Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Board Briefs for Monday, August 12, 2019 Regular Board Meeting

The Board of Education of the Muscatine Community School District met in regular session on Monday, August 12, 2019, 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 and media representatives were welcomed.
  3. Citizens Speak:
    1. Speaking on behalf of naming the combined middle school after Susan Clark were:
      1. Dan Clark, 1221 Mulberry Avenue.
      2. Sandy Stanley, 918 Acorn Lane.
      3. Annette Hovland, 1914 Mulberry Avenue.
    2. Dana Wright, 13111 311th Street W, Illinois City, spoke about the circumstances of her resignation.
  4.  Board Targets/Goals Report:
    1. Report Card to the Community presentation.
  5. Approved moving agenda item VI. I. “Requests for Release from Teaching Contract Post-May 20, 2019 (Board Policy 404.6)” to this portion of the meeting
  6. Approved acceptance of Dana Wright’s and Sarah Meyer’s late resignation.
  7. Approved denial of the late the resignations of Sara Baker, Sandrine Gabriel, and Andrew Strunk. 
  8. Board Target/Goal Report continued:
    1. Construction Update.
  9. Director Naber left the meeting at 9:03 p.m.
  10. Approved the consent agenda as follows:
    1. The minutes of July 8, 2019, Regular Session.
    2. Employment Recommendations:
      1. New Hires - Administrative Staff: Staci Orr, Assistant Principal, MHS.
      2. New Hires - Certified Staff: Rachel Bousselot, Gifted and Talented, Grant/Mulberry; Rebecca Ford, SPED Strat I, Jefferson; Billie Inskeep, Kindergarten, Franklin; Carlee Jensen, SPED Strat I, Jefferson; Holly Reeves, SPED Strat I, Franklin; Douglas Ward, SPED Strat I, TBD.
      3. Resignations - Certified Staff: Alicia Schmitt, Guidance Counselor, Franklin.
      4. New Hires - Schedule C: Danny Chick III, MS Football; Cheryl Middaugh, MS Curriculum Leader - SPED; Kathleen Schippers, Curriculum Coordinator- World Languages, MHS; Cassi Montandon, Assistant Volleyball, MHS; Jeannine Mullikin, MS Team Leader-Exploratories; Jordan Meyer, MS Team Leader-Math; Emily Mrosko, MS Yearbook, CMS; Kenedy Heimerdinger, Student Council Assistant Advisor, MHS.
      5. Resignations - Schedule C: Emma McCreary, MS Yearbook, CMS; Michael Simpson, MS Swimming.
      6. Resignations - Classified Professionals: Jesus Quiroz, Technology Support.
    3. Bills and Claims against the district dated August 12, 2019.
    4. Special Education Contract with West Liberty Community School District (student i.d. #...2284).
    5. Employee Assistance Program Service Agreement with Genesis Health System for FY20.
    6. Memorandum of Agreement for College Credit Courses for High School Students with Eastern Iowa Community College (Muscatine Community College).
    7. Agreement to provide consultant services for Registered Dietician Services with Performance Health and Fitness, LLC for FY90.
  11. Approved the MCSD Student Handbook for the 2019-20 school year. 
  12. Approved the agreement of service with Unity Healthcare for one full-time nurse. 
  13. Approved the orchestra instrument purchase from West Music in the amount of $55,554.79.
  14. Approved the release for Request for Proposals for a Superintendent’s Search Firm. 
  15. Approved the third and final reading of Policy 201.4 Elections of the Board. 
  16. The May financials were provided for board review.
  17. The following upcoming meetings and events were announced.
    1. August 13: Mobile Food Pantry; 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.; MHS Back Parking Lot
    2. August 14: New Teachers Report
    3. August 19: Teacher Quality Inservice
    4. August 20: Super Inservice for All Staff (all buildings closed 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
    5. August 21 and 22: All Teacher Report
    6. August 23: First Day of School for Grades 1-9 (New Muskie Day for Grade 9)
    7. August 23: Staggered Start for ½ of PK, Begindergarten, Kindergarten
    8. August 26: Staggered Start for ½ of PK, Begindergarten, Kindergarten
    9. August 26: All students grades 1-12 attend
    10. August 26: First Day for Acceptance of School Board Nomination Papers
    11. September 2: Labor Day; No School
    12. September 9: Regular Board Meeting; 7 p.m.; City Hall
  18. The meeting adjourned at 9:35 p.m.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Board Briefs for Monday, July 8, 2019 Board Meeting

The Board of Education of the Muscatine Community School District met in regular session on Monday, July 8, 2019, at 7 p.m. at City Hall. Vice President Mary Wildermuth called the meeting to order. Directors John Dabeet, Aaron Finn, Nathan Mather, and Toby McCarter were present. President Tammi Drawbaugh and Director Randy Naber were absent. Also present was Superintendent Jerry Riibe.

