May 13 2019 Superintendent’s Notes

Postville CSD
Board of Education Meeting
May 13, 2019
Superintendent’s Notes

2 a. Corey Snitker will discuss the Allamakee County Hazard Mitigation Plan with the board.  

5 a/b. Minutes, Bills, and Financial Reports

5 c. Hires:  Jill Dehning/Part-Time Summer Custodian, Denise Mauss/7-12 Building Leadership Team, Mac Hughes/Assistant Baseball Coach, Teresa Berg/Summer Technology Assistant, Derek Friederich/Summer Technology Assistant, Derek Friederich/High School Play Director, Emma Trealor/Migrant Summer School, Kathy Ohloff/Migrant Summer School, Aleya Grimes/Migrant Summer School, Susie Mueller/Migrant Summer School, Carla Vargus Hernandez/Newcomer Summer Program, Yoselin Perez/Newcomer Summer Program, Patty Uhal/JH Credit Recovery Summer School, Susie Schlein/HS Credit Recovery Summer School, and Brenda Deering/JH/SH Credit Recovery Summer School Support          

5 d. Resignations: Susan Schlein/Junior Class Sponsor, Jane Wullner/Morning and Afternoon Bus Route, Zach Steffans/Assistant High School Football Coach, and R.J. Olsen/Assistant High School Football Coach           

5 e. Transfers:     

5 f. Acceptance of Donations/Gifts to the District Enclosure

5 g. The board needs to consider the 2019 graduation lists for the John R. Mott High School and the RISE Academy.  Enclosure

6. Superintendent’s Report:  

  • The elementary school will receive a $50,000 Computer Science Grant from the Iowa Department of Education for the next two school years.
    • Grant Details:
      • The grant will pay for the development of the elementary computer science curriculum.  
      • Morgan Taake will lead the work as part of her TAG position.  
      • The funds will pay a portion of her contract and other associated costs.  
      • Thirty schools applied and only six schools received the grant.  
      • Mrs. Salanas, Mrs. Rose, and Mrs. Schutte completed the grant application.  
      • Mrs. Schutte, Mrs. Salinas, Mrs. Rose, and I went to Des Moines on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, to attend the state STEM conference and receive the award from Governor Reynolds.  
    • The school district received an award for low workers’ compensation rates.  Postville has the lowest work comp loss ratio in the state over the past 10 years at 3%.  In other words, our staff has been careful to avoid job-related injuries/illness.
    • I want to recognize the school board during School Board Recognition Month.  Thank you for your service!!!! The students, staff, and community value your commitment to public education.  
    • The climate committee is hosting a retirement recognition luncheon for Carolyn Combs, on Monday, June 3, 2019, at 11:30 P.M. in the Fine Arts Lobby.  You are invited to attend.

 7. Learning and Leadership

    • Morgan Taake will visit with the board about summer school.
    • The playground committee will update the board regarding their progress towards the new playground.

8. The board needs to consider an open enrollment request for C.J. Uhlenhake.  The family recently moved to the MFL MM School District. According to the open enrollment laws, students can continue their education in their former resident district.  The recommendation is to approve this application. Enclosure

9. The board will hold a budget amendment hearing for the 2018-2019 fiscal year budget.   The budget amendment will not increase district taxes or revenues. The amendment allows the district to spend more than what the FY19 published budget stated.

School Budgets are categorized into four main areas: Instruction, Total Support Services, Noninstructional Programs, and Total Other Expenditures.  The budget category comes from a cross-section of the district funds.

  • Instruction covers any activity related to teaching.  
  • Total Support Services has to do with support services, administration, central office, plant operations/maintenance, and transportation.
  • Noninstructional Programs involves before/after school programs and the nutrition department.  
  • The Total Other Expenditures are expenses from construction, debt service, and AEA support.

10. The board needs to consider the FY19 budget amendment. Enclosure

11. The board needs to consider the cooperative swimming contract with Decorah.  Kathleen Looney, who will be a sophomore, is interested in continuing with the Decorah Swim Team.  The agreement will cost the district $350. (The contract is online; therefore I don’t have a paper copy.)

12. The board needs to consider renewing the Human Resources Sharing Agreement with Allamakee for the 2019-2020 school year.  The agreement is worth five extra students in supplemental state aid which equals $34,415 in additional funding. Jeanette Ruegnitz works at the central office one day/week and in Waukon one day/week; Allamakee holds her contract. Enclosure

13. The board needs to consider renewing the Elementary Guidance Sharing Agreement with MFL MarMac for the 2019-2020 school year.  The agreement is worth three extra students in supplemental state aid which equals $20,264 in additional funding. Marnie Carlson will be the shared guidance counselor; MFL MarMac holds her contract. Enclosure

14. The board needs to consider renewing the Transportation Director Sharing Agreement with MFL MarMac for the 2019-2020 school year.  The agreement is worth three extra students in supplemental state aid which equals $20,264 in additional funding. Trent Meine will be the shared transportation director; MFL MarMac holds his contract. Enclosure

15. I will go over the details of the flexibility account and how it can help the district.  The board will have the option to consider this concept at the June 17, 2019 board meeting. Enclosure

16. The board needs to consider the first reading of board policy update:  507.9 Wellness Policy. Enclosure

17. The board needs to consider the second reading of board policy update:  506.1 Education Records Access. Enclosure

18. The board needs to consider the FoodCorp Liaison for the 2019-2020 school year.  The nutrition fund will pay for the district’s fee of $7,500. Food Corp is a national service program conducted by FoodCorps to combat childhood obesity and food insecurity, pursuant to which Service Members complete a year-long term of stipend AmeriCorps service, during which time they work to foster the creation of healthy school food environments on behalf of children in limited-resource communities.  Josephine Stabenow will be the new hire to replace Claire’s 2-year contract. Josephine is a certified teacher and has experience teaching 3rd grade. She graduated from UNI and currently lives in West Union. This past year she was employed with DeSales Schools in Ossian.

19. The board needs to consider a new vehicle.  The purchase will come from the state bid which is a lower price.  The Chevy Traverse is an all-wheel-drive crossover that can seat seven people.  The PPEL Funds will pay for the Traverse, and it will arrive after July 1, 2019. Enclosure

20. The board needs to consider a bus purchase.  Glen is recommending we pursue a used bus rather than new to save money.  Also, the board will need to discuss the disposition of bus #03, which is at the end of its lifespan.  We had someone offer $1,250 for it. The PPEL Funds will pay for the bus, and it will arrive after July 1, 2019. Enclosure

21. The board needs to consider a new intercom system for the elementary school.  The bid is from Tierney for $35,207.45. The system will reach the entire building plus it is expandable for future needs.  The PPEL Funds would pay for the new system. Enclosure

22. The board needs to consider the contract with the Winneshiek Medical Center for athletic training services for the 2019-2020 school year.  The Postville Booster Club will pay the costs associated with the athletic trainer.

23. The board will review the summer projects/purchases.