Board Meeting Minutes - Starmont Community School District

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Agendas for the Starmont Board of Education meetings can be found here

 

Minutes of the September 20, 2017

Annual Board Meeting

Starmont Community School District Board of Directors

 

  1. Call to Order Annual School Board Meeting (279.33)

The Starmont Community School District Board held its annual board meeting on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at the High School Conference Room. President Paris called the meeting to order at 6:35 PM. Members present: Shane Paris, Doug Puffett, Darren West. Absent: Kevin Powell.  Administration present: Superintendent, Troy Heller; MS/HS Principal, Jason Yessak; Athletic Director, Chad Whittle; SBO/Board Secretary, Robyn Faust. Guests were present.

 

  1. Communication and Visitors

 

  1. Consent Agenda

    1. Approve Agenda

    2. Approve Minutes – August 14 Regular Board Meeting, August 21, 2017, “Meet and Greet,”  and August 28, 2017, Special Board Meeting Minutes

    3. Amend August 14 Minutes (Wellness Committee Date)

    4. Approve Monthly Financial Reports

    5. Approve Monthly Bills

 

            With the correction to the August 14 board minutes, which should have stated the Wellness Committee will  

             meet on September 27, Puffett moved to approve the consent agenda, West second, motion carried 3-0.

 

  1. Review and Consider Approving Board Policies 700, 800, 900 Series (2nd Reading)

With potential changes to be made to the sections of 905.1 board policies, Puffett moved to approve the second reading of 700, 800, and 900 series board polices with the exception of 905.1 sections, West second, motion carried 3-0.

 

  1. Review Any Old Business

None to report.

 

  1. Review and Consider Approving Project Invoice to Johnson Controls

Puffett moved to approve paying project invoice to Johnson Controls in the amount of $32,445, West second, motion carried 3-0.

 

  1. Review and Consider Approving Project Invoices to Fisher Tracks, Inc.

Puffett moved to approve paying project invoices #2 and #3 to Fisher Tracks, Inc. in the total amount of $111,296.30, West second, motion carried 3-0.

 

  1. Review and Consider Approving Change Order Proposals for Johnson Controls

Puffett moved to approve the change order proposals for Johnson Controls in the total amount of $12,897, West second, motion carried 3-0.

 

  1. Review and Consider Approving Change Order Proposal #5 for Dave’s Construction

West moved to approve change order proposal #5 for Dave’s Complete Construction in the amount of $1,170.56, Puffett second, motion carried 3-0.

 

  1. Review and Consider Approving Project Invoice to Dave’s Construction

            Puffett moved to approve paying project invoice to Dave’s Complete Construction in the amount     

             of $117,526.40, West second, motion carried 3-0.

 

  1. Review and Approve the Canvass of September 12, 2017, Starmont School Board Election

Faust read the official canvass of the September 12, 2017, school board election. Puffett moved to accept the canvass of votes for the September 12, 2017, Starmont school board election, West second, motion carried 3-0.

 

  1. Approve Temporary Chairperson to Convene Reorganizational Meeting

West moved to appoint Faust as the temporary chairperson for reorganization purposes, Puffett second, motion carried 3-0.

 

  1. Adjourn

Puffett moved to adjourn, West second, meeting adjourned at 7:01 PM.


Minutes of the September 20, 2017

Reorganizational Board Meeting

Starmont Community School District Board of Directors

 

The Starmont Community School District Board held its reorganizational board meeting on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at the High School Conference Room (279.1). Board Secretary, Faust, called the meeting to order at 7:01 PM. Members present: Shane Paris, Doug Puffett, Darren West, Julie Uhlenkamp. Absent: Kevin Powell but later arrived at 7:47 PM.  Administration present: Superintendent, Troy Heller; Curriculum Director, Patty Briggs; MS/HS Principal, Jason Yessak; Elementary Principal, Sandy Klaus; Athletic Director, Chad Whittle.

 

  1. Elected Board Members Take Oath of Office (277.28)

Faust administered the Oath of Office to Puffett, West, and Uhlenkamp as the newly-elected board members.

 

  1. Approve/Appoint/Elect Board President

Paris nominated Puffett as Board President, and Paris called for a unanimous ballot. Motion carried 4-0, and Puffett became the new Board President and chaired for the rest of the meeting.

 

  1. Approve/Appoint/Elect Board Vice President

Uhlenkamp nominated Paris as Board Vice President, and Uhlenkamp called for a unanimous ballot. Motion carried 4-0, and Paris became the new Board Vice President.

 

  1. Approve/Appoint Secretary/Treasurer

Uhlenkamp nominated Faust as the Board Secretary/Treasurer, Puffett second, motion carried 4-0.

 

  1. Approve/Appoint IASB Legislative Area Network Representative

West nominated Puffett as the IASB LAN Representative, Uhlenkamp second, motion carried 4-0.

 

  1. Approve/Appoint IASB Delegate Assembly Representative

Paris moved to appoint Puffett as the IASB Delegate Assembly Representative, Uhlenkamp second, motion carried 4-0.

 

  1. Review and Consider Approving County Conference Board Representatives

Paris nominated West as the Clayton County Conference Board Representative, Uhlenkamp second, motion carried 4-0. No nominations were made for Buchanan, Fayette, and Delaware, as there were no residences of these counties.

 

  1. Review and Consider Approving Dollars for Scholars and Negotiations Committee Representatives

Paris nominated Uhlenkamp as the Dollars for Scholars Representative, West second, motion carried 4-0.

Uhlenkamp nominated Powell and Paris as the two Negotiation Committee Representatives, motion carried 4-0.

 

  1. Review and Consider Approving Legal Counsel

Paris moved to approve Lynch Dallas as Starmont’s legal counsel, Uhlenkamp second, motion carried 4-0.

 

  1. Review and Consider Approving Date, Time, and Location of Board Meetings

West moved to approve having the board meetings on the second Monday of every month, 6:30 PM, at the HS Conference Room, Uhlenkamp second, motion carried 4-0.

 

  1. Review and Consider Approving Official Publication

Uhlenkamp moved to approve the Lamont Leader and the Press Journal as the official publications, West second, motion carried 4-0.

 

  1. Review and Consider Approving Depositories

Paris moved to approve the depository in the total amount of $6,500,000 for the following locations: Citizens State Bank (Strawberry Point, IA), Famers Savings Bank (Strawberry Point, IA), WC Financial (Independence, IA), Edward Jones (Oelwein, IA), ISCAP (Des Moines, IA), West second, motion carried 4-0.

 

  1. Review and Approve Personnel Recommendations

Hiring:

  1. Grace Durnan as MS/HS cook- $9.60/hour

Resignations:

  1. James Fleming as custodian. Thanks for your service, and good luck, James!

  2. Lisa Fleming as paraprofessional. Thanks for your service, and good luck, Lisa!

  3. Janet Goedken as paraprofessional. Thanks for your service, and good luck, Janet!

 

             Uhlenkamp moved to approve the three resignations and the recommended hire, West second, motion

             carried 4-0.

 

  1. Review and Consider Approving 2017-2018 Fundraisers

West moved to approve the listed 17-18 academic and club fundraisers, Paris second, motion carried 4-0.

 

  1. Elementary Principal’s Report/School Improvement Coordinator’s Report

Principal Klaus reported on the K-3 FAST scores recently received, which showed Starmont scoring better than 84.4% of schools. Klaus also shared a new agreement form to share with the parents of students missing more than 10 days of school/semester. Briggs communicated with the board that the afterschool STEM program has now started and is showing great success, with 18 middle school students currently participating in the program.

 

  1. MS/HS Principal’s Report/AD’s Report

AD Whittle commented on current and upcoming activity events. Fall sports are off to a great start, with the volleyball and cross country teams both ranking #4 in the State.  Principal Yessak commented on the ACT scores, stating Starmont was above national average in 100% of areas and above state average in 75% of areas. He is also working to implement the DARE program with the 6th graders.

 

  1. Superintendent’s Report

1.  October 26 at 6:30 PM in Oelwein- board training

2.  November 15 – IASB (Des Moines)

3.  Project Update- Mike Tucker was present to communicate

4.  Football Update- recent forfeit against Lisbon and paying officials

5.  Meeting with West Central- discussing potential sharing opportunities to save district money

6.  EMC Check- received over $11,000 in dividend payout

7.  Group’s Financials (Boosters, Preschools, etc.)- still have not received. Hoping to have by next meeting.

8.  Special Board Meeting for Adm. Goals/Board Policies- Larry Siegel will be present via Zoom at the October 9th board meeting. The 400, 500, and 600 series board policies are tentatively scheduled to be on the November agenda.

9.  Preschool- updates on licensures and looking to approve.

 

Two other notes are that Starmont is looking into an early retirement package and still looking for a MS Spring Play Director and a HS Fall Play Director.

 

  1. Set Date for October School Board Meeting

The school board will meet again on October 9th for a regular board meeting, 6:30 PM, HS Conference Room. Larry Siegel will be present via Zoom.

 

  1. Adjourn

Powell moved to adjourn, Uhlenkamp second, meeting adjourned at 7:58 PM.

 

_______________________________ _____________________________________

 

Douglas Puffett, Board President              Robyn Faust, Board Secretary

 


Minutes of the August 28, 2017

Special Board Meeting

Starmont Community School District Board of Directors

 
  1. Call to Order Regular Meeting

The Starmont Community School District Board held its special meeting on Monday, August 28, 2017, at the High School Conference Room. Board member Puffett called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM. Members present: Doug Puffett, Darren West and Kevin Powell. Absent: Gary Heaton and Shane Paris. Paris arrived at 6:38 PM.  Administration present: Superintendent, Troy Heller; HR Director/Superintendent Secretary, Cristen Bockenstedt.

 

  1. Approve the Agenda

Powell moved to approve the agenda, West second, motion carried 3-0.

 

  1. Review and Consider Approving Board Policies 302.2, 303.3, 405.4, 405.9, 410.2, 505.2, 603.2 (2nd Reading)

Powell moved to approve the 2nd reading of the listed board policies, West second, motion carried 4-0.

 

302.2- Superintendent Contract & Contract Nonrenewal

303.3- Administrator Contract & Contract Nonrenewal

405.4- Licensed Employee Continuing Contract

405.9- Licensed Employee Probationary Status

410.2- Summer School Licensed Employees

505.2- Student Promotion, Retention, Acceleration

603.2- Summer School Instruction

 

  1. Review and Consider Approving 700, 800, and 900 Board Polices (1st Reading)

In discussing the 700, 800 and 900 series board polices, there were no major changes or concerns to report on behalf of the board. The board would like to approve the 1st reading of the 700, 800, and 900 board policy series.

 

  1. Review and Consider Approving Volunteer Agreement

Puffett moved to approve Jon Janssen as a volunteer Varsity basketball coach for the 2017-2018 school year, Powell second, motion carried 4-0.

 

  1. Review Standards for Effective School Boards

The school board reviewed IASB’s standards for effective school boards with no major questions or concerns to report.

 

  1. Review Goals for Superintendent

     The 2016-2017 school year goals that were set for the superintendent were reviewed. Those

     goals included: UAB of $500,000 and a solvent ratio of 5%-10%, network with other

     school districts to investigate possible educational and sharing opportunities,    

     maintain long-term facility plan that will include analyzing capital/PPEL projects

     and take into account cost savings to the general fund, improve open enrollment

     in/out ratio by 3-5 students, advocate for school district by promoting the

     accomplishments of the Starmont Stars.

 

  1. Adjourn

Puffett moved to adjourn, Powell second, meeting adjourned at 8:53 PM.

 

Minutes of the August 21, 2017

Special Board Meeting

Work Session/ “Meet and Greet” the Candidates

Starmont Community School District Board of Directors

 

  1. Call to Order Regular Meeting

The Starmont Community School District Board held its special meeting on Monday, August 21, 2017, at the High School cafeteria. President Paris called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM. Members present: Shane Paris, Doug Puffett, Darren West and Kevin Powell. Absent: Gary Heaton.  Board election candidates present: Doug Puffett, Darren West, Julie Uhlenkamp, Robert Pope. Guests were present.

 

  1. Introduce Board Election Candidates

The meeting began with introducing the board election candidates: Doug Puffett, Darren West, Julie Uhlenkamp, Robert Pope. Members from the community were allowed to meet the candidates and address them with any questions. The Starmont school board election is to take place on Tuesday, September 12, 2017.

 

  1. Adjourn

The meeting was declared adjourned at 7:30 PM.

 

Minutes of the August 14, 2017

Regular Board Meeting

Starmont Community School District Board of Directors

 
  1. Call to Order Regular Meeting

The Starmont Community School District Board held its regular meeting on Monday, August 14, 2017, at the High School Conference Room. President Paris called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM. Members present: Shane Paris, Doug Puffett, Darren West and Kevin Powell. Absent: Gary Heaton.  Administration present: Superintendent, Troy Heller; Curriculum Director, Patty Briggs; MS/HS Principal, Jason Yessak; Elementary Principal, Sandy Klaus; Athletic Director, Chad Whittle; SBO/Board Secretary, Robyn Faust. Guests were present.

 

  1. Communication and Visitors

 

  1. Consent Agenda

    1. Agenda

    2. Approve Minutes – July 10, 2017

    3. Approve Monthly Financial Reports

    4. Approve Monthly Bills- audited by Puffett

    5. Approve Personnel Recommendations

Hiring:

  1. Colton Janssen as JV Boys’ Basketball Coach- total salary of $2,773.80

  2. Lois Goedken as Assistant MS Softball Coach- remaining salary of $1,386.90

  3. Michelle Stille as Assistant Speech Coach- total salary of $2,465.60

  4. Lisa Pope as an Elementary Para (internal transfer)

  5. Kelly Grawe as a Special Needs Associate- total salary of $9.70/hour

  6. Tyler Brown as a High School Para (internal transfer)

Resignations:

  1. Eric Shilhanek from the head musical position.

 

Puffett moved to approve the consent agenda, West second, motion carried 4-0.

 

  1. Review Updates on Summer Projects

Mike Tucker with Martin Gardner was present to give updates on all the summer projects. The MS bathrooms and the main locker rooms should be wrapping up within the next few weeks and the cross country girls’ locker room is completed except for the lockers. The security system should be completed by the end of August except for the ID cards, which could take until the beginning of October to receive. The track is also done except for the striping, which will be another 3-4 weeks until completion.

 

  1. Review and Consider Approving Change Order #3 (School Project)

Change Order #3 is mainly for the repainting of the locker rooms and a few mechanical adjustments. Powell moved to approve Change Order #3 in the amount of $9,688.00, West second, motion carried 4-0.

 

  1. Review and Consider Approving Change Order #4 (School Project)

Change Order #4 is for the locker painting in the cross country locker room. Puffett moved to approve Change Order #4 in the amount of $4,365.00, Powell second, motion carried 4-0.

 

  1. Review and Consider Approving G702-1992 Application and Certificate for Payment for $96,012.70

Puffett moved to approve G702-1992 Application and Certificate for Payment in the amount of $96,012.70 to Dave’s Complete Construction, West second, motion carried 4-0.

 

  1. Review and Consider Approving Board Policies 302.2, 303.3, 405.4, 405.9, 410.2, 505.2, 603.2 (1st Reading)

After reviewing and discussing the aforementioned board policies, the board would like to approve them with the contingency of rewording 505.2 to show that Starmont’s professional staff may recommend retaining a student within their current grade; however, it is ultimately up to the student’s parents to decide if the student will be retained. This would align with the current board policy in place. The first reading of the following board polices took place:

 

302.2- Superintendent Contract & Contract Nonrenewal

303.3- Administrator Contract & Contract Nonrenewal

405.4- Licensed Employee Continuing Contract

405.9- Licensed Employee Probationary Status

410.2- Summer School Licensed Employees

505.2- Student Promotion, Retention, Acceleration

603.2- Summer School Instruction

 

  1. Elem. Principal’s Report/School Improvement Coordinator’s Report

Klaus reported another successful summer school with 63 children registered and the new online program receiving great reviews. It should be mentioned that this past summer school is the last one to be funded unless administration can find another funding source for upcoming years. There will also be a switch in vendors with the FAST assessment, and we will now be using FASTBRIDGE. Teacher training on the new system will take place this fall. A few upcoming and important dates to keep in mind:

  • August 10, 6:00 PM- first PTO meeting

  • August 24- Kindergarten starts

  • August 25- Preschool starts

  • August 28- Elementary/MS fundraiser

           

The elementary would also like to extend a warm welcome to the new elementary staff: Meg           Gelner, Rachael Hach, and Lisa Pope.

 

Briggs reported that this will be the last year that the STEM program will be funded, so administration is looking into ways to incorporate and continue this in the following years. Some science and social studies changes are currently being discussed, with the need of updated materials to ensure teaching standards and goals are being met. All new instructional materials have been received and should be delivered to teachers within the next week. There is also currently a lot of planning for continuing/improving the PBIS and AIW programs.

 

  1. MS/HS Principal’s Report/AD’s Report

Yessak informed the board that there will be pocket charts for student cell phones placed in every classroom, and students will be able to have their cell phones during passing time and lunch. Students will also only be allowed to be in the café, inside the MS doors and inside the doors by the spectator gym between 7:30 AM and the time classes begin. Supervision will be at all three areas, and if a student needs to see a teacher during these times, the student will need to present a note from the teacher. The Perkins grant for CTE teachers has been completed, and this year the money will go to Roger Reed to improve shop equipment. Two dates to keep in mind is freshman orientation on August 21 at 6:30 PM and the chromebook roll out on August 29 at 6:30 PM.



 

Whittle reminded everyone of a few upcoming athletic events:

  • August 18, 7:00 PM- football players’ auction fundraiser

  • August 20, 12:00 PM- annual Booster Club golf outing

  • September 12- cross country invite

 

  1. Review and Consider Approving the 2017-18 Coaches Handbook

Whittle presented the 2017-18 Coaches Handbook, and after review, the board suggested a few minor changes on pages 4 and 5 to ensure consistency. Puffett moved to approve the 2017-18 Coaches Handbook with the suggested amendments, Powell second, motion carried 4-0.

 

  1. Review and Consider Approving the 2017-18 Staff Handbook and the New Master Contract

West moved to approve the 2017-18 Master Contract and the 2017-18 Employee Handbook, Puffett second, motion carried 4-0.

 

  1. Review and Consider Approving 2017-18 IASB Resolutions

Puffett moved to approve #’s 11, 19, 20, and 30 as Starmont’s 2017-18 IASB Resolutions, Powell second, motion carried 4-0.

 

  1. Review and Consider Approving Out of State Trip for the 2017 National FFA Trip

Powell moved to approve the presented expenses and travel for the 2017 National FFA Conference, Puffett second, motion carried 4-0.

 

  1. Review and Consider Approving 2017-18 Powerschool Agreement

Puffett moved to approve the 2017-18 Grantwood AEA Powerschool Agreement in the amount of $5,292.00, West second, motion carried 4-0.

 

  1. Review IASB Evaluation of 2016-17 School Board

This item had been tabled until the special board meeting on August 28th.

 

  1. Superintendent’s Report

    1. Jim Walker is currently working on repairing the multiple roof leaks throughout the buildings.

    2. More discussion will take place about early retirement once the CAR is completed.

    3. Yessak has already discussed the student supervisory plan for early morning hours.

    4. Administration has been informed of the physical incident that occurred on the track. The incident has been documented and investigated, but nothing has come out of this.

    5. Heller will asking the new staff to come to the August 28th special board meeting in order to meet the school board.

    6. The board inquired about a skype meeting for the IASB meeting in October, so this is currently being looked into.

    7. 2016-2017 financials have still not been received for the two contracted preschools.

    8. Heller reiterated the importance of signing up for the Rschool and the Iowa Alerts systems. Information was presented in the registration packets and parents had the opportunity to sign up for these during the registration process.

    9. Starting next school year, mileage/fuel for sports camps will be charged to the individual sports accounts. It will continue to be charged to the general athletic account for this current school year.

    10. Tripoli’s superintendent evaluation will take place on the 20th, so Heller will present the evaluation to the board on August 28, and an open discussion will take place then.

    11. Cristen Bockenstedt reported that Starmont’s numbers for open enrollment out is 88 kids, and open enrollment in is 48 kids.

    12. The IASB annual convention will take place from November 15-17, and Heller will be making the hotel accommodations for any board members wanting to attend.

 

Heller would like to remind everyone that there will be a “Meet the Candidates” night in Starmont’s HS cafeteria on August 21, starting at 6:30 PM. This would give the community a chance to meet and ask any questions to the board election candidates. Also, the Wellness Committee will begin discussions of rules on August 27.

 

  1. Set August 28th and September 20th as Our Next Board Meetings

The school board will meet again on August 28th for a special board meeting and September 20th for the organizational board meeting, both meetings to begin at 6:30 PM.

 

  1. Adjourn

Puffett moved to adjourn, West second, meeting adjourned at 8:17 PM.




 

 

 

________________________________ _____________________________________

Shane Paris, Board President Robyn Faust, Board Secretary

 

Minutes of the July 10, 2017

Regular Board Meeting

Starmont Community School District Board of Directors

 
  1. Call to Order Regular Meeting

The Starmont Community School District Board held its regular meeting on Monday, July 10, 2017, at the High School Conference Room. President Paris called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM. Members present: Shane Paris, Doug Puffett, Darren West and Kevin Powell. Absent: Gary Heaton.  Administration present: Superintendent, Troy Heller; SBO/Board Secretary, Robyn Faust. Guests were present.

 

  1. Communication and Visitors

 

  1. Consent Agenda

    1. Agenda

    2. Approve Minutes – June 12, 2017

    3. Approve Monthly Financial Reports

    4. Approve Monthly Bills- audited by Paris/West

    5. Approve Personnel Recommendations

Hiring:

  1. Elizabeth Weets as HS Special Needs Associate- $9.70/hour

  2. Angie Bergan as HS Guidance Counselor- total salary of $40,803

  3. Anita Frisch as HS Spanish Teacher- total salary of $63,235

  4. Michelle Stille as HS Science Teacher- total salary of $35,792

  5. Travis Swales as Bus Driver- total salary of $10,592

  6. Rachel Hach as Home Liaison/Social Worker- total salary of $33,784

Resignations:

  1. Lonnie Cantrell as Golf Coach. Thank you for your services, Lonnie!

  2. Carmen Stenger as HS Guidance Counselor. Good luck with your new endeavors, Carmen!

  3. Aaron Kvale as HS Spanish Teacher. Good luck with your new endeavors, Aaron!

 

Puffett moved to approve the consent agenda, Powell second, motion carried 4-0.

 

  1. Review Superintendent’s Shared Contract with Tripoli for FY 19, 20, Optional 21

Puffett moved to approve the superintendent’s shared contract with Tripoli Community Schools for the fiscal years of 2019, 2020, with an optional fiscal year of 2021, West second, motion carried 4-0.

 

  1. Little Star and Berry Tender Preschool Contracts for the 2017-2018 Schoolyear

Puffett moved to approve the offering of contracts to Little Star and Berry Tender preschools for the 2017-2018 schoolyear, Powell second, motion carried 4-0.

 

  1. Review Summer Projects Change Orders #1 and #2

Mike Tucker with Martin Gardner Architecture was present to review the change orders for the locker room renovations. The first change order was in the amount of $8,364 and mainly involved replacing door frames to be sure the school is code compliant as well as using epoxy for the flooring versus VCT. The second change order was in the amount of $6,291 and included electrical updates, updated shower units, and drywall/ceiling repairs. Both change orders totaled $14,655. Powell moved to approve both change orders, Puffett second, motion carried 4-0.  

 

  1. Review Application of Payment to Dave’s Complete Construction, Inc.

Puffett moved to approve the application of payment to Dave’s Complete Construction, Inc. in the amount of $76,938.60, West second, motion carried 4-0.  

 

  1. Review Application of Payment to Fisher Tracks, Inc.

Puffett moved to approve the application of payment to Fisher Tracks, Inc. in the amount of $13,110.00, West second, motion carried 4-0.

 

  1. Review 2017-2018 Equipment Breakdown Insurance Contract

After comparing the previous year’s cost versus refund financials, the Board felt it was in the school’s best interest to try renewing the contract one more time and assess the return amounts at the end of the next fiscal year. Puffett moved to approve the 2017-2018 equipment breakdown insurance contract in the amount of $46,274, West second, motion carried 4-0.

 

  1. Review Cristen Bockenstedt’s Access to Bank Accounts at CSB

Because Cristen Bockenstedt is the HR Director and all HR duties have been transferred to her, she will need bank account access in order to complete the payroll process. Puffett moved to approve Cristen Bockenstedt’s authorization to access all of Starmont’s accounts at Citizens State Bank, including internet access to each, Powell second, motion carried 4-0.

 

  1. Review School Board Resignation as Per Code 279.6(2)

Puffett moved to approve Gary Heaton’s resignation from Starmont’s School Board, as per Code 279.6(2), and set Starmont’s organizational meeting for September 20, 2017, Powell second, motion carried 4-0.

 

  1. Superintendent’s Report

a) Jim Walker is currently working on roof repairs from the storm damage. Updates will follow.

b) Chad Whittle has organized a CPR training for all coaches and preschool staff for August 9th.

c) For the AMPI/discharge project, per test results were shared, which requires the DNR to be involved in the process.

d) Custodial contracts will have to be redone and resigned, as a pay rate error was recently discovered.

e) Early retirement package ideas are still being discussed, and further discussion will follow.

f) No changes will be made to the Schedule C as of now. This issue will be revisited next year after ample time has been allowed to research what other districts set for rates.

g) Look to the August board meeting for the introduction of the legislative resolutions.

h) Superintendent Heller would like an evaluation done on him at the regular board meeting in September.

i) Job descriptions are currently being revised with the transfer of responsibilities to the HR Director.

j) Staff handbook changes are also currently under revision.

k) Classes are set to begin on August 23rd with the staff in-service scheduled for August 18th.

l) There are current discussions on how the school will claim money owed to them in regards to an unfulfilled contract from prom of 2014.

