November 12, 2018 Minutes



November 12, 2018    

President Smiarowski called the regular meeting of the Mormon Trail Board of Directors to order at 7:02 p.m. in the Humeston Elementary Library. Answering roll call were board members Peasley, Cromer, Funk, Evans and Smiarowski. Superintendent Kerry Phillips, Elementary/High School Principal Becky Stripe and Board Secretary Peggy Rash were present. Linda Horton from the Humeston New Era was also in attendance. Guests signing in were Kimberly Hayes, Claudia Brown, Brad Krutsinger, Stephanie Bear, Kara Hilton and Pam Woollis.

The agenda was approved with the following changes. Move the TLC presentation (F1a) to the top after consent agenda. Correct (F1c) wording from Science Teacher to Special Education Teacher. Motion by Cromer and the second by Peasley with all present voting aye to approve.

The consent agenda which included the previous meetings’ minutes and five open enrollment requests out of the District that met requirements, were approved with a motion by Cromer and a second by Funk. All present voted aye to approve the motion.

The TLC team gave a report to the Board. Krutsinger reported that the TLC team continues to settle into the new program and their new roles. The group continues to support and provide feedback to teachers. Ideas for the use of the ICN building is also being discussed

First up, under action items, The following Schedule B contract was approved: Leslie Bexten was approved as JV/Assistant Varsity girls basketball coach (salary $2005) with a motion by Cromer, a second by Peasley and all aye votes.

Funk made a motion to enter into a one year agreement with Hy-Vee Distribution Center, Chariton, for the use of their truck wash facility at $35 per wash. Each bus driver will be responsible for washing their bus up to 9 times throughout the year. Cromer seconded. Funk, Cromer, Evans and Smiarowski voted aye, 0 nay votes and Peasley abstained. Additional washings for the activity bus and driver compensation will be discussed in the future.

Peasley made a motion to advertise for sealed bids on the 2007 Ford Taurus. The mileage is 126,299 miles. Sealed bids are due to the Board Secretary in the District office by 4 p.m. December 12th. The board reserves the right to refuse any and all bids. Funk seconded followed by all ayes. Motion passes.

Evans made a motion to accept the resignation of Jean Wilson as Special Ed one-on-one. Cromer seconded followed by votes of aye from all present.

Cromer made the motion to allow a fundraiser for the sport’s/activities fund. Team wear will be sold at $3 profit per item. Evans seconded. All present voted aye. Motion passes.

Evans made a motion to approve an application to the SBRC for $66,640. Secretary Rash was directed to apply for Open Enrollment out not in Fall 2017 funding. There were 10 additional students Open Enrolled out fall 2018 but not on the 2017 certified enrollment. Rash will request the maximum modified supplemental amount for open enrollment out of $66,640 (10 x $6664) the District is eligible for. Funk seconded the motion with all voting aye.

Funk made a motion to add two updates to the Junior/Senior High School Parent-Student Handbook. The first deals with fundraising by students in grades 9-12. In part, “If a student chooses not to participate in fundraising, yet wants to participate in optional school activities they will be charged a reasonable fee to participate.”  

The second update deals with the Semester Test Policy. How a student may

  1. “request a waiver of semester exams in the case where their family activities take them away from school for an extended period of time.

a. Must have administrative approval prior to absence

b. All Homework must be done in advance

c. The student must write a report about the trip and/or event. “

Cromer seconded. All present voted aye to pass the motion.

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

Principal Stripe and Superintendent Phillips gave brief updates to the Board. Stripe presented and reviewed the District’s Equity Report with the Board. Superintendent Phillips talked about the use of At-Risk and special education funds. Medicaid billing is also something the District needs to look into. Phillips continues to look into open enrollment both in and out of the District.

Cromer made a motion to enter closed session under Iowa Code 21.5 (1) (j). A roll call vote was taken. Cromer aye; Funk aye: Evans aye; Peasley aye; Smiarowski aye. The Board moved into closed session at 8:45 p.m.

The Board returned to open session at 9:05 p.m.

Funk motioned to adjourn the meeting. Cromer seconded followed by all ayes. Smiarowski closed the meeting at 9:07 pm.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Mormon Trail Board of Directors will be held Wednesday, December 12, 2018 @ 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