March 20, 2017

March 20, 2017 Board Minutes
Posted on 03/22/2017

MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017
Un-Official Minutes

Call to Order: Board President Dorene Scheffel called the regular meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. At roll call, the following board members responded as present: Ms. Adkins, Mrs. Bruun, Mr. Hendrix, Mr. Livingston, Mr. Stoufer, Mr. Weilage, and Mrs. Scheffel.

Administrators: Dr. Mark Schweer, Dave Black, Kent Stopak, Joel Beyenhof, and Barb Grell.

Guest in attendance: Jen Stroup, Jen Lighthipe, Krystal Sidzyik (the Daily Nonpareil), LoriAnn Brougham, Josh Allen and Teresa Griffith.

Approve Agenda: Mr. Hendrix moved, seconded by Mr. Livingston, that the agenda be approved with the moving of 7.02 to the end of the meeting due to it being in closed session. Carried: 7-0

Public Hearing on the Proposed Budget for 2017-2018
Board President Dorene Scheffel opened the Public Hearing at 6:31 p.m. Superintendent Dr. Mark Schweer highlighted a power point presentation. He discussed the make-up of our spending authority. Our spending authority is slightly more than 38 million. The total combined district cost is around 24 million and includes the 101% budget guarantee. He mentioned our unspent authority is not cash. The enrollment history was presented and he stated, looking back to FY 11 the average allowable growth has been 1.57%. The district per student cost is $6446. Our enrollment for the previous year is down by 100 students so the district will see a $644,600 decrease. Our miscellaneous income is everything except state aid and property taxes. Our open enrollment is the largest contributor of the miscellaneous income. The cash reserve levy cannot be more the 20 percent of the general fund expenditures. Other levies were discussed including our PPEL, Instructional Support and Debt. Our current debt is $105,000 and after this payoff our district will be debt free. The tax rate will decrease from $12.40 to $12.34. Mrs. Scheffel closed the Public Hearing at 6:50 p.m.

Public Hearing on the Proposed Calendar for 2017-2018
Board President Dorene Scheffel opened the Public Hearing at 6:51 pm. Superintendent Dr. Mark Schweer opened with a discussion of Iowa code 279.10. Iowa schools cannot start until Aug 23 and a public hearing is required. Mr. David Black proceeded with the make-up of the calendar. The district will continue with an hour’s calendar. We have scheduled 177 student days, 3 parent-teacher conference comp days, 5 district days, 3 staff professional development days, and 4 holiday/vacation days; totaling 192 contract days. There will be a one hour early dismissal every Wednesday that school is in session. There were no questions or comments from the public. The Public Hearing was closed at 7:06 p.m.

Commendations/Good News:
• The following groups have been selected as Outstanding Performers at the IHSSA State Individual Speech Contest and have been invited to perform at the All-State Individual Speech Festival on March 27 at UNI.
o Aidan Cozart - Improvisational Acting, Expository Address
o Ian Brungardt - Improvisational Acting, Literary Program
o Mark Kavars - Storytelling
o Jordan Dickinson - Acting
o Grace Peterson - Literary Program
o Jonny Cox - Poetry
o Austin Dunham - Prose
• Maegan Holt named City Girls Player of the Year
• All-City girls basketball. Maegan Holt is now a three-time honoree, and she’s joined on the roster by freshman teammate Megan Witte.

Comments & Suggestions
: None 

Consent Agenda: Mr. Hendrix moved, seconded by Mr. Livingston, that the consent agenda be approved as presented. Discussion: The Consent Agenda included approval of minutes – March 6, 2017 meeting, Financial Report; Summary of Revenue and Expenses; and Activities Fund. Bills recommended for payment and Personnel – Administrative Recommendations: Licensed – Approval to Employee: Ron Siske – MS Asst. Girls Track and Alex Mares – Spring Assistance Drama; Classified - Approval to Employ: None; Licensed – Resignations Joan Goeser – TH – Elementary Teacher and Chris Jensen – HS – Assistant Soccer Coach; Classified Resignations/Terminations - Morgan Fields – LCLC Associate and Ethan Matyja – LCLC Associate. Carried: 7-0

• Go Open Conference

Josh Allen, technology integration specialist, provided a recap of the #GoOpen Summit, held March 3rd at LCHS, and an update to District's #GoOpen work. He extended a thank you to Mike Hale, Dennis South and Kyle Penney.

• Mission/Vision Work with SIAC Committee
Dr. Mark Schweer started the discussion, mentioning our Department of Education accreditation visit 2 years ago. The Department of Education team suggested we look at our mission/vision statement and either revise or rewrite our statement. A team, led by Trent Grundmeyer has had discussions about our core values, and what people say about Lewis Central. They are looking at it from a marketing perspective. We want our statement to authenticate our core values. Mr. Dave Black took over the discussion with a presentation of their ideas. ‘Inspiring Excellence’ is a positive vision and easy to understand. He stated it has been good work and it will help the district to market the school. The next SIAC meeting is April 11th. Dr. Mark Schweer asked the board to address their thoughts by the next SIAC meeting.

Discussion Items
7.01 2017-2018 Calendar and 2018-2019 Calendar
None after the Public Hearing

7.02 Superintendent Evaluation (Closed Session)
Moved to end of the meeting for closed session

Comments & Suggestions
• Mr. Stoufer commented on an impressive Stem event this past weekend.

Action Items

9.01 2017-2018 Calendar & 2018-2019 Calendar
Mr. Hendrix moved, seconded by Mr. Livingston, that the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 calendars be approved as presented. Discussion: none following the public hearing. Carried: 6 yes votes – Mr. Hendrix, Mr. Livingston, Mr. Weilage, Ms. Adkins, Mrs. Bruun, and Mrs. Scheffel: 1 no vote – Mr. Stoufer

Discussion Items
7.02 Superintendent Evaluation
Mrs. Scheffel made the announcement that the board would be moving to a closed session to discuss the evaluation of the superintendent.

Mr. Weilage moved, seconded by Mr. Hendrix to move into closed session pursuant to Chapter 21.5 1(i) under Iowa Code at 7:52 p.m. Roll call vote. Ms. Adkins-yes, Mrs. Bruun-yes, Mr. Hendrix-yes, Mr. Livingston-yes, Mr. Stoufer-yes, Mr. Weilage-yes, and Mrs. Scheffel. Carried: 7-0

Mr. Weilage moved, seconded by Ms. Adkins to move out of closed session at 9:32 p.m. Roll call vote. Ms. Adkins-yes, Mrs. Bruun-yes, Mr. Hendrix-yes, Mr. Livingston-yes, Mr. Stoufer-yes, Mr. Weilage-yes, and Mrs. Scheffel. Carried: 7-0

Information/Future Items

*Regular School Board Meeting – April 3, 2017
*Regular School Board Meeting – April 17, 2017

With no further business before them, at 9:33 p.m. Mr. Hendrix motioned to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Mr. Stoufer. By voice vote, all were in favor.

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