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SEPTEMBER 15, 2015, REGULAR BOARD MEETING MINUTES

The Stanton School District Board of Directors met at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, September 15, 2015, in the Board Room 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 Tome Weis, Katie Elwood, Sheila Mainquist, Beau Boeye, and Knute Hallquist.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

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

ADJOURNMENT OF FORMER BOARD

Director Lindgren made a motion to adjourn with a second by Director Sorensen.  The motion carried unanimously.

CALL TO ORDER OF THE NEW BOARD

The oath was given to the newly elected director Tom Weis and incumpant Paul Vanderholm by Board Secretary Boyer.

Superintendent Herrick conducted the election of the President of the Board. Brian Bates was nominated as President of the Board of Directors for the 15-16 school year.  Director Lindgren made a motion to cease nominations with a second by Director Vanderholm. Motion carried unanimously.  Director Bates was elected President of the Board with a unanimous vote.

The meeting was turned over to President Bates. Director Sorensen moved with a second by Director Vanderholm to elect Mark Lindgren as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the 15-16 school year.  Motion carried unanimously.

The oath was given to the newly elected officers by Board Secretary Boyer.

APPOINTMENT OF BOARD SECRETARY

Director Vanderholm made a motion to appoint Tammy Boyer as Board Secretary with a second by Director Sorensen. The motion carried unanimously.

APPOINTMENT OF TREASURER/BUSINESS MANAGER

Director Sorensen made a motion to appoint Shirley Maxwell as Treasurer/Business Manager with a second by Director Lindgren.  The motion carried unanimously.

APPOINTMENT OF NEWSPAPER FOR PUBLICATIONS

Director Lindgren made a motion to approve Villisca Review/Stanton Viking as the newspaper for publications with a second by Director Sorensen. The motion carried unanimously.

DEPOSITORY RESOLUTION AND LIMITS

Director Lindgren made a motion to name Great Western Bank as the district’s financial depository and to set the depository limit at $2 million for 2015-2016. Director Weis seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

DESIGNATION OF LEGAL COUNSEL

Director Sorensen made a motion to appoint Ahlers Law Firm as legal counsel for 2015-2016 with a second by Director Vanderholm.  The motion carried unanimously.

REGULAR MEETING DATES AND TIMES

Director Lindgren made a motion to have regular board meetings on the third Wednesday of each month at 5:30 PM with a second by Director Sorensen.  Ayes: Bates, Lindgren, Sorensen, Weis, Nays: Vanderholm

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Director Vanderholm made a motion to approve the minutes of the August 19 and September 3, 2015, meetings with a second by Director Sorensen. The motion carried unanimously.

TRANSPORTATION REPORT

President Bates reported that the new handicap bus had arrived but had issues so the company came and took the bus back to make repairs.

FINANCIAL REPORTS

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

CONSIDERATION OF BILLS

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

SUMMER PROJECT UPDATES

All summer projects are almost complete with some caulking still needing to be done.  Replacement ceiling tiles in the locker rooms will be a project completed over Christmas Break.

PPEL ELECTION RESULTS

The Voted PPEL Levy passed with 64% of the vote.  Thank you to the community for their investments in our students.

SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE

Superintendent Herrick will bring board goals next month to the meeting.

PRINCIPAL UPDATE

Principal Blunt reported that PTSO had their first meeting of the year last week.  They will be providing cupcakes for students for homecoming and have asked elementary teachers for a wish list for their classrooms. The booster club has held their annual membership drive and is running concession stands for the JV home football games.  Homecoming is next week with school dismissing at 11:20/11:30 AM for the activities. Pep Rally and Coronation will be at 7:00 PM on Thursday evening. Schedules and adjustments for everyone is coming together. The new staff is off to a great start.

GOOD NEWS

Congratulations to:

The coaches and athletics being in the group of schools that have not had player or coach ejected from a sporting event.

Tamara Ruff for all of her time communicating with staff/parents on medical plans for our students.

Thank you to Montgomery County Memorial Hospital for providing a meal before the football game and donating their proceeds to the school

Thank you to Beau Boeye and Christi Elwood for all of their work on the website.

Thank you to the office staff of Jody Druivenga, Christi Elwood, and Tammy Boyer for their work at registration and the beginning of school to get the year started off right.

IASB NEW BOARD MEMBER ORIENTATION

Director Weis will attend the IASB New Board Member Orientation held in Glenwood on October 6.

ADEQUATE YEARLY PROGRESS

Sheila Mainquist reported that even with our students scoring very high on Iowa Assessments we do not have 100% of our students proficient. Discussion followed with the consensus being that we want all students improving to the best of their abilities each year.

ACT SCORES

Sheila Mainquist reported that our average ACT scores are in the 20’s and discussion on ways to help students improve their scores.

PERSONNEL

FOOD SERVICE POSITION

Director Lindgren made a motion to approve Peggy Reed as a cook’s helper at a salary of  $9.00 per hour with a second by Director Weis.  The motion carried unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS

CONFERENCE RENEWAL

CORNER CONFERENCE SPORTS AGREEMENT

Director Weis made a motion to approve the Corner Conference Sports Agreement for 2015-2016 with a second by Director Vanderholm. The motion carried unanimously.

OPEN ENROLLMENT

Director Lindgren made a motion to approve Keegan Day for open enrollment from Red Oak into Stanton for the 2015-2016 school year due to a change of residence with a second by Director Vanderholm.  The motion carried unanimously.

TLC GRANT APPLICATION

Katie Elwood presented the Teacher Leadership and Compensation Grant application that a committee of her, Carla Erickson, Susan Peterson, and Lisa Whigham had written.  Director Sorensen made a motion to approve the grant with a second by Director Weis.  The motion carried unanimously.

GREEN HILLS AEA DIRECTOR DISTRICT ELECTION

Director Lindgren made a motion to approve Karen Thomsen for Green Hills AEA Director for our district with a second by Director Weis.  The motion carried unanimously.

15-16 VIKING CENTER RENTAL AGREEMENT

Director Sorensen made a motion to approve the 2015-2016 Viking Center Rental Agreement with a second by Director Vanderholm.  The motion carried unanimously.

ADJOURNMENT

President Bates adjourned the meeting at 8:00 PM.  The next regular meeting for the board will be October 21, 2015 at 5:30 PM in the Board Room.