Meeting - 2022.12.12

December 12, 2022 

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 12, 2022, in the School Administration Office Board Room, Webster City, Iowa.

Open Comment to the Board – None.

ITEM 1. - Call to Order – The Board President called the meeting to order at 4:01 p.m.

ITEM 2. – Roll Call – Members answering roll call were Ms. Greenfield, Mr. Stoakes, Mr. Patterson, and Ms. Van Diest.  Ms. Clarken was absent.  Also present were Kathy Biere and other interested parties.

ITEM 3. – Approval of Agenda – Motion by Mr. Patterson, second by Mr. Stoakes, to approve the agenda by adding Action Item E. – Berryhill Counseling Services Agreement and striking the contract resignation of Kevin Bahrenfuss.  Motion carried. 

ITEM 4. – Board Work Session with McPherson and Jacobson – The Board went into a work session at 4:03 p.m. with Lyle Schwartz and Doug Gee from McPherson and Jacobson to discuss the process of hiring the next Superintendent for Webster City Schools.  Items discussed included:  timeline for the search, how and when to advertise the position, stakeholder groups, compensation, and selection criteria.  Director Clarken joined the work session at 4:52 p.m. 

ITEM 5. - Discussion Items –

  1. First Reading of Board Policy 300 Series Administration – Dr. Ross walked the Board through the first reading of board policy 300 Series Administration.  

ITEM 6. – Action Items

  1. Agreement with McPherson and Jacobson – Motion by Mr. Stoakes, second by Ms. Greenfield to approve the agreement with McPherson and Jacobson.  Motion carried. 
  2. Education Contract – Motion by Ms. Greenfield, second by Ms. Clarken, to approve the education contract with Dubuque Community School District for student services.  Motion carried. 
  3. Sales Tax Revenue Bond Interest Payments – Motion by Mr. Patterson, second by Mr. Stoakes, to approve the sales tax revenue bond interest payments in the amount of $8,202.60 and $12,768.75.  Motion carried. 
  4. English Language Program Review Agreement – Motion by Mr. Patterson, second by Ms. Greenfield, to approve the English language program review agreement.  Motion carried. 

ITEM 7. – Personnel – Motion by Ms. Clarken, second by Mr. Stoakes, to approve the following:

  1.  Contract Resignations:  Riley Powell, Part-Time Custodian; Anne Levongkhom, Part-Time Food Service; Lord Phiwthong, Part-Time Food Service; and Peggy Willson, NEH Paraeducator. 
  2. Contract Recommendations:  Curt Smith, Part-Time Custodian; Connie George, Part-
    Time Food Service; Adalie Schwandt, NEH Paraeducator; Susan Holdgrafer, PV & SS Paraeducator.

    Motion carried. 

ITEM 8. – Other

  1. Items from Dr. Ross -
    1. Board Meeting Calendar - Strategic planning dates will be added and Hamilton High will present at the January 9 board meeting. 
    2. Board members can let Dr. Ross know if they would like to tour the Career Academy. 
    3. Mr. Farley, High School Assistant Principal, is working on policy and protocol for a drug dog.
    4. Virtual assessments with Homeland Security have been held for Pleasant View, Sunset Heights, Middle School and High School.
    5. Stop the bleed packs have been distributed to each of the buildings in the District.
  2. Items from the Board –
    1. Ms. Clarken would like to put her visit to the Career Academy off until after a new Superintendent is hired. 

ITEM 9. – Consent Items – It was moved by Ms. Greenfield, second by Mr. Patterson, to approve the minutes of the November 28, 2022 and December 7, 2022 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; to approve the fundraising report; and open enrollment update.  Motion carried.

ITEM 10. - Adjournment – Motion by Mr. Patterson, second by Mr. Stoakes, to adjourn the meeting at 6:31 p.m.  Motion carried.

The next Regular Board Meeting will be Monday, January 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