Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Board Briefs for Monday, October 8, 2018 Regular Meeting

The Board of Education of the Muscatine Community School District met in regular session on Monday, October 8, 2018 at 7 p.m. at City Hall. President Tammi Drawbaugh called the meeting to order. Directors John Dabeet, Aaron Finn, Nathan Mather, Toby McCarter, Randy Naber, and Mary Wildermuth were present. Also present were Superintendent Jerry Riibe, Assistant Superintendent Mike McGrory, and Director of Finance Tom Anderson.


  1. The board recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
  2. Visitors were welcomed.
  3. No one spoke during Citizens Speak.
  4. Student Council gave an update.
  5. October's Outstanding MCSD Employees were recognized. They are: Tanise Colvin, Austin Kinsey, Debbie Stoube, Mackenzie Strouf, and Jacque Young.
  6. The consent agenda was approved:
    1. Minutes of the September 10, 2018 Regular and Organizational Meeting.
    2. Employment Recommendations:
      1. New Hires: Certified Staff: Brandi Storjohann, Title I, Jefferson.
      2. New Hires - Schedule C: Karri Seaman - MHS Volleyball Assistant; Steven Hopkins - MHS Head Softball; Kala Kwirant - MS Curriculum Leader Social Studies; Jacob Huebener - Mock Trial MHS (per sidebar agreement with MEA); Mike Fladlien - Mock Trial MHS (per sidebar agreement with MEA).
      3. Resignations - Schedule C: Mike Fladlien - Mock Trial MHS (resigned to split points with Jacob Huebener).
    3. Bills and Claims.
    4. District Committees: Audit Committee, Teacher Quality Committee, and School Improvement Advisory Committee.
    5. Student Teaching Agreement with Wm. Penn University.
    6. IASB Legislative Priorities.
    7. Early Retirement Incentive for FY 19.
    8. Approve administration authority to seek modified supplemental amounts from SBRC of $630,286 for 2017-18 LEP actual costs.
  7. Board Goals/Targets Report:
    1. Staci Orr presented data points on College and Career Readiness.
  8. Muscatine Schools Foundation 501c3 status was discussed.
  9. District Projects were discussed.
  10. June 30, 2018 CAR and Financials were reviewed.
  11. The following upcoming meetings/events were announced:
    1. October 9, 2018, Progress Report Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., MCSD Admin Center
    2. October 13, 2018, Dedication of Chuck Van Hecke Center, 2-4pm, MHS
    3. October 22, 2018, Board Planning Meeting; 6 p.m.; MCSD Admin Center
    4. October 22-25, 2018, Parent-Teacher Conference Week
    5. October 25, 2018, 2-hour Early Dismissal
    6. October 26, 2018, No School - Conference Comp Day
    7. October 29, 2018, No School - Teacher Inservice
To see supporting documents and the agenda for this meeting: October 8, 2018 Board Agenda
To watch the meeting: MCSD YouTube Channel

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Board Briefs for Monday, September 10, 2018 Regular Meeting

