Board Meeting Minutes For December 10, 2018

Postville Board of Education Meeting
Regular Scheduled Meeting at 6:30 P.M.
Fine Arts Lobby
December 10, 2018

President Cox called the regular meeting of the Postville Board of Education to order at 6:30 P.M. on Monday, December 10, 2018, with the following members present: Tony Gericke, Staci Malcom, and JoAnn Jacobs. Members absent: Jamie Smith.

President Cox welcomed the visitors.

Motion by Jacobs, second by Malcom, to approve the agenda. Carried unanimously.

Motion by Malcom, second by Jacobs, to approve the consent agenda. Carried unanimously.

  1. Approve November 12, 2018 Regular Meeting Minutes.
  2. Approve the monthly invoices (reviewed by Tony Gericke) and financial reports.
  3. No Donations.
  4. Approve the early graduation request.

Superintendent Dugger shared information on the District Finances and gave a student Data Overview.

Danielle Rose presented information on teacher professional development opportunities for our staff members as coordinated with Keystone AEA.

The January Board Meeting for the Postville Board of Education will be held on January 14, 2019, at 6:30 P.M, at the Postville RISE Academy.

Motion by Malcom, second by Jacobs, to adjourn the meeting at 7:00 P.M. Carried unanimously.

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Jeff Cox, President           Melissa Fettkether, Secretary

Board Meeting Minutes For November 12, 2018

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Postville Board of Education Meeting
Regular Scheduled Meeting at 6:30 P.M.
Fine Arts Lobby
November 12, 2018

President Cox called the regular meeting of the Postville Board of Education to order at 6:30 P.M. on Monday, November 12, 2018, with the following members present: Jamie Smith and JoAnn Jacobs. Members absent: Tony Gericke and Staci Malcom.

President Cox welcomed the visitors.

Luke Steege and Lindsay Salinas presented information on playground fundraising.

Motion by Smith, second by Jacobs, to approve the agenda. Carried unanimously.

Motion by Jacobs, second by Smith to approve the consent agenda with the addition of an open enrollment request. Carried unanimously.

  1. Approve the October 8, 2018 Regular Meeting Minutes.
  2. Approve the monthly invoices (reviewed by Jeff Cox) and financial reports.
  3. Approve the hire of RJ Olsen/Elementary Tutor, Morgan Taake/Elementary Tutoring Coordinator, Shelby Varney/Elementary Tutor, Jennifer Benda/Elementary Tutor, Lisa Acevedo/Elementary Tutor, Blanca Nunez/Elementary Tutor, Lisa Snitker/Elementary Tutor, Carolyn Combs/Elementary Tutor, Ashley Cioccio/Elementary Tutor, Denise Mauss/Elementary Tutor, Amy Norby/Elementary Tutor, Linda Miller/Elementary Tutor, Brooke Rooney/Elementary Tutor, Jenna Beatty/Elementary Tutor, Jessie Koester/Elementary Tutor, Kirsten Richarson/Elementary Tutor, and Stephanie Spain/Elementary Tutor, Keisha Kerr/Elementary Substitute Tutor, and Marcy Kraus/Elementary Substitute Tutor at $25 per hour for tutors and $50 per hour for coordinator.
  4. Approve the resignation of Sean Singewald/Middle School Football Coach.
  5. No transfers.
  6. Approve the volunteer position of Lakken Cox/Volunteer High School Assistant GIrls’ Basketball Coach.
  7. No Donations.
  8. Approve the updated PCSD Desegregation Ratio and Category Matrix.
  9. Approve the early graduation request.
  10. Approve an open enrollment in request.

The new teachers for the 2018-2019 school year introduced themselves to the board during Learning and Leadership.

Motion by Smith, second by Jacobs, to approve the second reading of a board policy. Carried unanimously.

  1. 726 Capital Assets

Motion by Jacobs, second by Smith, to approve the Jr./Sr. Handbook Policy Update. Carried unanimously.

Motion by Smith, second by Jacobs, to approve the resolution for application to the SBRC for Increased Enrollment, Uncounted Open Enrollments, and English Language Learners Beyond 5 Years in the amount of $111,250.88. Carried unanimously.

Motion by Jacobs, second by Smith, to approve the resolution ordering an Election on the Question of Continuing to Levy and Impose a Voter Approved Physical Plant and Equipment Property Tax and Income Surtax. Carried unanimously.

Motion by Smith, second by Jacobs, to accept the bid from Advance Builders, in the amount of $10,700, for the Elementary Roof Repair; and to accept the bid from Service Roofing, in the amount of $ 20,506, for Section K of the Mott Building. Carried unanimously.