 

  1. Board meeting Dates

The August board meeting will be August 14, 2017, at 6:30 PM. Puffett will audit bills at this time.

 

  1. Adjourn

Puffett moved to adjourn, Powell second, meeting adjourned at 8:14 PM.

 

 

 

________________________________ _____________________________________

Shane Paris, Board President Robyn Faust, Board Secretary

 

 


Minutes of the May 22, 2017
Special Board Meeting
Starmont Community School District Board of Directors
 
Call to Order Special Meeting
The Starmont Community School District Board held a special meeting on Monday, May 22, 2017 at the High School Conference Room. President Paris called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm. Member present: Shane Paris, Doug Puffett and Kevin Powell. Absent: Kim Chapman and Gary Heaton.  Administration present: Supt. Troy Heller and SBO/Board Secretary Laura Morine.  Guests were present. 
 
Agenda
Agenda was amended to add the purchase of 150 Chromebooks at $49,050 from CDWG.  Puffett moved to approve and amend the agenda.   Powell second, motion carried 3-0.
 
 Public Hearing to Amend 2016-2017 Budget
No public comment during the public hearing.
 
Amendment to 2016-2017 Budget
Puffett moved to approve the 2016-2017 as published in the paper.  The areas of amendment are Total Support Services from $2,429,500 to $2,529,500; Non-instructional Programs from $375,000 to $475,000; and Total Other Expenditures from $895,639 to $1,200,000.    Powell second, motion carried 3-0.
 
Public Hearing on Plans, Specifications and Budget for Starmont CSD Facilities Improvements Projects
Mike Tucker from Martin Gardner was present to answers any questions on the updates.  No public comment during the public hearing.
 
Approve Plans, Specifications and Budget for Starmont CSD Facilities Improvement Projects
Puffett moved to accept the resolution:   Whereas, the Starmont Community School Board approves the Facility Improvement project presented by Martin Gardner Architecture.   Powell second.   Roll call vote:  Paris, Puffett & Powell ayes, no nays.
   
Approve bid and awarding the contract for the Starmont CSD Facilities Improvement Projects
Powell moved to accept the resolution:  Whereas, the Starmont Community School Board approves the bid document presented by Martin Gardner Architecture and awarding the bid of $301,058.00 to Dave’s Complete Construction. Improvements will be:  Fob door mechanisms, update girls and boys locker rooms, spectator restrooms, special needs restroom and weight room floor.  Puffett second.   Roll call vote:  Paris, Puffett & Powell ayes, no nays.
 
Approve bid for the Starmont CSD Track Resurfacing Project
Puffett moved to accept the resolution:  Whereas, the Starmont Community School Board approves the bid document presented by Martin Gardner Architecture and awarding the bid to Fisher Tracks with the structural spray for a total of $130,954.00. Powell second.   Roll call vote:  Paris, Puffett & Powell ayes, no nays.
 
Approve Johnson Control’s as Security Contractor
Puffett moved to approve Johnson Control’s as our partner as Security Contractor.  Powell second, motion carried 3-0.  
 
 Approve 2017 Summer Spanish Trip to Spain 
Powell moved to approve the Spanish trip to Madrid and Andalusa, June 3-12, 2017. Eleven students and two chaperones are going. Puffett second, motion carried 3-0.
 
 Resignation from Laura Morine, Business Manager/Board Secretary
Puffett moved to accept the resignation from Laura Morine as Business Manager/Board Secretary as of June 30, 2017.  Powell second, resignation accepted 3-0.
 
 Resignation from Jenni Schauf
Powell moved to accept the resignation of Jenni Schauf as teacher, TLC Instructional Coach and as Asst. Cross Country Coach at the end of this fiscal year.   Puffett second, resignation accepted 3-0.
 
 Hiring new Business Manager/Board Secretary
Puffett moved to hire Robyn Faust as the Business Manager/Board Secretary at a base salary of $48,000, plus $850 per month capped health insurance, annual contract starting July 1. Rate for June training period will be at per diem rate.   Powell second, motion carried 3-0.
 
 Paying out unused vacation days for Business Manager
Puffett moved to remove this item of old business from the table.  Powell second, motion carried 3-0.  Puffett moved to pay Morine for unused vacation days at her per diem rate in order to train the new Business Manager.   Powell second, motion carried 3-0.
 
  Resignation from Board Member Kim Chapman
Puffett moved to accept the resignation from Kim Chapman as Board Member.  Powell second, motion carried 3-0. 
 
 Appointment of  Board Member
Puffett moved to approve Darren West to fulfill the remaining term of Kim Chapman, which expires in September 2017 as that is the next school board election.  Powell second, motion carried 2-1 with Powell as a nay.   Morine issued the Oath of Office to West.
 
 Volunteer Agreements for Golf and Softball
Powell moved to approve the volunteer agreements for golf and softball for Jon Janssen. West second, motion carried 4-0.
 
  Purchase 150 Middle School Chromebooks
Powell moved to purchase 150 Chromebooks for the Middle School from CDWG at $49,050.  This purchase was on the 5 year plan that was approved in July 2016.  Puffett second, motion carried 4-0.
 
Adjourn
West moved to adjourn the meeting, Puffett second. Meeting adjourned at 7:43 pm
 
Respectfully submitted
 
 
 
Laura J. Morine , BM/BS Shane Paris, Board President

Minutes of the May 8, 2017

Regular Board Meeting

Starmont Community School District Board of Directors

 
  1. Call to Order Regular Meeting

The Starmont Community School District Board held its regular meeting on Monday, May 8, 2017 at the High School Conference Room. President Paris called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm and the agenda would be amended with no presentation from Janet Becker, addition of school board recognition under Communications and that the Board would only be reviewing the budget amendment.  Member present: Shane Paris, Doug Puffett, Gary Heaton and Kevin Powell. Absent: Kim Chapman.  Administration present: Supt. Troy Heller, SBO/Board Secretary Laura Morine; Elementary Principal Sandy Klaus; Curriculum Director Patty Briggs; MS-HS Principal Marc Snavely and Activities Director Chad Whittle.  Guests were present.

 
  1. Communication and Visitors

Supt. Heller recognized the Board members as May is School Board Member Recognition Month.  Our Board members volunteer a lot of hours and dedication to the Starmont School District.  The time and efforts of the board members are greatly appreciated. Each board member was presented with a certificate.

 

Seven teachers were present to ask the board to rethink the amount the board is willing to pay towards health insurance.

 
  1. Consent Agenda

  1. Agenda

  2. Minutes - April 10th, 2017

  3. Monthly Financial Reports

  4. Monthly Bills- audited by Heaton

  5. Personnel Recommendations

Hiring:

  1. Amanda Knox as our Head Speech Sponsor for the 2017-2018 school year. Salary of $3,852.50 at 12.5% of base.

  2. Lois Goedken as Asst. Softball Coach.  Salary of $1,822.50 at 6% of base.

  3. Summer help:  Julia Gamm at $11.70 per hour,  Ty Brown at $10.25 per hour, Megan Chambers at $10.25 per hour and Heather Anfinson at $10.25 per hour

Stipend:

  1. Pay a stipend of $500 to Jeff Barker for all of the wonderful pictures he provides to our students and families.

Resignations:

  1. Troy Northrop as Varsity Basketball position.   Thank you Troy for your nine years of coaching.  

 

            Puffett moved to approve the consent agenda, Heaton second, motion carried 4-0.

 
  1. Review 2016-2017 Amended Budget

Morine presented the Actual Budget Summary Report that compares the original published budget to the actual expenditures for FY17.  This report allows us to monitor the four areas of the School budget and we will publish the amended budget and have a public hearing and approve the amended budget on May 22, 2017.  This amendment will not increase taxes.    

 
  1. Teacher/Staff Insurance Plan  

Starmont currently pays the majority of a full-family insurance plan as the district looks at long term financials, Supt Heller is proposing looking at restructuring the board’s contribution to the premiums.  After some discussion, Puffett moved to approve a 4 year proposal that in the 4th year, the Board pay a maximum of $850 per employee.  Powell second, motion carried 4-0.

 
  1. 2017 Graduating Seniors

Puffett moved to approve the list of eligible seniors for the 2016-2017 year.   Heaton second, motion carried 4-0. Congratulations seniors!

 
  1. 2017-18 Certified Negotiated Two-Year Contract

Powell moved to approve the two year contract for 2017-2019.   Fiscal year 2017-18 was a $445 increase on base for a new base of $30,820, this is a 1.87% total package with benefits, costing about $67,259.   Fiscal year 2018-19 was a $470 increase on base for a new base of $31,290 , this is a 1.51% total package with benefits, costing about $55,593.  Master contract will only include base salary and the rest will be moved to a staff handbook. Puffett second, motion carried 4-0.

 
  1. Elementary Principal’s Report/ Curriculum Coordinator’s Report

Principal Klaus reported that Starmont didn’t receive the 21st Century Grant for next year, but we will be having a three week summer school this summer. Congratulations to the following teachers:  Mrs. McIntyre for lining up the Willie Sterba Concert; Mrs. Swanson  for leading the 4-5 Leadership team; Mrs. Cantrell for lining up and taking some of our special ed students to the Special Olympic Summer Games in Ames.

 

Curriculum Director Briggs presented Iowa Assessment scores and talking about alignment changes in science and social studies curriculum.

 
  1. MS/HS Principal’s Report/AD’s Report

AD Whittle reported that softball and baseball practices have begun. DECA had a successful trip to California for the ICDC.  FFA members represented Starmont well at the State FFA Convention.   Prom was also a huge success.

 

Principal Snavely indicated that scheduling is going on for next year, working on awards night.  Thanks to Mrs. Knox for taking students to the State Virtual Reality Conference.  Tom Powell received the top scholarship.   Community service day will be held Friday, May 12th.    Snavely also presented the Starmont CSD Career Information System Plan.  This is for student’s career and academic plan that starts in 8th grade.

 
  1. Out of State Speech Trip

Puffett moved to approve the out of state trip to Chicago the weekend of May 13-14, 2017, for the 12 senior speech students.  Heaton second, motion carried.

 
  1. First Reading of Board Policies

506.1 – Education Records Access

506.2 – Student Directory Information

710.1 – School Nutrition Program

710.2 – Free & Reduced Cost Meals Eligibility

 
  1. UNI Student Teaching Agreement for 2017-2018 fiscal year

Puffett moved to approve the UNI Student Teaching Agreement for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.  Powell second, motion carried 4-0.

 
  1. Paint Bids for HS Gym and Hallways

Puffett moved to approve the Young’s Painting bid for the HS Gym($13,105) and Hallways($5,900) for a total of $19,005.  Heaton second, motion carried 4-0.  

  1. Bid for Press Box Doors

Puffett moved to approve the bid from Oelwein Glass for three aluminum doors and installation for $5,287.70 for the press box. Heaton second, motion carried 4-0.

 
  1. Bid for Floor Scrubber

Puffett moved to approve the bid from Weber Paper for a floor scrubber at the price of $8,072.  Powell second, motion carried 4-0.

 
  1. Bid for Boiler Repair

Powell moved to repair the MS boiler bid from WBC Mechanical for $7,398.  Heaton second, motion carried 4-0.

 
  1. Bid for Air Conditioner in Server Closet

Puffett moved to approve the Anderson Electric bid for the electrical work at $2,628 and Arlington Heating and Cooling bid for the air conditioner  and installation at $5,800.  Powell second, motion carried 4-0.

 
  1. Amend calendar for the 2017-18 school year

Heaton moved to amend the 2017-18 school calendar so that there will be an early dismissal at 1:00 PM on August 23, 2017.  This will allow all teachers to meet with the Instructional Coaches, Coordinator, and other positions in the TLC consortium at West Central.  Powell second, motion carried 4-0.

 
  1. Business Manager Vacation days

Powell moved to table the request.  Puffett second, motion carried 4-0.

 
  1. Superintendent’s Report

  1. Supt. Heller had published articles about the budget in the newsletter and in both papers.

  2. Received a renewal for Technology Contract

  3. Setting up interviews for the business manager position on May 17th.

  4. IPERS contributions may change in 2018

  5. Reviewed the new alcohol rule for licensed staff.

  6. Update on bleachers and postponing the replacement until next year as vendors don’t have time to install before volleyball season. The Spectator gym floor will not be upgraded to new stain since the bleachers are not being done this year, but the floor will be sealed as it has in the past.

  7. Looking at upgrading the website to meet compliance issues.

 
  1. Board meeting Dates

The next board meeting will be May 22, 2017 at 6:30 pm and the June meeting will be June 12, 2017 at 6:30 pm.  Puffett will audit bills in June and Paris in July.

 
  1. Adjourn

Puffett moved to adjourn, Heaton second, meeting adjourned at 8:40 pm.  

 

Minutes of the April 10, 2017
Special Board Meeting
Starmont Community School District Board of Education

Call to Order  Regular Meeting
 The Starmont Community School District Board held a special meeting on Monday, April 10, 2017 at the High School Conference Room.  President Paris called the meeting to order at 6:15 pm.  Members present:  Shane Paris, Gary Heaton and Kevin Powell. Absent: Doug Puffett and Kim Chapman.  Administration present:  Supt. Tory Heller and SBO/Board Secretary Laura Morine.  Representatives from the Starmont Education Association were also present.

SEA’s Opening Bid
Josh Steffen presented the SEA’s opening for negations the 2017-2018 school year. 

Adjourn
Powell moved to adjourn, Heaton second, meeting adjourned at 6:25 pm.


Minutes of the April 10, 2017
Regular Board Meeting
Starmont Community School District Board of Education

Call to Order  Regular Meeting
 The Starmont Community School District Board held its regular meeting on Monday, April 10, 2017 at the High School Conference Room.  President Paris called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm.  Members present:  Shane Paris, Gary Heaton and Kevin Powell. Absent: Doug Puffett and Kim Chapman.  Administration present:  Supt. Tory Heller, SBO/Board Secretary Laura Morine, Elementary Principal Sandy Klaus, MS/HS Principal Marc Snavely and Activities Director Chad Whittle.   Guests were present

Communication & Visitors
 Renee Cantrell gave a presentation on Significant Disabilities and the tools that she is using to improve literacy outcomes for special education students.  Starmont had received a Specially Designed Instructional Significant Cognitive Disabled Strand grant from the Department of Education along with 6 other large schools in Iowa.  The students in Mrs. Cantrell’s class are definitely making progress but she has been using these techniques for a while and the grant helps fund the expenditures.  

    Klaus and Snavely presented the recommendations from the School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC) 

 Consent Agenda
Agenda
Minutes – March 16, 2017
Monthly Financial Reports
Monthly Bills – audited by Paris
Personnel Recommendations 
Personnel Recommendations:
Samantha Jennerjohn  as HS Wrestling Cheerleader sponsor.  Salary of $607.50
Jason Yessak as HS Principal.  Salary of $85,000 and family insurance.  He will also be the Hazardous Road Condition s Administrator with a $2,500 stipend.
Angie Bergan as Social Worker for the FY17-18 school year.  Salary of $33,784 with single insurance. 
Eric Shilhanek as HS and MS play director, stipend of $1,215 and $911.25 respectively.  If a musical is decided upon, $151.88 will be added to the HS position. 
Suzy Hamlett as MS Student Council advisor, salary at $455.63.

Personnel Resignations
1) Carla Bockenstedt resigned as cook on March 30, 2017, effective immediately.

Volunteer Agreements
1) Troy Northrop volunteering with the golf team. 

Powell moved to approve the consent agenda, Heaton second, motion carried 3-0.

Public Hearing for 2017-2018 Adopted Budget
    Public Hearing started at 7:08 pm and no one spoke during the public hearing. 

2017-2018 Adopted Budget
    The tax rate for FY17-18 was published at $12.43/$1000.   This is well below the state average of $13.80/$1000.   Starmont’s tax rate has as high as $16.75/$1000 seven years ago.   Powell moved to approve the 2017-2018 Adopted Budget.  Heaton second, motion carried 3-0.

Resolution for Annual Board-Approved PPEL Levy for the 2017-2018 School Year 
    Heaton moved to resolve that the Board of Directors of the Starmont Community School District, consistent with the Iowa Code, will levy tax for the fiscal year 2017-2018, in the amount of  $.0.33/$1,000 to fund the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy Fund.  Funds will be spent in accordance with the law guiding the PPEL funds.   Powell second, resolution passed 3-0

Sharing Agreements with Oelwein for HR and Transportation and Central for Guidance Counselor for the 2017-2018 School Year.
    Powell moved to approve the sharing contracts with Oelwein for the HR and Transportation with Oelwein for 20% of the contract.  Also a sharing contract with Central for Guidance Counselor at 20% for the 2017-2018 school year.  We will receive sharing incentives from the State for these positions. Heaton second, motion carried 3-0.

PPEL/Capital Spreadsheets for the 2017-2018 School Year
    Heller reviewed the PPEL/Capital spreadsheets with the board as there will be a lot of projects this summer as approved at last month’s meeting.  Heller said the money allocated for cement work would be put towards tuck-pointing instead. 

Bus Bids  for FY18
    Powell moved to approve the bid from School Bus Sales at $98,441-$1,800 (trade-in) =$96,641 for a 2018 84 passenger Blue Bird bus.  Heaton second, bid accepted 3-0,  

Roof Bids for FY18
    Heaton moved to approve the bid from Imperial Roof Systems Co for $59,850.   The area replaced is near the Middle School (near the library and the teachers’ parking lot and the south side of the Elementary gym building).  Powell second, bid accepted 3-0. 


 Locker Bids for FY18
    Powell moved to approve the bid from Iowa Direct Equipment and Appraisal at $13,200.  Heaton second, bid accepted 3-0.

Gym Floor Bids for FY18
          Heaton moved to approve the bid from Integrity Hardwood Floors in the amount of $14,890.40 to sand down the spectator’s gym floor, stain the lanes a different color and seal the floor.  Powell second, bid accepted 3-0, 

Fitness Room Bids for FY18
Coach Munger and Coach Gruman were present to discuss the fitness room.   Both felt the room would be beneficial for strengthening as well as rehab.  The machines will enhance training for all sports and that the design and machines were female friendly as well.   The Starmont Booster Club is giving $10,000 toward the weight room for the school to use as they wish and another $10,000 at a later time (this year) to enhance with things such as TVs, cable, mirrors, etc.). Heaton moved to accept the bid from 2nd Wind out of Clive, Iowa.  Their bid is at $68,577.31, with all of the cardio equipment.  Powell second, motion carried 3-0.  

Second reading of Board Policy #710.4 – School Food Program: Negative Balances
    Powell moved to approve Board Policy #710.4 – School Food Program: Negative Balances.  Heaton second, policy approved 3-0.

Concurrent Textbook Cost for 2017-2018 School Year
    Powell moved to pass on the responsibility of ordering and paying for the concurrent and PICC textbooks to students taking these classes beginning FY2017-2018 as per changes with the Iowa Code.   Heaton second, motion carried 3-0.

Early Graduation Request 
    Heaton moved to approve the request for early graduation for Michael Chapman to graduate the end of first semester 2017-2018, pending all graduation requirements are met. Powell second motion carried 3-0.

Elementary Principal’s Report/Curriculum Coordinator’s Reports
Klaus reported that we are still waiting to hear about the 21st Century Grant for summer school.  The Learning Lab teachers will be having their labs in the next week or so and that is funded by TLC dollars.  Klaus was excited to report that Parent/Teacher conferences had a 96% attendance rate.   PTO Muffins for Mom’s will be April 28th.    Elementary is getting ready for spring testing and assessments.  

MS/HS Principal’s Report/AD’s Report
Snavely said it was a busy month for Fine Arts and other extracurricular activities.  Parent Teacher Conferences were held.  Students are in the process of registering for next year.   Whittle reported there was a good turnout for the Annual Fish Fry and Art Show.  Starmont will be hosting 6 track meets this spring.    Starmont also hosted a State Band and Vocal Contest.  Thank you to our volunteers.

Superintendent’s Report
Sharing Baseball and Wrestling –sharing with West Central has been approved by the state
Engineer/AMPI-process is moving along but slowly
Painting This Summer- putting together a 5 year painting plan
Arlington/SIACC Meeting- Patty attended the Arlington Pancake Breakfast and SIAC had a meeting
CTE Information (Marc) – will have regional planning partners as this was a state wide change.
IASB and ISFIS Memberships – both offer great services and memberships will be paid
Summer Projects – work with Martin Gardner continues
NICC/PPIC- discussed earlier in meeting
Hail/Roof- some damage to roof and one suburban

 May 2017 Board Meeting Date
    The next board meeting will be May 8, 2017.  Heaton to audit bills.

Exempt Session for Preparation for Collective Bargaining Per Iowa Code §20.17 (3) (Negotiations Strategy)
Heller, Morine and Powell will be attending a meeting regarding negotiations so there was no exempt session. 

22.    Adjourn
    Heaton moved to adjourn, Powell second.  Meeting adjourned at 8:12 pm.

Respectfully submitted

_______________________________________        ___________________________________
Laura Morine, Board Secretary                Shane Paris, Board President
 


Minutes of the March 16, 2017 Regular Board Meeting

Starmont Community School District Board of Education 


1. Call to Order Regular Meeting The Starmont Community School District Board held its regular meeting on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at the High School Conference Room. President Paris called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm and Item #9 of the agenda wiII be deleted. Members present: Shane Paris, Doug Puffett, Gary Heaton, Kim Chapman and Kevin Powell. Administration present: Supt. Tory Heller, SBO/Board Secretary Laura Morine, Elementary Principal Sandy Klaus, Curriculum Director Patty Briggs, MS/HS Principal Marc Snavely and Activities Director Chad Whittle. Guests were present. 


2. Communication & Visitors Students from Mrs. Bilden's physics class gave two presentations on products that they are developing and trying to market. 


3. Consent Agenda

a) Agenda

b) Minutes - February 13, 2017

c) Monthly Financial Reports

       i . U pgrading nutrition software this spring

d) Monthly Bills—audited by Paris

e) Personnel Recommendations Resignations:  1) M S/HS Principal Mark Snavely is resigning as M S/HS Principal at the end of this fiscal year. We thank Mr. Snavely for an excellent job over that last 4 years and wish him all the best. 2) Lisa Andreasen's resignation as the volunteer Dance Team Coach. 3) Amanda Knox's resignation as Asst. Speech Coach. Personnel Recommendations:  1) Amanda Knox as Head HS Speech Coach at annual pay of $3,796.88 (if we continue to utilize the current pay scale). Volunteer Agreements  1) Charlie Gruman volunteering for the Track program. 2) Robert Goedken as a volunteer Softball Coach. Puffet moved to approve the consent agenda, Heaton second, motion carried 5-0. 

4. Public Hearing for the 2017-2018 School Calendar

No one spoke up during public hearing. 

5. 2017-2018 School Calendar

Powell moved to approve the 2017-2018 school calendar. Puffett second, motion approved 5-0. New items for the calendar are: Snow Make-up Day — Wording on Side of Calendar; 193.5 Contractual Days to 191.5; February 19 is a common TLC PD Day (May Change); First Day of School August 23; Last Day of School May 22; Floating Day of PD in June 

6. 2017-2018 Budget PowerPoint Presentation

Monne presented a PowerPoint of the 2017-2018 certified budget. The property tax rate for 2017-2018 will go down about 52 cents, for a tax rate of $12.43. 

7. Budget Guarantee Resolution 
 

 


Minutes of the February 13, 2017 Regular Board Meeting

Starmont Community School District Board of Education

 

 

  1. Call to Order Regular Meeting

The Starmont Community School Board held its regular meeting on February 13, 2017 at the High School Conference Room.  President Paris called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.  Members present: Shane Paris, Doug Puffett, Kim Chapman, and Kevin Powell. Gary Heaton was absent.  Administration present: Superintendent Troy Heller, SBO/Board Secretary Laura Morine, Elementary Principal Sandy Klaus, Curriculum Director Patty Briggs and MS/HS Principal Marc Snavely.  

 

  1. Communications and Visitors

Powell reported that he had attended the IASB Advocacy Workshop, Day on the Hill and an IASB Board meeting.

 

  1. Consent Agenda

    1. Agenda

    2. Minutes – January 9, 2017

    3. Monthly Financial Reports presented by Morine

    4. Monthly Bills- audited by Puffett

    5. Personnel Recommendations

      1. Hires:  Vicki Moyle as Cook at $9.60 per hour.    Tyler Brown as Junior Varsity Baseball Coach for $1,518.75.

      2. Resignations upon suitable replacement:  Jill Cordes as Wrestling Cheerleading coach effective 2/13/17.

      3. Resignation: Lois Goedken as Asst. Varsity Softball coach and Asst. MS Softball coach.

Puffett moved to approve the consent agenda.  Chapman second, consent agenda approved 4-0.

 

  1. Audit by Hacker, Nelson & Co., PC

Joe Bouska and Alicia Wemark presented the FY16 audit to the board.   The audit was an unmodified audit meaning the audit evidence they obtained was sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for their audit opinions.   Powell moved to approve the FY16 audit.  Chapman second, motion carried 4-0.