REGULAR SESSION - RETIRING BOARD

The Board of Education of the Muscatine Community School District met in regular session on Monday, September 10, 2018, at 7 p.m. at City Hall. President Tammi Drawbaugh called the meeting to order. Directors John Dabeet, Aaron Finn, Nathan Mather, Toby McCarter, and Mary Wildermuth were present. Also present were Superintendent Jerry Riibe, Assistant Superintendent Mike McGrory, and Director of Finance Tom Anderson.
  1. The board recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
  2. Visitors and media representatives were welcomed.
  3. No one spoke during Citizens Speak.
  4. Student council representatives updated the board on student council activities.
  5. The consent agenda was approved:
    1. Minutes of August 13, 2018, regular meeting.
    2. Bills and Claims against the district dated September 10, 2018, for FY 18 and FY 19.
  6. Randy Naber was appointed to fill the board seat vacated by Tim Bower.
  7. The retiring board adjourned at 7:09 p.m.
REGULAR SESSION - ANNUAL MEETING
  1. Tammi Drawbaugh was elected President of the Board.
  2. Mary Wildermuth was elected Vice-President of the Board.
  3. The following annual meeting transactions were approved:
    1. Appointed Lisa Mosier Bunn as Board Secretary.
    2. Appointed Tom Anderson as Board Treasurer.
    3. Designated First National Bank, CBI Bank and Trust, and Community Bank as official depositories.
    4. Appointed Stanley, Lande, and Hunter, Ahlers Law Firm, and Lynch Dallas P.C. as counsels.
    5. Designated the Muscatine Journal as the publication of record.
    6. Designated Bohnsack and Frommelt as auditor of record.
    7. Approved the Statement of the Board's Review and Support for Discipline Policies and Co-curricular, Extra-curricular Programs.
    8. Appointed district compliance officers.
  4. The board meeting schedule for September, 2018 through November, 2019 was shared.
  5. Appointed President Drawbaugh as the IASB Delegate.
  6. Appointed Director Dabeet to serve on the County Conference Board.
  7. Appointed Vice-President Wildermuth to serve on the Ag Learning Center Board.
  8. Board Goals/Targets:
    1. Early Childhood Programming, Returning 6th Grade to the Elementary Level, and a possible timeline of district projects were reviewed.
  9. Consent Agenda was approved:
    1. Employment Recommendations:
      1. New Hires - Certified staff: Tony Hollenbaugh - SPED, Grant; Kelsey Meier - 2nd Grade, Colorado; Janna Weiss - Spanish, MHS; John Windham - Success Center, MHS.
      2. New Hires - Schedule C: John Windham - Head Boys Basketball; Gabriel McDonald - Curriculum Coordinator - Math, MHS; Cara Shepherd - MS Curriculum Coordinator - SPED, CMS; Derek Schipper, MS Track, WMS; Alexandra Rauenbuehler - MS Volleyball, CMS; Brandon Welsch - MS Football, WMS; Jackson Foulk, MS Football k- WMS; Abigail Lange - Pom Pon, MHS; Matthew Shoultz - Assistant Football, MHS.
      3. Resignations - Schedule C: Jason Stoltzfus - Head Girls Softball; Alison Anson - AP Coordinator, MHS; Stephanie Barrios - Soccer, Assistant Girls.
    2. Student Teaching Agreement with Morningside College.
    3. Driver's Education Agreement with Mississippi Bend AEA.
  10. Legat Architects were approved for the MHS STEM/Science Project and possible other projects for 2018-19.
  11. Early Retirement Incentive for the 2018-19 school year was discussed.
  12. July Financials were reviewed.
  13. The following dates of upcoming meetings and events were announced:
    1. October 8, 2018: Regular Board Meeting; 7 p.m.; City Hall
    2. October 9, 2018: Progress Report Breakfast; 7:30 a.m.; Admin Center
    3. October 22, 2018: Board Planning Meeting; 6 p.m.; Admin Center
    4. October 22-25, 2018: Parent-Teacher Conferences
    5. October 25 2018: 2-Hour Early Dismissal
    6. October 26, 2018: No School - Conference Comp Day
    7. October 29, 2018: No School - Teacher Inservice
  14. Meeting adjourned at 8:22 p.m.


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Board Briefs for Monday, August 13, 2018 Regular Board Meeting

