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.

Board Briefs for Thursday, February 21, 2019 Special Session

The Board of Education of the Muscatine Community School District met in special session on Thursday, February 21, 2019, at noon at the Muscatine Community School District Administration Center to listen to a presentation regarding the proposed district/school audit. President Tammi Drawbaugh called the meeting to order. Directors Aaron Finn, Nathan Mather, Toby McCarter, Randy Naber, and Mary Wildermuth were present. Director John Dabeet was absent. Also present were Superintendent Jerry Riibe, Assistant Superintendent Mike McGrory, Director of Teaching and Learning Becky Wichers, and Director of Finance Tom Anderson.
  1. The board recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
  2. Visitors and media representatives were welcomed.
  3. Holly Kaptain, Executive Director with Curriculum Management Solutions was introduced.
  4. Ms. Kaptain presented information on her company's school audit services.
  5. Meeting adjourned at 1:37 p.m.



Thursday, February 14, 2019

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

The Board of Education of the Muscatine Community School District met in regular session on Monday, February 11, 2019, at 7 p.m. at City Hall. President Tammi Drawbaugh called the meeting to order. Directors John Dabeet, Toby McCarter, and Randy Naber were present. Directors Aaron Finn and Nathan Mather were present via conference phone. Director Mary Wildermuth 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 for Citizen Speaks.
  4. President Drawbaugh presented the student council update as student council representatives were not able to attend due to the weather.
  5. The Board Targets/Goals Report was moved to the next meeting due to the weather.
  6. The consent agenda was approved as follows:
    1. The minutes of January 14, 2019, Regular Meeting.
    2. Employment Recommendations:
      1. Resignations - Certified Staff: Catherine Froelich, 1st Grade, Franklin, effective 1/25/19; Conice McIntyre, Math, WMS, effective the end of 2018-19 school year; Milaena Reade, World Language, MHS, effective the end of the 2018-19 school year; Anthony Tometz, Math, WMS, effective the end of the 2018-19 school year; Brianna Umlandt, 1st Grade, Madison, effective the end of the 2018-19 school year.
      2. Return from Military Leave: Justin Johnson, Science, MHS, effective 4/1/19.
      3. New Hires - Schedule C: Tristan Tolle, MS Stage and Drama, CMS.
      4. Resignations - Schedule C: Mike Fladlien, Mock Trial, MHS; Mileana Reade, Curriculum Coordinator, World Languages, MHS.
      5. TLC - Instructional Coaches for 2019-20: Franklin: David Svenson, Shawn Larson-Walgren; Grant: Jill Church, Mackenzie Strouf; Jefferson: Rhonda Franklin, Nancy Van Hemert; Madison: Karen Stern, Kerry Dalbey; McKinley: Marsha McGill, Kathi Eichelberger, Teresa Randleman; Mulberry: Tammy Ales, Laney Berry; CMS: Christina Walker, Kelly Beale, Derek Zabransky; WMS: Mark Begey, Rachel Fallon; MHS: Matt Rivera, Aaron Smith, Sarah Walsh, Denise Hillman; District ICs: Stacy Olson - Elementary and Staci Orr - Secondary.
    3. Bills and Claims Against the District dated February 11, 2019.
    4. The Special Education Contracts with Columbus Community School District (student ID *7603 and *6079).
    5. Student Teaching Agreement with Drake University.
  7. The Auditor’s Report for FY18 and its agenda item (VIII. G.) to accept and place on file the audit for FY18 was tabled until the March 11, 2019 meeting due to the weather.
  8. Approved the proposed plans, specifications, proposed form of contract, and other estimated costs of said improvements for the MHS Science/STEM Project. 
  9. Approved the Muscatine Preschool Alliance Contract as presented. 
  10. Discussed a possible name change for West Middle School once CMS and WMS combine students. 
    1. It was the consensus of the board to move forward with this idea. 
  11. The financials for December 2018 were reviewed.
  12. The following upcoming meetings and events were announced:
    1. February 18, 2019: President’s Day Holiday, No School.
    2. February 25, 2019: Board Planning Meeting; 6 p.m.;  Administration Center
    3. March 11, 2019: Board Regular Meeting; 7 p.m.; City Hall
  13. The meeting adjourned at 7:29 p.m.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Board Briefs for Monday, January 14, 2019 Regular Meeting