 

  1. Elementary Principal’s Report/Curriculum Coordinator’s Report.

Klaus was excited to report that 3rd grader Miky Martin Hiner will have her art work shown at the NAEA Show in New York.  Dylan Popham and Emily Haynes will have their art shown at the Youth Art Month Show in Des Moines on March 25th.  Congratulations to these students and Mrs. Sweet.  Preschool registration will be March 7th from 6 to 7:30 pm.   Kindergarten Round Up will be March 1st from 9 am – 1:45 pm.  PTO is planning their Family Fun Night for March 3rd.   Mrs. Klaus is on the TLC Advisory Committee and are meeting regularly.   Mrs. Briggs reported that the Iowa Assessment and FAST testing has been completed.   She is working with the Science and Social Studies departments on meeting the standards in that area.

 

  1. MS/HS Principal Report/Activities Director’s Report

Snavely highlighted his report.  DECA will be heading for their state contest the end of the month.  The Robotics team first place at the League Championship at Fort Dodge and qualified for the Super Qualifying Event in Sioux City.  Electrical issues with the robot dashed their hopes of moving on.    A newly formed Career Development Planning Team has met to discuss the new Career and Tech Education legislation.   Amanda Knox received a $2000 McElroy Grant that will offer a photography workshop for students from Starmont, Central, West Central, Clayton Ridge and North Fayette-Valley.  A book of the photos would then be published and sold. Congratulations Mrs. Knox. Snavely also highlighted the AD’s report.   Starmont hosted District Wrestling on Feb 11th.  Girls and boys basketball is now in post season play.  Individual Speech is getting ramped up.  

 

  1. AEA1 Open Enrollment Inter-District Transportation – Options/Agreement.  

After discussions of the AEA1 Open enrollment Inter-District Transportation Agreement that is due March 1st, Chapman moved to close the borders with Ed-Co School District beginning with the FY17-18 school year.  Puffett second, motion carried 4-0.

 

  1. Summer Transportation Rates

Powell moved approve the transportation rates to be $1.50 per mile and $12.00 per hour for the driver.  Puffett second motion carried, 4-0.  

 

  1. 2nd Reading of  the 100 and 200 Series of the Board Policies

Puffett moved to approve the 100 and 200 series of the Starmont Board Policies. Powell second, motion carried 4-0.

 

  1. 2017-2018 Aid & Levy Worksheet/Budget/New Monies

Supt Heller and Business Manager Morine attended the ISFIS budget meeting and presented some very preliminary information for next year’s budget.

 

  1. AMPI’s proposed contract for Starmont’s sewage usage.

Board reviewed the proposed contract for a one year term at $11,000.  Powell moved to sign the one year contract for $11,000 ending 12/31/2017.  Chapman second, motion carried 4-0.

 

  1. Superintendent Report – Supt Heller discussed the following items.

    1. Preschool (Little Star) – waiting for teacher to be certified

    2. Softball Lights, Roof, Other projects –possible summer projects.

    3. Crisis Plan – committee continuing to work on updating the plan.

    4. Early Retirement – need to look at impact if offered in fall of FY18

    5. February 17 & 20 – Heller will be out of town. Tripoli has a spring break

    6. WC Wrestling & Baseball – sharing possibilities for MS and HS levels

    7. Social Worker/TEACH IOWA – job is posted and to be funded by at-risk funds.

    8. Architect – will be hired for upcoming projects

    9. Calendar – to be approved at March meeting

    10. SMA donation –Bassoon.  Thank you SMA for the donation.

 

  1. Set Thursday, March 16 2017 as next regular Board Meeting.

Date change from Monday the 13th.   Paris to audit bills in March,   Powell to audit bills in April.

 

  1. Exempt Session for preparation for collective bargaining per Iowa Code §20.17 (3) – Negotiations.

Puffett moved to approve an exempt session for preparation for collective bargaining per Iowa Code §20.17 (3) – Negotiations. Chapman second, motion carried 4-0.

 

  1. Adjourn

             Puffett moved to adjourn the meeting, Chapman second. Meeting adjourned at 8:43 pm

 

  1. Negotiations Strategy

Board discussed negotiations strategies FY17-18.

 

Respectfully Submitted:   Laura Morine, SBO           


Minutes of the January 9, 2017 Regular Board Meeting

Starmont Community School District Board of Education

 
  1. Call to Order Regular Meeting

The Starmont Community School Board held its regular meeting on January 9, 2017 at the High School Conference Room.  President Paris called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.  Members present: Shane Paris, Kim, Chapman, Gary Heaton and Kevin Powell. Puffett joined the meeting at 6:50 pm.  Administration present: Superintendent Troy Heller, SBO/Board Secretary Laura Morine, Elementary Principal Sandy Klaus, Curriculum Director Patty Briggs and MS/HS Principal Marc Snavely.  

 
  1. Communications and Visitors

Powell reported the following IASB events are coming coming up: January 19 - Action Advocacy Regional Workshop in Decorah and January 24 - Day on the Hill

 
  1. Consent Agenda

    1. Agenda

    2. Minutes - December 12, 2016 and December 22, 2016

    3. Monthly Financial Reports presented by Morine

    4. Monthly Bills- audited by Heaton

Puffett joined the meeting at 6:50 pm.

    1. Personnel Recommendations

      1. Hires:  Eric Cottrell as Head Varsity Baseball Coach for $2,733.75 and MS Baseball Coach at $1974.38.

      2. Resignations upon suitable replacement: Janet Swanson resigning as: HS Fall Play Director, Head Speech Coach, Middle School Student Council Adviser, MS Play Director, and Masque and Gavel at the end of this school year. .

      3. Resignation:  Jill Weber as Cook , effective date as of 12/28/2016.

Chapman moved to approve the consent agenda.  Heaton second, consent agenda approved 4-0.

 
  1. AEA 1 (Keystone) Rental Agreement/Suggestions

Starmont and Keystone AEA are having conversations about the possibility of renting space for approximately 15-20 AEA consultants to work out of.   Supt. Heller will work with Pat Heiderscheit if this comes to fruition and work out a contract based on the Oelwein and Waukon contracts.

 
  1. 2017-18 School Calendar Calendar Examples/Suggestions.

Supt. Heller showed the Board what the preliminary calendar currently looks like for FY17-18 and the Starmont Calendar Committee is still looking at some possible changes.

 
  1. PPEL/Capital (SAVE) Updates/Management Report

Supt Heller reviewed an updated version of the PPEL/Capital spreadsheet and the Management Fund report.  Heller and Morine will be attending a budget meeting on February 9th.

 
  1. Elementary Principal’s Report/Curriculum Coordinator’s Report.

Klaus was presented her report and gave an overview of the new 3rd Grade Retention law.   Briggs presented her report and pointed out that the grant being used for the VAST science kits has been used and that it could be an ongoing expense of $8000 per year for these kits.

 
  1. MS/HS Principal Report/Activities Director’s Report

Snavely presented both reports. There are a lot of activities on the calendar.

 
  1. Superintendent Sharing Between Starmont and Tripoli School Districts

President Paris has been in contact with Tripoli’s Board President regarding our shared Supt as per the sharing agreement.  Supt Heller was open to all suggestions, feedback, or constructive criticism on how the sharing has gone for far.  Supt. Heller felt that the day to day operations were going well and a big part of that was because we had seasoned Administrators. He also felt that Starmont and Tripoli were very similar rural districts and that was to his advantage.  Administrators and Business Manager felt that Supt. Heller had an open door policy, was always willing to listen and wanted to know how things were done in Starmont before making decisions. Supt. Heller brings experience and calmness and the Administrators were hoping for some long term consistency.   It is hard to move forward when we have had three Superintendents over the last three years.  Supt. Heller expressed his interest in making this work way past the 2 year agreement.  President Paris will let the Tripoli Board President know the Board and Administration’s thoughts and hopefully early fall both boards can meet to discuss the continuation of the sharing agreement.  

 
  1. AMPI’s Contract Information from AMPI and the School Attorney

AMPI had agreed to the $11,000 annual payment but also still wants Starmont to pay 10% of the total costs throughout the contract. Being a public entity, Starmont is not allowed to do that with taxpayer’s money. We are the only school district that AMPI deals with and we have limitations on what we can do.  

 

  1. AMPI’s Proposed Contract for Wastewater Treatment

At this point we are waiting to hear back from AMPI after their board meeting and Supt. Heller will look into getting a second opinion.

 
  1. Superintendent Report

    1. Lamont Community Meeting

    2. Auditors in February

    3. Updates on Bus Camera Policy/Letter to Parents

    4. Update on Utility Vehicle

    5. Update on Five-Year Plan

    6. Crisis Planning January 20

    7. Negotiations

    8. Tri-Rivers

    9. Shared Superintendent (Jan. 15th)

 
  1. First Reading of Board Policies  

    1. 100  - School District

    2. 200 - Board of Directors

 
  1. Set February 13, 2017 as next regular Board Meeting.

Puffet will audit bills in February,  Paris to Audit in March

 
  1. Adjourn

Puffett moved to adjourn the meeting, Powell second. Meeting adjourned at 9:00 pm

 

 

 


Minutes of the December 22, 2016 Special Board Meeting

Initial Collective Bargaining Proposal

Starmont Community School District Board of Education

 

At the Special Meeting held December 22, 2016 at 5:45 pm in the Superintendent’s Office the following were present:  Board Members: Shane Paris and Kevin Powell. Administration:  Superintendent Troy Heller, MS/HS Principal Marc Snavely and Business Manager/Board Secretary Laura Morine. Starmont Education Association Representatives:  Josh Steffen, Charlie Gruman, Renee Cantrell, and Michelle Block.

 

Supt. Heller presented to the Starmont Board of Education Initial Bargaining Proposal to the Starmont Education Association for the FY17-18.

 

Tentative date for the next meeting is February  9, 2017 at 5:30 pm in Supt. Office.

 

Meeting ended at 5:58 pm.

 


Minutes of the December 12, 2016 Special Board Meeting

Starmont Community School District Board of Education

 
  1. Call to Order Special Meeting

President Paris called the Special Meeting to order on December 12, 2016 at 6:15 pm in the High School Conference Room.  Members present: Shane Paris, Doug Puffett, Gary Heaton and Kevin Powell. Members absent:  Kim Chapman.  Administration present: Superintendent Troy Heller, Business Manager/Board Secretary Laura Morine, Curriculum Director Patty Briggs, MS/HS Principal Marc Snavely.  Members of the public and staff were present.

 

  1. Approve Agenda

Powell moved to approve the agenda, Heaton second, motion carried 4-0.

 

  1. Starmont Education Association(SEA) Initial Bargaining Proposal  for FY17-18

The Starmont Education Association presented their initial bargaining proposal for FY17-18.

 

  1. Set Date for Starmont School Board’s Initial Bargaining Proposal for FY 17-18

The Board will present Starmont School Board Initial Bargaining Proposal to the SEA on Dec 21, 2017 at 5:45 in the HS Conference Room.

 

  1. Adjourn

Heaton moved to adjourn the meeting at 6:35 pm. Puffett second, meeting adjourned 4-0.


 

Minutes of the December 12, 2016 Regular Meeting

Starmont Community School District Board of Education

 

  1. Call to Order Regular Meeting

The Starmont Community School Board held its regular meeting on December 12, 2016 at the High School Conference Room.  President Paris called the meeting to order at 6:35 p.m.  Members present: Shane Paris, Doug Puffett, Gary Heaton and Kevin Powell. Members absent:  Kim Chapman.  Administration present: Superintendent Troy Heller, Business Manager/Board Secretary Laura Morine, Curriculum Director Patty Briggs, MS/HS Principal Marc Snavely.  Members of the public and staff were present.

 

  1. Ag/FFA presentation for National FFA Convention

Five members of the Starmont FFA presented to the Board on their trip to the National FFA Convention, October 18-21.  They thanked the Board for their support.

 

  1. Consent Agenda

a) Agenda

b) November 14, 2016 minutes and SIAC Nov 15 minutes.

c) Monthly Financial Reports presented by Morine

d) Monthly Bills – audited by Paris

e) Personnel Recommendations:   Cody Booker resigning as HS and MS Baseball coach effective immediately.

Puffett moved to approve the consent agenda and accept the SIAC Nov 15 minutes.  Powell second, consent agenda passed 4-0.

 

  1. Communications and Visitors

Powell and Heller attended School Board Convention.   Powell reported on the last IASB meeting that revenues for Iowa are down and so it doesn’t look good for schools for next year.  

 

  1. Elementary Principal’s Report/School Improvement Instructional Coach Reports

Briggs highlighted the Elementary report.  They have applied for 21st Century Grant and Fayette County Foundation Grant.  Heller, Klaus and Briggs are going to Common Grounds on December 21 to meet community members.   Briggs is sending out survey on how to get more to attend SIAC meetings.  Started discussions with a group of teachers about Smarter Balance Assessments.

 

  1. MS/HS Principal’s Report/ Activities Director’s Report

Snavely reported for both.  The Robotics team is doing well and currently leading their lead.  The Robotics team is doing some fundraising to sustaining the Robotics program.    Student Leaders Advisory Committee is being active and planned spirit week.   Photography Show currently going on and it involved community entries.  Winter sports have started.  MS Girls Basketball and MS Wrestling will be wrapping up before Christmas.

 

  1. Review and Approve Bus Cameras on all remaining buses

Powell moved to approve the bid of $16,290 from School Bus Sales Co. to purchase and install cameras on the remaining 10 buses.  All buses will then have two cameras, one in front and one in the back.  School Bus Sales will come to Starmont to install the cameras.  Heaton second, motion carried 4-0  

 

  1. Review and/or approve exiting from the TLC Consortium with Central, West Central and East Buchanan.

Heller has been talking with administrative team to see if the TLC Consortium is the best fit for Starmont.  There are some concerns that the understanding, evaluation, budget, and the overall makeup of the total consortium is too complex of a system.  The Starmont teachers and the administration both believe that taking ownership in our own system would be easier to manage.   If we left the Consortium, Starmont would have to put together and present revised plans for the Department of Ed.   Amount of time the TLC staff spends at Starmont will increase as there will be some adjustments based on each district's enrollment. There are also concerns whether we have given the consortium enough time to know whether it is effective.  Puffett move to exit the TLC Consortium after this fiscal year.  Heaton second, motion failed due to a tie vote.   Yay: Puffett, Heaton.   Nay: Paris, Powell.

 

  1. Review and approve request to School Budget Review Committee (SBRC) for additional allowable growth for  FY17-18 At-Risk/Dropout Prevention program.

Puffett  moved to approve the The Starmont School Board is requesting $139,557 from the SBRC for additional allowable growth for the At-Risk/Dropout Prevention Program in the 2017-18 school year.    Powell second, motion carried 4-0.

 

  1. Review and Approve Volunteer Coach/Sponsor Agreement

Puffett moved to approve David Hayes as a volunteer mentor working with Janet Becker and the Robotic Team.  Heaton seconded, motion carried 4-0.

 

  1. Review AMPI Information

The Board reviewed the spreadsheet with ten school districts’ cost of sewer and water for the 2015-16 school year.  All of these districts are our size or very close to Starmont’s student body size. The Board also reviewed the Cities of Strawberry Point, Arlington and Lamont local budget costs for sewer and water.   Powell moved to propose a $11,000 annual fee to AMPI for sewage services.   Heaton second, motion carried 4.-0.

 

  1. Review and approve revised negotiated numbers to present to AMPI for school water/sewage.

Powell moved to propose an annual fee of $11,000 for sewages services from AMPI and send back the contract to AMPI.  Heaton, second, motion carried 4-0.

 

  1. Review and Approve Resolution of Support: Promise of Iowa Public Education Campaign

Puffett moved to approve the support the resolution of Support for the IASB campaign slogan.  Heaton second, motion carried 4-0.

 

  1. Review and Approve Starmont CSD Participation in Year 2017 IDATP (Iowa Drug and Alcohol Testing Program)

Powell moved to approve the participation in the IDATP for Starmont Bus Drivers and Special Ed drivers.  Puffett second motion carried, 4-0

 

  1. Review and Approve final vote for joining the Tri-Rivers Conference beginning FY18-19

We have been notified by the Tri-Rivers Conference President Dan Fox, that since the scheduling is already complete for FY17-18, it wasn’t feasible to join in FY17-18.  Heaton moved to approve joining the Tri-Rivers Conference for FY18-19.  Puffett second, motion carried 4-0.

 

  1. Superintendent’s Report

 

  1. Preschool- working with Little Star to get a certified Preschool teacher by February 1, 2017.

  2. Board Member/Process -

  3. Crisis Plan – working on updating the Crisis Plan.

  4. CTE Updates

  5. WC Wanting to Share Baseball and Possibly Wrestling - WC is also looking at other districts as well but Starmont would welcome them.

  6. Legislative Session in Independence

  7. Fire Alarm – has been completed and need training on it.

  8. Robotics Fundraiser

  9. Email/Facebook

  10. REAP monies (Technology)

  11. Other projects

  12. Board Member

  13. Keystone AEA is  possibly interested in renting a room

 

17.  Set January 9, 2017 School Board Meeting Date  Heaton will audit in January. Puffett will audit in February.

 

18.  Adjourn

       Puffett moved to adjourn at 8:39.  Heaton second.  Meeting adjourned    Board members  hen walked thru the Ccommunity Photography Show that has been on display in the HS Conference r oom.



 


Minutes of the November 14, 2016 Regular Meeting
Starmont Community School District Board of Education


Call to Order Regular Meeting
The Starmont Community School Board held its regular meeting on November 14, 2016 at the High School Conference Room.  President Paris called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.  Members present: Shane Paris, Doug Puffett, Kim Chapman and Kevin Powell. Members absent:  Gary Heaton.  Administration present: Superintendent Troy Heller, Business Manager/Board Secretary Laura Morine, Curriculum Director Patty Briggs, MS/HS Principal Marc Snavely.  Members of the public and staff were present.


Communication and Visitors
Powell reported that the Iowa School Board Annual Convention will start on Nov 16th.  Supt Heller and Powell will be attending.


Consent Agenda
Moved by Powell and seconded by Puffett to approve the following consent agenda items.  Motion carried 4-0.
a) Agenda
b) October 10, 2016 minutes
c) Monthly Financial Reports presented by Morine
d) Monthly Bills – audited by Powell
e) Personnel Recommendations:  None 


Discussion to Determine Whether or Not to Apply for Tri-Rivers Conference This Month to Enter in 2018-2019 
Upper Iowa Conference Representatives, Dale Crozier and Ardel McCartney were present to answer questions.  Great discussions with the Board, UIC representatives, vocal, band, art, speech, community members and a coach on the pros and cons for each of the conferences.  


Application to Tri-Rivers Conference for 2018-2019
Puffett moved to approve the application to the Tri-Rivers Conference beginning 2018-2019.  Chapman seconds the motion. Passed 3-1, with Powell voting nay.   The Board will then have to vote to accept the invitation from Tri-Rivers.


SBRC Open Enrollment-Out Request
Puffett moved to approve the SBRC request for additional spending authority of $19,338.00 for the Open Enrollment-Out.  Powell second.  Roll call vote:  Ayes: Powell, Chapman, Puffett, Paris.  Nays: none


SBRC ELL Instruction Beyond Five Years Request
Powell moved to approve the SBRC request for additional spending authority of $2,906.20 for the Open Enrollment-Out. Puffett second.  Roll call vote:  Ayes: Powell, Chapman, Puffett, Paris.  Nays: none


SBRC Increasing Enrollment Cost Request
Puffett moved to approve the SBRC request for additional spending authority of $85,865.00 for the Open Enrollment-Out.  Chapman second.  Roll call vote:  Ayes: Powell, Chapman, Puffett, Paris.  Nays: none
 
Elementary Principal & Curriculum Director’s Reports
Klaus report was reviewed as presented.  Briggs reviewed her report.  SIAC meeting is Nov 15th.  Briggs set up an area PLC meeting for the music, physical ed and art teachers to gather and discuss standards and instructional practice. 


MS/HS Principal & AD’s Reports
Snavely reviewed his report. Snavely captured the events that students and staff are involved in.   Two grants were received.   Mrs. Tucker received $325 from Iowa Beef Council and Mrs. Stecklein received $2000 from the Farm Credit Services of America. Whittle’s report was reviewed as presented.  Congratulations to the Boys Cross Country team for placing 6th at the State Meet.  Congratulations to the Volleyball team as they are Starmont’s first team to advance to the State Tournament.


Volunteer Agreements
Puffett moved to approve the Volunteer Agreements for Andrew Cross, Robotics Mentor,
Sam Jennerjohn, Cheerleading coach,   John Cantwell, Shooting Stars Wrestling Coach.   Powell second.  Volunteer agreements were approved 4-0.


AMPI –Waste Water Agreement
AMPI is asking the district to come back with a negotiated price/cost  from the $47,000 proposed annual cost they presented to the district in September, 2016 and would like a counter proposal  in December. (Since 1978 Starmont has paid $1200 annually for our sewage).  The Board is reviewing the options of negotiating or building the district’s own lagoon.   A committee of Paris, Powell and Heller will review these options since Starmont can't use public funds for improvement of a private entities property.    The district is working with AMPI, District Lawyer, Department of Education, DNR, and several other school districts around the state to come up with solutions to this concern.


Superintendent’s Report
Open Borders – currently our borders are closed.
Projects 
Fob System - on hold until after AMPI issue is settled.
Office work - on hold until after AMPI issue is settled.
Camera - on hold until after AMPI issue is settled.
Softball Lights - on hold until after AMPI issue is settled.
Gym Floor – floor is peeling and will have company look at it.
Weight Room Door – installing a new door.
Shed and Concession stand  roof - completed
Special Needs Count – October 31st  was deadline
PPEL and Capital Project Budget update - reviewed
Five Year UAB update - reviewed
West Central wanting to share baseball and possibly wrestling - meeting on Nov 18th.
Preschool Contracts - reviewed.
Board Policies – Board discussed going with IASB Policy Primer as we move forward in reviewing the Board policies. 
 
December Board Meeting 
Next board meeting will be December 12th at 6:30 pm.  Paris to audit December bills and Puffett to audit in January.


ADJOURN
Puffett moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:40 pm. Powell second, meeting adjourned 4-0.


Respectfully submitted,
Laura J. Morine

 

 

 

 

 

Minutes of the October 10, 2016 Regular Meeting

Starmont Community School District Board of Education

 
  1. Call to Order Regular Meeting

The Starmont Community School Board held its regular meeting on October 10, 2016 at the High School Conference Room.  President Paris called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.  Members present: Shane Paris, Kim Chapman, Kevin Powell. Members absent: Doug Puffett and Gary Heaton.    Administration present: Superintendent Troy Heller, Business Manager/Board Secretary Laura Morine,   Elementary Principal Sandy Klaus, Curriculum Director Patty Briggs, MS/HS Principal Marc Snavely, Activities Director Chad Whittle.  Members of the public and staff were present.

 

 

  1. Consent Agenda

Moved by Powell and seconded by Chapman to approve the following consent agenda items.  Motion carried 3-0.

a)  Agenda – dropping item #15- Review of Operating Principals to wait for full board attendance.

b) September 12, 2016 minutes

c) Monthly Financial Reports presented by Morine

d) Monthly Bills – audited by Chapman

e) Personnel Recommendations:  McKenna Thomas as Special Ed Paraprofessional at $9.70 per hour,  Derek Hosch as Volunteer Wrestling Coach,  Kim Torson as Special Ed Paraprofessional at $9.70 per hour.

 

  1. Communication and Visitors

Powell gave an IASB update.  EMC presented to the IASB Board and EMC has 3 new programs to assist schools.   October 18th is the IASB Regional Workshop in Charles City.

 

  1. 2015-2016,  2016-2017 Budget and 5 Year Projections

Connected via ZOOM with Larry Sigel with ISFIS.  ISFIS has a free 5 year projection tool that looks at enrollment, special ed enrollment, supplemental weighting, operational sharing, line item budget, property taxes and the Unspent Authorized Balance.  It is important to remember that the budget is driven by enrollment.  We will continue to work with Mr. Sigel on projections.

 

  1. Standards-Based Grading

Laura Bilden, HS Science teacher and TJ Hansel, HS Language Arts teacher gave a presentation to the board on the Standards-Based grading that they are doing in their classrooms.  Students are graded on how well they meet the standards the teachers have identified and communicated to the students.

 

  1. Elementary Principal & Curriculum Director’s Reports

Klaus review her report.  There will be Differentiated Accountability Training coming up. Completed FAST benchmark assessments.  PTO meets October 20th and Grandparents Day is October 21.   Briggs reviewed her report.   MAP and FAST testing are complete and the secondary teachers are doing AIW work in small groups.

 

  1. 2016-2017 SIAC/Futures Committee

Powell moved to approve the 2016-2017 SIAC/Futures Committee members.  Chapman second, motion carried 3-0.

 

  1. MS/HS Principal & AD’s Reports

Snavely reviewed his report.  Just coming off a successful Homecoming week.  The FFA had a Test Plot night and the test plot has been harvested.   Perkins application was completed and approved.   A wireless microphone was purchased for the new sound systems.   Whittle reviewed his report.    Starmont will be hosting the UIC Cross Country meet on October 13th.  Starmont will be going to Cedar Falls for the State Qualifying meet.  UIC Volleyball tournament is Oct 15th at West Central.   9-12 Fall Vocal Concert is Oct 17th, FFA Convention Oct 18-21st and HS Play “Here Comes the Judge” will be November 11 & 12th.

 

  1. Tri-Rivers Conference

Starmont is considering switching from the Upper Iowa Conference to the Tri-Rivers Conference starting in FY19.   Phil Steffen, Tri-Rivers AD was present to answer any questions the board would have.  A meeting has been held for the coaches and sponsors.   Pamphlets have been handed out with sports and SMA activities. There will be a public meeting on October 24th in the HS Conference Room at 6:00 pm.  A decision needs to be made by the Board in November.