  1. The Board recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
  2. Visitors and media representatives were welcomed.
  3. Citizens Speak:
    1. Jacqueline McCoy, 2114 Schley, asked the Board to consider naming the combined Muscatine Jr. High School after Susan Clark, daughter of Alexander Clark. 
  4. Board Targets/Goals Report:
    1. Students will graduate prepared for post-secondary success:  Superintendent Riibe gave an update on a proposed new high school pathways program. 
    2. Students will learn in a positive and supportive environment: Dr. Kandy Steel, Jefferson Elementary Principal, presented information on the Muskie Super Summer STEA2M Camp.
  5. Consent Agenda:
    1.  “Resignations - Administrative Staff” was removed from Employment Recommendations as part of the consent agenda.
    2. Approved the following:
      1. Minutes of June 10, 2019, Regular Session.
      2. Employment Recommendations:
        1. New Hires - Administrative Staff: Thomas Ulses, Assistant Principal/Activities & Athletic Director, MHS.
        2. New Hires - Certified Staff: Taylor Anderson, 4th Grade Teacher, Franklin; Sarah Baldi, German Teacher, MHS; Nicole Benisch, Kindergarten Teacher, Grant; Rebecca Bettis, Special Education Strat I Teacher, McKinley; Meredith Gorman, 5th Grade Teacher, Madison; Chelsea Spray, Early Childhood Special Education Teacher, Muskie Early Learning Center; Debi Wesolowski, Special Education Strat II Teacher, Grant.
        3. Resignations - Certified Staff: Kayla Huber, Special Education Teacher, Franklin; Kelly Polukonda, Kindergarten Teacher, Franklin.
        4. New Hires - Schedule C: Skye Petersen, Pom Pon Assistant, MHS; Amy Justus, MS Team Leader - ELA, CMS; Anna Rauenbuehler, MS Cross Country (2019-20 school year only).
        5. Resignations - Schedule C: Nathan Rickard, MS Team Leader, Exploratories, CMS; Jacob Huebener, Mock Trial, MHS; Marcy Duffe, MS Cross Country (2019-20 school year only).
      3. Bills and Claims against the district dated July 8, 2019.
      4. Muscatine Preschool Alliance Contracts with Head Start, Guardian Angel, A Child’s Place, and Wonder Years.
      5. Special Education Contracts with Dubuque Community School District (student i.d. #...3398) and Iowa City Community School District (student i.d. #...1072).
  6. Employment Recommendations - Resignations - Administrative Staff, specifically, Superintendent Riibe’s resignation effective at the end of the 2019-20 school year was approved with gratitude for his service and commitment to the Muscatine community further noting that board members had known of his intentions to retire at the end of the 19-20 school year.
  7. Superintendent's Evaluation was discussed with the recommendation to utilize last year's model and how that can also serve to determine the leadership qualities needed in the next superintendent.
  8. Upcoming meetings and events were announced:
    1. July 8, 2019, Online Registration Opens
    2. July 22-25, 2019, All school buildings will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. to provide assistance to those families who need help with the registration process.
    3. August 12, 2019, Regular Board Meeting; 7 PM; City Hall
  9. The meeting adjourned at 7:39 p.m.
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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Board Briefs for Monday, June 10, 2019 Regular Meeting

The Board of Education of the Muscatine Community School District met in regular session on Monday, June 10, 2019, at 7 p.m. at City Hall. Vice President Mary Wildermuth called the meeting to order. Directors John Dabeet, Aaron Finn, Nathan Mather, Toby McCarter, and Randy Naber were present. President Tammi Drawbaugh was 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. Citizens Speak:
    1. Jacqueline McCoy, 2114 Schley, spoke to the naming of the combined Central/West Middle School and advocated for naming the school after Susan Clark.
