Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Board Briefs for Monday, August 14, 2017 Regular Session

The Board of Education of the Muscatine Community School District, in the County of Muscatine, State of Iowa, met in regular session on Monday, August 14, 2017 at 7 p.m. at City Hall. President Tammi Drawbaugh called the meeting to order. Directors Tim Bower, John Dabeet, Aaron Finn, Randy Naber, and Mary Wildermuth were present. Director Nathan Mather 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. Consent agenda was approved which included:
    1. The minutes of the July 10, 2017 Regular Session.
    2. Employment Recommendations of:
      1. New Hires – Certified Staff for 2017-18: Joyce Blitsch – ESL, WMS; Erin Canahui – Spanish, MHS; Miriam Garrett – Music, Franklin; Sandrine Gabriel – SPED, Mulberry; Katelyn Howell – 3rd Grade, McKinley; Alexander Iosbaker – At Risk Social Studies, MHS; Marjorie Martel – Talented and Gifted, McKinley; Wendy Waltert-Stansbery – Art, Jefferson
      2. Resignations – Certified Staff: Lisa  Timmons – 4th Grade, Mulberry.
      3. New Hires – Schedule C: Joseph Bartling – MS Football; Thomas (Tug) McCleery – MHS Football Assistant; Rebecca Harris – MHS Girls Assistant Cross Country; Megan Beauchamp – MHS Assistant Volleyball; Alison Anson – MHS AP Coordinator; Sarah Allen – MHS Head Pom; Joseph Krieger – MHS Assistant Football.
      4. Resignations – Schedule C: Denise Hillman – MS Yearbook and ELA Curriculum Coordinator; Bob Estabrook – MHS Girls Soccer; Sarah Allen – MHS Assistant Pom
    3. Consent Agenda Policies:
      1. 700 Statement of Guiding Principles
      2. 702.2 Tuition and Fees for Service with Admin Regs
      3. 702.4R Sale of Bonds Admin Regs: Post-Issuance Compliance  Regulation for tax-exempt obligations
      4. 702.7 Depository of Funds
      5. 702.9 Monies in School Buildings
      6. 703.5  Unpaid Warrants
      7. 703.6 Travel Allowance with Admin Regs
      8. 704.1 Secretary’s and Treasurer’s Monthly Reports
      9. 704.5 Audits
      10. 706.2 Periodic Review of Insurance Program
      11. 706.3 Fidelity Coverage
    4. Student Teaching Agreement with Wm. Penn.
    5. Bills and Claims against the district dated August 15, 2017.
    6. The Preschool Alliance Contracts were approved:
      1.  A Child’s Place Preschool
      2. Guardian Angel Preschool
      3. Happy Time Preschool
      4. Head Start
      5. Wonder Years Preschool
    7. Approved K-12 Student Handbook.
    8. Approved the following policies:
      1. 100 Mission Statement
      2. 501.4 Grade Placement
      3. 503.3 Student Civil Rights Grievance Procedure – DELETE
      4. 503.7 Promotional Campaigns/Fundraising
      5. 503.8 Use of School Facilities During School Hours – DELETE
      6. 503.11 Student Complaints and Grievances
      7. 503.12 Student Lockers – NEW
      8. 504.2 Student Representative – DELETE
      9. 504.3 Student Organizations
      10. 504.5 Student Publications
      11. 504.7 Public Performance by Students
      12. 504.8 Contests for Students
      13. 505.1 Child Abuse and Neglect (moving to 400 Series – Employees) 
      14. 505.2 Student Health and Immunization
      15. 505.5 Student Medication Administration
      16. 505.6 Student Insurance
      17. 505.7 Student Insurance – Athletes – DELETE (combining with 505.6)
      18. 505.7 Custody and Parental Rights – NEW
      19. 506.2 Release of Student Information – DELETE (combining with 506.1)