The December Board Meeting for the Postville Board of Education will be held on December 10, 2018, at 6:30 P.M, at the Postville Fine Arts Center Lobby.

Motion by Smith, second by Jacobs, to adjourn the meeting at 7:18 PM. Carried unanimously.

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Jeff Cox, President             Melissa Fettkether, Secretary

Board Meeting Minutes For October 8, 2018

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Postville Board of Education Meeting

Regular Scheduled Meeting at 6:30 P.M.

Fine Arts Lobby

October 8, 2018

 

President Cox called the regular meeting of the Postville Board of Education to order at 6:30 P.M. on Monday, October 8, 2018, with the following members present: Jamie Smith, Tony Gericke, JoAnn Jacobs, and Staci Malcom.

President Cox welcomed the visitors.

Motion by Smith, second by Gericke, to approve the agenda. Carried unanimously.

Motion by Gericke, second by Malcom, to approve the consent agenda with the addition of the 2nd list of invoices.  Carried unanimously.

  1. Approve the September 10, 2018 Annual, Regular, and Organizational Meeting Minutes.
  2. Approve the monthly invoices (reviewed by Jamie Smith) and financial reports.
  3. Approve the hire of Kevin Johnson/Asst Varsity Wrestling Coach; Cornal Baker/Custodian; Carla Hernandez Farinas/Bi-Lingual Newcomer Para.
  4. No Resignations.
  5. No Donations.
  6. Approve the Federal Funding for the 2018-2019 School Year
    1. Title IA Basic                         $304,886
    2. Title 1C Migrant                $246,620
    3. Title IIA Supporting $32,544
    4. Title III Immigrant $11.054
    5. Title IVA Student Support $26,196
  7. Approve the FFA National Convention travel for October 23 – 26

Superintendent Dugger shared information on the process to renew the Voted PPEL tax for FYFY23-FY33.  Information was shared about a possible board work session with a representative from IASB regarding financial information.

Principal Schutte shared information on Smart Thermometer program.  Information was shared on a monthly newsletter and voice translating so that parents can access a recorded version.  A program for 6th grade leadership opportunities is being implemented in the elementary building.

Principal Knudtson updated on the Homecoming events being rescheduled.  Information was provided on the YMCA transition to Northeast Iowa Wellness and Recreation Center.   The district is moving to JMC for its messaging alert system.

Director of School Improvement shared information on standards-based grading and assessment process for the elementary.

Brooke Rooney, Lisa Acevedo, Manon Bushman, Maria Letiz, and Denise Mauss presented information on the School Climate and Culture Conference they attended last summer and the information to improve our PBIS program for the Learning and Leadership initiative.

Motion by Smith, second by Jacobs, to approve two open enrollment requests into the Postville district.  Carried unanimously.

Melissa Fettkether provided a review of the FY2018 financials as reported on the certified annual report.

Motion by Smith, second by Jacobs, to approve the resolution to application to the SBRC for the maximum allowable growth and supplemental aid in the amount of $273,761.78, for the negative special education balance.  Carried unanimously.

Motion by Smith, second by Gericke, to approve the first reading of a board policy.  Carried unanimously.

  1. 726    Capital Assets

Items for the November Board Meeting are:

  1. Resolution for the Voted PPEL Vote

The November Board Meeting for the Postville Board of Education will be held on November 12, 2018, at 6:30 P.M, at the Postville Fine Arts Center Lobby.

Motion by Gericke, second by Jacobs, to adjourn the meeting at 7:22 PM.  Carried unanimously.

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Jeff Cox, President                                                        Melissa Fettkether, Secretary

Organizational Board Meeting Minutes For September 10, 2018

Postville Board of Education Meeting

Organizational Meeting

Room 102

September 10, 2018

 

Superintendent Dugger called the meeting to order at 6:49 pm.

Superintendent Dugger requested nominations for Board President.

Motion by Gericke, second by Malcom, to approve Jeff Cox as board president.  Carried unanimously.  The oath of office was administered to President Cox.

President Cox requested nominations for Board Vice-President.

Motion by Gericke, second by Smith, to approve Staci Malcom as board vice-president.  Carried unanimously.  The oath of office was administered to Vice-President Malcom.

The board recognizes the many years of service of Jamie Smith as Board President.

Motion by Malcom, second by Gericke, to appoint the following.  Carried unanimously.

  • Melissa Fettkether/ Board Secretary and Treasurer
  • Winneshiek County Conference Board – Jamie Smith
  • Fayette County Conference Board – Tony Gericke
  • Clayton County Conference Board – JoAnn Jacobs
  • Allamakee County Conference Board – Tony Gericke
  • Legislative Network Representative – Tony Gericke
  • IASB Delegate Assembly Representative – JoAnn Jacobs

The oath of office was administered to Melissa Fettkether.

