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FEBRUARY 17, 2016, REGULAR BOARD MEETING MINUTES

The Stanton School District Board of Directors met at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 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.

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

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Director Lindgren made a motion to approve the minutes of the January 14, 2016, meeting with a second by Director Weis. The motion carried unanimously.

FINANCIAL REPORTS

TRANSPORTATION

The Transportation Committee reported that the board will get quotes for a new van and a used pickup and have them available at the next meeting.

 

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

 

CONSIDERATION OF BILLS

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

 

OLD BUSINESS

FACILITY PRIORITIES COMMITTEE REPORT

The Facility Committee reported a list of items that could be summer projects this year.  After discussion the consensus was to look at being ADA Compliant and get quotes on how much an elevator would cost to install and discuss the list at the next meeting.

 

SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE

2016-2017 CALENDAR

Director Lindgren made a motion to approve the 2016-2017 School Calendar, pending any changes, with a second by Director Vanderholm.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

The Legislators may set 2-2.45% on supplemental state aid.  There is still discussion at the state level on what to use as a new assessment next year as the US Department of Education will not accept Iowa Assessments any longer.  There is discussion on third grade retention and summer school and the logistics of how it would work for families.

 

 

 

 

PROGRAM/POSITION SHARING

Next meeting there will be a list of each program/position to be shared for board approval.  The consensus of the board is to meet with the Red Oak Board to discuss how the sharing is working for both districts.

 

PRINCIPAL UPDATE

The PTSO Carnival will be held March 4th, 5:00-7:00 PM, with the junior class serving a pasta meal.  FMTC has donated $2,500 to be used for a baseball/softball scoreboard.  Principal Blunt is looking into more funding for the scoreboard as it will cost around $6,100 installed.

 

GOOD NEWS

Congratulations to the following:

Thomas Bates and his Conduct of Meetings Team who received 1st place and a gold rating at FFA Sub District Contest and advanced on to the District Contest, Connor Hultman who received 3rd place and a gold rating in Oxy-Acetylene Welding and advanced on to the District Contest, and Kylee Johnson who received a silver rating in Job Interview.

 

Justin Isaacson, Jacob Lindgren, and Dylan Swanson who will receive their Iowa FFA Degree in April at the State FFA Convention.

 

Seniors have completed CPR.  Special thanks to PTSO for paying for the American Heart Association CPR Certification cards and Pastor Eric Kutzli for assisting with the CPR Class.

 

Mrs. Denise Hoskins, our TAG teacher, took six students, grades 3-5, to Graceland University to the Young Writers’ Conference.  The students each brought a piece of writing to share with their peers.

Dr. Kim Truka of Dental Care met with each elementary class about dental health this past week.

Mr. Jeff Grebin has started Keyboarding with the 4th and 5th graders.  The students are highly motivated to learn to type correctly.

National Honor Society raised over $200, enough to pay for their scholarships with their Valentine’s Day Cookie Fundraiser.  Thank you to all who baked and helped with the fundraiser.

SPRING SIAC MEETING

The Spring SIAC Meeting will be held on March 15.

TEACHER LEADERSHIP COMPENSATION GRANT

The Teacher Leadership Compensation Grant has been resubmitted.

 PERSONNEL

NEGOTIATIONS

The negotiations committee met tonight with the board presenting a 2% raise and the SEA presenting a 5.2% raise for the initial proposals.

 

NEW BUSINESS

DROP OUT PREVENTION/AT-RISK APPLICATIONS

Director Sorensen made a motion to approve the Drop Out Prevention/At-Risk Application with a $8,905 budget with a second by Director Lindgren.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

2016-2017 BUDGET, SET PUBLICATION DATE, PUBLIC HEARING DATE

Director Vanderholm made a motion to set the Budget Publication Date for March 3, 2016, and Public Hearing Date of March 16, 2016, with a second by Director Sorensen.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

STATE NUTRITION VISIT, ALA CARTE PRICES

Director Weis made a motion to approve the state mandate to raise Ala Carte prices effective April 1st, 2016, with a second by Director Sorensen.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

ADJOURNMENT
President Bates adjourned the meeting at 8:00 PM.  The next regular meeting for the board is tentatively set for March 16, 2016 at 5:30 PM in the Board Room.