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