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DECEMBER 16, 2015, REGULAR BOARD MEETING MINUTES

The Stanton School District Board of Directors met at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, December 16, 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, K-12 Principal Kevin Blunt, and Board Secretary Tammy Boyer.

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 November 18, 2015, meeting with a second by Director Lindgren. The motion carried unanimously.

FINANCIAL REPORTS

Director Lindgren made a motion to approve the financial reports with second by Director Vanderholm. 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 BUISNESS

STAGE RAILING PROGRESS

The stage railing will be installed over Christmas Break along with 8 P rails that have been ordered.

 

SUPERINTENDENT UPDATES

BANKING FEES

Great Western Bank has agreed to charge us a flat fee of $40.00 per month in lieu of charging for each transaction starting March 1, 2016.

 

BUILDINGS & GROUNDS UPDATE/BREAK PROJECTS

The drive behind the school needs to be graded and gravel added.  Director Bates will continue to look into this.  The ceiling tiles in the locker room will be finished over the winter break.  Another project over break will be installing 6” X 27” windows in the office doors.

 

FACILITY UPDATE

The Board looked over the list of projects that have been finished and those projects that still need to be done.  The Board will discuss this further next month.

 

PRINCIPAL’S UPDATE

PTSO

The PTSO had a fundraiser for an elementary book closet.  The ribbon cutting for this will be held on December 21st.

 

BOOSTER CLUB

The Booster Club talked to the athletic department about athletic needs and ideas of items needed.

 

ELI

The elementary is preparing for Early Literacy Implementation which takes effect May 1, 2017. They are screening all students in reading and doing intensive instruction for 90 minutes per day for all students that need help. ELI requires retention of any student who is not proficient in reading by the end of the third grade, did not attend the summer reading program, and does not qualify for a good cause exemption from the retention requirement.

 

GOOD NEWS

Congratulations to the following:

The volleyball team received the Distinguished Academic Achievement Award from the Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union for having a combined team GPA of 3.706.

 

Chelsea Weis was named IGCA All-District Team, Western Iowa Honorable Mention All State, and First Team All-Western Iowa for volleyball.

Ally Focht was named IGCA All-District Team and Honorable Mention All-Western Iowa for volleyball.

Devin Druivenga was named Honorable Mention All-Western Iowa for volleyball.

 

Thank you to the PTSO who raised $2,850 for the book closet.

 

Thank you to Mr. Lee Haidsiak for filing in as a bus sub and helping out where needed.

 

IASB ANNUAL CONFERENCE REPORT

Directors Bates and Vanderholm plus Superintendent Herrick attended the IASB Annual Conference in Des Moines in November.  All thought it was very worthwhile to attend the sessions and visit with other board members from other school districts.

 

NCLB/EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT

No Child Left Behind was overturned and the legislators voted in Every Student Succeeds Act which allows the states to have their own plan on how to achieve this.

 

TLC UPDATE

The Teacher Leadership and Compensation Grant paperwork was returned so more details could be added to it.

 

NEGOTIATIONS WITH SEA

Director Lindgren and Weis are on the Personnel Committee and will meet on January 14th at 4:30 PM with the SEA negotiations committee.

 

NEW BUSINESS

BUS SERVICE BIDS

Director Lindgren made a motion to accept Bates Garage bid to service vehicles with a second by Director Sorensen.  The motion carried 4-0 with Director Bates abstaining.

 

SNOW REMOVAL BIDS

The board received one bid for snow removal and it was from Bates Snow Removal for $195 for a normal 2-3 inch snow.  Director Sorensen made a motion to accept this bid with a second by Director Weis.  The motion carried 4-0 with Director Bates abstaining.

OTHER

Thank you to Principal Blunt for all the extra work he does when the weather is questionable for school. He is out driving the roads and talking to the bus drivers to help make the decision about the school day.

 

ADJOURNMENT
President Bates adjourned the meeting at 7:00 PM.  The next regular meeting for the board will be January 14, 2016 at 5:30 PM in the Board Room.