    2. Jay Brady, 417 Kindler Avenue, spoke to the naming of the combined Central/West Middle School and also advocated for the school building to be named after Susan Clark.
    3. Dan Clark, 1221 Mulberry Avenue, referred to the handout given to board members regarding key points for advocating for Susan Clark Junior High School as the name of the combined Central/West Middle School building.
    4. Sue Thielmann, 1500 Oak Street, explained how naming the combined Central/West Middle School after Susan Clark would benefit the students of the school district by supporting diversity in the school system.
    5. Jean Clark, 1221 Mulberry Avenue, advocated for naming the combined Central/West Middle School after Susan Clark noting that there are few school buildings in Iowa and the nation named after females.
  4. There were no items discussed under the Board Targets/Goals agenda item.
  5. The consent agenda was approved as follows:
    1. The minutes of May 13, 2019, Regular Meeting.
    2. Employment Recommendations:
      1. New Hires - Certified Staff: Stephanie Cromer, English Language Arts, MHS; Emily Hill, Special Education Strat I, WMS; Sariah Lee, 2nd Grade, Grant; Bryce Lightner, Industrial Tech, MHS; Kathryn Matson, 2nd Grade, Franklin; Cassi Montandon, Ag, MHS; Anna Putman, Kindergarten, Franklin.
      2. Resignations - Certified Staff: Haley Denton, English/Language Arts, CMS; Rebecca Eggert, 3rd Grade, Franklin; Carol Hightower, Special Ed, Jefferson; Lisa McKee, 3rd Grade, Grant; Jamie Pugh, Instructional Coach, McKinley.
      3. New Hires - Schedule C: Luis Enrique Torres, Assistant Baseball, MHS; Mollie LaRue, Head Cheer, MHS; Hannah Whitworth, Assistant Cheer, MHS.
      4. Resignations - Schedule C: Alissa Castle, Assistant Volleyball, MHS; Chris Foxen, Assistant Boys Track, MHS; Mary Goedken, Assistant Boys Tennis, MHS; Jacob Huebener, MS Mock Trial, WMS; Austin Kinsey, Assistant Girls Soccer, MHS; Ron Kiser, Head Boys Tennis, MHS; Amy Lilienthal, MS Team Leader - Math, CMS; Jordan Meyer, Assistant Girls Soccer, MHS; Thomas Randleman, Head Girls Golf, MHS; Randy Rosa, Assistant Baseball, MHS; Dakotah Sommer, Volleyball, CMS; Megan Stutzel, Volleyball, WMS; Tristan Tolle, MS Stage and Drama, CMS.
      5. Resignations - Administrators: Shauna Koppenhaver, Assistant Principal, MHS.
      6. New Hires - Classified Professionals: James Ludman, Assistant Supervisor, Facilities and Maintenance.
    3. Bills and Claims Against the District dated June 10, 2019.
    4. The Special Education Contracts with Clinton Community School District (student i.d. *2919), Piney Ridge Behavioral (student i.d. *1072), Des Moines Public Schools (student i.d. *2386, *4687), Columbus Community School District (student i.d. *5360), Grant Wood AEA (student i.d. *7105), College Community School District (student i.d. *0992).
    5. Agreement between Eastern Iowa Community College District/Muscatine Community College and Muscatine Community School District for video production and cablecast services for July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2022.
  6. Approved the contract with Curriculum Management Solutions for a curriculum audit in the amount of $40,900 with a post-audit visit option of $3,000.
  7. Approved waiving a portion of the instructional material fee from $85 (9-12) and $55 (K-8) to $40 for students in grades K-12 for the 2019-20 school year.
  8. Approved a 3-year lease with American Capital for student/classroom technology hardware not to exceed the annual budgeted amount of $500,000.  
  9. Approved the acceptance of the bid from Midland Paper in the amount of $33,187.23. 
  10. Approved the acceptance of the bid from Rapids Foodservice Contract and Design of Cedar Rapids for the purchase of equipment, supplies, and services in the amount of $263,983.60. 
  11. Krista Regennitter, Director of the Muscatine County ISU Extension and Outreach presented an update on the Juntos Program.