      20. 506.4 Commencement
      21. 506.7 Mid Year Graduation
      22. 506.8 Dual Credit for Seniors – DELETE
      23. 506.10 Control of Student Activity Funds
      24. 506.11 Student Work Permits – DELETE
      25. 506.13 Disaster Drills and Disaster Planning
      26. 506.19 Student Photographs – NEW
      27. 506.20 Class or Student Group Gifts – NEW
      28. 507.1 Special Health Services -  NEW
      29. 900.14 Distribution of Materials – NEW
    9. Heard a presentation on the Journey's curriculum.
    10. Heard a presentation on the district's guidance and mental health program for 2017-18.
    11. Held a second reading on the following policies:
      1. 600.2 School Calendar 
      2. 600.3 School Year 
      3. 600.4 Scheduling Activities 
      4. 600.5  Conditions of Instruction 
      5. 600.6 Class Sizes (DELETE) 
      6. 601.2 Curriculum Adoption and Evaluation 
      7. 601.3 Basic Instructional Program (Kindergarten) (DELETE)
      8. 601.4 Elementary Curriculum (DELETE) 
      9. 601.5 Middle School Curriculum (DELETE) 
      10. 601.6 High School Curriculum (DELETE) 
      11. 601.7 Talented and Gifted 
      12. 601.8 Summer School 
      13. 601.9 Health Education 
      14. 601.10 Physical Education 
      15. 601.13 Career Education 
      16. 601.18 Teaching About Religion 
      17. 601.21 Alternative Programs (DELETE)
      18. 601.23 Special Education Programs and Services 
      19. 601.26 Student Health Services 
      20. 601.30 Virtual On-Line Courses (DELETE) 
      21. 601.32 School Ceremonies and Observances (NEW) 
      22. 601.33 Animals in the Classroom (NEW) 
      23. 601.34 Student Production of Materials and Services (NEW) 
      24. 602.1 Selection of Instructional Materials (DELETE) 
      25. 603.1 Student Testing Program
      26. 603.2 Progress Report to Students (DELETE) 
      27. 603.3 Permanent Records (DELETE) 
      28. 603.4 Accountability Test Integrity/Test Preparation (DELETE)
    12. Held a first reading on the following policies:
      1. 701.1 Planning the Budget 
      2. 701.2 Preparation of the Budget Document 
      3. 701.3 Requirements of the Budget Document 
      4. 701.4 Publication of the Budget 
      5. 701.5 Public Review of the Budget
      6. 701.6 Budget Adoption by the Board 
      7. 701.7 Budget as a Spending Plan 
      8. 701.8 Transfer of Inactive Account Funds 
      9. 701.9 Financial Accounting System 
      10. 702.1 Local, State, and Federal Income 
      11. 702.3 Educational Materials Fee (delete) 
      12. 702.4 Sale of Bonds 
      13. 702.5 Investments 
      14. 702.6 Gifts, Grants, and Bequests 
      15. 702.8 Special Assessments (delete)
      16. 703.1 Purchasing and Bidding 
      17. 703.2 Requisitions/Purchase Orders 
      18. 703.3 Receiving Goods and Services 
      19. 703.4 Approval and Payment of Goods and Services 
      20. 703.7 Bidding Procedures for Public Improvements (delete) 
      21. 703.8 Credit Card Use 
      22. 704.3 Financial Report, Published 
      23. 704.4 Annual Financial Statement, Published (delete) 
      24. 704.6 Inventory 
      25. 704.7 Intangible Assets (delete) 
      26. 704.8 GASB45
      27. 705.2 Personnel Records (moving to 400 series) 
      28. 705.3 Student Records (delete) 
      29. 706.1 Insurance Program 
      30. 708.1 School Food Program (new) 
      31. 708.2 Free or Reduced Cost Meals Eligibility (new) 
      32. 708.3 Vending Machines (new) 
      33. 709.1 Student School Transportation Eligibility (new) 
      34. 709.2 Student Transportation and Extracurricular Activities (new) 
      35. 709.3 Summer School Program Transportation Service (new)
    13. Discussed legislative priorities for the upcoming school year.
    14. Metrics for the three target areas for the district's strategic plan were reviewed.
    15. The district's Progress Report Breakfast will be held on Tuesday, September 26 with breakfast beginning at 7:15 a.m. and the program at 7:30 a.m. 
