second from Funk and a vote of aye from all Board members present, the Board approved a rolling three-year term contract for Superintendent, Kerry Phillips. The Board will employ Phillips 3 days per week as a .6FTE Superintendent for the Mormon Trail CSD for a term of three years commencing July 1, 2018 and ending June 30, 2021. The contract will automatically renew every July 1 for a new three-year term. Phillips will receive $75,000 for the 2018-2019 school year for the term of a 144-day work year beginning July 1, 2018. Additional benefits in the contract include family insurance coverage in the District’s group medical and prescription drug insurance plan, as well as, 6 paid holidays, 3 personal days, 10 sick days and 9 paid vacation days per year. Superintendent Phillips will also be provided with a District owned vehicle for travel inside and outside the District in the transaction of school business.   

Next, was the purchase of a used vehicle. Evans made a motion to purchase a 2017 Ford Fusion from Fesler Inc., Fairfield, IA at a price of $19,700. Peasley seconded followed by all ayes.

Last on the agenda, up for discussion, is a bus lease purchase agreement for new buses for the District. At the recommendation of Superintendent Phillips, Cromer motioned to lease purchase 4 – 2019, 77 passenger Blue Bird Vision gasoline buses with a two year lease purchase price of $355,782.99 from School Bus Sales Co., Waterloo, IA. The first payment is due upon delivery. There will be another payment due at the end of year one and the last payment due at the end of year two. The motion was seconded by Evans followed by all ayes. A second quote from Thomas Bus Sales, Des Moines, IA was received.  The District will be responsible for all maintenance with the exception of any warranty work done. Delivery is expected before school starts in the fall.

Funk motioned that the meeting be adjourned. Peasley seconded with all voting in favor of adjournment.  Smiarowski closed the meeting at 6:42 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