  12. A second reading on policy 201.4 Elections to the Board was held.
  13. The financials for the months of March and April 2019 were reviewed.
  14. The following upcoming meetings and events were shared:
    1. Summer Hours for district buildings (including the Administration Center): 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Closed on Fridays. 
    2. July 8, 2019: School Board Meeting, 7 p.m.; City Hall
  15. The meeting adjourned at 8:23 p.m.

Meeting Agenda with Supporting Documents
Unofficial Minutes
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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Board Briefs for Monday, May 13, 2019 Regular Meeting

The Board of Education of the Muscatine Community School District met in regular session on Monday, May 13, 2019, 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 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 Citizen Speaks.
  4. Muscatine High School student council representatives provided a student council update of recent and upcoming activities.
  5. Muscatine Schools Outstanding Employees for May were recognized Ashley Patterson-Martinez, Deb Fisk, Katelyn Howell, Sue Jensen, and Cathy Kramer. 
  6. Board Goals/Targets Report:
    1. Wendy Donald and Sue Jensen presented the CMS Student Project “Muskie Spirit Jewelry Designs.” 
  7. The consent agenda was approved as follows:
    1. The minutes of April 8, 2019, Regular Meeting.
    2. Employment Recommendations:
      1. New Hires - Certified Staff: Megan Cleveland, Spanish teacher, MHS; Natalie Fobian, 6th Grade, McKinley; Kristen Harold, 6th Grade, Madison; Megan Privratsky, Early Childhood Special Education, MELC; Anna Rauenbuehler, 1st Grade, Mulberry; Spencer Shepherd, P.E., MHS; Andrew Ward, Project Search Coordinator, MHS; Alison Warren, Science teacher, MHS; Logan Wilson, Guidance Counselor, McKinley.
      2. Resignations - Certified Staff (all effective at end of 2018-19 academic year): Joyce Blitsch, ESL, WMS; Jordan Chambliss, 2nd Grade, Franklin; Benjamin Deuerling, Industrial Tech, MHS; Jonathan Eves, Social Studies, WMS; Melissa Maloney, SPED Strat II, Jefferson; Taylor Massey, English/Language Arts, MHS; Rachel Philipps, Guidance Counselor, Colorado; Andrea Sitzmann, 2nd Grade, Grant; Elizabeth Vogeler, 1st Grade, Mulberry.
      3. New Hires - Schedule C: Robert Gaunt, Softball Assistant, MHS; Jennifer Haag, Softball Assistant, MHS; Nicholas Swanson, Baseball Assistant, MHS; Jason Stoltzfus, Track Assistant, MHS; Molly Carroll, Show Choir, MHS; Adrian Sanchez, Boys Soccer Assistant, MHS.
      4. Resignations - Schedule C (effective at end of 2018-19 academic year): Justin Johnson, Science Dept Curriculum Coordinator, MHS; Abigail Lange, Assistant Pom Pon, MHS; Ricardo Leza, Boys Soccer Assistant, MHS; Travis Morgan, Boys Basketball, MHS; Derek Schipper, MS Football, WMS; Ashley Sink, Head Cheer, MHS; Randy Rosa, Baseball, MHS.
      5. Resignations - Administrators: Susan O’Donnell, Principal, WMS.
      6. Retirements - Administrators: Mike Morgan, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director, MHS.
    3. Bills and Claims Against the District dated May 13, 2019.
    4. The Special Education Contracts with Iowa City Community School District (student i.d. # *4478, *9744).
    5. Student Teaching Agreement with Iowa Wesleyan University.
    6. Driver’s Education Contract with Mississippi Bend AEA for 2020-21.
    7. Athletic Sharing Agreements for the 2019-20 school year:
      1. Boys’ Tennis with Wilton and Louisa-Muscatine.
      2. Boys’ Soccer with Durant, Wilton, and Louisa-Muscatine
      3. Boys’ Swimming with Durant, Wilton, and Louisa-Muscatine
      4. Boys’ Bowling with West Liberty
      5. Girls’ Bowling with West Liberty
      6. Girls’ Soccer with Wilton, Louisa-Muscatine, Durant
      7. Girls’ Tennis with Wilton, Louisa-Muscatine, Durant
      8. Girls’ Swimming and Diving with Wilton, Louisa-Muscatine, Durant, and West Liberty
  8. Approved the Memorandum of Understanding between the Muscatine Community School District and the Muscatine Education Association regarding the duration of the Agreement of the Master Contract to extend through June 30, 2022.
