Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Board Briefs for Monday, October 22, 2018 Planning Session

The Muscatine School's Board of Education met in work session on Monday, October 22, 2018 at 6 p.m. at the MCSD Administration Center. Those present were: John Dabeet, Tammi Drawbaugh, Nathan Mather, Randy Naber, and Mary Wildermuth. Those absent were: Aaron Finn and Toby McCarter. 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. Media representatives and visitors were welcomed.
  3. The following people presented information on the proposed Early Learning Center: Preschool teacher Noelia Espinal, Begindergarten teacher Lindsey Brewer, Instructional Coach and past  preschool teacher Kathi Eichelberger, District Instructional Coach Staci Orr, AEA Preschool Consultant Becky Zeck, Director of Teaching and Learning Becky Wichers, and Early Childhood Coordinator/McKinley Principal Joelle McConnaha. 
    1. Feedback from the Early Childhood Task Force was shared.
  4. Robin Randall and Jeff Sandberg of Legat Architects presented information on the proposed projects including the Early Learning Center, McKinley Addition, and the MHS STEM/Science Project.
  5. Director of Finance Tom Anderson provided a spreadsheet of financial information taking into account these scenarios: 1) declining enrollment of 25 students per year, 2) 1% State Supplement Aid per year, and 3) the district does nothing (no Early Learning Center, keeping 6th grade at CMS) paying particular attention to UAB (Unspent Authorized Budget) and solvency ratio.
  6. Director of Finance Tom Anderson provided the projected cash flow spreadsheet for the PPEL/Sales Tax Fund showing the district's ability to cash flow the proposed projects.
  7. The consensus of the board was to bring the proposed projects as discussed to vote at its next meeting, November 12, 2018.
  8. The following upcoming meetings and events were announced:
    1. October 22-25, 2018 Parent-Teacher Conference Week
    2. October 25, 2018 2-Hour Early Dismissal
    3. October 26, 2018 No School - Conference Comp Day
    4. October 29, 2018 No School - Teacher Inservice
    5. November 12, 2018 Regular Session; 7 p.m.; City Hall
  9. The meeting adjourned at 8:09 p.m.

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