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Jen@iowaschool… Fri, 01/03/2020 - 14:08

Minutes - 2019.07.15

Minutes - 2019.07.15

The Board of Directors of the Webster City Community School District in the counties of Hamilton, Webster and Wright, State of Iowa, met in regular session Monday, July 15, 2019, in the School Administration Building, Webster City, Iowa.

ITEM 1. – Call to Order – The Board President called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

ITEM 2. – Roll Call – Members answering roll call were Ms. Van Diest, Mr. Patterson, Mr. Stroner, Mr. Bonjour, and Ms. Williams. Also present were members of the media and other interested parties.

ITEM 3. – Approval of Agenda – It was moved by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the agenda with a change in the order of the discussion items, a change in action item number 8, a deletion of one contract recommendation, and adding Lead Learner contracts under Personnel. Motion carried.

ITEM 4. – Open Comment to the Board – There were none.

ITEM 5. – Appointment of Board Secretary – A motion was made by Ms. Williams, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to appoint Cathi Hildebrand as Board Secretary for 2019-2020 school year. Motion carried.

ITEM 6. – Administration of Oath of Office to Board Secretary – Beth Van Diest, Board President, administered the Oath of Office to newly elected Board Secretary, Cathi Hildebrand.

ITEM 7. – Discussion Items
     a. Clarification on 3 and 4-year old transportation – Ted Larson, Director of Transportation, Jessica Hector, Northeast Hamilton Elementary Principal, and Mindy
         Mossman, Pleasant View Elementary Principal, presented the Board with information on transporting 3 and 4 year old pre-school students. Due to safety issues
         and the fact that there is no funding for 3 year old pre-school, 3 year old pre-school students will not be transported to and from school. Four year old students will
         continue to be transported, as needed.

     b. Voter approved PPEL for November, 2019 – Dr. Ross reported due to the fact that the voter-approved PPEL will expire at the end of the 2019-2020 school year,
         the measure will be taken to the voters on November 5, 2019 for renewal. The Board was given information on how much the current voter-approved PPEL
         generates, what those funds can be used for and asked to consider whether they want to increase the levy. More information will be discussed at future Board
         meetings.

ITEM 8. - Action Items
     a. Revised 28E Agreement with Stratford Community School District – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Bonjour, to approve the revised 28e
         agreement with Stratford Community School District for shared Superintendent. Motion carried.

     b. 28E Agreements – A motion was made by Ms. Williams, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve 28e agreements with South Hamilton and Stratford Community
         School Districts for shared personnel. Motion carried.

     c. North Central Consortium School Contract – A motion was made by Mr. Bonjour, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the contract with North Central
         Consortium School for student services for the 2019-2020 school year. Motion carried.

     d. Regular Education Contract with Sioux City Community School District – A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Bonjour, to approve the contract
         for student education services with Sioux City Community School District. Motion carried.

     e. Third Reading of Board Policy 502.4, Use of Motor Vehicles - A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Bonjour, to approve the third reading of Board
         Policy 502.4, Use of Motor Vehicles. Motion carried.

      f. Board Approved Procedures for Equity Audit – A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the Board-approved procedures for the
         Equity Audit as presented. Motion carried.

     g. Interfund Transfer – A motion was made by Mr. Bonjour, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the interfund transfer for safety equipment. Motion carried.

     h. Designation of Financial Depositories and Limits for District Funds – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Bonjour, to approve the Designation of
         Financial Depositories and Limits for District Funds as presented, with one correction. Motion carried.

      i. Fundraising Request – A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the High School Football Team’s annual card sales. Motion
         carried.

ITEM 9. – Personnel
     a. Resignations – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Bonjour, to approve the following:

Recommendation for Resignations from:

  • Virginia Nilles, Paraeducator at Pleasant View Elementary
  • Jeff Lyons, 7th Boys Basketball Coach
  • Jeff Lyons, 7th Boys Baseball Coach·

Recommendation for Transfers from:

  • Sandy Ausenhus from 4th Grade Instructor to M.S. Special Education Instructor
  • Jerilyn Hippen from Sunset Heights Paraeducator to High School Paraeducator
  • Kristy Peck from 7th ELA/History Instructor to 7th & 8th ELA/History Instructor
  • Beth Meyer from 7th Math/Science Instructor to 7th & 8th Math/Science Instructor
  • Megan Allison from 7th Math/Science Instructor to 7th Math Instructor
  • Rebekah Eggers from 7th Science/Social Studies Instructor to 7th Science Instructor
  • Megan Kostka-Dietz from 5th Grade Instructor to 7th ELA/Social Studies Instructor
  • Evan Mossman from Middle School P.E. Instructor to Northeast Hamilton Elementary and Stratford Elementary P.E. Instructor
     

· Recommendation for appointments of:

  • William Brock, Middle School Associate Principal
  • Jessica Hector from Middle School Associate Principal to Northeast Hamilton Elementary Principal
  • Derek Turner, 4th Grade Instructor
  • Kayleigh Epps, Middle School P.E. Instructor
  • Heather Sanders, High School Science Instructor
  • Rebecca Blair, NEH Guidance
  • Tyler Mosbach, Head 7th Boys Track Coach
  • Bill Bertran, Head Varsity Girls Golf Coach
  • Derek Turner, Assistant Varsity Cross Country Coach
  • Jessica Butterfield-Bailey, part-time Secretary at Pleasant View Elementary
  • Virginia Velasquez, part-time Secretary at Pleasant View Elementary
  • Brooke Henry, Paraeducator at Pleasant View Elementary
  • Tammy Massman – Lead Learner – Northeast Hamilton Elementary – 3rd Grade
  • Katie Peterson – Lead Learner – Pleasant View Elementary Special Education
  • Michelle Lovelace – Lead Learner – Pleasant View Elementary – Title 1
  • Kristin Elm – Lead Learner - Pleasant View Elementary – 1st grade
  • Diane Bahrenfuss – Lead Learner - Sunset Heights Elementary – 3rd Grade
  • Libby Anderson – Lead Learner - Sunset Heights Elementary – 4th Grade
  • Molly Ferrell – Lead Learner - Sunset Heights Elementary – 3rd Grade
  • Rachael Hansen – Lead Learner – Sunset Heights Elementary – 2nd Grade
  • Lauren Blaisdell – Lead Learner – Middle School – 5th Grade
  • Erica Miller – Lead Learner – Middle School – 8th Grade
  • Nicole Muhlenbruch – Lead Learner – Middle School - 8th Grade
  • C.J. Clabaugh – Lead Learner – Middle School – 6th Grade
  • Beth Meyer – Lead Learner – Middle School – 7th Grade
  • Julie Pagel – Lead Learner – Middle School – 7th/8th Grade Computer Applications
  • Jeri Jass – Lead Learner – High School – English
  • Danika Klaver – Lead Learner – High School – Science
  • Stacy Zoske – Lead Learner – High School – Family Consumer Science
  • Amanda Ross – Lead Learner – High School – Social Studies
  • Julie Kramersmeier – Lead Learner - High School – Business
  • Sally Greenfield – Lead Learner - High School – Counselor
  • Katie Sonsalla – Lead Learner – High School - Spanish

Motion carried.

ITEM 10. – Consent Items – It was moved by Ms. Williams, seconded by Mr. Bonjour, to approve the minutes of the June 10, 2019, Webster City Regular Board meeting, the June 10,, 2019 Interim Board Meeting, the June 19, 2019 Northeast Hamilton Board Meeting, payment of the bills and claims as listed at the close of these minutes, to approve General, Schoolhouse, Lunch and Activity Fund Reports, to approve the interfund transfer, and approve the Fundraising Report. Motion carried.
a. Items from the Board

  • Mr. Stroner reported he accompanied WCTV students as they filmed river cleanup last week. They have been asked to do a documentary on “Doodlebugs” for their annual convention held in Webster City.
  • Mr. Bonjour asked to look into adding signage at Northeast Hamilton Elementary as they are now part of the Webster City Community School District.
  • Mr. Stroner reported the Career Ag Academy will be presented with funds from the Hotel/Motel tax at the Webster City Council Meeting on July 15th.

b. Items from Dr. Ross

  • Dr. Ross presented the Board with the updated Equity Audit Corrective Action Plan.
  • Dr. Ross asked the Board to consider not committing to a Board Policy regarding replacing trees, but to look at each occurrence individually. Mr. Bonjour also asked to look at the type of trees the District is planting to avoid a lot of extra upkeep.
  • Dr. Ross announced the printed school calendars will be available in August. School calendars are also available online.
  • Dr. Ross reported that there will be Riverview updates at the August 12 Board Meeting.
  • The Board was presented with photos of recent work done on Jeff Gym.
  • The Board was presented with the facilities study done by FEH Design. There will be a work session on August 12th to discuss the study further.
  • Online registration has begun and is going well. Parents who do not have access to a computer at home may come to the Administration Building to register their students for school.

ITEM 12. - Adjournment - A motion was made by Mr. Bonjour, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to adjourn the meeting at 7:10 p.m. Motion carried, all members present voting aye.

The next Board Meeting will be Monday, August 12th at 6:00 p.m. at the School Administration Office Board Room.

Attest:
Cathi Hildebrand, Secretary
Beth Van Diest, President

 

dawn@iowaschoo… Thu, 12/12/2019 - 08:53

Minutes - 2019.08.12

Minutes - 2019.08.12

The Board of Directors of the Webster City Community School District in the counties of Hamilton, Webster and Wright, State of Iowa, met in regular session Monday, August 12, 2019, in the School Administration Building, Webster City, Iowa.

ITEM 1. – Call to Order – The Board President called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

ITEM 2. – Roll Call – Members answering roll call were Ms. Van Diest, Mr. Stroner, and Mr. Bonjour. Also present were members of the media and other interested parties. Mr. Patterson and Ms. Williams were absent.

ITEM 3. – Approval of Agenda – It was moved by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Bonjour, to approve the agenda as written. Motion carried.

ITEM 4. – Open Comment to the Board – There were none.

ITEM 5. – Introduction of Jessica Hector, Northeast Hamilton Elementary Principal – Dr. Ross introduced Jessica Hector as the new Principal at Northeast Hamilton Elementary. Ms. Hector was previously the Middle School Associate Principal for three years.

ITEM 6. – Introduction of William Brock, Middle School Associate Principal – Dr. Ross and Jerry Buseman, Middle School Principal, introduced William Brock as our new Associate Principal at the Middle School. Mr. Brock comes to us from Ankeny.

ITEM 7. – Discussion Items
     a. November Election Information – Cathi Hildebrand, Business Manager/Board Secretary, presented the Board with information on the upcoming election to be
         held on November 5, 2019. We have two directors whose offices are up for election this year: Beth Van Diest, Director District 2, and Chuck Bonjour, At Large.
         Paperwork can be picked up at the Business Office during normal business hours or online at:
                  http://sos.iowa.gov/elections/electioninfo.schoolelections.html.
         The District voter-approved PPEL renewal will be on the ballot, as well.

ITEM 8. - Action Items
     a. 28E Agreement with Stratford Community School District – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Bonjour, to approve the 28e agreement with
         Stratford Community School District for shared Band. Motion carried.

     b. Certified Staff Handbook – A motion was made by Mr. Bonjour, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the certified staff handbook for 2019-2020 school year.
         Motion carried.

     c. Classified Staff Handbook – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Bonjour, to approve the classified staff handbook for 2019-2020 school year.
         Motion carried.

     d. Selection of 2020 IASB Legislative Resolutions - The Board chose their top 4 priorities to send to IASB, which include Unfunded Mandates, Mental Health,
         Supplemental State Aid, and School Funding Policy.

     e. Riverview Contract – After some discussion with members from Riverview Early Childhood Center and their Board of Directors, a motion was made by Mr.
         Stroner, seconded by Mr. Bonjour, to approve the suggested changes to the Riverview contract pending final approval by legal counsel. Motion carried.

ITEM 9. – Personnel
     a. Resignations – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Bonjour, to approve the following:
Recommendation for Resignations from:

  • Lisa Stansfield, 4th Grade
  • Beatriz Olmedo, Sunset Heights Secretary/Paraeducator
  • Monica Trujillo, 8th Grade Assistant Volleyball Coach

Recommendation for appointments of:

  • Heidi Barrick, 4th Grade
  • Emily Loughry, Mentoring Program Facilitator
  • Kristin Hammitt, Co-Cheer Coach
  • Monica Trujillo, Co-Cheer Coach
  • Brandi Martin, Sunset Heights Secretary/Paraeducator
  • Jordan Moen, Pleasant View Paraeducator
  • Stephanie Osthus, Pleasant View Paraeducator
  • Chelsey Wagoner, Sunset Heights Paraeducator
  • Laura Fisher, Assistant 7th Volleyball

Motion carried.

ITEM 10. – Other
     a. Items from the Board

  • Mr. Stroner asked about the upcoming Board work session on Monday, August 19th. Tyler Riley from FEH Design and Mitch Dunham, Director of Building and Grounds, will be attending.

     b. Items from Dr. Ross

  • Dr. Ross presented the Board with the updated Equity Audit Corrective Action Plan.
  • Dr. Ross reported the Administrative retreat was held on August 6th and 7th at Northeast Hamilton Elementary Media Center.
  • Pre-School parent night was held on Thursday, August 8th and was very well attended.
  • Dr. Ross reported the annual IASB convention is November 21st and 22nd. Board members were asked to let Mary Ellen Draeger, Secretary to the Superintendent, know if they plan to attend.
  • Dr. Ross reported the office has been very busy with registrations for the 2019-2020 school year. Certified count is on October 1st and must be certified to the D.E. by October 15th.

ITEM 11. - Consent Items – It was moved by Mr. Bonjour, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the minutes of the July 15, 2019 Board Meeting, payment of the bills and claims as listed at the close of these minutes, to approve General, Schoolhouse, Lunch and Activity Fund Reports, and to approve the interfund transfer. Motion carried.

ITEM 12. - Adjournment - A motion was made by Mr. Bonjour, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to adjourn the meeting at 7:10 p.m. Motion carried, all members present voting aye.

The next Regular Board Meeting will be Monday, August 26th at 6:00 p.m. at the School Administration Office Board Room.

Attest:
Cathi Hildebrand, Secretary
Beth Van Diest, President

dawn@iowaschoo… Thu, 12/12/2019 - 09:38

Minutes - 2019.08.26

Minutes - 2019.08.26

The Board of Directors of the Webster City Community School District in the counties of Hamilton, Webster and Wright, State of Iowa, met in regular session Monday, August 26, 2019, in the School Administration Building, Webster City, Iowa.

ITEM 1. – Call to Order – The Board President called the meeting to order at 6:03 p.m.

ITEM 2. – Roll Call – Members answering roll call were Ms. Van Diest, Mr. Patterson, Mr. Stroner, Mr. Bonjour, and Ms. Williams. Also present were members of the media and other interested parties.

ITEM 3. – Approval of Agenda – It was moved by Ms. Williams, seconded by Mr. Bonjour, to approve the agenda as written. Motion carried.

ITEM 4. – Open Comment to the Board – Kelli Reis, Sunset Heights Elementary Principal, reported on how smoothly the first day of school went. Students and staff were excited to start the new school year.

ITEM 5. – Discussion Items
     a. Facilities Priorities – The Board was given a list of facilities priorities determined at the work session held on Monday, August 19th.

ITEM 6. – Action Items
     a. Voter-Approved PPEL Rate – A motion was made by Mr. Bonjour, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the voter approved PPEL rate of 77 cents per $1,000 of
         assessed valuation which is a 10 cent increase over the current rate. Motion carried. The public will be asked to approve this rate at the election on Tuesday,
         November 5th.

     b. Fundraising Requests – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Bonjour, to approve the FFA fundraiser requests for Homecoming T-Shirts and
         Sweatshirts, Greenhouse Plant Sales, and Fruit Sales. Motion carried

ITEM 7. – Personnel
     a. Resignations – A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Bonjour, to approve the following:
Recommendation for Resignations from:

  • Kacey Pruismann, Paraeducator
  • Mindy Law, Paraeducator

Mavis Chen, Paraeducator

Recommendation for transfers from:

  • Deb Dunham from Title I Reading to Kindergarten

Recommendation for appointments of:

  • Stephanie Pace, Large Group Speech
  • Derek Turner, Head 7th Boys Basketball
  • Mentor Teaching Staff

Motion carried.

ITEM 8. - Other
     a. Items from the Board – There were none.

     b. Items from Dr. Ross

  • Dr. Ross reported she visited each building in the District and Stratford this morning. It was a smooth start to the school year.
  • The Board walk-through of the High School building will be on Thursday, September 5th from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 21st was the kick-off breakfast for all staff held at the Middle School commons with standing room only. Dr. Ross asked staff members to fill out cards with two items they are proud of or appreciate in the District and one thing they would like to see improvement on. She received 217 responses. The top four things staff are proud of and appreciate are: Staff, Collaboration, Welcoming Environment, and Student Centeredness. Areas for improvement suggestions included: Air Conditioning in all buildings and help with at risk students including additional training.

ITEM 9. – Consent Items – It was moved by Ms. Williams, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the minutes of the August 12, 2019 Board Meeting. Motion carried.

ITEM 10. – Adjournment - A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to adjourn the meeting at 6:30 p.m. Motion carried, all members present voting aye.

The next Regular Board Meeting will be Monday, September 9th at 6:00 p.m. at the School Administration Office Board Room.

Attest:
Cathi Hildebrand, Secretary
Beth Van Diest, President

 

dawn@iowaschoo… Thu, 12/12/2019 - 09:41

Minutes - 2019.09.09

Minutes - 2019.09.09

The Board of Directors of the Webster City Community School District in the counties of Hamilton, Webster and Wright, State of Iowa, met in regular session Monday, September 9, 2019, in the School Administration Building, Webster City, Iowa.

ITEM 1. – Call to Order – The Board President called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

ITEM 2. – Roll Call – Members answering roll call were Ms. Van Diest, Mr. Patterson, Mr. Stroner, and Mr. Bonjour. Also present were members of the media and other interested parties. Ms. Williams was absent.

ITEM 3. – Approval of Agenda – It was moved by Mr. Bonjour, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the agenda as written. Motion carried.

ITEM 4. – Open Comment to the Board – There were none.

ITEM 5. – Discussion Items – There were none.

ITEM 6. – Action Items
     a. Fundraising Requests – A motion was made by Mr. Bonjour, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve WCHS Cheer to sell paw prints and High School Volleyball
         and Softball teams to sell wreaths. Motion carried.

     b. Board Delegate for IASB – A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Bonjour, to approve Rich Stroner as the IASB Delegate for the Webster City
         School Board. Motion Carried.

     c. Teachers Eligible for Lane Change – A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Bonjour, to approve the 19-20 Teacher Lane Changes. Motion
         carried.

     d. Interfund Transfer for Protective Equipment – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the Interfund Transfer for Protective
         Equipment. Motion carried.

     e. Physical Plant and Equipment Levy and Resolution of Election

                                                                                                          RESOLUTION OF ELECTION
     Director Stroner introduced and caused to be read the Resolution hereinafter set out and moved its adoption; seconded by Director Bonjour; after due consideration
     by the Board, the President put the question upon the adoption of said Resolution and the results of the roll call vote were:

Aye: Van Diest, Patterson, Stroner, Bonjour
Nay : None

     Whereupon the President declared said Resolution duly adopted as follows:
                                                                                                          RESOLUTION
     WHEREAS, the Board of Directors of the Webster City Community School District deems it necessary and desirable that the District obtain additional funds to be
     used for the purposes as authorized by Chapter 298 of the Iowa Code; and
     WHEREAS, the District wishes to take action to allow voters to approve a Physical Plant and Equipment Levy consisting of a tax on all the taxable property in the
     School District of an amount not to exceed Seventy-Seven Cents ($.77) per one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) of assessed value in any one tax year for a period
     commencing on July 1, 2020, not to exceed ten (10) years;
     NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved by the Board of Directors of the Webster City Community School District, in the Counties of Hamilton, Webster, and Wright,
     State of Iowa, that the Secretary be requested to present the following question to the County Commissioner of Elections for presentation to the voters of the District
     on November 5, 2019:

     Shall the Board of Directors of the Webster City Community School District in the Counties of Hamilton, Webster, and Wright, State of Iowa, be authorized for a
     period of ten (10) years, to levy annually, as determined by the Board, a voter-approved physical plant and equipment property tax not to exceed Seventy-Seven
     Cents ($.77) per one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) of the assessed valuation of the taxable property within the school district commencing with the levy for collection
     in the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2020, to be used for the purposes permitted by Iowa law?

