Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Board Briefs for Monday, October 9, 2017 Regular Board Meeting

The Board of Education of the Muscatine Community School District met in regular session on Monday, October 9, 2017 at 7 p.m. at City Hall. President Tammi Drawbaugh called the meeting to order. Directors Tim Bower, 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. Student Council update was given.
  4. October’s Outstanding Employees were recognized: Scott Comstock, Erin Fox and Katie Castillo, Jame Hayes, Julie Kundel, and Theresa Riley. 
  5. No one spoke during Citizens Speak.
  6. Report on board goals/targets was given.
  7. Consent agenda was approved which included:
    1. The minutes of the September 18, 2017 Regular Session of the Retiring Board and the September 18, 2017 Organizational/Annual Meeting.
    2. Employment Recommendations of:
      1. Resignations – Certified Staff: Trisha Latimer – Special Education at Mulberry and Marjorie Martel – Talented and Gifted at McKinley.
      2. Resignations – Schedule C: Lindsey Reed – Cheer Assistant at MHS; Matthew Rivera – Girls Golf at MHS.
      3. Hires – Schedule C: Catherine Clemens – Assistant Pom Pon at MHS.
    3. Student Teaching Agreements with Wm. Penn and St. Ambrose University.
    4. Bills and Claims Against the District dated October 9, 2017.
  8. Approved administration authority to seek modified supplemental amounts from the School Budget Review Committee (SBRC) for actual cost of LEP program instruction for 2016-17.
  9. The following policies were approved:
    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)
  10. A MHS Band presentation was provided.
  11. A presentation on the joint partnership between MCSD Foundation and Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine was provided.
  12. Early Retirement for 2017-18 was discussed.
  13. The board heard a second reading on the following policies:
    1. 401.15 Personnel Records (moving from 705.3) 
    2. 803 Disposal of School Equipment 
    3. 805 Crisis Management and Response Plan 
    4. 806.1 Buildings and Sites Long Range Planning – NEW 
    5. 806.2 Buildings and Sites Surveys – NEW 
    6. 806.3 Educational Specifications for Buildings and Sites – NEW 
    7. 806.4 Site Acquisition – NEW 
    8. 807.1 Maintenance Schedule – NEW 
    9. 807.2 Requests for Improvements – NEW 
    10. 807.3 Emergency Repairs – NEW
    11. 807.4 Buildings and Site Adaption for Persons with Disabilities – NEW 
    12. 807.5 Vandalism – NEW 
    13. 807.6 Energy Conservation – NEW 
    14. 808 Lease, Sale or Disposal of School Buildings and Sites – NEW 
    15. 900.1  Tobacco/Nicotine Free Environment – DELETE 
    16. 900.2 Releases to News Media – Internal Unit News 
    17. 900.5 Visitation by Students, Adults, Groups, or Agencies to the MCSD 
    18. 900.10 News Conferences and Interviews – NEW 
    19. 900.11 Live Broadcast or Videotaping – NEW 
    20. 900.13 Advertising and Promoting – NEW
  14. The July and August financials were shared.
  15. Upcoming Events and Meetings were announced:
    1. October 23-26, 2017 – Parent/Teacher Conferences
    2. October 23, 2017 – Joint Foundation Partnership Signing Ceremony at 5 p.m. at MHS in Student Commons
    3. October 23, 2017 – Board Work Session at 6 p.m. at MHS Library
    4. October 26, 2017 – 2 Hour Early Dismissal for Parent-Teacher Conferences
    5. October 27, 2017 – NO SCHOOL – Parent/Teacher Conference Comp Day
    6. October 30, 2017 – NO SCHOOL – Teacher Inservice
  16. The meeting adjourned at 8:27 p.m.
To see the complete board book, go to: Board Book - October 9, 2017





Monday, October 9, 2017

This Week in Our Schools: 10/2/17 - 10/6/17

Scroll down to see our students and staff in action This Week in Our Schools!

Featured this week:

  • Colorado Elementary: Mrs. Hines' and Mrs. Schumaker's Kindergarten Classes.
  • Colorado Elementary: Mrs. Noll's 1st Grade Class.
  • Franklin Elementary: Miss Harder's Kindergarten Class.
  • Franklin Elementary: Ms. Beeding's 2nd Grade Class.
  • Franklin Elementary: Mrs. Reed's 3rd Grade Class.
  • Franklin Elementary: 3rd Grade Honey Harvest.
  • Franklin Elementary: Maker's Space.
  • Grant Elementary: Leadership Lab.
  • Grant Elementary: Mrs. Kulland's 3rd Grade Phys Ed Classes.
  • Grant Elementary: Mrs. Paul's 4th Grade Class.
  • Grant Elementary: Mrs. Kulland's 5th Grade Phys Ed Classes.
  • Jefferson Elementary: Mrs. Story's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Class.
  • Jefferson Elementary: Ms. Wester's 2nd Grade Class.
  • Jefferson Elementary: Ms. Stanberry's 2nd Grade Art Classes.
  • Madison Elementary: Madison Mustang Night at Muskie Volleyball!
  • Madison Elementary: Ms. Skidmore's Kindergarten Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Madison 5th Grade Student Leadership Team.
  • Madison Elementary: Ms. Connor's 5th Grade Class.
  • McKinley Elementary: Ms. Pedersen's 2nd Grade Class.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Lunch SOAR Celebration for October.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Mrs. Greene's Kindergarten Class.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Mrs. Evans' Kindergarten Class with Mrs. Haag's 3rd Grade Class.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Mrs. Haag's 3rd Grade Class.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Mrs. McDonald's 5th Grade Class.
  • Mulberry Elementary: GermX Design Contest Winner!
  • Central Middle School: Mr. Youngbauer's Class.
  • Central Middle School: BizTown Preparation.
  • This Week in Muskie Sports
  • District-Wide Staff: Colorado Staff.
  • District-Wide Staff: Grant Staff.

Friday, October 6, 2017

This Week in Our Schools: 9/25-9/29/17

Select the image below to see our students and staff in action This Week in Our Schools!

Featured this week:

  • The Muskie Way!
  • Parents as Teachers: Learning Through Play.
  • Hurricane Harvey Relief Update: From Texas!
  • Colorado Elementary: Mrs. Hines' Kindergarten Class.
  • Colorado Elementary: Mrs. Yahn's 3rd Grade Class.
  • Franklin Elementary: Mrs. Garrett's 2nd Grade Music Class.
  • Franklin Elementary: Mrs. Weeks' 5th Grade Class.
  • Grant Elementary: Leadership Lab
  • Jefferson Elementary: Mrs. Nebergall's Kindergarten Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Mrs. Swailes' PK Class.
  • McKinley Elementary: Mrs. Spratt's Kindergarten Class.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Mrs. Greene's Kindergarten Class.
  • Central Middle School: Mrs. Pautz's 8th Grade Science Class.
  • Central Middle School: Ms. McCreary's 8th Grade Reading Star!
  • Central Middle School: Ms. Wiebe's 7th & 8th Grade Ag Classes.
  • Central Middle School: Online Classes.
  • Central Middle School: 8th Grade Pre-AP English/Language Arts Classes.
  • West Middle School: Orchestra.
  • Muscatine High School: Key Club's Cardboard Overnight.
  • Muscatine High School: Mighty Muskie Marching Band.
  • Muscatine High School: Mrs. Coffman's Biology Class.
  • Muscatine High School: The Muskie Bistro.
  • Muscatine High School: FFA Southeast Iowa District Soil Contest.
  • Muscatine High School: Mock Interviews.
  • This Week in Muskie Sports