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NOVEMBER 18, 2015, REGULAR BOARD MEETING MINUTES

The Stanton School District Board of Directors met at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, November 18, 2015, in the Board Room for a regular session. President Brian Bates called the meeting to order with Directors Mark Lindgren, Jeff Sorensen, Paul Vanderholm, and Tom Weis present. Additional attendees were Superintendent Chris Herrick and Board Secretary Tammy Boyer. Guests were Susan Peterson and Sheila Mainquist.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Director Lindgren made a motion to approve the agenda with a second by Director Weis. The motion carried unanimously.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Director Sorensen made a motion to approve the minutes of the October 21, 2015, meetings with a second by Director Lindgren. The motion carried unanimously.

FINANCIAL REPORTS

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

 

CONSIDERATION OF BILLS

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

 

OLD BUSINESS

STAGE RAILING PROGRESS

The mounts are made and the product for the railing has been ordered.  Everything should be ready to install in a few weeks.

 

Mrs. Susan Peterson, 1st grade teacher, presented about Early Reading Implantation Program that is used for all K-5th grade students to give a universal screening for reading 3 times a year.  After the screening decisions are made what the students’ needs are and how to address them.  Also elementary classes are using Blast and Boost programs to also assist students in reading.  Great gains have been seen in the short time of using these 2 programs.  Mrs. Peterson also reported that the school had applied and received a STEM grant.  STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. K-6th grades are using this material which includes lots of hands on activities that are followed up with story books which is also helping with reading.

SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE

BANKING FEES

Superintendent Herrick reported that starting February 1st Great Western Bank will start to change banking fees on all of the school accounts.  We did have a fee waiver but this expires on January 31st and will not be renewed.  The board will look into what options are available.

 

GOOD NEWS

Mrs. Maurine Allen and the kindergarten made “snow” with material from the STEM grant. Their stories in reading class had the topic of snow and cold weather so they read about how snow is formed in nature.  The kindergarten students have also been busy coloring invitations to their Thanksgiving “feast” which is Wednesday, November 25th, at 10:00 AM.

 

Mr. John Mainquist and the 5th graders have been incorporating STEM into the classroom by using rebots from the AEA. Their goal was to develop a solid understanding of writing code to program the robot.

 

Thank you to Mrs. Barbara Johnson (Frank), Stanton Alumni for donating approximately 300 books to the library.

 

Congratulations to the following:

The volleyball players who were recently selected for All-Conference recognition. Chelsea Weis was a unanimous choice for 1st team, Ally Focht-1st Team, Devin Druivenga-2nd Team, and Nicole Graham-Honorable Mention.

 

Mrs. Katie Elwood and the Senior Government Class for their planning of the Veterans Day Program.

 

Mr. Brandon Mennenoh and the High School Choir on their performance at the Corner Conference Music Festival.

 

The football players who were recently selected for All-District recognition. 1st team Offense: Alex Bechtold, RB; Brady Johnson, WR, Unanimous; Dustin Isaacson, OL 
1st team Defense: David Sorensen, UT; Alex Bechtold, Punter, Unanimous; Dustin Isaacson, DL 
2nd team Offense: Brady Johnson, return specialist 
2nd Team Defense: Alex Bechtold, LB; Connor Hultman, LB 
Honorable Mention Offense: Connor Hultman, QB; Jacob Lindgren, OL; David Sorensen, UT 
Honorable Mention Defense: Reece Anderson, DL    

IASB ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Director Bates, Director Vanderholm, and Superintendent Herrick are going to the IASB Annual Conference tomorrow, November 19.

 

Principal Blunt arrived at 7:30 PM.

 

BOARD GOALS

Mrs. Sheila Mainquist, Guidance Counselor, reported on the board goals for student achievement. The board discussed the board goals and will revise a few of them.

 

PERSONNEL

AFTERNOON BUS ROUTE POSITION

Director Lindgren made a motion to approve Steven Johnson for the afternoon bus route position at a rate of $33.35 per trip with a second by Director Vanderholm.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

NEW BUSINESS

RESOLUTION FOR THE ADOPTION OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN

Director Vanderholm made a motion to approve the Resolution Adopting The Montgomery County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan For The Stanton Community School District, Stanton, Iowa Resolution # 100 Whereas, the Stanton Community School District has completed its portion of the Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan; and, Whereas, review of the Hazard Mitigation Plan was open to the public; and, Whereas, Stanton Community School District has reviewed the recommendations of the Hazard Mitigation Plan and is in agreement with the priorities contained herein. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the School Board of the Stanton Community School District hereby adopts the Montgomery County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan, as amended by Federal Emergency Management Agency for approval, as the guiding document for hazard mitigation in the county.  Director Sorensen seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

CONSOLIDATION OF ACCOUNTS

Director Lindgren made a motion for the consolidation of the PPEL and General Fund checking accounts into one checking account and PJ Larmon and Irene Brown Larmon savings accounts into one savings account with a second by Director Weis.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

OTHER
Superintendent Herrick received a letter from Lisa Hammargren asking about having a dance team. This will be discussed at next months meeting.

ADJOURNMENT
President Bates adjourned the meeting at 8:05 PM.  The next regular meeting for the board will be December 16, 2015 at 5:30 PM in the Board Room.