That all resolutions or orders or parts thereof in conflict are hereby repealed to the extent of such conflict.

f. PPEL Ballot Language – A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the PPEL Ballot Language. Motion carried.

g. Revised Riverview Contract – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Bonjour, to approve the revised contract with Riverview Early Childhood Center. Motion carried

ITEM 7. – Personnel
a. Contract Recommendation – A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve Elizabeth Schwake for 20% Middle School Band Teacher. Motion carried.

ITEM 8. – Other
     a. Items from the Board – There were none.

     b. Items from Dr. Ross

  • Dr. Ross thanked the Board for taking the time to do the walk-through at the High School last Thursday.
  • Dr. Ross will be talking to the building Principals at the Admin Team meeting on Tuesday to schedule walk-throughs for the public at each of the buildings in the near future as we prepare for the PPEL vote on November 5th.
  • Dr. Ross presented the Board with a press release and key message sheet for the community about the upcoming PPEL vote. After some updates with suggestions from the Board, the press release and message sheet will go out this week.

ITEM 9. - Consent Items – It was moved by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Bonjour, to approve the minutes of the August 26, 2019 Board Meeting, payment of the bills and claims as listed at the close of these minutes, to approve General, Schoolhouse, Lunch and Activity Fund Reports, approve the fundraising report, and to approve the interfund transfer. Motion carried.

ITEM 10. – Adjournment - A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to adjourn the meeting at 6:21 p.m. Motion carried, all members present voting aye.

The next Regular Board Meeting will be Monday, September 23rd at 6:00 p.m. at the School Administration Office Board Room.

Attest:
Cathi Hildebrand, Secretary
Beth Van Diest, President

 

dawn@iowaschoo… Thu, 12/12/2019 - 09:49

Minutes - 01.11.2021

Minutes - 01.11.2021

January 11, 2021

The Board of Directors of the Webster City Community School District in the counties of Hamilton, Webster and Wright, State of Iowa, met in regular session, January 11, 2021, in the School Administration Office Board Room, Webster City, Iowa.

ITEM 1. – Call to Order – The Board President called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

ITEM 2. – Roll Call – Members answering roll call were Ms. Williams, Mr. Pruismann, Mr. Stroner, Mr. Patterson and Ms. Van Diest.  Also present, via Zoom, were members of the media and other interested parties.

ITEM 3. – Approval of Agenda – It was moved by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the agenda. 

ITEM 4. – Open Comment to the Board – Dr. Ross received comments from 22 people.  Those who asked that their comments be read at the Board table were:  John Symens, Nikki Kumm, Peggy Lyons Lovelace, Carrie Rabe, Lynn McKinney, Amy Shannon, Kasie Doering, Jennifer Brim, Ben Rahe and Zach Klaver who all voiced concerns regarding the 4 x 4 hybrid model of learning and want the high school students back in school full time. 

ITEM 5. – Discussion Items

  1. COVID Update –
    1. Joe Shanks, Activities Director, updated the Board on winter spectator protocols.

ITEM 6. – Action Items

  1. High School Hybrid Learning – Motion by Ms. Williams, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to support expanding in-person learning at the high school using the 4 x 4 schedule while requiring social distancing options that were previously unavailable.  Motion carried unanimously. 
  2. FEH High School Study Proposal – Motion by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the FEH High School proposal to study the renovation or new construction at Webster City High School.  Motion carried unanimously. 
  3. FFCRA Leave – Motion by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve discontinuation of FFCRA leave with the exception that those who have not previously used the leave be allowed to use it for COVID related absence.  Motion carried unanimously. 
  4. Johnson Controls Contract – Motion by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the Johnson Controls Contract for the Middle School systems upgrade.  Motion carried unanimously. 
  5. Verizon Wireless Contract – Motion by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the Verizon Wireless Contract for the distance learning data plan.  Motion carried unanimously. 
  6. FEH Addendum – Motion by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the FEH Addendum to include Sunset Heights to the current Pleasant View HVAC Proposal.  Motion carried unanimously. 
  7. Daycare Retention Incentive – Motion by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the Daycare Retention Incentive with the knowledge it will be reviewed after 18 months.  Motion carried unanimously. 
  8. School Budget Review Committee (SBRC) Modified Allowable Growth for At-Risk/Drop Out Prevention – Motion by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the SBRC Modified Allowable Growth request for At-Risk/Drop Out Prevention in the amount of $613, 524.00.  Motion carried unanimously. 
  9. Negotiation Teams for WCEA and WCESA – Motion by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve Mr. Stroner and Ms. Van Diest to be on the WCEA Negotiations Team and Mr. Pruismann and Mr. Patterson to be on the WCESA Negotiations Team.  Motion carried unanimously. 
  10. Special Education Contract – Motion by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the Special Education Contract for student services with Dubuque Community School District.  Motion carried unanimously. 

Item 7. – Personnel

  1. Contract Recommendations – Motion by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the early retirement application and resignation of Mel Cramer, High School Foreign Language; and Pam Ryan, High School Social Studies.  Motion carried unanimously. 

Item 8. – Other

  1. Items from the Superintendent – There were none.
  2. Items from the Board –
  1. Ms. Van Diest wished to congratulate the high school wrestling team on winning the Dick Kennedy Dual.
  2. Mr. Stroner asked if wrestling and basketball games were live streamed.

ITEM 9. – Consent Items - It was moved by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the minutes of the December 14, 2020 Board Meeting, to approve General, Schoolhouse, Lunch and Activity Fund Reports, payment of the bills and claims as listed at the close of these minutes, to approve the interfund transfer and the fundraising report.  Motion carried unanimously.

ITEM 10. – Adjournment - A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to adjourn the meeting at 8:27 p.m.  Motion carried unanimously. 

Following the regular board meeting, the Board went into a work session on Enrollment where no action was taken.

The next Regular Board Meeting will be Monday, January 25, at 6:00 p.m. at the School Administration Office Board Room.  Board Meetings are subject to change dependent upon need.

Attest:                                                                          Attest:

Kathy Biere, Secretary                                                Beth Van Diest, President         

kbiere@webster… Tue, 01/12/2021 - 13:22

Minutes - 2019.09.23

Minutes - 2019.09.23

The Board of Directors of the Webster City Community School District in the counties of Hamilton, Webster and Wright, State of Iowa, met in regular session Monday, September 23, 2019, in the School Administration Building, Webster City, Iowa.

ITEM 1. – Call to Order – The Board President called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

ITEM 2. – Roll Call – Members answering roll call were Ms. Van Diest, Mr. Patterson, Mr. Stroner, and Ms. Williams. Also present were members of the media and other interested parties. Mr. Bonjour was absent.

ITEM 3. – Approval of Agenda – It was moved by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the agenda as written. Motion carried.

ITEM 4. – Open Comment to the Board – There was none.

ITEM 5. – Discussion Items – There were none.

ITEM 6. – Action Items
     a. Fundraising Requests – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve fundraiser requests by WCHS Cheer to hold a Youth Cheer
         Camp; High School Girls and Boys Basketball and High School Wrestling to raise money and food for the Webster City Food Bank; Middle School Band and
         Choir to sell Yankee Candles; High School Student Council to hold a bake sale after school and during parent teacher conferences for the Children’s Miracle
         Network; and High School Yearbook to sell advertising for the 19-20 yearbook. Motion carried

     b. Approval of 2018-2019 Fixed Asset Disposals – A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the 2018-2019 fixed asset disposals.
         Motion carried.

     c. Special Education Contract – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the Special Education Contract for student services with
         Waverly-Shell Rock Community School District. Motion carried.

     d. Special Education Deficit – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the SBRC request for Allowable Growth for the Special
         Education Deficits for the 2018-2019 School year in the amount of $144,743.03 for Northeast Hamilton and $606,825.91 for Webster City, for a total of
         $757,568.94. Motion carried.

     e. Youth and Shelter Services Contract – A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the contract with Youth and Shelter Services
         for a school-based mentoring program. Motion carried.

ITEM 7. – Personnel
     a. Contract Recommendation– A motion was made by Ms. Williams, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the appointment of Naomi Gragg as Northeast Hamilton
         Elementary Paraeducator. Motion carried.

ITEM 8. - Other
     a. Items from the Board

  • Mr. Stroner asked about Board Member participation at Career Ag Academy meetings.
  • Mr. Stroner asked to have the Board Policy regarding vaping at the next Board Meeting.

     b. Items from Dr. Ross

  • Dr. Ross reported the Freeman Journal and KQWC Radio Station helped advertise the recent open houses held at Sunset Heights Elementary, Pleasant View Elementary and the Middle School. Open houses at Northeast Hamilton Elementary will be held on Tuesday, September 24th at 5:30 and the High School on Friday, September 27th at 5:30.
  • Dr. Ross is working to schedule presentations with local coffee groups and civic organizations to talk about the upcoming PPEL vote on Tuesday, November 5th.
  • Professional Development was held on Monday. Morning topics were focused on Multi-Tiered Systems of Support and the afternoon was spent on differentiated learning for groups of teachers.
  • The Board was given the 700 Series of Board Policies for their review and discussion at the next Board meeting.

ITEM 9. – Consent Items – It was moved by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the minutes of the September 9, 2019 Board Meeting and approve WCEA and WCESA seniority lists. Motion carried.

ITEM 10. – Adjournment - A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to adjourn the meeting at 6:29 p.m. Motion carried, all members present voting aye.

The next Regular Board Meeting will be Monday, October 14th at 6:00 p.m. at the School Administration Office Board Room.

Attest:
Cathi Hildebrand, Secretary
Beth Van Diest, President

 

dawn@iowaschoo… Thu, 12/12/2019 - 09:46

Minutes - 2019.12.09

Minutes - 2019.12.09

The Board of Directors of the Webster City Community School District in the counties of Hamilton, Webster and Wright, State of Iowa, met in regular session Monday, December 9 2019, in the School Administration Building, Webster City, Iowa.

 

ITEM 1. – Call to Order – The Board President called the meeting to order at 6:01 p.m.

 

ITEM 2. – Roll Call – Members answering roll call were Ms. Van Diest, Mr. Patterson, Mr. Stroner, Mr. Bonjour and Ms. Williams.  Also present were members of the media and other interested parties. 

 

ITEM 3. – Approval of Agenda – It was moved by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Bonjour, to approve the agenda with one change to consent items.  Motion carried.

 

ITEM 4. – Open Comment to the Board – There was none.

 

ITEM 5. – Approval of Minutes of Last Regular Meeting – A motion was made by Mr. Bonjour, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the minutes of November 11, 2019 Board Meeting.  Motion carried.

 

ITEM 6. – Review Official Results of School Board Election – Cathi Hildebrand, SBO/School Board Secretary, read the official results from the November 5th School Board Election.

  1. Director at Large
    • Todd Lovelace – 457 votes
    • Marlin Pruismann – 728 votes
    • Scattering – 1 vote

Marlin Pruismann duly elected for the office of Webster City School Board – Director at Large

  1. Director District 2
    • Beth Van Diest – 1,054 votes
    • Scattering – 5 votes

Beth Van Diest duly elected for the office of Webster City School Board – Director District 2

  1. Public Measure JA (a 10-year Voter-approved Physical Plant and Equipment Levy not to exceed $.77 per one thousand dollars of the assessed valuation of the taxable property within the school district)
    • Yes – 862 votes
    • No – 317 votes

Public Measure JA was adopted. 

Both candidates were sworn on November 25th.

 

ITEM 7. – Adjournment of Retiring Board – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Bonjour, to adjourn the Retiring Board at 6:05 p.m.  Motion carried.

 

ITEM 8. – Call to Order and Roll Call (New Board) – Cathi Hildebrand, Board Secretary called the meeting of the new Board to order at 6:07 p.m. and called the roll.  Members answering roll call were Ms. Van Diest, Mr. Patterson, Mr. Stroner, Mr. Pruismann, and Ms. Williams.

 

ITEM 9.  – Election of President and Vice President - It was moved by Ms. Williams, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to nominate Beth Van Diest for School Board President.  Motion carried.  A motion was made by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to nominate Eric Patterson for School Board Vice President.  Motion carried.

 

ITEM 10. – Administration of Oath of Office to Newly Elected President and Vice President – Cathi Hildebrand, SBO/School Board Secretary, administered the oath of office to newly-elected Board President, Beth Van Diest and newly-elected Board Vice President, Eric Patterson and turned the meeting over to President Van Diest.

 

ITEM 11. – Mrs. Ross’ 11th Grade Revolution World Studies Class Presentation – Mrs. Ross and two of her 11th grade Revolution World Studies class presented.  During their study of the French Revolution, students were asked to compare the French Revolution to a current revolution.  One student chose the Central African Republic which has been in a civil war since 2012.  Due to what they learned during this project, students decided to do several projects to raise money which will be donated to UNICEF to buy food and supplies for children of the Central African Republic.

 

ITEM 12. – Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress Presentation – Jama Hisler, Director of Teaching and Learning, presented the Board with information on the new ISASP which was given for the first time last spring to students in grades 3 – 11.  Teachers and parents will have access to three reports: Individual Student Reports, Class Roster Reports, and School Level Achievement Summary Report.

 

ITEM 13. - Discussion Items

  1. First Reading of Board Policy 501.5 Attendance Center Assignment – A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the first reading of Board Policy 501.5.  Motion carried.

 

ITEM 14. – Action Items

  1. Fundraising Requests – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve Mrs. Ross’ 11th Grade Revolution World Studies call to raise money for UNICEF by way of the following:  a coin war, hat and jeans day, silent auction, and Hy-Vee round up to nearest dollar.  Motion carried.
  1. Protective Equipment Funds Transfer – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the Protective Equipment Funds Transfer in the amount of $121.20.  Motion carried.
  2. School Budget Review Committee (SBRC) Request for Modified Allowable Growth – A motion was made by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the SBRC request for modified allowable growth for increasing enrollment and ELL beyond 5 years in the amount of $473,755.68.  Motion carried.
  3. Second Reading of Board Policies 701, 710, 712.1, and 722 - A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Ms. Williams, to table Board Policy 701 until the next Board meeting and to approve the second reading of Board Policies 710, 712.1, and 722.  Motion carried.
  4. Education Contracts – A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve contracts for student services with Mason City CSD and Sioux City CSD.  Motion carried.
  5. Hiring Manual – A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the Webster City Community School District’s hiring manual.  Motion carried.
  6. Scholarship Donation – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the donation of $200,000.00 for the Cleo Graham Memorial Art Scholarship.  Motion carried.

 

ITEM 15 - Other

  1. Items from the Board
    • Beth Van Diest reported she attended parent night for the First Lego League regional competition.  The theme this year is City Shaper.
  2. Items from Dr. Ross
    • Dr. Ross attended the Lego League competition on Saturday.  She received several compliments on how organized the competition was.
    • Dr. Ross thanked the Board for attending the work session with Harry Hiligenthal on Wednesday, December 4th.
    • Dr. Ross attended the community Christmas Concert at Asbury United Methodist Church on Sunday.
    • Dr. Ross was a guest host at Van Diest Medical Center on Sunday afternoon.
    • Dr. Ross reminded everyone of the basketball game on Friday night being held at Jeff Gym.
    • Dr. Ross attended the music concert at Northeast Hamilton Elementary on Thursday, December 5th.
    • Dr. Ross reminded everyone of the music concert at the High School Monday, December 9th at 7:30 p.m.

 

ITEM 16 - Consent Items – It was moved by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve payment of the bills and claims as listed at the close of these minutes, to approve General, Schoolhouse, Lunch and Activity Fund Reports,  approve the interfund transfer, and approve the fundraising report.  Motion carried.

 

ITEM 17. - Adjournment - A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to adjourn the meeting at 7:05 p.m.  Motion carried, all members present voting aye.

 

The next Regular Board Meeting will be Monday, January 13th at 6:00 p.m. at the School Administration Office Board Room.  Board Meetings are subject to change dependent upon need.

 

 

Attest:

 

 

Cathi Hildebrand, Secretary                                     Beth Van Diest, President 

cathi_hildebra… Tue, 01/14/2020 - 10:06

Minutes - 2020.01.13

Minutes - 2020.01.13

The Board of Directors of the Webster City Community School District in the counties of Hamilton, Webster and Wright, State of Iowa, met in regular session Monday, January 13, 2020, in the School Administration Building, Webster City, Iowa.

ITEM 1. – Call to Order – The Board President called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

ITEM 2. – Roll Call – Members answering roll call were Ms. Van Diest, Mr. Patterson, Mr. Stroner, Mr. Pruismann and Ms. Williams.  Also present were members of the media and other interested parties. 

ITEM 3. – Approval of Agenda – It was moved by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the agenda as written.  Motion carried.

ITEM 4. – Open Comment to the Board – There was none.

ITEM 5. – Mentoring Program Presentation – Emily Loughry, Webster City Mentoring Program Coordinator and Feleecia Watkins, YSS Mentoring Program Coordinator, presented the Board with information on the new Youth Mentoring Program at Webster City.  The program was established to help 4th and 5th graders with the transition from elementary school to middle school and has been a huge success.  Currently there are 4 students matched with 4 mentors at Sunset Heights Elementary and 5 students matched with 5 mentors at the Middle School.

ITEM 6. – Discussion Items

  1. IASB Day on the Hill – Dr. Ross informed the Board on an upcoming “Day on the Hill” to be held on January 28th from 9-4 and asked them to let her or Cathi Hildebrand know if they plan to attend.
  2. Kindergarten Round Up – Mindy Mossman, Pleasant View Elementary Principal, and Jessica Hector, Northeast Hamilton Elementary Principal, presented the Board with information on the upcoming Kindergarten Round Up which will be held in April.  In 2020-2021 the District will have 5 sections of Kindergarten at Pleasant View Elementary and 2 sections at Northeast Hamilton Elementary.

ITEM 7. – Action Items

  1. Education Contract – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the education contract for student services with Mason City Community School District.  Motion carried.
  2. 28E Agreement – A motion was made by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the 28E agreement with South Hamilton Community School District for shared TAG teacher.  Motion carried.
  3. Gifts – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to accept the donation of Yoga Mats and Storage Bins from Shanti Rejuvenation Center.  Motion carried.
  4. First Reading of Board Policy 504.2 Student Organizations – A motion was made by Ms. Williams, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the first reading of Board Policy 504.2.  Motion carried.
  5. Second Reading of Board Policies 501.5 and 701 – A motion was made by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the second reading of Board Policies 501.5 Attendance Center Assignment and 701 Fiscal Management.  Motion carried.
  6. AEA Lease Agreement – A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 AEA Lease Agreement addendums.  Motion carried.
  7. Fundraising Requests – A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve Northeast Hamilton Elementary Carnival; Pleasant View and Sunset Heights Elementary Cookie Dough Fundraiser; and the High School Band Boosters’ Bake Sale and Silent Auction.  Motion Carried.
  8. School Budget Review Committee (SBRC) Modified Allowable Growth for Dropout Prevention – A motion was made by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the SBRC Modified Allowable Growth request for Dropout Prevention in the amount of $611,257.  Motion carried.
  9. Iowa Local Government Risk Pool – A motion was made by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the resolution to join the Iowa Local Government Risk Pool Education Energy Group Program.  Roll was called.  Members answering aye: Van Diest, Patterson, Stroner, Pruismann, and Williams.  Members answering nay: none.  Motion carried.
    • Early Retirement – Applications and Resignations - A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve Early Retirement applications and resignations at the end of the current school year from Kathy Davis, Alternative High School Teacher; Catherine Schroeder, High School P.E. Teacher, Sue Jaycox, High School Guidance Secretary; Sally Greenfield, High School Guidance Counselor; and Cathi Hildebrand, SBO/Board Secretary.  Motion carried.

ITEM 8. – Personnel

  1. Contract Recommendations – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve contracts with Chris Blunk, Title I Reading; Tiffany Landrum, ELL; Sara Brock, Paraeducator; and Michelle Lovelace, Mentor.  Motion Carried.

ITEM 9.  – Other

  1. Items from the Board
    • Mr. Pruismann reported he had been asked about 2018-2019 yearbooks.  Dr. Ross will look into the matter.
  2. Items from Dr. Ross
    • Dr. Ross reported the informal Board meeting with Stratford Board will be held at 4:30 on Wednesday, January 15th.  Ms. Williams and Mr. Patterson will be representing our Board.
    • In preparation for negotiations, Dr. Ross will be sending out a Doodle poll to look at dates.  This year Ms. Van Diest and Mr. Stroner will work with WCEA negotiations and Mr. Patterson and Mr. Pruismann will work with WCESA negotiations.
    • Dr. Ross will be looking at dates in February or March for a Facilities work session.

ITEM 10. – Consent Items – It was moved by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the minutes of the December 9, 2019 Board Meeting, payment of the bills and claims as listed at the close of these minutes, to approve General, Schoolhouse, Lunch and Activity Fund Reports, approve the interfund transfer, and approve the fundraising report.  Motion carried.

