December 10, 2018 Board Meeting Agenda

Postville Community School District
Board of Education Agenda
Postville Fine Arts Lobby
Monday, December 10, 2018
6:30 P.M.

 

  1. Call to Order
  2. Welcome Visitors
  3. Approval of Agenda
  4. Items to be Removed From the Consent Agenda
  5. Consent Agenda
    1. November 12, 2018, Regular Meeting Minutes
    2. Monthly Bills and Monthly Financial Reports
    3. Hires
    4. Resignations
    5. Transfers  
    6. Acceptance of Donations/Gifts to the District
    7. Early Graduation Request
  6. Reports
    1. Superintendent
      1. District Finance and Student Data Overview  
    2. Principals
    3. Director of School Improvement
  7. Learning and Leadership  
  8. Items for the January Board Meeting
  9. Adjournment

 

Next Board Meeting: Monday, January 14, 2019, at 6:30 P.M.

At the RISE Academy

Tag Students Learn About Harvest On A Field Trip

kids at field trip

The elementary 5th grade TAG started the year off with a field trip to Decorah, Iowa. They enjoyed the fall time of harvest at “Seed Savers.”  Students were able to harvest seeds and hear about the chemical breakdown of the seeds to help with preserving them.  The photo shows the first step in the harvest process.  They also walked the woods to the Organic Apple Orchard and enjoyed picking apples to eat and seeing nature at its finest!

kids at field trip
kids at field trip
kids working with tomatoes
kids seeding fruit
kids at field trip

Attend the College & Career Fair

flyer advertising a job fair

The Postville guidance department has put together a College & Career Fair for the public of all ages to attend. Representatives from colleges, businesses, Iowa Works, military, and
other supports will be available. Please attend and learn about various career and educational opportunities.

Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Time: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Location: Postville Jr/Sr High Gym

Sign Your Kid Up For Cheer Camp

logo for kids cheer camp

The high school cheerleaders will be hosting a junior cheerleading camp where students in grades 1-6 will learn some football cheers and get a cheerleading T-shirt. Students will perform at halftime of the varsity basketball game on December 7th, 2018.

If you would like your child/children to participate please use the buttons above to download and fill out the sign-up form and return the form to your child’s teacher by Wednesday, November 21st.  Money can be sent with the form or given to Mrs. Rupard or Ms. Caldwell the first day of camp.

The practice schedule is shown below.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Cheer Camp will be held in the FINE ARTS CENTER

 

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Practice

4:00-5:00

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Practice

4:00-5:00

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Practice

4:00-5:00

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Practice

4:00-5:00

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Practice 4:00-5:00

Perform @ Bball Game

 

*** The price of the camp is $15 dollars for one student and $25 if you have two children participating. This price includes the cost of a T-shirt.

*** Money can be sent with this form, or given to Mrs. Rupard or Ms. Caldwell the day of the camp.

*** Make checks payable to Postville Schools.

Board Meeting Minutes For November 12, 2018

Picture of Notebook

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

School Safety – Intruder Drill

school building

All too often gun violence and mass shootings top the headlines in America, causing anxiety and confusion among young people.  Keeping your children safe while at school is our district’s top priority.  Although our country has seen sad and frightening violence over the years, we still believe Postville Community School District is a safe place to be.  Consider the following safety precautions that are in place at Cora B. Darling Elementary.

  • All visitors have to identify themselves at the elementary doors before entering the building.
  • A staff member is available to watch cameras from 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM each day.
  • All exterior doors are locked throughout the school day.
  • Fire, tornado, and evacuation drills are done routinely throughout the school year.
  • A safety committee meets regularly to discuss drills, policies, and procedures.
  • Our staff is having on-going discussions with students about what to do in case of an intruder.  Those discussions should continue at home with parents having conversations with their children.  Discuss where students will go in the event of an intruder, and where you, as parents, might be able to find them and pick them up.  This information should be kept confidential for each individual family.
  • Age appropriate training include “run, barricade, fight back, and communicate.”  These are research based strategies to help empower our students and staff in case of an intruder entering the building.

 

We will be practicing our first evacuation (intruder) drill on Wednesday, November 14.  We will practice three basic commands:  Shelter in Building, Shelter in Place, and Evacuation.  Our teachers will be working with their students to provide developmentally appropriate information as to why we are practicing this type of drill.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about our school safety plan.

 

Principal Jennifer Schutte

Cora B. Darling Elementary School

 

 

November 12, 2018 Board Meeting Agenda

Postville Community School District
Board of Education Agenda
Postville Fine Arts Lobby
Monday, November 12, 2018
6:30 P.M.

 

  1. Call to Order
  2. Welcome and Receive Visitors
    1. Luke Steege and Lindsay Salinas – Playground Fundraising   
  3. Approval of Agenda
  4. Items to be Removed From the Consent Agenda
  5. Consent Agenda
    1. October 8, 2018, Regular Meeting Minutes
    2. Monthly Bills and Monthly Financial Reports
    3. Hires
    4. Resignations
    5. Transfers  
    6. Volunteers
    7. Acceptance of Donations/Gifts to the District
    8. Updated PCSD Desegregation Ratio and Category Matrix
    9. Early Graduation Request
  6. Reports
    1. Superintendent
    2. Principals
    3. Curriculum Director/Dean of Students
  7. Learning and Leadership  
  8. Second Reading of Board Policies
    1. 726 Capital Assets  
  9. Jr./Sr. Handbook Policy Update Page 27
  10. School Budget Review Committee for Increased Enrollment, Uncounted Open Enrollments, and English Language Learners Beyond 5 years Modified Supplemental Amount Request $111,250.88
  11. Resolution Ordering Election on the Question of Continuing to Levy and Impose a Voter Approved Physical Plant and Equipment Property Tax and Income Surtax
  12. Review/Accept Bids for Summer 2019 Roofing Projects
    1. Seam Upgrades for the Elementary Roof
      1. Modern Builders from Janesville, Iowa – $11,800
      2. Advance Builders from Cedar Rapids, Iowa – $10,700
    2. Section K of the Mott Building
      1. Advance Builders from Cedar Rapids, Iowa – $35,500
      2. Service Roofing from Waterloo, Iowa – $20,506
  13. Items for the December Board Meeting
  14. Adjournment

Next Board Meeting: Monday, December 10, 2018, at 6:30 P.M.