Motion by Gericke, second by Smith, to approve the Postville Herald as the District Official Publication.  Carried unanimously.

Motion by Malcom, second by Gericke, to approve Ahlers & Cooney as the District’s Legal Counsel.  Carried unanimously.

Motion by Gericke, second by Malcom, to approve the district’s depository banks and limits as listed below.  Carried unanimously.

  • Freedom Bank/$4,000,000
  • Fidelity Bank/$2,500,000
  • Iowa Schools Joint Investment Trust/$4,000,000

Motion by Malcom, second by Jacobs, at 7:00 pm, to move into closed session under Iowa Code Section 21.5(1)(a) to review or discuss records which are required or authorized by state or federal law to be kept confidential or to be kept confidential as a condition for the governmental body’s possession or continued receipt of federal funds.  Motion by Smith, second by Malcom to exit the closed session.  Carried unanimously.

Items for the October Board Meeting include the FY18 Final Financial Documents.

The next board meeting will be held on Monday, October 8, 2018 at 6:30 PM at the Postville Fine Arts Center Lobby.

Motion by Smith, second by Jacobs, to adjourn the meeting at 7:26 PM.  Carried unanimously.

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Jeff Cox, President                                                                Melissa Fettkether, Secretary

Board Meeting Minutes For September 10, 2018

Postville Board of Education Meeting

Regular Scheduled Meeting at 6:30 P.M.

Room 102

September 10, 2018

 

President Smith called the regular meeting of the Postville Board of Education to order at 6:30 P.M. on Monday, September 10, 2018, with the following members present: Jeff Cox, Tony Gericke, JoAnn Jacobs, and Staci Malcom.

President Smith welcomed the visitors.

Motion by Malcom second by Cox, to approve the agenda. Carried unanimously.

Motion by Jacobs, second by Malcom, to approve the consent agenda with the addition of one hire and item K.  Carried unanimously.

  1. Approve the August 13, 2018, regular meeting minutes
  2. Approve the monthly bills and monthly financial reports (reviewed by Cox)
  3. Approve the hire of Susie Schlein/Student Ambassadors/ASAP; Yasmin Dahir/Para/Translator; Joanna Smith/Elementary Associate; Kayla Miller/Elementary/Jr/Sr High Associate; Kevin Johnson/Assistant JH Football Coach; Susie Mueller/After School Tutor; Aleya Grimes/After School Tutor; Kathy Ohloff/After School Tutor; Anne Friederich/After School Tutor; Joy Minikwu/After School Tutor; and April McQuade/Elementary Para
  4. Approve the resignation of Clarissa Kjosa/Elementary Associate; Eric Lopez/Bi-Lingual Newcomer Para; and Dave Peterson/Custodian.
  5. Transfers - None
  6. Approve the volunteering of Carla Hernandez Farinas/ Bi-Lingual Newcomer Para
  7. Acceptance of Donations/Gifts to the District- None
  8. Approve the Dordt College Theatre Festival Overnight Trip 11/2/18 and 11/3/18
  9. Approver the UNI Thespian Festival Overnight Trip – 11/9/18 and 11/10/18
  10. Approve the early graduation request of Marissa Aguirre
  11. Approve the new Use of Facilities Updates

Superintendent Dugger shared information on the tour following the meeting, initial enrollment thoughts, and the great start to the new year.

Principal Schutte shared information on her beginning of the year meetings with classrooms regarding expectations.

Principal Knudtson shared information on the Jr. High. Schedule and interventions.

Mr. Zurbriggen shared information on school safety and emergency management protocol updates.

President Smith opened the public hearing regarding the Instructional Support Levy at 6:44 pm.  There were no public comments.  The hearing was closed at 6:45 pm.

Motion by Gericke, second by Cox, to resolve to continue participation in the Instructional Support Levy Program, with no tax increase, for FY20-FY25.  Carried unanimously.

Motion by Cox, second by Gericke, to approve the second reading of the following board policies.  Carried unanimously.

  1. 105 Assistance Animals.  This new policy to clarifies the use of service animals, assistive animals, therapy animals and emotional support animals.
  2. 606.3 Animals in the Classroom.  This policy was updated to be consistent with Board Policy 105 which allows service, assistive, therapy, and emotional support animals.
  3. 705.1 Purchasing – Bidding.  The amended policy adds language that requires compliance with federal and state laws for the selection and suspension of federal and state contractors.
  4. 705.1R1 Suspension and Debarment of Vendors and Contractors Procedure.  The new regulation adds a procedural framework for evaluating and screening contractors who have been suspended or debarred from continuing to transact with the District.
  5. 710.1 School Nutrition Program.  The amended policy adds language that requires compliance with federal and state laws for the selection and suspension of federal and state contractors.