ITEM 11. – Adjournment - A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to adjourn the meeting at 7:10 p.m.  Motion carried, all members present voting aye.

The next Regular Board Meeting will be Monday, January 27th at 6:00 p.m. at the School Administration Office Board Room.  Board Meetings are subject to change dependent upon need.

 

Attest:

Cathi Hildebrand, Secretary                                     Beth Van Diest, President 

cathi_hildebra… Tue, 01/14/2020 - 10:16

Minutes - 2020.01.27

Minutes - 2020.01.27

January 27, 2020

 

The Board of Directors of the Webster City Community School District in the counties of Hamilton, Webster and Wright, State of Iowa, met in regular session Monday, January 27, 2020, in the School Administration Building, Webster City, Iowa.

 

ITEM 1. – Call to Order – The Board President called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

 

ITEM 2. – Roll Call – Members answering roll call were Ms. Van Diest, Mr. Patterson, Mr. Stroner, Mr. Pruismann, and Ms. Williams.  Also present were members of the media and other interested parties.

 

ITEM 3. – Approval of Agenda – It was moved by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the agenda as written.  Motion carried.

 

ITEM 4. – Open Comment to the Board – There was none.

 

ITEM 5. – Discussion Items

  1. 2020-2021 School Calendar – The Board was given a draft copy of the 2020-2021 for their review.

 

ITEM 6. – Action Items

  1. Education Contract – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve an education contract for student services with Mason City Community School District.  Motion carried.
  2. Second Reading of Board Policy 504.2 – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the second reading of Board Policy 504.2 Student Organizations.  Motion carried.
  3. Fundraising Requests – A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve fundraising requests by Northeast Hamilton Elementary’s 5th and 6th Grade to hold a chili supper to raise money for their Iowa History Field Trip; High School Vocal Boosters’ Singing Valentines; Band Booster sale of bracelets at the February 25 Jazz Band Concert in support of a High School student’s fight against cancer; and High School Cheerleaders to hold a Youth Cheer Camp.  Motion carried.

 

ITEM 7. – Personnel

  1. Contract Recommendations – A motion was made by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the resignation of Breanne Lesher as JV Volleyball Coach and approve the appointment of Brandon Moore, Maintenance Technician.  Motion carried.

 

ITEM 8. - Other

  1. Items from the Board
    • Linda Williams asked the Board for their approval to Skype into the meeting on February 24th as she will be out of town.
    • Linda Williams asked if the joint meetings with Stratford Board are still necessary as Dr. Ross is the Superintendent for both Districts and keeps both Boards informed.
  2. Item from Dr. Ross
    • Dr. Ross thanked Ms. Williams and Mr. Patterson for attending the joint meeting with Stratford Board on Wednesday, January 15th.
    • Dr. Ross reported the Iowa School Performance Profile will be coming out on January 28th.
    • Dr. Ross reported on the MTSS conference 6 of our staff attended last week.  What was learned will be shared at the Admin Team meeting on Tuesday.

 

ITEM 9.  - Consent Items – It was moved by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the minutes of the January 13, 2020 Board Meeting.  Motion carried.

 

ITEM 9. – Adjournment - A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to adjourn the meeting at 6:25 p.m.  Motion carried, all members present voting aye.

 

Following the regular Board meeting, the Board met in an exempt session on Negotiations.  Negotiating sessions, strategy meetings of public employers or employee organizations, mediation and the deliberative process of arbitration.  Iowa Code 20.17(3).

 

The next Regular Board Meeting will be Monday, February 10th at 6:00 p.m. at the School Administration Office Board Room.

 

 

Attest:

 

 

 

Cathi Hildebrand, Secretary                                     Beth Van Diest, President 

cathi_hildebra… Fri, 01/31/2020 - 12:55

Minutes - 2020.02.10

Minutes - 2020.02.10

February 10, 2020

 

The Board of Directors of the Webster City Community School District in the counties of Hamilton, Webster and Wright, State of Iowa, met in regular session Monday, February 10, 2020, in the School Administration Building, Webster City, Iowa.

 

ITEM 1. – Call to Order – The Board President called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

 

ITEM 2. – Roll Call – Members answering roll call were Ms. Van Diest, Mr. Patterson, Mr. Pruismann and Ms. Williams.  Also present were members of the media and other interested parties.  Mr. Stroner was absent.

 

ITEM 3. – Approval of Agenda – It was moved by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the agenda with the addition of Personnel.  Motion carried.

 

ITEM 4. – Open Comment to the Board – There was none.

 

ITEM 5. – High School Course Updates Presentation – Jama Hisler, Director of Teaching and Learning, and Dan Johnson, High School Principal, presented the Board with information on changes to curriculum offerings for the 2020-2021 school year.

 

ITEM 6. – Action Items

  1. Course Updates – A motion was made by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the High School Course Updates.  Motion carried
  2. 2020-2021 School Calendar – A motion was made by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the 2020-2021 School Calendar, option B.  Motion carried
  3. School Pointe Website Redesign Contract – A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the School Pointe Website Redesign Contract.  Motion carried.
  4. Protective Equipment Funds Transfer – A motion was made by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the Protective Equipment Funds Transfer from General Fund to Activity Fund in the amount of $1,569.64.  Motion carried.
  5. Fundraising Requests – A motion was made by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve Prom Donation request letters sent to Junior parents; Webster City Rocketry Trivia Night II; and Middle School “un-fundraiser”.  Motion carried.
  6. Facilities Use Agreement – A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the Central Iowa Chiefs to utilize the Northeast Hamilton Elementary Football Field.  Motion carried.
  7. Education Contract – A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the education contracts for student services with Manson Northwest Webster Community School District.  Motion carried.
  8. Board Policy 900 Series Community Relations 1st Reading – A motion was made by Ms. Williams, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the 1st reading of Board Policy 900 Series Community Relations.  Motion carried.

 

ITEM 7. – Personnel – A motion was made by Ms. Williams, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the voluntary transfer for Michael Ross from Teacher Leader to First Grade for 2020-2021 school year.  Motion carried.

 

ITEM 8. - Other

  1. Items from the Board – There were none.
  2. Items from Dr. Ross
    • Dr. Ross reported she has started her mid-year “Chats with the Superintendent”.  She plans to meet in all buildings before the end of February.
    • Dr. Ross reported she has started a monthly staff newsletter.
    • Dr. Ross asked the Board about having a work session after the February 24th Board meeting to discuss facilities.  The Board agreed.
    • Dr. Ross wished belated happy birthday wishes to Board President, Beth Van Diest.

 

ITEM 9. – Consent Items – It was moved by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the minutes of the January 27, 2020 Board Meeting, payment of the bills and claims as listed at the close of these minutes, to approve General, Schoolhouse, Lunch and Activity Fund Reports, approve the interfund transfer, and approve the fundraising report.  Motion carried.

 

ITEM 10.  – Adjournment - A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to adjourn the meeting at 7:20 p.m.  Motion carried, all members present voting aye.

 

The next Regular Board Meeting will be Monday, February 24th at 6:00 p.m. at the School Administration Office Board Room.  Board Meetings are subject to change dependent upon need.

 

 

Attest:

 

 

Cathi Hildebrand, Secretary                                        Beth Van Diest, President        

cathi_hildebra… Mon, 02/17/2020 - 07:46

Minutes - 2020.02.24

Minutes - 2020.02.24

February 24, 2020

 

The Board of Directors of the Webster City Community School District in the counties of Hamilton, Webster and Wright, State of Iowa, met in regular session Monday, February 24, 2020, in the School Administration Building, Webster City, Iowa.

 

ITEM 1. – Call to Order – The Board President called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

 

ITEM 2. – Roll Call – Members answering roll call were Ms. Van Diest, Mr. Patterson, Mr. Stroner, Mr. Pruismann, and Ms. Williams, via telephone.  Also present were members of the media and other interested parties.

 

ITEM 3. – Approval of Agenda – It was moved by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the agenda with voluntary transfer added under personnel and item 9c tabled until a future Board meeting.  Motion carried.

 

Beth Van Diest, Board President, read a statement to the public addressing the process for updating Board Policies each year.

 

ITEM 4. – Open Comment to the Board – Several members of the community stated their concern about raising prices for building use.  The Board responded this has always been in Board policy.  The Board is still looking into how other districts charge for building use and this will be addressed at a future meeting.

 

ITEM 5.  - WCEA Initial Proposal – Trish Bahrenfuss, bargaining committee member, presented the Board with the initial bargaining proposal from the Webster City Education Association for 2020-2021.  The Association is asking for a salary increase of 4.72%, several language changes, and for the contract to be in effect from July 1, 2020 thru June 30, 2023.

ITEM 6. – WCESA Initial Proposal – Dr. Ross presented the Board with the initial bargaining proposal from the Webster City Educational Services Association.  The Association is asking for all salary schedules to increase by $1.00 on base for food services, secretary, para-educators, and custodial; and transportation base shall increase by $100; all employees shall advance on step for 2020-2021.

 

ITEM 7.  - Prairie Lakes AEA Overview – Jeff Herzberg, AEA Chief Administrator, presented the Board with information on staff and services provided by Prairie Lakes Area Education Association.

 

ITEM 8. - Discussion Items – There were none.

 

ITEM 9 - Action Items

  1. Gifts – Hy-Vee – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve accepting a donation of $130 and reduced pricing on goods supporting the WCMS Winter Attendance Initiative.  Motion carried.
  2. Second Reading of Board Policy Series 900 – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the second reading of Board Policies Series 900, omitting 902.1 and 902.4.  Motion carried.
  3. First Reading of Board Policy 906.1 Community Use of District Facilities & Equipment. – This item was tabled and will be discussed at a future Board meeting.
  4. Fundraising Request – A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner to approve the Prom Bowling Marathon.  Motion carried.

 

ITEM 10. - Personnel

  1. Contract Recommendations – A motion was made by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Mr. Stroner to approve the following:
    • Resignation of Megan Ginther, 7th Grade Assistant Volleyball Coach.
    • Recommendation of appointment for Kathy Biere, School Business Official/Board Secretary, effective July 1, 2020.
    • Recommendation of voluntary transfer of Deb Dunham to the Title I vacancy.

Motion carried.

 

ITEM 11. – Other

  1. Items from the Board
    • Mr. Stroner asked for the Board minutes to be emailed to Board members following each meeting.
  2. Items from Dr. Ross
    • Dr. Ross made a clarification regarding professional development days for the 2020-2021 school year which will be 1 full day each month during the months of September, October, January, February, April, and May.  There will not be a professional development day in November, December or March.
    • Dr. Ross congratulated the Webster City wrestlers for going to State, especially Cam Phetxoumphone for winning his weight division.
    • Dr. Ross presented the Board with a flyer promoting Webster City Community Schools.  The District will be participating in a job fair at Iowa State University on Monday, March 2nd and these will be handed out there and they are available at the Administration building.

 
ITEM 12.  - Consent Items – It was moved by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the minutes of the February 10, 2020 Board Meeting.  Motion carried.

 

ITEM 13. – Adjournment - A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to adjourn the meeting at 6:46 p.m.  Motion carried, all members present voting aye.

 

Following the regular Board meeting, the Board met in a work session on District Facilities.  No action was taken during the work session and the session was open to the public.

 

The next Regular Board Meeting will be Monday, March 9th at 6:00 p.m. at the School Administration Office Board Room.

 

cathi_hildebra… Tue, 02/25/2020 - 12:55

Minutes - 2020.03.09

Minutes - 2020.03.09

March 9, 2020

 

The Board of Directors of the Webster City Community School District in the counties of Hamilton, Webster and Wright, State of Iowa, met in regular session Monday, March 9, 2020, in the School Administration Building, Webster City, Iowa.

 

ITEM 1. – Call to Order – The Board President called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

 

ITEM 2. – Roll Call – Members answering roll call were Ms. Van Diest, Mr. Patterson, Mr. Stroner, Mr. Pruismann and Ms. Williams.  Also present were members of the media and other interested parties.

 

ITEM 3. – Approval of Agenda – It was moved by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the agenda as written.  Motion carried.

 

ITEM 4. – Open Comment to the Board – The Board was presented with a letter from a parent stating concerns with recent events at the High School.

 

ITEM 5. – Discussion Items – There were none.

 

ITEM 6. – Student Recognition

  1. High School Wrestling – Chad Hisler, Head High School Wrestling Coach, recognized two of his state qualifiers, Nick Gasca and Cam Phetxoumphone who was undefeated in the season and the 6th Webster City state champion.  The Board congratulated them on their accomplishments.

 

ITEM 7. – Action Items

  1. Riverview Property – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to authorize Administration to take action to consider options related to the sale of the Riverview property.  Motion carried.
  2. Fundraising Request – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the Band Boosters to sell t-shirts in support of a High School student’s fight against cancer.  Motion carried.
  3. Board’s Initial Proposal to Webster City Education Association – Dr. Ross read the Board’s initial contract proposal to Webster City Education Association which includes a total package increase of 2.22%.
  4. Board’s Initial Proposal to WCESA – Dr. Ross read the Board’s initial contract proposal to Webster City Educational Services Association which includes a total package increase of 2.42%.

 

ITEM 8. - Personnel

  1. Contract Recommendations - A motion was made by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the following:
    • Resignation of Denice Meyer, Nurse’s Secretary.
    • Recommendation of appointments for : 
      1. Greta Nelson - Spring Play Advisor
      2. Emily Pruismann – Kindergarten
      3. Melissa Plagge – High School P.E.
      4. Marta Paukert – High School Guidance Counselor

  Motion carried.

 

ITEM 9. – Other

  1. Items from the Board
    • Mr. Stroner asked if there were any new updates on the Coronavirus.  Dr. Ross is monitoring the situation with the help of Lea Ahrens and Cindi Sweedler, school nurses.
  2. Items from Dr. Ross
    • Dr. Ross thanked the students and staff from the High School for meeting with her last week.
    • Dr. Ross reported she is monitoring the Coronavirus situation and has sent information out to parents and staff and will update as situations warrant.
    • Dr. Ross attended the Career Academy in Eagle Grove Superintendents’ meeting last Friday.  She reported that they will be offering a Computer Science program via Zoom next year.
    • Dr. Ross and Mindy Mossman attended the Iowa State Job Fair on March 2nd promoting our District and Community.
    • Next Wednesday Dr. Ross will be attending a “Listening” meeting hosted by the City of Webster City.
    • Dr. Ross reported the Mentoring program recently received a gift from the Rotary Club.

 

ITEM 10.  – Consent Items – It was moved by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the minutes of the February 24, 2020 Board Meeting, payment of the bills and claims as listed at the close of these minutes, to approve General, Schoolhouse, Lunch and Activity Fund Reports, approve the interfund transfer, and approve the fundraising report.  Motion carried.

 

ITEM 11.  – Adjournment - A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to adjourn the meeting at 6:32 p.m.  Motion carried, all members present voting aye.

 

The next Regular Board Meeting will be Monday, March 23rd at 6:00 p.m. at the School Administration Office Board Room.  Board Meetings are subject to change dependent upon need.

 

 

Attest:

 

Cathi Hildebrand, Secretary                                        Beth Van Diest, President        

cathi_hildebra… Tue, 03/10/2020 - 10:35

Minutes - 2020.03.19

Minutes - 2020.03.19

March 19, 2020

 

The Board of Directors of the Webster City Community School District in the counties of Hamilton, Webster and Wright, State of Iowa, met in special session Thursday, March 19, 2020, in the School Administration Building, Webster City, Iowa.

ITEM 1. – Call to Order – The Board Vice President called the meeting to order at 12:00 p.m.

ITEM 2. – Roll Call – Members answering roll call were Mr. Patterson, Mr. Stroner, Mr. Pruismann (via phone) and Ms. Williams (via phone).  Also present were members of the media and other interested parties.  Ms. Van Diest was absent.

ITEM 3. – Approval of Agenda – It was moved by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the agenda as written.  Motion carried.

ITEM 4. – Open Comment to the Board – There was none.

ITEM 5. – Coronavirus Resolution A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the following resolution:

Resolution – Pandemic Response and Emergency Suspension of Policy

WHEREAS, Iowa Code ch. 279.8 authorizes local school boards to govern their respective districts, including adopting policies for their own governance;

WHEREAS the Board has adopted board policies including a policy which allows for the suspension of board policy during extreme emergencies of a very unique nature. 

WHEREAS, on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic;

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, the U.S. President declared a national state of emergency and on March 15, 2020 Governor Reynolds recommended closure of all public and private K-12 schools in Iowa until April 13, 2020, to contain the spread of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, on March 17, 2020, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds declared a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency under the authority granted through Iowa Constitution, Art. IV, §§ 1, 8 and Iowa Code §§ 29C.6(1), 135.140(6), and 135.144 and directed implementation of the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s Iowa Emergency Response Plan in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19);

WHEREAS, most hourly non-exempt employees will be unable to report to work due to the District’s closure and certified contract employees may be asked to work at remote locations to help provide continuity in educational services; and 

WHEREAS, on March 17, 2020, the Iowa Legislature passed and the Governor signed SF2408 granting a waiver of the instructional time requirements in Iowa Code ch. 279.10 for all public school districts closing before April 12, 2020 to prevent or contain the spread of COVID-19; and granting Governor Reynolds the ability to waive instructional time requirements for any public school district which closes on or after April 12, 2020 to prevent or contain the spread of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, the Iowa Department of Education, which has the authority to establish and interpret graduation requirements, and to oversee other crucial aspects of public education is providing written guidance to Iowa school districts on issues related to COVID-19, including but not limited to student attendance, distance/online learning, high school credit, meal distribution, and other issues;

 NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Webster City School Board hereby suspends provisions of its board policies and/or whole policies, as identified by the District Superintendent or designee, if such suspension is necessary to implement written guidance from state or federal agencies relating to containing COVID-19 for the duration identified in the Governor’s State of Public Health Emergency declaration of March 17, 2020, or as otherwise determined by the Board.

 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the District Superintendent will consult with and report to the Board as feasible and appropriate regarding the emergency closure and efforts to implement written guidance from health and government agencies.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the District Superintendent is authorized to close any school facility without further action by the Board of Directors. Such closure shall continue during the emergency created by the COVID-19 pandemic until such time as the District Superintendent, in consultation with appropriate health and government authorities, deems it in the best interests of the District and its students to open schools. 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the District Superintendent is authorized, based upon the needs of the District and guidance from health and government agencies, to direct staff assignments during District closures, including but not limited to essential employees who must report to work, employees who may be reassigned, and employees whose services are not needed.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that access to public school grounds and public school buildings of the District may be limited as directed by the Superintendent during District closures.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified, exempt employees will remain employed during the school closure and until the number of days expressed on the contract have been fulfilled, unless otherwise approved by the Board. Days that contracted employees do not report for duty onsite or from a remote location, due to closure, do not constitute a fulfilled contract day except to the extent those days are forgiven by the District.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that in light of this District-wide emergency closure, the Board authorizes the Superintendent to place hourly non-exempt employees on paid administrative leave and to continue to pay them for up to four weeks during the period of school closure, and the Board shall reevaluate this authority for any school closure lasting longer than four weeks.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that in the interest of public health and/or to comply with federal or state health department recommendations or guidance, the Board may limit the number of people who can physically attend Board meetings and may, instead, encourage the public to attend or listen to its open public meetings via telephone or video conference, live streaming on television and/or the internet and the Board may also limit public comment to written comments.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board reserves the right to adjust board meeting dates, times, and locations during the District-wide emergency closure in a manner consistent with the Open Meetings law, and notes that any or all board members may attend board meetings electronically as permitted by law.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that execution of this Resolution is conclusive evidence of the Board’s approval of this action and of the authority granted herein.  The Board warrants that it has, and at the time of this action had, full power and lawful authority to adopt this instrument. This resolution will remain in full force and effect until it is rescinded or amended by subsequent action of the Board.

Roll was called.

Members answering aye: Patterson, Stroner, Pruismann, and Williams

Members answering nay: None

Motion carried.

ITEM 6. – Set Public Hearing Date for the FY2021 Budget – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Ms. Williams, to set the Public Hearing Date for the FY 2021 Budget on Monday, April 13th.  Motion carried

ITEM 7. – Adjournment - A motion was made by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to adjourn the meeting at  12:42 p.m.  Motion carried, all members present voting aye.

The next Regular Board Meeting will be Monday, April 13rd at 6:00 p.m. at the School Administration Office Board Room.  Board Meetings are subject to change dependent upon need.

Attest:

Cathi Hildebrand, Secretary                                        Eric Patterson, Vice President 

cathi_hildebra… Mon, 03/23/2020 - 09:10

Minutes - 2020.04.13

Minutes - 2020.04.13

April 13, 2020

The Board of Directors of the Webster City Community School District in the counties of Hamilton, Webster and Wright, State of Iowa, met in regular session, via ZOOM Meeting, Monday, April 13, 2020, in the School Administration Building, Webster City, Iowa.

