MAY 11, 2016, REGULAR BOARD MEETING MINUTES
MAY 11, 2016, REGULAR BOARD MEETING
The Stanton School District Board of Directors met at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, in the High School Library 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, Business Manager Shirley Maxwell, and Board Secretary Tammy Boyer. There were around 50 guests present.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Director Lindgren made a motion to approve the agenda with a second by Director Sorensen. The motion carried unanimously.
ROD GOODEMOTE/TRICIA GOODEMOTE-HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
Rod and Tricia Goodemote spoke on the curriculum currently being used in the school system and the connection to Montgomery County birth rates.
MIKE FALKSTROM, GENERAL COUNSEL PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF THE HEARTLAND
Mike Falkstrom spoke for Planned Parenthood and support for the curriculum currently being used in the school system.
DISCUSSION/ACTION-HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Superintendent Herrick shared the survey results on Human Growth and Development Program. The results were: 75.4% recommended to continue the program as being taught, through the affiliation with Planned Parenthood personnel, 24.6% recommended to not continue with the program as has been taught, through the affiliation with Planned Parenthood, 82.6% would allow their student to participate if the district continued with the program as has been taught, and 17.4% would not allow their student to participate if the district continued with the program as has been taught.
After discussion and input from community members Director Sorensen made a motion to continue with the current curriculum for the rest of this school year and put together a board appointed committee to look over curriculum for next year. Director Weis seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Director Lindgren made a motion to approve the minutes of the April 20, 2016, meeting with a second by Director Vanderholm. The motion carried unanimously.
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 Sorensen. The motion carried unanimously.
The City of Stanton has a requested a change in the paperwork to transfer the ballfield at Anderson Park to the school district. This change would state that if the school would dissolve that the property would re-convey to the City of Stanton. The School Board will discuss this at their next meeting.
The ballfield’s scoreboard is here and will be installed as soon as the weather cooperates.
Thorco Technologies did a walk through the building and found 32 places that cameras could be placed for a cost of $25,000-$40,000. This project could be done in stages. Superintendent Herrick reported that because of the accessibility issue the district may be able to issue general obligation bonds to become ADA Compliant, pave the road behind the school and put in lights at the baseball field. The board would like Superintendent to continue to explore this option.
Principal Blunt reported that the State Track Meet would be held on May 19-21, Softball and Baseball teams have started practices, and tonight is the last night of Driver’s Education classes. The school is adding a one year temporary cheer/dance team and will evaluate this at the end of next school year.
The 3rd graders went on the Oregon Trail (Anderson Conservation) last week. Thank you to Deb Karwal, Karlie Hyde, Hunter Reese, and Riley McKee for helping with this.
The 4th graders went to the Capitol Building and Science Center in Des Moines last week. It was a great opportunity for students to see in person what they have been learning about.
The Stanton Care Center brought 8 residents to visit the 4th grade classroom this week. Leanne Johnson does a great job with the students and their working with the residents.
Thanks to Maurine Allen who had another great turn out for Grandparents Day. There were 50 grandparents who came to visit.
The preschool held their open house and have 17 students enrolled so far to start in August. Thanks to Darra Reed and Miriam Hanson for all of their work with the program.
The PTSO plant sale raised $2,000. Thanks to everyone who supported it.
Thank you to Jody Druivenga and Whitney Warner for all of their work with prom.
Brady Johnson who was selected to the SWI Al-Star basketball game.
Alex Becthold who placed 4th at Drake in the discus.
Marcel Confer for being selected for the Governor’s Scholar Recognition Program.
High School Choir and Mr. Mennenoh for receiving a II at Large Group Contest.
Director Lindgren made a motion to accept the resignation of Dan Stoakes, Assistant Football Coach at the end of the 2015-2016 school year with a second by Director Vanderholm. The motion carried unanimously.
Director Vanderholm made a motion to accept the resignation of Katie Elwood, Social Studies Teacher, at the end of the 2015-2016 school year with a second by Director Sorensen. The motion carried unanimously.
TLC LEADERSHIP POSTIONS
Director Weis made a motion to approve Leanna Johnson, Lisa Whigham, and Susan Peterson as elementary mentors/coaches and as a group as professional development coach with a second by Director Sorensen. The motion carried unanimously.
APPROVAL OF CLASS OF 2016 FOR GRADUATION
Director Weis made a motion to approve the Class of 2016 for Commencement pending completion of graduation requirements with a second by Director Lindgren. The motion carried unanimously.
President Bates adjourned the meeting at 6:40 PM. The next regular meeting for the board is set for June 15, 2016 at 5:30 PM in the Board Room.