Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Board Briefs for Monday, April 10, 2017 Regular Meeting

The Muscatine Schools' Board of Education met on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 7 p.m. at City Hall: Members present: Bower, Dabeet, Drawbaugh, Finn, Mather, Naber and Wildermuth. Others present: Superintendent Riibe, Assistant Superintendent McGrory, and Director of Finance Anderson.

  1. The board recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
  2. President Drawbaugh welcomed visitors and media.
  3. Megan Custis, Jr. Class Student Council President, provided a student council update to the Board. 
    1. Senior Survivor raised over $33,500!!
    2. Prom is April 22 - they are still in need of chaperones!
  4. Janessa Ford, Tammy Holcomb, Jillian Poppe, Karen Woods, and Amy Danay were honored for receiving the Employee Recognition Award for April.
  5. No one spoke during Citizens Speak.
  6. The consent agenda was approved which included:
    1. Minutes of March 6, 2017 Regular Session and Minutes of March 27, 2017 Work Session.
    2. Employment Recommendations:
      1. New Hires for 2017-18: Sarah Greim - SPED Strategist - District-wide; William Hines - SPED Strat II at MHS; Katie Yetter - SPED Strat II at Madison.
      2. Resignations - Certified Staff: Ashley Alons - 8th Grade ELA at CMS; Madelyn DeSimone (Deuth) - 7th Grade Science/Social Studies at WMS; Holly Hanna - C o-Lead Teacher at East Campus; and Joshua Hanna - Co-Lead Teacher at East Campus.
      3. New Hires - Schedule C: Mindy Stoltzfus - MHS Girls Tennis: Angie Kulland - CMS Track.
      4. Resignations - Schedule C: Sara Alvidrez - MHS Dept Chair - Art; Joni Anderson - MHS Department Chair - Counseling; Gabe McDonald - MHS Department Chair - Math; Dan Ramos - MHS Department Chair - Social Studies; Duane Williams - MHS Assistant Football; Matt Shoultz - MHS Assistant Football.
    3. Bills and Claims against the district dated April 10, 2017.
  7. The board did not approve the Leader in Me contract with Franklin Covey as they felt the contract language regarding cost was misleading. They will consider a revised contract at its next meeting.
  8. Approved two 28E agreements with Louisa-Muscatine for shared counselor and shared family and consumer science teacher for 2017-18.
  9. Approved a Memorandum of Understanding with  Community Action of Eastern Iowa for Head Start.
  10. Approved the following upgrades to transportation software:
    1. Transfinder.
    2. Zonar Systems.
    3. Travel Tracker.
  11. Approved the purchase of four Rational ovens from Wilson Restaurant and Supply.
  12. Declined all bids for MHS Phase II Project.
  13. Reviewed a draft of the School Improvement "Plan on a Page."
  14. Held a first reading on policy 403.19 Notification of Arrest, Criminal Charges, or Child Abuse Complaint.
  15. February and March financials were presented.
  16. The following announcements of upcoming meetings and events were made:
    1. April 14, 2017: No School and Non-contract day for employees.
    2. April 24, 2017: Board Work Session at 6 p.m. at MHS (location to be determined).
    3. April 28, 2017: Kindergarten Visits - No School for current kindergarten, begindergarten, and 4-year old preschool.
    4. May 8, 2017: Board Regular Meeting at 7 p.m. at City Hall.
  17. The meeting adjourned at 10:09 p.m.

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