ITEM 1. – Call to Order – The Board President called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

ITEM 2. – Roll Call – Members answering roll call were Ms. Van Diest, Mr. Patterson, Mr. Stroner, Mr. Pruismann and Ms. Williams.  Also present, via ZOOM, were members of the media and other interested parties.

ITEM 3. – Approval of Agenda – It was moved by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the agenda with one action item deleted.  Motion carried.

ITEM 4. – Open Comment to the Board – President Van Diest reminded those in attendance that comments were to be emailed to Dr. Ross prior to the meeting.  Dr. Ross stated there had been no emails.

ITEM 5. – Public Hearing on 2020-2021 Budget – Board President, Beth Van Diest opened the Public Hearing at 6:01 p.m.  Following a short presentation by Cathi Hildebrand, Board Secretary,  the Public Hearing was closed at 6:08 p.m.

ITEM 6. – 2020-2021 Budget Adoption – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Ms. Williams to adopt the 2020-2021 budget as presented.  Motion carried.

ITEM 7. – Budget Guarantee Resolution

Director Pruismann introduced the following resolution and moved its adoption.  Director Patterson seconded the motion to adopt.  The roll was called and the vote was:

AYES: Van Diest, Patterson, Stroner, Pruismann, and Williams                                                                    

NAYS:  None

            The President declared the resolution adopted as follows:

RESOLVED, that the Board of Directors of Webster City Community School District, will levy property tax for fiscal year 2020-2021 for the regular program budget adjustment as allowed under section 257.14, Code of Iowa.

ITEM 8. - Discussion Items – There were none.

ITEM 9. – Action Items

  1. Coronavirus Resolution – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve an updated Coronavirus resolution.  Motion carried.
  2. 2020-2021 Natural Gas Program Contract – A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the Natural Gas Program Contract for 2020-2021.  Motion carried.
  3. AEA Purchasing Agreement – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the AEA Purchasing Agreement for 2020-2021.  Motion carried.
  4. Fixed Asset Inventory Service Contract – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the Fixed Asset Inventory Service Contract with Asset Services.  Motion carried.
  5. Johnson Controls Service Contract – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the Johnson Controls Service Contract.  Motion carried.

ITEM 10. – Personnel

  1. Contract Recommendations - A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the following:
    • Recommendation for Sara Brock, Regional Business Office Accountant.
    • Resignation of Craig Signorin, 9th Girls Basketball Coach.
    • Stipends for Pat Farley, Interim High School Principal; Bob Howard, Interim Activities Director; Michael Ross, Interim Associate High School Principal.

  Motion carried.

ITEM 11. – Other

  1. Items from the Board
    • Mr. Stroner asked for clarification on what time the ZOOM meeting for negotiations would be held on Tuesday and the ID and password to join the meeting. 
    • Mr. Stroner asked for an update on the Food Service meal program.  Dr. Ross reported multiple meals are now being handed out so families don’t have to come each day.  She also reported supplies are becoming harder to get.
  2. Items from Dr. Ross
    • Dr. Ross thanked everyone for participating in our first ZOOM Board Meeting.
    • Dr. Ross reported she had been asked if Board meetings will be held on any additional platforms.  At this time, the plan is to only use ZOOM for future Board meetings.
    • Dr. Ross read a statement thanking employees of the District for stepping up during these challenging times due to the COVID 19 Pandemic.
    • Dr. Ross reported Prom has been postponed.  At this time, it has not been rescheduled.
    • Dr. Ross reported she and Mr. Johnson, High School Principal, will be Zooming with students regarding graduation plans and various options this week.

ITEM 12.  – Consent Items – It was moved by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the minutes of the March 9, and 19, 2020 Board Meetings, payment of the bills and claims as listed at the close of these minutes, to approve General, Schoolhouse, Lunch and Activity Fund Reports, approve the interfund transfer, and approve the fundraising report.  Motion carried.

ITEM 11.  – Adjournment - A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to adjourn the meeting at 6:51 p.m.  Motion carried, all members present voting aye.

 

The next Regular Board Meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 27th at 6:00 p.m. at the School Administration Office Board Room.  Board Meetings are subject to change dependent upon need.

Attest:

Cathi Hildebrand, Secretary                                        Beth Van Diest, President        

cathi_hildebra… Tue, 04/14/2020 - 13:38

Minutes - 2020.04.27

Minutes - 2020.04.27

April 27, 2020

 

The Board of Directors of the Webster City Community School District in the counties of Hamilton, Webster and Wright, State of Iowa, met in regular session, via ZOOM meeting, Monday, April 27, 2020, in the School Administration Building, Webster City, Iowa.

ITEM 1. – Call to Order – The Board President called the meeting to order at 6:02 p.m.

ITEM 2. – Roll Call – Members answering roll call were Ms. Van Diest, Mr. Patterson, Mr. Stroner, Mr. Pruismann, and Ms. Williams.  Also present, via ZOOM, were members of the media and other interested parties.

ITEM 3. – Approval of Agenda – It was moved by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the agenda as written.  Motion carried.

ITEM 4. – Open Comment to the Board – There were none.

ITEM 5.  - Discussion Items 

  1. PreK-8 Reading Curriculum Adoption - Jama Hisler, Director of Teaching and Learning; C.J. Clabaugh, 6th Grade Teacher; Diane Bahrenfuss, 3rd Grade Teacher; and Kristin Hammitt, 1st Grade Teacher, presented the Board with information on a proposed reading adoption.  PreK through 4th grade will be using Fountas & Pinnell Classroom, and 5th grade through 8th grade will be using Lucy Calkins Reading and Writing Units of Study.

ITEM 6. – Action Items

  1. K-8 Reading Curriculum Adoption – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the PreK-8 Reading Adoption as presented.  Motion carried.
  2. Disposal of Curriculum Materials – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the disposal of the old reading series as proposed.  Motion carried.
  3. Coronavirus Resolution - A motion was made by Ms. Williams, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve an updated Coronavirus resolution.  Motion carried.
  4. High School grading during the Pandemic – A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the high school grading plan as proposed.  Motion carried.  Students will be given the option to take a letter grade or a “pass/incomplete” grade. 
  5. Tentative Agreement with WCEA – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the tentative agreement with Webster City Education Association with a total package increase of 2.81%.  Motion carried.
  6. Tentative Agreement with WCESA – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the tentative agreement with Webster City Educational Services Association with a total package increase of 3.41%.  Motion carried.
  7. Computer Information Concepts Contract – A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the contract with Computer Information Concepts for ISASP assessment import.  Motion carried.
  8. School Bus Bid – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the bus bid from School Bus Sales, Inc. for a 30 passenger bus in the amount of $67,956.00.  Motion carried.
  9. Audit RFP – A motion was made by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the Request for Proposal from Nolte, Cornman, and Johnson, PC for audit services for 2020, 2021, and 2022.  Motion carried.
  10. Gifts – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to accept gifts to the District of M and M’s, hot dogs, cheese dogs, buns, and candy from Yes Way and weight training equipment from DS Consulting Services.  Motion carried.
  11. FEH Contract – A motion was made by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the contract with FEH Design for project evaluations.  Motion carried.
  12. YSS Contract – A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the annual Youth and Shelter Services contract.   Motion carried.

ITEM 7.  – Other

  1. Items from the Board – There were none.
  2. Items from Dr. Ross
    • Dr. Ross reported the District is required to file a “Return to Learn” plan to the Department of Education by July 1st.  The plan will be presented to the Board in June.
    • Dr. Ross thanked Mark Murphy and the Technology Department for making parts for face shields with the District’s 3-D printer.  The parts were delivered to the AEA and will be used to complete PPE face shields.

ITEM 8. - Consent Items – It was moved by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the minutes of the April 13, 2020 Board Meeting.  Motion carried.

ITEM 9 - Adjournment - A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Ms. Williams, to adjourn the meeting at 7:10 p.m.  Motion carried, all members present voting aye.

The next Regular Board Meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 11th at 6:00 p.m. at the School Administration Office Board Room.   Board Meetings are subject to change dependent upon need.

Attest:

Cathi Hildebrand, Secretary                                     Beth Van Diest, President 

cathi_hildebra… Wed, 04/29/2020 - 06:51

Minutes - 2020.05.11

Minutes - 2020.05.11

May 11, 2020

 

The Board of Directors of the Webster City Community School District in the counties of Hamilton, Webster and Wright, State of Iowa, met in regular session, via ZOOM Meeting, Monday, May 11, 2020, in the School Administration Building, Webster City, Iowa.

ITEM 1. – Call to Order – The Board Vice President called the meeting to order at 6:04 p.m.

ITEM 2. – Roll Call – Members answering roll call were Mr. Patterson, Mr. Stroner, Mr. Pruismann and Ms. Williams.  Also present, via ZOOM, were members of the media and other interested parties.  Ms. Van Diest was absent.

ITEM 3. – Approval of Agenda – It was moved by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the agenda with three additions.  Motion carried.

ITEM 4. – Open Comment to the Board – There were none.

ITEM 5. – The month of May is School Board Appreciation Month.  Ms. Hildebrand told the Board that their certificates of appreciation were emailed to them, and she thanked them for their service.  Dr. Ross also thanked the Board for their hard work and dedication to make our District better. 

ITEM 6. – Discussion Items

  1. Tentative 2020-2021 Graduation List - Dr. Ross presented the Board with the tentative graduation list of 117 seniors for the class of 2020.  A motion was made by Ms. Williams, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the list of 2020 graduates.  Motion carried.

ITEM 7. – Action Items

  1. Principal and Interest Payment Authorization – A motion was made by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Mr. Stroner , to approve a principal and interest payment in the amount of $886,681.26.  Motion carried.
  2. Propane Bids – A motion was made by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the Propane Bid by Innovative Ag Services for 2020-2021 school year.  Motion carried.
  3. Non-Bargaining Salaries – A motion was made by Ms. Williams, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the Non-Bargaining salaries for 2020-2021 school year.  Motion carried.
  4. 2020-2021 Lunch Prices – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the 2020-2021 lunch prices as presented.  Motion carried.
  5. 2020-2021 Student Fees – A motion was made by Ms. Williams, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the 2020-2021 student fees as presented.  Motion carried.
  6. June and July, 2020 Board Meeting Dates – A motion was made by Ms. Williams, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve June 8, 2020 and July 13, 2020 Board Meeting Dates.  Motion carried.

ITEM 8. - Personnel

  1. Contract Recommendations - A motion was made by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the following:
    • Recommendation for Marsha Halbach, 5th Grade; Danyell Artley, Hamilton High Teacher; C.J. Clabaugh, 5-12 Language Arts/Social Studies Instructional Coach; and Carrie Turner, Regional Business Office Accountant.
    • Resignation of Lance Baetsle, High School Science; Tiffany Landrum, ELL; Sarah Holm, 2nd Grade, Middle School Track, 8th Girls Basketball; Elise Kesten, Middle School Vocal Music; Diane Riedemann, Preschool; Brandi Martin, Sunset Heights Para/Secretary.

Motion carried.

ITEM 9. – Other

  1. Item from Dr. Ross
    • Dr. Ross reported she and Dan Johnson, High School Principal, have met with seniors to discuss graduation.  Tentative plans are to hold a traditional graduation on June 28th or July 26th
    • Plans are in process for vinyl banners with pictures of each graduate and would be displayed on 2nd Street prior to graduation.
    • Mr. Johnson and the high school staff are working on a “virtual” awards ceremony which will be aired on WCTV on May 19th.
    • Dr. Ross reported incoming calls have been returned back to each building.  When the public calls a building, someone at that building will be answering the call instead of someone at the Administration Building.
    • The Administration Building has started summer hours.  The building is open Monday through Thursday and closed on Fridays.
    • Dr. Ross attended a Zoom meeting with the Iowa Department of Education on Friday explaining the “Return to Learn” plan that has to be submitted to the DE by July 1st.  The administrative team is starting to look at options.  The plan will be presented to the Board in June.  The Board may need to amend the school calendar as part of that plan.
  2. Items from the Board
    • Mr. Stroner reported the Legion will be taping their Memorial Day Celebration and it will be played on KQWC and suggested a similar plan could be used for senior graduation?
    • Mr. Pruismann suggested we look into putting decals on our bleachers for fall sports to address social distancing.  Those in attendance would only be allowed to sit where the decals are.
    • Mr. Stroner asked if there were any updates from the Governor.  Dr. Ross reported there have been no school related updates at this time.

ITEM 10. – Consent Items – It was moved by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the minutes of the April 27, 2020 Board Meetings, payment of the bills and claims as listed at the close of these minutes, to approve General, Schoolhouse, Lunch and Activity Fund Reports, approve the interfund transfer, and approve the fundraising report.  Motion carried.

ITEM 11. - Superintendent Evaluation – Closed Session 21.5 (i) To Evaluate the Professional Competency of an Individual Whose Appointment, Hiring, Performance or Discharge is Being Considered When Necessary to Prevent Needless and Irreparable Injury to That Individual’s Reputation and That Individual Requests a Closed Session – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to go into closed session at 6:56 p.m..  Roll was called, members answering aye: Patterson, Stroner, Pruismann, and Williams.  Members answering nay: none.

The Board came out of closed session at 7:59 p.m.

ITEM 12.  – Superintendent Contract – Mr. Stroner made a statement to the public that Dr. Ross had offered to take a salary freeze due to the current pandemic situation, however, he made a motion, which was seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to award a salary increase of 3% to Dr. Ross for the 2020-2021 school year.  Motion carried.

ITEM 13.  – Adjournment - A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Ms. Williams, to adjourn the meeting at 8:03 p.m.  Motion carried, all members present voting aye.

The next Regular Board Meeting will be Monday, June 8 at 6:00 p.m. at the School Administration Office Board Room.  Board Meetings are subject to change dependent upon need.

Attest:

Cathi Hildebrand, Secretary                                        Eric Patterson, Vice President 

cathi_hildebra… Tue, 05/12/2020 - 09:05

Minutes - 2020.05.26

Minutes - 2020.05.26

May 26, 2020

The Board of Directors of the Webster City Community School District in the counties of Hamilton, Webster and Wright, State of Iowa, met in regular session, via ZOOM Meeting, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in the School Administration Building, Webster City, Iowa.

ITEM 1. – Call to Order – The Board President called the meeting to order at 6:03 p.m.

ITEM 2. – Roll Call – Members answering roll call were Ms. Van Diest, Mr. Patterson, Mr. Pruismann and Ms. Williams.  Also present, via ZOOM, were members of the media and other interested parties.  Mr. Stroner was absent.

ITEM 3. – Approval of Agenda – It was moved by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the agenda with one additional personnel item added.  Motion carried.

ITEM 4. – Open Comment to the Board – There were none.

ITEM 5. – Discussion Items – There were none.

ITEM 6. – Action Items

  1. COVID19 Early Retirement Plan – A motion was made by Ms. Williams, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the COVID 19 Early Retirement Plan for both Certified and Classified staff for 2019-2020 school year.  Motion carried.
  2. Administration Salaries – A motion was made by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the Administration Salaries for 2020-2021 school year.  Motion carried.

ITEM 7. - Personnel

  1. Contract Recommendations - A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the following:
    • Recommendations of:  Travis Balt, Middle School Vocal; Kaitlyn Stroup, 2nd Grade; Ana Halvorsen, Preschool ECSE; Katie Jacobson, High School Science; Sara Brock, Sunset Heights Paraeducator/Secretary; Dawn Trujillo, Nurse Secretary; Craig Signorin, Assistant 8th Grade Girls Basketball Coach; Melissa Plagge, 9th Grade Girls Basketball Coach; Megan Kosta-Dietz, Lego League Coach; Cathy Dingman, Lego League Coach.
    • Resignations from:  Amberly HabHab, Middle School Art; Chelsie Shimek, 6th Grade; Kathryn Jass, Middle School Special Education; Jordan Moen, Pleasant View Paraeducator; Jessica Butterfield Bailey, Pleasant View Part-Time Secretary; Sandy Crim, High School Paraeducator.  Motion carried.

ITEM 8. – Other

  1. Items from Dr. Ross
    • Dr. Ross reported that work is being done for the “Return to Learn” plan.  Four work groups will work on different parts.  She is collecting input from teachers through a survey as well as representation on each committee.  Students and parents will have the opportunity to provide input via a survey letter.
    • Dr. Ross reported Governor Reynolds announced Baseball and Softball can begin on June 1st.  Joe Shanks, Activities Director, presented the Board with guidance from the Department of Education and answered questions from the Board on the processes to keep everyone safe.
  2. Items from the Board
    • Ms. Williams questioned a 7th grade Math test given to students.  This test was optional for any student wishing to take Algebra in 8th grade.
    • Ms. Williams asked if there were sets of textbooks in the classrooms.  Jama Hisler, Director of Teaching and Learning, reported there are.
    • Mr. Patterson asked if the Board needed to approve beginning Baseball and Softball on June 1st.  Dr. Ross responded the Board did not need to approve.  However, each family could determine whether to let their student participate.

ITEM 9. – Consent Items – It was moved by Ms. Williams, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the minutes of the May 11, 2020 Board Meeting.  Motion carried.

ITEM 10.  – Adjournment - A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Ms. Williams, to adjourn the meeting at 6:38 p.m.  Motion carried, all members present voting aye.

The next Regular Board Meeting will be Thursday, June 11 at 6:00 p.m. at the School Administration Office Board Room.  Board Meetings are subject to change dependent upon need.

Attest:

Cathi Hildebrand, Secretary                                        Beth Van Diest, President      

cathi_hildebra… Wed, 05/27/2020 - 21:03

Minutes - 2020.06.11

Minutes - 2020.06.11

June 11, 2020

The Board of Directors of the Webster City Community School District in the counties of Hamilton, Webster and Wright, State of Iowa, met in regular session, via Zoom Meeting, Thursday, June 11, 2020, in the School Administration Building, Webster City, Iowa.

ITEM 1. – Call to Order – The Board President called the meeting to order at 6:05 p.m.

ITEM 2. – Roll Call – Members answering roll call were Ms. Van Diest, Mr. Patterson, Mr. Stroner, and Mr. Pruismann.  Also present, via Zoom, were members of the media and other interested parties.  Ms. Williams was absent.

ITEM 3. – Approval of Agenda – It was moved by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the agenda with one addition under personnel.  Motion carried.

ITEM 4. – Open Comment to the Board – There were none.

ITEM 5. – Discussion Items

  1. Baseball and softball health rules – Joe Shanks, Activities Director, and Dr. Jim Kumm, Athletic Trainer, presented the Board with information regarding protocols, rules and regulations for softball and baseball to resume this spring.
  2. Mighty Trojan Childcare Center update – Jessica Hector, Northeast Hamilton Elementary Principal, presented the Board with information on the challenges and concerns with staffing at the Mighty Trojan Childcare Center.

ITEM 6. – Action Items

  1. Mighty Trojan Childcare Center – A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the 2020-2021 rates for the Mighty Trojan Childcare Center.  Motion carried.
  2. Principal and Interest Payment Authorization – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the principal and interest payment in the amount of $157,606.25.  Motion carried.

Due to technical difficulties, Mr. Patterson took over the meeting at this point.

  1. 2020-2021 Substitute Pay Rates – A motion was made by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the substitute pay rates for 2020-2021 as presented.  Motion carried.
  2. Webster City Community School Foundation Mini Grants – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to accept the Webster City Community School Foundation Mini Grant awards in the amount of $31,204.20.  Motion carried.
  3. COVID 19 Early Retirement – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve COVID 19 early retirement requests by JoAnn Darling, Bus Driver; Denice Meyer, Nurse’s Secretary; Rusty Bever, Middle School Paraeducator; Deb Adams, High School Life Management teacher; and Trudy Elwood, High School Paraeducator.  Motion carried
  4. Fundraising Requests – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve fundraiser requests by Softball to sell Little League discount cards, and Cheerleading to sell paw prints and yard signs.  Motion carried.
  5. June 30, 2020 Bills and Claims – A motion was made by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve Ms. Van Diest approving a final list of bills and claims on June 30th for the 2019-2020 school year.  Motion carried.
  6. Protective EquipmentTransfer – A motion was made by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve a transfer from general fund to activity fund in the amount of $200.85 for protective equipment.  Motion carried.
  7. Pepsi Contract Amendment – A motion was made by Ms. Van Diest, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the Pepsi contract amendment.  Motion carried.
  8. Apple iPad and MacBook Lease Agreement – A motion was made by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Ms. Van Diest, to approve the Apple iPad and MacBook lease agreement.  Motion carried.
  9. Riverview Lease Extension – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the 3 month extension of the Riverview lease agreement.  Motion carried.
  10. Gifts – Bayer Fund – A motion was made by Ms. Van Diest, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to accept the gift from Bayer Fund on behalf of Brent Holtkamp in the amount of $2,500.  Motion carried.
  11. First Reading of Board Policy 304.1 Administrative Positions – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Ms. Van Diest, to approve the first reading of Board policy 304.1, Administrative Positions.  Motion carried.
  12. 2020-2021 Bread and Milk Bids – A motion was made by Ms. Van Diest, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve AE Dairy for milk and Pan O Gold bakery for bread for the 2020-2021 school year.  Motion carried.