Motion by Cox, second by Jacobs, to adjourn the meeting at 6:47 PM.  Carried unanimously.

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Jamie Smith, President                                                        Melissa Fettkether, Secretary

Board Meeting Minutes For August 13, 2018

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Postville Board of Education Meeting

Regular Scheduled Meeting at 6:30 P.M.

Fine Arts Lobby

August 13, 2018

 

President Smith called the regular meeting of the Postville Board of Education to order at 6:30 P.M. on Monday, August 13, 2018, with the following members present: Jeff Cox, Tony Gericke, JoAnn Jacobs, and Staci Malcom.

President Smith welcomed the visitors.

Erica Nosbisch and Dr. Reimer, representing NICC, presented information on the NICC Bond Election.

Motion by Gericke, second by Jacobs, to approve the agenda with the addition of one open enrollment. Carried unanimously.

Motion by Malcom, second by Gericke, to approve the consent agenda with the addition of one hire.  Carried unanimously.

  1. Approve the July 16, 2018 Regular Meeting Minutes.
  2. Approve the monthly invoices (reviewed by Jamie Smith) and financial reports.
  3. Approve the hire of Keisha Kerr/Nurse; Shelly Tafollo/Custodian.
  4. Approve the resignations of Marcy Kraus/Softball Coach; Abdiwahab Ali/Somali Liaison; Lorri Pladsen/Elementary Associate.
  5. Approve District Appointments: Title I Coordinator/Jenny Schutte, Equity Coordinator/Brendan Knudtson, Title IX Coordinator/Brendan Knudtson, 504 Coordinator/Jenny Schutte, Special Education Co-Directors/Jenny Schutte and Brendan Knudtson, Bully/Harassment Investigators/Jenny Schutte and Brendan Knudtson, Affirmative Action Coordinator/Ryan Zurbriggen, Level I Investigators/Jenny Schutte, Ryan Zurbriggen, and Brendan Knudtson, Level I Alternate Investigator/Tim Dugger, Level II Investigator/Postville Police Department, Homeless Liaison/Denise Mauss, Teacher Quality Committee Administrator/Tim Dugger, School Improvement Advisory Chairperson/Ryan Zurbriggen, ELL Coordinators/Jenny Schutte and Brendan Knudtson, and Food and Fitness Administrator/Ryan Zurbriggen.

Superintendent Dugger shared information on the in-service schedule with new staff.

Principal Knudtson updated on the school scrimmage.

Principal Schutte shared information on harassment complaint data.

Motion by Cox, second by Jacobs, to approve seven open enrollments into district requests.  Carried unanimously.

Motion by Gericke, second by Cox, to approve the K-6, 7-12, and Alternative School Parent/Student Handbooks.  Carried unanimously.

Motion by Cox, second by Jacobs, to approve the contract between Postville CSD and Postville Child Care Services for the four-year-old program.  Carried unanimously.

Motion by Gericke, second by Cox, to approve a Resolution to Consider Continued Participation in the Instructional Support Program and to schedule a Public Hearing.  Carried unanimously.

Motion by Gericke, second by Malcom, to approve the first reading of the following board policies.  Carried unanimously.

  1. 105 Assistance Animals.  This new policy to clarifies the use of service animals, assistive animals, therapy animals and emotional support animals.
  2. 3 Animals in the Classroom.  This policy was updated to be consistent with Board Policy 105 which allows service, assistive, therapy, and emotional support animals.
  3. 1 Purchasing – Bidding.  The amended policy adds language that requires compliance with federal and state laws for the selection and suspension of federal and state contractors.
  4. 1R1 Suspension and Debarment of Vendors and Contractors Procedure.  The new regulation adds a procedural framework for evaluating and screening contractors who have been suspended or debarred from continuing to transact with the District.
  5. 1 School Nutrition Program.  The amended policy adds language that requires compliance with federal and state laws for the selection and suspension of federal and state contractors.

Motion by Cox, second by Malcom, to approve the Communications Tower lease with Julie Szabo for the Digital Repeater System at $650 per year.  Carried unanimously.

Motion by Jacobs, second by Gericke, to approve a change order for the roofing project in the amount of $7,446.  Carried unanimously.