The Board of Education met in regular session on Monday, January 14, 2019, at 7 p.m. at City Hall. President Tammi Drawbaugh called the meeting to order. Directors John Dabeet, Aaron Finn, Nathan Mather, Randy Naber, 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. The public hearing was held for the proposed plans, specifications, proposed form of contract, and the estimated cost of said improvements for the Colorado Elementary Project, McKinley Elementary Project, and Muscatine High School Science/STEM Project.
    1. There were no oral/written comments.
  4. No one spoke for Citizen Speaks.
  5. MHS Student Council updated the board on recent and upcoming student council activities.
  6. The following individuals were recognized as Muscatine Schools Outstanding Employees for January: Linda Aldridge, Jordan Meyer, Amanda Pursell, Korine Schlawin, and Angela Sage. 
  7. Board Targets/Goals Report, Superintendent Riibe updated the board on the proposed program audit.
  8. The consent agenda was approved including:
    1. Minutes of the December 10, 2018, Regular Meeting.
    2. Employment Recommendations:
      1. Temporary Contracts - Certified Staff: Megan Cleveland, Spanish, MHS effective 1/2/19 for the remainder of the 2018-19 academic year; Amy Justus, 8th Grade ELA, CMS effective 12/17/18 for the remainder of the 2018-19 academic year.
      2. New Hires - Schedule C: Joanna Brewer, MS Stage and Drama; Derek Schipper, MS Boys Basketball, CMS.
      3. Resignations - Schedule C: Konnie Hurlbut, Assistant Softball, MHS.
    3. Bills and Claims Against the District dated January 14, 2019.
    4. Special Education Contracts with UnityPoint at Home and Louisa-Muscatine.
  9.  The early retirees for FY 19 were approved:
    1. Denise Gaeta, Secretary, McKinley
    2. Lori Hubbard, Clerk, MHS
    3. Jeffery Schmelzer, BD, MHS
    4. Kathleen Siler, First Grade, Jefferson
    5. Mary Sissel, Secretary, Jefferson
    6. Tim Armstrong, PE, MHS
    7. Michelle Cali, ECSE, Grant
    8. Bethanne Todd, Custodian, Franklin
    9. Virgie Chatman, ESL, Colorado
    10. Mary Spratt, Kindergarten, McKinley
    11. Kevin Curry, Custodian, MHS
    12. Mike West, Custodial Supervisor, District Wide
    13. Galia Spenner, Special Education, Strat I, CMS
  10. Approved the request to the School Budget Review Committee (SBRC) for Modified Supplemental Amount and Supplemental Aid for the 2019-2020 At-Risk/Dropout Prevention Program in the amount of $1,087,877 for expenditures necessary to implement the 2019-2020 at-risk and dropout prevention program plans as approved by the Muscatine Community School District.
  11. Approved the resolution to dissolve the Muscatine Community Schools Foundation. 
  12. Approved the Memorandum of Understanding between Eastern Iowa Community College, Muscatine County Agricultural Extension District, and Muscatine Community School District for Shared Services of a Latino Outreach Coordinator for the Juntos Program in the amount of $15,000. 
  13. Approved the Proposed Plans, Specifications, Proposed Form of Contract, and other Estimated Cost of Said Improvements for the McKinley Elementary Project. 
  14. Approved the Memorandum of Understanding Between Muscatine Community School District and the Muscatine Education Association to Endorse and Commit to an Interest-Based Problem Solving Approach to Negotiations.
  15. Approved the lease agreement between the City of Muscatine and Muscatine Community School District for the Maintenance, Operation, and the Lease of Tom Bruner Field. 
  16. Approved the purchase of a used service truck from Roush Industries in the amount of $4,359.
  17. Jeff Sandberg with Legat Architects, along with cost consultant Steve Baumann of Russell Construction, and MHS Science staff presented information on the MHS Science/STEM Project, the design process, and estimated costs.
  18. Dr. Riibe updated the board on the Muskie Early Learning Center and preschool programming
  19. Financials for November 2018 were reviewed.
  20. The following upcoming meetings and events were announced:
    1. January 21, 2019 - No School, Teacher Quality Inservice
    2. February 11, 2019 - Regular Board Meeting, 7 p.m., City Hall
  21. The meeting adjourned at 8:37 p.m.
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Unofficial Minutes




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