ITEM 7. – Personnel – A motion was made by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Ms. Van Diest, to approve the following:

  1. Contract Recommendations – Rafferty Naughton, 6th grade teacher; Kaleen Simmons, 6th grade teacher; Kala Thury, 50% Middle School Band; Nabidt Martinez, Pleasant View Paraeducator; Derek Turner, Head Varsity Cross Country Coach; and Joe Lambert, Assistant Varsity Cross Country Coach.
  2. Resignation – Ashton Reams, Middle School Band

Motion carried.

ITEM 8. – Other

  1. Items from Dr. Ross
  • Dr. Ross reminded the Board that graduation will be held on Sunday, June 28th at 2:00 p.m.  All participates should wear facemasks and only 4 people per graduate will be allowed to attend.
  • Staff continues to work on the plan for starting school in the fall.
  • Dr. Ross encouraged everyone to complete the State technology survey.  A link is on the school’s webpage.
  • Wi-Fi has been installed at Northeast Hamilton Elementary and at the High School and is accessible in the parking lots.
  • Dr. Ross reminded everyone that school facilities continue to be closed until the end of June with the exception of Softball and Baseball.
  1. Items from the Board
    • Ms. Van Diest asked about graduation.  Music for the ceremony will be recorded and students will walk across the stage with some modifications.
    • Mr. Stroner asked if there was any more interest in the old administration building.  Dr. Ross reported not at this time.

ITEM 9. – Consent Items – It was moved by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the minutes of the May 26, 2020 Board Meetings, payment of the bills and claims as listed at the close of these minutes, to approve General, Schoolhouse, Lunch and Activity Fund Reports, approve the interfund transfer, and approve the fundraising report.  Motion carried.

ITEM 10. – Adjournment - A motion was made by Ms. Van Diest, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to adjourn the meeting at 7:26 p.m.  Motion carried, all members present voting aye.

The next Regular Board Meeting will be Monday, July 13 at 6:00 p.m. at the School Administration Office Board Room.  Board Meetings are subject to change dependent upon need.

 

Attest:

Cathi Hildebrand, Secretary                                        Eric Patterson, Vice President 

cathi_hildebra… Sat, 06/13/2020 - 16:33

Minutes - 2020.06.29

Minutes - 2020.06.29

June 29, 2020

 

The Board of Directors of the Webster City Community School District in the counties of Hamilton, Webster and Wright, State of Iowa, met in special session, via ZOOM Meeting, June 29, 2020, in the School Administration Building, Webster City, Iowa.

ITEM 1. – Call to Order – The Board President called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

ITEM 2. – Roll Call – Members answering roll call were Ms. Van Diest, Mr. Patterson, Mr. Stroner, Mr. Pruismann and Ms. Williams.  Also present, via ZOOM, were members of the media and other interested parties.

ITEM 3. – Approval of Agenda – It was moved by Ms. Williams, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the agenda with two additional personnel items added.  Motion carried.

Dr. Ross and Mr. Johnson, High School Principal, read statements to apologize for not recognizing students, in abstensia, at the high school graduation ceremony held on Sunday, June 28th.  Mr. Johnson then read the name of each graduate not in attendance on Sunday.

ITEM 4. – Open Comment to the Board – Dr. Ross read an email she received from Tonya Doyle regarding graduation.

ITEM 5. – Discussion Items – There were none.

ITEM 6. – Action Items

  1. Return to Learn Plan – Following a power point presentation, a motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the District’s Return to Learn Plan.  Motion carried.  The plan must be submitted to the Department of Education by July 1, 2020.

ITEM 7. - Personnel

  1. Contract Recommendations - A motion was made by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the following:
    • Resignations from: Stephanie Nokes, Pleasant View Paraeductor; and Chelsea Wagoner, Sunset Heights Paraeducator.
    • Recommendations of: Madison Walker, High School FCS Teacher; Rose Kuderer, Bus Driver; Monica Trujillo, Assistant Middle School Girls Track Coach; Ana Hug, Middle School Band Instructor; and Heidi Kayer, Middle School Art Teacher. 

ITEM 8. – Other

  1. Items from Dr. Ross
    • Dr. Ross reported that she has posted a statement on our new District web page showing guidance from the Iowa Department of Education on reopening school in the fall and will be updated as we receive more information.
    • Dr. Ross reported, as of July 1, 2020, schools are allowed to resume summer activities.  The athletic department is putting procedures in place including social distancing, wearing masks, keeping records of those attending, and working with “pods” of no more than 10 student athletes.
    • Dr. Ross reported the new parts for the lights at the baseball field are in and the lights will be fixed on Tuesday.
  1. Items from the Board
    • Ms. Williams stated she would like to see the school nurses involved in any decisions made regarding whether we should shut down softball or baseball should the need arise.  Cindi Sweedler, Elementary nurse, stated they receive updates regularly from public health.  Dr. Ross thanked Dr. Jim Kumm for his participation in the process, as well.
    • Mr. Pruismann asked for clarification on where the public can access the survey referenced in the Return to Learn presentation.  Dr. Ross stated it will be a Google form sent out through Infinite Campus and will also be available on the District website.

ITEM 9. – Consent Items – It was moved by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the minutes of the June 11, 2020 Board Meeting.  Motion carried.

ITEM 10.  – Adjournment - A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Ms. Williams, to adjourn the meeting at 6:35 p.m.  Motion carried, all members present voting aye.

The next Regular Board Meeting will be Monday, July 13 at 6:00 p.m. at the School Administration Office Board Room.  Board Meetings are subject to change dependent upon need.

Attest:

Cathi Hildebrand, Secretary                                        Beth Van Diest, President      

cathi_hildebra… Tue, 06/30/2020 - 12:26

Minutes - 2020.07.13

Minutes - 2020.07.13

July 13, 2020

The Board of Directors of the Webster City Community School District in the counties of Hamilton, Webster and Wright, State of Iowa, met in regular session, July 13, 2020, in the Middle School Commons, Webster City, Iowa.

ITEM 1. – Call to Order – The Board President called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

ITEM 2. – Roll Call – Members answering roll call were Ms. Van Diest, Mr. Patterson, Mr. Stroner, Mr. Pruismann and Ms. Williams.  Also present were members of the media and other interested parties.  

ITEM 3. – Approval of Agenda – It was moved by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the agenda with the deletion of Board Policy 804.2 Warning System and Emergency Plans and one addition under Contract Recommendations.  Motion carried unanimously.

ITEM 4. – Open Comment to the Board – There was none. 

ITEM 5. – Appointment of Board Secretary – The Board appointed Kathy Biere as Board Secretary.

ITEM 6. – Administration of Oath of Office to Board Secretary – Board President Van Diest administered the Oath of Office to Kathy Biere.

ITEM 7. – Discussion Items -

  1. Return to Learn Plan – Dr. Ross gave a power point presentation regarding the District’s “Return to School” Plan.  The District will have four Models of Learning for the 2020-2021 school year which are:
  • Model 1 – In person learning for all students with mitigation procedures
  • Model 2 – PK-4 students in person learning and 5-12 students on A-B Hybrid Schedule
  • Model 3 – All PK-12 students on A-B Hybrid Schedule
  • Model 4 – Remote learning with no students attending in person

ITEM 8. – Action Items –

  1. 28E Agreements – Motion by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the 28E Agreements with United Community School District and Stratford Community School District for shared personnel.  Motion carried unanimously.
  2. Designation of Financial Depositories and Limits for District Funds – Motion by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the Designation of Financial Depositories and Limits for District Funds as presented.  Motion carried unanimously.
  3. Resolution for Sale of Property – Motion by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Ms. Williams, to set the Public Hearing date for the sale of property located at 705 Odell Street, Webster City, Iowa, known as Riverview Early Childhood Center.  Motion carried unanimously.
  4. P-Card Rebate – Kathy Biere, Board Secretary, informed the Board the District received a P-Card Rebate totaling $1,431.95 for the 2019-2020 school year.
  5. Juvenile Court School Liaison Contract – Motion by Ms. Williams, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the Juvenile Court School Liaison Contract for the 2020-2021 school year.  Motion carried unanimously. 
  6. First Reading of Board Policies 304.1 Administrative Positions, and 308 Succession of Authority to the Superintendent.  Motion by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Patterson to approve the first reading of Board Policies 304.1 Administrative Positions and 308 Succession of Authority to the Superintendent.  Motion carried unanimously. 

ITEM 9. - Personnel

  1. Contract Recommendations - A motion was made by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the following:
    • Resignations from: Stephanie Osthus, Pleasant View Paraeducator
    • Recommendations of: Taylor Schnathorst, JV Volleyball, Jessica Bailey, Freshman Volleyball, Katie Evans, Co-Assistant Day Care Director, Lynnea Loughry, Day Care Worker, Sherri Olson, Day Care Cook and Abbey Pruismann, Co-Assistant Day Care Director. 

Motion carried unanimously.

ITEM 10. – Other

  1. Items from Dr. Ross –
    • Dr. Ross informed the Board the District website is up and running.
    • Dr. Ross reported there will no community use of facilities at this time due to the pandemic.
    • Dr. Ross informed the Board she has talked with Colette Bertran from Iowa Central Community College and they will be offering three different models for the fall – hybrid, virtual and face to face depending on the class.
    • Dr. Ross informed the Board the August 10th Board Meeting will be held at the Administration Office with board members present and spread out to comply with social distancing.  The meeting will be broadcast via Zoom conferencing. 
       
  2. Items from the Board –
    • Ms. Van Diest asked Dr. Ross to give an update on school registration.  Dr. Ross said the procedure is for families to call and make an appointment to register and one person per family will be allowed in the building unless a translator is needed.
    • Mr. Stroner asked if another Board Meeting in July would be needed.  Dr. Ross said there would not be one at this time.
       

ITEM 11. – Consent Items – It was moved by Ms. Williams, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the minutes of the June 29, 2020 Board Meeting, to approve General, Schoolhouse, Lunch and Activity Fund Reports, payment of the bills and claims as listed at the close of these minutes, to approve the interfund transfer and the fundraising report.  Motion carried unanimously.

ITEM 12.  – Adjournment - A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to adjourn the meeting at 6:57 p.m.  Motion carried unanimously.

The next Regular Board Meeting will be Monday, August 10 at 6:00 p.m. at the School Administration Office Board Room.  Board Meetings are subject to change dependent upon need.

Attest:                                                                         Attest:

Kathy  Biere, Secretary                                              Beth Van Diest, President      

kbiere@webster… Mon, 09/07/2020 - 09:30

Minutes - 2020.08.10

Minutes - 2020.08.10

August 10, 2020

The Board of Directors of the Webster City Community School District in the counties of Hamilton, Webster and Wright, State of Iowa, met in regular session, August 10, 2020, in the School Administration Office Board Room, Webster City, Iowa.

ITEM 1. – Call to Order – The Board President called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

ITEM 2. – Roll Call – Members answering roll call were Ms. Williams, Mr. Pruismann, Mr. Stroner, Mr. Patterson, and Ms. Van Diest.  Also present, via Zoom, were members of the media and other interested parties.

ITEM 3. – Approval of Agenda – It was moved by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the agenda with the addition of Action Item K – Approval of Contracts from the Teaching and Learning Department and an addition to Contract Recommendations. 

ITEM 4. – Open Comment to the Board – Dr. Ross read comments she had received from McKinley Bailey, Jessica Butterfield-Bailey, and Alyssa Kenville pertaining to Return to School plans.    

ITEM 5. – Discussion Items – Dr. Ross presented the Board with the Return to School presentation which highlighted Planning Cornerstones and the four Learning Models the District could utilize. 

ITEM 6. – Public Hearing on Proposal to Convey 705 Odell Street Property - President Van Diest opened the Public Hearing at 7:17 p.m.  After no objections were heard, President Van Diest closed the Public Hearing at 7:19 p.m. 

ITEM 7. – Action Items -

  1. Resolution for a Conveyance of Real Property –

Director Pruismann introduced the following Resolution and moved that it be adopted.  Director Stroner seconded the motion to adopt.  The roll was called, and the vote was:

AYES:  Williams, Pruismann, Stroner, Patterson, Van Diest

NAYS:  None

Whereupon, the President declared the resolution duly adopted as follows:

RESOLUTION FOR A CONVEYANCE OF REAL PROPERTY

WHEREAS, pursuant to notice published as required by law, the Board of Directors of the Webster City Community School District on the 10th day of August, 2020 held a hearing on the proposal to convey an interest in real property and the extent of objections received from residents or property owners as to said proposed transaction has been fully considered; and, accordingly the following action is now considered to be in the best interests of the District and residents thereof:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE WEBSTER CITY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT:

  1. That the real property described herein shall be conveyed by the District to Riverview Early Childhood Center, Inc. for $1.00 and other good and valuable consideration. 
  2. The Board President and Secretary are authorized to sign all conveyance documents for the real property described herein.
  3. The Board President, Secretary, Superintendent, and administrative officers of the District are authorized to take all actions necessary to complete the above-described transaction, including execution of ancillary documents.
  4. The real property is locally known as 705 Odell Street, and is legally described as follows:

Lots 10 - 14, Block 1, Odell and Wilson's Addition to Webster City, Iowa; and tract adjoining to the north in NW¼ SE¼, Section 32, Township 89 North, Range 25 West of the 5th P.M.

Exact legal description to be determined by abstract.

PASSED AND APPROVED, this 10th day of August, 2020.

  1. Return to Learn –
    1. Face Coverings – Motion by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the Board support requiring all staff and students to wear face coverings, recognizing that there will be specific situations when this will not be required, including lunch and breakfast times, and outdoor recess, for example.  Motion carried unanimously. 
    2. Learning Models – Motion by Ms. Williams, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the school year start plans for PK-8 in person and 9-12 4 x 4 Hybrid Learning Models.  Motion carried unanimously. 
    3. Bus Stops – Motion by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve there will be no bus stops within the Webster City Schools transportation boundaries, which would be those students living inside Ohio, Superior, Second and Beach Streets, and that students living in this area would need to walk to one of the schools or the scramble to ride on a school bus.  Motion carried unanimously.
  2. 2020-2021 Revised School Calendar – Motion by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the calendar changes as proposed:  (1) add teacher PD days to the beginning of the year, which removes one day on May 17 and one day after school is out in June; (2) Start with individual orientation conferences in all grades on August 24 and 25;  (3) Start with PK-12 cohorts A and B on August 26 and 27 with a two-hour early dismissal both days to allow small group transitions as students return to school; and (4) Friday, August 28 would be the first full day of classes for PK-8 students, and a full day for 9-12 students in Cohort A.  Motion carried unanimously. 
  3. 28E Agreement – Motion by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the 28E Agreement with Iowa Central Community College.  Motion carried unanimously. 
  4. Iowa Central Project Earlybird Operational Procedures – Motion by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the Iowa Central Project Earlybird Operational Procedures.  Motion carried unanimously. 
  5. North Central Consortium Agreement for 2020-2021 – Motion by Ms. Williams, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the North Central Consortium Agreement for the 2020-2021 school year.  Motion carried unanimously. 
  6. ESSER Fund Transfer Request – Motion by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the ESSER Fund Transfer Request to Food Service and MTCC Daycare.  Motion carried unanimously. 
  7. Johnson Controls Fire Protection LP Quotation – Motion by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the Johnson Controls Fire Protection LP Quotation for Webster City MS in the amount of $139,785.00.  Motion carried unanimously. 
  8. FEH Contract – Motion by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the FEH Contract for Pleasant View air conditioning plans.  Motion carried unanimously. 
  9. Second Reading of Board Policies:  304.1, Administrative Positions and 308, Succession of Authority to the Superintendent.  Motion by Ms. Williams, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the second reading of Board Policy 304.1, Administrative Position and 308, Succession of Authority to the Superintendent.  Motion carried unanimously. 
  10. Approval of Contracts from Teaching and Learning Department – Motion by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the contract with Mississippi Bend Remote Learning with EdGenuity Consortium, and to approve the consulting agreements with Lori Schouvieller and Carrie Hepburn.  Motion carried unanimously. 

ITEM 8. - Personnel

  • Contract Recommendations -   A motion was made by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the following:
    • Resignations:  Zac Sjoberg, High School 10-Month Secretary; Tanya Jensen, High School Paraeducator; Nelmarinia Chico Gonzalez, Food Service and Tyler Patten, Assistant Varsity Wrestling Coach.
    • Recommendations of:  Michele Chalfant, High School 10-Month Guidance Secretary; Libby Anderson, Assistant 7th Grade Volleyball Coach; Craig Signorin, Assistant Middle School Cross Country; Lead Learner Staff; and Kelly Delaney, High School Attendance Secretary.

ITEM 9. – Other

  1. Items from Dr. Ross –
    • Dr. Ross shared that the Administrative Team and Work Groups have put in countless hours working on Return to School plans, and she thanked them for their hard work and dedication.  Their motto for the school year is “Fluid”.
    • Dr. Ross thanked the Technology Department for their efforts in the roll out of the new MacBooks for the teaching staff.
    • Dr. Ross shared that each building is getting as much air movement as possible with the maximum amount of fresh air without sacrificing heat or AC.
    • Dr. Ross reminded the public that visitors will have limited access to the buildings and is aware parents are nervous about sending their children back to school.  There was discussion regarding a possible video to be done in order to show parents the mitigation plans in action.
    • Dr. Ross mentioned an idea had been brought to her regarding the possibility of Board Members doing a walk through of each building to provide a testimony to the public affirming the District is doing everything possible for the safety of all students. 
  2. Items from the Board – There were none.   

ITEM 10. – Consent Items – It was moved by Ms. Williams, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the minutes of the July 13, 2020 Board Meeting, to approve General, Schoolhouse, Lunch and Activity Fund Reports, payment of the bills and claims as listed at the close of these minutes, to approve the interfund transfer and the fundraising report.  Motion carried unanimously.   

ITEM 11.  – Adjournment - A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner to adjourn the meeting at 7:51 p.m.  Motion carried unanimously. 

The next Regular Board Meeting will be Monday, August 24 at 6:00 p.m. at the School Administration Office Board Room.  Board Meetings are subject to change dependent upon need.

Attest:                                                                         Attest:

Kathy  Biere, Secretary                                              Beth Van Diest, President

kbiere@webster… Mon, 09/07/2020 - 09:34

Minutes - 2020.08.24

Minutes - 2020.08.24

August 24, 2020

The Board of Directors of the Webster City Community School District in the counties of Hamilton, Webster and Wright, State of Iowa, met in regular session, via ZOOM Meeting, August 24, 2020, in the School Administration Building, Webster City, Iowa.

ITEM 1. – Call to Order – The Board President called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

ITEM 2. – Roll Call – Members answering roll call were Ms. Van Diest, Mr. Patterson, Mr. Stroner, Mr. Pruismann and Ms. Williams.  Also present, via ZOOM, were members of the media and other interested parties.

ITEM 3. – Approval of Agenda – It was moved by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the agenda with two changes.  Motion carried.

ITEM 4. – Open Comment to the Board – There was none.

ITEM 5. – Discussion Items

  1. IASB Legislative Resolutions – After some discussion, the Board agreed to present the following legislative resolutions to the Iowa Association of School Boards:
    1. Mental Health
    2. School Funding Policy
    3. Dropout/At Risk
    4. High Speed Internet for all to facilitate remote learning
  2. Fall Activities Update (Joe Shanks) / Requiring Face Coverings at Athletic Events – Joe Shanks, Activities Director went over procedures in place for upcoming sports activities.  Concession stands will be open with a limited menu.  Workers will wear masks and gloves and hand sanitizer will be available.  Activities will be live streamed for those unable to attend in person.  Students will be transported, however, they will be asked to wear masks at all times and only one person per seat.  The weight room is currently closed to everyone but fall athletes.  Mr. Shanks’ recommendation is for everyone attending athletic events be required to wear face coverings.

ITEM 6. – Action Items

  1. Requiring Face Coverings at Athletic Events – A motion was made by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to require face coverings at all athletic events.  Motion carried.
  2. Education Contract – A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the regular education contract for student services with Ames Community School District.  Motion carried.
  3. YSS Interagency Memorandum of Agreement – A motion was made by Ms. Williams, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the YSS Interagency Memorandum of Agreement for School-Based Mentoring.  Motion carried.
  4. Fundraising Request – A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the High School Football Team to sell Adrenaline Cards.  Motion carried.