 

  1. Community Use of School District Building Sites and Equipment Contracts.

Chapman moved to approve the Community Use of School District Building Sites and Equipment Contracts for Club Volleyball and Jr. Stars. Powell second, motion carried 3-0.

 

  1. Capital Project Purchase of Air Handling Unit

Powell moved to approve the purchase of an air handling unit for $7,500 for the Elementary Gym.   Chapman second, motion carried 3-0.

 

  1. AMPI Documents and Research

Supt. Heller has been working diligently to research waste water options and working with AMPI on our waste water disposal agreement.    Currently, AMPI wants $10,000 annual (20% of annual costs), $3,100 per month for electricity and 20% of all improvement costs.    

 

  1. E-Rate Technology Purchases

Chapman moved to approve the purchase of 67 access points and a power supply with E-Rate funding.  Total cost of project is $24,455, but Starmont’s share would be $10,161.   Powell second, motion carried 3-0.

 

  1. Out of State Wrestling Meet Request

Powell moved to approve out of state travel to Soldiers Grove, WI for a wrestling meet on December 1, 2016.   Chapman second, motion carried 3-0.

 

  1. Operating Principles for the 2016-2017 School Board

Waiting for a full Board to discuss.

 

  1. Superintendent’s Report

  1. Projects

  1. Glass door by the weight room will be replaced with a solid door as it frequently gets broken.

  2. Concession Stand roof should be done in the next couple of weeks.

  3. Time-Out room in the elementary has been remodeled.

  4. Greenhouse concrete barrier has been ordered and will be installed as soon as it arrives.

  5. Office Updates –there have been two architect firms look at possible office updates as we look into a new security fob system and cameras.   Also looking at upgrading a special needs room.

  1. Newsletter/Pamphlet - Tri-Rivers vs. Upper Iowa Conference has been created and handed out at events.

  2. Sharing opportunities with Oelwein/Ed-Co - Supt Heller continues to have conversations about sharing teachers and programs.

  3. Financial Fitness – A free educational fitness tool is available to the staff to help improve their own financial knowledge.

  4. Certified enrollment count – at this point it looks like enrollment will be up but we won’t have a final number until October 15th.

  5. Nutrition Program – starting to research options to go web based for the nutrition program so that Elementary and MS/HS are on the same system.

  6. Iowa High School Girls’ Union – Supt. Heller has been elected to the Representative Council serving the Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union.

 

  1. November Board Meeting

Next board meeting will be November 14th at 6:30 pm.  Powell to audit November bills and Paris to audit December bills.

 

  1. ADJOURN

Powell moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:37 pm.  Chapman second, meeting adjourned 3-0.

 

Respectfully submitted,
Laura J. Morine
 




 
   

 

 

 


Starmont Community School District

September 12, 2016

Annual Meeting Board Minutes

 

President Puffett called the 2015-2016 Annual School Board meeting to order at 6:30 pm on September 12, 2016 in the HS Conference Room.   Paris, Puffett and Powell answered the roll call.  Heaton and Chapman were absent.  Also present: Supt Heller, Principals Snavely & Klaus, Curriculum Director Briggs, Business Manager Morine and Maintenance Director Walker, along with new staff and PTO representatives.

 

Principal Klaus introduced the new elementary staff: Robbie Anstoetter - 3rd grade teacher; Terri Thompson – special ed teacher; Shannon Everitt – 1-1 para; and Tyler Brown - 1-1 para.   Principal Snavely introduced the new MS/HS staff: Tierney Schneider – MS Language Art teacher; TJ Hansel – HS Language Arts teacher; and Aaron Kvale – Spanish teacher.  Unfortunately Laura Bilden – MS/HS Science teacher and Rachael Stecklein – Ag teacher were not able to make the meeting.   The board welcomed the new staff.

 

Beth Bries and Casey Wessels, President and Vice President of the PTO reported that the PTO has started back up and they handed out a flyer advertising their upcoming events.

 

The board reviewed the summer capital projects.  

Roof- completed and the final inspection was today.

Tuck-pointing – completed and new flashings were installed.

Fire Alarm – installation is still in progress

Sound System – installed in both Café and Spectator gym.  Training still needs to happen.

Trees By Softball Field – have been cut down and burned.

Landscaping – completed

Elementary Playground- installed along with new rubber chips.  Students are enjoying it.

Cement work –completed

Painting in spectator gym– completed.

Discussed possible projects for FY16-17: painting the parking lot lines, new camera system, new fob system for security, roofing, tuck-pointing and reconfiguring some office space.The Board, Administrators,  Board Secretary Morine and Maintenance Director Jim Walker then took a tour of the buildings and grounds to inspect the summer projects, greenhouse project, the ATV, new van and check on the new chicks.

 

Morine presented the accounting books for 2015-2016.  The Unspent balance for the FY16 year is $307,684, which is $435,964 higher than last year.  Copies of the CAR and Special Educations reports were available for the board.   Morine then presented FY17 financials.

 

Powell moved to approve the consent items: agenda; the August 8th and August 22nd Board minutes; monthly financials; the bills in which Puffett audited and there were no personnel recommendations at this time.  Paris second, motion carried 3-0.

 

No old business and no communications or visitors at this time.

Paris moved to appoint Morine as temporary Chairperson, Powell second, motion carried 3-0.

Paris moved to adjourn the meeting, Powell second, meeting adjourned at 7:52 pm.

 

Starmont Community School District

September 12, 2016

Organizational Meeting Board Minutes

 

Morine called the organizational meeting to order at 7:52 pm with Board members Paris, Puffett and Powell present. Heaton and Chapman were absent.  Also present: Supt Heller, Principals Snavely & Klaus, Curriculum Director Briggs, Business Manager Morine and Maintenance Director Walker.

 

Puffett nominated Paris as President, Puffett called for a unanimous ballot, Powell second, and motion carried 3-0. Paris is the new Board President and chaired of the rest of the meeting.

 

Powell moved to cast unanimous ballot for Puffett as Vice President.  Puffett is the new Vice President.     Business Manager gave the oath to the Paris as President and Puffett as Vice President.

 

Puffett moved to nominate Morine as Board Secretary. Powell second, motion carried 3-0.  President Paris gave the Oath to Morine.

 

Puffett moved to set the meeting date, time and location as the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:30 in the HS Conference room.  Powell second, motion carried 3-0.

 

Powell moved to approve the Press Journal, Strawberry Point and Lamont Leader, Lamont as the official publications.  Puffett second, motion carried 3-0.

 

Puffett moved to approve the depository resolution with no more than $6 in each depository.  Depositories as follows:  Citizens State Bank-Strawberry Point, Farmers Savings Bank-Strawberry Point, WC Financial –Independence, Edward Jones-Oelwein, and ISCAP-Des Moines.   Powell second, roll call vote of all ayes. Resolution approved 3-0.

 

Puffett moved to appoint Heaton as the IASB Legislative Area Network Representative and Delegate Assembly Representative.  Powell second, motion carried 3-0.

 

Puffett  moved to appoint Heaton to the Fayette County Conference Board.  Powell second. Passed 3-0.

Powell moved to appoint Puffett to the Clayton County Conference Board.  Puffett second. Passed 3-0

Powell moved to appoint Puffett to Dollars for Scholars board. Puffett second. Passed 3-0

Puffett moved to appoint Chapman and Powell to Board Negotiations Committee with Paris as alternate.  Powell second. Passed 3-0.

 

Powell moved to approve the early graduation request as per Board Policy 505.3 from Alli Aulwes. She has the credits required to graduate in January.  Puffett second, motion carried 3-0.

 

Board discussed the AMPI contract.  Puffett moved to table the contract.  Powell second, motion tabled 3-0.  

Supt Heller requested to postpone the operating principals of the School Board and Superintendent until more members were present.  

Puffett moved to approve the Board/Superintendent goals along with the MS/HS and Elementary goals for the 2016-2017 school year.   Powell second, motion carried 3-0.

Elem Principal Klaus presented her report.  Parent Teachers conferences will be scheduled online for the fall conference.  Curriculum Director Briggs presented her report.  She is working on the CASA report that replaces the CSIP report. ACT scores were presented.  The scores are down a bit but are comparable when looking at trends.  Map testing will be starting soon.  MS/HS Principal presented his report and the AD report.

Supt Heller’s report:

  • IASB conference is Nov 16-17 in Des Moines.

  • Larry Sigel with ISFIS will have an electronic meeting with the Board during the Oct 10th meeting to look at financial projections.

  • Early Retirement- after board discussions it doesn’t look like an early retirement plan would be offered at this time.

  • Sharing opportunities-Starmont currently has sharing agreements that exceed the maximum students allowed. Supt Heller is talking with other area Superintendents to see if there are possibilities to share staffing costs.

  • Tri-Rivers Conference is courting Starmont to return to the Tri-Rivers Conference. The majority of Coaches and AD are in favor to go back to Tri Rivers.   The board is willing to open discussions with the districts stakeholders on whether it would be a good move for Starmont.  The earliest Starmont could go back would be for the 2017-2018 school year.

  • Starmont received a letter from the Iowa High School Athletic Association congratulating Starmont on being included in 52% of the schools that didn’t have any coaches or student athletes ejected during the 2015-2016 school year.  

 

Heaton is to audit bills in October, Powell will audit in November.  Next board meeting will be October 10th at 6:30 pm in the HS Conference room.

 

Puffett moved to adjourn, Powell second, meeting adjourned at 9:27 pm


Starmont Community School Board

Special Board Meeting

August 22, 2016

6:00 pm in Starmont HS Conference Room

 

President Puffett called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm in the Starmont HS Conference room.   Board members Puffett, Paris, Powell, and Chapman were present. Heaton was absent.  Others present: Shared Supt Heller, Elem Principal Klaus, Curriculum Director Briggs, MS/HS Principal Snavely and Board Secretary Morine.  Guest:

 

Presentation:  Elem Principal Klaus had a presentation on MTSS (Multi-Tier Systems of Support).  She explained what the goals are and how they are set.   This will be the intervention plan that will be used in the elementary.

 

National FFA Convention:  Powell moved to approve the out of state trip for the FFA to the National Convention in Indianapolis, IN for 7 FFA members and 2 adults on October 18-21st.  Paris second, the out of state FFA trip was approved, 4-0.

 

Volunteer Agreements:  Chapman approved the volunteer agreements for: Ty Brown – Wrestling, Cassie Gruman – Cross Country, Michael Peterman – Football, Paris second, motion carried 4-0.

 

Vehicle Purchase: Powell move to purchase from Rodas Chevrolet, a 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan for $21,281 less the sale of the suburban at auction.   Paris second.   Motion passed 3-0, with Chapman abstaining.

 

Regional Education Center/Alternative High School:  Paris moved to approve the Regional Education Center/Alternative High School Agreement with Oelwein for the FY16-17 school year.   Chapman second, motion carried 4-0.

 

Employee Contracts:  Powell moved to approve the TLC Mentor contracts and Learning Lab Teacher contracts as follows for the FY16-17 school year.   Paris second, TLC contracts approved, 4-0.

Learning Lab Teacher – Bobbi Delong   $1500

Learning Lab Teacher - Beth Jaeger  $1500

Mentor -  Sheryl Anfinson for Kristi Donlon $1500

Mentor – Bobbi Delong for Robert Anstoetter  $1500

Mentor – Molly Augustine for Terri Thompson $1500

Mentor- Charlie Gruman for Derek Hosch  $1500

Mentor – Sue Klett for Tierney Schneider  $1500

Mentor – Mike Augustine for Aaron Kvale  $1500

Mentor – Suzy Hamlett for Jill Cordes $1500

Mentor – Brandy Erickson for Shuster(Central Guidance ) $1500

Mentor – Amanda Knox for Laura Bilden $1500

Mentor – Sue Klett for TJ Hansel  $1500

Mentor – Maggie Tucker for Rachael Stecklein $1500

 

Work Session:  Moved into the work session at 7:00 pm to discuss goals for FY16-17.

 

HS/MS Building Goals:  HS/MS Principal Snavely reviewed the 6-12 Building Goals for the FY16-17 and they will be focusing on Reading 6-8, implement PBIS to be measured, utilize Curriculum Manager to find curriculum gaps and also integrate 21st century technology across the curriculum.

 

Elementary Building Goals:  Elementary Principal Klaus reviewed the elementary goals.   By the end of school year, 100% of the teachers will demonstrate adequate knowledge of the foundational skills of reading that can be measured by the Instructional Practices Survey.   By May 2017, 80% of students at each grade level will be proficient in reading as measured by the FAST benchmark assessment.

 

Superintendent Goals:  Shared Supt. Heller will bring back his goals and how to measure them.  Goals would include budget, community involvement, advocacy, and aligning his goals to the building goals.

 

District Goals:  Board reviewed and discussed the District goals for the FY16-17 school years, goals will be focused around the budget and enrollment.

 

Upcoming Meeting:  The next board meeting will be September 12, 2016 at 6:30 pm in the HS Conference room.

 

Adjourn:   Powell moved to adjourn, second by Paris at 8:15 pm.



 

___________________________  _______________________________________

Laura J. Morine, Board Secretary  Douglas Puffett. Board President

 


Starmont Community School Board

Board Meeting

August 8, 2016

6:30 pm in Starmont HS Conference Room

 

President Puffett called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm.   Board members Puffett, Paris, Powell and Heaton were present.  Chapman was absent.  Admin present: Shared Supt Heller, Elem Principal Klaus, Curriculum Director Briggs, MS/HS Principal Snavely and Board Secretary Morine.  

 

The board will be using a consent agenda.  The following were presented and discussed:  agenda, minutes, financials, monthly bills and no personnel recommendations.   Powell   moved to approve the consent agenda with eliminating the review and approval school vehicle.  Heaton second, consent agenda approved 4-0.  

 

Communications:    Powell reported on the IASB Fiscal Conference that Supt Heller and he had attended.   IASB is working on a new public relations plan.

Elementary Principal Klaus highlighted her written report.   Elementary building goals were reviewed as well as the class sizes based on registration numbers.  Klaus is a recipient of a coach through the New York City Leadership Academy and Department of Education.  They will work on how to lead school improvement and the TLC more effectively.   Klaus will also be mentoring a new elementary Principal at the Oelwein CSD.

School Improvement/Instructional Coach Briggs highlighted her written report.  Surveys for the community, parents, students and faculty are being finalized for this fall.   The new instructional materials have been received and delivered to the teachers.   The STEM program will be expanded to include the 6th grade as well as 7th grade.   Sara Walter is being recognized for her teaching through the Belin-Blank Center.

MS/HS Principal Snavely highlighted his written report and the AD report.   The 6-12 Building goals are being finalized with the help of the staff.   Starmont will be having three foreign exchange students this  fall, they are from Germany, Serbia and Ukraine.    Teachers have been to training this summer for STEM and CTE.    The Chrome Book Roll out is set for August 30th.    The Starmont Booster Club is hosting their annual golf outing on Sunday, August 21st at Noon.   Fall sports started practice on August 8th.

Shared Supt Heller gave his report:

  • Update on summer projects.  Roofing should be completed this week. Cement work is done,  need water to the Greenhouse yet, tuck-pointing will be done before school, rubber chips have been installed and the new fire alarm will be completed in the HS and will work in MS area next.

  • Updated the board on the preliminary options with AMPI.   1. AMPI expecting cost of  $50,000  annually for sewage costs and , asking Starmont to pay $10,000 annually plus 20% of future expenditures.  2.  Pay $15% of the $50,000 plus all of the E.coli issues and 20% of all future upgrades.   3.  Build our own lagoon.  

  • Supt Heller will research the pros and cons of open borders with neighboring districts.

  • Morine and Bockenstedt had some guidance from the Tripoli district on implementing Online PO’s.

  • Needed to purchase a new paint machine for the football field and parking lots.  Also need a new sump pump.

  • Discussed the bus routes and off route drop offs.  

  • Supt. Heller has a meeting setup with the Equipment Breakdown Insurance representative.

Board discussed the bids for a Sport Utility Vehicle to be used on campus.  Paris moved to purchase the Mahindra XTV1000 S Flex model from Fenton Repair for $14,565.   Powell second, motion carried 4-0.

Powell moved to approve the FY16-17 Coaches Handbook as presented.  Heaton second, handbook approved 4-0.

Paris moved to approve the NICC Concurrent Enrollment Contract for FY16-17.   Heaton second, motion carried 4-0.

Paris moved to approve the following annual appointments and Powell second, appointments approved 4-0.

  • Level I Investigator - Superintendent

  • Level II Investigator –  Fayette County Law Enforcement

  • Harassments Grievance Officer – Building Principals

  • EOE/Affirmative Action Coordinator - Superintendent

  • School Lawyer -  Lynch Dallas, LLC

 

Heaton moved to approve the TQ committee of administrators:  Heller, Snavely, Klaus and Briggs; teachers: Cantrell, Gruman, Steffen and Sweet for the FY16-17 school year.  Paris second, motion carried 4-0.

 

The board discussed the IASB FY17 Legislative Priorities.  The top four areas for Starmont are as follows:

  1. Support continuing the State Penny  Sales tax for School Infrastructure

  2. Support the funding mechanisms for school districts’ transportation costs that does not reduce funding for the education program.

  3. Support greater flexibility in the use of the management levy

  4. Support the use of the physical plant and equipment levy (PPEL) for maintenance and repairs of transportation equipment that can be purchased or financed with PPEL funds.

Powell moved to keep the priorities the same as last year and Heaton second, motion carried 4-0:

The board reviewed the 5 year PPEL/Capital proposed projects and also reviewed the 5 year UAB budget.

 

Puffett will audit bills in Sept, and Heaton will audit in October.

There will be a special board meeting on August 22nd at 6:00 pm.  The next regular board meeting is September 12 at 6:30 pm.

Powell moved to adjourn, Paris second, meeting adjourned at 8:40 pm

 



 

___________________________  _______________________________________

Laura J. Morine, Board Secretary  Douglas Puffett. Board President


Starmont Community School Board

Board Meeting

July 11, 2016

6:30 pm in Starmont HS Conference Room

 

President Puffett called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm.   Board members Puffett, Paris, Powell, Heaton and Chapman were present.  Admin present: Shared Supt Heller, Curriculum Director Briggs and Board Secretary Morine.  Guest:  Marcia Powell.  

Powell moved to approve the agenda, Heaton second, agenda approved 5-0.  

Presentations:   Amanda Knox, Program Manager for the 21st Century Grant presented to the Board a new fee schedule for the afterschool program since the Grant wasn’t renewed.   Knox also went over enhancement for next year with 2 week clubs.    

Heaton moved to approve the minutes for June 13, 2016 as amended with correction of MS/HS Principal Snavely name.  Paris second, minutes approved. Morine gave the Secretary and Treasurer’s reports.   

Shared Supt Heller gave his report.   

  • We are still waiting on insurance adjustments from EMC Insurance on lights and landscaping.

  • The update of summer projects:

  • Spectator painting – completed

  • Playground- has not been shipped but volunteers are lined up.

  • Greenhouse structure is up but needs utilities hooked up.

  • Concession Stand roof- material ordered, waiting for contractor

  • Café Accoustics – Contractor is installing now

  • Roofing -  this is in progress

  • Tuckpointing – will happen in August

  • Concrete work- completed

  • Landscaping – trees have been planted

  • Tree Removal- some of the trees have been removed.

  • Visitors for the summer school program this summer were: Dr. Deborah Reed, Senator Brian Schoenjahn and Rep. Bruce Bearinger.

  • Board agenda setup – discussed the possibility of going to a consent agenda.

  • Set special Board meeting for administrative goals on August 22 at 6:00 pm.

  • AMPI has called and would like to have an informational meeting on August 3 at 10:00 am on the sewage treatment upgrades.

  • Starmont received a grant to purchase and install a steamer in the Elementary kitchen.

  • Board started discussions on switching back to the Tri Rivers Conference for FY18.  Board will continue to research and involve stakeholders.

Board Reports:  Powell will attend the IASB Board meeting and Fiscal Management Conference on July 20th.  Heller to attend the Fiscal Management Conference as well.

New Business:

Board discussed the purchase of a van or suburban to replace the vehicle that goes to Decorah to deliver special kids. Board supported the idea of searching for a van as a replacement.

Paris moved to pay Duane Lowry a stipend of $500 for helping with spring baseball.  Heaton second, motion carried, 5-0.  

Powell moved to amend the contract for Jim Walker to increase his base salary of $47,476. This puts him at the threshold determined by US Department Labor where overtime does not have to be paid, even though he has a contract.  Heaton second, motion carried 5-0.

Briggs presented the textbook needs for the MS English department.  Paris moved to approve $4,311.41 for books. Chapman second the motion, approved 5-0.

Powell moved to approve the technology purchase of $26,000 that was on the 5 year plan.  Heaton second, motion carried 5-0.

Chapman moved to approve the GWAEA PowerSchool Student Information Consortium Agreement for $4,502.75 for FY17.  Paris second, motion carried 5-0.

Heaton moved to approve the new funding recommendations for the STARS program.   It will be $5 per night and if the student just comes on Wednesdays it will be $10.  Paris second, motion carried 5-0.  This will be reviewed again in December for the second semester.

Paris moved to approve the purchase of a Boilerless Steamer for the Elementary kitchen. The cost of the steamer and installation is $9,547.60.  This will be fully covered by the 2016 Food Service Equipment Assistance Grant.   Heaton, second, motion carried 5-0.

Board discussed the purchase of a Gator/Utility vehicle as there are needs for it on this campus.  Board members gave suggestions on specs for the machine.   Heller will continue to get information.

Puffett audited bills.  Morine reported that the fire alarm system was paid for twice, once by credit card and then the company’s credit card company denied the charge after the statement had been cut and the charge was on the statement. A credit has hit our account but it will appear in this month’s bills that it was paid twice.    Paris moved to approve the bills, Powell second. Bills were approved 5-0.   Paris will audit bills in August.

Powell moved to adjourn, Paris second, meeting adjourned at 8:20 pm.



 

___________________________  _______________________________________

Laura J. Morine, Board Secretary  Douglas Puffett. Board President

 


Starmont Community School Board

Board Meeting

June 13, 2016

6:30 pm in Starmont HS Conference Room]

 

President Puffett called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm.   Board members Puffett, Paris, Powell and Chapman were present and Heaton absent. Admin present:  Interim Supt Nelson, Elementary Principal Klaus, MS/HS Principal Hilton and Board Secretary Morine.  Guest:  Troy Heller, Cheryl Winter, Jeri Watson, TJ Stecklien, Pam Vaske and Jon Janssen.  

 

Jon Janssen represented the Starmont Athletic Boosters as they donated $5,000 for the gymnasium sound system.   Starmont Music and Fine Arts Boosters also donated $5,000 for the Café sound system. The board thanks them for their generous donations and support.

 

Powell moved to approve the agenda, Paris second, agenda approved 4-0.   The board presented Interim Supt. Nelson with a card and gift as a sign of their appreciation and wished him the best in future endeavors.

 

Presentations:   Jeri Watson viewed the district’s insurance coverage and premiums for the next fiscal year.   

Powell moved to approve the minutes from the May 9th & 23rd and June 6th board minutes. Chapman second, motion carried 4-0.  Morine gave the Secretary and Treasurer’s reports.   

Klaus presented her report.  Starmont is hosting an Orton Gillingham class for the AEA and Starmont will have 4 teachers taking the class.  This will focus on teaching phonics and language structures.   Summer school is off to great start and attendance is ranging from 82-94 students.

Briggs report was as presented.

Snavely presented his report.   Drivers Ed and Credit Recovery classes are going on this summer.   Snavely shared the schedule for next year however there may still need some adjustments.   New classes for next year are:  PLW Computer Science, Practical Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Fusion Reading and Child Health Safety.  

Int. Supt Nelson reviewed his report.  Then along with our new shared Supt. Troy Heller, they made a presentation on the transition.   They have drafted a July board agenda, reviewed the finances, working on a 5 year capital and PPEL budget.  Nelson will provide a financial cycle calendar and a transition folder for Mr. Heller.    Mr. Heller will start at Starmont on July 5th.    Nelson thanked the board, administration and staff for all they have done over the last year.  He felt like it was a successful year and he met the goals the board presented him.  Nelson feels Starmont has great things going for them and great things happened over the last year.

Powell reported that the IASB Fiscal Management Conference is July 20th.  Heller and Powell will attend.

 

New Business:

Paris moved to hire Todd Walter as Preschool para at $9.85 per hour.  Powell second, motion carried 4-0.

Chapman moved to hire Tyler Brown as special education para at $9.70 per hour.  Paris second, motion carried 4-0.   Powell moved to hire Shannon Everitt as part time special education para at $9.70 per hour.  Chapman second, motion carried 4-0.  Paris moved to hire Lois Goedken as Asst Varsity Volleyball coach at $3.037.50.  Chapman second, motion carried 4-0.   Powell moved to hire Derek Hosch as Asst MS track coach at $1,822.50.  Paris second, motion carried.

 

Paris moved to approve Jon Janssen as volunteer Softball coach, Powell second, motion carried 4-0.  Chapman moved to approve Robert Goedken as volunteer Softball coach, Powell second, motion carried 4-0.

 

Paris moved to approve the 2016-2017 insurance renewal with Smith Insurance for $114,518 with possible adjustment as per discussions about insurance values.  Chapman second, motion carried 4-0.

 

Paris moved to increase the sub rate to $10.00 per hour starting July 1.  Chapman second, motion carried 4-0.

