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August 11, 2014 Minutes

MORMON TRAIL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

REGULAR MEETING

August 11, 2014

Minutes

President Lundahl called the regular meeting to order at 7:33 p.m. in the Elementary Library. Peasley,

Funk, Smiarowski, and Lundahl were present. Evans was absent. Also present were Superintendent

Miller, Principals Snyder and Hunt, Secretary Rash, Willa Clark, and new teachers Steven Neilssen,

Denise Becker, Gloria Rumley, and Sara Bethards.

Superintendent Miller welcomed the new teachers to Mormon Trail CSD adding he was looking forward

to working with them this coming year.

Peasley moved to approve the consent agenda that included the minutes from the previous meeting,

the resignations of Joseph Parmer as Assistant HS Varsity Football coach and Michiko Fogle, Para

Educator at Garden Grove. A correction to the 2014-15 Calendar was also included. The second came

from Smiarowski. All voted aye.

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

Smiarowski made a motion to offer contracts for extra duty assignments to the following:

Instrumental Music & Vocal Music, Steven Neilssen; Varsity Baseball, Brad Krutsinger; Varsity Softball,

Josh Stiles; Asst Varsity Softball, Amy Horton; HS Boys & Girls Golf, Steve Hunt; HS Boys & Girls Track,

Robert Thatcher; Yearbook, Robert Thatcher; Speech Contest, Lee Jass; Newspaper & Website, Robert

Thatcher; Drama, Lee Jass; HS Student Council, Adam Hysell; Freshman Class Sponsors, Adam Hysell &

Karey Palmer; Sophomore Class Sponsors, Brad Krutsinger & Stacie Porterfield; Junior Class Sponsors,

Scott Roberts, Lee Jass, & Jeff McCombs; Senior Class Sponsors, Robert Thatcher & Beverly Nordyke;

FCCLA, Bridgette Stark; National Honor Society, Robert Thatcher; Academic Bowl Advisor, Beverly

Nordyke; Asst Drama, Robert Thatcher; JH Boys & Girls track, Mike Snyder; 7th

Stark; and 8th

Funk moved to approve Sam Moore as the Assistant HS Varsity Football coach. The motion was

seconded by Smiarowski. All voted aye.

After a brief discussion concerning Insurance deductibles, a motion was made by Smiarowski to keep

the property insurance deductible at $0/$250 and change the vehicle deductible to $0/$100. Peasley

seconded the motion. All present voted aye.

Peasley moved to approve the Waiver for Spanish I, II, III, & IV. The courses will be available through

Iowa Learning Online. Miller has received an email stating we were approved but not officially

confirmed. This is a great opportunity for our school and will be a short term solution for this hard to fill

position. Funk made the second. All voted aye.

Grade Sponsor, Bridgette

Grade Sponsor, Mona Baker. Peasley seconded the motion. All voted aye.

Funk moved to approve a one-year transportation contract with Durham School Services. Smiarowski

made the second. All voted aye.

Funk made a motion to approve the purchase of 40 Chrome Books that will replace some of the older

MACS in the Elementary Computer Lab. Additional discussion will be needed to decide how to best

utilize and implement them into our program. Peasley made the second. All voted aye.

Smiarowski moved to approve contracts to Phillips’ Floors for rubber flooring around the remainder

of the Humeston Gym; to Doors Incorporated for installation of the exterior door of the Kindergarten

room; and to Miller’s Construction to connect the buildings at Garden Grove, for upgrades to the Crow’s

Nest/Concession Stand in Humeston, and to replace windows in the Family and Consumer Science room

at Garden Grove. Peasley made the second. All voted aye.

Administrative reports were given by Principals Snyder and Hunt. Superintendent Miller briefly informed

the Board our Fire Inspection had gone well with only minor issues to correct. He updated the group on

the progress of the Humeston property purchase and ended by inviting the Board to a breakfast Monday

morning that will kick off a two-day Teacher In-service. The ins-service will officially begin the 2014-15

school year.

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

The next regular meeting will be September 8, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elementary Library.

_Jan Lundahl___________________________ __Peggy Rash_______________________

President, Board of Education Secretary, Board of Education

_8/14/14_

Date

July 14, 2014 Minutes

MORMON TRAIL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

REGULAR MEETING

July 14, 2014

Minutes

President Lundahl called the regular meeting to order at 7:32 p.m. in the elementary library. Peasley,

Evans, Funk, Lundahl and Smiarowski were present. Also present were Superintendent Miller, Secretary

Rash, Willa Clark, and members from the Mormon Trail Booster Club.