  9. Approved the Award of Contract to Heuer Construction, Inc. for the Madison Parking Lot Improvement Project in the amount of $127,303.50
  10. Approved the Award of Contract for Facility Improvements to Colorado School (Muscatine Early Learning Center) to Precision Builders in the amount of $291,700
  11. Approved the the Award of Contract for the Muscatine High School Science/STEM Addition to Bush Construction Company, Inc. in the amount of $7,535,500 which includes Alternate Numbers 2 ($24,900 ADD), 3 ($13,000 ADD), 4 ($108,600 ADD), 5 ($20,100 ADD), 6 ($5,400), 7 ($19,000), and 8 ($0.00 ADD).
    1. The storm shelter issue was discussed noting an agreeable conclusion has been determined between the MCSD and City of Muscatine.
  12. Approved the Fiscal Agent Agreement between Early Childhood Iowa Muscatine County and Muscatine Community School District for three years.
  13. Approved directing the superintendent to provide suicide education training to all employees prior to October 1, 2019, as prescribed by Iowa statute.
  14. Approved the Tentative List of Graduates for the Class of 2019. 
  15. Approved the non-union bargaining personnel salary increase of 2.5% for the 2019-2020 school year. All ayes; motion carried.
  16. Motion died due to lack of a second to authorize the expenditure of general/categorical fund monies for non-MCSD students attending College for Kids at a rate comparable to MCSD students who reside within the boundaries of the Muscatine Community School District. 
  17. The first reading on policy 201.4 Elections to the Board was held.
  18. The financials for the months of January and February 2019 were presented.
  19. The following events/meetings were announced:
    1. May 15, 2019, Senior Awards Night; 6:30 p.m.; MHS Auditorium
    2. May 18, 2019, Stringfest 2019; 7 p.m.; MHS Auditorium
    3. May 20, 2019, MHS Band Awards; 6 p.m.; MHS Cafeteria
    4. May 23, 2019, Senior’s Last Day
    5. May 26, 2019, The Class of 2019 Graduates; 2 p.m.; MHS Gymnasium
    6. May 27, 2019, Memorial Day - No School
    7. June 3, 2019, Muskie Heart of Learning - Celebration of Service; 6 p.m.; MCSD Administration Center
    8. June 5, 2019, Last Day for Students; 2-hour Early Dismissal
    9. June 6, 2019, Last Day for Teachers
    10. June 10, 2019, School Board Meeting; 7 p.m.; City Hall
  20. The meeting adjourned at 8:47 p.m.
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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Board Briefs for Monday, April 8, 2019 Regular Meeting


The Board of Education of the Muscatine Community School District met in regular session on Monday, April 8, 2019, at 7 p.m. at City Hall. President Tammi Drawbaugh called the meeting to order. Directors John Dabeet, Nathan Mather, Toby McCarter, Randy Naber, and Mary Wildermuth were present. Director Aaron Finn was present via conference phone. Also present were Superintendent Jerry Riibe, Assistant Superintendent Mike McGrory, and Director of Finance Tom Anderson.
  1. The board, led by Boy Scout Troup 783, recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
  2. Visitors and media representatives were welcomed.
  3. The public hearing for the purpose of certifying the FY 19 budget was held.
    1. There was no discussion and no oral or written comments were received.
  4. The public hearing for the purpose of the proposed plans, specifications, proposed form of contract and the estimated cost of said improvements for the Madison Elementary Parking Lot/Student Drop-Off Reconfiguration Project was held. 
    1. There was no discussion and no written or oral comments were received.
  5. Muscatine High School student council representatives provided a student council update.
  6. April's Outstanding Employees for April were recognized. They are Beth Gomez, Marsha Shingledecker, Belen Marquez, Gailia Spenner, and Keri Delzell. 