 

Morine presented the milk, bread and fuel bids.   Powell moved to accept the milk bid from Prairie Farms. Chapman second, bid approved 4-0.  Chapman moved to approve the bread bid from Bimbo Bakeries.  Powell second, bid approved 4-0.  Paris moved to approve Mulgrew Oil/Cordes Oil fuel bid.  Powell second, bid approved 4-0

 

Paris moved to approve the presented 2016-2017 fee schedule.  Chapman second, motion carried 4-0.

 

Chapman moved to approve the Elementary, 6-12 and Staff handbooks.  Paris second, motion carried 4-0.  

 

Paris moved to approve the 2nd reading of the Community Use Policy 905.1.  Chapman second, policy approved 4-0.

 

Powell moved to approve the job descriptions for Food Service Director and Food Service Clerk.  Paris second, approved 4-0.

 

Powell moved to approve the Equipment Breakdown Insurance premium for $59,891 for the next fiscal year.   Chapman second, motion approved 3-1, with Paris a nay.

 

Paris moved to approve the FAFSA data sharing agreement.  Powell second, motion carried 4-0.

 

Paris moved to approve the NICC Concurrent Enrollment Contract for FY 16-17.  Powell second, motion carried 4-0.

 

Powell moved to approve the Project Lead the Way Scale UP Award agreement.  Paris second, motion carried 4-0.

 

Paris moved to approve the Mid-Iowa School Improvement Consortium Membership Renewal agreement at a rate of $2.00 per student.  Chapman second, motion carried 4-0.

 

Paris moved to purchase Spanish books for 9-12 for $7,823.20.  Chapman second, motion approved 4-0.

Chapman moved to purchase Child Health Safety & Nutrition Books for 9-12 for $4,026.00. Paris second, motion carried 4-0.  Powell moved to purchase elementary math books k-5 for $40,036.94.  Paris second, motion carried 4-0.   Paris moved to purchase World Geography books for approximately $600.  Chapman second, motion carried 4-0.

 

Powell audited books.  Powell suggested that a supervisor should approve the hours for the Tech contract hours, and also on the bus block heater electricity reimbursements.  Powell moved to approve bills as presented.  Paris second, motion carried 4-0.

 

Puffett to audit bills in July, Paris to audit in August.

 

Paris moved to adjourn, Powell second, meeting adjourned at 9:40 pm.



 

___________________________  _______________________________________

Laura J. Morine, Board Secretary  Douglas Puffett. Board President

 


 

 

Starmont Community School District

Telephonic Board Meeting

June 6, 2016

 

President Puffett called the telephonic special meeting to order on June 6, 2016 at 12:00 pm.  Puffett read the following statement:  This meeting will be held by telephone conference call.  The public will have a brief opportunity to communicate with the school board during Public Communications and listen to the board using the speakerphone in the Starmont Superintendent’s Office.  Thus the meeting will be held by electronic means pursuant to Section 21.8.1 Code of Iowa.

Roll Call:  Morine read roll call, Puffett, Paris, Heaton were present.  Powell and Chapman were absent.  

Agenda:  Heaton moved to approve the agenda, Paris second, agenda approved 3-0.

Public Communication:  none

 

New Business:

Resignations

  • Heaton moved to approve the resignation from Jenni Schauf and MS asst. Track coach.  Paris second, motion carried 3-0.

Personnel Recommendations

  • Heaton moved to hire Terri Thompson as elementary special ed teacher, she has two years’ experience and would come in with BA+20, for a base salary of $34,451 plus TSS.  Paris second motion carried 3-0.

  • Paris moved to hire Lois Goedken as MS softball asst. at $1,290.94.   Heaton second, motion carried 3-0.

Amendments

  • Heaton moved to amend the Nurse’s contract to say .75 FTE Nurse and .25 FTE Medicaid work.  Paris second, motion carried 3-0.

 

Powell joined the telephonic meeting at 12:10 pm.

 

    Volunteer Agreements

  • Paris moved to approve Colton Janssen’s volunteer agreement for summer baseball.  Heaton second, motion approved 4-0.

 

Adjourn:  Heaton moved to adjourn, Paris second, meeting adjourned at 12:15 pm.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

_______________________________   _________________________________

Laura Morine, Board Secretary   Douglas Puffett, Board President

 

 


Starmont Community School District

Telephonic Board Meeting

May 23, 2016

 

President Puffett called the telephonic special meeting to order on May 23, 2016 at 12:15 pm.  Nelson read the following statement:  This meeting will be held by telephone conference call.  The public will have a brief opportunity to communicate with the school board during Public Communications and listen to the board using the speakerphone in the Starmont Superintendent’s Office.  Thus the meeting will be held by electronic means pursuant to Section 21.8.2011 Code of Iowa.

 

Roll Call:  Morine read roll call:   Puffett, Powell, Paris, Heaton and Chapman present.  

 

Agenda:   Heaton moved to approve the agenda, Chapman second, agenda approved 5-0.

 

New Business:

  • Chapman moved to approve the resignation from Carolyn Lake, elementary special ed teacher at the end of the school year.  Paris second, resignation accepted, 5-0.  

  • Powell moved to hire Rachael Emig as Ag Ed teacher and FFA advisor starting July 1, 2016.  Salary for teaching contract and extend days is $41,278.76, FFA is $1,822.50.  Heaton second, motion carried 5-0.

  • Paris moved to approve hiring Carla Bockenstedt as school cook at $9.60 per hour.   Chapman second, motion carried 5-0.

  • Chapman moved to approve hiring James Fleming as night custodian, day rate will be $9.60 per hour.  Heaton second, motion carried 5-0.

  • Powell moved to hire Janet Swanson as HS Speech coach at a salary of $2,430.00.  Paris second, motion carried 5-0.

  • Paris moved to hire Janet Swanson as Masque & Gavel sponsor at $683.44.  Chapman second motion carried 5-0.

  • Chapman moved to hire Janet Swanson as Middle School Student Council sponsor at $455.63.  Powell second, motion carried 5-0.

  • Powell moved to hire Terra Corbin as Prom Sponsor at $759.38, Paris second, motion carried 5-0.

  • Heaton moved to purchase subwoofers to pick up the desired bass ranges for the spectator gym and HS Café, $3,450 and $2,285 respectively. Powell second motion carried.

 

Discussed a possible telephonic meeting on June 2nd at Noon to hire a Special Ed teacher.

 

Adjourn:  Heaton moved to adjourn, Chapman second, meeting adjourned at 12:37 pm.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

_______________________________   _________________________________

Laura Morine, Board Secretary   Douglas Puffett, Board President


Starmont Community School District

Board Meeting

May 9, 2016    

 

President Puffett called the Starmont Board of Education meeting to order at 6:35 pm in the HS Conference Meeting Room on May 9, 2016.  Morine read the roll call, present: Paris, Puffett, Heaton, Chapman and Powell.    Administrators present: Interim Supt Nelson, MS/HS Principal Snavely and SID Briggs along with SBO/Board Secretary Morine.  Guests present: Cindy Hilsabeck, Sheryl Nelson, Diane Zuercher, Barb and Brian Schoenjahn and Andrea Dallenbach.

 

Retirees:   President Puffett honored the retiring staff with a plaque and thanked them for their many years of service.

  • Andrea Dallenbach, elementary teacher – 28 years

  • Cindy Hilsabeck, MS Science teacher -  28 years

  • Sheryl Nelson, HS Language Arts teacher – 12 years

  • Barb Schoenjahn, elementary PE teacher – 37 years

  • Diane Zuercher, custodian – 48 years

  • Jeannie Johnson, cook – 27 years.

 

Interim Supt presented each of the board members with a certificate to recognize them for their service and to celebrate May Board Appreciation.

 

Agenda: Heaton moved to approve the agenda, Powell second, motion carried 5-0.

 

Communications/Reports:

  • Paris moved to approve the minutes from the April 11th board meeting and April 13 and 19th special board meetings, Chapman second, motion carried 5-0.

  • SBO/Board Secretary presented the following reports: Treasurer’s Report, Trial Balances of Cash Accounts, UAB Calculations, and Expenses to Certified Budget, Daycare Report and Monthly Expenditure Report by Object.   Employment contracts have been issued, working on insurance open enrollment and special ed student day counts.   We have received notification that our PCard rebate will be $6,810.57, which is triple of last year’s rebate.

  • The Elementary report was presented as written.

  • ID/CD report was presented as written.  

  • MS/HS Principal Snavely presented his report.  Working on scheduling.  Installation of sound system in gymnasium started today.   MS/HS students did community service last Friday.  

  • Snavely also presented the Activity Director report.  

  • Interim Supt. Nelson presented his report.   SMA and Athletic Boosters have both agreed to donate $5,000 for the sound systems.  We appreciate their support.  Nelson started to review with Troy Heller the past year on a month to month basis.

  • Board Member reports:  Powell went to IASB workshop on Student Assessment.  

 

Old Business:

  • Paris moved to remove the ISFIS Subscription from the table.  Heaton second, motion carried 5-0.  Paris moved to approve the annual ISFIS subscription of $855, Chapman second.   Powell voiced a concern, motion carried 4-1.


 

New Business:

  • Heaton moved to approve the School Improvement Advisory Committee recommendations and Powell second, motion carried 5-0:

    • Administering a Needs Assessment survey during the fall of 2016 to parents, staff and community members.

    • The Need Assessment needs to have a link on the Starmont website and ask parents to complete it as part of registration.

    • Create a representative team from the district to conduct community informational meetings at least twice a year.  During this time data will be collected to determine if the meetings are effective for increase communication with the community.

  • Paris moved to approve the list of seniors to graduate pending fulfillment of the graduation requirements.  Heaton second, and the list of seniors was approved, 5-0.

  • Heaton moved to approve Midwest Group Benefits as our Flex Plan Administrator.   Powell second, motion carried 5-0.

 

Personnel Resignations:   Powell moved to approve the resignation from Rachel Myers, Ag Teacher/FFA advisor effective 5/31/2016.  Chapman second, resignation accepted, 5-0.  Paris moved to approve the resignation from Sara Walter as MS Student Council Sponsor.  Heaton second, resignation accepted, 5-0.   Chapman moved to approve the resignation from Miranda Beyer as Speech Coach and Masque and Gavel Sponsor.  Heaton second, resignation accepted, 5-0.

 

Personnel Recommendations:  Paris moved to hire Megan Chambers as full-time summer custodian at $9.60 per hour.  Second by Chapman, motion carried 4-0, Powell abstained.  Heaton moved to hire Tyler Brown as full-time summer custodian at $9.60 per hour.  Second by Powell, motion carried 5-0.  Paris moved to hire Cody Booker as part-time summer custodian at $9.60 per hour.  Second by Chapman, motion carried 5-0.   Heaton moved to hire Eric Cottrell as part-time summer custodian at $9.60 per hour.  Second by Powell, motion carried 5-0.  Powell moved to hire Renee Cantrell as teacher, Para educators: Jan Thole, Sherri Nolan, Carol Rathe, Margo Zitleman and Renae Michael for Summer Special Education Extended School Year(ESY).  Total estimated cost for 5 weeks (8 am-12:15 pm) of instruction of $18,525.    Second by Heaton, motion carried, 5-0.  Chapman moved to approve the Summer Reading Program with teachers of:  Todd Walter, Bobbi Delong, Sheryl Anfinson, Abbie Schmacher, Donna Skattum and Amanda Knox, estimated at $13,441.  Para educators: Julie Andreae, Eric Cotrell, Eric Shilhanek, and Heather Anfinson, estimated at $5948.  Brenda Hach and Kathy Kamoss plan to split the duties as summer cook, estimated cost of $1,838.  Total estimated cost for the program of $21,227.  Paris second, motion carried 5-0.

 

  • Paris moved to pay a $500 stipend to Jeff Barker for school event photo coverage.   Heaton second, motion carried 5-0.

  • Powell moved to approve retiree Cindy Hilsabeck to purchase her school laptop at $307; she has had this computer since 2012.   All software purchased by the school would be uninstalled. Heaton second, motion carried 5-0.

  • Paris moved to approve the new Medicaid Clerk job description. Chapman second, motion carried 5-0.

  • First reading of the updated Business Manager/Board Secretary job description.

  • First read of board policy – Community Use of District Facilities & Equipment.

  • Heaton moved to approve the new Volunteer Coaching Agreement.   Second by Paris motion carried 5-0.

  • Heaton moved to approve a 48 month HS Copier lease from Marco.  Powell second, motion carried 5-0.

  • Paris moved to purchase the following building cleaning equipment and tools: commercial wet/dry mop for $750, commercial carpet cleaner/extractor for $3795, desk mover for $362, and electric power washer for $250.   Heaton second, motion carried 5-0.  

  • Powell moved to accept the bid from Randy & Suzy Hamlett for$2500 for old elementary playground equipment. The equipment must be removed between May 27th and June 24th.  Second by Chapman , motion carried 5-0.

  • Chapman moved to approve the quote from Strawberry Building Supply for roofing materials totaling $2850.22 for concession stand and ticket stand. Paris second, motion carried 5-0.  Paris moved to hire contractor Brad Frieden to do the work for $2425.  Powell second, motion carried 5-0.

  • Heaton moved to approve the Senior Speech trip to Chanhassen MN for a dinner theater.  Paris second, motion carried 5-0

 

There will be a special telephonic board meeting on May 23rd at 12:15 pm to finalize some hiring that needs to be done.

 

Bills:  Heaton audited the bills. Heaton moved to approve the bills, Powell second, bills approved 5-0.  Powell will audit in June and Puffett to audit in July.

 

Adjourn:  Heaton moved to adjourn, Paris second, motion carried 5-0.  Meeting ended at 9:15 pm.

                     

 


Starmont Community School District

Telephonic Board Meeting

April 13, 2016

 

President Puffett called the telephonic special meeting to order on April 13, 2016 at 12:07 pm.  Nelson read the following statement:  It is impractical due to the work schedules of board members to hold the meeting of the Starmont Board of Education on the 13th day of April 2016 with all persons in person.  Thus the meeting will be held by electronic means pursuant to Section 21.8.2011 Code of Iowa. The public will be provided access to the meeting at 12:05 pm at the Superintendent's Office in the Starmont School District building.  All participants can hear one another.

 

Roll Call:  Morine read roll call:   Puffett, Powell, Paris, and Chapman present.  Heaton absent but a quorum was present.

 

Agenda: Chapman moved to approve the agenda.  Seconded by Paris, approved 4-0.

 

Reports: Powell moved to approve the minutes from the April 11, 2016 board meeting. Paris second, motion carried 4-0.

 

Old Business:

  • Paris moved to remove from the table the baseball personnel recommendations.  Chapman second, item removed from the table 4-0.

  • Paris moved to hire Cody Booker as Varsity Head Baseball Coach at a salary of $2679.75 for the FY15-16 season.  Chapman second, motion carried 4-0.

  • Paris moved to hire Eric Cottrell as Asst. Varsity Baseball Coach at a salary of $1488.75 for the FY15-16 season.  Chapman second, motion carried 4-0.

 

New Business:

A special board meeting will be held on April 19th at 6:00 pm to ratify and offer employment contracts for the FY16-17.

 

Adjourn:  Paris moved to adjourn meeting, Powell second, meeting adjourned at 12:25 pm


Starmont Board of Education Board

Board Meeting

April 11, 2016    

 

President Puffett called the Starmont Board of Education meeting to order at 6:35 pm in the HS Conference Meeting Room on April 11, 2016.  Morine read the roll call, present: Puffett, Powell, Paris and Chapman.  Heaton was absent.    Administrators present: Interim Supt Nelson, Elementary Principal Klaus, MS/HS Principal Snavely, and SID Briggs, AD Whittle along with SBO/Board Secretary Morine.  Guests present: John Fletcher, Jordan Baumgartner, Tom Powell, Mrs. Nelson, Mrs. Klett  and Aaron Hammon

 

 

Public Hearing for Amendment to District Budget for 2015-2016. Morine gave explanation for the need of the amendment. No public comments.  

Public Hearing for Proposed District Budget for 2016-2017.  Morine gave a PowerPoint presentation on the proposed budget.   No public comments

 

Agenda: Powell moved to approve the agenda, Chapman second, motion carried 4-0.

 

Communications/Reports:

  • Members of the College Prep Research class presented a personal and written invitation to their Presentation of Research event, as each of the six students will present their research papers. This will be March 10th and there will be a small dessert reception before the presentations.

  • Powell moved to approve the minutes from the March 14th board meeting and March 22nd, 28th and 31st special board meetings, Paris second, motion carried 4-0.

  • SBO/Board Secretary presented the following reports: Treasurer’s Report, Trial Balances of Cash Accounts, UAB Calculations, and Expenses to Certified Budget, Daycare Report and Monthly Expenditure Report by Object.   Morine will be certifying the budget, start working on employment contract for FY16-17 and open enrollment for insurance and benefits that will be in May. She is also working on CEP application for Nutrition and setting up authorization for staff to do Medicaid claiming. She will be attending the Iowa Business Management Academy is at the end of April.

  • Elem Principal Klaus presented her report.  Preschool registration was held April 7th and currently there are two available slots for next year.  There has been some interest in starting up the PTO again and they will meet April 14th to discuss the future.

  • ID/CD Briggs presented her report.  The SIAC meeting will finalize the Needs Assessment Survey on April 18th.  Starmont did not receive the 21st Century grant for next year.   Briggs also presented an overview of the Middle School and High School Iowa Assessment results.

  • MS/HS Principal Snavely presented his report.  Janet Becker and Kathleen Sweet have been awarded Iowa Governor’s STEM grants and we are waiting for the State to fund those grants.  It is that time of the year to work on scheduling for the next school year.   Mr. Snavely and Mrs. Stenger were invited to East Penn Manufacturing in Oelwein.  East Penn plans on adding up to 350 jobs and are reaching out to schools to collaborate on how to fill those positions.

  • Activity Director Whittle gave his report.  Congratulations to Meg Swanson and Shumaim Ijaz for making it to ALL State speech.  Prom is April 30th and spring sports are underway.

  • Interim Supt. Nelson presented his report.  The certified and support staffs have reached a tentative agreement salaries and benefits.  Each union will have to ratify the agreements before the board can approve.  There will be a telephonic special meeting on April 13, 2016 at 12:05 to approve minutes and staff recommendations.

  • Board Member reports:  Powell will be attending the Policy Leadership Conference and also the Regional Board Governance workshop is coming up on April 25, 2016 at NFValley.  

 

Old Business:

  • No action on the baseball coaching at this time.

 

New Business:

  • Paris moved to approve the amendment to increase instructional support services for FY15-16 budget by $325,953 to cover expenses that were transferred from instructional.  Chapman second, motion carried 4-0.

  • Powell moved to approve the amendment to increase capital expenditures for FY15-16 budget by $101,292 to cover capital expenses that may need to be paid for in this fiscal year.  Chapman second, motion carried.    It is not expected to spend those amended amounts but the Board is required to amend if they think they may exceed the April 2015 published budget.

  • Chapman moved to approve the FY16-17 adopted budget.   The published tax rate was $13.23942, however since the legislatures passed a 2.25% growth, the tax rate will be closer to $12.96073.  That is a .8421 cent decrease from last years published rate.  The district has cash on hand so it couldn’t levy more cash, but we don’t have the spending authority to spend the cash.

  • Paris moved to open a new checking account at Citizens State Bank to be used solely as an ACH clearing account as recommended by the State Auditors.  Chapman second, motion carried 4-0.

  • Paris moved to table the ISFIS School finance subscription for 2016-2017.  Chapman second, motion tabled 4-0.

  • Powell moved to accept the three year audit proposal from Hacker Nelson.  Paris second, motion carried 4-0.

  • Paris moved to approve the resignation from Diane Zuercher as Custodian, Powell second motion carried 4-0.

  • Powell moved to approve the Transportation Director Sharing Agreement with Oelwein CSD.  Chapman second, motion carried 4-0.

  • Paris moved to pay Higley Industries, Inc. $6,578.90 to do the gym flooring finishing.  This includes two coats in all three gyms during the summer.  Chapman second, motion carried 4-0.

  • Powell moved to purchase another load of rubber mulch for the playground at $6,600 plus freight of $700 per load.    Paris second, motion carried 4-0.

  • Starmont received the Abstract of Votes from the Special Election on April 5, 2016 for a .33 tax for the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy.  Yes – 108 votes,  No – 103 votes, for a total of 211 votes and the measure passed by a simple majority.

 

Bills: Paris audited the bills. Paris moved to approve the bills, Chapman second, bills approved 4-0.   Heaton to audit in May and Powell to audit in June.

 

Adjourn: Paris moved to adjourn, Powell second, motion carried 4-0.  Meeting ended at 7:56 pm.

 

Starmont Board of Education Board

Special Telephonic Board Meeting

March 31, 2016    

 

President Puffett called the Starmont Board of Education special telephonic board meeting to order at 7:00 pm on March 31, 2016.  Nelson read the roll call, present: Puffett, Paris Chapman and Powell. Heaton was not present.    Administrators present: Interim Supt Nelson. Chapman moved to approve the agenda. Paris second, agenda was approved 4-0.    

 

Public Communication: None

 

New Business:  

  • Powell moved to approve the contract for Laura Bilden as the MS Science teacher with a salary of $39,615.20 which includes TSS monies.  Paris second, motion carried 4-0.

  • Paris moved to approve Aaron Kvale was the Spanish teacher with a salary of $34,448.00  which includes TSS monies.  Powell second, motion carried 4-0.

  • Paris moved to table the motion of baseball coach to the April 11th meeting.  Powell second, motion carried 4-0.

  • Chapman approved the DECA National trip to Nashville, TN.  Paris second, motion carried 4-0.

  • Paris moved to approve the dissolution plan of the school playground equipment as presented following board policy 902.5.  Chapman second, motion carried 4-0.

 

Adjourn: Powell moved to adjourn, Chapman second, motion carried 4-0.  Meeting ended at 7:21 pm.

                      


Starmont Board of Education Board

Special Board Meeting

March 28, 2016    

 

President Puffett called the Starmont Board of Education special board meeting to order at 6:00 pm in the HS Conference Meeting Room on March 28, 2016.  Morine read the roll call, present: Puffett, Paris and Powell. Heaton and Chapman were not present. Administrators present: Interim Supt Nelson and SBO/Board Secretary Morine. Paris moved to approve the agenda with striking the personnel recommendations and the DECA National Convention trip request. Powell second, agenda was approved 3-0.    

 

Public Hearing - School Calendar correction:  No community members present.

 

Communication/Reports:

  • Interim Supt Nelson presented his report.  Updated the board on hiring process.  A special meeting may need to be called to hire staff and looking at March 31st at 7:00 pm for a telephonic meeting.  Classified negotiations will be Thursday, March 31st at 5:30 pm.  Nelson also mentioned that we may need to help with maintenance on the baseball field.

  • Board members: Powell update on IASB board meeting and legislative update.

 

New Business:  

  • Powell moved to approve the corrected FY17 school calendar.  The first week should have accounted for 2.5 teacher contract days rather than 3 teacher contract days.  The calendar committee came up with a solution to make Jan 3rd a full day of in service and classes resume Jan 4th.  Plus an adjustment at the end of the school year for teacher contract days.  Paris second, corrected calendar approved 3-0.

  • No recommendations at this time.

  • Summer Projects:

    • Paris moved to hire Systems Services from Waterloo for $158,153.72 for a new fire alarm system.  Powell second, motion carried 3-0.

    • Powell moved to hire Young’s Painting and Decorating to paint the Spectator Gym for $14,300.  Paris second, motion carried 3-0.

    • Paris moved to hire Swales Construction for summer concrete projects and repairs for $10,590.  Powell second, motion carried 3-0.

    • Paris moved purchase playground equipment from Cunningham Recreation for $29,695.  Powell second, motion carried 3-0.

    • Powell moved to purchase 44,000 lbs of rubber chips for the playground from Liberty Tire Recycling for $6,600 plus freight.  Paris second, motion carried 3-0.

 

Adjourn: Paris moved to adjourn, Powell second, motion carried 3-0.  Meeting ended at 7:00 pm.

                      


 

Starmont Board of Education Board

Special Board Meeting

March 22, 2016    

 

President Puffett called the Starmont Board of Education special board meeting to order at 5:33 pm in the HS Conference Meeting Room on March 22, 2016.  Morine read the roll call, present: Puffett, Paris, Powell, and Heaton. Chapman was not present.    Administrators present: Interim Supt Nelson and MS/HS Principal Snavely along with SBO/Board Secretary Morine. Heaton moved to approve the agenda.   Paris second, agenda was approved 4-0.    

 

Public Communication:  none

 

Communication/Reports:

  • Interim Supt Nelson presented his report.  Nelson had meetings with the Elementary and MS/HS staff to discuss the budget situation and the results from the SBRC hearing.  Also discussed the Voter approved PPEL vote that is coming up on April 5th.   Board members: no reports

 

New Business:  

  • Paris moved to hire Robert Anstoetter as an elementary teacher at base salary plus TSS of $34,448.  Mr. Anstoetter will come in at Step One with a B.A. Powell second, motion carried 4-0.

 

Adjourn: Powell moved to adjourn, Paris second, motion carried 4-0.  Meeting ended at 5:55 pm.

                      

_________________________________                  ____________________________________

Laura Morine, Board Secretary                  Douglas Puffett, Board President

 

 


 

Starmont Board of Education Board

Board Meeting

March 14, 2016    

 

President Puffett called the Starmont Board of Education meeting to order at 6:30 pm in the HS Conference Meeting Room on March 14, 2016.  Morine read the roll call, present: Puffett, Powell, and Heaton Chapman and Paris were absent.    Administrators present: Interim Supt Nelson, Elementary Principal Klaus, MS/HS Principal Snavely, and SID Briggs, along with SBO/Board Secretary Morine.  One guest present:  Tasha Fritz. Powell moved to approve the agenda, Heaton second, motion carried 3-0.

