November 14 Minutes



November 14, 2016

President Smiarowski called the regular meeting of the Mormon Trail Board of Directors to order at 7:33 p.m. in the Humeston Elementary Library.  Answering roll call were board members Funk, Evans, Lundahl, Peasley and Smiarowski.  Superintendent Lorna Paxson, Principals Hunt and Stripe and Board Secretary Peggy Rash were also present. Linda Horton, reporter from the Humeston New Era was also in attendance.

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

Peasley moved to approve the consent agenda after clarification of the minutes from October.  Clarification was added (in parentheses), “(At 9:10), Peasley motioned that the Board take a short break. Evans seconded. Motion carries with all ayes. Stripe, Hunt and Horton left the meeting.

(After a short break), the Board returned to open session at 9:20 pm. At the request of Superintendent Paxson, the Board voted to go into closed session as provided by 21.5(1)(i) of the open meetings law for the purpose of reviewing the Superintendent’s performance and goals. Motion by Lundahl with the second by Evans. Funk, Peasley, Evans, Lundahl and Smiarowski all answered aye.”     

Open enrollment in/out of the District that met requirements was included in the motion to approve the consent agenda. Lundahl seconded with all voting aye.

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

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

Brenda Birkland was approved as a1:1 para-educator. Lundahl made the motion to approve with Peasley seconding. All present voted aye.    

One bid for snow removal was received. Lundahl made a motion to accept the bid submitted by Kar Knuts at $65 per hour. Evans seconded with all present voting aye. Both the Humeston and Garden Grove parking lots were included in the bid.

Becky Stripe presented information about the Food Bank of Southern Iowa. Stripe has been working with the Food Bank to get the Humeston School designated as a suitable location for the food program. The School would incur no food/shipping costs to participate. The Board gave Stripe, who will be the local coordinator of the project, the go ahead to use the Humeston School and to do what is needed to move ahead with the Program. Motion by Lundahl. Second by Funk. All voted aye in favor of the Food Bank Program. 

Administrative reports were given by Principals Becky Stripe and Steve Hunt and by Superintendent Lorna Paxson.

The Board and District is very appreciative of the Grant money received from the Langtry Foundation. Projector and white boards, computers, books, folding tables, computer charging station, and choir music festival trip were approved in the $43,000 Grant.

Lundahl motioned the meeting be adjourned. Evans seconded with all voting in favor of adjournment.  Smiarowski closed the meeting at 8:25 pm.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Mormon Trail Board of Directors will be held December 12th 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