The Vinton-Shellsburg Community School District board of directors regular April board meeting was called to order on Monday, April 9th at 6:04 PM by President Rob Levis. Sue Gates, Kyle Schminke, Mike Timmermans, and Kathy Van Steenhuyse answered roll call; Brenda Bartz and Jason Hicok were absent.

Jay Christie from FS presented the district with a check for funds related to the propane bus tax rebates and shared a summary of the district’s use of propane. He thanked the district and Keith McGowan for our willingness to talk to other districts considering the purchase of propane busses.

Teresa Meyer, president of the school foundation, provided the annual update. She shared the foundation is working on a fundraising campaign to recognize difference makers within the district.

Under Administrator Reports, Matt Kingsbury shared they recently received their Iowa Assessment and ACT results. He noted prom is at the end of the month and that the Vinton Police Department’s drug dog recently completed a walk-through of the MS and HS in which nothing was found.  Jim Murray shared that there are strong numbers for next year’s preschool class and that they recently finished kindergarten and preschool roundups. He shared some of the highlights from the Iowa Assessment data and invited the board to attend the music concerts on Thursdays. Tony Islas shared about his positive experience attending the School Resource Officer training.

Under Superintendent Report, Mary Jo Hainstock shared open enrollment requests (Miya Nielsen to attend V-S as a kindergarten student next year and Quinn Routsen to attend CPU as a kindergartener next year).  She shared a one-page summary of the things we are doing as a district to address safety. The board set their May 14th meeting for 5:15.

Under Board Reports, Mike Timmermans shared that he had invited Josh West to present at the Lion’s Club and it was well received; he also had Madeline Moen there as a student and she presented herself very well. Sue Gates shared about the recent AEA statewide meeting she attended. There are projections that 50% of all students in Iowa will attend one of 20 school districts within the next 10 years as the urban/rural split gets greater. Kathy Van Steenhuyse shared about her experience with the Career Fair and her impression that it went well. Kyle Schminke attended the recent Health Fair and noted how the facilities are used in many ways to benefit the entire community.

Under General Business of the Board, the board started with and approved the Consent Agenda Items. They included:

v  Minutes from the March 12th regular meeting; claims, financials and transfers;

v  Contracts with Kirkwood Workplace Learning Connections; with the Iowa City Community School District; with ASAC; with the Retirement Investor’s Club and with Grant Wood AEA;

v  Personnel:

§  Resignation from Kim Meyer as Director of Teaching and Learning;

§  Contract Amendment for Jodi Bierschenk to do summer band lessons;

§  Hiring of:

ü  Tyler Lorenzen, Aric Chvala, Le Cox as HS Data Team members

ü  Alexander Vasquez and Carrie Weber as A-Team members

ü  Eric Upmeyer, Megan Hesson, Carrie Weber and Scott Garwood as Innovation Team members

ü  Wyatt Forsyth as HS ag instructor;

ü  Jalissa Irmiter as HS family and consumer science teacher

ü  Maci Grittith as assistant varsity softball coach; Nathan Struve as head 10th grade baseball coach

ü  Alexa Francois as assistant varsity cross country coach

ü  Kelly Steffen as head 8th grade volleyball coach and Shirale Hanson as head 7th grade volleyball coach

§  Transfer of Kelly Williams to MS head cook for the 2018-19 year.

v  Request for Travel from the FFA to travel to Clear Lake in July for the officer leadership training and for three members to travel to DC for the leadership conference.

The board approved the list of potential 2018 graduates.

The board reviewed a resolution concerning the state’s backfill of property taxes to make up for the commercial and industrial tax relief they provided a few years ago. It was noted that if the legislature changes things, it will not be possible for us to go back and recoup the lost revenue and that the impact is greater to our district than districts that are property rich. The board approved the resolution on a roll call vote.

The board reviewed contract termination recommendations. They approved terminating the contracts of Roberta Bauer and Anita Yessak as probationary teachers at the end of this contract year. They voted to extend Kellen Baird and Lynn O’Conner one year, non-renewable contracts for next year (V-S holds the contracts for these two teachers who serve as Induction Coaches through the consortium with Grant Wood).

The board approved the 2018-19 Teacher Staffing plan that includes reducing the HS at-risk English support by 0.5 FTE and increasing the MS at-risk by 0.5 FTE; reduce one HS English position; reduce 1.0 FTE HS position by shifting assignments to West campus; and eliminate the elementary computer lab associate positions. The administrative team is reviewing the job description for the Director of Teaching and Learning to determine if there is a different way to structure the position and assignments. There may be additional adjustments before final assignments are made.

The board conducted the public hearing for the 2018-19 budget and the 2017-18 budget amendment; no one spoke. The board adopted the budget and budget amendment as published.

The board adopted a resolution authorizing the redemption of General Obligation School Refunding Bonds; this allows the district to prepay on the 2025 bonds and save the taxpayers about $80,000 in interest over the next few years.

The board reviewed the Expanded Administrative Team’s recommendations and plans for PPEL/SAVE funds.

The board conducted the second and final reading on several board policies.

The superintendent gave an update on legislative work.

Rob Levis introduced a proclamation about teacher and staff appreciation; the superintendent introduced one about school board recognition.

There were no audience comments on the preceding items.

Under Correspondence, there was a report from the superintendent’s attendance at the AASA conference, an article about NAEP assessment and elementary Iowa Assessment data.

The board moved into Exempt Session to discussion negotiation strategies.

Rob Levis adjourned the meeting.


-submitted by Mary Jo Hainstock