    16. Director Naber was thanked for his four years of service on the board of directors and especially to the students of the district.
    17. July financials were presented for board review.
    18. The following dates of meetings and events were announced:
      1. August 14-16, 2017New Teachers Start
      2. August 17, 2017: Teacher Quality Inservice Day
      3. August 18, 2017:  All Teacher Inservice Day
      4. August 21, 2017Super Inservice – All Staff
      5. August 22, 2017: Back to School Night:
        1. Elementary: 4:30pm to 6:30pm
        2. Middle School: 5:30pm to 7:30pm
        3. High School: 6pm to 8pm
          1. High School 101 for parents at 6:15 p.m. and 7 p.m.
      6. August 23, 2017 First Day of School for Grades 1-5; New Muskie Day for Grades 6 and 9
      7. August 23-24, 2017: Kindergarten home visits will be conducted
      8. August 24, 2017: Grades 1-12 Attend
      9. August 25 & 28, 2017Staggered Start for ½ of Kindergarten
      10. August 27, 2017:  Middle School Community Open House; 1pm to 3pm; CMS & WMS
      11. August 29, 2017All Kindergarten Attends
      12. August 31, 2017: School Board Candidate Forum; 7pm; City Hall
      13. September 12, 2017School Board Election; Polls open at 7am and close at 8pm
      14. September 18, 2017Regular and Organizational Meeting of the Board; 7PM; City Hall
    19. Meeting adjourned at 9 p.m.




Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Board Briefs for Monday, July 10, 2017 Regular Meeting

The Board of Education met in regular session on Monday, July 10, 2017 at 7 p.m. at City Hall. Board Members present: Tim Bower, Nathan Mather, Randy Naber and Vice President Mary Wildermuth. President Tammi Drawbaugh and Directors John Dabeet and Aaron Finn were absent. Also present were Superintendent Jerry Riibe and Assistant Superintendent Mike McGrory.
  1. The board recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
  2. Vice President Wildermuth welcomed visitors and media representatives.
  3. No one spoke during Citizens Speak.
  4. The consent agenda was approved consisting of:
    1. The minutes of the June 12, 2017 Regular Session and June 20, 2017 Work Session.
    2. Employment Recommendations of:
      1. New Hires – Certified Staff for 2017-18: Ciara Bean, Kindergarten, Madison; Sandrine Gabriel – Special Ed, Mulberry (location correction); Susan Guffey, Spanish, MHS; Rebecca Huot – ELA, MHS; Laura McDonald – 5th Grade Math/Science, Mulberry.
      2. Resignations – Certified Staff: Demetria Bulthaus – Kindergarten, Franklin.
      3. New Hires – Classified Professionals: Benjamin Johns, Behavior Interventionist, MHS.
      4. Resignations – Schedule C: Karey Hawkins – AP Coordinator, MHS; Elena Bobay – At Risk Coordinator, MHS; MacKenzie Bisby – Head Pom Pon, MHS.
      5. Resignations – Classified Professionals: Elena Bobay – extra days contract; Benjamin Johns – Juvenile Court Liaison, MHS.
      6. Model Teacher: Allison Coffman – MHS.
    3. Consent Agenda Policies:
      1. 600.1 Type of School Organization
      2.  601.1 Curriculum Development with Admin Regs
      3. 601.12 Global Education
      4. 601.15 Electronic Resources
      5. 601.16 Teaching Controversial Issues
      6. 601.17 Co-Curricular Activities
      7. 601.18R Teaching About Religion – Admin Regs
      8. 601.19 Religion Based Exclusion from School Program
      9. 601.20 Programs for Students At Risk
      10. 601.22 Programs for Disadvantaged Students (preschool)
      11. 601.24 Field Trips
      12. 601.27 Guidance and Counseling
      13. 601.29 School Bus Safety Instruction
      14. 601.35 Internet – Appropriate Use (NEW, MANDATORY)
      15. 602.2 Reconsideration of Instructional Materials
      16. 602.4 Use of Informational Services
      17. 603 Student Assessments
    4. Bills and claims against the district dated July 10, 2017.
  5. Approved the Resource Navigators Contract with Unity Point Health/Trinity Public Health for the 2017-18 school year in the amount of $137,278. 
