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March 18, 2019 School Board Minutes
Posted 3/19/19

Board Meeting

Monday, March 18, 2019

7:00 p.m. in the Junior High Commons



1) Call to Order:  The meeting was called to order by Board President Rod Zobel at 7:00 p.m.  In attendance were other board members Mona Larsen, Doug Dvorak, David Calderwood and Val Bradley.  Absent were Tiffany Feisel and Cheryl Popelka.  Also, in attendance were Superintendent David Hill, Principals Josh Youel and Andrew Meister, Board Secretary Terrill Karr and Joel Larsen, Kennan Seda and CJ Eilers.


2) Public Forum: Mr. Seda spoke on the need to have more signage at the school so people know where to go for events and also more handicapped signage. Mr. Seda also suggested on snow days to have the kids work at home some of the days. 


3) Approve Agenda:  Bradley made the motion to approve the agenda.  Larsen seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.  (Feisel and Popelka absent)


4) Consent Agenda:       

            a. Approval of February 11, 2019 Board Minutes

            b. Approval of February 27, 2019 Special Board Minutes

            c. Approval of Out-of-State Field Trip Requests: none

            d. Approval of Fundraiser Request: none

            e. Approve Inter-Agency Agreements for Education Services: Mason City CSD

            f.  Financial

                        i. Expenditures to Date and Approval of Bills          


                                    2. Monthly Balances

                                    3. Detail Check Register              

                                    4. Expenses to Published Budget

            g. Personnel

                        i. Resignations

                                    1. Kathy Lohf                 Nurse


                        ii. Appointments & Adjustments               

                                    1. Brayton Ewing            Special Education Associate         

                                    2. Melanie Lacey             Part-Time Nurse (Effective August 2019)

                                    3. Bailey Eisenman          High School Assistant Softball Coach


                        iii. Termination of Contact: none


Calderwood made the motion to approve the consent agenda.  Bradley seconded the motion.  Motion carried 5-0.  (Feisel and Popelka absent)


5) Consider Renewal of Current Cooperative Agreement for Girls Soccer with Union CSD:  Larsen made the motion to renew the cooperative agreement for girls’ soccer with Union CSD.  Dvorak seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.  (Feisel and Popelka absent)


6) Review& Acceptance of Lawn Care Bids for 2019 Mowing Season: Dvorak made the motion to accept Dennis Albert’s Lawn Care bid for the 2019 season.  Bradley seconded the motion.  Motion carried 5-0.  (Feisel and Popelka absent)


7) Discussion of Fiscal Year 20 Budget: Superintendent Hill reviewed his recommendations for the fiscal year 2020 budget.  The proposed budget will be published in the Star Clipper in accordance with the law, and a public hearing on the budget will be held at the beginning of the April school board meeting on April 8, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.  The property tax rate included in the proposed budget is $10.23 per thousand, which is one cent higher than the current property tax rate.  North Tama continues to maintain one of the lowest school tax rates in the region. 



8) Discussion/Possible Board Action on Utility Projects (New Water Main & Rerouting Natural Gas Line) to Accommodate the South Elementary Accessibility Project.  We will need to get multiple bids for the new water main project as it is projected to be over the threshold. It is hoped that the board can act on this at the April Board Meeting.


9) Reports:

a. Elementary Principal-Josh Youel: Elementary associate shortage is over, SRG video is live on You Tube and has been viewed 112 times (with no questions being asked), Associates Ronda Pokorny, Tammy Jones and Connie Owens are taking Classroom Management Training, Author Trent Reedy (from Dysart) will be here March 26th, and a huge welcome to our new Elementary Principal Susan Olson!


b. Secondary Principal-Andrew Meister: Leadership Team & Teachers are working to improve on Semester 1 data, Secondary testing for the Iowa Statewide Assessment of School Progress will be March 27th, Spring sports are off and running!


c. David Hill-Superintendent: Hill discussed possible facility improvement projects. He hopes to bring recommendations to the board in April.  Hourly staff members who work only on student days will have the opportunity to make up some of the work days missed by working four days in June assisting with custodial tasks.  These work days will be optional. 


10) Adjournment:  At 8:40 Bradley made the motion to adjourn.  Calderwood seconded the motion.  Motion carried 5-0.  (Feisel and Popelka absent)




The next meeting will be April 8th at 7:00 p.m. in the ICN room.









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                              Rod Zobel, Board President                                  Terrill Karr, Board Secretary