Forest City Board of Education

Regular Meeting - May 10, 2007

 

The Board of Directors of the Forest City Community School District met for a regular meeting on May 10, 2007 at 7:00 P. M. in the District Office.

 

After a quorum was established the meeting was called to order by the president, Susan Shaw.

 

Members present: Susan Shaw, Dave Bartlett, Keila Buffington, Arlyn Midtgaard, Julie Farland, Cindy Carter, Sandra Lillquist. Members absent: none.

 

Keila Buffington moved to approve the agenda. Dave Bartlett seconded the motion. Ayes: seven. Nayes: none. Carried.

 

Julie Farland moved to approve the minutes of the April 12, 2007 regular meeting. Cindy Carter seconded the motion. Ayes: seven. Nayes: none. Carried.

 

Susan Shaw welcomed the visitors.

 

Members of the Professional Responsibilities and Relations Committee requested time to speak to the Board regarding the sun setting last year of the Early Retirement Policy. 

Marcia Tweeten gave her monthly curriculum director’s report including updates on the following: working on the non-compliance items from the Iowa Department of Education Accreditation Visitation, APR/AYP/CSIP.

Steve Putz, Ken Baker, Tim Kuehl and Zach Dillavou gave their monthly reports to the Board on their respective buildings.

Sup’t Pierson gave his monthly report to the Board discussing the following items: legislative summary, end of school year activities, National School Board Week, success academy and the completed accreditation visit.

 

Susan Shaw and the Board discussed Teacher Appreciation week and the proposed breakfast schedule.

 

Sup’t Pierson reviewed the following consent agenda items: professional leave requests, special minor’s license, open enrollment. After discussion, Cindy Carter moved to approve all consent agenda items. Keila Buffington seconded the motion. Ayes: seven. Nayes: none. Carried.

 

Sup’t Pierson reviewed a special minor’s license request for under the one mile limitation. After discussion, Sandra Lillquist move to approve the request. Dave Bartlett seconded the motion. Ayes: two. Nayes: five. The request was denied.

 

Sup’t Pierson reviewed student fees for the 2007-2008 school year. After discussion, action was tabled until the June Board meeting.

 

Building principals discussed with the Board reviewing their Parent/Student Handbooks for the 2007-2008 school year. After discussion, action was tabled until the June Board meeting.

 

Sup’t Pierson reviewed Board policy 803.1 - Purchasing and Bidding. After discussion, Arlyn Midtgaard moved to approve the first reading of this policy. Dave Bartlett seconded the motion. Ayes: seven. Nayes: none. Carried.

 

Sup’t Pierson reviewed Board policy 702.5 - Bus Service for Non-School Activities. On several occasions, Mr. Osterkamp has been contacted by community organizations about contracting services for transportation. The current policy is very specific on what organizations the District may provide services for. After discussion, the policy will remain unchanged.

 

Sup’t Pierson reported that one of the recommendations of the Iowa Department of Education’s Accreditation visit was to create a Vocational Advisory Committee. Representatives from 3m, Winnebago, Forest City Economic Development, Chamber of Commerce, agriculture and Forest City business have been asked to serve on the committee. After discussion, Sandra Lillquist moved to authorize the formation the District Vocational Advisory Committee. Keila Buffington seconded the motion. Ayes: seven. Nayes: none. Carried.

 

Sup’t Pierson reviewed the following summer projects: Elementary cement work, athletic lighting, upgrade to 8th science room, doors and security system in the high school, security cameras at the elementary, upgrade to the high school auditorium.

 

Sup’t Pierson reviewed the District’s Standards, Benchmarks and Indicators as the foundation for curriculum and instruction. After discussion, Dave Bartlett moved to approve the District’s Standards, Benchmarks and Indicators as the foundation for curriculum and instruction. Sandra Lillquist seconded the motion. Ayes: seven. Nayes: none. Carried.

 

Sup’t Pierson reported to the Board for the Hall of Fame committee. The following persons are presented for induction into the Forest City Community School District Hall of Fame, Rick Juhl and Carol Haugen. After discussion, Cindy Carter moved to approve the recommendations for the Hall of Fame. Dave Bartlett seconded the motion. Ayes: seven. Nayes: none. Carried.

Sup’t Pierson read letters of resignation from the following professional staff members. After discussion, Arlyn Midtgaard moved to approve the resignations. Keila Buffington seconded the motion. Ayes: seven. Nayes: none. Carried.

Kari Kopperud - 7th Science
Linda Ferjak - H S Vocal Music
Linda Jacobson - H S Spanish
Robert Bobolz - H S Special Education

 

Sup’t Pierson read letters of resignation from the following supplemental staff members. After discussion, Julie Farland moved to approve the resignations. Cindy Carter seconded the motion. Ayes: seven. Nayes: none. Carried.

Kelli Jacobs - 7th Girls Basketball 
Tom Pauley - H S Student Council
Jon Bliesmer - H S Volleyball Practice

 

Upon recommendation of the administration, Cindy Carter moved to approve the following professional contract. Sandra Lillquist seconded the motion. Ayes: seven. Nayes: none. Carried.

Esther Nelson - M S Vocal Music - 26,500
Esther Nelson - M S Vocal - 563
Scott Jackson - H S Special Education - 26,500
Benjamin Jass - H S Industrial Technology - 32,632
Benjamin Jass - Industrial Tech Club - 496
Robin Achterhof - H S Spanish - 32,000
Robin Achterhof - 1/2 Student Council - 496

 

After reviewing the monthly bills, Arlyn Midtgaard moved to approve the following for payment (see attached). Dave Bartlett seconded the motion. Ayes: seven. Nayes: none. Carried.

 

After reviewing the monthly financial statements, Julie Farland moved to approve the following statements (see attached). Cindy Carter seconded the motion. Ayes: seven. Nayes: none. Carried.

 

Sup’t Pierson reviewed a request submitted by substitutes for the district that they be given consideration for years of service in the way of a certificate or other form of recognition. After discussion, Julie Farland moved to establish a study committee to make a recommendation to the Board on ways to recognize substitutes for years of service. Cindy Carter seconded the motion. Ayes: seven. Nayes: none. Carried.

 

Sup’t Pierson reviewed communications that he had received during the month with board members.

 

Agenda suggestions were discussed for the June 14, 2007 regular meeting.

 

Julie Farland moved to adjourn the meeting. Cindy Carter seconded the motion. Ayes: seven. Nayes: none. Carried.

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:17 P.M.


Susan M. Shaw, President

Steven J. Rollefson, BS/BM