Forest City Board of Education

Joint Meeting - June 9, 2010

 

The Board of Directors of the Forest City Community School District and Woden-Crystal Lake met for a joint meeting on June 9, 2010 at 6:00 P. M. in the Community Room at Titonka Savings Bank, Forest City Office.

 

After a quorum was established the meeting was called to order by the president, Dave Bartlett.

 

Members present: Forest City Board, Dave Bartlett, Sandra Lillquist, Julie Farland, Gary Ludwig, Susan Shaw, Cindy Carter, Woden-Crystal Lake Board, Ron Eden, Bruce Kluver, Pat Hobbs, Travis Stohr. Members absent: Jim Wellik, Keila Buffington.

 

Cindy Carter moved to approve the agenda. Gary Ludwig seconded the motion. Ayes: ten. Nayes: none. Carried.

 

Dave Bartlett welcomed everyone and introduced the facilitator Dean Meier from AEA 267.

 

Dr. Meier reviewed the purpose and details of the agenda. This is an opportunity to get to know each other, understand current laws and timetables regarding future options and to better understand the options and issues faced by each Board.

 

Dr. Meier introduced all of the participants.

 

Dr. Meier started the large group go-a-round by having each Board member answer the following question. “The one feature or quality of my school today that I hope survives forever is....”

 

Dwight Widen discussed the following future issues facing Woden-Crystal Lake Community School District: declining enrollment, budget issues, families looking at other potential neighbors and SBRC timelines and requirements included in a feasibility study completed in May 2009.

 

Keila Buffington arrived at 7:15 P.M.

 

Darwin Lehmann discussed the following future issues facing Forest City Community School: declining enrollment and maintenance of current programs.

 

Dwight Widen reviewed future options available to the Woden-Crystal Lake Community School District. 

 

A. Establish a 4-12 one-way sharing with Forest City maintaining their own pre-K to 3 in Crystal Lake and continue that arrangement for x number of years into the future,
B. Same as A. but only as a 1-3 year solution while dissolution is being pursued and implemented, 
C. Same as A. but only as a 1-3 year solution while reorganization is pursued and implemented.

 

Darwin Lehmann reviewed future options available to the Forest City Community School District. 

 

A. Reject a partnership and whole-grade sharing with Woden-Crystal Lake Community School District, 
B. Be a willing partner only if option B. is pursued and implemented, 
C. Be a willing partner only if option A. is pursued and implemented, 

D. Be a willing partner with Woden-Crystal Lake Community School regardless of options or timelines their district follows.

 

Darwin Lehmann and Dwight Widen reviewed current incentives available, amounts, timelines, current sharing of programs staff was reviewed and potential future plans being considered.

 

Dr. Meier reviewed a dissolution process and timelines.

 

Dr. Meier reviewed a reorganization process and timelines.

 

Dr. Meier, Darwin Lehmann and Dwight Widen chaired a question and answer session for all Board members.

 

Dr. Meier discussed the next steps for additional joint Board meetings.

 

Dr. Meier chaired a final go-a-round of all participants.

 

President, Ron Eden gave a final thank you to everyone.

 

Keila Buffington moved to adjourn the meeting. Cindy Carter seconded the motion. Ayes: eleven. Nayes: none. Carried.

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:16 P.M.

 

Dave Bartlett, President 
Steven J. Rollefson, BS/BM 
Ron Eden, President 
Roxanne Stohr, Board Secretary