Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Board Briefs for Monday, December 10, 2018 Regular Meeting

The Muscatine Schools' Board of Education met in regular session on Monday, December 10, 2018 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 phone as he was out of town on business. 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. Edward Askew spoke about the County's use of slag and how it is toxic and damaging of vehicle's tires.
  4. Muscatine High School Student Council Representatives updated the board on student council activities.
  5. Muscatine Schools Outstanding Employees for December were recognized: Doreen Borde, Kelli Holthe, Heidi Kuo, Dawn Thompson, and Sarah Walsh. 
  6. Muscatine High School special education instructors Jeff Schmelzer and Laura Koch presented information on Bags of Blessings
  7. Board Targets/Goals Report:
    1. Superintendent Riibe provided information on a possible curriculum audit.
  8. Consent agenda was approved:
    1. Minutes of the November 12, Regular Meeting.
    2. Employment Recommendations:
      1. Resignations - Certified Administrators: Mary Beilke, effective January 3, 2019.
      2. New Hires - Schedule C: Travis Morgan, MHS Basketball Assistant; Jackson Foulk, MHS Basketball Assistant; Michael Simpson, MS Assistant Swimming; Ellie Thomas, MHS AP Coordinator.
      3. Resignations - Schedule C: Ellen Carey - MHS Assistant Softball; Marcy Duffe, MS Track.
    3. Bills and Claims Against the District dated December 10, 2018.
    4. The Special Education Contracts.
  9. Public Hearing was set for the MHS Science/STEM Project, McKinley Elementary Project, and the Colorado Elementary Project for Monday, January 14, 2019 at 7 p.m. at City Hall in Council Chambers.
  10. Approved the resolution to have attorney David J. Meloy draft the documents and take the steps necessary to dissolve the Muscatine Community School Foundation as an Iowa non-profit corporation.
  11. Approved administration authority to seek modified supplemental amount from the School Budget Review Committee (SBRC)  for Open Enrollment OUt not in Fall 2017 for $387,844 and ELL served beyond 5 years for $200,059. 
  12. Approved the contract with IMEG for engineering and surveying services for Madison Elementary. 
  13. Legat Architects and McKinley Staff presented information on the McKinley Elementary Project.
  14. Update provided on the preschool/elementary/middle school transition and reconfiguration.
  15. Information was given on the Interest-Based Problem Solving (IBPS) framework.
  16. October 2018  financials were reviewed.
  17. The following announcements of upcoming meetings and events:
    1. December 21, 2018: 2-Hour Early Dismissal
    2. December 24, 2018-January 1, 2019: Winter Break
    3. January 2, 2019: Teacher Inservice - No School
    4. January 3, 2019: 2nd Semester Begins
    5. January 14, 2019: Regular Board Meeting; 7 PM; City Hall
  18. The meeting adjourned at 9:21 p.m.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Board Briefs for Monday, November 12, 2018 Regular Board 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 and media representatives were welcomed.
  3. No one spoke during Citizens Speak.
  4. Council Representatives Tess Rauenbuehler and Ellie Howard provided a student council update.
  5. November's Outstanding Employees were recognized. They are Rochelle Bonebrake, Ellen Carey, Aaron Smith, Jonathan Thoma, and Katie Yetter. To recognize an employee who goes above and beyond on a continual basis, go to the Employee Recognition Form.
  6. Board Goals/Targets:
    1. Jeff Heid and Jonathan Thoma provided an update on the recent instrumental music purchase project that was approved by the Board in May 2017.
  7. The consent agenda was approved as follows:
    1. The minutes of October 8, 2018, Regular Meeting and October 22, 2018, Work Session.
    2. Employment Recommendations:
      1. Resignations: Lisa Turbett, CMS Math, effective 12/21/2018.
      2.  New Hires - Schedule C: Kevin Lloyd - MHS Boys Golf Assistant; Scott Mauck - MHS Football Assistant; Barton Howard - MHS Girls Assistant Cross Country; Jacob Huebener - WMS Mock Trial; Ann Edkin - CMS Girls Basketball.
      3. Resignations - Schedule C: Ellen Carey - MHS Softball.
    3. Bills and Claims Against the District dated November 12, 2018.
  8. Approved the following: 2019-20 School Year: The sixth grade will be a part of the elementary school program; Colorado Elementary will no longer be a K-5 school, but will become the district’s preschool center; Central Middle School and West Middle School will operate with grades 7 and 8 only; Colorado Elementary will become part of the Madison Elementary attendance area. (If Madison would not be the best choice for a family, Colorado parents will be given first priority for any open grade levels in the other elementary buildings for in-district transfers.)  2020-21 School Year: Central Middle School will close and all 7th and 8th grades will be located at West Middle School.
  9. September 2018  financials were reviewed.
  10. The following meetings and events were announced:
    1. November 12-16, 2018: National Education Week
    2. November 14-15, 2018: IASB Annual Convention; Des Moines
    3. November 21, 2018: 2-Hour Early Dismissal
    4. November 22-23, 2018: Thanksgiving Holiday
    5. December 10, 2018: Regular Meeting; 7 p.m.; City Hall
  11. The meeting adjourned at 7:52 p.m.


To see the board agenda and its supporting documents: November 12, 2018 Agenda
To watch this meeting via the district's YouTube Channel: MCSD YouTube Channel


Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Board Briefs for Monday, October 22, 2018 Planning Session

The Muscatine School's Board of Education met in work session on Monday, October 22, 2018 at 6 p.m. at the MCSD Administration Center. Those present were: John Dabeet, Tammi Drawbaugh, Nathan Mather, Randy Naber, and Mary Wildermuth. Those absent were: Aaron Finn and Toby McCarter. 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. Media representatives and visitors were welcomed.
  3. The following people presented information on the proposed Early Learning Center: Preschool teacher Noelia Espinal, Begindergarten teacher Lindsey Brewer, Instructional Coach and past  preschool teacher Kathi Eichelberger, District Instructional Coach Staci Orr, AEA Preschool Consultant Becky Zeck, Director of Teaching and Learning Becky Wichers, and Early Childhood Coordinator/McKinley Principal Joelle McConnaha. 
    1. Feedback from the Early Childhood Task Force was shared.
  4. Robin Randall and Jeff Sandberg of Legat Architects presented information on the proposed projects including the Early Learning Center, McKinley Addition, and the MHS STEM/Science Project.
  5. Director of Finance Tom Anderson provided a spreadsheet of financial information taking into account these scenarios: 1) declining enrollment of 25 students per year, 2) 1% State Supplement Aid per year, and 3) the district does nothing (no Early Learning Center, keeping 6th grade at CMS) paying particular attention to UAB (Unspent Authorized Budget) and solvency ratio.
  6. Director of Finance Tom Anderson provided the projected cash flow spreadsheet for the PPEL/Sales Tax Fund showing the district's ability to cash flow the proposed projects.
  7. The consensus of the board was to bring the proposed projects as discussed to vote at its next meeting, November 12, 2018.
  8. The following upcoming meetings and events were announced:
    1. October 22-25, 2018 Parent-Teacher Conference Week
    2. October 25, 2018 2-Hour Early Dismissal
    3. October 26, 2018 No School - Conference Comp Day
    4. October 29, 2018 No School - Teacher Inservice
    5. November 12, 2018 Regular Session; 7 p.m.; City Hall
  9. The meeting adjourned at 8:09 p.m.

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