The Board of Education met in regular session on Monday, August 13, 2018 at 7 p.m. at City Hall. President Tammi Drawbaugh called the meeting to order. Directors Tim Bower, John Dabeet, Aaron, Finn, Nathan Mather, and Mary Wildermuth were present. Director Toby McCarter was absent. Also present were Superintendent Jerry Riibe, Assistant Superintendent Mike McGrory, and Director of Finance Tom Anderson.
  1. The board recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
  2. Visitors and media representatives were welcomed.
  3. No one spoke during Citizens Speak.
  4. Approved the resignation of Tim Bower as Board of Director with regrets. 
  5. As part of the Board Targets/Goals Report the following was presented:
    1. Director of Teaching and Learning Becky Wichers and special education teachers Tammy Ales, Sarah Greim, Shannon Kelsey, and Kelly Story provided information on the district’s special education program
    2. Jeff Miller, Facilities/Maintenance Supervisor provided a School Security Update
    3. Director of Human Resources Jill Bourquin and Human Resource Coordinator Anna Reyman provided information regarding the Raptor School Security System.
  6. The consent agenda was approved as follows:
    1. The minutes of the July 9, 2018 Regular Meeting.
    2. Employment Recommendations:
      1. New Hires: Emily Doxsie - 1st Grade, Colorado; Amanda Hotzel - Teacher Librarian, Jefferson & McKinley; Haley Meade - 6th Grade ELA/SS, WMS; Emily Meeker - SPED, WMS; Benjamin Moehlmann - Physics, MHS; Brianna Nannet - Kindergarten, Mulberry; Kayla Ohrt - 1st Grade, Jefferson; Jennifer Ostrem - ECSE, Madison; Scott Schoville - Art, CMS; Michael Simpson 8th Grade ELA, CMS; Joseph Vitali - Math, MHS.
      2. Resignations - Certified Staff: Shawn Buettner, Science, MHS; Mary Curry, 2nd Grade, Colorado; Miriam Garrett, Music, Franklin; Megan King, ELA, CMS.
      3. New Hires - Classified Professionals - Gwen Sheridan - Student Information Systems Administrator.
      4. Resignations - Classified Professionals: elena bobay, District Data Coordinator.
      5. New Hires - Schedule C: Derek Schipper, MS Football, WMS; Timothy Armstrong, Head Track (Girls), MHS; William Flowers, Assistant Track (Girls), MHS; Robert Long, MS Head Coach/Coordinator, WMS; Mary Nietzel, Assistant Girls Basketball, MHS; Alison Failor, Head Pom Pon, MHS; Amber Joyce, MS Volleyball, CMS; Julia Mosher, Curriculum Coordinator-SPED, WMS; Dakotah Sommer, Curriculum Coordinator-ELA, WMs; Dakotah Sommer, MS Volleyball, CMS.
      6. Resignations - Schedule C: Edwin Colón, Head Baseball Coach, MHS.
    3. Bills and Claims against the District.
    4. Student Teaching Agreement with ISU.
  7. Approved administrative regulations for Policy 401.9 Payroll Deductions. 
  8. Approved administrative regulations/exhibit for Policy 505.4 Student Medication Administration - Diabetic Self-Medication Consent. 
  9. Approved the Memorandum of Agreement for College Credit Courses for High School Students with Eastern Iowa Community College. 
  10. Awarded the Printer/Copier Managed Print Services RFP to Marco. 
  11. Approved the purchase of the Raptor School Security System. 
  12. Authorized the board secretary to publish a Notice of Intent to Appoint a Person to Fill Board Vacancy [applications (cover letter, resume) accepted up through August 31, 2018 at the Administration Center with a deadline at 4:30 p.m.] 
  13. The June financials were presented.
  14. The following dates of upcoming meetings and events were announced:
    1. August 14-16: New Teachers Report
    2. August 17: Teacher Quality Inservice Day
    3. August 20: Super Inservice for Staff - All Teachers Repor
    4. August 22: Back-to-School Night for Franklin, Grant, Jefferson, Madison, Mulberry, CMS, WMS, and MHS
    5. August 23: First Day of School for Grades 1-5, New Muskie Day for Grades 6 and 9; Staggered Start for PreK, Begindergarten, Kindergarten; No School for Grades 7, 8, 10-12
    6. August 24: All Grades, 1-12, Report to School; Staggered Start for PK, BGK, Kdg
    7. August 27: All PK, BGK, Kdg students attend
    8. August 31: Deadline to Apply for Board of Director Opening
  15. The meeting adjourned at 9:11 p.m.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Board Briefs for Monday, July 9, 2018 Regular Board Meeting

