May 23 Board Minutes

Mormon Trail Community School Public Budget Amendment Hearing

May 23, 2016

The Mormon Trail Board of Education met May 23, 2016 in the Elementary Library for the purpose of hearing public comments on the proposed 2015-16 Budget Amendment. President Smiarowski opened the hearing at 7:17 p.m. Board members Peasley, Funk, and Smiarowski answered roll call. Lundahl entered the session at 7:26. Evans was absent. Secretary Rash and Superintendent Paxson were also present. There were no District residents present to address the board or to offer comments. Peasley moved to close the hearing with Funk seconding the motion. All voted aye and President Smiarowski adjourned the meeting at 7:29 pm.



May 23, 2016

President Smiarowski called the regular meeting of the Mormon Trail Board of Directors to order at 7:30 p.m. in the Humeston Elementary Library. Answering roll call were board members Funk, Peasley, Smiarowski and Lundahl. Director Evans was not present. Superintendent Lorna Paxson, Principal Steven Hunt and Board Secretary Peggy Rash were also in attendance. Principal Mike Snyder joined the meeting at 7:50. Guests present were Christine Auxier, Tiffany Sullivan, Rhonda Bennett and Brad Krutsinger.


Lundahl made a motion to approve the agenda. Peasley seconded the motion to approve with all present voting aye. Motion carried.


Funk moved to approve the consent agenda which included approval of previous meeting and public hearing minutes and open enrollment in/out requests that meet requirements. Peasley seconded with all voting aye.


Superintendent Paxson presented each Board member with a certificate of appreciation for their service to the Mormon Trail School District. May is School Board member appreciation month.


After reviewing the month’s financial reports, Lundahl made a motion to approve. Peasley seconded with all present voting aye.


Following a brief discussion about the bills presented for payment, Lundahl motioned to approve the May bills for payment. Funk seconded with all present voting aye.


Lundahl made a motion to approve the 2015-16 Budget Amendment. Funk seconded the motion. All voted aye.


Peasley made a motion to continue participation in the 403b plan offered by the State of Iowa. All eligible employees will be allowed to make contributions to the plan on their own behalf. Funk seconded the motion with everyone present voting in favor of the motion.


Lundahl made a motion to approve the revisions and first reading to Board Policies No. 905.1; 905.1R1; 905.1E1 and 905.1E2. The policies are related to the use of District facilities. Peasley seconded. All present voted aye. Motion carried.


Lundahl made a motion to hold off approving the 2016-17 Master contract pending further review by the Board. Peasley seconded and all present voted aye.


Funk made a motion to give authority to Lorna Paxson to act on behalf of the Board to do whatever is necessary in order to extend the negation period between the District and the Mormon Trail Education Association (MTEA) beyond May 31st. Peasley seconded. All voted aye.


Funk made a motion to grant additional paid leave from accumulated sick time for an employee’s immediate family member’s illness. The motion allows paid time to be granted for less than 3 consecutive days of absence. Further, the employee shall receive approval from both the building Principal and the Superintendent. Peasley seconded the motion with all present voting aye.


Lundahl made a motion to post openings for Baseball and Softball assistant coaching positions. Due to liability issues it is necessary to have more than one coach assist with the teams. Funk seconded with all present voting aye.


Lundahl made a motion for Paxson to solicit bids for a LED lighting proposal for the District. Peasley seconded with all present voting aye.


Lundahl made a motion to continue sharing agreements between Mormon Trail and Central Decatur (Juvenile Court Liaison), Wayne (TAG) and Diagonal (Curriculum). Funk made the second. All voted aye.


Administrative reports were given by Superintendent Paxson and Principals Steve Hunt and Mike Snyder. All administrators agreed it had been a great year. Snyder said he has 20 students that have begun Driver’s Education instruction. Hunt reported that all of the students at the JH/HS building got a lot out of the Arrive Alive presentation sponsored by a Langtry Foundation Grant. It had an excellent message. Superintendent Paxson also reminded everyone that the gym floors at both Garden Grove and Humeston will be refinished July 29 and August 1.


Lundahl motioned that the meeting be adjourned. Peasley seconded with all voting in favor of adjournment. Smiarowski closed the meeting at 9:53 pm.


The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Mormon Trail Board of Directors will be held June 13th 2016 @ 7:30 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