Superintendent’s Notes; Nov. 12 2018

Postville CSD
Board of Education Meeting
November 12, 2018
Superintendent’s Notes


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

5 c. Hires:  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  

5 d. Resignations:  Sean Singewald/Middle School Football Coach

5 e. Transfers:   

5 f Volunteers:  Lakken Cox/Volunteer High School Assistant Girls’ Basketball Coach

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

5 h. 2018-2019 PCSD Desegregation Ratio and Category Matrix   

5 i. Early Graduation Request for Jonathon Perez

7. Learning and Leadership – The new teachers will introduce themselves at the meeting.

8. The board needs to consider the second reading of policy updates.

  1. 726 Capital Assets.          

The auditor is recommending the board increase the threshold for capital assets from $500 to $5,000.  This means the district will need to inventory and depreciate any item $5,000 or higher.  The change will reduce the number of items being depreciated which will save the time and effort for staff members.  Also, the depreciation schedule will be more accurate excluding the purchases less than $5,000.

9. The board needs to consider an update to the Jr./Sr. Student Handbook.  The consequences for violations regarding the tobacco, alcohol and drugs policies are clarified in greater detail.  Mr. Knudtson will review the changes with the board.  

10. The board needs to consider a School Budget Review Committee modified supplemental amount request.  The application is for costs associated with increased enrollment, uncounted open enrollments, and English Language Learners Beyond 5 Years.  The requested amount is $111,250.88.

11. This vote will not raise taxes; but, will be a continuation of the current revenue source. The board needs to consider a resolution calling for a public vote to continue the voted Physical Plant and Equipment Levy for 10 more years.  The current voted PPEL will expire in 2022. The new voted PPEL will exist from 2023 through 2033. The revenue generates approximately $253,000 for the Postville School District and consists of property taxes and income surtaxes.

The PPEL may be used for the following items: laptop computers, Smartpanel televisions, wired/wireless infrastructure, busses, vans, Suburbans, facility renovations; including, roof repairs/maintenance, windows, lights, flooring, classroom furniture, and playground equipment.  

The Postville Board has committed to “pay as we go method” instead of securing long-term bond debt to pay for these upgrades.  

The election date is Tuesday, February 5, 2019, and requires a simple majority to pass.  The voting will take place at Turner Hall from Noon through 8:00 P.M.

12. The board needs to consider two small roofing projects for the summer of 2019.  The elementary roof needs seem work completed, and there is a small section on the Mott Building that needs to be upgraded.  According to board policy, projects between $10,000 and $50,000 require competitive bids.