The Board of Education of the Muscatine Community School District met in regular session on Monday, July 9, 2018 at 7 p.m. at City Hall. President Tammi Drawbaugh called the meeting to order. Directors Tim Bower, John Dabeet, Aaron, Finn, Nathan Mather, and Mary Wildermuth were present. Director Toby McCarter was absent. Also present were Superintendent Jerry Riibe, Assistant Superintendent Mike McGrory, and Director of Finance Tom Anderson.
  1. The board recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
  2. Visitors and media representatives were welcomed.
  3. No one spoke during Citizens Speak.
  4. Board Targets/Goals:
    1. Information was presented regarding Muskie Visits. 
    2. Projected enrollment for the 2018-19 school year was shared. 
    3. An update on the furniture and branding project was provided.
  5. The consent agenda was approved including:
    1. Minutes of the June 11, 2018 Regular Session and the June 28, 2018 Special Session.
    2. Employment Recommendations of:
      1. New Hires - Certified Staff: Kayla Bentz, Grant 2nd Grade; Kathryn Langenberg, Madison 5th Grade; Sarah Lanning, MHS Math; Conice McIntyre, WMS Math; Audrey Phelan, Franklin Kindergarten; Derek Schipper, CMS Physical Education; Anthony Tometz, WMS Math/Science.
      2. TLC Instructional Coaches: Marsha McGill - McKinley; Rhonda Franklin - Jefferson; Teresa Randleman - Colorado.
      3. New Hires - Classified Professionals: Daniel Wright - CMS Security; Nicholas Swanson - WMS Security.
      4. New Hires - Schedule C: Timothy Armstrong - MHS Girls Head Track; William Flowers - MHS Track Assistant.
      5. Resignations - Schedule C: David Moeller - MS Swimming; Katherine Chambliss - MS Volleyball; Scott Mauck - MS Football, Head Coach/Coordinator.
    3. Bills and Claims against the district dated July 9, 2018.
    4. Muscatine Preschool Alliance Contracts with Head Start, Guardian Angel, A Child’s Place, Happy Time, and Wonder Years.
  6. Stanley Consultants presented their findings for the MHS Science Project
  7. Approved the release for a Request for Proposal for Architectural Services for the MHS Science Project. 
  8. A Food Service Update on School Meals Administrative Review, Participation Recap, New School Meal Debt Legislation, and Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) was presented.
  9. Approved the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for Franklin, Jefferson, Madison and McKinley Elementary Buildings. All ayes; motion carried.
  10. The May financials were presented.
  11. The following announcements of upcoming meetings and events were provided:
    1. July 16, 2018 - Online Registration is scheduled to open for Kindergarten through 12th grade.
    2. August 13, 2018 - Regular Board Meeting; 7 PM; City Hal
  12. The meeting adjourned at 8:58 p.m.

See the Board Agenda with Supporting Documents
Watch the July 9, 2018 Board Meeting via YouTube

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Board Briefs for Monday, June 11, 2018 Regular Board Meeting

The Muscatine Schools Board of Directors met in regular session on Monday, June 11, 2018 at 7 p.m. at City Hall. Vice President Mary Wildermuth called the meeting to order. Directors Tim Bower, Nathan Mather and Toby McCarter were present. President Tammi Drawbaugh and Directors John Dabeet and Aaron Finn were absent. Also present were Superintendent Jerry Riibe and Director of Finance Tom Anderson.
  1. The board recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
  2. Visitors and media representatives were welcomed.
  3. No one spoke during Citizens Speak.
  4. The consent agenda as follows:
    1. The minutes of the May 14, Regular Session and the June 8, 2018 Special Session.
    2. Employment Recommendations:
      1. New Hires - Certified Staff: Shawn Buettner, MHS Science; Catherine Froelich, Franklin 1st Grade; Marina Gomez, MHS Spanish; Carol Hightower, Jefferson SPED Strat II; Melissa Maloney, Jefferson SPED Strat II; Zachary Meseke, CMS English/Language Arts; Jill Owens, Franklin 4 year old PK; Rachel Phillipps, Colorado Guidance; Breanna Proehl, WMS English/Language Arts; Breana Riley, WMS English/Language Arts; Angela Sage, MHS Math; David Stern, McKinley SPED Strat II; Adrienne Varble, Jefferson Music.
      2. Resignations -  Certified Staff: Catherine Arceo, Franklin Kindergarten; Erin Canahui, MHS Spanish; Steven Chidester, CMS Phys Ed; Andrew Dobek, WMS Math; Abby Goodale, MHS Business Ed; Eric Josupait, MHS Math; Jacqueline Kilburn, Colorado Instructional Coach; Robert Klingborn, MHS Industrial Arts; Amy Matteson, WMS English/Language Arts; Kelsey Mohapp, MHS Science; Linda Steele, Mulberry Instructional Coach.
      3. Resignations - Schedule C: Catherine Arceo, MHS Assistant Pom; William Flowers, CMS Basketball and MHS Assistant Girls Track; Andrew Dobek, WMS Track and Basketball; Timothy Armstrong, MHS Girls Track; Rene Mauck, Middle School Stage and Drama; Eric Josupait, MHS Assistant Football.
    3. Bills and Claims against the district dated June 11, 2018.
    4. Student Teaching Agreement with Buena Vista University.
  5. Approved the contract with Performance Health and Fitness LLC for Registered Dietitian Services.
  6. Approved the Wrap Around Pilot Project with a private provider.
  7. Approved the recommended the following food service vendor contracts:
    1. Anderson Erickson - Milk Contract for 2018-19.
    2. Little Caesar’s Pizza - Pizza Contract for 2018-19.
    3. Bimbo Bakery Contract Extension for 2018-19.
    4. Aramark Contract Extension for Laundry Services for 2018-19.
  8. The April financials were reviewed.
  9. Upcoming meetings and events were announced:
    1. July 9, 2018, Regular Board Meeting; 7 p.m.; City Hall
  10. The meeting adjourned at 7:16 p.m.

