Belle Plaine School Board – November 9, 2022

Belle Plaine, Iowa

Belle Plaine Longfellow Elementary

November 9, 2022 Regular Board Meeting

A regular meeting of the Belle Plaine Community School District Board of Education was held on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. in the board room of the Longfellow Elementary.

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

Members Absent: Ben Reineke

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 Johnson, second Jacobi to approve the agenda with the addition of the addendum regarding approval of the district’s MSA application. 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 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 October 12, 2022 regular meeting and the October 27, 2022 Board Workshop.
  2. Approval of bills, payroll, financial statements.
  3. Personnel/Business Items:
  4. Acceptance of the resignations: There were no resignations.

PRINCIPAL REPORTS-Secondary Principal, Ryan Devereux and Elementary Principal, Heather Coover gave their respective reports to the board.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

Superintendent Straight gave his report to the board

COMMUNICATIONS

The Veteran’s Day Assembly is scheduled to take place on Friday, November 11th at the high school at 11:00 a.m.

OLD BUSINESS

1. Action/Discussion on PPEL/SAVE Projects- 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 the following employees: Emmalee Henry, Longfellow Associate; Ethan Allie, volunteer wrestling coach; Kate Robertson, Assistant Softball Coach. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.

2. Action/Discussion on Football Program Moving to 8-Man for the 2023-2024 Year-Discussion took place regarding the district’s current team numbers with comments from the community as well as head football coach, Todd Bohlen and assistant coach, Richard Sankot. After discussion, there was motion by Beck, second by Johnson to approve the football team moving to 8-man football for the 2023-2024 year. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.

3. Action/Discussion on the 2nd Reading of Board Policies 401.14; 408.1. 602.1-602.3, 605.1-605.5; 402.2; 601.2; 802.4-There was motion by Johnson, second by Jacobi to approve the second reading of board policies, 401.14; 408.1; 602.1-602.3; 605.1-605.5; 402.2; 601.2; 802.4. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.

4. Action/Discussion on Naming a Board Member for the Conference Board-There was motion by Jacobi, second by Beck to approve volunteer, Val Coffman to the Benton County Conference Board for the 2022-2023 year. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.

5. Action/Discussion on the Purchase of the City Lot-There was motion by Jacobi, second by Johnson to approve the school district’s purchase of the City Lot as well as approving the Board President to sign the purchase agreement in the amount of the accepted bid of $5,000. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.

6. Action/Discussion on SIAC Goals and Summary of Meeting-Discussion took place regarding the SIAC meeting that took place prior to the board meeting on 11-09-2022 at 5:00 p.m. The principals also shared the district’s data and scores regarding the elementary and secondary scores on the Iowa School Performance Profile. There was no action on this item.

7. Action/Discussion on Starting a Dance Team and 7-12 Dance Coach and Color Guard and Approving a Coach-Discussion took place regarding the district’s opening for a dance coach and color guard sponsor. After discussion and input from the community members present, there was motion by Beck, second by Jacobi to approve Dance Team and Color Guard Sponsor position for the district. There was and additional motion by Beck, second by Jacobi to approve Christene Vokoun as the district’s Color Guard and Dance Team Sponsor. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.

8. Action/Discussion on House Project Details for the Next Year-Discussion took place regarding the district’s options for the continuance of the house project/STEAM class for next year. There was motion by Jacobi, second by Beck to approve Superintendent Straight to advertise the school’s student labor for building a house for next year. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.

9. Action/Discussion on Date or Subjects for Next Board Meeting-Discussion took place regarding the next board meeting scheduled to take place on Wednesday, December 14, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. There was no action on this item.

10. Addendum Item: Action/Discussion on Requesting MSA for ON-Time Funding for Open Enrolled Out for Current Year and Increased Enrollment- There was motion by Johnson, second by Beck to approve the district’s request for MSA for on-time funding for increased enrollment in the amount of $10,378.20 and open enrollment out in the amount of $103,346.10. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.

There was motion by Beck, second Johnson to adjourn the meeting at 7:40 p.m. All voted, “aye.” Motion carried.

Val Coffman, Board President
Stacey Kolars, Board Secretary

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