October 13, 2014 Board Minutes



October 13, 2014

Board Minutes

President Lundahl called the regular meeting to order at 7:33 p.m. in the Humeston Elementary Library. Board members Peasley, Funk, Smiarowski, Evans and Lundahl were present. Also in attendance were Superintendent Miller, Principals Hunt and Snyder, Secretary Rash, and Linda Grismore. Julie Thompson/Durham School Services and Shirley Flowers were guests. President Lundahl welcomed Julie Thompson who spoke briefly about the bus service Durham provides to Mormon Trail CSD. Shirley Flowers arrived at 7:38 pm and expressed her concerns about not having any bus stops in the town of Garden Grove other than at the High School. The board agreed to put Flowers on the agenda for the November meeting. Smiarowski moved to approve the agenda. The second came from Peasley. All voted aye. Smiarowski moved to approve the consent agenda which included approval of the previous meeting’s minutes and one open enrollment request which met all required guidelines. Evans made the second with all voting aye. Smiarowski made a motion to approve the bills of accounting for October. Funk made the second. All voted aye. 2014-15 Goals were discussed. A motion to approve was made by Funk with Smiarowski making the second. All voted aye. It was thought that the district’s mission statement needs to be reviewed as well. It will be put on the Action agenda for the November meeting. The Board appointed Jan Lundahl to be the delegate representing Mormon Trail for IASB Legislation. The Board agreed unanimously with the policy as written. Evans moved to approve the Wellness Policy Code No. 507.9 as amended. Evans also made a motion to waive the second reading. Funk seconded both motions. All voted aye. Smiarowski volunteered to serve on the Wellness Committee. There was discussion concerning the installation and connection of Fibre Optics in both the Humeston and Garden Grove buildings but action to proceed was tabled until a later date. Evans made a motion to check into eligibility and apply to the SBRC for both Modified Allowable Growth and Supplemental Aid. The District’s Special Ed Program had a $39,255.64 deficit for the year ending 6/30/2014. Smiarowski seconded the motion with all voting in favor. The review and approval of bids to replace the walk-in freezer in Humeston was tabled until more information could be obtained on the cement work and to allow more time for bids to be received. Administrative reports were given by Steve Hunt, Secondary Principal, Mike Snyder, Elementary Principal and Alan Miller, District Superintendent. Hunt reported a good year so far. Homecoming was successful. Snyder also commented that he thought the Elementary students were having a good year as well. Discipline in school, as well as, on buses is down. Both Hunt and Snyder agreed school spirit is high with both Girls Volleyball and Boys Football being supported by the community and the student body. The Ag students attended district soil judging competition in Knoxville and came home with a 2nd place finish. They also placed 2nd in livestock judging in Osceola recently. For a listing of all conference activities, you may log into www.bluegrassconference.org and keep up with everything going on in the conference. Superintendent Miller reported there are many projects that continue to be a work in progress throughout the District. He noted the Garden Grove lunchroom and shop project still needed to work a couple of issues out concerning water runoff and we need to look at adding some rock at some point to the parking lot in Garden Grove, as well as, around the football field in Humeston. Miller expressed his excitement for the students participating in the music and band programs, reporting that the High School choir will be singing the National Anthem for the Iowa Wild Hockey Team Sunday, November 23rd, 7 pm at Wells Fargo Arena. Tickets for students, family, and friends are offered at a discounted price. The Humeston property purchase is progressing, although not as fast as hoped. Miller also commented that the budget needs to be carefully watched as spending was up in 2013-14. Smiarowski made the motion to adjourn with Funk seconding. All voted aye and President Lundahl adjourned the meeting at 9:23pm. The next meeting of the Mormon Trail Board of Directors will be held November 10th @ 7:30 pm in the Elementary Library

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President, Board of Education                                       Secretary, Board of Education