I-Smile

Exciting News! I-Smile™ program has received legal approval to start using the electronic I-Smile™ @ School consent/release form! The link to the form is: https://is.gd/ismileconsent  and may be used immediately!   We are hoping to utilize this process in an effort to be … [Continue Reading]

Mums the Word

Choose from Red, Yellow, Orange, White, Purple Sales will end Sept. 16 Contact any FFA member or call Ms. Baker at 443-3425   … [Continue Reading]

Bulletin Week of Sept. 9

Today's Lunch: Orange Chicken Tomorrow's Breakfast: Breakfast Sandwich Black Day   Greeter Duty: Krutsinger   Today Theme: Area 51 4:00 Jr High Volleyball @ Seymour Bus Time: 2:45 5:30 Varsity Volleyball @ Ankeny Christian Bus Time: … [Continue Reading]

School Board Elections

2019 SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION INFORMATION Tuesday, November 5, 2019 There are three (3) at large seats on the ballot in 2019. Terms are for four years each. The following are some of the key dates in the School Board Election process. Be sure to go to the Iowa Secretary of State’s web site for more … [Continue Reading]

Free and Reduced Lunch Information

Click on the following links for information on free and reduced information and for application.   Letter to Households     How to Apply 12.20 … [Continue Reading]

Job Opportunity

  Mormon Trail Community School District Is looking for Substitutes for the following positions for the 2019-20 school year: Certified Teacher Subs Para-professionals Cooks Bus Drivers For more information call 641 877-2521 Or Stop by the District Office Mormon Trail Community … [Continue Reading]

Jostens Order Link

To make your ordering easier, we have attached the link to Jostens. Click the following link to view and place an order.   https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1071756/Mormon-Trail-High-School/       … [Continue Reading]

Sign up for alerts by text message.

Mormon Trail school is set up to use the online Farmer's Bank Community Connection system, which will send text messages or e-mails regarding school closings or game cancellations to those who request them. The following directions should take about five minutes to set up the alerts to come to … [Continue Reading]

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 11, 2013 Minutes

MORMON TRAIL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

REGULAR MEETING

 

March 11, 2013

Minutes

President Lundahl called the regular meeting of the board of education to order at 7:09 p.m. in the elementary library.  Evans, Funk, Horton, Lundahl and Peasley answered roll call.  Superintendent Miller, Principal Hunt, Lovett and Willa Clark were also in attendance.

Superintendent Miller requested changing Item 2 under D. Action items by adding Baker Group Proposal.  Horton moved to approve the agenda as amended and the minutes from the previous meeting.  Peasley made the second.  All voted aye

Following a brief discussion Horton moved to approve the bills of accounting and financial reports.  Funk provided the second.  All voted aye.

The board discussed the fire and security monitoring services in both buildings.  Mr. Miller has tried repeatedly to get an updated proposal from TYCO, the current provider, with no results.  It is his recommendation to accept the proposal from the Baker Group to provide the fire and security monitoring for both buildings.  The change will result in substantial savings to the district.  In addition he will contact Baker Group regarding their proposal for yearly fire alarm inspection.  Evans moved to end service from TYCO and accept the proposal from the Baker Group as recommended.  Funk made the second.  All voted aye.  A discussion regarding the fire alarm inspection will be made at a later date.

The board received three bids submitted to provide mowing for the 2013 mowing season.  Following review of the bids, Evans moved to approve the low bid submitted by Tim Myers.  His bid came in at $175 per mowing.  Each mowing includes both locations.  Funk made the second to the motion.  All voted aye.

Horton moved to approve the change in the school calendar to makeup the five days missed due to weather.  The days to be added for student attendance are March 20, April 1, April 29, May 23 and May 24th.  Teachers will return on May 28.  Second by Peasley.  All voted aye.

The board received a resignation from Cheryl Paugh as FCS and Health instructor.  Cheryl began her position as Family Consumer Science instructor in 1987.  Horton regretfully moved to accept the resignation effective at the conclusion of the current school year.  Funk made the second.  All voted aye.  The board expressed their gratitude for all Mrs. Paugh has done for students of the district in and out of the classroom.

Mr. Miller discussed the 2014 proposed budget.  The overall property tax will be lowered to 15.03751 down from 16.48929 per 1000.  The decrease is due in part from increased property valuations and the budget guarantee.  Following discussion, Evans moved to approve the proposed 2014 budget for publication.  Peasley made the second.  All voted aye.  The public hearing will be held April 8, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the elementary library.

Superintendent Miller has been unable to locate a vehicle at the price previously set by the board.  Evans moved to allow up to $20,000 for purchase of a van or suburban for the district.  The second was made by Peasley.  All voted aye.

Principal Snyder was unable to attend the meeting, but submitted reports for the elementary and athletics.

Principal Hunt highlighted the following from his written report.

  • 8th Grade attended career day at SWICC,  the boys’ basketball team attended state tournament play and the JH Honor Choir traveled to Grimes for a concert.
  • FFA raised $75 during FFA week, with Mrs. Peasley winning the Kiss the Pig Contest.  Proceeds went to Mr. Thatcher for his mission trip to Malawi.
  • The winter athletic banquet was held March7, the Valentines dance was held with Cassandra Moore chosen Queen and Derek Head as King.
  • The band will attend the Bluegrass Conference band on Monday at Twin Cedars.7-12 students earned over $1,200 For Mr. Thatcher’s mission trip.

Mr. Miller reported he sees students engaged in classes, positive behavior from students and a good school climate in both buildings.

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

The next regular meeting will be April 8, 2013 following the Budget Hearing at 7:00 p.m.

President Lundahl adjourned the meeting at 8:15 p.m.

The board entered exempt session to discuss bargaining strategies.