Items for the September Board Meeting are:

  1. Public hearing for the instruction support program
  2. Resolution to consider participation in the instruction support program

The September Board Meeting for the Postville Board of Education will be held on September 10, 2018, at 6:30 P.M, at the Postville Fine Arts Center Lobby.

Motion by Cox, second by Jacobs, to adjourn the meeting at 7:09 PM.  Carried unanimously.

 

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Jamie Smith, President                                                        Melissa Fettkether, Secretary

Board Meeting Minutes For July 16, 2018

Postville Board of Education Meeting

Regular Scheduled Meeting at 6:30 P.M.

Fine Arts Lobby

July 16, 2018

 

President Smith called the regular meeting of the Postville Board of Education to order at 6:30 P.M. on Monday, July 16, 2018, with the following members present: JoAnn Jacobs, Tony Gericke, and Staci Malcom.  Absent: Jeff Cox.

President Smith welcomed the visitors.

Motion by Jacobs, second by Malcom, to approve the agenda. Carried unanimously

Motion by Gericke, second by Jacobs, to approve the consent agenda with the addition of a resignation.  Carried unanimously.

  1. Approve the June 11, 2018, Regular Meeting Minutes.
  2. Approve the monthly invoices (reviewed by Staci Malcom) and financial reports.
  3. Approve the hire of Daryl Schultz/HS Volleyball Coach; Kirsten Richardson/Elementary Special Education.
  4. Approve the resignations of Daryl Schultz/ Game Manager; Kirsten Richardson/After School Program Director; Kari Sass/School Nurse; Kallie Heitland/Paraprofessional; Michael Henrickson/Custodian.

Superintendent Dugger shared information on the possible renewal of the instructional support levy for FY2020-FY2025.

Motion by Jacobs, second by Gericke, to approve the 2019 Legislative Priorities to include district cost per pupil and transportation equity, oppose vouchers/ESA’s, and the extension of the State Penny for School Infrastructure.  Carried unanimously.

Motion by Gericke, second by Jacobs, to approve the second reading of the following policies.  Carried unanimously.

  1. 604.6             Instruction at Post-Secondary Education Institutions
  2. 213                 Public Participation in Board Meetings
  3. 213.1R1         General Complaints by Citizens
  4. 402.5              Public Complaints by Employees
  5. 502.4              Students Complaints and Grievances

Motion by Gericke, second by Jacobs, to approve the bids of Pan-O-Gold Baking company for FY19 baked goods and Prairie Farms for FY19 milk products.  Carried unanimously.

Motion by Malcom, second by Gericke, to approve the school fees for the 2018-2019 school year.  No increases from FY18.  Carried unanimously.

Motion by Gericke, second by Malcom, to approve the Diversity Inc, Flooring Bid for $18,562.50.  Carried unanimously.

Motion by Gericke, second by Jacobs, to approve the increase of pay for substitute cooks to $10.50/hour, substitute custodians to $10.50/hour, substitute aides to $10.50/hour, substitute secretaries to $13.00/hour, and substitute nurses to $16.00/hours.  Carried unanimously.

Motion by Jacobs, second by Malcom, to approve the construction project change orders in the amount of $5,887 for HDPE panels and $1,063 for a tunnel access door hatch.  Carried unanimously.

Motion to approve the purchase of elementary classroom furniture in the approximate amount of $16,270.  Carried unanimously.

Items for the August Board Meeting are:

  1. K-6 and 7-12 parent and student handbooks and alternative school handbook
  2. Contract for the 4-year-old preschool
  3. Professional development schedule

The August Board Meeting for the Postville Board of Education will be held on August 13, 2018, at 6:30 P.M, at the Postville Fine Arts Center Lobby.

Motion by Gericke, second by Jacobs, to adjourn the meeting at 6:52 PM.  Carried unanimously.

 

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Jamie Smith, President                                                        Melissa Fettkether, Secretary

Board Meeting Minutes For June 11, 2018

Postville Board of Education Meeting

Regular Scheduled Meeting at 6:30 P.M.

Fine Arts Lobby

June 11, 2018

 President Smith called the regular meeting of the Postville Board of Education to order at 6:30 P.M. on Monday, June 11, 2018, with the following members present: Jeff Cox, JoAnn Jacobs, and Staci Malcom.  Absent: Tony Gericke.

President Smith welcomed the visitors.

Corey Snitker, Allamakee Emergency Management Center, presented the updated Allamakee County Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Val Reinke, Allamakee County Economic Development and Tourism, present information on the Allamakee County Housing Survey Housing Results.

Motion by Jacobs, second by Malcom, to approve the agenda. Carried unanimously.

Motion by Jacobs, second by Cox, to approve the consent agenda.  Carried unanimously.