  6. Approved the Concurrent Enrollment Program between Eastern Iowa Community Colleges and Muscatine Community School District for the 2017-18 school year. 
  7. Superintendent Riibe updated the board on the physical education facility.
  8. Superintendent Riibe provided information on teacher vacancies.
  9. Superintendent Riibe updated the board on union contract negotiations.
  10. The board held a first reading on the following policies:
    1. 600.2 School Calendar
    2. 600.3 School Year
    3. 600.4 Scheduling Activities 
    4. 600.5  Conditions of Instruction 
    5. 600.6 Class Sizes (DELETE) 
    6. 601.2 Curriculum Adoption and Evaluation 
    7. 601.3 Basic Instructional Program (Kindergarten) (DELETE) 
    8. 601.4 Elementary Curriculum (DELETE) 
    9. 601.5 Middle School Curriculum (DELETE) 
    10. 601.6 High School Curriculum (DELETE) 
    11. 601.7 Talented and Gifted 
    12. 601.8 Summer School 
    13. 601.9 Health Education 
    14. 601.10 Physical Education 
    15. 601.13 Career Education 
    16. 601.18 Teaching About Religion 
    17. 601.21 Alternative Programs (DELETE) 
    18. 601.23 Special Education Programs and Services 
    19. 601.26 Student Health Services 
    20. 601.30 Virtual On-Line Courses (DELETE) 
    21. 601.32 School Ceremonies and Observances (NEW) 
    22. 601.33 Animals in the Classroom (NEW) 
    23. 601.34 Student Production of Materials and Services (NEW) 
    24. 602.1 Selection of Instructional Materials (DELETE) 
    25. 603.1 Student Testing Program 
    26. 603.2 Progress Report to Students (DELETE) 
    27. 603.3 Permanent Records (DELETE) 
    28. 603.4 Accountability Test Integrity/Test Preparation (DELETE)  
  11. The Board held a second reading on the following policies:
    1. 100 Mission Statement
    2. 501.4 Grade Placement
    3. 503.3 Student Civil Rights Grievance Procedure – DELETE
    4. 503.7 Promotional Campaigns/Fundraising
    5. 503.8 Use of School Facilities During School Hours – DELETE
    6. 503.11 Student Complaints and Grievances – NEW
    7. 503.12 Student Lockers – NEW
    8. 504.2 Student Representative – DELETE
    9. 504.3 Student Organizations
    10. 504.5 Student Publications
    11. 504.7 Public Performance by Students
    12. 504.8 Contests for Students
    13. 505.1 Child Abuse and Neglect (moving to 400 Series – Employees) 
    14. 505.2 Student Health and Immunization
    15. 505.5 Student Medication Administration
    16. 505.6 Student Insurance
    17. 505.7 Student Insurance – Athletes – DELETE (coming with 505.6)
    18. 505.7 Custody and Parental Rights – NEW
    19. 506.2 Release of Student Information – DELETE (combining with 506.1)
    20. 506.4 Commencement
    21. 506.7 Mid Year Graduation
    22. 506.8 Dual Credit for Seniors – DELETE
    23. 506.10 Control of Student Activity Funds
    24. 506.11 Student Work Permits – DELETE
    25. 506.13 Disaster Drills and Disaster Planning
    26. 506.19 Student Photographs – NEW
    27. 506.20 Class or Student Group Gifts – NEW
    28. 507.1 Special Health Services -  NEW
    29. 900.15 Distribution of Materials – NEW
  12. IASB’s Legislative Priorities for the 2017-18 school year were reviewed.
  13. The June financials were shared with the board in this meeting’s board book.
  14. The following dates of future meetings and events were announced:
    1. July 10, 2017 - E-Registration Opens
    2. July 10, 2017 - School Board Candidate Filing Begins
    3. July 11, 2017 - MHS Campus will be closed to the public from 10am to 4pm as staff and local emergency services will be conducting active shooter training.