  7. Board Goals/Targets Report: 
    1. ACT data presentation.
    2. Proposed curriculum audit.
  8. The consent agenda was approved as follows:
    1. The Minutes of March 11, 2019, Regular Meeting.
    2. Employment Recommendations:
      1. New Hires - Certified Staff: Lindsay Clove, 5-6 Orchestra Teacher; Hudson Johnston, 6th-grade teacher, Madison; Amy Justus, English/Language Arts, CMS; Grant Pippert, Social Studies, MHS; Addam Rouse, 6th-grade teacher, Franklin; Hayley Yong-Druivenga, 6th-grade teacher, Jefferson.
      2. Resignations - Certified Staff (all effective at end of 2018-19 academic year): Benjamin Moehlmann, Science, MHS; Alexzandra Paulus, Instructional Coach/Special Education, MHS; Elizabeth Thomas, At-Risk Counselor, MHS; Christina Walker, Instructional Coach, CMS.
      3. New Hires - Schedule C: Ann Edkin, MS Track, CMS; Grant Pippert, Head Baseball, MHS; Alexandra Rauenbuehler, MS Track, WMS.
      4. Resignations - Schedule C (effective at end of 2018-19 academic year): Timothy Armstrong, Head Girls Cross Country and Track, MHS; Dakotah Summer, MS Curriculum Leader - ELA, WMS; Megan Stutzel, MS Curriculum Leader - Math, WMS.
      5. Resignations - Classified Professionals: Don Krings, Transportation Supervisor.
    3. Bills and Claims Against the District dated April 8, 2019.
    4. Special Education Contracts with Unity Point at Home (student i.d. # *8916), Columbus Community School District (student i.d. # *3339), and College Community School District (student i.d. # *0992).
  9. Approved the Proposed Plans, Specifications, Proposed Form of Contract, and the Estimated Cost of Said Improvements for the Madison Elementary Parking Lot/Student Drop-Off Reconfiguration Project
  10. Approved the purchase of two maintenance trucks in the amount of $63,348 from Krieger’s
  11. Approved the purchase of five buses from School Bus Sales in the amount of $519,584.00.  Capital Projects funds will be used for the purchase after July 1, 2019 (FY20 budget).
  12. Approved certifying the budget for the 2019-2020 School Year with a $13.82521 levy rate and budget of $91,028,102.
  13. Approved the School Fees and Lunch Prices for the 2019-20 school year
  14. Approved the Collective Bargaining Agreements between Muscatine Community School District and the Council of AFSCME Local 1560 for the Secretary, Clerical, Aide and Paraeducator Units, the Bus Driver Unit and the Custodial/Maintenance Unit.
  15. The non-union salary adjustment agenda item was tabled.
  16. Updates were given regarding the McKinley Elementary Project and the MHS Science/STEM Project.
  17. The upcoming meetings and events were announced:
    1. April 19, 2019: No School/Non-Contract Day
    2. April 22, 2019: No School/Teacher Inservice
    3. April 28, 2019: Excellence in Education Scholarship Ceremony; 1 PM; MHS Commons
    4. May 13, 2019: Regular School Board Meeting; 7 PM; City Hall
  18. The meeting adjourned at 8:36 p.m.



Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Board Briefs for Monday, March 11, 2019 Regular Board Meeting

The Board of Education of the Muscatine Community School District met in regular session on Monday, March 11, 2019, at 7 p.m. at City Hall. President Tammi Drawbaugh called the meeting to order. Directors John Dabeet, Nathan Mather, Randy Naber were present. Director Aaron Finn was present via conference phone. Directors Toby McCarter and Mary Wildermuth were 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. Citizens Speak: Daphne Donald, 1559 Washington Street, and Becky Eserhaut, 16219 H. Avenue, invited everyone to participate in Race for the Schools on May 4, 2019, either by walking, running, or volunteering
  4. Muscatine High School student council representatives provided an update of recent and upcoming student council activities.
  5. Muscatine Schools Outstanding Employees for February and March were recognized: Randy Gerdts, Steve Eggers, Jamie Hein, Virgil Bierman, Dylan King, Ed Mineart, Isaac James, Todd Hyink, Steve Preston, and Les Hunter. 