Friday, May 25, 2018

This Week in Our Schools: May 21-25, 2018

Select the image below to see our students and staff in action This Week in Our Schools!

Featured this week:


  • District-Wide Students
  • Colorado Elementary: Field Day.
  • Franklin Elementary: Special Visitors.
  • Franklin Elementary: Mrs. Hepker's Class.
  • Grant Elementary: 4th Grade MPW Poster Contest Winners.
  • Jefferson Elementary: Jefferson's Special Visitors.
  • Madison Elementary: Kindergarten Gum Ball Goals.
  • Madison Elementary: Step Up Day.
  • Madison Elementary: Quidditch!
  • Madison Elementary: 4th and 5th Grade Harry Potter Lunch Clubs.
  • Madison Elementary: MCC - Madison Quidditch Teams.
  • Madison Elementary: Mrs. Godden-Alloway's Kindergarten Students.
  • Madison Elementary: 4th Grade Classes.
  • McKinley Elementary: School-wide Reading Challenge.
  • McKinley Elementary: 5th Grade Rocket Launch.
  • McKinley Elementary: 4th Grade MPW Poster contest Winners.
  • McKinley Elementary: 5th Grade Graduation!
  • Mulberry Elementary: Mrs. Voegler's and Mrs. Mergen's 1st Grade Classes.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Ms. Blaesing's and Mrs. Lowe's 4th Grade Classes.
  • Mulberry Elementary: PBIS Spring Picnic.
  • Central Middle School: Gifted/Talented Passion Projects.
  • Central Middle School: Ms. Acker's 7th Grade EL Students.
  • West Middle School: Mr. LeClere's Step Up Day Activity.
  • Muscatine High School: Mr. Day's Horticulture II Class.
  • Muscatine High School: Hutton/Galoso - First to Finish MHS Scholars Program!
  • Muscatine High School: Mr. Schmelzer's Work Experience Students.

Monday, May 21, 2018

This Week in Our Schools: May 14 - 18, 2018

Select the image below to see our students and staff in action This Week in Our Schools!

Featured this week:


  • Parents as Teachers
  • Colorado Elementary: Mrs. Hines' Kindergarten Class.
  • Colorado Elementary: Mrs. Yahn's 3rd Grade Class.
  • Franklin Elementary: Mrs. Wright and Mrs. Wolf's 1st Grade Classes.
  • Franklin Elementary: Mrs. Wolf's 1st Grade Class.
  • Franklin Elementary: Mrs. Henderson's 3rd Grade Class.
  • Franklin Elementary: 4th Grade End of Year Field Trip.
  • Franklin Elementary: MPW Poster Contest Winners!
  • Franklin Elementary: Mrs. Calderon's 1st Grade Class.
  • Grant Elementary: Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast.
  • Grant Elementary: Lip Sync Battle.
  • Jefferson Elementary: Musser Library Visit.
  • Jefferson Elementary: Mrs. Story's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Class.
  • Madison Elementary: PBIS Celebration!
  • Madison Elementary: Mr. Stewart's 3rd Grade Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Mrs. McGill's 3rd Grade Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Ms. Connor's 5th Grade Class.
  • McKinley Elementary: Mrs. Spratt's Kindergarten Class.
  • McKinley Elementary: Mrs. Stych's 2nd Grade Class.
  • McKinley Elementary: Ms. Pedersen's 2nd Grade Class.
  • McKinley Elementary: Family Night!
  • McKinley Elementary: FAST Superheroes!
  • Mulberry Elementary: Mrs. Green's Kindergarten Class.
  • Central Middle School: 6th Grade Superheroes!
  • Central Middle School: Ms. Pautz's Science Class.
  • Central Middle School: 7th and 8th Grade Pre-AP ELA Classes.
  • Central Middle School: GT Central Community Connection.
  • West Middle School: 6th Grade Gold House.
  • West Middle School: Ricochet II.
  • West Middle School: Mrs. Lopez's Geometry Students.
  • Muscatine High School: AP Testing.
  • Muscatine High School: MHS A cappella Choir.
  • Muscatine High School: MHS Treble Choir.
  • District-Wide Staff