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July 2013 Minutes

MORMON TRAIL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

REGULAR MEETING

 

July 22, 2013

Minutes

President Lundahl called the regular meeting of the board of education to order at 7:35 p.m. in the elementary library.  Evans, Funk, Horton, Lundahl and Peasley answered roll call.  Also present were Superintendent Miller, Lovett and Willa Clark.

Mr. Miller requested adding 2013 Legislative Priorities Resolution to his report.  Peasley moved to approve the agenda with the requested addition along with the consent agenda.  Horton made the second.  All voted aye.

Peasley moved to approve the bills for payment with Funk making the second.  All voted aye.

The board reviewed the bids for LP.  The low bid was received from Agriland FS at $1.09, with MFA Oil at $1.12 and Southern Iowa Oil coming in at $1.18.  Evans moved to accept the low bid from Agriland FS of $1.09.  Horton made the second.  All voted aye.

Diesel bids received were as follows:  6 month firm bid from Agriland FS was $3.21 with MFA Oil’s 6 month bid at $3.28.  Funk moved to accept the low bid from Agriland FS at $3.21.  Second by Horton.  All voted aye.

The board reviewed the milk bids submitted by Anderson Ericson Dairy and Hiland Dairy.  Following discussion, Evans moved to accept the slightly higher bid from AE Dairy, who is the current vendor.  Peasley made the second.  All voted aye.

The district received no baker bids.  The district is looking for options for bakery needs.

The following coaching positions were recommended.

  • Varsity Football Coach – Travis Johnson
  • JV Football Coach – Joseph Parmer
  • JH Football Coach – Joseph Parmer
  • Varsity Volleyball – Josh Stiles
  • JV Volleyball (if needed) – Amy Horton
  • JH Volleyball – Stacie Porterfield
  • Cross Country Track – Robert Thatcher
  • Athletic Director – Mike Snyder

Peasley moved to approve all coaching recommendations, pending current certification.  Funk made the second.  All voted aye, with the exception of Horton who abstained.

Horton reported the girls’ softball team earned $900 Watermelon Day at their car wash and doing face painting.  The funds will be used next spring to purchase necessary softball supplies.

Superintendent Miller recommended Doug Griffin to fill the five hour custodial position at the elementary.  Horton moved to approve the hire.  The second was made by Evans.  All voted aye.

Mr.   Miller reviewed the state mandated increase in meal prices for the 2013-2013 school- year.  Student breakfast will increase to $1.10 with lunches set at $2.25.  Student reduced prices will remain the same.  Adult prices will increase to $1.85 for breakfasts and $3.20 for lunches.  Peasley moved to approve the new pricing.  The second came from Funk.  All voted aye.

The board reviewed student fees and activity fees.  Following discussion Horton moved to increase the Driver Education Fee to $225.00 with all other fees remaining the same.  Peasley made the second.  All voted aye.

Following a brief discussion, Superintendent Miller recommended ending the district’s bowling program.  If there are students interested in bowling he will pursue an agreement with a neighboring district for MT students to join their program.  Students participating would be responsible for their own transportation.  Peasley moved to end the bowling program at Mormon Trail.  Second by Horton.  All voted aye.

Mr.  George Belken was recommended to serve as a shared teacher with Clarke.  He will teach Math in both districts.  Funk moved to approve the hire of Mr. Belken to be shared with Clarke as Math instructor.  Horton made the second.  All voted aye.

Mr.  Miller recommended entering a second sharing agreement with Clarke to share their current Spanish teacher.  She would be in our district half-time.  Peasley moved to approve the sharing agreement with Clarke.  Evans made the second.  All voted aye.

As a result of a joint meeting of the Murray CSD Board of Education and the Mormon Trail Board of Education earlier in the month,  Evans moved to approve a contract for the shared superintendent position  for the 2013-2014 and the 2014-2015 school years to Alan Miller.  The second was made by Peasley.  All voted aye.

Following discussion the board voted to select their 2014 legislative priorities.  Priorities include language regarding the following:  Statewide Penny Sales Tax use, Flexibility for the use of Modified allowable growth, support for reform of Iowa’s K-12 education system, supports opposition to measures that would limit taxes, spending or local control impacting education.  Supports legislation requiring any new mandate have corresponding funding sufficient to implement the new mandate.