    4. August 3, 2017 - School Board Candidate Filing Deadline; 5 p.m.; MCSD Admin Center
    5. August 14, 2017 - Regular Meeting at 7 p.m. at City Hall
  15. Meeting adjourned at 7:44 p.m.

To see the board book for this meeting: Board Book - July 10, 2017


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Board Briefs for Monday, June 12, 2017 Regular Meeting


The Board of Directors of the Muscatine Community School District met in regular session on Monday, June 12, 2017 at 7 p.m. at City Hall. Those present: Vice President Mary Wildermuth, Directors John Dabeet, Nathan Mather, and Randy Naber. Those absent: President Tammi Drawbaugh, Directors Tim Bower and Aaron Finn. Also present: Superintendent Jerry Riibe and Assistant Superintendent Mike McGrory.

  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 was approved which included:
    1. Minutes of the May 8, 2017 Regular Session.
    2. Employment Recommendations
      1. New Hires – Certified Staff for 2017-18: Miranda Dobson – ELA 7th and Pre-AP (8th), CMS; Molly Dryg – 6th Grade ELA and Social Studies, CMS; Amber Joyce - Guidance Counselor, WMS; Margaret Milani – Guidance Counselor, MHS; Anna Stange – 1st Grade, McKinley, Sandrine Gabriel – Special Ed, Madison, and Taylor Massy – Language Arts, MHS.
      2. Resignations – Certified Staff: Joshua Battern – Social Studies, MHS; Diane Brown – Media Specialist, CMS; Elizabeth Coffman – ELA, CMS; Joshua Falk – Math, MHS; Lee Falkena – Science, MHS; Olga Johnson – ESL, MHS; Lisa Kesten, Special Ed, Madison; Lisa Kroll – Spanish, MHS; Carol Kula – ESL/Chinese, MHS; Dustin Miller – Spanish, MHS; Wesley Phipps – ELA, MHS; Sarah Williams – Art, Jefferson; and Stephanie Zillig – IC, Jefferson.
      3. Leaves of Absence – Certified Staff: Megan Doane – Fall 2017 Semester.
      4. New Hires – Certified Administrators: Tanise Colvin – Assistant Principal, CMS; Stephanie Zillig – Principal, Madison; Gretchen Price – Principal, Colorado.
      5. New Hires – Classified Professionals: Anna Reyman, H.R. Coordinator.
      6. New Hires – Schedule C: Jesse Owen – Assistant Baseball, MHS; Margaret Milani – MS Volleyball, CMS; Bob Long – MS Basketball (girls), WMS.
      7. Resignations – Schedule C: Joshua Battern – Model UN Advisor, MHS; Joshua Falk – Head Girls Track, MHS and Assistant Girls Cross Country, MHS; Andrew LeClere – Girls Basketball, WMS.
      8. Model Teachers: Tammy Ales, Kelly Beale, Stacy Beatty, Jessica Blanchard, Cassandra Calderon, Michael Clancy, Catherine Clemens, Angela Curtis, Kathryn Dalbey, Lindsey Dindinger, Ann Edkin, Kathy Eichelberger, Britt Goddard, Randy Guerra, Rachel Hansen, Melissa Henderson, Elizabeth Hirschfield, Holly Hull, Agnes Johnson, Pam Joslyn, Jennifer Keltner, Jenna Kiddoo, Shawn Larson-Walgren, Amy Lilienthal, Marsha McGill, Karen Meyer, Jennifer Miller, Lindsay Moeller, Ashley Mohror, Emily Mrosko, Claire Mueller, Elizabeth Negus, Jeff Othmer, Lisa Paul, Sam Paul, Jillian Poppe, Cheryl Reed, Matthew Rivera, Korine Schlawin, Kim Scheider, Rachelle Schneider, Lauire Schoreder, Melissa Schumaker, Amy Skidmore, Mary Spratt, Karen Stern, Brenda Stewart, Dave Tometich, Vicki Tometich, Nancy Van Hemert, Sarah Walsh.
      9. Curriculum Professional Development Leaders: Jackie Kilburn – elementary; Staci Orr – high school, and Julie Stoneking – middle school.