Smiarowski moved to approve the consent agenda that included the minutes from the previous

meeting, renewing and extending the Edgenuity contract to 3 years, and the resignations from Sharon

Day, Music/Band, Martha Shanks, Technology, and Joel Petty, Talented & Gifted. The second came from

Peasley. All voted aye.

Smiarowski moved to approve the bills of accounting for July as presented. Peasley made the second.

All voted aye. Peasley made a motion to approve the bills dated June 30 that were paid to clear up year

end payables. Funk seconded the motion. All voted aye.

President Lundahl asked for a motion to appoint Peggy Rash to the office of Board Secretary/Treasurer.

Motion was made by Peasley. The second was made by Evans. All voted aye. Lundahl then administered

the Oath of Office to Rash.

After review of the propane bids received, Funk made a motion to approve the low bid from Agriland FS

for $1.355/gal. Peasley made the second. All voted aye. A second bid from MFA came in at $1.45/gal.

Evans moved to accept the only commodities bid received from Kohl Wholesale, as well as, the Dairy

bid submitted by Anderson Erickson Dairy. The motion was seconded by Smiarowski. All voted aye. A

second Dairy bid submitted by Hiland Dairy was also considered.

Evans made a motion to approve Fall/Winter coaches as follows:

HS Football/Travis Johnson

Assistant HS Football and JH Football/Joseph Parmer

HS Cross Country/Robert Thatcher

HS Volleyball/Josh Stiles

Assistant HS Volleyball and JH Volleyball/Amy Horton

HS Boys Basketball/Aaron Parmer

Assistant HS Football and JH Boys Basketball/Joseph Parmer

HS Girls Basketball/James Parmer

Assistant HS Girls Basketball and JH Girls Basketball/Ashly Parmer.

The motion was seconded by Peasley. All voted aye.

Peasley moved to approve the Sharing Agreement between Mormon Trail and Murray for

Superintendent Miller. Funk made the second. All voted aye.

Evans moved to approve the contract for Elementary, JH & HS Vocal Music/Band. Steven Neilssen will be

the instructor for K-12. Smiarowski made the second. All voted aye.

Funk made the following motion to approve the contract for 4th

Rumley. Peasley made the second. All voted aye.

Funk moved to approve the contract for an additional Preschool Teacher. The position was offered to

Elizabeth Vanderflught. Evans made the second. All voted aye.

Smiarowski made a motion to approve Denise Becker as JH Consumer Math Instructor. Peasley

seconded the motion. All voted aye. This will be a half time position.

A motion to approve the contract and sharing agreement for a shared TAG Instructor with Wayne

CSD was made by Funk. Smiarowski made the second. All voted aye. Sara Bethards will be the TAG

instructor. Mormon Trail will hold the contract for this shared position.

Evans made a motion to approve Laura Funk as School Nurse. Peasley seconded the motion. Motion

carried with Funk abstaining.

Superintendent Miller briefly explained the Iowa Learning Online Program and after a brief discussion,

Smiarowski made a motion to approve. Peasley made the second. All voted Aye.

In other business, the Board discussed painting the Humeston Gym. The project will be completed in

two phases. The first phase consists of painting the gym walls and the ceiling above the seating areas.

The second phase will consist of painting the ceiling above the gym floor. The entire project will take

over four weeks to complete. As time does not allow the entire project to be completed at once, a

motion was made by Evans to accept the estimate of $13,800 from Des Moines Painting Company for

Phase I of the project. Second was made by Smiarowski. All voted aye.

The board also approved a bid from Bud Jones Construction for crushed asphalt for the Garden Grove

east parking lot and the track. The project will require specialized equipment and proof of liability

insurance. Track prep work and 4” of asphalt will cost $13,310. Parking lot prep work and 6” of asphalt

will cost $22,180 for a total cost of $35,490. After discussion, a motion was made by Funk and seconded

by Evans to approve the bid of $35,490. All voted aye.

Grade Elementary Teacher, Gloria

A motion was made by Smiarowski to approve the low bid of $10,513 from Miller’s Roof Restoration

for roof repairs to the Garden Grove facility. The roof over the gymnasium and guidance area will be

repaired. Peasley seconded the motion. All voted aye.

