Kids Eat Free

Mormon Trail CSD will be running the Summer Food Service Program through the end of the school year. What this means for you is that any child under the age of 18 in the community will be provided with free breakfast and lunch. Please contact Ashley Eslick at (641)877-2521 or by email at … [Continue Reading]

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Bulletin Week of October 19

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School Supply List

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April 14, 2014 Minutes

MORMON TRAIL COMMUNITY SCHOOL

BOARD WORK SESSION

 

April 14, 2014

Minutes

The Mormon Trail Board of Education met April 14, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the elementary library for a board work session.  Board members Evans, Funk, Lundahl, Peasley and Smiarwoski were present.  Superintendent Miller was also in attendance.

Representatives Tom Down and Harry Heiligenthal, from the Iowa Association of School Boards conducted the workshop.  The workshop focused on Board Duties and Responsibilities.

At the conclusion of the meeting the board agreed the session was very helpful.  President Lundahl thanked the gentlemen for attending.

The work session was closed at 7:58 p.m.

 

MORMON TRAIL COMMUNITY SCHOOL

BUDGET HEARING

INTERNET POLICY HEARING

REGULAR BOARD MEETING

 

April 14, 2014

Minutes

President Lundahl opened the budget hearing at 8:02 p.m.   There was no audience or public comment.  Evans moved to close the budget hearing at 8:10 p.m.  Funk made the second.  All voted aye.

President Lundahl opened the hearing for public comment on the district’s internet policies.  There was no public comment.  The policy will remain as approved by the board.  Evans moved to close the hearing at 8:10 p.m.  Peasley made the second.  All voted aye.

President Lundahl called the regular meeting to order at 8:12 p.m.  Board members present were Evans, Funk, Lundahl and Peasley.  Also present were Superintendent Miller, Lovett, Peggy Rash and Lori Lockwood.

Evans moved to approve and amend the consent agenda by changing D.9 from Staff Termination Recommendation to Accept Resignation and add D.11 Approve Budget.  Peasley made the second.  All voted aye.

Following the review of the bills of accounting, Evans moved to approve the bills of accounting and financial reports.  Second by Funk.  All voted aye.

Two bids were received for the 2014 mowing.  Ozzie Smith bid the Garden Grove site only at $80 per mowing.  Benton Coker bid both sites at $195 per mowing, including game day mowing for sporting events.  Evans moved to accept the bid from Benton Coker.  Funk made the second.  All voted aye.

Evans moved to approve the contracts from SWCC to provide college courses to Mormon Trail High School students.  Funk made the second.  All voted aye.

Funk moved to accept the bid from Horton Floor to replace the carpet in one of the special education classrooms at Garden Grove.  The bid was for $1,635.20.  The second was made by Peasley.  All voted aye.

Superintendent Miller recommended selling the property in Garden Grove that was donated to the district.  The property has no practical use for the school, while maintaining the propertyand paying a monthly sewer bill.  Evans moved to take bids on the property.  Peasley made the second.  All voted aye.

The board discussed disposal of the refrigerator that has been replaced in the Garden Grove lunch room.  Funk moved to sell the refrigerator for scrap.  Peasley made the second.  All voted aye.

Superintendent Miller presented estimates on replacing the stalls in all the bathrooms in both buildings.  Following discussion the board requested Mr. Miller get estimates from different vendors.  Evans moved to table the issue.  Pealsey made the second.  All voted aye.

Superintendent Miller presented a letter of resignation from Kristi Gipson,  jr/sr high special education teacher effective at the end of the current school year.  Evans moved to accept the resignation.  The second was made by Funk.  All voted aye.

The board moved to Item D. 11.  Funk moved to approve the 2014-2015 Budget as published.  Funk made the second.  All voted aye.

Mike Snyder highlighted following from his written report:

  • The elementary had 98% parent attendance at parent/teacher conferences on March 19-20.
  • The 4th-6th Track and Field Day will be held May 7th.  Time and location will be announced later.
  • 4th-5th grade student will attend Ag Day at Leon on May 2nd.
  • No School April 18th and 12:30 Dismissal May 2nd.
  • Varsity track has 17 boys and girls on the roster
  • Junior high track has 6 boys and 4 girls participating
  • 6 boys are on the golf team.

Mr. Snyder discussed student Iowa Assessment scores.  Overall the elementary is showing improvement.  Snyder feels the elementary staff is working extremely hard and is committed to raising student achievement.

Marc Smiarwoski entered the meeting.

Principal Hunt discussed the following from his written report:

  • The junior/senior high had 90% attendance at parent/teacher conferences.  Chrome Books were handed out at that time.
  • Job shadowing is scheduled for April 17th.
  • Sports physicals were given on April 11th at both buildings.
  • Kelton Stansbery defeated Jakob Horton in the Badminton Championship match.
  • Taylor Jackson placed 3rd in the WAYCO Arts contest.
  • Mr. Hunt also reported students are making progress in proficiency as shown in the latest test results.