ITEM 7. - Personnel

  1. Contract Recommendations - A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the following:
    • Resignations from: Shirley Smith, Part-Time Food Service; Sharon Peterson, Middle School Paraeducator; Adriana Tellez, Sunset Heights Paraeducator; Jose Rivera Albino, High School Night Custodian; and Laura Fisher, Assistant 8th Grade Volleyball Coach.
    • Recommendations of: Mike Keane, Bus Driver; Skylah Woodle, Pre-School Paraeducator; Anne Levongkham, Food Service; Shemika George, Part-Time Food Service; and Teacher Mentor Staff.  Motion carried.

ITEM 8. – Other

  1. Items from the Superintendent
    • Dr. Ross reported teachers were back last week.  Monday, August 24th was the first day of individual orientation conferences.  School starts on Wednesday, August 26th and there will be a two hour early release on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday due to heat concerns.
    • Dr.  Ross presented the Board with a list of remote learners by grade level.  The average is 6.99% of students who have chosen to do remote learning.
    • The Iowa High School Music Association is recommending students  be masked and wind instruments be masked as well.  Rehearsal time should be reduced to 30 minutes per session.
    • The Board was presented with yearbooks from 2019-2020 school year.  The Board congratulated the yearbook staff on a job well done.
    • Dr. Ross reported the District has received the following gifts:
      1. Masks from Dr. Olerich at McFarland Clinic
      2. Masks from RSVP and the Webster City Chamber of Commerce
      3. Hand Sanitizer from Crestview Senior Living
  2. Items from the Board
    • Ms. Van Diest shared a parent information handout she received at orientation.
    • Ms. Williams commented on a new mural at the High School painted by high school student, Chaiah Rootz and congratulated her on a job well done.
    • Ms. Van Diest thanked the staff for all their work getting things ready for the new school year.

ITEM 9. – Consent Items – It was moved by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the minutes of the August 10, 2020 Board Meeting.  Motion carried.

ITEM 10.  – Adjournment - A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to adjourn the meeting at 6:59 p.m.  Motion carried, all members present voting aye.

The next Regular Board Meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 14 at 6:00 p.m. at the School Administration Office Board Room.  Board Meetings are subject to change dependent upon need.

Attest:

 

Cathi Hildebrand, Secretary Pro Tem                           Beth Van Diest, President      

cathi_hildebra… Tue, 08/25/2020 - 12:00

Minutes - 2020.09.14

Minutes - 2020.09.14

September 14, 2020

The Board of Directors of the Webster City Community School District in the counties of Hamilton, Webster and Wright, State of Iowa, met in regular session, September 14, 2020, in the School Administration Office Board Room, Webster City, Iowa.

ITEM 1. – Call to Order – The Board President called the meeting to order at 6:01 p.m.

ITEM 2. – Roll Call – Members answering roll call were Mr. Pruismann, Mr. Patterson (via Zoom), Mr. Stroner, Ms. Williams and Ms. Van Diest.  Also present, via Zoom, were members of the media and other interested parties.

ITEM 3. – Approval of Agenda – It was moved by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the agenda with three changes.  Motion carried unanimously.    

ITEM 4. – Open Comment to the Board – There were none.

ITEM 5. – Discussion Items –

  1. IASB Convention – Dr. Ross provided the Board with information regarding the Iowa Association of School Boards Annual Convention which will be held virtually on November 10 and November 17-19, 2020. 
  2. High School Parent-Teacher Conference Change Request – Dr. Ross told the Board the High School is requesting a change in the dates for parent-teacher conferences from October 26 and 28 to September 29 and December 10, which will give teachers and parents an opportunity to visit about a student’s academic progress at midpoint during each of the 9 week semesters for the blocked classes. 

ITEM 6. – Action Items -

  1. Approval of Parent-Teacher Conference Date Change – Motion by Ms. Williams, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the date change for High School Parent-Teacher conferences from October 26 and 28 to September 29 and December 10.  Motion carried unanimously.
  2. Teachers Eligible for Lane Change – Motion by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the 2020-2021 Teacher Lane Changes.  Motion carried unanimously. 
  3. Board Delegate for IASB Convention – Motion by Ms. Williams, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve Richard Stroner as the IASB Delegate for the Webster City School Board.  Motion carried unanimously. 
  4. WCEA and ECESA Seniority Lists – Motion by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the WCEA and WCESA Seniority Lists.  Motion carried unanimously. 
  5. Fundraising Requests – Motion by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve fundraising requests for FFA Homecoming T-Shirts, FFA Fruit Sales, FFA Greenhouse Plant Sales; WCHS Spanish Club Butter Braid Sales; and High School Softball/Volleyball Wreath Sales.  Motion carried unanimously. 
  6. Seesaw Contracts – Motion by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the Seesaw Contract.  Motion carried unanimously.
  7. Gifts – Motion by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Ms. Williams, to accept the donations toward the purchase of High School Cross Country uniforms and to accept the donation of face masks.

ITEM 8. - Personnel

  • Contract Recommendations -   A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the following:
    • Recommendations of:  Vanessa Lopez, Sunset Heights Paraeducator; Chelsey Wagoner, Assistant 8th Volleyball Coach; and Katie Chamness, Northeast Hamilton Elementary Paraeducator.  Motion carried unanimously.

ITEM 9. – Other

  1. Items from Dr. Ross –
    • Dr. Ross told the Board she has received questions regarding when students, staff and classes might be quarantined.  Dr. Ross said the internal guiding documents used to address those situations will be posted on the District’s website.
    • Dr. Ross said she has received correspondence regarding High School band members kneeling during the national anthem.
    • Dr. Ross told the Board the District has been approved by the USDA to start providing free breakfast and lunch to all students.
  2. Items from the Board –
    • Mr. Stroner asked that Board Members be included in the correspondence to families when they are notified about a COVID case.
    • Mr. Stroner invited band members kneeling during the national anthem to meet with American Legion members.
    • Ms. Williams asked if someone tests positive and quarantines for 14 days, do they have to be tested again. They do not re-test.
    • Mr. Pruismann asked if a student tests positive and the class is quarantined, what happens if there is another positive case in the same classroom at a later date.  The response depends on contact tracing results.

ITEM 10. – Consent Items – It was moved by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the minutes of the August 24, 2020 Board Meeting, to approve General, Schoolhouse, Lunch and Activity Fund Reports, payment of the bills and claims as listed at the close of these minutes, to approve the interfund transfer and the fundraising report.  Motion carried unanimously. 

ITEM 11.  – Adjournment - A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner to adjourn the meeting at 6:53 p.m.  Motion carried unanimously. 

The next Regular Board Meeting will be Monday, September 28 at 6:00 p.m. at the School Administration Office Board Room.  Board Meetings are subject to change dependent upon need.

Attest:                                                                         Attest:

Kathy  Biere, Secretary                                                Beth Van Diest, President

kbiere@webster… Wed, 09/16/2020 - 18:05

Minutes - 2020.08.10

Minutes - 2020.08.10

August 10, 2020

The Board of Directors of the Webster City Community School District in the counties of Hamilton, Webster and Wright, State of Iowa, met in regular session, August 10, 2020, in the School Administration Office Board Room, Webster City, Iowa. 

ITEM 1. – Call to Order – The Board President called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

ITEM 2. – Roll Call – Members answering roll call were Ms. Williams, Mr. Pruismann, Mr. Stroner, Mr. Patterson, and Ms. Van Diest.  Also present, via Zoom, were members of the media and other interested parties.

ITEM 3. – Approval of Agenda – It was moved by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the agenda with the addition of Action Item K – Approval of Contracts from the Teaching and Learning Department and an addition to Contract Recommendations. 

ITEM 4. – Open Comment to the Board – Dr. Ross read comments she had received from McKinley Bailey, Jessica Butterfield-Bailey, and Alyssa Kenville pertaining to Return to School plans.    

ITEM 5. – Discussion Items – Dr. Ross presented the Board with the Return to School presentation which highlighted Planning Cornerstones and the four Learning Models the District could utilize. 

ITEM 6. – Public Hearing on Proposal to Convey 705 Odell Street Property - President Van Diest opened the Public Hearing at 7:17 p.m.  After no objections were heard, President Van Diest closed the Public Hearing at 7:19 p.m. 

ITEM 7. – Action Items -

  1. Resolution for a Conveyance of Real Property –

Director Pruismann introduced the following Resolution and moved that it be adopted.  Director Stroner seconded the motion to adopt.  The roll was called, and the vote was:

AYES:  Williams, Pruismann, Stroner, Patterson, Van Diest

NAYS:  None

Whereupon, the President declared the resolution duly adopted as follows:

RESOLUTION FOR A CONVEYANCE OF REAL PROPERTY

WHEREAS, pursuant to notice published as required by law, the Board of Directors of the Webster City Community School District on the 10th day of August, 2020 held a hearing on the proposal to convey an interest in real property and the extent of objections received from residents or property owners as to said proposed transaction has been fully considered; and, accordingly the following action is now considered to be in the best interests of the District and residents thereof:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE WEBSTER CITY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT:

  1. That the real property described herein shall be conveyed by the District to Riverview Early Childhood Center, Inc. for $1.00 and other good and valuable consideration. 
  2. The Board President and Secretary are authorized to sign all conveyance documents for the real property described herein.
  3. The Board President, Secretary, Superintendent, and administrative officers of the District are authorized to take all actions necessary to complete the above-described transaction, including execution of ancillary documents.
  4. The real property is locally known as 705 Odell Street, and is legally described as follows:

Lots 10 - 14, Block 1, Odell and Wilson's Addition to Webster City, Iowa; and tract adjoining to the north in NW¼ SE¼, Section 32, Township 89 North, Range 25 West of the 5th P.M.

Exact legal description to be determined by abstract.

PASSED AND APPROVED, this 10th day of August, 2020.

  1. Return to Learn –
    1. Face Coverings – Motion by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the Board support requiring all staff and students to wear face coverings, recognizing that there will be specific situations when this will not be required, including lunch and breakfast times, and outdoor recess, for example.  Motion carried unanimously. 
    2. Learning Models – Motion by Ms. Williams, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the school year start plans for PK-8 in person and 9-12 4 x 4 Hybrid Learning Models.  Motion carried unanimously. 
    3. Bus Stops – Motion by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve there will be no bus stops within the Webster City Schools transportation boundaries, which would be those students living inside Ohio, Superior, Second and Beach Streets, and that students living in this area would need to walk to one of the schools or the scramble to ride on a school bus.  Motion carried unanimously.
  2. 2020-2021 Revised School Calendar – Motion by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the calendar changes as proposed:  (1) add teacher PD days to the beginning of the year, which removes one day on May 17 and one day after school is out in June; (2) Start with individual orientation conferences in all grades on August 24 and 25;  (3) Start with PK-12 cohorts A and B on August 26 and 27 with a two-hour early dismissal both days to allow small group transitions as students return to school; and (4) Friday, August 28 would be the first full day of classes for PK-8 students, and a full day for 9-12 students in Cohort A.  Motion carried unanimously. 
  3. 28E Agreement – Motion by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the 28E Agreement with Iowa Central Community College.  Motion carried unanimously. 
  4. Iowa Central Project Earlybird Operational Procedures – Motion by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the Iowa Central Project Earlybird Operational Procedures.  Motion carried unanimously. 
  5. North Central Consortium Agreement for 2020-2021 – Motion by Ms. Williams, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the North Central Consortium Agreement for the 2020-2021 school year.  Motion carried unanimously. 
  6. ESSER Fund Transfer Request – Motion by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the ESSER Fund Transfer Request to Food Service and MTCC Daycare.  Motion carried unanimously. 
  7. Johnson Controls Fire Protection LP Quotation – Motion by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the Johnson Controls Fire Protection LP Quotation for Webster City MS in the amount of $139,785.00.  Motion carried unanimously. 
  8. FEH Contract – Motion by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the FEH Contract for Pleasant View air conditioning plans.  Motion carried unanimously. 
  9. Second Reading of Board Policies:  304.1, Administrative Positions and 308, Succession of Authority to the Superintendent.  Motion by Ms. Williams, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the second reading of Board Policy 304.1, Administrative Position and 308, Succession of Authority to the Superintendent.  Motion carried unanimously. 
  10. Approval of Contracts from Teaching and Learning Department – Motion by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the contract with Mississippi Bend Remote Learning with EdGenuity Consortium, and to approve the consulting agreements with Lori Schouvieller and Carrie Hepburn.  Motion carried unanimously. 

ITEM 8. - Personnel

  • Contract Recommendations -   A motion was made by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the following:
    • Resignations:  Zac Sjoberg, High School 10-Month Secretary; Tanya Jensen, High School Paraeducator; Nelmarinia Chico Gonzalez, Food Service and Tyler Patten, Assistant Varsity Wrestling Coach.
    • Recommendations of:  Michele Chalfant, High School 10-Month Guidance Secretary; Libby Anderson, Assistant 7th Grade Volleyball Coach; Craig Signorin, Assistant Middle School Cross Country; Lead Learner Staff; and Kelly Delaney, High School Attendance Secretary.

ITEM 9. – Other

  1. Items from Dr. Ross –
    • Dr. Ross shared that the Administrative Team and Work Groups have put in countless hours working on Return to School plans, and she thanked them for their hard work and dedication.  Their motto for the school year is “Fluid”.
    • Dr. Ross thanked the Technology Department for their efforts in the roll out of the new MacBooks for the teaching staff.
    • Dr. Ross shared that each building is getting as much air movement as possible with the maximum amount of fresh air without sacrificing heat or AC.
    • Dr. Ross reminded the public that visitors will have limited access to the buildings and is aware parents are nervous about sending their children back to school.  There was discussion regarding a possible video to be done in order to show parents the mitigation plans in action.
    • Dr. Ross mentioned an idea had been brought to her regarding the possibility of Board Members doing a walk through of each building to provide a testimony to the public affirming the District is doing everything possible for the safety of all students.
       
  2. Items from the Board – There were none. 
     

ITEM 10. – Consent Items – It was moved by Ms. Williams, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the minutes of the July 13, 2020 Board Meeting, to approve General, Schoolhouse, Lunch and Activity Fund Reports, payment of the bills and claims as listed at the close of these minutes, to approve the interfund transfer and the fundraising report.  Motion carried unanimously. 

ITEM 11.  – Adjournment - A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner to adjourn the meeting at 7:51 p.m.  Motion carried unanimously. 

The next Regular Board Meeting will be Monday, August 24 at 6:00 p.m. at the School Administration Office Board Room.  Board Meetings are subject to change dependent upon need. 

Attest:                                                                         Attest: 

Kathy  Biere, Secretary                                                Beth Van Diest, President      

kbiere@webster… Wed, 09/16/2020 - 18:10

Minutes - 2020.09.28

Minutes - 2020.09.28

September 28, 2020

The Board of Directors of the Webster City Community School District in the counties of Hamilton, Webster and Wright, State of Iowa, met in regular session, September 28, 2020, in the School Administration Office Board Room, Webster City, Iowa.

ITEM 1. – Call to Order – The Board President called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

ITEM 2. – Roll Call – Members answering roll call were Ms. Williams, Mr. Pruismann, Mr. Stroner, Mr. Patterson and Ms. Van Diest.  Also present, via Zoom, were members of the media and other interested parties.

ITEM 3. – Approval of Agenda – It was moved by Ms. Williams, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the agenda and switch the order of Discussion Items 5C and 5D.  Motion carried unanimously. 

ITEM 4. – Open Comment to the Board – There were none. 

ITEM 5. – Discussion Items –

  1. COVID Protocols – Lea Ahrens, School Nurse and Cindi Sweedler, School Nurse, reviewed the District’s COVID numbers with the Board and discussed the District’s COVID protocol documents.  Lea and Cindi commended the efforts of students and staff for the all-out efforts dealing with the pandemic. 
  2. Homecoming Update – Dan Johnson, High School Principal, reviewed Homecoming Activities planned for the Week of October 2 – 9. 
  3. Financial Literacy Council of Greater Hamilton County – Dr. Ross shared information she had received regarding the Financial Literacy Council of Greater Hamilton County.
  4. First Reading of Board Policy Series 800, Buildings and Sites – Motion by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the first reading of Board Policy Series 800 with the exception of Board Policy 803.2, which had changes and will be brought back later.  Motion carried unanimously. 

ITEM 6. – Action Items

  1. Updated Riverview Sale Documents – Motion by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Patterson to approve the updated Riverview Sale Documents.  Motion carried unanimously.
  2. Disposal of Curriculum Materials – Motion by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the disposal of Curriculum materials.  Motion carried unanimously.
  3. AEA Lease Agreement – Motion by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the AEA Lease Addendum for 2020-2021.  Motion carried unanimously. 
  4. Morningside Student Teaching and Field Placement Agreement – Motion by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the Morningside Student Teaching and Field Placement Agreement.  Motion carried unanimously. 
  5. Special Education Contracts – Motion by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the Special Education Contracts for student services with Fort Dodge Community School District and Manson Northwest Webster Community School District.  Motion carried unanimously. 
  6. Special Education Deficit – Motion by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the SBRC request for Allowable Growth for the Special Education Deficit for the 2019-2020 school year in the amount of $700,743.36.  Motion carried unanimously. 
  7. 2019-2020 Fixed Asset Disposal – Motion by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the 2019-2020 Fixed Asset Disposal list.  Motion carried unanimously. 
  8. Fundraising Requests – Motion by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the fundraising requests for Middle School Vocal Music to sell puff pastry items, and for the Elementary PTO to sell cookie dough.  Motion carried unanimously. 

ITEM 7. - Personnel

  1. Contract Recommendations -   A motion was made by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the recommendation of Rubi Ramos, Pleasant View Paraeducator.  Motion carried unanimously. 

ITEM 8. – Other

  1. Items from Dr. Ross –
    • Dr. Ross shared that the Governor is holding a press conference on Tuesday morning and the District’s COVID guidance protocols might need to be updated. 
    • Dr. Ross has received concerns regarding the hybrid model being used at the High School and will discuss with High School administration. 
    • Dr. Ross shared that a group of High School Seniors reached out and have suggested some changes to Homecoming activities.    
    • Dr. Ross suggested a work session on Monday, October 26th on the topic of facility planning. 
  2. Items from the Board - Mr. Stroner asked if the District had numbers broken down per building of the students and staff who tested positive and quarantined in the District.   

ITEM 9. – Consent Items – It was moved by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the minutes of the September 14, 2020 Board Meeting.  Motion carried unanimously. 

ITEM 10.  – Adjournment - A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to adjourn the meeting at 7:34 p.m.  Motion carried unanimously. 

The next Regular Board Meeting will be Monday, October 12 at 6:00 p.m. at the School Administration Office Board Room.  Board Meetings are subject to change dependent upon need.

Attest:                                                                         Attest:

Kathy  Biere, Secretary                                              Beth Van Diest, President

kbiere@webster… Sun, 10/04/2020 - 13:28

Minutes - 2020.10.12

Minutes - 2020.10.12

October 12, 2020

The Board of Directors of the Webster City Community School District in the counties of Hamilton, Webster and Wright, State of Iowa, met in regular session, October 12, 2020, in the School Administration Office Board Room, Webster City, Iowa.

ITEM 1. – Call to Order – The Board President called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. 

ITEM 2. – Roll Call – Members answering roll call were Ms. Williams, Mr. Pruismann, Mr. Stroner, Mr. Patterson and Ms. Van Diest.  Also present, via Zoom, were members of the media and other interested parties.  

ITEM 3. – Approval of Agenda – It was moved by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the agenda by adding Action Item F - ICN Contract and tabling a Contract Recommendation.  Motion carried unanimously. 

ITEM 4. – Open Comment to the Board – There were none.

ITEM 5. – Discussion Items –

  1. High School Student Support Update – Mr. Johnson, High School Principal; Mr. Farley, High School Assistant Principal; Ms. Paukert, High School Guidance Counselor; and Ms. Smith, High School Guidance Counselor, discussed supports being offered to high school students.  Those supports focus on (1) academics, giving students an extra 25 minutes a day to focus on the multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS), and (2) the social-emotional needs of students, giving them the tools to recognize what is going on and things they can do to help alleviate stress.  Also discussed was the possibility of holding a study table during remote learning days. 
  2. Social Worker – Dr. Ross discussed the possibility of hiring a School Social Worker as a resource for School Counselors to help support staff and students.

