Belle Plaine School Board – Jan. 12, 2022

Belle Plaine Longfellow Elementary

Belle Plaine, Iowa
January 12, 2022
A regular meeting of the Belle Plaine Community School District Board of Education was held on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. in the board room at Longfellow Elementary, Belle Plaine.
Members Present: Val Coffman, Steve Beck, Alicia Jacobi, Rima Johnson, Ben Reineke
Members Absent: None
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.
Motion Johnson, second Reineke to approve the agenda with the exception of removing Business Item #3 regarding board policies related to new federal requirements for COVID testing. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.
There were no delegations.
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 December 8, 2021 meeting.
  2. Approval of bills, payroll, financial statements.
  3. Personnel/Business Items: Approval of Resignation(s)-Roby Yilek from coaching position(s); Sally Coleman from her teaching position at the end of the 2021-2022 year.

Ryan Devereux and Elementary Principal, Heather Coover gave their respective reports
to the board.
Superintendent Straight gave his report to the board
There were no communications.


  1. Action/Discussion of 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 PPEL/SAVE Projects-Superintendent Straight informed the
    board that bids will soon be requested for demolition of the old Junior High
    building. Quotes will also be needed for asbestos removal prior to demolition. No
    action was taken on this item.
  3. Action/Discussion on Branding and Mascot-Superintendent Straight informed the
    board that he was hoping to make contact with the representative soon. No action
    was taken on this item.


  1. Employment of Personnel-There was motion by Johnson, second by Jacobi to employ Larry Formanek as the instructor for the STEAM House building class project at the rate of $40 per hour pending his State certification and Kirkwood certification. In the same motion, the board approved the employment of Matt Kressley as Junior High Baseball Coach. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.
  2. Focus on Education: Apprenticeship Program-Secondary Principal, Ryan Devereux and instructor, Leah Mast updated the board on the current progression of the district’s apprenticeship program. Currently, 14 students are involved in the program along with over nine local businesses. No action was taken on this item.
  3. Action/Discussion on Board Policies Related to New Federal Requirements for COVID Testing: This item was removed from the agenda.
  4. Action/Discussion on Selecting Board Members for the Negotiations Teams-There was motion by Jacobi, second by Reineke to select Steve Beck and Rima Johnson as board member representatives for the Teamsters Union for negotiations. In the same motion, Val Cofman and Ben Reineke were selected to represent the board during the negotiations with the Belle Plaine Education Association. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.
  5. Approval of Budget Guarantee Resolution for the 2022-2023 School Year-There was motion by Beck, second by Reineke to adopt the following resolution: Budget Guarantee Resolution-Belle Plaine CSD
    RESOLVED, that the Board of Directors of Belle Plaine Community School District, will levy property taxes for the fiscal year 2022-2023 for the regular program budget adjustment as allowed under section 257.14. Code of Iowa.
    On roll call vote: Beck, “aye;” Johnson, “aye;” Jacobi, “aye;” Reineke, “aye;” Coffman, “aye.” Motion carried.
  6. Action/Discussion on School Report Card Information-Principal Devereux and Principal Coover updated the board on the school district’s performance on the ISASP assessments. No action was taken on this item.
  7. Action/Discussion on Application to SBRC for At-Risk/Drop Out MSA-There was motion by Beck, second by Reineke to approve the application for $146,462 to the SBRC for At-Risk/Drop Out prevention funding. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.
  8. Action/Discussion on Legislative Meeting in Brooklyn-Superintendent Straight informed the board about the legislative forum hosted by BGM/HLV in Brooklyn. No action was taken on this item.
  9. Action/Discussion on Date and Time for Special Board Meeting-There was motion by Beck, second by Reineke to establish the date and time of Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. for the special board meeting. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.
  10. Action/Discussion on First Reading of Board Policies 106 and 400-404R1-After review, there was motion by Reinke, second by Johnson to approve the first reading of board policies 106 and 400-404R1 with changes as discussed. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.
  11. Action/Discussion on Senior Class Trip-There was motion by Beck, second by Jacobi to approve the senior class trip to Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells, WI on March 24, 2022. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.

There was motion by Reineke, second by Beck to adjourn the meeting at 8:01 p.m. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.
Valerie Coffman, Board President
Stacey Kolars, Board Secretary

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