The Vinton-Shellsburg School Board met in regular session on Monday, May 8 at Central Office.

All board members were present with the exception on Schminke and Hicok.

Under Administrator Reports, the FFA officers reported back on work the chapter has done this year on meeting the goals set last fall. Kim Meyer and the Instructional Coaches provided an overview of their work this year under the TLC program funded through the state. Principal Ryan Davis and Captain Eric Dickenson provided an overview of how the district and City of Vinton could partner to have a School Resource Officer; several city council members and the city manager were also present. The board directed the superintendent to place an item on the June board agenda concerning a 28E agreement with the City to have an officer.

Under the Superintendent’s Report, the superintendent shared an update about the Tilford HVAC project; Career Technical Education and Post-Secondary Enrollment Options changes; open enrollment applications on behalf of Regina Lutgen to attend kindergarten in our district next year and for Parker Elgin to attend Benton next year. The June board meeting will be at 5:15 on the 12th and the July meeting is tentatively set for Thursday, July 10th.

Under General Business of the Board, the board reviewed the Consent Agenda items. They included:

§  Minutes from the April 10th regular meeting, claims, and financials.

§  Contract with UNI to continue pre-service clinical placement.

§  Personnel

Ø  Resignation from Annalise Duffy as prom sponsor and Kelly Roseberry as 9th grade volleyball coach.

Ø  Contract modification for Randy Arndt so he receives a cell phone stipend instead of a school issued cell phone.

Ø  Hiring of Kayla Squires as a 0.75 HSAP teacher; Anthony Church as 8th grade girls’ basketball coach; instructional coaches; Jodi Bierschenk to offer summer band lessons; and Shellsburg Summer School Teachers (Carly Pasker, Dyan Sundermeyer and Rachel Anderson).

Ø  Transfers for Jodi Hacker to be an Induction Coach with Grant Wood (although V-S will continue to issue the contract); Charlotte Boyer to be a general education associate; Rebecca Dighton to be a secretary at Tilford; Sarah Ries to be the head secretary at Tilford; Brian Sheston to be the head varsity wrestling coach; and Lori Werning to be the head secretary at Shellsburg.

Ø  Max Griffith as a substitute teacher pending his license is processed by the state.

§  Travel requests were approved for Coach Johnson to take varsity boys’ basketball players to an overnight camp this summer at Drake and for Coach Woodhouse to take the girls’ golf team on an overnight trip prior to the Regional golf meet in Clinton.

§  Textbook Disposal of old literacy materials that are being replaced at the elementary.

The board reviewed recommendations from the Insurance Committee and approved with slight modifications.

The board discussed the potential of having 28 students in a kindergarten class at Shellsburg and options to support the students’ success next year. They passed a motion that would require kindergarten students to attend the attendance center in which they live. They asked administration to work with parents to better balance class sizes.

The board discussed the September school board election and approved submitting the request that the polls are open from 12-8 (similar to what has been done in the past).

The board conducted the second and final reading of board policy 905.1 on facility use.

The board authorized the superintendent to extend personnel contracts between now and the September meeting.

The board authorized the business manager to process bills without prior board approval between now and the September meeting.

The board reviewed legislative work from the past session.

The board moved into exempt session to discuss negotiation strategies.

The board returned to open session and approved settlement conditions for support staff, substitute staff, and part-time summer help.

The board reviewed correspondence items including the Iowa Assessment results.

The board adjourned at 8:01 PM.

 — Submitted by Supt. Mary Jo Hainstock