Registration fees for the coming year were discussed. While book rental etc will not increase it was

unknown if athletic fees would be changed at the state level. Funk moved to table discussion until

athletic fees were determined. Peasley seconded the motion. All voted aye.

Evans made a motion to approve a new electronic textbook reading series offered by Houghton

Mifflin Harcourt Literature Series. This will be a 6-yr contract. The series can be used with all types of

computers that the school currently uses. Smiarowski seconded the motion. All voted aye.

Principals Hunt and Snyder were not present at the meeting but shared the following information.

Principal Snyder reported:

Summer school finished up on June 26

Drivers Education was completed by 10 students on June 27

The first volleyball game is August 28 with Melcher Dallas

The first football game is August 29 with Murray

The first cross country meet is September 4 at Wayne.

Principal Hunt reported:

Registration will be August 5th

Teachers will return to school on August 18th

Students return to classes on August 20th

Superintendent Miller addressed issues concerning the Site Visit. They will be back in one year to

reassess our progress. He stated that a lot of improvements had been made prior to their visit so he felt

all in all it was a clean visit. Miller also reported that the required equity and discrimination clauses had

been updated.

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

The next regular meeting will be August 11, 2014 at 7:30 in the elementary library.

President Lundahl adjourned the meeting at 8:30 p.m.

from 12pm-7pm

__________________________________ _______________________________

President, Board of Education Secretary, Board of Education

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Date

MORMON TRAIL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

PUBLIC HEARING

President Jan Lundahl opened the public hearing for comments on the sale of real estate locally known

as 404 East Main Street, Garden Grove, and is legally described as follows: Lots Three (3) and Eight (8),

Block One (1) Original Town of Garden Grove, Decatur County, Iowa at 7:20 pm.

There were no public comments.

President Lundahl closed the public hearing at 7:30 pm.

Evans made a motion to sell the property. Funk seconded the motion. A Roll call vote was taken with

Peasley voting Yes, Smiarowski, Yes, Funk, Yes, Evans, Yes, and Lundahl, Yes.

June 9, 2014 Public Calendar Hearing

MORMON TRAIL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

PUBLIC HEARING

President Jan Lundahl opened the public hearing for comment on the proposed 2014-2015 school calendar at 7:20 p.m. in the elementary library.  The proposed calendar requires an early start waiver.  The calendar includes 1115 student hours (35 hours more than required to allow for snow days) and 191 teacher days.

There were no public comments.

President closed the public hearing at 7:30 P.M.

June 9, 2014 Regular Meeting

MORMON TRAIL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

REGULAR MEETING

June 9, 2014

Minutes

President Lundahl called the regular meeting to order at 8:42 p.m. in the elementary library.  Evans, Funk, Lundahl and Smiarowski were present.  Peasley was absent.  Also present were Superintendent Miller, Principal Snyder, Principal Hunt, secretaries Lovett and Rash, Willa Clark and Lori Lockwood.

Smiarowski moved to approve the consent agenda that included the minutes from the previous meeting, open enrollment requests that have met requirements and the resignation from Brooke Richman.  The second came from Funk.  All voted aye.  The resignation from Richman was accepted with regret and the district’s thanks for her service.

Smiarowski moved to approve the bills of accounting as presented.  Funk made the second.  All voted aye

President Lundahl asked for any questions or comments on the proposed 2014-2015 calendar.  Smiarowski moved to approve the early start waiver for 2014-2015.  The second was made by Funk.  All voted aye.

Funk moved the adopt the 2014-2015 school calendar containing 1115 hours for students and 191 days for teachers.  Smiarowski made the second.  All voted aye.

Smiarowski moved to have Linda Lovett removed from all district financial accounts effective July 1, 2014.  The second came from Funk.  All vote aye.

Funk moved to have Peggy Rash added to all district financial accounts effective July 1, 2014.  Evans made the second.  All voted aye.

Funk moved to approve Dallas Schumann as volunteer assistant baseball coach, pending Department of Education certification.  Evans made the second.  All voted aye.

Funk moved to change the vacation language of 12 month non-certified employees to unused vacation days cannot be carried forward.  All unused vacation will be paid at the end of the current contract at $25 per day.  Smiarowski made the second.  All voted aye.

Funk made the following motion: Current non-certified staff will be paid their unused vacation on June 30, 2014 at the 2013-2014 contract per diem rates.  Evans made the second.  All voted aye.

