Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Board Briefs for the Monday, October 12, 2015 Regular Meeting

Below is a synopsis of the board meeting actions and discussions that took place at the October 12, 2015 regular board meeting held at City Hall:

  1. A public hearing was held on the possible sale of Garfield Elementary. One person commented at the hearing asking to submit a bid for the purchase of the property.
  2. Student council reps provided a report to the board highlighting the recent homecoming activities and activities taking place for the upcoming food drive.
  3. The minutes of the September 14 Regular and Organization Meeting were approved along with the September 26 work session minutes.
  4. The student teaching agreement with the University of Iowa was approved.
  5. Employment recommendations were approved of: 
    • Schedule C Resignations: Laura Bartelt -MHS Girls Swimming; Josh Lukavsky - MHS Assistant Boys Basketball; John Each - MHS Assistant Football; Ellen Carey - CMS Volleyball; Connie Czerwiec - MHS Boys Assistant Tennis.
    • New Hires - Certified Staff: Katie Williams - McKinley 5th Grade.
    • New Hires - Schedule C: Rebecca Zahradnik - MHS Assistant Girls Basketball, Andrew LeClere - 8th grade girls Basketball, Kailyn Kaiser - CMS 7th grade volleyball; Connie Czerwiec - MHS Girls Head Tennis; Mark Rusch - MHS Boys Assistant Track; Nick Morgan - MHS Boys Assistant Basketball.
  6. The Model UN field trip to St. Andrews College in Dublin, Ireland during Spring Break 2016 was approved.
  7. The 2016-17 Agreement with AEA9 for Driver Education Services was approved.
  8. The Bills and Claim against the district dated October 12, 2015 were approved.
  9. The Unified Bargaining Agreement with AFSCME employee groups was approved.
  10. The approval of the Resolution for Sale of Real Estate of 1409 Wisconsin Street (Garfield Elementary) was tabled until October 30, 2015 so the district can evaluate other bids and discuss such with its attorney.
  11. The purchase of 2 vans from Krieger's Auto Group was approved and the purchase of 5 propanes buses was tabled to allow the district more time to look at the infrastructure needs of the propane buses.
  12. Superintendent Riibe reviewed the job description of the Assistant Superintendent position. This is a "FTE neutral" position as it will replace the Executive Director of Curriculum position currently held by Becky Rodocker. Mrs. Rodocker indicated that this will be her last year as interim.
  13. Jean Garner reviewed the July 2015 financial statements.
  14. Superintendent Riibe provided information on:
    • Attendance issues and working with community groups to promote attendance.
    • Wrap Around Programming - would like to eventually see both before and after school programming but sees this as happening in phases and through contracting services with community groups. 
    • Birth to 3 - talked about how important this is for the development of learning and how there needs to be community conversation on how to help our families nurture this important stage of life.
    • Capital Projects - now that Jefferson is complete, the district will need to begin to look at what is needed for its other buildings.
    • Would like to look at the culture and climate in our district.
  15. Announcements/Meetings/Events:
    • October 19-22 - Parent Teacher Conferences
    • October 22 - 2-hour early dismissal
    • October 23 - No School - Teacher Conference Comp Day
    • November 9 -  Regular Board Meeting at 7 p.m. at City Hall


  1. I am happy to see a request to discuss the district's culture and climate. Thank you Dr. Ribbe for adding this important issue. It is very necessary.

  2. I am happy to see a request to discuss the district's culture and climate. Thank you Dr. Ribbe for adding this important issue. It is very necessary.