 

Public Hearing for 2016-2017 School Calendar.  No public comments.  

 

Communications/Reports:

  • Heaton moved to approve the minutes from the February 8th board meeting and February 29th Special Board meeting and work session.  Powell second, motion carried 3-0.

  • SBO/Board Secretary presented the following reports: Treasurer’s Report, Trial Balances of Cash Accounts, UAB Calculations, and Expenses to Certified Budget, Daycare Report and Monthly Expenditure Report by Object.   Morine is finalizing the budget for publication and public hearing on April 11, 2016.  

  • Elem Principal Klaus presented her report.   Elementary had an A.L.I.C.E. refresher course.   March 16th, Starmont will host a district wide Preschool teachers meeting to include Starmont, Berry Tender and Little Star. Kindergarten Round Up is April 1st.

  • ID/CD Briggs presented her report.  Reviewing the Iowa Assessment scores that just came back.  Smarter Balance testing will be given in 2017.

  • MS/HS Principal Snavely presented his report. Highlighted the activities the students have been involved in, such as DECA,  FFA, Speech and National Honor Society.  

  • Activity Director Whittle gave his report.  Congratulations to Kody Kleve, as he placed 5th at the State Wrestling Tournament.  Congratulations to the girls and boys basketball players that made All Conference teams.

  • Interim Supt. Nelson presented his report.  Voter Approved PPEL tax vote is coming up on April 5th and articles are being put into the papers as why Starmont needs the Voter Approved PPEL tax.   It looks like the Starmont property tax rate for FY17 will be lower than last year, even with the Voter Approved PPEL tax levy.  SBRC meeting will be March 15th and 3 board members will be attending.

  • Board Member reports:  Powell has been talking with legislators about the state supplement aid and hopes that it will be settled soon.

 

New Business:

  • Powell moved to hold the public hearing on April 11, 2016 at 6:30 pm for the 2016-2017 District Adopted Budget.  Heaton second, motion carried 3-0.

  • Heaton moved to hold a public hearing on April 11, 2o16 at 6:45 pm for the 2015-2016 Budget Amendment.  Powell second, motion carried 3-0.

  • Powell moved to approve the Budget Guarantee Resolution:  Be it resolved, that the Board of Directors for the Starmont CSD will levy taxes for the fiscal year of 2017 for the regular program budget adjustment as allowed under section 257.15, Code of Iowa.   Heaton second, motion carried 3-0.

  • Powell moved to approve the Board Approved Physical Plant and Equipment (PPEL) Levy Resolution:  Be it resolved, that the Board of Directors with the Starmont CSD, consistent with Iowa code, will levy tax for the FY17, in the amount of 33 cents/$1,000 to fund the Physical Plant and Equipment Fund.    Heaton second, motion carried 3-0.

  • Heaton moved to approve the Voter Approved Physical Plant and Equipment (PPEL) Levy Resolution pending the April 5, 2016 public vote:  Be it resolved, that the Board of Directors of the Starmont Community School District, consistent with the Iowa Code, will levy an amount equivalent to 33 cents/$1000 assessed valuation, in combination of 1% income surtax, the balance to be paid by property tax, not to exceed 33 cents/$1000 assessed valuation, to provide additional funds to the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy.  Powell second, motion carried 3-0.

  • Powell moved to approve the Management Levy Resolution: Be it resolved, that the Board of Directors of the Starmont Community School District, consistent with the Iowa Code, will levy tax for fiscal year 2016-2017, in the amount of $650,000 for the District’s Management Fund. Heaton second, motion carried 3-0.  The Management fund is used for retirement, insurances, workman’s company and unemployment payments.

  • Heaton moved to approve the FY16-17 School District Calendar that was presented during the public hearing.  Powell second, calendar approved 3-0.

  • Heaton moved to approve a Supplemental TLC contract with Jenni Schauf as Instructional Coach for the 2016—2017 school year.   Powell second, motion carried 3-0.

  • Powell moved to accept the resignation from Megan Gates as Spanish Teacher and assistant volleyball coach at the end of the 2015-2016 school year.  Heaton second, motion carried 3-0.

  • Heaton moved to approve the Industrial Technology Sharing agreement with Ed-Co.  This agreement will allow Starmont to collect the pro-rata share from Ed-Co for the 2 students that are attending Starmont for the spring semester Intro to Technology class.  Powell second, motion carried 3-0.

  • Powell moved to approve the Guidance Counselor Sharing Agreement with Central CSD.  Carmen Stenger will continue to go to Central one day per week.  Central will pay 20% of the employment contract and misc. expenses.  Heaton second, motion carried 3-0.

  • Heaton moved to approve the Curriculum Coordinator Agreement with Oelwein CSD.  Patty Briggs will spend 60% of her time in Oelwein and 40% in Starmont.   Powell second, motion carried 3-0.

  • Powell moved to approve the Curriculum Coordinator’s estimated salary and benefit package of $105,305.10 for FY16-17 and $107,534.38 for FY17-18.   Heaton second, motion carried 3-0.

  • Heaton moved to approve the Human Resources Director with Oelwein CSD.  Cristen Bockenstedt will continue to go to Oelwein CSD one day per week and Oelwein will pay 20% of salary and benefit package and misc. expenses.   Powell second, motion carried 3-0.

  • Powell moved to approve the TLC Consortium Financial Agreement with Central CSD, West Central CSD, and East Buchanan CSD.  Heaton second, motion carried 3-0.

  • Heaton moved to approve the purchase of 100 Acer Chromebooks from CDW-G Government for $23,700.  These books will be implemented in to the 4th and 5th grade in the fall of 2016. A special discount was offered so we are expediting the ordering process rather than waiting until July 2016 to order.   Powell second, motion carried 3-0

  • Capital Projects

    • Powell moved to table the bids for a new fire alarm system. Heaton second, motion tabled   3-0.  

    • Heaton moved to purchase the Elite Educator’s Greenhouse kit from FarmTek not to exceed $20,000.  Powell second, motion carried 3-0.

    • Powell moved to hire Randy Swales as Project Manager at a fee up to $42,915 and this includes concrete, erecting, plumbing and electrical work for the green house.    Heaton second, motion carried 3-0.

    • Powell moved to approve the purchase and installation of a sound system for the Spectator Gym in the amount of $27,300 from DB Acoustics, to be completed by the end of May.  Heaton second, motion carried 3-0.

    • Powell moved to approve the purchase and installation of a sound system for the HS Café in the amount of $29,875 to be started after July 1, 2016. Heaton second, motion carried 3-0.

    • Heaton moved to table the elementary playground equipment bids.  Powell second, motion tabled 3-0.

    • Heaton moved to table the Spectator Gym painting bids.  Powell second, motion tabled 3-0.

    • Heaton moved to approve the roofing bid from Imperial Roofing in the amount of $65,920 for Section B of the elementary roof.  Powell second, motion carried 3-0.

    • Powell moved to table the cement work bids.  Heaton second, motion tabled 3-0.

    • Heaton moved to approve the landscaping bid from Breitspecher Landscaping for $7,809.17.  Powell second, motion carried 3-0.

    • Powell moved to approve spending up to $20,000 with SMI for brick and tuck-pointing work this summer.  Heaton second, motion carried 3-0.

 

On March 22nd at 5:30 pm in the HS Conference Room, the board will have a special board meeting.  A tentative work session/board meeting is scheduled for March 29th.

 

Bills: Puffett audited the bills. Heaton moved to approve the bills, Powell second, bills approved 3-0.   Heaton to audit in April and Powell to audit it May.

 

Adjourn: Heaton moved to adjourn, Powell second, motion carried 3-0.  Meeting ended at 8:25 pm.

                      

_________________________________                  ____________________________________

Laura Morine, Board Secretary                  Douglas Puffett, Board President

 


Starmont Board of Education Board
Board Work Session

Starmont Board of Education work session started at 6:00 pm in the HS Conference Meeting Room on February 29, 2016.  Morine read the roll call, present: Puffett, Paris, Powell, Heaton and Chapman.  Interim Supt Nelson, Business Manager/Board Secretary Morine and MS/HS Principal Snavely.  President Puffett welcomed the guests. 

Mark Doubet from DB Acoustics Inc, Marion, IA gave his presentation to the board and guests on his proposal for a sound amplification system for the spectator gym and café.

Ed Smerud from Zero Sound Systems, New Albin, IA gave his presentation to the board and guests on his proposal for a sound amplification system for the spectator gym and café.

Supt Nelson reviewed the revised SBRC hearing exhibits with the board. These figures include a few more months of actual figures for revenues and expenses along with the actual early retirement numbers.  Also have the FY17 Unspent Authorized Budget numbers from Department of Management.   Nelson, Morine, Puffett, Heaton and Powell will attend the SBRC hearing on March 15th in Des Moines.

Supt Nelson, administration and board discussed possible school programming and staff options for the 2016-2017 school year. 

Supt Nelson and Business Manager Morine presented the preliminary certified district budget proposal for the 2016-2017 year.   Public hearing on the budget will be April 11, 2016.

Work session ended at 8:52 pm and no action was taken


Starmont Board of Education Board
Special Board Meeting
February 29, 2016    

President Puffett called the Starmont Board of Education special board meeting to order at 8:52 pm in the HS Conference Meeting Room on February 29, 2016.  Morine read the roll call, present: Puffett, Paris, Powell, Heaton and Chapman.    Administrators present: Interim Supt Nelson, Elementary Principal Klaus, MS/HS Principal Snavely, and SID Briggs, along with SBO/Board Secretary Morine. Chapman moved to approve the agenda.  Heaton second, agenda was approved 5-0.    Puffett welcomed our guest. 

Public Communication:  none

Communication/Reports:
Interim Supt Nelson presented his report.  Negotiations will be starting in March with both the certified and classified staff.  Greenhouse planning is continuing.  An area school was interested in possible sharing of some sports for next year.   Shared information on the Voter Approved Physical Plant and Equipment Levy that will be up for vote on April 5, 2016.
Board Members: none

New Business:  
Paris moved to approve the resignation from Marie Weber, HS special education teacher, effective Feb 11, 2016.  Heaton second, resignation accepted 5-0. 
Chapman moved to approve the resignation from Jeannie Johnson, MS/HS Cook effective May 31, 2016.  Paris second, resignation accepted 5-0.
Powell move to hire Tierney Schneider as MS English/Language Arts/Reading teacher at step one salary of $29,725 for FY16-17. Paris second, motion carried 5-0.
Paris moved to hire Thomas Hansel as HS English/Language Arts/Reading teacher at step four salary of $32,994.75 for FY16-17.  Chapman second, motion carried 5-0.
Heaton moved to approve the SBRC workout plan for the March 15, 2016 SBRC Hearing. Chapman second, motion approved 5-0.
Paris moved to approve the SBRC request for modified supplemental amount equivalent to the FY15 negative unspent balance the amount of $131,294.00. Powell second, motion carried 5-0.
Paris moved to approve Zero Sound System from $3,979.36 for the portable outside sound system, second by Powell.  Approved 5-0
Chapman moved to negotiate with DB Acoustics on the Spectator Gym and Café sound system not to exceed $57,175.  Heaton second, motion carried 5-0.


Adjourn: Powell moved to adjourn, Chapman second, motion carried 5-0.  Meeting ended at 9:30 pm.
                       
_________________________________                  ____________________________________
Laura Morine, Board Secretary                  Douglas Puffett, Board President


Starmont Board of Education Board

Board Meeting

February 8, 2016    

 

President Puffett called the Starmont Board of Education meeting to order at 6:30 pm in the HS Conference Meeting Room on February 8, 2016.  Morine read the roll call, present: Puffett, Powell, Heaton and Chapman. Paris was absent.    Administrators present: Interim Supt Nelson, Elementary Principal Klaus, MS/HS Principal Snavely, and SID Briggs, along with SBO/Board Secretary Morine.  Powell moved to approve the agenda, Heaton second, motion carried 4-0.

 

Public Communication:  none

 

Communications/Reports:

  • Heaton moved to approve the minutes from the January 11th board meeting and January 27th Special Board meeting. Chapman second, motion carried 4-0.

  • SBO/Board Secretary presented the following reports: Treasurer’s Report, Trial Balances of Cash Accounts, UAB Calculations, and Expenses to Certified Budget, Daycare Report and Monthly Expenditure Report by Object.   Morine will be working on SBRC exhibits, FY17 budget and negotiation costing sheets.

  • Elem Principal Klaus presented her report.   Klaus reported that this year the Preschool spots will be filled by the lottery system and sign up will be April 7, 2016.

  • ID/CD Briggs presented her report.  

  • MS/HS Principal Snavely presented his report.  

  • Activity Director Whittle was reviewed as presented.  

  • Interim Supt. Nelson presented his report.  

  • Board Member reports:  Powell attended the IASB Advocacy Workshop in January.

 

New Business:  

  • Powell moved to approve the certification of the Shared Superintendent Costs with Tripoli Community School District at $93,426 per year for FY17 and FY18, a two year contract.  Heaton second, motion carried 4-0.

  • Powell moved to approve the addendum to the Shared Superintendent Agreement with Tripoli CSD.  Chapman second, motion carried 4-0.

  • Heaton moved to hire Mary Hiemes as Route Driver.  Salary from Jan 4th thru the end of the school year would be $5,842.16 plus mileage of $2.80.    Chapman second, motion carried 4-0.

  • Powell moved to approve the resignation and early retirement application from Cynthia Hilsabeck, ms science teacher, effective the end of the current contract year.  Heaton second, resignation and early retirement application approved 4-0.

  • Chapman moved to approve the resignation and early retirement application from Andrea Dallenbach, elementary teacher, effective the end of the current contract year.  Powell second, resignation and early retirement application approved 4-0.

  • Chapman moved to approve the resignation and early retirement application from Barbara Weno-Schoenjahn, elementary PE teacher, effective the end of the current contract year.  Heaton second, resignation and early retirement application approved 4-0.

  • Chapman moved to approve the resignation and early retirement application from Sheryl Nelson, hs English/Language Arts teacher, effective the end of the current contract year.  Heaton second, resignation and early retirement application approved 4-0.

  • Powell moved to approve the resignation from Josh Brown, Technology Tech, effective February 29, 2016 pending the approval of the Independent Contractor Agreement for Technology Services with him. Heaton second, motion carried 4-0.

  • Discussed the Independent Contractor Agreement for Technology Services at $25.75 per hour thru June 30, 2017.  Heaton moved to approve the Independent Contractor Agreement for Technology Services with Josh Brown.  Powell second, motion carried 4-0.

  • Powell moved to approve Policy 903.5: Drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle policy as second reading. Chapman second, motion carried 4-0.

  • Discussed the offer for General Contractor agreement to Randy Swales at $15,950 and that doesn’t include electrical, plumbing, site prep or concrete.  Heaton moved to table until the return of the electrical and plumbing bids.  Chapman second, motion tabled 4-0.

  • Morine updated the board on new COBRA Insurance services.  Powell moved to change from 3PAdministrators to Midwest Benefits for the COBRA Insurance services effective 7/1/2016. Heaton second, motion carried 4-0.

  • There will be a work session for Feb 29th at 6:00 pm.    Snavely will contact vendors for speaker system presentation.

 

Bills: Powell audited the bills.   Powell moved to approve the bills, Heaton second, bills approved 4-0.   Puffett to audit bills in March and Heaton to audit in April.

 

Adjourn: Chapman moved to adjourn, Heaton second, motion carried 4-0.  Meeting ended at 8:00 pm.

 


 

Starmont Board of Education Board

Board Meeting

January 11, 2016    

 

President Puffett called the Starmont Board of Education meeting to order at 6:30 pm in the HS Conference Meeting Room on January 11, 2016.  Morine read the roll call, present: Puffett, Paris, Powell, Heaton and Chapman.    Administrators present: Interim Supt Nelson, Elementary Principal Klaus, MS/HS Principal Snavely, and SID Briggs, along with SBO/Board Secretary Morine. Guest: Joe Bouska.  Heaton moved to approve the agenda, Powell second, motion carried 5-0.

 

Public Communication:  none

 

Communications/Reports:

  • Joe Bouska from Hacker, Nelson & Co., P.C. presented the FY15 Independent Audit Report to the Board.  Hacker Nelson gave an unmodified opinion on the report and that means that they found no modifications on the financials on what they observed.

  • Chapman moved to approve the minutes from the December 14th and December 15th. Paris second, motion carried 5-0.

  • SBO/Board Secretary presented the following reports: Treasurer’s Report, Trial Balances of Cash Accounts, UAB Calculations, and Expenses to Certified Budget, Daycare Report and Monthly Expenditure Report by Object.  Morine reiterated to the administration on how important it is to have signed PO’s prior to purchases as per the audit report.  

  • Elem Principal Klaus presented her report.  The TLC Consortium has named 3 instructional coaches and still looking for an Elementary Instructional Coach.   Report cards will go out January 21st and the FAST assessments will be given soon.   The 2nd round of Reading Recovery is starting.   Klaus was impressed with the great generosity our students and their families received over the holidays from many community members and organizations.   The generosity is appreciated.

  • SID/CD Briggs presented her report.  The SIAC(Future’s) committee will meet January 12, 2016.  Iowa Assessments will be given in late January thru early February.

  • MS/HS Principal Snavely presented his report.  Starmont hosted 10 teams for a Robotics competition on January 9th.  The Starmont team will compete at the Union High School on January 16th and if they do well could advance on.  Mr. Snavely has obtained quotes from two different companies for new sound systems in the Café, Spectator Gym and Softball/Baseball fields.  

  • Interim Supt. Nelson informed the board that TLC contracts would be offered next month to Starmont employees that were selected by the TLC Consortium.  A delegation from Starmont will be visiting the Dunkerton School District on January 12th and Tripoli School District on January 21st to observe the Superintendent’s in their own districts.    Negotiations with the Certified and Support staff will be starting soon and Int. Supt. Nelson will contact the groups to talk about scheduling meetings.   Randy Swales is interested in being project manager for the Greenhouse project and we will request a quote from him.    Discussed with the board about a special election for a Voter Approved PPEL levy.  This would allow the district to levy monies to be used for school improvements, repairs, remodeling and reconstruction, independent contracts, and other uses as per section 298.3 of the Iowa Code.   Summer project discussions will start in March.

  • Board Member reports:  Powell reported that IASB will be hosting an Advocacy workshop in Waverly on January 14, 2016.

 

New Business:  

  • Powell moved to hire Colleen Goedken as Special Ed Para for the second semester at $9.70 per hour.  Paris second, motion carried 5-0.

  • Paris moved to extend Marie Weber’s contract at her current per diem until her replacement is eligible to be in the classroom.  Heaton second, motion carried 5-0.

  • Powell moved to hire Jill Cordes as a temporary Special Ed Para for one hour per day at $9.70. Chapman second, motion carried 5-0.

  • Heaton moved to accept the resignation from Vicki Seedorff as Accuscan operator/Special Ed Para effective 5/24/16.  Chapman second, motion carried 5-0.

  • Powell moved to accept the resignation from Ethan Moses as Asst. HS Baseball coach. Paris second, resignation accepted 5-0.

  • First reading of the Unmanned Arial Vehicle policy.

  • Powell moved to accept the Agreement with Regional Medical Center for Athletic Training and Physical Therapy Services. This is an annual agreement that begins on 2/1/16 and at no cost to the district.

  • The Board had the first reading of a sample Superintendent Sharing Agreement.

 

The Board will have a work session the last week in January 25 with a possible short board meeting that night as well.  The Board will continue discussions on a shared superintendent, Voter Approved PPEL and negotiations.

 

Bills: Chapman audited the bills.   Chapman moved to approve the bills, Heaton second, bills approved 5-0.   Powell to audit in February, Puffett to audit in March.

 

Adjourn: Powell moved to adjourn, Heaton second, motion carried 5-0.  Meeting ended at 9:15 pm.

 

 


 

Starmont Board of Education Board

December 14, 2015

Board Meeting

President Puffett called the Starmont Board of Education meeting to order at 6:30 pm in the HS Conference 

Meeting Room on December 14, 2015. Morine read the roll call, present: Puffett, Paris, Powell, Heaton and 

Chapman. Administrators present: Interim Supt Nelson, Elementary Principal Klaus, MS/HS Principal 

Snavely, and SID Briggs, along with SBO/Board Secretary Morine. Jim Walker was present. Powell moved to 

approve the agenda, Paris second, motion carried 5-0. 

Public Communication: none

Communications/Reports:

 Paris moved to approve the minutes from the November 9th and November 30th

motion carried 5-0. 

 SBO/Board Secretary presented the following reports: Treasurer’s Report, Trial Balances of Cash 

Accounts, UAB Calculations, Expenses to Certified Budget, Daycare Report and also the line item 

budget for Revenue and Expenditures. 

 Elem Principal Klaus presented her report. Klaus gave an update on the therapy dog and gave 

situations where the dog has been very helpful. Daycare parents had met to review the operations 

of daycare. Multiple parents have stepped up to take on some of the responsibilities to free up 

some of Principal’s time. Morine will look into a FLEX plan for dependent care. The TLC 

committee is getting closer to offering the position of Consortium Coordinator and also Technology 

Integrationist. They reopened the Instructional Coach application as they will only have two 

schools rather than four. 

 ID/CD Briggs presented her report. The SIAC/Futures Committee meet in November as well as the 

green house committee. Students completed the Co-GAT testing.

 MS/HS Principal Snavely presented his report. Snavely reviewed the Parent –Teacher Conference 

attendance. Starmont will be hosting a Robotics Contest on January 9th. Snavely is investigating 

what it would take to upgrade the sound systems in the gymnasiums and café.

 Activity Director Whittle was reviewed as presented.

 Interim Supt. Nelson presented his report. Nelson reviewed the reports that the board will use at 

the School Budget Review Committee on Tuesday in Des Moines. An agenda is posted for that 

meeting. The board as a 1:50 pm meeting and so plans were made on departure time. 

 Board Member reports: Puffett and Nelson had met with two Superintendent’s whose districts are 

willing to share a superintendent. Puffett and Chapman will proceed with meetings with the 

other districts to discuss sharing opportunities. 

 Operations Director Walker presented the options on either repairing our utility tractor or 

purchasing a new utility tractor. Heaton moved to trade in our utility tractor and purchase a new 

tractor and accessories for $17,000.00 from K&A Equipment. This purchase will be made from 

capital funds. Paris second, motion carried 5-0.

 Chapman moved to approve the purchase of seven laptop computers for our special education

teachers for $5739.65 from Special Education funds. Heaton second, motion carried 5-0. 

 Powell moved to continue the use of the therapy dog with conditions such as monitoring and 

reports for the next semester on a continual renewal cycle. Chapman second, motion carried 5-0.

 Paris moved to approve the resignation from Shayleen Soukup as Special Ed para and her last day 

will be December 16, 2015. Powell second, resignation accepted, 5-0.

. Heaton second, 

 Paris moved to approve a voluntary transfer of Janet Goedken from elementary special ed para to 

preschool special ed para and the pay would remain the same. Powell second, motion carried 5-0.

 Nelson reviewed the greenhouse planning. Powell moved to table the quote of $10,365 from 

Swales Construction for the earthwork and concrete for the greenhouse construction. Paris

second, motion tabled 5-0.

 Powell moved to request a quote for general contractor or general manager from Swales 

Constructor for the greenhouse project. Heaton second, motion carried 5-0.

 Paris moved to set a board goal of one percent solvency for the unspent authorized budget ending 

FY17 and a five percent solvency goal within five years ending FYFY21. Powell second, motion 

carried 5-0.

Bills: Heaton audited the bills. Heaton moved to approve the bills, Chapman second, bills approved 5-0. 

Chapman to audit in January, Powell to audit in February.

Adjourn: Paris moved to adjourn, Heaton second, motion carried 5-0. Meeting ended at 8:37 pm.

_________________________________ ____________________________________

Laura Morine, Board Secretary Douglas Puffett, Board President

 


Starmont Board of Education Board

Special Board Meeting

December 15, 2015

The following represented the Starmont Community School District at the School Budget Review 

Committee Hearing at the Grimes State Office Building, Des Moines, Iowa: Puffett, Powell, Heaton, 

Chapman, Interim Supt Nelson and Board Secretary/Business Manager Morine. Interim Supt. Nelson and 

Board President Puffett presented the work out plan and request spending authority of the negative FY15 

unspent balance of $131,680 to the SBRC. After a brief discussion the SBRC voted to table the decision on 

whether to grant Starmont the authority for the negative unspent balance of $131,680 until the March 

2016 meeting and directed the district to work with the Department of Education to develop a detailed 

The board members left for Des Moines at 8:45 am and returned at 5:30 pm. No decisions were made by 

the board during this time. 

 


Starmont Board of Education Board

Special Board Meeting

November 30, 2015

 

President Puffett called the Starmont Board of Education meeting to order at 6:30 pm in the HS Conference Meeting Room on November 30, 2015.  Morine read the roll call, present: Puffett, Paris, Powell, Heaton and Chapman.  Interim Supt Nelson, Business Manager/Board Secretary Morine and Cristen Bockenstedt were present.  No Building Administrators were present.  Heaton moved to approve the agenda, Powell second, motion carried 5-0.

 

Public Communication:  none

 

Communications/Reports:

  • Interim Supt.  Nelson discussed the upcoming SBRC meeting and Cristen was present so that she will be prepared to help any board members that will connect via phone from the Supt. Office.   

