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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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April 8, 2013 Board Minutes

MORMON TRAIL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

REGULAR MEETING

April 8, 2013

Minutes

The Mormon Trail Board of Education held an exempt session in the elementary library.  Board members Peasley, Horton, Funk and Lundahl along with Superintendent Miller and Lovett entered exempt session at 6:35 p.m. to discuss bargaining strategies.  The exempt session was closed at 6:50 p.m.

President Lundahl opened the public budget hearing at 7:00 p.m. in the elementary library.  Present were Funk, Horton, Lundahl, Peasley, Superintendent Miller, Lovett and Willa Clark.  Lundahl asked for questions or comments from the public.  Following discussion with Clark, President Lundahl closed the budget hearing at 7:20 p.m.

President Lundahl called the regular meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. in the elementary library.  Funk, Horton, Lundahl and Peasley answered roll call.  Evans was absent.  Superintendent Miller, Principal Hunt, Principal Snyder, Lovett and Willa Clark were also in attendance.

Superintendent Miller requested amending the agenda by removing action item 8: to consider the 2013-2014 school calendar.  Mr. Miller advised the board it would be completed for the May meeting.  Horton moved to approve the agenda as amended.   All voted aye. Second by Peasley.  Following discussion Peasley moved to approve the remaining consent agenda.  Second by Horton All voted aye.

Funk moved to adopt the 2014 Budget.  The second was made by Peasley.  All voted aye.

Consideration of the MTEA collective bargaining proposal was tabled.  The item will be taken up later in the meeting.

Mr. Miller’s recommendation for hourly and administrative staff pay increases was considered.  Increases were recommended on years of service and job responsibilities.  Miller recommended adding one personal day to both principal’s contracts.  Horton moved to approve the recommendations.  The second was made by Funk.  All voted aye.

The administration recommended offering Kayla Ramirez a full-time contract for 2013-2014. She has been serving as a part-time shared teacher, teaching Spanish.  Horton moved to approve offering full-time contract ot Ramirez.  Peasley made the second.  All voted aye.

Funk moved to approve contracts from SWCC for instruction for the 2013-2014 school-year.  Classes approved will be in the medical field and PSEO classes.   The second was made by Peasley.  All voted aye.

Funk moved to approve the transfer of $75,000 from Local Option Sales Tax to Debt Service for the May 1, 2013 GO Bond payment and interest.  Horton made the second.  All voted aye.

Brad Funk moved to adopt a Start Date Waiver Request Resolution.  The resolution waiver is a request allowing the Board of Education to set the school start date earlier than the mandated start date.  President Lundahl called for a vote on the resolution.  Funk, Horton Peasley and Lundahl all voted aye.  The resolution was adopted.

Principal Hunt presented 13 Seniors for graduation.  Horton moved to approve them for graduation upon completion of all requirements.  Second by Peasley.  All voted aye.

Principal Snyder reported Iowa tests results are back and being reviewed.  All grades have made good progress.  Mr. Snyder highlighted the following upcoming activities:

  • Elementary Spring Pictures will be taken April 10, 2013
  • 4th/5th grade attended Ag Day in Leon
  • 4th-8th grade Nation Theater for Children Program May 9.
  • PK-6 Spring Program May 14th @7:00 p.m.
  • 4th-6th grade Track & Field Day @ Corydon
  • K-6 field trip-TBA

Athletic Director Snyder reported spring sports are underway.  Varsity track has 7 boys and 5 girls on the roster.  JH track has 2 boys and 6 girls participating.  There are 7 boys and 1 girl on the golf team.

Principal Hunt reported the following secondary activities:

  • The welding class went to Johnson Machine Works, Fat Baggers and Shivvers.
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences were held March 12 & 14 with and 80% attendance.
  • FCCLA went to conferences in Des Moines
  • Juniors went to career day at IHCC in Ottumwa
  • The Academic Team competed at Wayne
  • Job Shadowing was done on April 3
  • The seniors spent April 3 doing community service in Garden Grove, Leroy, Derby and Humeston.

The board discussed the language and salary increase requested by the MTEA.  Changes in language included allowing the use of 5 sick days for family leave as approved by the administration,  deletion of reimbursement for unused family days, termination of district paid annuity for employees hired after the 2013-2014 school-year and extra duty pay moving from $16 an hour to $17 an hour.  The total package is an increase of 3.5%.  Amy Horton moved to approve the proposal and 2013-2014 Master Agreement.   Funk made the second.  All voted aye.

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

The next regular meeting will be May 20th at 7:30 in the elementary library.  The foods class will be serving dinner to the Board at 7:00 p.m.  in observance of School Board Appreciation Week.

President Lundahl adjourned the meeting at 8:09 p.m.