Belle Plaine School Board met November 10

Belle Plaine Longfellow Elementary

Belle Plaine, Iowa

November 10, 2021

A regular meeting of the Belle Plaine Community School District Board of Education was held on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. in the board room at Longfellow Elementary, Belle Plaine.

Members Present: Val Coffman, Steve Beck, Alicia Jacobi, Rima Johnson

Members Absent: Ben Reineke

Administration Present: Chad Straight, Ryan Devereux, Heather Coover

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 Jacobi to approve the agenda. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.

DELEGATIONS

There were no delegations.

CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS

The consent agenda items were considered. There was motion by Jacobi, second by Johnson 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 October 13, 2021 regular meeting.
  2. Approval of bills, payroll, financial statements.
  3. Personnel/Business Items: Approval of Resignation(s)-there were no resignations.

PRINCIPALS’ REPORT

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 of Summer FCS/ART Project and Change Orders-Superintendent Straight updated the board on the current status of the completion of the FCS/ART room remodel project. No action was taken on this item.
  2. Action/Discussion on Branding and Mascot-Superintendent Straight informed the board that he had recently made contact with the representative regarding the branding and mascot, and let him know the district intended on moving forward with the new mascot and branding process. No action was taken on this item.

BUSINESS ITEMS

1. Employment of Personnel-There was motion by Johnson, second by Jacobi to employ the following personnel: April Kressley as JH Girls’ Track Coch and Allison Molokken as a special education associate at Longfellow. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.

2. Action/Discussion on SIAC Summary and Goals-Superintendent Straight updated the board on the discussion at the recent SIAC Committee meeting. No action was taken on this item.

3. Action/Discussion on Belle Plaine Housing Project and Course Offering-Superintendent Straight presented an overview of the STEAM House Project Proposal that would allow students to use STEAM concepts and skills to build a house in the Belle Plaine Community with the new instructional course to begin next year. After discussion took place, there was motion by Beck, second by Jacobi to move forward with the Belle Plaine housing project and course offering. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.

4. Action/Discussion on Wrestling Cheer Sponsor – There was motion by Jacobi, second by Johnson to approve separating cheer sponsor duties from the other cheer position, and approving Shannon Murray as Wrestling Cheer Sponsor at 3% of the salary base. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.

5. Action/Discussion on Second Reading of Board Policies 505.1-505.8; 200-217 and 300-308-There was motion by Johnson, second by Jacobi to approve the second reading of board policies 505-1-505.8; 200-217 and 300-308. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.

6. Action/Discussion on Naming a Board Member to the Conference Board – There was motion by Jacobi, second by Johnson to name Val Coffman to the Conference Board. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.

7. Approval of Modified Allowable Growth and Supplemental State Aid for Special Education Deficit – There was motion by Beck, second by Jacobi to approve the application for modified allowable growth and supplemental state aid in the amount of $221,428 for the Belle Plaine School District’s special education deficit from FY21. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.

8. Action/Discussion on Enrollment Data for 2021-2022- Discussion took place on the district’s current enrollment date for the 21-22 school year. No action was taken on this item.

9. Action/Discussion on Offering Early Retirement for Certified Staff for this Year-The board reviewed the district’s early retirement documents for certified staff. There was motion by Johnson, second by Jacobi to approve the offering of early retirement incentives to certified staff eligible to retire early in 2021-2022. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.

10. Action/Discussion on Purchasing Water Softeners for the High School-After brief discussion, there was motion by Johnson, second by Jacobi to approve the purchase of two water softeners for the junior/senior high school location. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.

11. Action/Discussion on WiFi Upgrade for the Year and Erate-Superintendent Straight recommended the board approve the WiFi upgrade in the amount of $49,321.65. Superintendent Straight explained that this amount is applicable to our Erate funding which reimburses the school district at 75% of the original cost. There was motion by Beck, second by Johnson to approve Superintendent Straight’s recommendation to upgrade the district’s WiFi. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.

12. Action/Discussion on November and December Board Meeting – There was motion by Jacobi, second by Johnson to have the organizational board meeting on November 29, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. and a regular meeting on December 8, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.

13. Action/Discussion on Naming a Board Delegate for IASB – There was motion by Beck, second by Johnson to name Alicia Jacobi as the IASB Board Delegate for the Belle Plaine CSD. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.

14. Approval of Modified Supplemental Amount of On Time Funding for Increased Enrollment from Last Year to This Year – There was motion by Beck, second by Jacobi to approve the application for modified supplemental amount of $23,126 for on time funding for increased enrollment from 2021-2021 to 2021-2022. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.

15. Approval of Modified Supplemental Amount for On Time Funding for Open Enrolled Out Students not in Last Year’s Count – There was motion by Johnson, second by Beck to approve the application for supplemental modified amount of $53,564 for open enrolled students not on last year’s count. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.

There was motion by Beck, second by Jacobi to adjourn the meeting at 7:23 p.m. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.

Valerie Coffman, Board President

Stacey Kolars, Board Secretary

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