BC school board met April 7

BENTON COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT IN THE COUNTIES OF TAMA, BENTON, AND IOWA, STATE OF IOWA
BENTON REGULAR BOARD MEETING, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7, 6:00 PM
DISTRICT OFFICE BOARD ROOM

President Becker announcement: This meeting is held electronically and in person as per Iowa
Code Section 21.8 which permits a governmental body to conduct a meeting by electronic
means. Public access will be provided to the extent reasonably possible. The notice of the
meeting on our school website indicating the “place from which the communication originates
and where/how public access is provided to the conversation,” and meeting minutes will be
kept.

Regular Meeting

  1. Call to Order: 6:00 P.M:
    Present: Meeting was called to order by President Becker, Ludeking, Nolte (Zoom),
    Stepanek, Thompson, Upah, and Werning. A Quorum was declared present.
    Also Present: Jan Brown, Daniel Brown, C.J. Eilers, Dr. Bieschke, Dr. Ewell, Douglas D.
    Embray, Maureen Arndt, and Gina Embray.
  2. Action Item # 94 – Delegations, Communications, Considerations of Additional Items
    for the Agenda
    Dr. Ewell presented two additional items for consideration for the consent agenda:
    Substitute Associate and HS Band Director Resignation.
    Motion by Thompson, second by Stepanek to add items to consent agenda.
    MOTION CARRIED
    ALL MEMBERS PRESENT VOTING AYE
  3. Open Forum
    No public comment.
  4. Action Item #95 – Approval of Agenda
    Motion by Upah, second by Werning to approve agenda as presented.
    MOTION CARRIED
    ALL MEMBERS PRESENT VOTING AYE
  5. Recognition of Retirees
    Board of Education recognized the following retirees with a retirement clock: Doug Embray,
    Gina Embray, Jan Brown, Kathy Barta, Tom Leonard, and Maureen Arndt.
    No action taken.
  6. Action Item #96 – FY 22 CERTIFIED BUDGET
    Motion by Thompson, second by Nolte to approve the FY’22 Budget setting tax rate of
    $10.44 and affirming the FY’21 budget amendment increasing other expenditures of $6.2
    million dollars due to district-wide storm damage.
    MOTION CARRIED
    ALL MEMBERS PRESENT VOTING AYE
    BENTON REGULAR BOARD MEETING
    Page 2 – April 7, 2021
  7. School Improvement Report
    Mr. Arnold and Mr. Junge presented information on alternate block/skinny schedule
    implementation, development, and practice for the MS/HS. Discussed current study of
    MS/HS efforts in study via “high school redesign” supported by GWAEA. Practical
    application of study for content area courses, schedule adjustment in time due to Pandemic,
    and future considerations for offering of a Virtual Online School Academy Success Center.
    Board discussed differences in context of open enrollment status, home school participation,
    at risk student population, and traditional student needs.
    No action taken.
  8. Action Item #97 – APEX
    Motion by Stepanek, second by Thompson to approve the purchase of Apex for $17,000 – a
    3-year subscription as presented.
    MOTION CARRIED
    ALL MEMBERS PRESENT VOTING AYE
  9. Administration Report
    No action on this item – information only.
  10. Facilities Update – No action
    Restoration and repair have been hectic the last 15 days. We have met the expectation that
    the stadium be open for our first spring activity track meet held Monday evening. Many of
    our staff pulled together and made this happen. We want to publicly thank everyone for
    working hard to allow us to use our stadium.
    Remaining projects are continuing as scheduled with the warmer weather. We expect all
    district ball fields to be ready by the start of “town” ball seasons. Roof work at the MS/HS
    will become more visible and will impact access in some areas for the short term. Current
    work schedule has the MS/HS Roof High Slope completion to be June 30, 2021. Bleacher
    work will begin at the softball and baseball fields in the next couple of weeks. Dr. Bieschke
    and Dr. Ewell have been working on some really nice signage for the MS/HS. General
    building, fitness center, and stadium. Vendors will be starting installation in the coming
