Belle Plaine School Board: May 3, 2021

Belle Plaine, Iowa

Belle Plaine Longfellow Elementary

May 3, 2021

A regular meeting of the Belle Plaine Community School District Board of Education was held on Monday, May 3, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. in the gymnasium at Longfellow Elementary, Belle Plaine.

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

Members Absent: None

Administration Present: Chad Straight, Heather Coover, Ryan Devereux

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 Reineke, second Beck to approve the agenda. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.

DELEGATIONS

There were no delegations.

CONSENT AGENDA

The consent agenda items were considered. There was motion by Johnson, second by Reineke 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 April 12, 2021 Meeting
  2. Approval of bills, payroll, financial statements.
  3. Personnel/Business Items:
  4. Acceptance of the resignations: Jessica Elder as softball assistant coach pending a suitable replacement, Steve Eskildsen as Ag Teacher and FFA Sponsor, Nathan Johnson as Secondary Music Teacher.

PRINCIPAL REPORTS-Secondary Principal, Ryan Devereux and Elementary Principal, Heather Coover gave their respective reports to the board on the following topics:

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

Superintendent Straight gave his report to the board

COMMUNICATIONS

There were no communications

OLD BUSINESS

1. Action/Discussion on PPEL/SAVE Projects-Discussion took place regarding the current projects that have been completed to date and project priorities for future dates. Fund balances were reviewed. No action was taken on this item.

BUSINESS ITEMS

1. Approval of the Employment of Personnel-There was motion by Beck, second by Jacobi to approve Maria Pearson as 7-12 Language Arts Teacher and Ashton Bohlen as assistant softball coach. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.

2. Focus on Education: TLC- The TLC team members presented to the board about the current TLC program.

3. Action/Discussion on APR Goals, SIAC Committee Recommendations and Information-Superintendent Straight presented the APR Goals and SIAC Committee recommendations to the board. After discussion took place there was motion by Reineke, second by Johnson to approve the APR goals and SIAC Committee recommendations for the district. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.

4. Action/Discussion on Transportation Agreement with the City-There was motion by Jacobi, second by Reineke to approve an ongoing agreement with the City to provide summer transportation for the swimming pool in exchange for pool time for students. All voted “aye.” Motion carried.

5. Action/Discussion on Resolution Directing the Sale of Infrastructure Sales, Services and Use Tax Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2021-The was motion by Beck, second by Reineke to adopt the following resolution:

RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE SALE OF $2,052,000 

SCHOOL INFRASTRUCTURE SALES, SERVICES AND USE  

TAX REVENUE REFUNDING BONDS, SERIES 2021 NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE BELLE-PLAINE COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT: 

Section 1. The School District has received a proposal for the sale of the Bonds and has arranged for the sale of these Bonds to MidWestOne Bank, Belle Plaine, Iowa, at a purchase price of $2,052,000.00 plus accrued interest to date of delivery; and 

Section 2. That the form of contract for the sale of the Bonds is approved and the President and Secretary are authorized and directed to execute the contract for sale of the Bonds on behalf of the School District. 

Section 3. That the President and Secretary are authorized and directed to issue and deliver $2,052,000 School Infrastructure Sales, Services and Use Tax Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2021, in the aggregate principal amount of $2,052,000, in the denomination of $100,000 or integral multiples of $1,000 in excess thereof, bearing interest and maturing as follows: 

Principal Amount Interest Rate Maturity Date

Section 4. That all acts of the Superintendent of Schools, Secretary of the Board, and Placement Agent done in furtherance of the sale of the Bonds are ratified and approved. 

On roll call vote: Coffman, “aye;” Beck, “aye;” Reineke, “aye;” Jacobi, “aye;” Johnson, “aye.”

PASSED AND APPROVED this 3rd day of May, 2021. 

6. Action/Discussion on Resolution Authorizing the Redemption of Outstanding School Bonds, Series 2015, Dated November 5, 2015 of the Belle Plaine Community School District, State of Iowa and Directing Notice to be Given-There was motion by Beck, second by Johnson to approve the following resolution: RESOLUTION

AUTHORIZING THE REDEMPTION OF  OUTSTANDING SCHOOL INFRASTRUCTURE SALES, SERVICES AND USE TAX REVENUE REFUNDING BONDS, SERIES 2015, DATED NOVEMBER 5, 2015, AND DIRECTING  

NOTICE BE GIVEN 

WHEREAS, the School District did by resolution dated October 21, 2015 authorize the  issuance of $3,445,000 School Infrastructure Sales, Services and Use Tax Revenue Refunding  Bonds, Series 2015, dated November 5, 2015 (the “Refunded Bonds”); and WHEREAS, the Refunded Bonds are redeemable in any order of maturity, beginning  July 1, 2021, or any date thereafter upon giving notice in the manner provided in the resolution  authorizing the issuance of the Refunded Bonds; and WHEREAS, it is deemed necessary and advisable that $2,015,000 of the Refunded Bonds  payable or maturing as described in Schedule A attached hereto, be so redeemed on July 1, 2021,  and notice of redemption be given;  NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE  BELLE-PLAINE COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT, STATE OF IOWA: Section 1. That outstanding Refunded Bonds in the principal amount of $2,015,000 be and the same are hereby redeemed as of July 1, 2021. Section 2. UMB Bank, N.A., in its capacity as assignee of and successor to Bankers Trust Company, Des Moines, Iowa, and as Registrar, Paying Agent and Transfer Agent for the Refunded Bonds, is hereby authorized and directed to cause notice of such redemption to be given not less than thirty (30) days prior to the date of redemption by written notice to the registered owner of the Refunded Bonds in substantially the form set forth in Schedule B attached to this Resolution. Piper Sandler & Co., as Dissemination Agent for the District, is hereby authorized and directed file electronic notice of such redemption to the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board at http://emma.msrb.org/. All liability for interest on the Refunded Bonds shall cease, terminate and be completely discharged as of July 1, 2021 as provided in the Resolution Authorizing the Issuance of the Refunded Bonds. Section 3. The School Treasurer is hereby authorized and directed to cause to be deposited in a separate fund sum sufficient to pay all principal and interest on the outstanding Refunded Bonds to the date of redemption.

On roll call vote: Coffman, “aye;” Beck, “aye;” Reineke, “aye;” Jacobi, “aye;” Johnson, “aye.”PASSED AND APPROVED this 3rd day of May, 2021.  

7. Discussion on Grade Level Numbers for the Next Year- Discussion took place on the projected number of students per grade level for the 2021-2022 school year.

There was motion by Beck, second by Johnson to adjourn the meeting at 8:00 p.m. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.

Val Coffman, Board President
Stacey Kolars, Board Secretary

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