President Lundahl turned the meeting over to Vice-President Evans.  Lundahl, Hunt and Snyder left the meeting at 9:00 p.m.

Superintendent Miller reviewed the board interview questions that will be part of the site visit.  The board and board secretary will meet with the site visit team Monday, April 21st at 6:00 p.m.

The board took a short break.  Willa Clark, Peggy Rash and Lori Lockwood did not return to the meeting after the break.

Vice-President went back to Item D.10: Superintendent Evaluation.  The board did not enter closed session and do the formal evaluation.  Superintendent Miller handed out his goals and corresponding Iowa School Leadership Standards and Criteria.  Board members will review these documents and hold their formal evaluation in closed session at the May meeting.

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

The next regular meeting will be May 12, 2014 in the elementary library at 7:30 p.m.

Evans adjourned the meeting at 10:05 p.m.

 

Fine Arts Wood Burning by Kelsey Gehlhaar

Kelsey Gehlhaar is a senior at Mormon Trail. Here are a few of her wood burnings that she has completed this year.IMG_1050IMG_1051

March 12, 2014 Special Meeting Minutes

MORMON TRAIL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

SPECIAL MEETING

March 13, 2014

Minutes

President Lundahl called the special meeting of the board to order at 4:03 p.m. in the board secretary’s office.  Roll was answered by Funk, Lundahl, Peasley and Smiarwoski.  Evans was present via phone.  Also present were Superintendent Miller and Lovett.

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

Peasley moved to enter closed session as provided in 21.5(1)(i) of the open meeting law to discuss the purchase of particular real estate where premature disclosure could be reasonable expected to increase the price the school district would have to pay for that property.  Smiarwoski made the second.he board entered closed session at 4:05 p.m.

The board returned to open session at 4:17 p.m.

No action was taken.

Evans moved to table action item:  approve property purchase.  Funk made the second.  All voted aye.

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

President Lundahl adjourned the meeting at 4:21 p.m.

Minutes March 10, 2014

MORMON TRAIL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

REGULAR MEETING 

March 10, 2014

Minutes

Vice President Pat Evans called the regular meeting of the board of education to order at 7:04 p.m. in the elementary library.  Evans, Funk, Peasley and Smiarwoski answered roll call. Lundahl was absent.  Also present were Superintendent Miller, Principals Hunt and Snyder, Lovett, Peggy Rash, Willa Clark, Stehpanie Gehlhaar and Lori Lockwood.

Evans recognized Stephanie Gehlhaar and turned the floor over to her to address the board.  Ms. Gehlhaar was present to discuss concerns regarding the handling of two incidents with her daughter.  Evans thanked her for her comments and suggestions.

Evans proposed deleting agenda item D.2 Closed Session.  Smiarowski moved to approve the agenda as amended along with minutes of the previous meeting, open enrollment in requests and the hire of the additional pre-school teacher.  Peasley made the second.  All voted aye.

The board reviewed the changes to policies 905.1 through 905.1E2.  Smiarwoski moved to approve the final reading of policies 905.1 through 905.1E2.  Funk made the second.  All voted aye.

The administration recommended terminating the contract with George Belken as JH Math teacher.  Mr. Belken has been employed under a sharing agreement with Clarke.  Clarke has notified us they will not renew that agreement.  The sharing contract with Clarke for the Spanish teacher has also been terminated.  Funk moved to approve the termination.  Smiarwoski made the second.  All voted aye.

 

Superintendent Miller presented the following projects for board approval.

Horton Floor – Carpet for JR.SR. High Office/Elementary Office                  Bid $ 6,527.20

Daktronics – Baseball/Softball Score Board                                                           Bid $  5,451.00

ABC Sign – Installation of BB/SB Score Board                                                       Bid $  2,880.00

Acoustical Stretched Fabric System – Sound Panels for GG Gym                                Bid $16,184.00

BSN Sports – Baseball/Softball Batting Cage                                                         Bid $  5,500.00

Funk moved to approve the projects as presented.  Peasley made the second.  All voted aye.

Miller advised the board he is looking at different options to improve the playground.  He will have a recommendation at a later time.

Administrators recommended making up the snow days by having school on March 26, which is on the calendar as a make-up day, and adding the other three days at the end of the calendar.  The last day of school will now be May 23rd.  Smiarwoski move to approve the make-up days as recommended.  Second by Peasley.  All voted aye.

Superintendent Miller discussed the option of offering early retirement to certified staff.  An eligible employee would have to be at least 55 years of age, served 10 years in the district and be a full time employee.  Funk moved to pass Resolution No. 2014 establishing a voluntary Early Retirement Plan.  Smiarwoski made the second.  All voted aye.