  1. Approve of the May 14, 2018, Regular Meeting Minutes.
  2. Approve the monthly invoices (reviewed by JoAnn Jacobs) and financial reports.
  3. Approve the hire of Aleya Grimes/Migrant Summer School Teacher.
  4. Approve the resignations of Ashley Kuennen/Elementary Special Education.
  5. Approve the transfers of Judy Miller/K-12 Secretary; Karen Meyer/K-6 Secretary AM; Stephanie Burroughs/K-6 Secretary PM.
  6. Acceptance of Donations/Gifts from:
    1. Anonymous/$140.00/Baseball
  7. Approve payment of FY18 invoices as required.
  8. Approve the disposition of old SmartBoards. The items have no monetary value and will be offered to staff, recycling any remaining items.

Superintendent Dugger shared updates on the progress with the kitchen construction project.  The project is on schedule. Postville currently has one staff position opening.

Principal Zurbriggen shared information on assessment data in the elementary.  Several teachers are attending the PLC conference this month.

Curriculum Director/Dean of Students Schutte shared information on the Live Healthy Track Meet in Marshalltown.  Seven teachers are attending 7 teachers to KPEC in Dubuque.

Principal Knudtson shared that the high school participation eligibility rules and good conduct code is being updated for the FY19 school year.

Sara Kellogg and Brendan Knudtson shared information on MS Math interventions for the Leadership and Learning section.

Motion by Cox, second by Malcom, to deny an open enrollment request due to Postville’s Diversity Plan.  Carried unanimously.

Motion by Jacobs, second by Cox, to approve that transfer of $5,842 from the General Fund to the Activity Fund to cover the cost of safety equipment that has been purchased in FY18.  (Resolution is attached).  Carried unanimously.

Motion by Cox, second by Malcom, to approve participate in the Community Eligibility Provision option, which enables Postville students to received free meals in the district.  Carried unanimously.

Motion by Jacobs, second by Cox, to approve the second reading of the following policies.  Carried unanimously.

  1. 606.5 Student Field Trips and Excursions
  2. 401.7 Employee Travel Compensation

Motion by Jacobs, second by Cox, to approve the first reading of the following policies.  Carried unanimously.

  1. 604.6 Instruction at Post-Secondary Education Institutions
  2. 213 Public Participation in Board Meetings
  3. 213.1R1 General Complaints by Citizens
  4. 402.5 Public Complaints by Employees
  5. 502.4 Students Complaints and Grievances

Motion by Malcom, second by Cox, to approve adoption the Allamakee County Hazard Mitigation Resolution.  Carried unanimously.

Items for the July Board Meeting are:

  1. 2018-2019 Bread and Milk Bids
  2. 2018-2019 School Fees

The July Board Meeting for the Postville Board of Education will be held on July 16, 2018, at 6:30 P.M, at the Postville Fine Arts Center Lobby. (Please note the change from the normal schedule.)

The board entered a closed session at 7:44 PM under Code section 21.5(1)(a) to review or discuss records which are required or authorized by the state or federal law to be kept confidential or to be kept confidential as a condition for the governmental body possession or continued receipt of federal funds.  Motion by Jacobs, second by Cox, to come out of closed session at 7:55 PM.

Motion by Cox, second by Jacobs, to adjourn the meeting at 7:56 PM.  Carried unanimously.

 

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Jamie Smith, President                                                        Melissa Fettkether, Secretary

Board Meeting Minutes For May 14, 2018

Postville Board of Education Meeting
Regular Scheduled Meeting at 6:30 P.M.
Fine Arts Lobby
May 14, 2018

 

President Smith called the regular meeting of the Postville Board of Education to order at 6:30 P.M. on Monday, May 14, 2018, with the following members present: Jeff Cox, Tony Gericke, JoAnn Jacobs, and Staci Malcom.  Absent: None.

President Smith welcomed the visitors.

Motion by Cox, second by Jacobs, to approve the agenda. Carried unanimously.

Motion by Gericke, second by Malcom, to approve the consent agenda.  Carried unanimously.

