May 13, 2019 Board Minutes



May 13, 2019

The Mormon Trail School Board met in exempt session Monday, May 13th at 7:00 pm in the Humeston Elementary Library.



May 13, 2019    

President Smiarowski called the regular meeting of the Mormon Trail Board of Directors to order at 7:14 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. Linda Horton from the Humeston New Era was also in attendance. Guests signing in were Autumn Fraker, Melissa Kauffman, Jester Ins., Claudia Brown, Chris Hilton, Kimberly Hayes, and Kara Hilton.

Melissa Kauffman, Jester Ins spoke to the Board during the Public Forum about a type of Breakdown Insurance the District is considering. Some highlights of the program include the following.

  1. The premium is paid from the Management Fund
  2. Jester Ins will reimburse for the repairs which saves the District paying from the General Fund
  3. Will pay a vendor of the District’s choice or reimburse the District up to $50/hr
  4. No deductible
  5. Premium is quoted for 1 year but the policy can be cancelled at any time with a 30-day notice.
  6. Generally, the insurance is good for repairs for most anything that plugs into electricity
  7. Currently 144 Districts use this Insurance

Autumn Fraker also spoke to the Board about a late open enrollment request she has filed. 

The agenda was approved with Funk making the motion to approve. Cromer seconded. Motion passes with all present voting aye.

Cromer made a motion to approve the previous meeting minute’s portion of the consent agenda. Evans seconded followed by all ayes. One open enrollment request into the District meeting all requirements was approved and two open enrollment requests out of the District which did not meet requirements were denied with a motion by Evans and a second by Funk. All present voted aye to approve the motion. 

Cromer motioned to purchase the Equipment Maintenance Insurance from Jester Insurance for 1 year effective July 1, 2019 for a premium of $19,982. Funk seconded followed by all aye votes.

Evans moved to accept the resignation of Kathy Showers, para. The motion was seconded by Cromer. All present voted aye. The Board wants to thank Kathy for her 27 years of service to the District.

The following positions were approved:

High School English: motion by Funk, second by Cromer to hire Kara Hilton. All present voted aye.

JH baseball and JH softball: motion by Evans, second by Peasley to hire Cale Moore for baseball and Cassie Moore for softball. The motion passes with all ayes to approve. In April, the Board approved adding Junior High softball and baseball to the Schedule B pay schedule. Coaches will receive $1450 each per season.  Offering contracts had been tabled for Junior High softball and baseball to meet posting requirements.

Katie Dyer was hired as cook for the Elementary with a motion by Evans, a second by Cromer, followed by all ayes from those present.

Evans made a motion to enter a sharing agreement with Seymour CSD for technology and to continue the sharing agreement with Green Hills AEA for technology for 2019-20. Funk seconded followed by all ayes,

Cromer made a motion to approve the list of graduating seniors from the Mormon Trail class of 2019. Peasley seconded followed by all ayes.

Evans motioned to approve a 3% pay increase for all non-certified employees, including hourly employees and bus drivers. Peasley seconded followed by all ayes to approve.

Additional mowing needs for summer 2019 were next up for discussion. Evans motioned to pay the coaches $75 per mowing for the ball fields and parking area west of the football field. M3 Lawn Care will continue to mow the main school grounds and north of the football fence to the west driveway. Cromer seconded followed by all ayes to approve the motion.

Funk made a motion to approve the bills and financials. Cromer seconded followed by all aye votes. Motion carries. 

Principal Stripe gave a brief report to the Board. Stripe reported summer school will be held June 3 rd through July 12 th from 8:30-11:30.The schools nutrition program will also be serving free breakfast and lunch during those days for anyone 18 and under. Claudia Brown and Gloria Rumley will be teaching. Kara Hilton will be teaching high school summer school to help those needing to make up core classes and for credit recovery.

Superintendent Phillips recognized the Board members as May is Board Appreciation month. Phillips also noted he had signed a deal with Coke to supply the Districts vending supplies. Coke will also provide funding for supplies.

Cromer motioned that the meeting be adjourned. Funk seconded with all voting in favor of adjournment.  Smiarowski closed the meeting at 9:03 p.m.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Mormon Trail Board of Directors will be held June 10, 2019 @ 7:00 pm 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