ITEM 6. – Action Items

  1. Special Education Contract – Motion by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the Special Education Contract for student services with CAM Community School District.  Motion carried unanimously.
  2. First Reading of Board Policy 803.2 Lease, Sale or Disposal of School District Buildings and Sites – Item was tabled until the next meeting.
  3. Second Reading of Board Policy Series 800, Buildings and Sites – Motion by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the second reading of Board Policy, Series 800, Buildings and Sites.  Motion carried unanimously. 
  4. Fundraising Request – Motion by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the fundraising request for High School Girls Basketball to sell Lynx basketball apparel.  Motion carried unanimously. 
  5. Competition Gym Advertising LED Board – Motion by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the Competition Gym Advertising LED Board.  Motion carried unanimously. 
  6. ICN Contract – Motion by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the ICN Contract for increased bandwidth.  Motion carried unanimously. 

ITEM 7. - Personnel

  1. Contract Recommendations -   A motion was made by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the recommendation of Hillary Lang, NEH Elementary Paraeducator; Beth Patterson, High School Guidance Secretary; Abbie Thompson, High School Paraeducator; and Troy Draeger, High School Night Custodian.  Motion carried unanimously. 

ITEM 8. – Other -

A.         Items from Dr. Ross –

    • Dr. Ross congratulated the High School Football team on a perfect football season. 
    • Dr. Ross said last week was a beautiful week for Homecoming and was well attended.  Congratulations to the students for a job well done with the Homecoming video.  A big thank you goes out to students, staff and administration for all the work put into making the week a success. 
    • Dr. Ross told the Board, Mitch Dunham, Director of Buildings and Grounds, met with the architect from FEH Design regarding plans for air conditioning at Pleasant View Elementary. 

B          Items from the Board –

    • Mr. Stroner said if the High School was interested in using the Legion for study table space on remote learning days, the Legion’s internet bandwidth may need to be increased.

ITEM 9. – Consent Items – It was moved by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the minutes of the September 28, 2020 Board Meeting, to approve General, Schoolhouse, Lunch and Activity Fund Reports, payment of the bills and claims as listed at the close of these minutes, to approve the interfund transfer and the fundraising report.  Motion carried unanimously. 

ITEM 10.  – Adjournment - A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to adjourn the meeting at 7:45 p.m.  Motion carried unanimously. 

The next Regular Board Meeting will be Monday, October 26 at 6:00 p.m. at the School Administration Office Board Room.  Board Meetings are subject to change dependent upon need.

Attest:                                                               Attest:

Kathy Biere, Secretary                                     Beth Van Diest, President      

kbiere@webster… Mon, 10/19/2020 - 08:58

Minutes - 2020.10.26

Minutes - 2020.10.26

October 26, 2020

The Board of Directors of the Webster City Community School District in the counties of Hamilton, Webster and Wright, State of Iowa, met in regular session, October 26, 2020, in the School Administration Office Board Room, Webster City, Iowa. 

ITEM 1. – Call to Order – The Board President called the meeting to order at 6:04 p.m.

ITEM 2. – Roll Call – Members answering roll call were Ms. Williams, Mr. Pruismann, Mr. Stroner, Mr. Patterson and Ms. Van Diest.  Also present, via Zoom, were members of the media and other interested parties.

ITEM 3. – Approval of Agenda – It was moved by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the agenda with personnel changes.  Motion carried unanimously. 

ITEM 4. – Open Comment to the Board – Dr. Ross read an email from Amy Shannon regarding when high school students would return to school full time.

ITEM 5. – Discussion Items –

  1. 2020 Certified Enrollment - Dr. Ross informed the Board the 2020 Certified Enrollment is down 31 resident students.
  2. COVID Mitigation Update – Dr. Ross gave the Board a COVID mitigation update.  Daily monitoring of staff is taking place with each staff member recording their temperature and answering a series of health questions.  In each elementary building, mitigation steps include masks or face coverings, social distancing, practicing hand hygiene routines and enhancing mask practices at lunch and recess.  The Middle School and High School mitigation steps include masks or face coverings, social distancing, practicing hand hygiene routines, enhancing mask practices at lunch and locker routines.  The High School is also addressing social emotional issues and has added study tables on alternate days. 

ITEM 6. – Action Items

  1. Four Year Old Preschool Budgets – Motion by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the Four Year-Old Preschool Budgets for the 2020-2021 school year.  Motion carried unanimously.
  2. Gifts – Motion by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the gift of laundry soap from Rotary After Hours and Noon Rotary groups, and tables from Joe Shanks.  Motion carried unanimously.
  3. Seidlitz Education Service Contract – Motion by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the Seidlitz Education Service Contract for professional development.  Motion carried unanimously. 
  4. Allen College Memorandum of Agreement – Motion by Ms. Williams, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the Allen College Memorandum of Agreement for student nurses.  Motion carried unanimously. 
  5. CICS Water Bottle Fill Station Grant – Motion by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the CICS Water Bottle Fill Station Grant for the Middle School for 2 stations.  Motion carried unanimously.
  6. First Reading of Board Policy 803.2 Lease, Sale or Disposal of School District Buildings and Sites – Motion by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the first reading of Board Policy 803.2 Lease, Sale of Disposal of School District Buildings and Sites.  Motion carried unanimously. 
  7. Fundraising Request – Motion by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the fundraising request of NEH Elementary for a monthly fundraiser with Kona Ice.  Motion carried unanimously. 

ITEM 7. – Personnel – Motion by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the following:

  1. Contract Resignation of:  Erica Whittier, Paraeducator
  2. Contract Recommendations of:  Karen Daniels, Elaine Robertson, Craig Signorin, Emily Sletten and Brandy Williams, TLC Site-Based Council; and Edgar Perez Raymundo, Paraeducator. 

Motion carried unanimously.

ITEM 8. – Other -

A.         Items from Dr. Ross –

    • Dr. Ross informed the Board the District has 5 fewer elementary students in remote learning, 13 fewer at the Middle School, and 8 fewer at the High School.
    • Dr. Ross asked the Board to let her know if they would like to do a walk through of the High School.
    • Dr. Ross told the Board there will be an Informal Board Meeting with Stratford Community School on Monday, November 9 at 5:00 p.m. in Webster City.  Beth Van Diest and Eric Patterson will represent the Board at the meeting.
    • Dr. Ross told the Board Van Diest Medical Center has received 600 quick COVID tests.  Lea Ahrens, School Nurse, and Cindi Sweedler, School Nurse, will have updated protocols forthcoming.   

B          Items from the Board –

    • Mr. Stroner discussed the cost of live streaming the playoff football games and asked if the Board supported signing a letter of disapproval of IHSAA charges to do so during a pandemic. 
    • Mr. Pruismann asked if blue ray glasses were available to students to wear when using technology devices.  He will come back with research about these.
    • Ms. Williams asked about the different format for parent teacher conferences. 

ITEM 9. – Consent Items – It was moved by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the minutes of the October 12, 2020 Board Meeting.  Motion carried unanimously. 

ITEM 10.  – Adjournment - A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to adjourn the meeting at 7:33 p.m.  Motion carried unanimously.

The Board moved into a work session on facilities.

The next Regular Board Meeting will be Monday, November 9, at 6:00 p.m. at the School Administration Office Board Room.  Board Meetings are subject to change dependent upon need.

Attest:                                                                         Attest:

Kathy Biere, Secretary                                               Beth Van Diest, President

kbiere@webster… Thu, 11/12/2020 - 16:42

Minutes - 2020.11.09

Minutes - 2020.11.09

November 9, 2020

The Board of Directors of the Webster City Community School District in the counties of Hamilton, Webster and Wright, State of Iowa, met in regular session, November 9, 2020, in the School Administration Office Board Room, Webster City, Iowa.

ITEM 1. – Call to Order – The Board President called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

ITEM 2. – Roll Call – Members answering roll call were Ms. Williams, Mr. Pruismann, Mr. Stroner, Mr. Patterson and Ms. Van Diest.  Also present, via Zoom, were members of the media and other interested parties.

ITEM 3. – Approval of Agenda – It was moved by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the agenda.  Motion carried unanimously. 

ITEM 4. – Open Comment to the Board – There were none.

ITEM 5. – Annual Meeting

Kathy Biere, Board Secretary, took over the meeting. 

A.  Election of President and Vice President – Motion by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to nominate Beth Van Diest for School Board President.  Motion carried.  Motion by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Ms. Van Diest, to nominate Eric Patterson for School Board Vice President.  Motion carried. 

B.  Administration of Oath of Office to newly Elected President and Vice President – Kathy Biere, School Board Secretary, administered the oath of office to newly elected School Board President Beth Van Diest and newly elected School Board Vice President, Eric Patterson.

President Van Diest took over the meeting. 

C.  Establish Meeting Dates, Time and Location – Motion by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve Board Meeting dates as the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in the School Administration Office Board Room and to note that Board Meetings are subject to change upon need.  Motion carried. 

D.  Name Official Publication – Motion by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the Daily Freeman Journal as Official Publication.  Motion carried. 

E.  Designation of Legal Counsel – Motion by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to appoint Ahlers Law Firm as legal counsel for the Webster City Community School District.  Motion carried. 

F.  Designation of Financial Depositories – Motion by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Ms. Williams to approve the Designation of Financial Depositories and Limits for District Funds as follows:  ISJIT - $10,000,000; First State Bank - $8,000,000; Availa Bank - $8,000,000; and WCF Financial Bank - $8,000,000.  Motion carried. 

ITEM 6.  Webster City High School Yearbook Awards – Michele Veldhuizen, Yearbook Advisor; Erin Bailey, Yearbook Committee Member; and Leah Kasch, Yearbook Committee Member; gave a presentation to the Board on awards the 2020 High School Yearbook won. 

ITEM 7. – Action Items

A.  Board Work Session Facilities Priority List – Motion by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the list of facilities projects to guide the work of staff.  Motion carried unanimously. 

B.  High School Options – Motion by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to direct the Superintendent to begin working with FEH Design to provide direction to the Board regarding updating or new construction at Webster City High School.  Motion carried unanimously. 

C.  Sale of Rental House – Motion by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Ms. Williams, to direct the Superintendent to begin the process to sell the rental house in Blairsburg as it stands or have it moved off the property.  Motion carried unanimously. 

D.  Debt Service General Obligation Bond Interest Payment – Motion by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the Debt Service General Obligation Bond Interest Payment in the amount of $167,005.54.  Motion carried. 

E. Resolution to Consider Continued Participation in the Instructional Support Program - Director Pruismann introduced the following Resolution and moved its adoption.  Director Williams seconded the motion to adopt.  The roll was called, and the vote was:

AYES:

Williams, Pruismann, Stroner, Patterson, Van Diest

NAYS:

None

The President declared the Resolution adopted as follows:

RESOLUTION TO CONSIDER CONTINUED PARTICIPATION IN THE INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT PROGRAM

WHEREAS, the Board of Directors has determined that to continue the current level of services and to fund the ongoing programs of the School District, continuation of participation in the Instructional Support Program for a period of five years is necessary and in the best interests of the District and its residents and students; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Directors wishes to consider continued participation in the Instructional Support Program as provided in Sections 257.18 through 257.21, Code of Iowa; and

WHEREAS, the authorization for the current Instructional Support Program will expire on June 30, 2021; and

WHEREAS, this Resolution sets forth the proposal of the Board of Directors, including the method that will be used to fund the program; and

WHEREAS, notice of the time and place of a public hearing must be published:

NOW, THEREFORE, it is resolved:

  1. The Board of Directors wishes to consider continued participation in the Instructional Support Program as provided in Sections 257.18 through 257.21, Code of Iowa, for a period of five years, commencing with the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022.
  2. The additional funding for the Instructional Support Program for a budget year shall be determined annually and shall not exceed ten percent (10%) of the total regular program district cost for the budget year and moneys received under Section 257.14, Code of Iowa, as a budget adjustment for the budget year.
  3. Moneys received by the District for the Instructional Support Program may be used for any general fund purpose.
  4. The Instructional Support Program shall be funded by instructional support state aid and a combination instructional support property tax levied annually upon the taxable property within the School District commencing with the levy of property taxes for collection in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022, and an instructional support income surtax imposed annually, the percent of income surtax to be determined by the Board for each budget year to be imposed upon the state individual income tax of each individual income taxpayer resident in the School District on December 31, 2021, and each year thereafter.
  5. The Secretary is authorized and directed to give notice of a public hearing to be held in the Administration Office Board Room, 820 Des Moines Street, Webster City, Iowa, on December 14, 2020, 6:00 P.M.
  6. Following the public hearing the Board intends to take action on the question whether to continue participation in the Instructional Support Program.

F.  School Budget Review Committee Request for Modified Allowable Growth for Open Enrolled out Not in Fall 2019 – Motion by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the School Budget Review Committee Request for Modified Allowable Growth for Open Enrolled out Not in Fall 2019 in the amount of $92,880.  Motion carried. 

G.  School Budget Review Committee Request for Modified Allowable Growth for ELL Beyond 5 Years – Motion by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the School Budget Review Committee Request for Modified Allowable Growth for ELL Beyond 5 Years in the amount of $113,255.  Motion carried. 

H.  Gift(s) – Motion by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the monetary donation from Theresa Stromberg-Murphy, Terracon, to purchase equipment and supplies for the WC Rockery Club.  Motion carried. 

I.  Varsity Group Advertising/Equipment Contract – Motion by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the Varsity Group Advertising/Equipment contract for advertising, revenue sharing, and installation.  Motion carried. 

J.  General Education Contract – Motion by Ms. Williams, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approved the General Education contract for student services with the Mason City Community School District.  Motion carried. 

K.  Second Reading of Board Policy 803.2 Lease, Sale or Disposal of School District Buildings and Sites – Motion by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the second reading of Board Policy 803.2 Lease, Sale or Disposal of School District Buildings and Sites.  Motion carried. 

L.  Fundraising Request – Motion by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the fundraising request for the High School Student Council to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network.  Motion carried. 

ITEM 8. – Personnel – Motion by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the following: 

  1. Contract Resignation of:  Dave Hilton, Head 8th Girls Basketball Coach (One-Year Sabbatical); Travis Hurt, High School Custodian
  2. Contract Recommendations of:  Carson Hartnett, Assistant Wrestling Coach; Craig Signorin, transfer from Assistant 8th Girls Basketball to Head 8th Girls Basketball Coach (One-Year Contract); Kayleigh Epps, Assistant 8th Girls Basketball Coach (One-Year Contract).

Motion carried. 

ITEM 9. – Other -

A.         Items from Dr. Ross –

    • Dr. Ross congratulated Coach Howard and the football team on a great season.
    • Dr. Ross thanked community donors for providing 170 tickets for students to attend last Friday night’s football game.
    • Dr. Ross informed the Board the District received a refund check in the amount of $4,364 from the Iowa Local Government Risk Pool for participation during the 2019-2020 school year. 
    • Dr. Ross told the Board she was meeting the Public Health and the School Nurses November 10th to assess the increase in COVID numbers.
    • Dr. Ross told the Board Iowa Central Community College might be going virtual for the remainder of the semester. 
    • Dr. Ross discussed the Timberline Data Breach and said the District is looking for ways to inform families. 
    • Dr. Ross acknowledged Mr. Stroner and all veterans in honor of Veteran’s Day and thanked them for their service. 

B          Items from the Board –

    • Mr. Stroner asked Dr. Ross to look into the District’s legal standpoint regarding visitors to athletic events and the District’s mask policy. 
    • Mr. Patterson, Ms. Van Diest and Dr. Ross discussed the Informal Board Meeting held with Stratford Community School prior to tonight’s board meeting.  Topics discussed were:  enrollment, instructional delivery, snow days, daycare centers, transportation and the electronic backpack.
    • Mr. Stroner asked how the sharing agreement with Stratford was working.

ITEM 10. – Consent Items – It was moved by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the minutes of the October 26, 2020 Board Meeting, to approve General, Schoolhouse, Lunch and Activity Fund Reports, payment of the bills and claims as listed at the close of these minutes, to approve the interfund transfer and the fundraising report.  Motion carried. 

ITEM 11.  – Adjournment - A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to adjourn the meeting at 7:33 p.m.  Motion carried. 

The next Regular Board Meeting will be Monday, November 23, at 6:00 p.m. at the School Administration Office Board Room.  Board Meetings are subject to change dependent upon need.

Attest:                                                                         Attest:

Kathy Biere, Secretary                                               Beth Van Diest, President

kbiere@webster… Thu, 11/12/2020 - 16:45

Minutes - 2020.11.13

Minutes - 2020.11.13

November 13, 2020 

The Board of Directors of the Webster City Community School District in the counties of Hamilton, Webster and Wright, State of Iowa, met in special session, November 13, 2020, in the School Administration Office Board Room, Webster City, Iowa.
 

ITEM 1. – Call to Order – The Board President called the meeting to order at 3:32 p.m. 

ITEM 2. – Roll Call – Members answering roll call were Ms. Williams, Mr. Pruismann, Mr. Stroner (via Zoom), Mr. Patterson and Ms. Van Diest.  Also present, via Zoom, were members of the media and other interested parties.

ITEM 3. – Approval of Agenda – It was moved by Ms. Williams, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the agenda.  Motion carried unanimously. 

ITEM 4. – Open Comment to the Board – Dr. Ross read an email sent by Michelle Casady advocating for high school students to return to 100% in-person learning, and an email from Katy Groth-Bernard advocating for the District to move to virtual schooling until the viral peak significantly declines. 

Dr. Ross discussed the factors that went into her decision to recommend to the Board that the District continue the current delivery model, but stated families should prepare to go hybrid or remote and be able to make the change quickly should the situation warrant.  The District will try to provide families and staff a 24-48 hour notice of a change in instruction.  Efforts would be made to have classrooms, grade levels, or buildings move to hybrid or remote before moving the entire District to an alternate delivery model.  The Board reviewed and discussed the data and other information that was provided.    

ITEM 5. – Action Items

  1. Current Instructional Delivery Model – Motion by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve continuing the K-8 in-person instruction and 9-12 hybrid instruction models at this time.  Motion carried unanimously

ITEM 6. – Adjournment - A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Ms. Williams, to adjourn the meeting at 4:25 p.m.  Motion carried unanimously. 

The next Regular Board Meeting will be Monday, November 23 at 6:00 p.m. at the School Administration Office Board Room.  Board Meetings are subject to change dependent upon need.

Attest:                                                                         Attest:

Kathy Biere, Secretary                                     Beth Van Diest, President      

kbiere@webster… Sat, 11/14/2020 - 15:26

Minutes - 2020.11.23

Minutes - 2020.11.23

November 23, 2020

The Board of Directors of the Webster City Community School District in the counties of Hamilton, Webster and Wright, State of Iowa, met in regular session, November 23, 2020, in the School Administration Office Board Room, Webster City, Iowa.

ITEM 1. – Call to Order – The Board President called the meeting to order at 6:05 p.m.

ITEM 2. – Roll Call – Members answering roll call were Ms. Williams, Mr. Pruismann (via Zoom), Mr. Stroner (via Zoom), Mr. Patterson and Ms. Van Diest.  Also present, via Zoom, were members of the media and other interested parties.

ITEM 3. – Approval of Agenda – It was moved by Ms. Williams, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the agenda.  Motion carried unanimously. 

ITEM 4. – Open Comment to the Board – There were none.

ITEM 5. – Discussion Items

  1. COVID Update - Dr. Ross presented an update to the Board on the rising COVID rates in the District and in Hamilton County.  Due to the high number of students and staff in quarantine, Dr. Ross recommended moving to required remote learning from November 30 through December 11. 
  2. High School Letter Grades and Survey Data – Dan Johnson, High School Principal, and Pat Farley, Assistant High School Principal, presented an update of letter grades issued at 9 weeks and the results from a survey sent out to students and parents at the High School. 

ITEM 6. – Action Items

  1. Instructional Delivery Model – Motion by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the application of a waiver for required remote learning from November 30 – December 11, 2020.  Motion carried unanimously. 
  2. Early Retirement Plan – Motion by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the 2020-2021 Early Retirement Plan.  Motion carried unanimously. 
  3. Seidlitz Education Contract – Motion by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the Seidlitz Education Service Contract for professional development.  Motion carried unanimously.    

ITEM 7. – Personnel

  1. Contract Recommendation – Motion by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve Daneyra Cruz, Sunset Heights Paraeducator.  Motion carried unanimously. 

ITEM 8. – Other

  1.  Dr. Ross reminded families there would be meals available to be picked up at the Middle School and Northeast Hamilton Elementary on November 30 and December 3 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  2. There were no comments from the Board.

ITEM 9. – Consent Items

  1. Motion by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the minutes of the November 9 and November 13, 2020 minutes.  Motion carried unanimously. 

ITEM 10. – Adjournment – Motion by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Ms. Williams, to adjourn the meeting at 6:56 p.m.  Motion carried unanimously. 

