Benton Community School Board – January 19, 2022

BENTON COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT 

IN THE COUNTIES OF TAMA, BENTON, AND IOWA, STATE OF IOWA 

BENTON WORK SESSION/REGULAR BOARD MEETING, 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2022, 5:00 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. 

WORK SESSION – 5:00 P.M. 

Unstructured discussion of the Facilities Master Plan. 

FACILITIES MASTER PLAN – Discussion 

FSAC Committee presentation and recommendations 

REGULAR BOARD MEETING 

1. Call to Order Regular Meeting: 7:35 P.M: 

Present: Meeting was called to order by President Becker. Directors attending in person at the meeting location: Directors Becker, Ludeking, Nolte, Phillips, Thompson, Upah, Werning 

A Quorum was declared present. 

Also Present: Dr. Ewell, Dr. Bieschke, Anna Upah, Ryan Junge, Phil Eastman and Jason West. 

2. Action Item #78 – Delegations, Communications, Considerations of Additional Items for the Agenda 

Additional Agenda Item added under the consent agreement: Competitive estimate for 200 Chromebooks at $64,000. 

Motion by Thompson, second by Nolte to add the estimate for the chrome books. 

MOTION CARRIED 

ALL MEMBERS PRESENT VOTING AYE 

3. Open Forum 

No Comments 

4. Action Item #79 – Approval of Agenda 

Motion by Nolte, second by Upah to approve agenda as presented. 

MOTION CARRIED 

ALL MEMBERS PRESENT VOTING AYE 

5. Action Item #80-Trip to Spain – SPAIN TRIP 2023 

Motion by Nolte, second by Ludeking to approve the 2023 summer trip to Spain with the reviewed details. 

MOTION CARRIED 

ALL MEMBERS PRESENT VOTING AYE 

6. Administration – No Action Taken 

a) Administration Report 

7. Action Item #81 – Early Retirement Plan 

The following certified staff qualified for and applied for early retirement: 

  • Carolyn Spading – AK Kindergarten Teacher 
  • Cindy Nelson – Music Teacher 
  • Meridee Jones Elementary Teacher (2nd Grade) 

Support Staff 

  • Donna Ludwik – District Secretary, Food Service Program, Activities, Gates 
  • Andrea Nolan – Food Service – HS 

Acceptance of Retirees Applications and Resignations at the end of the 2021-2022 school year: 

Motion by Thompson, second by Upah to approve the submitted early retirement plans as presented. 

MOTION CARRIED 

ALL MEMBERS PRESENT VOTING AYE 

8. Facilities Master Plan 

No action taken. Informational only. 

9. Action Item #82-Course Approval 

Ms. Upah and Mr. Arnold reviewed the computer science requirements as well as our district plan to meet the state requirements. 

a. Iowa Requirements for Computer Science 

b. Iowa E-Learning Course – High School Computer Science Course 

MOTION CARRIED 

ALL MEMBERS PRESENT VOTING AYE 

10. Action Item #83 – Courses – Grant 

The Iowa Department of Education and Iowa Workforce Development are hosting a Q&A webinar for school districts on Friday, Jan. 21, at 1 p.m. to provide information and answer questions about the new Teacher and Para-educator Registered Apprenticeship Grant program. Gov. Reynolds announced this new opportunity during the Condition of the State Address. 

This innovative program will provide opportunities for current high school students to earn a para-educator certificate and associate degree and para-educators to earn their bachelor’s degree all while learning and working in the classroom. School districts will need to partner with an eligible community college or four-year college or university to provide the required education and training. 

Motion by Thompson, second by Phillips to approve the Superintendent to pursue teacher education course opportunities for our high school students and the teacher and para-educator grant through the Iowa Department of Education and Workforce Development 

MOTION CARRIED 

ALL MEMBERS PRESENT VOTING AYE 

11. Action Item #84 – Business Services 

a. WARRANTS 

1. WARRANTS 

2. SUMMARY OF PAID WARRANTS 

3. ADDITIONAL WARRANTS 

b. FINANCIAL REPORTS 

1. GENERAL FUND REPORT 

2. ALL FUNDS REPORT 

Motion by Philips, second by Thompson to approve the warrants and financial reports as presented. 

MOTION CARRIED 

ALL MEMBERS PRESENT VOTING AYE 

12. Action Item #85 – Consent Agenda 

A. Hires 

a. Madison Reed – Substitute Teacher 

b. Hunter Semelroth – Asst. 7th Grade Boys Basketball Coach 

c. Shelley Flack – Keystone Special Ed. Associate 

B. Resignations 

a) Dawn Embretson – Asst. Volleyball Coach 

b) Ashley Phelan – 7th Grade Girls Basketball 

c) Levi Montague – Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach (Level 2) 

d) Calvin Wolter – 10th Grade Volleyball 

e) Heidi Keiper – Head 8th Grade Girls Basketball Coach 

C. Volunteers

a. Rebecca Anderson 

D. Meeting Minutes- 

a. 12/15/21 Board Meeting Minutes 

b. 1/5/22 Special Board Meeting Minutes 

E. Estimate for Chrome Books 

Estimate from RTI Quote for 200 Chrome Books. 

Motion by Phillips, second by Werning to approve Consent Agenda as presented. 

MOTION CARRIED 

ALL MEMBERS PRESENT VOTING AYE 

13. Action Item #86 – Policy Review 

POLICIES for REVIEW: 

1. Policy 501.4 – Compulsory Attendance 

2. Policy 104.R1 – Anti-Bullying/Anti-Harassment Investigation Procedures 

3. Emergency Temporary Standards – suspended 

a. COVID-19 Vaccinate or Test Mandate Policy 

b. Attestation Form Policy 

Motion by Thompson, second by Upah to approve the reviewed and revised policies as presented. 

MOTION CARRIED 

ALL MEMBERS PRESENT VOTING AYE 

14. Superintendent 

Superintendent Report 

a. BOARD GOALS UPDATE 

b. SUPERINTENDENT EVALUATION – NEW ISSL STANDARDS 

c. Mayors’ Meeting – Feb. 9 – Blairstown & Mayor Kubicheck – noon – ~1:15 p.m. 

City Hall – Blairstown 

d. Governor’s Round Table – Workplace Learning, Apprenticeships for HS students 

Tour Career Academy – Pella High School, Senator Driscoll, Rep. Gerhold and 14 other superintendents/ HS administrators/teachers – Fri. Jan. 21, 12:30 p.m. (rescheduled due to snowstorm) 

Let me know if you would like to attend. 

e. Upcoming meetings 

Jan. 27 – Board Legislative in-service and dinner at Manatt Community Center – Brooklyn 

f. Feb. 23 – Regular Board meeting was moved to Wed. Feb. 23 at 5:00 p.m. 

I. Larry Siegel from ISFIS 

g. March 16 – Work Session – 5:00 p.m. Board goals review, progressing our goals forward, advancing Superintendent Goals to align with Board goals and District Goals. Tammy Drawbaugh from IASB will be there to help facilitate. Regular meeting to follow. 

h. April 13 – Regular Board meeting – Certified Budget – 6:00 p.m. 

i. May 18 – Regular Board meeting – 6:00 p.m. 

j. June 15 – Regular Board meeting – 6:00 p.m. 

k. July 20 – Regular Board meeting – 6:00 p.m. (FY23 fiscal year) 

l. August 17 – Regular Board meeting – 6:00 p.m. 

15. Action Item #87 – Adjournment 

Motion by Upah, second by Werning to adjourn board meeting at 8:41. 

MOTION CARRIED 

ALL MEMBERS PRESENT VOTING AYE 

Meeting adjourned at 8:41. 

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