Funk moved to amend Bridgette Stark’s 2014-2015 contract by adding 5 extended days for guidance counselor duties beyond the regular contract.  Smiarowski made the second.  All voted aye.  Stark will serve as FACS instructor and K-12 Guidance Counselor.

The board discussed the proposed updated Teacher Handbook, Elementary Handbook and Jr. /Sr. High Handbook.  Elementary handbook changes included the elimination of the elementary post office, addition of Farms Bank Text for school notifications and the updated meal prices.  Mr. Hunt explained changes to sections regarding senior trip, eligibility and the good conduct rule/policy.  Smiarowski moved to approve all three handbooks.  Funk made the second.  All voted aye.

Funk introduced and moved to adopt the following resolution:

Whereas. The Board of Directors of the Mormon Trail Community School District has received a proposal to convey certain of its land to Kaleb Hampton for $250.  The property is locally known as 404 East Main Street, Garden Grove, and is legally described as follows:  Lots Three (3) and Eight (8), Block One (1) Original Town of Garden Grove, Decatur County, Iowa.

Smiarowski made the second.  All voted aye.

Smiarowski proposed the following addition to the resolution:  Whereas, it is appropriate pursuant to Iowa Code Section 297.22 to publish a Notice of the proposed conveyance and of the hearing and to receive and consider objection and petitions.

Now, Therefore, bit is resolved by the Board of Directors of the Mormon Trail Community School District:  Section 1.  That this Board shall set a public hearing on the conveyance of the above-described Property for July 14, 2014, at 7:15 p.m. in the elementary school library located at 403 South Front Street, Humeston, Iowa.  Section 2.  That the secretary is authorized and directed to prepare, publish, and distribute the Notice of Hearing.  Funk made the second.  All voted aye.  The entire resolution was adopted.

Superintendent Miller recommended offering Mona Baker the contract for FFA Sponsor for the 2014-2015 school year.  She will be paid according to schedule B, with an additional 5 days beyond the contract for summer activities.  The extra days will be paid at her per diem.  Evans moved to approve the contract to Ms. Baker as recommended.  Funk made the second.  All voted aye.

Evans moved to allow payment of all outstanding bills on June 30, 2014.  Funk made the second.  All voted aye.

Evans moved to donate the old baseball/softball score board to the MTYA for use at the Derby ball field.  Funk made the second.  All voted aye.

Evans moved to offer the 2014-2015 Athletic Director contract to Mike Snyder.  The second was made by Funk.  All voted aye.  The contract will begin July 1, 2014.

Principal Snyder reported the following:

  • Year-end Awards and 6th grade graduation were held on May 23rd.
  • Driver Education began May 20th with 10 students
  • Summer school began June 4th with 34 students, 9 staff and 2 silver cord volunteers.

Snyder’s athletic report included:

  • The new BB/SB scoreboard was installed June2nd
  • The batting cage was completed June 4th. A big thank you to all who worked getting the site ready and a special thanks to Charlie Horton for his generous donation to pay for the concrete. Also, thanks to Randy Sharp, John Banks, Brent Banks, Craig Young and Jamie Young for donating their labor to pour the concrete.

Principal Hunt reported the following:

  • Four students are participating in the credit recovery program
  • He recently attended a Principal’s meeting

Superintendent Miller reported:

  • He will be serving as interim principal for Murray beginning July 1,2014
  • The property south of the school has been cleared for sale. The abstract is being brought up to date. Following review of the abstract a closing date for Mormon Trail’s purchase of the property will be set

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

The next regular meeting will be July 14, 2014 at 7:30 in the elementary library.

President Lundahl adjourned the meeting at 10:03 p.m.

 

June 9, 2014 Joint Board Meeting

MORMON TRAIL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

JOINT MEETING WITH MURRAY CSD

June 9, 2014

Minutes

President Jan Lundahl called the joint meeting of the Mormon Trail CSD and Murray CSD to order at 7:17 p.m. in the elementary library.  Murray board members answering roll call were Dennis Jeter, Teri Jones and John Siefkas.  Board members present from Mormon Trail were Pat Evans, Brad Funk, Jan Lundahl, Marc Smiarowski.  Also present were Superintendent Miller, Secretaries Lovett and Rash along with Elizabeth Justice, Murray Board Secretary/Business Manager, Willa Clark and Lori Lockwood.

