The Vinton-Shellsburg School Board met in regular session on Monday evening. Sue Gates called the meeting to order at 5:16 PM with the Pledge of Allegiance. All board members were present (Levis at 5:43) with the exception of Bartz and Schminke. Karrie Bartling acted as recording secretary.
There were no visitors or public comments.
Under Administrator Reports, Principals Davis and Murray provided an update about elementary student assessment results. They highlighted the fact that multiple measures are used to determine student proficiency in reading and math. High School Principal Kingsbury and Assistant Principal Islas shared updates from graduation, summer school and other school activities.
Under the Superintendent’s Report, Hainstock updated the board on open enrollment applications, staffing opening and final tax levy information from the Department of Management (the final reate is $15.67420).
Under Board Reports/Requests, it was noted that all the board members assisted with the graduation ceremony and Mrs. Gates assisted with the end-of-the-year staff recognition assembly.
Under General Business of the Board:
The board approved the consent agenda items that included:
§ Minutes from the May 8th regular meeting;
§ Claims, financials and fund transfers;
§ Contracts with Benton County DeCat to continue the V-S Road to Success program and transportation assistance; Grant Wood AEA to continuing receiving VAST science kids, work with induction coaches, and use Power Schools as the student accounting system; Iowa Department of Human Services concerning Medicaid dollars; using CJ Cooper and Associates, Inc. out of Hiawatha for bus driver drug testing; and permission for the superintendent to continue participating in the Iowa Leadership Academy Superintendent Network;
§ Milk Bids with recommendation to use Anderson Erickson;
§ Bread Bids with recommendation to use Pan-O-Gold;
§ Contract Modifications for Michelle VonSprecken to receive a higher rate of pay because she has her associate degree; Brandon Farmer to have an increase in his salary; Bev Ahlemeyer to increase her day by 15 minutes; Sue Blattler to have 15 minutes less per day; increase substitute food service workers’ hourly rate to $8.25/hour and substitute custodians who have served the district for at least two years to receive $10.25/hour.
§ Resignations from Jonathan Temple as high school science teacher; Anthony Humburg as HS special education teacher; Barb Anderson as a food service worker at Tilford; and Bev Lechtenberg as a lunch clerk at the high school;
§ Hiring included Meg Turnis as a teacher in Shellsburg Early Childhood Special Education classroom; Logan Walston as 6th grade science teacher; Sarah Bumann as 8th grade math teacher; Lisa Streif as high school special education teacher; Tom Lindauer as freshman volleyball coach; Glenn Dighton as a substitute bus driver; Alexa Francois as head 8th grade boys’ track coach; and miscellaneous teacher leadership positions;
§ Transfers for Kelly Williams to be a full-time cook/clerk at the middle school; Lisa Clark to be a full time cook at the high school; Jennifer Heckmann to serve as an elementary instructional coach; Nichole Lutz and Danielle Phippen to serve as ½ time Title I interventionists and ½ time preschool teachers; Rich Haisman to be 8th grade girls’ track coach; and Megan Hesson to be a high school math/science teacher;
§ Miscellaneous equipment disposal including textbooks, teacher computers, etc.
The board received an update about the Tilford HVAC project. It was recommended that they approve Alternate #3 for $8400 and a change order to reroute some piping not to exceed $7500.
The board directed the administration to work with the City of Vinton to develop a 28E agreement concerning the school resource officer program.
The board reviewed 2017-18 school fees and the convenience fee. Fees have not changed for five years. Administrators and teachers have worked to reduce the number of items on the school supply list with the intention the school will provide more of them going forward (tissue, wipes, scissors, headphones, calculators, etc.). Because of those increased costs, it was recommended the board increase the K-12 registration fees by $5/student. It was also recommended the if families pay fees on-line have their “convenience fee” waived if done through August 9th (the day after registration). The board approved both recommendations.
The board conducted the first reading on the 600 series of board policies.
The board conducted a self-evaluation around the district goals and their priorities. The discussion included a need to highlight the things that the district is excelling in including academics and co-curriclars. They also indicated their interest in pursuing ways for students to personalize their learning including more CTE and secondary opportunities.
The board reviewed a list of 2017 scholarship recipients.
The board entered a closed session to discuss the potential purchase or sale of real estate as allowed by Iowa Code 21.5(1)(j) at 6:41 left at 7:15.
The board entered a closed session to discuss the superintendent’s evaluation at 7:16 and left at 7:54.
The meeting adjourned at 7:55 PM.
— Submitted by Superintendent Mary Jo Hainstock