Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Board Briefs for Monday, September 12, 2016 Regular and Organizational/Annual Meeting

Below is a synopsis of the Muscatine Schools' Board of Education regular meeting of the retiring board and organizational/annual meeting of the board for the 2016-17 school year. 

Regular Meeting of the Retiring Board

  1. The MHS A Cappella Choir was introduced and recognized for their trip to China.
  2. No one spoke during Citizen's Speak.
  3. Student council representatives updated the board on past and upcoming student council activities.
  4. The consent agenda was approved which included:
    1. Minutes of the August 8, 2016 Regular Meeting.
    2. Bills and Claims Against the District dated September 12, 2016.
    1. The retiring board then adjourned.

    Organizational/Annual Meeting of the 2016-17 Board

    1. Director Drawbaugh was re-elected as President of the Board for the 2016-17 school year. 
    2. Director Wildermuth was re-elected as Vice President of the Board for the 2016-17 school year. 
    3. The following annual meeting transactions were approved:
      1. Appoint Lisa Mosier Bunn as Board Secretary.
      2. Appoint Tom Anderson as board Treasurer.
      3. Designate First National Bank, CBI Bank and Trust, and Community Bank as official depositories.
      4. Appoint Stanley, Lande, & Hunter, Ahler's Law Firm, and Lynch Dallas PC as counsels to represent school district in legal matters on a time basis.
      5. Designate the Muscatine Journal as the publication of record.
      6. Designate Bohnsack and Frommelt as auditor of record.
      7. Approve the statement of the Board's Review and Support for the discipline policies and the co-curricular and extra-curricular programs.
      8. Appoint the district compliance officers.
    4. The board meeting schedule for the 2016-17 school year was presented.
    5. Approved Director Naber as the IASB delegate and President Drawbaugh as the alternate.
    6. Appointed Director Bower to serve on the County Conference Board.
    7. Appointed Director Bower to serve on the Ag Learning Center Board.
    8. The consent agenda was approved which included:
      1. Approval of the Audit Committee membership and the School Improvement Advisory Committee Membership. (The Teacher Quality Committee membership will be approved at the board's October meeting.)
      2. Employment Recommendations:
        1. Schedule C ResignationsDan Ramos – Head Boys Tennis Coach and Katie Golien – assistant softball coach.
        2. New Hires – Certified Staff: Demetria Bulthaus – Begindergarten at Franklin, Scott Gehret – ALC-At Risk at MHS; Bryce Giesmann – Art at Madison/Colorado; Renee Johnson – Special Ed; Teresa Newhall – Early Childhood Special Ed at Grant; Teri Toliver – Special Ed at MHS.
        3. New Hires – Classified Professional: Stephanie Willey – Family Advocate at Jefferson/Franklin; Korey Bunn – Technology Support at MHS.
        4. New Hires – Schedule C: Austin Siefers – Vocal Music at WMS; Robert Long – MS Football; Robert Becker – MS Football; Sarah Walsh, Shannon Walker, Elizabeth Thomas, and Rachel Fallon – Co-Student Council at MHS; Emily Mrosko – After School Supervision at CMS.
    9. Superintendent Riibe presented a powerpoint on the upcoming Physical Plant & Equipment Levy special vote.
    10. Director of Human Resources Jill Bourquin presented data from the Employee Exit Survey from the 2015-16 school year.
    11. Director of Finance Tom Anderson provided the financials for the month of June, 2016.
    12. Announcements of Important Dates/Future Meetings:
      1. September 13 - Special Vote for PPEL - polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
      2. September 26 - Board Work Session at 6 p.m. at the MCSD Auditorium.
      3. September 29 - Annual Progress Report Breakfast at 7:15 a.m. at the MCSD Auditorium.
    13. The board went into exempt session to discuss the sale of Washington Elementary.
    14. The meeting adjourned at: 8:50 p.m.
    To see the board book for this meeting, go to: Board Book

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