Benton school met on December 15

BENTON COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT 
IN THE COUNTIES OF TAMA, BENTON, AND IOWA, STATE OF IOWA 
BENTON REGULAR BOARD MEETING, 
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2021, 6:00 PM 
DISTRICT OFFICE BOARD ROOM 

Pres. Becker announcement: This meeting is held electronically and in person by the Board 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. 

1. Call to Order Regular Meeting: 6:00 P.M: 

Present: Meeting was called to order by President Becker. Directors attending in person at the meeting location: Directors Becker and Thompson. 

Directors attending remotely via Zoom: Directors Nolte, Phillips, Upah and Werning. 

Directors Absent: Director Ludeking 

A Quorum was declared present. 

Also Present: In person – Dr. Pamela Ewell and Dr. James Bieschke; and via Zoom: Rob Arnold, Ryan Junge, Shawn Pfiffner, Jason West, and Anna Upah. 

2. Action Item #70 – Delegations, Communications, Considerations of Additional Items for the Agenda  – Motion by Thompson, second by Nolte to add to the agenda an emergency item to resignations under the Consent Agenda Section 

MOTION CARRIED  ALL MEMBERS PRESENT VOTING AYE 

3. Open Forum  – No Comments 

4. Action Item #71 – Approval of Agenda  – Motion by Nolte, second by Upah to only discuss the following agenda items due to severe weather conditions: 

  • Item 8: Facilities Update 
  • Item 9: At Risk/Drop Out – Modified Supplemental Amount 
  • Item 10: Business Services 
  • Item 12: Consent Agenda 

MOTION CARRIED  ALL MEMBERS PRESENT VOTING AYE 

5. School Improvement Report 

a. PRESCHOOL PROGRAM – REPORT AND PRESENTATION. Tabled – No action/discussion. 

6. Administration – 

a. Administration Report 

Tabled – No action/discussion. 

7. Calendar Work 

Tabled – No action/discussion. 

8. Facilities Update 

Dr. Bieschke provided a verbal update. 

No action taken. 

9. Action Item #72 – At Risk / Drop Out – Modified Supplemental Amount – $274,268 

Motion by Thompson, second by Phillips to approve the at-risk drop out modified supplemental amount of $274,268. 

MOTION CARRIED ALL MEMBERS PRESENT VOTING AYE 

10. Action Item #73 – Business Services 

a. WARRANTS 

b. FINANCIAL REPORTS 

Motion by Nolte, second by Upah to approve warrants and financial reports as presented. 

MOTION CARRIED  ALL MEMBERS PRESENT VOTING AYE 

11. Trip to Spain 

Tabled – No action/discussion. 

12. Action Items #74 and #75 – Consent Agenda 

A. Hires 

  • a. Curtiss Becker, Substitute Bus Driver 

B. Volunteers 

  • a) Pam Duball 
  • b) Leah Coffin 
  • c) Ryan Gruman 
  • d) Owen Johnson 
  • e) Karen Miller 
  • f) Heather Rinderknecht 
  • g) Jocelyn Sadler 
  • h) Jennifer Hayden 
  • i) Scott Schiel 

C. Resignations – Action Item 74 

  • a. Eric Stenberg – Head Softball Coach 

Motion by Phillips, second by Nolte to approve the acceptance of Coach Stenberg’s resignation. Roll call vote – Ayes: Directors Becker, Upah, Phillis, Werning and Nolte; Nays: Director Thompson. 

MOTION CARRIED 

D. MEETING MINUTES 

a. November 22, 2021 

Action Item 75: Motion by Nolte, second by Thompson to approve the rest of the consent agenda as presented. 

MOTION CARRIED  ALL MEMBERS PRESENT VOTING AYE 

13. Policy Review 

Tabled – No action/discussion. 

14. Superintendent 

Tabled – No action/discussion. 

15. Closed Session – as per Iowa Code 21.5(e) To discuss whether to conduct a hearing or to conduct hearings to suspend or expel a student, unless an open session is requested by the student or a parent or guardian of the student if the student is a minor. 

Went into closed session at 6:27 p.m. Present in Board Room: Directors Becker and Thompson, Dr. Ewell and Dr. Bieschke. Present via Zoom: Directors Nolte, Phillips, Werning, Upah and Rob Arnold. Absent: Director Ludeking. 

Action Item #76 – Students A & B: 

Motion by Thompson, second by Nolte to approve the 2 students and consent agreements, which are the subjects of the school violations. 

MOTION CARRIED ALL MEMBERS PRESENT VOTING AYE 

16. Action Item #77 – Adjournment 

Motion by Thompson, second by Nolte to adjourn. 

MOTION CARRIED ALL MEMBERS PRESENT VOTING AYE 

Meeting adjourned at 6:38 

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