    week. We have some general cement repair to the sidewalks and the driveway areas at the
    MS/HS to begin next month. The plan is to have this work complete by graduation
    weekend.
    Van Horne Elementary:
    Executive Summary: OPN has this on their list to assess. Expect to see a report from them
    sometime during the facilities study process.
  11. Action #98 – Student Fees/Online Processing and Receipting Software
    Motion by Ludeking, second by Stepanek to approve the purchase of InTouch as presented.
    MOTION CARRIED
    ALL MEMBERS PRESENT VOTING AYE
    BENTON REGULAR BOARD MEETING
    Page 3 – April 7, 2021
  12. Action Item #99 – Preschool Playground Project
    Motion by Ludeking, second by Nolte to approve the bid for the Atkins playground
    equipment to Cunningham Recreation/Game Time playgrounds at THE BID COST OF
    $56,248.31. Board approved the superintendent moving forward with replacing other
    playground materials such as curbs, rubber tiles, mulch, trike area, and fencing.
    MOTION CARRIED
  13. Action Item #100 – Business Services
    Motion by Stepanek, second by Upah to approve warrants and financial reports as
    presented.
    MOTION CARRIED
    ALL MEMBERS PRESENT VOTING AYE
  14. Action Item #101 – Consent Agenda
    Motion by Upah, second by Becker to approve the Consent Agenda as presented.
    A. HIRES
    a. Lauren Tandy – Elementary Teacher – assigned to Keystone Elementary Center
    b. Lacey Johnson – 5 – 6th Band Teacher – assigned to Norway Intermediate Center
    c. Shelley Flack – Sub Associate
    B. RESIGNATIONS
    a. Tracy Rodman – Elementary Teacher
    b. Jill Martin – Elementary Teacher
    c. Cynda Mehlert – Preschool Teacher
    d. Conner Tipping – High School Band Instructor/Teacher
    C. MEETING MINUTES – 3/17/21
    D. CONTRACTS
  15. Hands Up Communication
    Motion by Upah, second by Ludeking to approve the Consent Agenda as presented.
    MOTION CARRIED
    ALL MEMBERS PRESENT VOTING AYE
  16. Action Item#102 – Policy Review
    a. Policy 206.7 – Board Security and Protection
    b. Policy 208 – Ad Hoc Committees
    c. Policy 208E1 – Ad Hoc Committees Exhibit
    Motion by Thompson, second by Nolte to approve policies as presented.
    MOTION CARRIED
    ALL MEMBERS PRESENT VOTING AYE
  17. Superintendent
    UPDATE & REPORT
  18. Brief overview of our inclusionary practices (culture, racial, inclusive practices, equity).
  19. ESSER II funds and future ESSER III funds (one-time grant funds) update
    i. GOAL #4 UPDATE: FACILITIES & INFRASTRUCTURE GOAL – UPDATE
  20. March 24 – Community Facility tours – 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
  21. April 7 – OPN presentation, update for Board (changed to May 19)
  22. April 14 – FSAC meeting, 6:00 p.m., HS Library – review assessments of MS/HS & Norway bldgs.
  23. April 28 – FSAC meeting, 6:00 HS Library
  24. May 19 – OPN presentation and update for the Board
    ii. GOAL #5 UPDATE: MARKETING AND CUSTOMER SATISFACTION – UPDATE
  25. ✔ Acquire Apptegy – begin development, rollover late spring/summer – in
    progress
  26. District informational/promotional booklet – almost complete – DRAFT
  27. Promotional and informational video clip – in progress
  28. ✔ Newspaper stories with Cedar Valley continue – see 3-ring binder
    iii. Demographic Study update
  29. Action Item #103 – Exempt Session
    The Board discussed strategy in matters relating to employment conditions of employees who are not covered by a collective bargaining agreement. I.C. 21.9 Certain negotiating sessions or strategy meeting when the meeting falls within the exemption of Public Employment Relations Act I.C. 20.17(3)
    Exempt session start: 8:10 P.M.
    Exempt Session Open
    Motion by Thompson, second by Ludeking to approve the wage and salary increases as presented.
    MOTION CARRIED
    ALL MEMBERS PRESENT VOTING AYE
  30. Action Item #104 – ADJOURNMENT 10:25 P.M.
    Motion by Upah, second by Thompson to adjourn meeting at 10:25 p.m.
    MOTION CARRIED
    ALL MEMBERS PRESENT VOTING AYE

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