  6. Board Goals/Targets:
    1. Discussed the proposed curriculum audit.
    2. The proposed middle school naming process was shared. 
    3. District demographic data was reviewed.
    4. District attendance data was reviewed by building and by grade level.
    5. Joelle McConnaha, principal of McKinley Elementary, and Stephanie Zillig, principal of Madison Elementary, presented data regarding their building’s attendance, demographics, and FAST reading data, and school improvement efforts.
  7. The consent agenda was approved:
    1. The minutes of February 11, 2019, Regular Meeting, February 11, 2019, Special Meeting, and the February 25, 2019, Planning Meeting.
    2. Employment Recommendations:
      1. Resignations - Certified Staff: Monica Connor - Instructional Coach at Franklin Elementary, effective at the end of the 2018-19 school year; Theresa White, McKinley Counselor, effective at the end of the 2018-19 school year.
      2. New Hires - Schedule C: Brendan Nagle, MS Boys Basketball, WMS.
      3. Resignations - Schedule C: Shawn Larson-Walgren, ELA Department Chair, CMS.
      4. New Hires - Administrators: Stacy Olson, Mulberry Elementary Principal.
    3. Bills and Claims Against the District dated March 11, 2019.
    4. The Special Education Contracts with Wilton Community School District and Iowa City Community School District.
    5. Student Teaching Agreements with University of Northern Iowa and Luther College.
  8. Mia Frommelt of Bohnsack and Frommelt LLP presented the Auditor’s Report for FY18.
  9. Approved the acceptance and to place on file the audit for FY 18.
  10. Approved the budget guarantee resolution for 2019-2020. 
  11. Approved setting a public hearing or the Purpose of Certifying the 2019-20 Budget for 7 p.m. on April 8, 2019, at City Hall in Council Chambers, 215 Sycamore Street, Muscatine, Iowa. 
  12. Approved awarding the contract to Frye Builders & Associates, Inc. for the McKinley Elementary Project in the amount of $3,724,800 with a proposed substantial completion date of February 1, 2020. 
  13. Approved setting a public hearing for the Madison Elementary Parking Lot/Student Drop-off Reconfiguration Project for April 8, 2019, at 7:10 p.m. at City Hall in Council Chambers.
  14. The following upcoming meetings and events were announced:
    1. March 11-14, 2019, Parent-Teacher Conferences
    2. March 14, 2019, 2-Hour Early Dismissal
    3. March 15, 2019, No School/Conference Comp Day
    4. March 18-22, 2019, Spring Break
    5. April 8, 2019, School Board Regular Meeting; 7 p.m.; City Hall
    6. May 4, 2019, Race for the Schools
  15. The meeting adjourned at 9:29 p.m.



Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Board Briefs for Monday, February 25, 2019 Planning Session


The Board of Education of the Muscatine Community School District met in planning session on Monday, February 25, 2019, at 6 p.m. at the Muscatine Community School District Administration Center. President Tammi Drawbaugh called the meeting to order. Directors John Dabeet, Nathan Mather, Toby McCarter, Randy Naber, and Mary Wildermuth were present. Director Aaron Finn was absent. Also present were Superintendent Jerry Riibe and Assistant Superintendent Mike McGrory. Director of Finance Tom Anderson was present via phone.
  1. The board recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
  2. Visitors and media representatives were welcomed.
  3. No one spoke during Citizens Speak.
  4. Agenda item VII “2019-20 Budget and Capital Projects Discussion” was moved to the beginning of the meeting.
  5. Information on the proposed 2019-20 budget was shared. 
    1. It was noted that the district is proposing a levy rate of $13.82848 for next school year which is $1.00036 less than the current year’s levy rate.
  6. The proposed capital projects for the next school year were reviewed. 
  7. Approved the proposed plans, specifications, proposed form of contract, and other estimated costs of said improvements for the Muskie Early Learning Center.
  8. The 2019-20 school calendar was approved.
  9. The following upcoming meetings and events were announced:
    1. February 26, 2019, SLAG Meeting; 6:30 p.m.; Wilton Community Center
    2. March 11, 2019, Regular Board Meeting; 7 p.m.; City Hall
    3. March 11-14, 2019, Parent-Teacher Conferences
    4. March 14, 2019, 2-hour Early Dismissal
    5. March 15, 2019, No School/Conference Comp Day
    6. March 18-22, 2019, Spring Break
  10. The meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.