  • Board Member reports:  Puffett reported that Maquoketa Valley wasn’t ready at this time to share a Superintendent for the next year.    Puffett, Heaton and Powell attended the School Board Convention.

 

New Business:  

  • Morine presented information that Starmont needs to increase school lunch prices to stay in compliance with the National School Lunch Program regulations to have our average weighted costs between $2.35 and $2.39.   Paris moved to comply with the National School Lunch Program regulations and increase the Elementary and HS lunch prices by .10 cents as designated by the National School Lunch calculations. New price as of January 4, 2015 will be:  Elementary Lunch $2.30 and MS/HS Lunch $2.45 to meet the State’s guidelines.

  • Powell moved to approve the resignation from Janet Goedken as a Route Bus Driver and Field Trip Driver as of November 23, 2015.   Chapman second the motion.  Resignation accepted, 5-0.

  • Janet Becker requested board approval for an out of state field trip to Omaha, NE for a CodeCrush Conference for Girls in Information Technology.   The Starmont application needs to be approved for the students to attend.  Paris approved the out of state trip to Omaha, NE for the students to attend this conference.  Heaton second, motion carried 5-0.

 

Adjourn: Powell moved to adjourn, Paris second, motion carried 5-0.  Meeting ended at 7:05 pm.

                      


 

Starmont Board of Education Board

Work Session Meeting

November 30, 2015

 

Work session started at 7:05 pm.  Present: Puffett, Paris, Powell, Heaton and Chapman.  Interim Supt Nelson, Business Manager/Board Secretary Morine and Cristen Bockenstedt were present.  No Building Administrators were present.   Interim Supt. Nelson presented the supporting documents to request spending authority for the negative unspent balance of $131,680 in FY15 from the School Budget Review Committee (SBRC) on December 15, 2015.   As per Iowa code, the Starmont School District is authorized to spend a specified amount per student and the district overspent that authorized amount. The District has more than enough cash to cover the negative spending authority and any ongoing expenses.   The Starmont Board of Education will go before the SBRC to present the workout plan and ask for that negative authority for FY15.  The proposed plan for the SBRC that will presented will cover the authorized amount plus 1% for FY16 and an additional 1% each year until the district has a cushion of at least a 5% balance over the state authorized spending.

 

Work session ended at 9:10 pm and no action was taken.

 

 


 

Starmont Board of Education Board

Special Board Meeting

November 30, 2015

 

President Puffett called the Starmont Board of Education meeting to order at 6:30 pm in the HS Conference Meeting Room on November 30, 2015.  Morine read the roll call, present: Puffett, Paris, Powell, Heaton and Chapman.  Interim Supt Nelson, Business Manager/Board Secretary Morine and Cristen Bockenstedt were present.  No Building Administrators were present.  Heaton moved to approve the agenda, Powell second, motion carried 5-0.

 

Public Communication:  none

 

Communications/Reports:

  • Interim Supt.  Nelson discussed the upcoming SBRC meeting and Cristen was present so that she will be prepared to help any board members that will connect via phone from the Supt. Office.   

  • Board Member reports:  Puffett reported that Maquoketa Valley wasn’t ready at this time to share a Superintendent for the next year.    Puffett, Heaton and Powell attended the School Board Convention.

 

New Business:  

  • Morine presented information that Starmont needs to increase school lunch prices to stay in compliance with the National School Lunch Program regulations to have our average weighted costs between $2.35 and $2.39.   Paris moved to comply with the National School Lunch Program regulations and increase the Elementary and HS lunch prices by .10 cents as designated by the National School Lunch calculations. New price as of January 4, 2015 will be:  Elementary Lunch $2.30 and MS/HS Lunch $2.45 to meet the State’s guidelines.

  • Powell moved to approve the resignation from Janet Goedken as a Route Bus Driver and Field Trip Driver as of November 23, 2015.   Chapman second the motion.  Resignation accepted, 5-0.

  • Janet Becker requested board approval for an out of state field trip to Omaha, NE for a CodeCrush Conference for Girls in Information Technology.   The Starmont application needs to be approved for the students to attend.  Paris approved the out of state trip to Omaha, NE for the students to attend this conference.  Heaton second, motion carried 5-0.

 

Adjourn: Powell moved to adjourn, Paris second, motion carried 5-0.  Meeting ended at 7:05 pm.

                  


 

Starmont Board of Education Board

Work Session Meeting

November 30, 2015

 

Work session started at 7:05 pm.  Present: Puffett, Paris, Powell, Heaton and Chapman.  Interim Supt Nelson, Business Manager/Board Secretary Morine and Cristen Bockenstedt were present.  No Building Administrators were present.   Interim Supt. Nelson presented the supporting documents to request spending authority for the negative unspent balance of $131,680 in FY15 from the School Budget Review Committee (SBRC) on December 15, 2015.   As per Iowa code, the Starmont School District is authorized to spend a specified amount per student and the district overspent that authorized amount. The District has more than enough cash to cover the negative spending authority and any ongoing expenses.   The Starmont Board of Education will go before the SBRC to present the workout plan and ask for that negative authority for FY15.  The proposed plan for the SBRC that will presented will cover the authorized amount plus 1% for FY16 and an additional 1% each year until the district has a cushion of at least a 5% balance over the state authorized spending.

 

Work session ended at 9:10 pm and no action was taken.

 

 


 

Starmont Board of Education Board

Board Meeting

November 9, 2015

 

President Puffett called the Starmont Board of Education meeting to order at 6:30 pm in the HS Conference Meeting Room on November 9, 2015.  Morine read the roll call, present: Puffett, Paris, Powell, Heaton and Chapman.    Administrators present: Interim Supt Nelson, Elementary Principal Klaus and SID Briggs, along with SBO/Board Secretary Morine. Josh Brown and Duane Lowry were present.   Heaton moved to approve the agenda, Paris second, motion carried 5-0.

 

Public Communication:  none

 

Communications/Reports:

  • Powell moved to approve the minutes from the October 12, 2015, Chapman second, motion carried 5-0.

  • SBO/Board Secretary presented the following reports: Treasurer’s Report, Trial Balances of Cash Accounts, UAB Calculations and Expenses to Certified Budget.    Morine reported on the International ASBO Conference that she had attended.

  • Interim Supt.  Nelson presented the scenario from Gary Sinclair of PMA Financial Network and it was based off estimated percentages.   Nelson is working on a budget with predictions base on past numbers, changes is staffing and FY16 salaries.

  • Elem Principal Klaus presented her report.  A representative from IPTV visited and has programs for our after school program.   Starmont will be a pilot school for a Department of Education program to develop tools and strategies for special education. Starmont is the only school to represent Keystone AEA.  Teacher Leadership and Compensation applications are now open.  There was a 95.2% attendance for the elementary Parent Teacher Conferences.    Klaus discussed with the Board the future of the Daycare.  

  • SID/CD Briggs presented her report.  SIAC/Futures meeting will be November 17th at 5 pm.  The Greenhouse has finally received the State Fire Marshall approval, so next meeting is November 19th.  MAP testing has been completed.  Briggs and Klaus are working on the 21st Century Grant and that is due December 11th.

  • MS/HS report was reviewed as presented.

  • Activity Director report  was reviewed as presented.

  • Interim Supt. Nelson presented his report.  Our special education student numbers are going down and part of that is because some of our special education students are being transitioned to regular education.  Certified enrollment count was down 4.16 students for FY16.   Activity passes will be honored thru the end of the banner cycle, which is August 2017.  Nelson recommends that in the future the Booster Club get board approval and communication is key.

  • Board Member reports:  Puffett and Chapman reported on their meeting with Maquoketa Valley on sharing a Supterintendent for two years minimum.   Powell attended the IASB Board Member Orientation meeting.

New Business:  

  • Interim Supt has talked to all teachers that were eligible for early retirement to see if they would be interested in retirement.  Paris moved to approve the Early Retirement Plan with the qualifications as presented and one year salary plus $15,000,  total will be paid out over 3 years.  Powell second, motion carried 5-0.

  • Powell moved to approve the SBRC Open Enrollment request for 15.1 students in the amount of $96,127.00, Heaton second, motion carried 5-0.

  • Chapman moved to approve the SBRC LEP Instruction Beyond Five Years for 2 students at $2,842.00.  Powell second, motion cared 5-0.

  • Paris moved to approve the SBRC ELL Excess Cost Request in the amount of $27,722.00.  Heaton second, motion carried 5-0.

  • Powell moved to approve the SBRC Request for the FY15 Negative Unspent Balance of $131,680.00.   Paris second, motion carried 5-0.

  • Paris moved to approve the FY17 At-Risk/Dropout Prevention Plan for $163,276, $122,457 levy amount and $40,819 local match.  Chapman second, motion carried 5-0.

  • Chapman moved to continue the Superintendent Sharing Study with Maquoketa Valley School District. Heaton, second, motion carried 5-0.

  • Paris moved to approve the resignation from Autumn Whittle effective October 29th.  Chapman second, motion carried 5-0.

  • Discussed taking Josh Brown’s contract to an independent contract for technology support.

  • Josh Brown presented the Four-Year Technology Purchasing Plan.  Paris moved to approve the expenses for the FY15-16 year for $27,780.    Powell second, motion carried 5-0.

  • Special Board Meeting will be November 30, 2015 at 6:00 pm to review the SBRC documents.

 

Bills: Paris audited the bills. Paris moved to approve the bills, Heaton second, bills approved 5-0.  Heaton to audit bills in December, Chapman to audit in January.

 

Adjourn: Powell moved to adjourn, Heaton second, motion carried 5-0.  Meeting ended at 9:45 pm

 


 

 

Starmont Board of Education Board

Board Meeting

October 12, 2015

 

President Puffett called the Starmont Board of Education meeting to order at 6:30 pm in the HS Conference Meeting Room on October 12 2015.  Morine read the roll call, present: Puffett, Powell, and Chapman.  Absent: Paris and Heaton.   Administrators present: Interim Supt Nelson, Elementary Principal Klaus, SID Briggs, MS-HS Principal Snavely and AD Whittle along with SBO/Board Secretary Morine. LeAnn Baumgartner, Megan Gates and Cathy Smith were present.   Chapman moved to approve the agenda with adding LeAnn Baumgartner regarding Therapy Dog and Megan Gates with English Language Learners(ELL) program update.  Powell second, motion carried 3-0.

 

Public Communication:  LeAnn Baumgartner brought her therapy dog, ‘Grace’ to the meeting.  Discussions on how the therapy dog would be used during the day along with any benefits and concerns of the therapy dog.

 

Communications/Reports:

  • SBO/Board Secretary presented the following reports: Treasurer’s Report, Trial Balances of Cash Accounts, UAB Calculations and Expenses to Certified Budget.

  • Interim Supt Nelson report included:  Reminder that a meeting is set up with Maquoketa Valley to discuss possible Supt sharing.  Nelson had looked at their Unspent Balance Report and their balance is very healthy and stable.  Certified Enrollment is due on October 15th and it looks like enrollment will be down, however we are still waiting for area schools to upload to the State’s website.   Patty Schroeder and Shawn Snyder from the IASB spent the morning with Nelson and Morine to discuss finances and to start work on the work-out plan for the School Budget Review Committee(SBRC) since we had a negative unspent balance.  They recommended the Board be present at the SBRC meeting with the Board President presenting the workout plan.   On October 29th, Nelson will be meeting with Gary Sinclair on financial projections.

  • Elem Principal Klaus presented her report.  

  • SID/CD Briggs presented her report.  Students are finishing up the MAP testing and this was the first time the tests were web based and it went pretty smooth.  SIAC/Futures meeting will be November 17th at 5 pm.

  • MS/HS Principal Snavely presented his report.  He indicated that doing his monthly board report reminds him of all the great things that are happening at Starmont.  Had a lock down drill this last week.

  • Activity Director Whittle gave his report and the fall sports season is winding down.   

  • Board Member reports:  Puffett was contacted by Hacker Nelson as they are finalizing the audit to see if the board had any concerns and none were reported.   Powell and Nelson sat down to look at Starmont’s longitudinal data.    Powell also indicated he is re-running for the IASB Board.

  • Megan Gates presented on Starmont’s ELL program.  We have increased to 10 ELL students in the last 3 years.  Some of the students come into the district without speaking any English so additional staff and curriculum will help meet the needs of these students.

 

New Business:

  • Nelson presented the first reading of the Early Retirement Plan for certified staff.  Board discussed changing the years of service at Starmont from 30 years to 18 years. The minimum age is 55 years old in order to be paid out of the management fund.  The Board would also consider an Administration/Central Staff Early Retirement Plan again.

  • Powell moved to approve the Teacher Leadership Compensation- Memorandum of Understanding.  Chapman second, motion carried 3-0.

  • Powell moved to approve the Teacher Leadership Supplemental Contract templates.  Chapman second, motion carried 3-0.

  • Powell moved to hire Relda Haynes at $9.60 per hour for 3.5 hours per day as Kindergarten paraprofessional.  Chapman second, motion carried 3-0.

  • Chapman moved to hire Ron Wahls as ELL Consultant and Detra O’Dell as ELL teacher at $15.00 per hour.  O’Dell will work 2 hours per day and Walz as needed.  Powell second, motion carried 3-0.

  • Powell moved to approve the SIAC/Future’s Committee membership list. Chapman second, motion carried 3-0.

  • Nelson presented the one quote for the Greenhouse for concrete.   Chapman moved to table the quotes as winter is quickly approaching.  Powell second, quote requests tabled, 3-0.

  • Nelson presented a quote for reroofing concession stand and ticket booth.  Powell moved to table the reroofing until spring, Chapman second, project tabled 3-0.

  • Chapman moved to do a trial period with the Therapy Dog for the rest of the semester and then reassess at the December board meeting.  Powell second, motion carried 3-0.

 

Bills: Puffett audited the bills.  Powell moved to approve the bills, Chapman second, bills approved 3-0.  Heaton to audit bills in November.

 

Adjourn: Chapman moved to adjourn, Powell second, motion carried 3-0.  Meeting ended at 9:20 pm.

 

 

Starmont Board of Education

Board Work Session

September 28, 2015

 

Work session began at 6:00 pm in the HS Conference Meeting Room on September 28, 2015 with board members present: Puffett, Chapman and Powell.  Administrators present: Interim Supt Nelson. Cristen Bockenstedt took minutes for Board Secretary Morine who was at a conference. Jim Walker was present for the campus walk around.

 

The board took their annual tour of the campus to inspect the summer outdoor and indoor school improvement projects with Nelson and Jim Walker, Building and Grounds Manager.   

 

Interim Supt. Nelson reported on his meeting with Steve Faust, manager of AMPI.  A monitor device needs to be purchased to determine amount of waste water that is sent over to AMPI.  Decision needs to be made on where to put the monitor and that will be discussed at a later meeting.

 

Work session ended at 7:26 pm.

 

Starmont Board of Education Board Special Board Meeting

September 28, 2015

 

President Puffett called the special board meeting to order at 7:30 pm in the HS Conference Meeting Room on September 28, 2015.  Board members present:  Puffett, Powell and Chapman.   Administrators present: Interim Supt Nelson and Cristen Bockenstedt took minutes for Board Secretary Morine who was at a conference.  No guests were present.

 

Communications:  Doug Tuetken contacted Interim Supt. Nelson with an interest in a shared superintendent position with Maquoketa Valley.  Nelson, Puffett and Chapman will meet with the Maquoketa Valley Supt and two of their board members.  The meeting will take place on Oct. 21st or the 22nd at the Pin Oak in Manchester at 6:30 pm.

 

Powell reported that Joan Corbin from Pella is the new President-elect for IASB.

 

New Business:

Chapman moved to authorize the superintendent to obtain quotes for construction of the new greenhouse.  Powell second, motion carried 3-0.

 

Powell moved to hire consultants at $15.00 per hour to aide in our teaching of non-English speaking students.  Chapman second, motion carried 3-0.

 

Powell moved to ratify modification of contract for Cristen Bockenstedt.  Chapman second, motion carried 3-0.

 

Powell moved to authorize a standard steel roof renovation to the football/track concession stand and ticket booth.  Chapman second, motion carried 3-0.

 

Puffett moved to adjourn, Chapman second and meeting adjourned at 8:18 pm.




 

Cristen Bockenstedt, Acting Board Secretary    Douglas Puffett, Board President

 

 

Starmont Board of Education Board

Annual Meeting

September 14, 2015

 

President Puffett called the annual board meeting to order at 6:30 pm in the HS Conference Meeting Room on September 14, 2015.  Morine read the roll call, present: Puffett, Paris,  Heaton, Chapman and Powell.   Administrators present: Interim Supt Nelson, Elem Principal Klaus, School Improvement Director Briggs, MS/HS Principal Snavely with Board Secretary Morine.  Puffett welcomed the guests.

 

Public Communication:   none

 

Paris moved to amend and approve the agenda by adding the Oath of Office to newly elected board members in the Annual Meeting and striking the TLC Memorandum of Understanding in the Organizational meeting.  Chapman second.  The agenda was amended and approved unanimously.    Powell moved to approve the August 17 and 24th minutes as presented, Paris second, minutes approved 5-0.

 

Old Business: none

 

Interim Supt. Nelson presented the Abstract of Votes from the Fayette County Auditor’s Office.  Heaton-60 votes, Paris-64 votes, Powell-57 votes and there was a scattering of 4 votes, total votes of 185.  Morine presented the Oath of Office to Heaton, Paris and Powell.  

 

Paris moved to adjourn the meeting, Chapman second, meeting adjourned at 6:40 pm.

 

 


 

Starmont Board of Education Board

Organizational Meeting

September 14, 2015

 

Board Secretary Morine called the organizational meeting to order at 6:40 pm in the HS Conference Meeting Room on September 14, 2015.  Board members present:  Puffett, Paris, Heaton, Powell and Chapman.   Administrators present: Interim Supt Nelson, Elem Principal Klaus, School Improvement Director Briggs, MS/HS Principal Snavely with Board Secretary Morine and 3 guests.

 

Powell nominated Puffett for President.  Paris moved nomination cease, Heaton second, motion carried 5-0, and Puffett was elected as President, 5-0.   Morine gave the Oath of Office to Puffett and Puffett presumed the duties of president.    Powell nominated Paris for Vice President.  Chapman moved nomination cease. Heaton second, motion carried 5-0.   Powell moved to cast unanimous ballot for Paris.  Heaton second, motion carried and Paris elected as Vice President.  Morine gave the Oath of Office to Paris.  Paris moved to nominate Morine as Board Secretary/Treasurer.  Chapman second,  motion carried 5-0.  Puffett gave Morine the Oath of Office.

 

Heaton moved to establish meeting date, time and location as second Monday of each month at 6:30 pm in the HS Conference Room. Chapman second, motion carried 5-0.

 

Powell moved to name the Press Journal and Lamont Leader as Official Publications.  Paris second, motion carried 5-0.

 

Paris moved to name Lynch Dallas, P.C as Legal Counsel.  Chapman second, motion carried 5-0.  

 

Paris moved to approve the following depositories for $5 million maximum:   Citizens Savings Bank; Farmers Savings Bank; WC Financial; Edward Jones; and ISCAP.  Heaton second, motion carried 5-0.

 

Paris moved to appoint Heaton to Fayette County Conference Board and Puffett to Clayton County Conference Board.  Chapman second, motion carried 5-0.

 

Powell moved to appoint Heaton to the Starmont Dollars for Scholars Board.  Paris second, motion carried 5-0.

 

Paris moved to appoint Heaton to the IASB Delegate Assembly.  Chapman second, motion carried 5-0.

 

Powell moved to appoint Paris and Powell to Board Negotiations Committee with Chapman as alternate.  Chapman second, motion carried 5-0.

 

Public Communications: none

 

Presentations:  Recognized Kathleen Sweet as the Iowa Art Teacher of the Year.  She will now compete for the National Art Teacher of the Year.   Congratulations Mrs. Sweet and good luck!   Ms. Myers presented a request to take students to the National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY in October.   The Ag Business Team qualified for the national competition.  In addition to the Ag Business Team, a group of FFA members will also attend.  A  van would be rented from Runde Auto for the trip.

 

Communications and Reports:  Morine presented the monthly Treasurer Report.  She is finalizing the Certified Annual Report, Transportation Report and Special Ed Reports that are due September 15th.  Interim Supt. Nelson reviewed his report.  Elem Principal Klaus reviewed her report.  The Iowa Department of Human Services completed their annual daycare visit and the day care license was renewed.  On, Monday, Sept 21st  all elementary parents are invite for a parents meeting to cover topics of various funding streams in public school, the Early Literacy Implementation,  and the importance of Iowa Core.   MS/HS Principal Snavely said the MS/HS goals are the same as the previous year and will continue working on those goals.    Snavely also presented the AD report.   Starmont hosts a big Cross Country meet on Sept 15th with 29 teams and over 700 athletes.  School Improvement Director presented her report and that the students have started on the mandatory testing.

 

Interim Supt. Nelson is working diligently on finding a part time Superintendent. Doug Tueken, the Maquoketa Valley Superintendent is interested in investigating a possible sharing agreement.   Interim Supt Nelson recommends that a sharing committee be set up to meet with the Maquoketa Valley Board and then report back to the full board as we move forward.

 

Board Member reports:  Powell updated us on the Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems Advisory Committee that he is on.

 

Old Business: None.

 

New Business:   

Heaton moved to approve the out of state FFA trip to Louisville, KY for the National FFA Convention.  Paris second, motion carried 5-0.   

 

Paris moved to approve the job description for a Human Resource Director position.  Heaton second, job description approved 5-0.

 

Powell moved to update the Coordinator of School Improvement job description to include Curriculum Coordinator in the title.  Paris second, passed 5-0.  The new title is Coordinator of School Improvement/Curriculum Coordinator.

 

Paris moved to approve a Sharing Agreement for Human Resources Director with Oelwein CSD beginning 9/28/2015, there is state incentive monies equivalent to 5 students. Chapman second, motion carried 5-0.

 

Powell moved to approve a Sharing Agreement for Curriculum Coordinator with Oelwein CSD beginning 9/28/2015, there is state incentive monies equivalent to 3 students. Heaton second, motion carried 5-0.

 

Powell moved to approve a Sharing Agreement for Guidance Counselor with Central CSD beginning 9/28/2015, there is state incentive monies equivalent to 3 students. Heaton second, motion carried 5-0.

 

Powell moved to request from the School Budget Review Committee (SBRC) for modified supplemental amount equal to the special education deficit on the Fiscal Year Special Ed Report.    Paris second, motion carried 5-0.

 

Paris moved to approve the Alternative High School Agreement with Oelwein Community School District for the FY15-16 school year.   Heaton second, passed 5-0.

 

Personnel resignations:   Paris moved to accept Neola Olsem’s resignation as Kindergarten para due to health reasons.  Powell second, resignation accepted, 5-0.    Powell moved to accept Duane Lowry’s resignation as Varsity Baseball Coach.  Paris second, resignation accepted, 5-0.

 

Personnel recommendation:  Paris moved to amend Cristen Bockenstedt's contact by increasing the salary to $15.00 per hour starting September 28, 2015 and add duties of .40 Human Resource Director, however,  if the State incentive money is eliminated or the sharing contract terminated, the pay will revert back to the Central Office Administrative Assistant salary.  Chapman second, motion carried 5-0.

 

Powell moved to table the request for a Therapy Dog in the elementary until the October meeting.  Heaton second, motion tabled 5-0.   The board requested that the dog be available for the Sept 21st parent’s meeting and also need clarification from our insurance company.

 

Heaton moved to donate the swing set that was removed from the elementary playground when the new playground equipment was installed to the City of Arlington. Paris second, motion carried 5-0.

 

Paris moved to cast a vote for Jerry Hilton, candidate for the Keystone AEA Board.  Heaton second, motion carried 5-0.

 

Paris audited the bills prior to meeting.  Paris moved to allow the bills, Powell second; bills were approved 5-0.   Puffett will audit in October and Heaton in November.

 

Paris moved to adjourn, Powell second and meeting adjourned at 9:05 pm.

 

Work session on September 28th at 6:00 pm. Annual facility walk through will be conducted.

 


                        
 

Laura Morine, Board Secretary               Douglas Puffett, Board President

 

 

 

 

Starmont Board of Education Board

Public Hearing

August 17, 2015

 

President Puffett welcomed all to the Public Hearing at 6:30 pm in the HS Conference Center. Attendance: Puffett, Paris, Heaton, Powell, Nelson, Klaus, Snavely, Briggs, Morine and McIntyre.  Interim Superintendent Nelson presented a PowerPoint presentation on the five-year Board renewal of the Instructional Support Levy.   This renewal will include both property tax and incomes surtax options for funding.   Public Hearing ended at 7:00 pm.


Starmont Board of Education Board

Board Meeting

August 17, 2015

 

President Puffet called the Starmont Board of Education meeting to order at 7:00 pm in the HS Conference Meeting Room on August 17, 2015.  Morine read the roll call, present: Puffett, Paris, Powell, and Heaton. Absent: Chapman.   Administrators present: Interim Supt Nelson, Elementary Principal Klaus, SID Briggs, MS-HS Principal Snavely and AD Whittle along with Board Secretary Morine. A guest was also present.  Heaton moved to approve the agenda.  Paris second and agenda was approved unanimously 4-0. Powell moved to approve the July 13th minutes as presented. Heaton second, minutes approved 4-0.

 

Public Communication:  None

 

Communications/Reports:

  • Secretary Reports were not available at this time due to vacation schedules.

  • MS/HS Principal Snavely reviewed his report and added that Rachel Myers had attended the CASE training in July that was funded by Perkins funds.  