  1. Approve of the April 9, 2018, Regular Meeting Minutes
  2. Approve the monthly invoices and financial reports (reviewed by Anthony Gericke)
  3. Approve the hire of Stephanie Spain/Summer School Teacher; Angela Adney/Summer School Teacher; Jessica Koester/Summer School Teacher; Tonya Vagts/Summer School Teacher; Jennifer Benda/Summer School Assistant Tutor; Barb Harris/Summer School Assistant Tutor; Elizabeth Perez/Summer School Assistant Tutor; Joanna Smith/Summer School Assistant Tutor; Rey Mucia/Assistant Boys’ Basketball Coach; Jill Dehning/Part-time Summer Custodian; Tonya Vagts/Kindergarten Teacher; Kim Kleve/Assistant High School Girls’ Basketball Coach; Susan Schlein/Summer Credit Recovery at RISE Academy; Julie Heitland/Summer Credit Recovery at RISE Academy; Susie Merrifield/Migrant-ESL Summer School Instructor; RaeAnne Caldwell/Migrant-ESL Summer School Instructor; Kathy Ohloff/Migrant-ESL Summer School Instructor; Emma Treloar/Migrant-ESL Summer School Instructor
  4. Approve the resignations of Maria Lopez/Elementary Associate; Tommy Chavez/Elementary Associate
  5. No transfers
  6. Acceptance of Donations/Gifts from:
    1. Anonymous/$70.00/Baseball
    2. Dolores Hughes/$75.00/Wrestling in Memory of Barry Hughes
  7. Approve the Thespian trip to the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, NE from June 25, 2018-June 30, 2018.
  8. Approve the 2018 graduation lists.

Superintendent Dugger shared thanks for the board’s service during School Board Recognition Month.  There is a retirement luncheon scheduled to honor Mary Jo Moore on June 1st.  He gave an update on the construction project, with walls starting to be built.  The project is on schedule so far.

Principal Knudtson shared that graduation practice was completed.  There are eight alternative school graduates this year. This spring marks the last visit of the University of Iowa Dental Program, after five years.  Spring sports are coming to and end and summer sports are ramping up.

Curriculum Director/Dean of Students Schutte shared that summer school is taking place at the YMCA community room due to construction.  Several staff members attended the Migrant Conference.  Iowa Assessments are completed in the elementary and results have been submitted.

Sara Kellogg and Brendan Knudtson shared information on the Junior High Intervention System for Literacy for the Leadership and Learning program.

Motion by Cox, second by Gericke, to approve the second reading of the following policies.  Carried unanimously.

  1. 415.1A           Job Description for Jr/Sr High Principal/Activity Director’s Secretary
  2. 415.1B           Job Description for Elementary Principal Secretary
  3. 415.1C           Job Description for K-12 Secretary
  4. 704.6              Online Fundraising Campaigns-Crowdfunding

Motion by Jacobs, second by Malcom, to approve the first readings of the following policies.  Carried unanimously.

  1. 606.5              Student Field Trips and Excursions
  2. 401.7              Employee Travel Compensation

Motion by Cox, second by Jacobs, to approve the Food Corp Liaison for the 2018-2019 school year at $7,500.  Carried unanimously.

Items for the June Board Meeting are:

  1.  Community Eligibility Program

The June Board Meeting for the Postville Board of Education will be held on June 11, 2018, at 6:30 P.M, at the Postville Fine Arts Center Lobby.

Motion by Gericke, second by Cox, to adjourn the meeting at 7:34 P.M.  Carried unanimously.

Board Meeting Minutes For April 9, 2018

Postville Board of Education Meeting
Regular Scheduled Meeting at 4:30 P.M.
Fine Arts Lobby
April 9, 2018

President Smith called the regular meeting of the Postville Board of Education to order at 6:30 P.M. on Monday, April 9, 2018, with the following members present: Jeff Cox, Tony Gericke, JoAnn Jacobs, and Staci Malcom. Absent:

President Smith welcomed the visitors.

Motion by Cox, second by Jacobs, to approve the agenda. Carried unanimously.

Motion by Gericke, second by Cox, to approve the consent agenda with two additional hires added to the consent agenda. Carried unanimously.

  1. Approve of the March 12, 2018, Regular Meeting Minutes
  2. Approve the monthly invoices and financial reports (reviewed by Jeff Cox)
  3. Approve the hire of Jaqueline Vargas/Special Education Associate, Jesenia Vargas/Special Education Associate, Patricia Uhal/7th8th Grade Math Teacher, Sean Singewald/Head Junior High Football Coach, Ty Halverson/Head Junior High Football Coach, Derek Friederich/Summer Technology Assistant, Teresa Berg/Summer Technology Assistant, Aandi Deering/High School Head Girls’ Basketball Coach, Laura Storlie/High School Science Teacher, Brad Rose/Summer Driver Education, Susie Merrifield/Assistant Junior High Track Coach, Kevin Johnson/High School Social Studies Teacher, Kevin Johnson/Head JH Wrestling Coach, Kevin Johnson/JH Boys’ Track Coach (for the 18-19 school year) and Sean Singewald/Junior High Assistant Wrestling Coach
  4. Approve the resignations of Corey Smock/JH Boys’ Track Coach (effective at the end of the 17-18 track season), Angela Adney/Kindergarten Teacher and Volleyball Coach, Mary Jo Moore/Guidance Counselor’s Aide, Sean Singewald/Junior High Head Wrestling Coach, Aandi Deering/Assistant Boys’ Basketball Coach, and Brad Bucknell/J.H. Football Coach
  5. Approve transfer of Ashley Cioccio/3rd Grade, and Lisa Snitker/2nd Grade
  6. Acceptance of Donations/Gifts to the District as presented in the board packet.
  7. Approve the continuation of the lawn mowing contract with A&S Lawn Care, adding the area around the Child Care Cent.
  8. Approve the Senior Trip to the Twin Cities on May 14th and 15th.
  9. Approve the 2017-2018 Calendar Make-Up Schedule