Superintendent Miller praised the custodial staff for their hard work this summer.  He indicated they are doing a very good job.  He also wanted to thank Andy Graham’s grandmother for the use of her paint sprayer.

Horton moved to adjourn the meeting.  Evans made the second.  All voted aye.

The next regular meeting will be August 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the elementary library.

June 17, 2013 Board Minutes

MORMON TRAIL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

REGULAR MEETING

June 17, 2013

Minutes

 

President Lundahl called the regular meeting of the board of education to order at 7:37 p.m. in the elementary library.  Evans, Funk, Lundahl and Peasley were present.  Amy Horton was absent.  Also present were Superintendent Miller, Lovett and Willa Clark.

 

Bridgette Stark and Joel and Beth Petty were introduced to the board.  Ms. Stark is being recommended to serve as ½ time instructor for the district’s Family and Consumer Science program.  Mr. Petty is being recommended for a shared teaching position with Wayne Community School.  He will be the Tag instructor for both districts.  President Lundahl thanked them for attending.

 

Peasley moved to approve the agenda.  The second was made by Funk.  All voted aye.

 

Funk moved to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Peasley made the second.  All voted aye.

 

Peasley moved to increase the Driver Ed Instructor’s pay by $5 per student.  The second came from Evans.  All voted aye.

 

Evans moved to approve the third year of a three year contract with the State of Iowa and Central Decatur for Brian Carson.  Carson serves both districts as Court Liaison.  Peasley made the second.  All voted aye.

 

Funk moved to approve the bills of accounting.  Peasley made the second.  All voted aye.

 

Funk moved to allow the payment of outstanding bills on June 30th.  Peasley made the second.  All voted aye.

 

The board discussed the need for a time keeping system.  The district will be required to track hours for all hourly employees and substitute teachers to comply with the Affordable Health Care Act.  Peasley moved to approve the purchase of a time keeping system.  Evans made the second.  All voted aye.

 

Evans moved to approve a sharing agreement with Wayne CSD to share a teacher for the 2013-2014 school year.  Mormon Trail will hold the contract.  Second by Peasley.  All voted aye.

 

Funk moved to offer the shared position of Tag instructor to Joel Petty.  Evans made the second.  All voted aye.

 

Peasley moved to offer the part-time position of Family Consumer Science instructor to Bridgette Stark.  All voted aye.

 

Principal Hunt has submitted recommended changes to the Jr. Sr. High Handbook.  The board discussed in length the change for students who wish to graduate at the semester.  Students who choose to graduate at the semester would be classified as alumni and no longer be allowed to participate in graduation or be eligible for honors.  Peasley moved to approve the changes as recommended with Funk making the second.  All vote aye with Lundahl abstaining.  The motion carried.

 

Peasley moved to renew the district’s contract with the Mid-Iowa School Improvement Consortium.  The organization helps districts develop effective assessments and instruction that will result in improved student achievement.  Evans made the second.  All voted aye.

 

Superintendent Miller recommended hiring Kevin Armbrester to fill the full time custodial position at the elementary.  Kevin has been the part time evening custodian at the secondary building.  Peasley moved to approve Armbrester for the full time position.  Second by Funk.  All voted aye.

 

Principals Hunt and Snyder were both absent but had submitted written reports.

 

Superintendent Miller asked the board to review the 2013-2013 Legislative Priorities before the next meeting.  The board will set the district’s priorities at that time.

 

Funk moved to adjourn the meeting.  Peasley made the second.  All voted aye.

 

The next regular meeting was changed to Tuesday, July 16th at 7:30 in the elementary library.

 

President Lundahl adjourned the meeting at 8:50 p.m.

 

May 20, 2013 Board Minutes

MORMON TRAIL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

REGULAR BOARD MEETING

May 20, 2013

Minutes

President Lundahl called the regular meeting of the board of education to order at 7:40 in the elementary library.  Board members Evans, Funk, Horton, Lundahl and Peasley answered roll call.  Superintendent Miller, Principals Hunt and Snyder, Secretary Lovett and Willa Clark were also present.

President Lundahl opened the floor for public discussion of the proposed 2013-2014 District Calendar.

There was no district patrons present for the discussion.  President Lundahl closed the public hearing.

Horton moved to approve the agenda, minutes and bills of accounting.  Evans made the second.   All voted aye.

