Postville CSD

Board of Education Meeting

February 12, 2018

Superintendent’s Notes


5 a/b. Minutes and bills

5 c. Hires: Elizabeth Crawford/After School Tutor and Kirsten Richardson/After School Coordinator

5 d. Resignations: Diane Engen/21st Century Grant Site Coordinator and Annette

Deering/Lunch Room Computer Para   

5 e. Transfers: Luke Steege 7-12 At-Risk/Athletic Director and Donna Green/Preschool Paraprofessional   

5 f. Acceptance of Donations/Gifts to the District (see attachment)

7. Learning and Leadership – Jenny Schutte, Dani Rose, and RJ Olsen will present on the Differentiated Accountability Model and review items from the recent Department of Education Site Visit.  


Differentiated Accountability

Differentiated Accountability (DA) is Iowa’s accountability model designed to provide support for public districts, accredited nonpublic schools, and Area Education Agencies (AEAs) when and where they need it most. The DA model is built to support compliance with state and federal law as well as build capacity in five conceptual areas essential to continuous improvement in education: Assessment and Data-Based Decision-Making, Universal Instruction, Intervention System, Leadership, and Infrastructure.


  1. The board will hold a public hearing for the 2018 elementary building improvement projects.
  2. The board will consider bids for the 2018 elementary building improvement projects.    
  3. Purchase or Real Property form the City of Postville
  1. The board will consider the Child Care Building purchase agreement with the city.  It will cost the district $248,547.85 and be paid from the capital projects fund.  The district will take possession on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.  According to our insurance agent, the replacement value of the building is $950,000.  The board will consider the assignment, assumption, and release of the USDA Grant Agreement.  The district must continue to honor the grant that was used to build the building.  The school could be liable if the grant requirements are not met.  The board will consider the termination of the current 28E agreement between the city and school district.  Currently, the city owns the building which sits on the school’s property and the school has a lease for the basement classroom.  The board action will resolve these items.
  2. The board will consider a resolution for an inter-fund loan between the general fund and the capital projects fund.  The inter-fund loan will be a 1% interest rate and will be paid back by October 1, 2018.  We are doing this to maintain our cash flow for the summer projects.
  1. The board will consider a summer project bid for upgrading the thermostats at the John Mott Building for $13,300.  The digital thermostats will be placed in the lower high school rooms.
  2. The board will consider a summer project bid to update the internet cables at the elementary school.  The bid is from ETS in Cedar Rapids at a cost of $40,625.  The current cables are cat5 which are obsolete.  They were installed prior to 1998.  Noah said we will potentially receive 85% e-rate reimbursement for the project.
  3. The board will consider a summer project bid for new access points throughout the district.  The bid is from ITS in Monticello at a cost of $58,400.80.  The district will receive $50,000 in e-rate funding to assist with this project.
  4. The board will need to discuss the pros/cons of a split junior high athletic season.
  5. The board will go 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.
  6. The board needs to consider an open enrollment request.