Superintendent Dugger shared that construction will start at the end of April, working to establish the outer perimeter first so kitchen can continue to be used. The roofing project will start in May. Postville’s work comp mod factor has decreased, as notified by IASB

Principal Knudtson shared that Iowa Assessments are taking place this month. The 8th-11th grades are working on scheduled for the 18-19 school year. Parent teacher conferences, 8th grade orientation, and a career fair will take place next week.

Curriculum Director/Dean of Students Schutte and Elementary At-Risk Teacher, Maria Leitz, shared information the elementary attendance procedures.

President Smith opened the 2018-2019 budget hearing at 4:50 P.M. No public input. President Smith closed the public hearing at 4:53 P.M.

Motion by Gericke, second by Jacobs, to approve the 2018-2019 budget as published and presented. The FY19 tax rate will be $12.775. Carried unanimously.

Motion by Jacobs, second by Malcom, to approve the first reading of the following board policies. Carried unanimously.

  1. 415.1A Job Description for Jr/Sr High Principal/Activity Director’s Secretary
  2. 415.1B Job Description for Elementary Principal Secretary
  3. 415.1C Job Description for K-12 Secretary
  4. 704.6 Online Fundraising Campaigns-Crowdfunding

Motion by Malcom, second by Gericke, to approve the renewal of the Elementary Guidance Sharing Agreement with MFL MM, Kurt Gaylor; and approve the renewal of the Transportation Director Sharing Agreement with MFL MM, Trent Miene. Carried unanimously.

Motion by Cox, second by Jacobs, to approve the lease agreement with Postville Child Care Services, Inc. Carried unanimously.

Motion by Gericke, second by Malcom, to approve the technology purchase of SMART Panels. Carried unanimously.

Motion by Gericke, second by Cox, to approve the renewal of the Business Manager Sharing Agreement with North Winneshiek, and the Letter of Assignment for Melissa Fettkether, for the 2018-2019 School Year. Carried unanimously.

Motion by Cox, second by Malcom, to approve the increase in FTE for the Ag and Business Teacher from .57 to .64. Carried unanimously.

Motion by Jacobs, second by Cox, to approve the resolution presented in the board packet supporting the State maintaining the commercial property tax ‘backfill’ which was established in 2013. Carried unanimously.

The Community Eligibility Provision item was tabled until May 2018.

Board entered into Exempt Session at 5:13 P.M. to discuss 18-19 negotiations strategy for Non-Bargaining Employees. The board exited the Exempt Session at 5:45 P.M.

Motion by Gericke, second by Jacobs, to approve the Contract for Non-Bargaining Employees as presented below. Carried unanimously.

  1. 3% Increase for Abdiwahab Ali, Darlene Bissell, Melissa Fettkether, Annette Frey, Brendan Knudtson, Laurie Smith, and Adriana Vazquez.
  2. 8% Increase for Glen Lansing and Noah Schaufenbuel.
  3. $80,000 salary for Jenny Schutte as Elementary Principal.
  4. $77,400 salary for Ryan Zurbriggen as Director of School Improvement.
  5. Year One Bus Drivers at $27.50 per route.
  6. Year Two Bus Drivers at $28.00 per route.
  7. Year Three Bus Drivers at $28.75 per route.
  8. Activity Drivers at $13.00 per hour.

Items for the May Board Meeting are:

  1. Budget Amendment Hearing
  2. Graduation List
  3. Summer School

The May Board Meeting for the Postville Board of Education will be held on May 14, 2018, at 6:30 P.M, at the Postville Fine Arts Center Lobby.

Motion by Gericke, second by Jacobs, to adjourn the meeting at 5:48 P.M. Carried unanimously.

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Jamie Smith, President Melissa Fettkether, Secretary