President Lundahl welcomed the Murray board to the meeting.

Evans moved to approve the consent agenda.  Funk made the second.  All voted aye.

The board agreed the sharing agreement for the Superintendent position has been beneficial to both districts.  Following discussion the consensus of both boards was to direct Murray to draft a three year agreement to share Superintendent services.  The contract will include a $5,000 salary increase for the 2015-2016 school year.  Both boards will approve the sharing agreement at the July meeting.

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

 

President Lundahl adjourned the meeting at 7:45 P.M.

May 12, 2014

MORMON TRAIL COMMUITY SCHOOL

REGULAR MEETING

May 12, 2014

Minutes

President Lundahl called the regular meeting of the board of education to order at 8:13 p.m.  Evans, Funk, Lundahl, Peasley and Smiarwoski were present.  Also in attendance were Superintendent Miller, Snyder, Hunt, Lovett, Peggy Rash and Andrea Compton.

Superintendent Miller introduced Andrea Compton.  Andrea is Mormon Trail’s reading consultant from Green Hills AEA.  Ms. Compton presented the data from this school year showing students have made gains in reading and math.  Ms. Compton had nothing but praise for the elementary teachers and students for all of their very hard work.  She said the district has made great progress, but there is still work to do, but we are on the right track.  President Lundahl and the board thanked her for her presentation and her very valuable help to staff.

Smiarwoski moved to approve the consent agenda, which included the following:

  • Move item 8, Superintendent Evaluation to follow Administrative Reports
  • Approve minutes from the previous meeting and financial reports
  • Accept the resignation submitted by Dan Day for the Guidance Counselor position
  • Approve Drama contracts for Sharon Day and Robert Thatcher
  • Approve the new three year contract for the shared position of Junior Court Liaison Officer.

Peasley made the second.  All voted aye.

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

Funk moved to approve the proposed budget amendment for the FY 2014 budget.  The second was made by Peasley.  All voted aye.

Principal Hunt presented the list of twelve seniors for approval for graduation.  Funk moved to approve all seniors for graduation.  Second by Evans.  All voted aye.

Superintendent Miller presented the state mandated increases for student lunches and breakfasts for the 2014-2015 school year.  Peasley moved to increase student lunches by .10 and student breakfasts by .05.  The second came from Evans.  All voted aye.

Superintendent Miller asked the board to approve the 2014-2015 Master Agreement.  The agreement includes a total package increase of 3.58%.  Non-certified employees will also receive a 3.58% increase.

Funk moved to approve the Master Agreement and non-certified pay increases.  Second by Peasley.  All voted aye.

The board set a new public hearing date for the start date for the 2014-2015 school year, hours

for students and the school calendar on a motion from Peasley.  The public hearing will be held June 9, 2014 at 7:15 p.m. in the elementary library.  Funk made the second.  All voted aye.

Principal Snyder highlighted the following from his written report,

  • PK round-up was held April 25 with 27 students attending
  • FFA presented Food for America for the elementary on May 6
  • 4-6 grades participated in a track and field day at Chariton on May 7, while K-3 held track and field here. Awards were presented May 12.

Mr. Snyder also gave the board an updated baseball/softball schedule.  He reviewed the track and golf season.

Principal Hunt highlighted the following from his written report.

  • Graduation will be Sunday May 18th at 1:00 p.m.
  • Baccalaureate is May 16 at the Humeston Christian Methodist Church
  • Annual Academic banquet was held at Carpenters Hall in Chariton. Jaelah Funk, Mikayla Reed, and Haylie Owens attended.
  • Seniors left for the Ozarks on senior trip Monday, May 12.

Superintendent Miller reported an extension on the purchase agreement has been signed.  He and Mr. Snyder and Mr. Hunt will be attending a meeting in Mount Pleasant on Tuesday regarding the addition of Harmony to the Blue Grass Conference.

Evans moved to enter closed session as allowed in section 21(1)(i) of the open meeting law to evaluate the professional competency of an individual to prevent needless and irreparable injury to that individual’s reputation at 10:10 p.m.  Peasley made the second.  All voted aye.

The board returned to open session at 10:41 p.m.  There was no action taken.

Funk move to adjourn the meeting.  Evans made the second.  All voted aye.

President Lundahl adjourned the meeting at 10:43 p.m.  The next regular meeting will be June 9, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the elementary library.