Belle Plaine School Board had March 11 meeting

Resignations are accepted; hearing is set on budget

Belle Plaine Longfellow Elementary

Belle Plaine, Iowa

March 11, 2020

A meeting of the Belle Plaine Community School District Board of Education was held on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. in the board room at Longfellow Elementary, Belle Plaine.

Members Present: Val Coffman, Rima Johnson, Ben Reineke, Alicia Jacobi, Stephen Beck

Members Absent: None

Administration Present: Chad Straight, Heather Coover, Todd Werner

Board Secretary Present: Stacey Kolars

Visitors Present: Interested Patrons

Press Representative: None

The meeting was called to order by President Coffman at 6:30 p.m.

AGENDA

Motion Johnson, second Reineke to approve the agenda with the exception of removing Business Items #10, #12, #13, #14, and #15 pending the approval of negotiations with the BPEA. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.

DELEGATIONS

There were no delegations.

CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS

The consent agenda items were considered. There was motion by Reineke, second by Jacobi to approve the consent agenda items. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried. The consent agenda items that were approved are listed below:

  1. Approval of the minutes of the February 12, 2020 meeting, and the February 24, 2020 board workshop.
  2. Approval of bills and financial statements.
  3. Personnel/Business Items:
  4. Acceptance of the resignations: Todd Werner, secondary principal; Steve Mengler, JH Basketball; Cathy Kowalski, Associate; Tine Hawley-Grimes, School Nurse; Julie Mantz, Assistant Volleyball.

PRINCIPAL REPORTS-Secondary Principal, Todd Werner and Elementary Principal, Heather Coover gave their respective reports to the board.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

Superintendent Straight gave his report to the board

COMMUNICATIONS

There were no communications

OLD BUSINESS ITEMS

There were no old business items to discuss/approve.

NEW BUSINESS ITEMS

1. Approval of Employment of Personnel – There was motion by Reineke, second by Johnson to approve Matthew Moffitt as NHS Sponsor. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.

2. Focus on Education: Counselors – Jenna VanMaanen, shared elementary guidance counselor with Tri-County CSD gave a video presentation to the board regarding her duties at the elementary level. Lisa Koch, K-12 guidance counselor gave a presentation to the board regarding guidance offerings and services for students at the secondary level.

3. Establishment of Date, Time and Location for Public Hearing on the 2019-2020 Budget Amendment and Authorization to Publish the Required Budget Information – There was motion by Jacobi, second by Reineke to set the date and time for the public hearing on the 2019-2020 budget amendment for April 8, 2020 at 6:30 p.m., and to publish the notice in the paper according to Iowa Code. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.

4. Establishment of Date, Time and Location for Public Hearing on the 2020-2021 Budget and Authorization to Publish the Required Budget Information-There was motion by Johnson, second by Reineke to set the hearing for the 2020-2021 budget for April 8, 2020 at 6:30 p.m., and to published the notice in the paper according to Iowa Code. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.

5. Action/Discussion on the Budget Guarantee Resolution for 2020-2021 – There was motion by Beck, second by Johnson to approve the following resolution: Resolved, that the Board of Directors of Belle Plaine Community School District, will levy property tax for FY21 for the regular program budget adjustment as allowed under section 257.14., Code of Iowa. On roll call vote: Coffman, “aye;” Reineke, “aye;” Jacobi, “aye;” Johnson, “aye;” Beck, “aye.” Motion carried.

6. Action/Discussion of Insurance Benefits for 2020-2021 – Superintendent Straight recommended the board approve moving from the current PSF 3000 base plan to the 5000 base plan for the partially self-funded option of the district’s health benefit offerings. There was motion by Reineke, second by Jacobi to approve this recommendation. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.

7. Action/Discussion of the Issuance of Diplomas for the Class of 2020 – There was motion by Beck, second by Johnson to approve the listing of students presented by Superintendent Straight for graduation and the issuance of diplomas pending completion of all graduation requirements. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.

8. Public Hearing on School Calendar for 2020-2021 – A public hearing was held on the 2020-2021 school calendar. A question from the audience was answered regarding why all early dismissal times will now be 1:00 p.m. President Coffman explained that this was to stay consistent on all early dismissal times to help with parental planning and student pick-up.

9. Action/Discussion on School Calendar for 2020-2020 – After the public hearing there was motion by Reineke, second by Beck to approve the 2020-2021 school calendar. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.

10. Approval of Agreement with Belle Plaine Education Association – This item was removed from the agenda.

11. Approval of the Agreement with the Teamsters – There was motion by Beck, second by Jacobi to approve the negotiations agreement with the Teamsters Union for the 2020-2021 year. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.

12. Approval of the Issuance of Teacher and Extracurricular Contracts for the 2020-2021 Year- – This item was removed from the agenda.

13. Approval of the Issuance of Teamster Contracts for the 2020-2021 Year – This item was removed from the agenda.

14. Action/Discussion on Raises/Employee Contracts for Food Service Employees, Superintendent Secretary, Transportation Personnel, Food Service Director, Maintenance Director for the 2020-2021 Year – This item was removed from the agenda.

15. Action/Discussion on Raises/Employee Contracts for Principals, Superintendent, Business Manager, Activity Director, etc. for the 2020-2021 Year – This item was removed from the agenda.

16. Approval of Second Reading of Board Policies 603-608R1 – There was motion by Johnson, second by Reineke to approve the second reading of board policies 603-608R1 with the specified changes. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.

17. Action/Discussion on Identifying Academic Goals – There was discussion regarding the academic goals identified at the board work session on February 24. After reviewing and prioritizing the goals as discussed, there was motion by Reineke, second by Beck to approve the prioritized academic goal listing for the 2020-2021 school year. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.

18. Action/Discussion on Technology Purchases for the Media Center – Superintendent Straight presented a revised quotation from Midwest Computer Products, Inc. for technology purchases for the newly remodeled media center in the amount of $14,759.94. After discussion, there was motion by Johnson, second by Reineke to approve the purchase of the quoted technology and materials from Midwest Computer Products, Inc. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.

19. Closed Session for Superintendent Evaluation – Per the written request of the Superintendent, the board went into closed session per Iowa Code at 8:07 p.m.

The board came out of closed session at 10:17 p.m.

There was motion by Beck, second by Reineke to adjourn the meeting at 10:18 p.m.

Val Coffman, Board President

Stacey Kolars, Board Secretary

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