      10. Instructional Coaches: Alison Anson, Leslie Bennett, Laney Berry, Teresa Chavarria, Jill Church, Ginger Dahms, Stacy Emrich, Rachel Fallon, Denise Hillman, Amy Justus, Stacy Olson, Liz Panther, Alex Paulus, Jamie Pugh, Linda Steele, Mackenzie Strouf, Kerri Tharp, and Lyndsay Welsch.
    3. Policies
      1. 203.4 Approval of Administrative Regulations
      2. 501.4R1 Grade Placement Admin Regs
      3. 502.4 Student Activity/Good Conduct with Admin Regs
      4. 503.5 Student Handbooks
      5. 503.7R1 Promotional Campaigns in the Schools Admin Regs
      6. 504.5R1 Student Publications – Admin Regs
      7. 505.5E1 Student Medication Forms
      8. 505.6 Student Insurance General
      9. 506.1 Student Records Access
      10. 506.1E1 Student Records Access – FERPA Annual Notice
      11. 506.12 School Closing Due to Weather or Emergency Conditions and Admin Regs
      12. 506.13R1 Disaster Drills and Disaster Planning – Admin Regs
      13. 506.14 Student Progress Reports and Conferences
      14. 506.16 International Exchange Students
      15. 506.17 Student Recognition and Incentives
      16. 506.3 Transcript of Credits
      17. 506.6 Graduation Requirements
      18. 506.9 Closed Campus
      19. 507.1R1 Student Health Services Admin Regs
      20. 900.15R1 Distribution of Materials Admin Regs 
    4. Bills and Claims against the district dated June 12, 2017.
  5. Approved policy 403.13 Notification of Arrest, Criminal Charges, or Child Abuse Complaints.
  6. Approved the wireless infrastructure upgrade for $255,348.85 from Reliable Solutions LLC of Muscatine, Iowa.
  7. Approved resolution for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years, to transfer from general funds to activity fund an amount necessary to purchase protective and safety equipment required for any extracurricular interscholastic athletic content or competition.
  8. An update was given on the Leader in Me.
  9. Held a first reading on the following policies:
    1. 100 Mission Statement
    2. 501.4 Grade Placement
    3. 503.3 Student Civil Rights Grievance Procedure – DELETE
    4. 503.7 Promotional Campaigns/Fundraising
    5. 503.8 Use of School Facilities During School Hours – DELETE
    6. 503.11 Student Complaints and Grievances – NEW
    7. 503.12 Student Lockers – NEW
    8. 504.2 Student Representative – DELETE
    9. 504.3 Student Organizations
    10. 504.5 Student Publications
    11. 504.7 Public Performance by Students
    12. 504.8 Contests for Students
    13. 505.1 Child Abuse and Neglect (moving to 400 Series – Employees) 
    14. 505.2 Student Health and Immunization
    15. 505.5 Student Medication Administration
    16. 505.6 Student Insurance
    17. 505.7 Student Insurance – Athletes – DELETE (combining with 505.6)
    18. 505.7 Custody and Parental Rights – NEW
    19. 506.2 Release of Student Information – DELETE (combining with 506.1)
    20. 506.4 Commencement
    21. 506.7 Mid Year Graduation
    22. 506.8 Dual Credit for Seniors – DELETE
    23. 506.10 Control of Student Activity Funds
    24. 506.11 Student Work Permits – DELETE
    25. 506.13 Disaster Drills and Disaster Planning
    26. 506.19 Student Photographs – NEW
    27. 506.20 Class or Student Group Gifts – NEW
    28. 507.1 Special Health Services -  NEW
    29. 900.15 Distribution of Materials – NEW 
  10. An update was provided regarding the middle school furniture project.
  11. The May financials were provided.
  12. Upcoming meetings announced:
    1. June 20, 2017 - Board Design Workshop, 5:30 p.m., MCSD Administration Center.
    2. July 10, 2017 - Board Regular Meeting, 7 p.m., City Hall.
  13. The meeting adjourned at: 7:30 p.m.

June 12, 2017 Board Book