The next Regular Board Meeting will be Monday, December 14 at 6:00 p.m. at the School Administration Office Board Room.  Board Meetings are subject to change dependent upon need.

Attest:                                                                          Attest:

Kathy Biere, Secretary                                                Beth Van Diest, President         

kbiere@webster… Sun, 11/29/2020 - 13:28

Minutes - 2020.12.14

Minutes - 2020.12.14

December 14, 2020 

The Board of Directors of the Webster City Community School District in the counties of Hamilton, Webster and Wright, State of Iowa, met in regular session, December 14, 2020, in the School Administration Office Board Room, Webster City, Iowa.

ITEM 1. – Call to Order – The Board President called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

ITEM 2. – Roll Call – Members answering roll call were Ms. Williams, Mr. Pruismann, Mr. Stroner, Mr. Patterson and Ms. Van Diest.  Also present, via Zoom, were members of the media and other interested parties.

ITEM 3. – Approval of Agenda – It was moved by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the agenda by adding Access Systems Agreement to the Action Items.  Motion carried. 

ITEM 4. – Open Comment to the Board – Dr. Ross read an email sent by Amy and Dave Shannon regarding high school students needing to be in school in person, every day at the High School.  The email also mentioned when a motion is being made by the Board, and when asking for all those in favor, the Board should also be asking for all those opposed. 

ITEM 5. – Discussion Items

A.  COVID Update –

  1. Joe Shanks, Activities Director, gave the Board an update on the mitigation efforts taking place at High School athletic events.  Those efforts include:  only using the west entrance to the competition gym; two attendees per coach/participant; no one will be allowed in the gym until 15 minutes prior to the event start time; and the gym will be cleared when each event is over.  Mr. Shanks also mentioned events will be streamed on YouTube. 
  2. Lea Ahrens and Cindi Sweedler, School Nurses, will be updating holiday travel practices and sharing the information with staff. 
  3. Dr. Ross told the Board vaccinations for staff could be available late January/early February and that a google form will go out to staff for their input.

ITEM 6. – Action Items

  1. Snow Day Operations – Motion by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve snow day operations.  Motion carried. 
  2. Hearing on Proposed Resolution – President Van Diest opened the hearing at 6:47 p.m. and announced this was the time, place and date to hold a hearing on the proposed Resolution to Continue Participation in the Instructional Support Program.  The following persons appeared:  none.   After hearing no comments from the audience, President Van Diest declared the hearing closed at 6:49 p.m.
  3. Resolution to Continue Participation in the Instructional Support Program – Director Pruismann introduced the following Resolution and moved its adoption.  Director Williams seconded the motion to adopt.  The roll was called, and the vote was:

AYES:  Williams, Pruismann, Stroner, Patterson, Van Diest

NAYS:  None

The President declared the Resolution adopted as follows:

RESOLUTION TO CONTINUE PARTICIPATION IN THE INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT PROGRAM

WHEREAS, the Board of Directors has determined that to continue the current level of services and to fund the ongoing programs of the School District, continuation of participation in the Instructional Support Program for a period of five years is necessary and in the best interests of the District and its residents and students; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Directors has given consideration to continue participation in the Instructional Support Program as provided in Sections 257.18 through 257.21, Code of Iowa; and

WHEREAS, the Board has published notice of the time and place of a public hearing on the Resolution; and

WHEREAS, a hearing has been held upon the proposal to continue participation in the Instructional Support Program and any objections are overruled:

NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS RESOLVED:

  1. The Board of Directors determines that it is consistent with the five year finance plan to fund the ongoing programs and services of the School District and it is in the best interest of the School District to continue participation in an Instructional Support Program as provided in Sections 257.18 through 257.21, Code of Iowa, and to provide additional funding therefor for a period of five (5) years commencing with the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022.
  2. The additional funding for the Instructional Support Program for a budget year will be determined annually and will not exceed ten percent (10%) of the total regular program district cost for the budget year and moneys received under Section 257.14, Code of Iowa, as a budget adjustment for the budget year.
  3. Moneys received by the District for the Instructional Support Program may be used for any general fund purpose.
  4. The Instructional Support Program shall be funded by instructional support state aid and a combination instructional support property tax levied annually upon the taxable property within the School District commencing with the levy of property taxes for collection in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022, and an instructional support income surtax imposed annually, the percent of income surtax to be determined by the Board for each budget year to be imposed upon the state individual income tax of each individual income taxpayer resident in the School District on December 31, 2021, and each year thereafter.
  5. Unless, within twenty-eight days following the adoption of this Resolution, the Secretary of the Board receives a petition containing the signatures of eligible electors equal in number to not less than one hundred or thirty percent of the number of voters at the last preceding regular school election, whichever is greater, asking that an election be called to approve or disapprove this action of the Board adopting the Instructional Support Program, this action of the Board is final and the Secretary is authorized and directed to certify a copy of this Resolution to the Department of Management.

In the event a petition containing the required number of signatures is filed with the Secretary of the Board within twenty-eight days of the adoption of this Resolution, the President shall call a meeting of the Board to consider rescission of this Resolution, or to direct the county commissioner of elections to submit the following question to the qualified electors of the School District at a special election.

If the Board determines to submit the question to the electors, the proposition to be submitted shall be as follows:

Shall the Board of Directors of the Webster City Community School District, in the Counties of Hamilton, Webster, and Wright, State of Iowa, be authorized for a period of five (5) years to continue to levy and impose an instructional support tax in an amount (after taking into consideration instructional support state aid) of not exceeding ten percent (10%) of the total of regular program district cost for the budget year and moneys received under Section 257.14, Code of Iowa, as a budget adjustment in the budget year, and be authorized annually, in combination, as determined by the Board, to levy an instructional support property tax upon all the taxable property within the School District commencing with the levy of property taxes for collection in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022, and to impose an instructional support income surtax upon the state individual income tax of each individual income taxpayer resident in the School District on December 31 for each calendar year commencing with calendar year 2021, or each year thereafter, the percent of income surtax to be determined by the Board for each fiscal year, to be used for any general fund purpose?

  1. Bond Interest Payment – Motion by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the bond interest payment in the amount of $16,031.25.  Motion carried. 
  2. Nurse Stipend – Motion by Ms. Williams, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to approve the one-time stipend for Lea Ahrens and Cindi Sweedler for the contact tracing work done this year.  Motion carried. 
  3. Natural Gas Program Participation Agreement – Motion by Mr. Pruismann, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the Natural Gas Participation Agreement.  Motion carried. 
  4. Special Education Contract – Motion by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the Special Education Contracts for student services with Des Moines Community School District.  Motion carried. 
  5. Access Systems Agreement – Motion by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the Access Systems Agreement.  Motion carried. 

Item 7. – Personnel

  1. Contract Recommendations – Motion by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the early retirement application and resignation of Mindy Mossman, Pleasant View Elementary Principal.  Motion carried. 

Item 8. – Other

A.  Items from the Superintendent –

  1. Dr. Ross told the Board she has been getting emails regarding the District’s COVID dashboard.  The numbers reported on the dashboard come from the School Nurses and it would be hard to include the number recovered as those numbers are not part of the District’s tracking process.
  2. Dr. Ross told the Board the CDC guidance regarding travel has changed and the District will be updating its practices.
  3. Dr. Ross reminded everyone to try and avoid gatherings at Christmas and she wished everyone Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas. 

B.  Items from the Board –

  1. Mr. Patterson stated he was glad students were back to in-person learning
  2. Mr. Stroner asked what would determine the learning model after the holidays. 
  3. Ms. Williams asked when the second semester started. 

ITEM 9. – Consent Items - It was moved by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the minutes of the November 23, 2020 Board Meeting, to approve General, Schoolhouse, Lunch and Activity Fund Reports, payment of the bills and claims as listed at the close of these minutes, to approve the interfund transfer and the fundraising report.  Motion carried. 

ITEM 10. – Adjournment - A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Pruismann, to adjourn the meeting at 7:25 p.m.  Motion carried unanimously. 

The next Regular Board Meeting will be Monday, January 11, at 6:00 p.m. at the School Administration Office Board Room.  Board Meetings are subject to change dependent upon need.

Attest:                                                                         Attest:

Kathy Biere, Secretary                                               Beth Van Diest, President      

kbiere@webster… Tue, 12/15/2020 - 12:33

Minutes - 2019.10.14

Minutes - 2019.10.14

October 14, 2019
The Board of Directors of the Webster City Community School District in the counties of Hamilton, Webster and Wright, State of Iowa, met in regular session Monday, October 14 2019, in the School Administration Building, Webster City, Iowa.

ITEM 1. – Call to Order – The Board President called the meeting to order at 6:06 p.m.

ITEM 2. – Roll Call – Members answering roll call were Ms. Van Diest, Mr. Patterson, Mr. Stroner, Mr. Bonjour and Ms. Williams. Also present were members of the media and other interested parties.

ITEM 3. – Approval of Agenda – It was moved by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the agenda with Board Policies moved to Action Items. Motion carried.

ITEM 4. – Open Comment to the Board – Josh Lacey asked to have the property damage done to his fence at 1310 First Street added to a future Board agenda.

ITEM 5. – Fourth Grade Recycling Presentation – Five fourth grade students from Sunset Heights Elementary presented the Board with a recycling project they started when they were in third grade. After studying pollution and its effects, they would like to place a box near the office where students and staff can recycle plastic bottles. A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Bonjour, to approve this project. Motion carried.

ITEM 6. – Discussion Items – There were none.

ITEM 7. - Action Items

    a. Board Policy 700 Series 1st Reading – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the 1st reading of the Board Policy 700 series.
        Motion carried.

    b.  Board Policy 906.2 Smoke Free Environment 1st Reading – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Bonjour, to approve the 1st reading of Board
         Policy 906.2. Motion carried

    c.  Four-Year-Old Preschool Agreements – A motion was made by Mr. Bonjour, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the Four-Year-Old Preschool Agreements.
         Motion carried.

    d.  Fundraising Requests – A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve WC Rocketry to sell embroidered plush Lynx toys at the
         October 18th home football game and the December 13th home basketball game; to approve High School Spanish Club to sell puff pastry products; and to
         approve Middle School Band to sell shaved ice at the Middle School Band Tailgating Party. Motion carried.

    e.  2019-2020 TQ Committee Members – A motion was made by Ms. Williams, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the 2019-2020 TQ Committee Members as
         presented. Motion carried.

     f.  Amendment to Riverview Lease Contract Agreement – A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the amendment to the
         Riverview Lease Contract. Motion carried.

    g.  Addendum to YSS Mentoring Contract – A motion was made by Mr. Bonjour, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the addendum to the YSS Mentoring Contract.
         Motion carried. Members answering Aye: Van Diest, Patterson, Stroner, and Bonjour. Ms. Williams did not vote.

    h.  Decision to Support Career Ag Academy – A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to table this item until a future Board meeting. Motion
         carried.

     i.  Education Contracts – A motion was made by Stroner, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve education contracts for student services with Fort Dodge
         Community School District, North Central Consortium School, and Johnston Community School District. Motion carried.

ITEM 8. – Personnel

    a.  Contract Recommendation – A motion was made by Mr. Bonjour, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve Jessie Bailey and Beth Meyer as Co-Middle School
         Student Council Advisors. Motion carried.

ITEM 9. – Other

    a. Items from the Board

  • Mr. Stroner asked about PPEL flyers at the Board table. Dr. Ross asked the Board to distribute them to the public.

    b. Items from Dr. Ross

  • Dr. Ross reported she met with Rotary after Hours, Noon Kiwanis, and the Legion on Tuesday, October 8th to present information about the upcoming PPEL vote on November 5th. She is scheduled to present at Morning Kiwanis next week. She has also been discussing the PPEL vote during her “Chats with the Superintendent” with staff.
  • Dr. Ross and Cathi Hildebrand reported the auditors were here from September 30 thru October 3rd. It was a good audit with very few formal comments during the exit interview.
  • Dr. Ross reported a tree fell at Hamilton High over the weekend and several staff members worked to get it cleaned up on Monday.
  • Dr. Ross presented the Board with an updated copy of her Professional Growth Plan.

ITEM 10. - Consent Items – It was moved by Mr. Bonjour, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the minutes of the September 23, 2019 Board Meeting, payment of the bills and claims as listed at the close of these minutes, to approve General, Schoolhouse, Lunch and Activity Fund Reports, approve the interfund transfer, and approve the fundraising report. Motion carried.

ITEM 11. – Adjournment - A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Bonjour, to adjourn the meeting at 7:40 p.m. Motion carried, all members present voting aye.

The next Regular Board Meeting will be Monday, October 28th at 6:00 p.m. at the School
Administration Office Board Room. Board Meetings are subject to change dependent upon
need.

Attest:
Cathi Hildebrand, Secretary
Beth Van Diest, President

 

Jen@iowaschool… Sun, 12/08/2019 - 19:22

Minutes - 2019.10.28

Minutes - 2019.10.28

The Board of Directors of the Webster City Community School District in the counties of Hamilton, Webster and Wright, State of Iowa, met in regular session Monday, October 28, 2019, in the School Administration Building, Webster City, Iowa.

ITEM 1. – Call to Order – The Board President called the meeting to order at 6:01 p.m.

ITEM 2. – Roll Call – Members answering roll call were Ms. Van Diest, Mr. Stroner, Mr. Bonjour, and Ms. Williams. Also present were members of the media and other interested parties. Mr. Patterson was absent.

ITEM 3. – Approval of Agenda – It was moved by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Bonjour, to approve the agenda with Career Ag Academy moved to Item A under Action Items. Motion carried.

ITEM 4. – Open Comment to the Board – There was none.

ITEM 5. – Discussion Items
     a. 2019 Certified Enrollment – Dr. Ross reported certified enrollment is up 56.97 students.

ITEM 6. – Action Items
     a. Decision to Support Career Ag Academy – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Ms. Williams, to provide a letter of support to the Career Ag
         Academy. Motion carried.

     b. Second Reading of Board Policy 911 Smoke Free Environment – A motion was made by Ms. Williams, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the amended second
         reading of Board Policy 911 Smoke Free Environment. Motion carried.

     c. ISFIS Board Policy Hosting on School Website – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Bonjour, to approve ISFIS Board Policy hosting on the
         school website. Motion carried.

     d. Fundraising Requests – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve fundraising requests by Band Boosters to accept free-will
         donations at the season showcase and to sell t-shirts for the field show; and for WC Cheer to solicit ads for t-shirts to be given away at home sporting events.
         Motion carried.

     e. Education Contracts – A motion was made by Ms. Williams, seconded by Mr. Bonjour, to approve the education contracts for student services with Iowa Falls-
         Alden CSD, Mason City CSD, and Manson NW Webster CSD. Motion carried.

      f. Gifts – Van Diest Medical Center Donation of School Supplies – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Bonjour, to approve accepting the school
         supplies donation from Van Diest Medical Center. Motion carried.

ITEM 7. – Other
     a. Items from the Board

  • Mr. Stoner announced the upcoming activities for Veterans Day on November 11. Members of the Legion will be speaking to 8th graders at 8:30 a.m., a ceremony will be held at the Middle School from 10:00 to 10:20, the community ceremony will be held at 10:30, a meal will be provided for veterans and their spouses from 11:45 to 12:45 at the High School, and at 1:00 there will be a presentation at the high school with an active duty service person speaking.

    b. Item from Dr. Ross

  • Dr. Ross reported there will be one meeting in November and one meeting in December due to the holidays.
  • Cathi Hildebrand went over the election process and timelines for the upcoming School Board election and PPEL vote.

ITEM 8. - Consent Items – It was moved by Mr. Bonjour, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the minutes of the October 14, 2019 Board Meeting. Motion carried.

ITEM 9. – Adjournment - A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Bonjour, to adjourn the meeting at 6:36 p.m. Motion carried, all members present voting aye.

The next Regular Board Meeting will be Monday, November 11th at 6:00 p.m. at the School Administration Office Board Room.

Attest:
Cathi Hildebrand, Secretary
Beth Van Diest, President

 

dawn@iowaschoo… Wed, 12/11/2019 - 09:43

Minutes - 2019.11.11

Minutes - 2019.11.11

The Board of Directors of the Webster City Community School District in the counties of Hamilton, Webster and Wright, State of Iowa, met in regular session Monday, November 11 2019, in the School Administration Building, Webster City, Iowa.

ITEM 1. – Call to Order – The Board President called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.

ITEM 2. – Roll Call – Members answering roll call were Ms. Van Diest, Mr. Patterson, Mr. Stroner, Mr. Bonjour and Ms. Williams. Also present were members of the media and other interested parties.

ITEM 3. – Approval of Agenda – It was moved by Ms. Williams, seconded by Mr. Bonjour, to approve the agenda as written. Motion carried.

ITEM 4. – Open Comment to the Board – There was none.

ITEM 5. – Discussion Items
     a. Reorganization One-Time Monies – Dr. Ross presented the Board with information on plans for the reorganization one-time monies. This year, money will be set
         aside for cash flow purposes, to help with the cost of air conditioning at the elementary buildings, and a new web site. A portion of the money will also be used for
         any emergencies that may arise.

     b. First Reading of Board Policies 701, 710, 712.1, and 722 – A motion was made by Mr. Bonjour, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the first reading of Board
         Policies 701, 710, and 712.1. Motion carried. The Board asked for changes to Policy 722 which will be brought back for a first reading at the next Board meeting.

ITEM 6. – Action Items
     a. Early Retirement Plan – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the Early Retirement Plan for 2019-2020. Motion carried.

     b. Second Reading of Board Policy Series 700 – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Bonjour, to approve the second reading of Board Policy
         Series 700. Motion carried.

     c. Prairie Lakes AEA Director District Number 7 Representative – A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Bonjour, to approve voting for Todd
         Lundgren for Prairie Lakes AEA Director District Number 7 Representative. Motion carried.

     d. Protective Equipment Funds Transfer – A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the Protective Equipment Funds Transfer in
         the amount of $976.70. Motion carried.

     e. Debt Service General Obligation Bond Interest Payment – A motion was made by Mr. Bonjour, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve the Debt Service General
         Obligation Bond Interest Payment in the amount of $176,681.29. Motion carried.

      f. Fundraising Requests – A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve Middle School Chorus to sell Butter Braids; High School
         Student Council to host a Kids Karnival; and High School Spanish Club to sell cut-out sugar cookies. Motion carried.

     g. Education Contract – A motion was made by Ms. Williams, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to approve the education contract for student services with Ames
         Community School District. Motion carried.

     h. Amended Substitute Pay Rate for Accompanist – A motion was made by Mr. Bonjour, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve amending the 2019-2020 Substitute
         Pay Rate schedule by adding accompanist pay rate of $20.00 per hour with a maximum of 110 hours per year. Motion carried.

ITEM 7. - Personnel Action
     a. Contract Recommendation – A motion was made by Mr. Patterson, seconded by Mr. Stroner, to approve Tyler Mosbach as Assistant 7th Boys Basketball Coach.
         Motion carried.

ITEM 8. – Other
     a. Items from the Board

  • Mr. Stroner announced the Veteran’s Day celebrations at the Middle School and High School had been a great success. He thanked Lisa Jorgenson, Middle School Teacher, for helping with the program at the Middle School for the last 22 years and Pat Farley, High School Assistant Principal, for helping with the program at the High School for 2 years now.
  • Ms. Williams asked for clarification between hours and days with regards to early outs and late starts and if these will need to be made up to meet the Department of Education requirements.

     b. Items from Dr. Ross

  • Dr. Ross presented the Board with a copy of the letter of support sent to the Career Ag Academy.
  • Dr. Ross announced at the December 9th Board meeting, there will be an adjournment of the current Board and the new Board will be seated
  • The Board was given the option of two dates for a work session with Harry Hiligenthal from Iowa Association of School Boards.
  • Dr. Ross thanked the residents of Webster City Community School District for getting out to vote and for passing the PPEL (Physical Plant and Equipment Levy) on November 4th.
  • Dr. Ross thanked all Veterans for their service to our country.

ITEM 9. – Consent Items – It was moved by Mr. Bonjour, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the minutes of the October 28, 2019 Board Meeting, payment of the bills and claims as listed at the close of these minutes, to approve General, Schoolhouse, Lunch and Activity Fund Reports, approve the interfund transfer, and approve the fundraising report. Motion carried.

ITEM 10. - Adjournment - A motion was made by Mr. Stroner, seconded by Mr. Patterson, to adjourn the meeting at 5:40 p.m. Motion carried, all members present voting aye.

The next Regular Board Meeting will be Monday, December 9th at 6:00 p.m. at the School Administration Office Board Room. Board Meetings are subject to change dependent upon need.

Attest:
Cathi Hildebrand, Secretary
Beth Van Diest, President

 

dawn@iowaschoo… Thu, 12/12/2019 - 08:48