The board reviewed two proposals to complete the District’s FY 2014 audit.  The bid from Nolte, Cornman and Johnson was for $8,500 and the proposal from Stephanie Mendenhall came in at $6,300.  Evans moved to accept low proposal from Mendenhall.  Horton made the second.  All voted aye.

The board reviewed recently submitted resignations.  David Schindler has resigned his position as part-time evening custodian effective May 28, 2013.  Karey Palmer has resigned here extra-duty contracts for Academic Bowl Coach, Speech Coach and NHS Advisor at the end of the current school year.  Evans moved to accept the resignations.  Peasley made the second.  All voted aye.  Lundahl expressed her thanks for the employees past service.

Horton moved to approve the 2013-2014 District calendar.  Peasley made the second.  All voted aye.

Superintendent recommended replacing the carpet in the elementary library and two classrooms at the secondary building this summer.  The total cost of the project as submitted by Horton Floor will be $9,221.80.  Evans moved to approve the recommendation for carpet replacement.  Peasley made the second.  All voted aye.

Evans moved to approve the sale of old softball shorts and tops.  The second came from Funk.  All voted aye.  Amy Horton will offer the items to current softball members at $5 each.

Superintendent Miller recommended termination of a current custodial contract.  Evans moved to approve the termination of Diana Thomas effective May 31, 2013.  The second was made by Horton.  All voted aye.

Mike Snyder reviewed the following of his Athletic Director report.

  • The new baseball/softball concession-crow’s nest is nearing completion.
  • The softball scheduled for May 20th was cancelled and will be rescheduled.
  • Final reports for Track and Field were reviewed.
  • The home baseball/softball opener will be May 23 vs. Moravia at 6:00 p.m.

Principal Snyder highlighted the following from his written report.

  • The elementary fundraiser had profit of $5,085.99.  The money has been used for a field trip to the Blank Park Zoo on May 17th and a new 4-square pad and addition to the basketball court.
  • 17 students attended Preschool Round-up on April 26th.
  • 4th, 5th and 6th grade students participated in track and field day at Wayne CSD on the 15th.  K through 3rd held their own track and field competition at Humeston.
  • The last day of school will be May 28th.  Students will start the day with an award ceremony followed by a picnic.  Students will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m.

Principal Hunt highlighted the following from his written report.

  • 14 Seniors graduated Sunday
  • Emma Clemmon and Cassie Moore attended the Second Annual Academic Banquet held at Carpenter’s Hall in Chariton.
  • The all school music program held on April 29th was very successful.
  • The environmental science class made their last trip to the creek this week.
  • Golf and track teams continue to improve.
  • Mr. Thatcher and a member of his band sang at Baccalaureate on Thursday evening.
  • The National Honor Society inducted 8 new members during ceremonies on May 6th.
  • The senior class travel to the Wisconsin Dells for their senior trip.
  • Butch and Susie Gibbs gave CPR training to the seniors on their final day at Mormon Trail.

Superintendent Miller reported Mr. Hunt and Mr. Snyder participated in interviewing a candidate for the TAG position.  Mormon Trail will share the instructor with Wayne CSD.  Mr. Miller hopes to have a hiring recommendation at the next board meeting.

Mormon Trail has advertised for a Family Consumer Science instructor but has not had any applications.

Mr. Miller thanked the 5th and 6th grade students and teachers along with custodians Andy Graham and Doug Griffin for removing the shrubs from the front of the building and filling the space with rock.  He also thanked the board for all their service to the District and school community.

Horton moved to adjourn the meeting.  Funk made the second.  All voted aye

The next regular meeting will be June 17th at 7:30 p.m. in the elementary library.

President Lundahl adjourned the meeting at 8:27 p.m.

Fine Arts Painting by Taylor Jackson

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These are a couple of examples of Taylor Jackson’s artwork. She is a senior at Mormon Trail.

Fine Arts Painting by Makesha Beebe

Makesha Beebe’s abstract painting showcases her unique and creative way to look at our world today. Makesha is new to the district this year. We have really enjoyed getting to know Makesha, and we look forward to seeing more of her creativity in our community.

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Fine Arts Painting by Taylor Jackson

Taylor Jackson’s painting titled “Shadows,”  recently received 2nd place in the Wayco Art competition. This is her image of heaven painted in acrylic.

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