  • Elem Principal Klaus presented her report.  She expressed sincere thanks to all the volunteers that helped install the new playground equipment.  One of the swing sets that will have to be removed and disposal options will be investigated.  Klaus was excited to report that the elementary test scores were high enough to continue to keep Starmont off the Watch List or School in Need of Assistance List.  Starmont is one of the few schools in NE Iowa that is not on these lists and that is something to celebrate.

  • School Improvement Director Briggs gave her report.   During Summer School the state approved intervention programs were implemented and were successful.   The Iowa Department of Education interviewed Sandy Klaus regarding the Summer School Intervention Program and that interview is on the DE website.

  • Grants received:  The Big Yellow School Bus and Silos and Smokestacks Grants were received to help pay for field trips.  A $25,000 grant from Monsanto was received to build a new greenhouse this year.

  • Activity Director Whittle gave his report and the fall sports season has begun with practices and games/meets will start the first week of school.  

  • Interim Supt. Nelson reported that he is still in discussions with Oelwein on sharing a HR Director and a Curriculum Director for one day per week.  The HR position has funding for 5 students associated with it and the Curriculum Director has funding for 3 students associated with it.     Nelson is also talking with Ed-Co on possibilities of sharing an Elementary Principal for one day a week as well.  The Board encouraged Nelson to continue these discussions.

  • Board Member reports:  none

 

Old Business:   Puffett reported on the Legislative Priorities that Powell and Puffett had reviewed.  The top four areas for Starmont are as follows:

  1. Support continuing the State Penny  Sales tax for School Infrastructure

  2. Support the funding mechanisms for school districts’ transportation costs that does not reduce funding for the education program.

  3. Support greater flexibility in the use of the management levy

  4. Support the use of the physical plant and equipment levy (PPEL) for maintenance and repairs of transportation equipment that can be purchased or financed with PPEL funds.

Powell moved to approve the Iowa Legislative Priorities as presented.  Paris second, motion carried 4-0.

 

New Business:    

  • Allison McIntyre requested approval for an out of state music trip to Memphis and St Louis in June 2016. Heaton moved to approve the out of state trip, Powell second, motion was approved 4-0.

  • Powell moved to approve the Resolution to participate in the Five-Year Instructional Support Levy.  Paris second, Resolution approved 4-0.

  • Paris moved to hire Derek Hosch as Asst 7/8 Football Coach at $1,254.81. Powell second, recommendation approved 4-0.

  • Powell moved to hire Ty Brown as Head 7/8 Girls Track coach at $1,476.25.  Paris second, recommendation approved.

  • Paris moved to hire Megan Chambers as HS Cook at $9.70 per hour.  Heaton second, motion carried 3-0 with Powell abstaining.

  • Powell moved to adopt the District and Board of Education goals for the FY15-16 year.   Paris second, motion carried 4-0.

  • Powell moved to renew the Grant Wood AEA Power School Consortium Agreement for $4,277.50 for the FY15-16 year.  Heaton second, motion carried 4-0.

  • Paris moved to approve the NICC Concurrent Enrollment contract. Powell second, motion carried 4-0.

  • Heaton moved to approve the following appointments:

    • Level I Investigator – Elementary-Klaus; MS/HS-Snavely; Alternative Investigator-Nelson

    • Level II Investigator – Fayette Co. Law Enforcement

    • Harassments-Grievance Officer - Elementary-Klaus; MS/HS-Snavely

    • OEO/Affirmative Action Coordinator – Nelson

  • Personnel Resignation:   Powell moved to approve the resignation from Susan Schuchmann, Title I Paraeducator.  Heaton second, resignation accepted 4-0.

  • Powell moved to table the approval of bills until a special telephonic meeting on Monday, August 24, 2015 at 12:15 pm

 

Adjourn: Paris moved to adjourn, Heaton second, motion carried 4-0.  Meeting ended at 9:12.

Next board meeting and Organizational Meeting will be Sept 14, 2015 at 6:30 pm.     

                      

_________________________________                  ____________________________________

Laura Morine, Board Secretary                  Douglas Puffett, Board President

 

Starmont Board of Education Board

Work Session

July 27, 2015

 

President Puffett opened the Starmont Board of Education work session at 6:00 pm in the HS Conference Meeting Room on July 27, 2015.  Present: Puffett, Powell, Chapman, Interim Supt. Nelson and Board Secretary Morine.  Heaton and Paris were absent and no guests were present.  Board discussed and developed District and Board goals for the fiscal year 15-16.  Morine will email the proposed goals to all board members for consideration at the August meeting.  The Legislative priorities were not discussed since so much time was taken on the goals.   Board session ended at 8:11 pm with no action taken by the board.  


 

Starmont Board of Education Board

Special Board Meeting

July 27, 2015

 

President Puffett called the meeting to order at 8:11 pm.  Morine read the roll call, present: Puffett, Powell, and Chapman.  Heaton and Paris were absent.   Interim Supt. Nelson and Board Secretary Morine were also present.  No guests were present.  Powell moved to approve the agenda, Chapman second, agenda approved 3-0.

 

Public Communication:  None

 

Reports:

  • Interim Supt. Nelson’s report was presented.   

  • Board Member reports:  Puffett received thank you note from IASB for the membership dues.   Powell will email an IASB update to all board members.

 

New Business:    

  • Chapman moved to hire Marie Weber as Special Education teacher for the fall semester (Aug 19, 2015 through Jan 17, 2016) at a salary of $21,572 and she has waived health and dental insurance.   Powell second, recommendation approved 3-0.

  • Powell moved to hire Carol Rathe as the STARS After School Program Facilitator at $15.00 hour.  Chapman second, recommendation approved 3-0.

  • Powell moved to rescind the Instructional Support Levy-Resolution of Intent that was passed at the July 13th board meeting as it did not include the income surtax as an optional source of funding.  Chapman second, passed 3-0.

  • Powell moved to approve the revised Instructional Support Levy-Resolution of Intent with the option of combining income surtax with property tax as a funding source.  Chapman second, motion carried 3-0.

  • Chapman moved to table the IASB priority list and create a subcommittee of Puffett and Powell to bring recommendations to the August board meeting.  Powell second, motion carried 3-0.

  • Chapman moved to table the approval of the District and Board goals to the August board meeting.  Powell second, motion tabled 3-0.

  • Powell moved to approve the Lakeview Lawn Mowing Contract for fiscal years 16 and 17 for $18,000 per fiscal year.  Chapman second, motion carried 3-0.

 

  • Chapman moved to approve the renewal of the Joint Transportation Sharing Agreement with Oelwein for the 15-16 fiscal year.  Oelwein has approved the agreement.  Powell second, motion carried 3-0.

  • Chapman moved to approve the Decorah Crossroads Consortium Agreement for special education services.   Powell Second, motion carried 3-0.

 

Adjourn: Powell moved to adjourn, Chapman second, motion carried 3-0.  Meeting adjourned at 8:41 pm.  Next board meeting will be August 17th at 6:30 pm.

 

                             

_________________________________                  ____________________________________

Laura Morine, Board Secretary                  Douglas Puffett, Board President

 

Starmont Board of Education Board Meeting

July 13, 2015

 

President Puffett called the July board meeting to order at 6:30 pm in the HS Conference Room on July 13, 2015.   Morine read the roll call, present:  Puffett, Paris, Powell and Heaton.  Chapman was absent.  Interim Supt Nelson and Board Secretary/Business Manager Morine were also present.  No guests were present.

 

Paris moved to amend the agenda due to late resignations with the following additions/corrections:  correction of agenda items from hiring kindergarten teacher to hiring kindergarten para; modification of teacher contract; resignation of Stars Program Director; two extracurricular addendums; resignation of head cook and scheduling a special board meeting.  Heaton second the amendment and motion carried 4-0.    Paris moved to approve the amended agenda, Heaton second, agenda approved 4-0.  Powell moved to approve the 3 sets of minutes (June 8, 15 & 22). Paris second, minutes approved with the correction 4-0.  

Public Communications:  none

Reports:  Morine gave the Treasurer’s Report for June and is still working on the June financials since June 30th was fiscal year end.  Special Ed billing and payroll are due on the 15th of July.   Powell, Paris and Heaton are up for re-election on September 8th.   Nomination paper work needs to be turned in to the Starmont Business Office by July 30th at 5:00 pm for all interest parties seeking a seat on Starmont Board of Education.  Forms are available at the Business Office or the Iowa Secretary of State website.  Morine also indicated that nomination forms are available for the Keystone AEA board if anyone is interested.  The Board discussed that they will review the Legislative priorities for FY16 at the next work session.     Interim Supt Nelson reviewed his report and also gave an update on the summer capital projects.    Nelson also discussed the operational sharing dollars that would be available if an HR director was shared with Oelwein CSD. Each district would receive the funding of 5 students and the position would be .4 FTE share 50/50.      

    

Board Member reports: Powell indicated he has an IASB Board Meeting on the coming Wednesday and one of the big topics will be the IASB dues.

Old Business:   none

New Business:   Personnel recommendations:

  • Paris moved to accept the transfer request from kindergarten para to Special Ed para for Carol Rathe at a rate of $9.70 per hour. Powell second, transfer accepted 4-0.

  • Powell moved to hire Neola Olsem as kindergarten para at a rate of $9.60 per hour.  Heaton second, motion carried 4-0.

  • Paris moved to hire Todd Beatty as JV Girls Basketball coach at a salary of $2,679.75.  Heaton second, motion carried 4-0.

  • Powell moved to accept the resignation from Charlie Gruman as MS Track Coach pending suitable replacement.   Paris second, motion carried 4-0.

  • Paris moved to accept the resignation from Kerri Mennenga as Elem Vocal Teacher/K-5 Vocal and 5-6 Band.  Powell second, motion carried 4-0.

  • Paris moved to accept the resignation from Allison McIntyre as STARS Program Director pending approval of full time teacher position. Powell second, motion carried 4-0.

  • Powell moved to modify Allison McIntyre’s teaching contract from 5/9th FTE to full time at a salary of $34,241.   Paris second, motion carried 4-0.

  • Heaton moved to hire Allison McIntyre as K-5 Vocal at a rate of $1,488.75.  Paris second and motion carried 4-0.

  • Powell moved to hire Robbie McIntyre as 5-6 Band at a rate of $744.37.  Paris second, motion carried 4-0.

  • Paris moved to accept the resignation from Jackie Fedeler as Head Cook.  Powell second, motion carried 4-0.

Interim Supt Nelson discussed the timeline and process to renew the Instructional Support Levy.    Powell moved to approve the Resolution of Intent to renew the Instructional Support Levy.  Heaton second, motion carried 4-0.

July 27th there will be a work session and special board meeting at 6:00 pm in the HS Conference Room.  The August board meeting will be moved to August 17th at 6:30 pm. due to Morine being on vacation.

Bills: Powell audited the bills prior to the meeting.  Heaton moved to allow the July bills, Powell second, bills allowed 4-0.  Heaton to audit bills in August.

Adjourn:   Paris moved to adjourn, Heaton second and meeting adjourned at 8:15 pm.

 


__________________________________           ____________________________

Laura J. Morine, Board Secretary              Doug Puffett, Board President

 

Starmont Board of Education Board

Special Board Meeting

June 22, 2015

 

Vice President Paris called the Starmont Board of Education meeting to order at 6:30 pm in the Superintendent’s Office on June 22, 2015. Morine read the roll call and present: Paris, Powell and Heaton.  Puffett was present by electronic means due to illness and all participants can hear one another.    Chapman was absent.

 

Powell moved to approve the agenda, Heaton second and the agenda was approved 4-0.

 

Puffett moved to offer a one year contract to Allan Nelson as Interim Superintendent for the 2016 fiscal year.  This contract is a .8 FTE at $94,400.    Powell second, motion carried 4-0.

 

Heaton moved to hire Becky Reed as a long term sub in the high school as a special education aide at $9.60 per hour.  Powell second, motion carried 4-0.

 

Powell moved to adjourn, Heaton second and meeting was adjourned at 6:35 pm.

 

Next regular board meeting will be on July 13th at 6:30 pm.

  

 

                             

_________________________________                  ____________________________________

Laura Morine, Board Secretary                  Shane Paris, Board Vice President

 

Starmont Board of Education Board

Work Session

June 15, 2015

 

The Starmont Board of Education met at 6:00 pm in the Superintendent’s Office on June 15, 2015.  Board member present:   Puffett, Paris, and Powell.  Heaton and Chapman absent.   Admin staff present: MS/HS Principal Snavely, Elementary Principal Klaus, SID Briggs and Board Secretary Morine.  Guest: Allan Nelson

 

The Board had discussions with Mr. Nelson regarding the Interim Superintendent position for the 2016 fiscal year.

 

Special Board meeting will be on June 22, 2015 at 6:30 pm.  Next regular board meeting will be on July 13th at 6:30 pm.

  

Discussions ended at 8:25 pm.  No action was taken at this work session.

 

                             

_________________________________                  ____________________________________

Laura Morine, Board Secretary                  Douglas Puffett, Board President

 

Starmont Board of Education Board Meeting

June 8, 2015

 

President Puffett called the June board meeting to order at 6:30 pm in the HS Conference Room on June 8, 2015.   Morine read the roll call, present:  Puffett, Paris, Powell and Heaton.  Chapman was absent. Administrators present: Supt O’Loughlin, MS/HS Principal Snavely, Elem Principal Klaus, School Improvement Director Briggs and Board Secretary Morine.   Guests were present.

 

Powell moved to approve the agenda, Heaton second and agenda was approved 4-0.  Powell moved to approve the 3 sets of minutes with the correction of Lois Bockenstedt having 42 years of service instead of 47 years.  Paris second, minutes approved with the correction 4-0.  

 

Public Communications:  none

 

Presentations:  

  • Jeri Watson, Pam Vaske & TJ Stecklein with Smith Insurance reviewed our insurance for FY15-16 and the premium.  

 

Reports:  Morine gave the Treasurer’s report and financial reports for May.  Morine will attend training for yearend procedures on June 10th  and working on year end processing.  Morine won an Emerging Leaders scholarship from the Association of School Business Officials International to attend the Annual Meeting and Expo in Texas this October.  Elem. Principal Klaus presented her report.  She wanted to highlight that the Starmont PTO will be voting on June 15th on whether to disband due to lack of interest.   School Improvement Director Briggs presented her report.   MS/HS Principal Snavely highlighted that over $95,000 was given in scholarships and for a school our size that is pretty spectacular. The AD report was presented as written.  Supt O’Loughlin reviewed his report.  

    

Board Member reports: none

 

Old Business:   none

 

New Business:   Paris moved to approve the FY15-16 insurance renewal of $130,447 with Smith Insurance.   Data Compromise coverage was dropped but Cyber Liability was added to replace it.  Heaton second, motion carried 4-0.

 

Powell moved to purchase Equipment Breakdown Insurance for $67,597out of the management account. Paris second, passed 4-0.

 

Powell moved to approve the SEA Master contract for 2015-16 with an increase on base salary of $250 which becomes a 2.23% package increase.  Paris second, passed 4-0.

 

Paris moved to approve the Central Office and Administrative Salaries with an increase on base of $1800 for the administrators and a 2.23% increase on base for Central office. Heaton second, passed 4-0

 

Heaton moved to increase the Substitute Pay from $95 to $100 per day.  Powell second, passed 4-0.

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Paris moved to approve the fees for FY15-16 fees.  Fees are the same except the adult meal prices were increased .05 cents.  Heaton second, motion carried 4-0.

 

Powell moved to keep the Daycare fees the same as FY14-15. Paris second, motion carried 4-0.

 

Morine present the milk bids.  Heaton moved to accept the bid from Prairie Farms for the FY15-16 school year. Powell second, motion carried 4-0.

 

Morine presented the bread bid.  Paris moved to accept the bid from Bimbo Bakeries USA for the FY15-16 school year.   Heaton second, motion carried 4-0.

 

Morine presented the fuel bids.  Paris moved to accept the bid from Mulgrew Oil Co/Cordes Oil for the FY15-16 school year.   Heaton second, motion carried 4-0.

 

Powell moved to approve the Preschool Handbook.  Heaton second, motion carried

4-0.

 

Paris moved to approve the Daycare Handbook.  Heaton second, motion carried 4-0.

 

Heaton moved to approve the Daycare Employee Handbook.  Paris second, motion carried 4-0.

 

Powell moved to approve the Elementary Handbook.  Paris second, motion carried 4-0.

 

Heaton moved to approve the MS/HS Handbook.  Powell second, motion carried 4-0.

 

Paris moved to approve the District Staff Handbook with the appropriate changes.   Heaton second, motion carried 4-0.

 

Personnel Resignations:

  • Powell moved to accept resignation from Allison McIntyre as HS Play/Musical Director upon suitable replacement.  Paris second, resignation accepted 4-0.

 

Personnel Recommendations:

  • Heaton moved to hire Kristi Bonert as 1st Grade Teacher at a salary of $29,775 plus TSS Money.  Powell second, motion carried 4-0.

  • Powell moved to hire Colleen Goedken as ELL Paraeducator for 1st Semester, mornings only at $9.60 per hour.  Paris second, motion carried 4-0.

  • Paris moved to hire Carol Rathe as regular ed paraeducator at $9.60 per hour.  Heaton second, motion carried 4-0.

  • Heaton moved to hire Samantha Koenig as 7/8 Head Volleyball Coach at $1935.38.   Paris second, motion carried 4-0.

  • Paris moved to hire Ty Brown as Asst 7/8 Volleyball Coach at $1265.44.  Powell second, motion carried 4-0.

  • Paris moved to hire Janet Swanson as High School Play and Music Director at $1191. Heaton second.  Powell moved to amend the motion to pay 4% as HS Play director and 4.5% Music Director as they are on alternate years.   Paris second the amendment.  The amended motion carried 4-0.

  • Heaton move to hire Jill Cordes as Wrestling Cheer Coach at $595.50.  Powell second motion carried 4-0.

 

Bills: Paris audited the bills prior to the meeting.  Paris moved to allow the June bills, Powell second, bills allowed 4-0. Powell to audit bills in July, Heaton in August.

 

Powell moved to enter into closed session as provided in Section 21.5(1)(i) of the Open Meetings Law to evaluate the competency of individuals whose performance is being considered and those individuals have requested a closed session.   Second by Paris, roll call vote to enter closed session:  Powell, Paris, Heaton and Puffett, all ayes, moved into closed session at 7:55 pm.  

 

Exited closed session at 8:03 pm with no action taken during the closed session.  

 

Paris moved to approve the Settlement Agreement and Release with Superintendent O’Loughlin.   Heaton second, motion carried 4-0.   

There will be a work session June 22nd at 6:00 pm and a board meeting on June 29th at 6:30 pm.  

 

Adjourn:   Powell moved to adjourn, Paris second and meeting adjourned at 8:05 pm.

 


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Laura J. Morine, Board Secretary              Doug Puffett, Board President

 

 

 

Starmont Board of Education Board

Work Session

May 18, 2015

 

The Starmont Board of Education met at 6:00 pm in the Superintendent’s Office on May 18, 2015.  Board member present:   Puffett, Paris, Powell and Heaton.   Admin staff present: Supt. O’Loughlin, MS/HS Principal Snavely, Elementary Principal Klaus, SID Briggs and Board Secretary Morine.

 

Board discussed the Administration and Central Office staff salaries.  Started discussions on options to fill the Superintendent vacancy.

 

Next work session will be June 1, 2015 at 6:00 pm.  Regular Board meeting on June 8, 2015 at 6:30 pm

  

Discussions ended at 8:10 pm.

 

                             

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Laura Morine, Board Secretary                  Douglas Puffett, Board President

 

 

 

Starmont Board of Education Board

Special Board Meeting

May 15, 2015

 

President Puffett called the Starmont Board of Education meeting to order at 12:00 pm in the Superintendent’s Office on May 15, 2015.  Morine read the roll call, present: Puffett, Paris, Powell, and Heaton. Chapman was absent.  Board Secretary Morine present but no Administrators were present.   Heaton moved to approve the agenda.  Powell second and agenda was approved unanimously 4-0.

 

Personnel Resignations:  Powell moved to approve the resignation from Superintendent Matthew O’Loughlin effective the end of the 2014-2015 school year.  Paris second.  Roll call vote with all ayes and resignation accepted 4-0.

Adjourn: Paris moved to adjourn, Heaton second, motion carried 4-0.  Meeting ended at 12:05 pm.

 

                             

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Laura Morine, Board Secretary                  Douglas Puffett, Board President


 

 

 

Starmont Board of Education Board

Board Meeting

February 9, 2015

 

President Puffett called the Starmont Board of Education meeting to order at 6:30 pm in the HS Conference Meeting Room on February 9, 2015. Morine read the roll call, present: Puffett, Powell, Chapman and Heaton. Paris was absent. Administrators present: Supt O’Loughlin and MS-HS Principal Snavely along with Board Secretary Morine.

 

Powell moved to approve the agenda. Heaton second and agenda was approved unanimously 4-0. Powell moved to approve the minutes as presented. Chapman second, minutes approved 4-0.

 

Public Communication: None

 

Presentation: Megan Gates presented information on the Spanish Club trip to Spain that is planned for June 2015 with EFTours. Allison McIntyre presented information about the STARS After School Program.

 

Reports:

Morine presented the Treasurer’s report and January financials. Getting ready for budget season.

Elem Principal report was presented.

School Improvement report was presented.

MS/HS Principal Snavely gave highlights of his report.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Activity Directors report was reviewed by the MS/HS Principal Snavely.

Supt. O’Loughlin gave his report.

Board Member reports: Heaton and Powell attended the IASB Advocacy meeting. Powell attended the Legislative Forum. Puffett attended the Clayton Co Conference meeting but missed the 2nd meeting as conflict with February school board meeting.

 

Old Business: None

 

New Business: Supt. O’Loughlin presented the 700 Series of the Board Policies for a first reading.

Powell moved to purchase a 2015 Bluebird 65 passenger bus for $83,722 from School Bus Sales, Waterloo, IA. Heaton second, motion carried 3-1. Chapman nay. School Bus Sales was the only company that met all of our specifications.

Heaton moved to approve the June 2015 Spanish trip to Spain. Chapman second, motion carried 4-0.

Heaton moved to sign the K12 School Board Supplemental State Aid Resolution asking for a 6% increase for FY2016. Chapman second, resolution passed 4-0.

Personnel Resignations: Powell moved to approve the resignation from Ronda Nading-Elliott, Special Education aide, effective the end of the FY15 school year. Heaton second, resignation accepted 4-0. Chapman moved to approve the resignation from Meredith Halverson, Special Education aide, effective February 20, 2015. Heaton second, resignation accepted 4-0.

Personnel Recommendations:   Powell moved to hire Dennis Gaffney as a Special Education Transportation Aide at $9.70 per hour. Heaton second, motion carried 4-0.

 

Bills: Powell audited the bills. Powell moved to approve the bills, Heaton second, motion carried 4-0. Puffett to audit bills in March, Heaton to audit bills in April.

Upcoming meetings/work sessions: Work session on March 2nd at 6:00 pm; Board meeting March 9th at 6:30; Budget Hearing on March 23rd at 6:00 pm.

Adjourn: Heaton moved to adjourn, Powell second, motion carried 4-0. Meeting ended at 8:37 pm.

 

 

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Laura Morine, Board Secretary Douglas Puffett, Board President

 


 

Starmont Board of Education Board

Board Meeting

January 12, 2015

President Puffett called the Starmont Board of Education meeting to order at 6:30 pm in the HS Conference Meeting Room on January 12, 2015.  Morine read the roll call, present: Paris, Puffett, Powell and Heaton. Chapman was absent.   Administrators present: Supt O’Loughlin, Elem Principal Klaus, School Improvement Director Briggs, MS-HS Principal Snavely along with Board Secretary Morine.

 

Heaton moved to approve the agenda.  Paris second and agenda was approved unanimously 4-0. Powell moved to approve the minutes. Paris second, minutes approved 4-0.

 

Public Communication:  None

 

Presentation:  Joe Bouska and Michelle Martinek from Hacker, Nelson, & Co. PC presented the 2014 annual audit.   A single audit was also required because Starmont received over $500,000 in federal funding.

 

Reports:

  • Morine presented the Treasurer’s report.  Month was spent on getting calendar year and tax forms prepared.  

  • Elem Principal Klaus presented her report.  

  • School Improvement Director Briggs gave her report.  

  • The Activity Directors report was also reviewed as presented.  

  • MS/HS Principal Snavely gave his report.  Mike Donahue returned for the second year to talk to students about their values and he really develops a connection with students.

  • Supt. O’Loughlin gave his report. The Iowa Dept of Ed is developing a new system, Attendance Center Rating to evaluate performance of public schools and this will aid in site visits.  The January 26th work session has been moved to Feb 2nd at 6 pm.     

  • Board Member reports:     Powell reported that he appreciated the Real Colors Training that was held for the staff and board members.   

 

Old Business: None

 

New Business: None

Personnel Resignations:   None

Personnel Recommendations:   None

Bills:  Heaton audited the bills.  Heaton moved to approve the bills, Paris second, motion carried 4-0.   Powell is to audit in February.  Puffett to audit bills in March

Closed Session:   Powell moved to go into closed session as provided in Section 21.5(1)(i) of the Open Meetings Law to evaluate the competency of individuals whose performance is being considered and those individuals have requested a closed session.  Paris second, roll call vote was all ayes.  Board moved into closed session at 7:28 pm.     Exited closed session at 7:50 pm and there was no action taken during the closed session.    

Adjourn: Powell moved to adjourn, Heaton second, motion carried 4-0.  Meeting ended at 7:51 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

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