Following a review and discussion of the FY 15 budget, Smiarwoski moved to approve the proposed budget for publication.  Funk made the second.  All voted aye.

Peasley moved to set the public hearing for the FY 15 Budget for April 14, 2014 at 8:00 pm in the elementary library.

Discussion was held on the FY 14 budget.  If the current budget is not amended the District will exceed the budget for student support services.  Funk moved to approve amending the FY 14 budget in the area of student support services from $945,000 to $985,000 and set the public hearing for April 14, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. in the elementary library.  Peasley made the second.  All voted aye.

Athletic Director Mike Snyder asked the board to approve the following coaching assignments.

  • Boys and Girls Varsity Track         Robert Thatcher
  • Boys and Girls JH Track                  Mike Snyder
  • Boys and Girls Varsity Golf           Steve Hunt
  • Varsity Baseball                Coach                    Brad Krutsinger
  • Varsity Softball Coach                    Josh Stiles
  • Volunteer Assistant SB                  Amy Horton

Smiarwoski moved to approve the coaching assignments as requested.  Peasley made the second.  All voted aye.

Smiarwoski moved to set April 14, 2014 at 8:10 p.m. for the public hearing on the District’s internet policies that follow the Internet Child Protection Act.  The hearing will be held in the elementary library.  Peasley made the second.  All voted aye.

Sealed bids were reviewed for the sale of the 1999 Chevy Van.  Two bids were received.  Smiarwoski moved to accept the high bid of $200 submitted by Joel Petty.  Peasley made the second.  All voted aye.

Mike Snyder reported that the elementary teachers are preparing for parent – teacher conferences scheduled for March 20th and 21st.  He did a brief wrap-up of basketball season.  Katelyn Dent was named Honorable Mention All-Conference with Kelton Stansbery named First Team All-Conference and Jakob Horton Honorable Mention All-Conference.  Snyder also handed out the spring sports schedule and the District Football Schedule for 14-15 and 15-16.

Principal Hunt reported the following.

  • Iowa Assessment Testing has been completed
  • The end of the 3rd quarter will be Friday, April 14th
  • Two girls have qualified for State Speech Contest this weekend in Glenwood, IA.
  • High School girls and boys basketball teams attended the Boys State Tournament on Monday to watch Lamoni play.
  • Mr. Warner is scheduled to install the wireless internet equipment at the high school on Friday.
  • Students are using chrome books in Mrs. Porterfield and Mr. Krustinsinger’s rooms.
  • The booster club has purchased a weight machine for the weight room at the high school.

Superintendent Miller gave the board members questions to review for the upcoming site visit.

Funk Moved to enter closed session as provided in 21.5(1)(i) of the open meeting law

to discuss the purchase of particular real estate where premature disclosure could be reasonably expected to increase the price the school district would have to pay for that property.  Peasley made the second.  All voted aye.

Funk, Clark, Gehlhaar, Lockwood, Snyder and Hunt left the meeting at 8:30 p.m.

The board entered closed session at 8:35 p.m.

The board entered open session at 9:09.  No action was taken.

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

The next regular meeting will be April 14, 2014 in the elementary library at 8:15 p.m.

Vice-President Evans adjourned the meeting at 9:10 p.m.

January 21, 2014 Special Meeting Minutes

 

 

Mormon Trail Board of Education

Special Meeting

January 21, 2014

Minutes

Vice-president Evans called the special meeting of the board of education to order at 6:31 p.m. in the elementary library.  Evans, Funk, Peasley and Smiarowski answered roll call.  Board member Jan Lundahl was absent.  Superintendent Miller and Lovett were also present.

Peasley moved to approve the agenda.  Smiarowski made the second.  All voted aye.

Peasley moved to enter closed session as allowed in section 21.5(1)(i) of the open meeting law to evaluate the professional competency of an individual whose hiring is being considered to prevent needless and irreparable injury to that individual’s reputation, as both individuals have requested a closed session.  Funk made the second.  All voted aye.

The board entered closed session at 6:35 p.m.

The board returned to open session at 9:05 p.m.

Evans, Funk, Lundahl, Peasley and Smiarowski answered roll call.  Miller and Lovett were also present.

Funk moved to offer the position of Business Manager and Board Secretary/Treasurer to Peggy Rash.  Peasley made the second.  A roll call vote was taken with Evans, Funk, Lundahl and Peasley voting aye and Smiarowski voting Nay.  The motion carried.  Superintendent Miller will contact the candidates on Wednesday.

 

Smiarowski moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:10 p.m.  The second was made by Funk.  All voted aye.

 

The next regular meeting will be February 10, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the elementary library.