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August 19, 2015 Board Minutes

REGULAR BOARD MEETING

Wednesday, August 19, 2015, in the Stanton School Library for a regular session. President Jeff Magneson called the meeting to order with Directors Brian Bates, Mark Lindgren, Jeff Sorensen, and Paul Vanderholm present. Additional attendees were Superintendent Chris Herrick, K-12 Principal Kevin Blunt, Business Manager Shirley Maxwell, and Board Secretary Tammy Boyer. Guests were Stanton Mayor Kirk Requist, City Superintendent Zeb McFarland, and Rhett Coy of Nishna Valley Insurance.

 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Director Lindgren made a motion to approve the agenda with a second by Director Vanderholm. The motion carried unanimously.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Director Vanderholm made a motion to approve the minutes of the July 15, 2015, meeting with a second by Director Bates. The motion carried unanimously.

 

FINANCIAL REPORTS

Director Bates made a motion to approve the financial reports with second by Director Lundgren. The motion carried unanimously. 

 

CONSIDERATION OF BILLS

Director Lindgren made a motion to approve the bills with a second by Director Sorensen. The motion carried unanimously.

 

TRANSPORTATION REPORT

The handicapped bus that was purchased during the summer will not arrive before the first day of school.  It comes off the line on August 31st and should arrive in the district in a few weeks.  Supt. Herrick reported that the district may want to consider purchasing a van in the spring of 2016 and in two to three years the district may need to purchase a bus. 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

PHYSICAL PLANT AND EQUIPMENT LEVY ELECTION RESOLUTION

ANDERSON PARK BASEBALL FILED

Mayor Requist and City Superintendent McFarland addressed the board concerning the resolution of the city deeding the baseball field to the school.  The city wishes to keep the concession stand.  A decision needs to be  made determining the primary line and this needs to be written into the agreement.  The school will pay ½ of the survey costs. 

 

SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE

The new scoreboards have been installed and are working.  The crews have worked very hard repairing and cleaning the building during the summer.  Following registration, but not yet official,  it appears enrollment could be up from 228 to 245 in the district.  The school board election will be held on Sept. 8th and also the ballot will include the Voted PPEL Resolution.

   

PRINCIPAL’S REPORT

 

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT UPDATE

Principal Blunt reported that the Teacher Leadership Grant has been written by a group of teachers.  Mentors and new teachers attended a meeting last Monday.  Chat Mobility, Great Western Bank, FMTC  and the Stanton Booster Club will be recognized for their donations to the school at the first Friday night football game on August 28th prior to the start of the game..  The In-service Schedule on Tuesday, Aug. 25th will include a noon lunch with the meat being grilled by the Montgomery County Cattleman.  A meeting will be held on August 20th for all new teachers. 

All items that were sited during the site visit have been completed and the final report will soon be sent to the Department of Education.

PUBLIC MEETING/VOTED PPEL

At 7:00 p.m. a public meeting was held to discuss the Voted PPEL Resolution that will be on the Sept. 8th ballot.

“Shall the Board of Directors of the Stanton Community School District be authorized for a period of ten (10) years to levy and impose a physical and plant and equipment tax of not exceeding one dollar ($l.34) per $1,000 of assessed valuation, and be authorized annually, in combination, to levy a physical plant and equipment property tax with the levy of property taxes for collection commencing in the fiscal year beginning July 01, 2016, and to impose a physical plant and equipment income surtax upon each individual income taxpayer resident in the school district on December 31 for each calendar year commencing with calendar year 2016 or, each year thereafter (the percent of income tax not to exceed 20 percent determined by the Board of Directors each year) to be used for the purposes permitted by Iowa Law?” 

Superintendent Herrick and Business Manager Shirley Maxwell presented information on what this levy would mean to the district.

 

PERSONNEL

Director Bates made a motion to approve the support staff handbook with second by Director Lundgren.  Motion carried unanimously.

Director Vanderholm made a motion to approve John Mainquist as JH Girls’ Basketball coach for the 2015-2016 school year with a second by Director Bates.  Motion carried unanimously.

Director Bates made a motion to approve Jenny Gettler as PEP Club/Cheerleading Coach for the 2015-16 school year with a second by Director Sorenson.  Motion carried unanimously.

Director Lundgren made a motion to accept the resignation from Stephanie Burke as JH Cheerleader effective immediately with a second by Director Vanderholm.  Motion carried unanimously.  The directors expressed many thanks to Stephanie.

Director Vanderholm made a motion to approve a contract for Donna Shum to serve as a para educator for the 2015-2016 school year with a second by Director Sorenson.  Motion carried unanimously.  This salary would be $8.50/hour. 

 

NEW BUSINESS

Director Vanderholm made a motion to approve the Internet Service Option from FMTC that would increase the bandwidth from 25 megabits per second to 50 megabits per second with a second by Director Bates.  Motion carried unanimously.

Director Lundgren made a motion to approve the technology rate increase from Boeye Tech from $25.00 per hour to $26.00 per hour with a second by Director Bates.  Motion carried unanimously.

Director Lundgren made a motion to approve the request for Modified Allowable Growth and Supplemental Aid for Special Education Deficit for the 2015 fiscal year with a second by Director Bates.  Motion carried unanimously.

Director Lundgren made a motion to approve the open enrollment in request of Emily Bowser for 2015-2016 school year from Villisca  with a second by Director Vanderholm.  Motion carried unanimously.

Director Vanderholm made a motion to approve the open enrollment in request  of Aariana Bowser for 2015-2016 school year from Villisca  with a second by Director Bates.  Motion carried unanimously. 

Director Sorenson made a motion to approve the open enrollment in request of Izabella Bowser for 2015-2016 school year from Villisca with a second by Director Lundgren.  Motion carried unanimously. 

Director Sorenson made a motion to approve the open enrollment in request of Gabriel Kingerly for the 2015-2016 school year from Red Oak with a second by Director Vanderholm.  Motion carried unanimously.

Director Bates made a motion to approve the open enrollment in request of Addison Jones for the 2015-2016 school year from Red Oak with a second by Director Lundgren.  Motion carried unanimously.

Director Vanderholm made a motion to approve the open enrollment in request of Cooper Dreyer for the 2015-2016 school year from Red Oak with a second by Director Lundgren.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

ADJOURNMENT

The next regular meeting will be held on Sept. 15th, at 6:00 p.m.  in the Stanton Board Room. The meeting adjourned at 7:48 p.m.