Forest City Board of Education

Regular Meeting - March 17, 2015


The Board of Directors of the Forest City Community School District met for a regular meeting on March 17, 2015 at 6:30 P. M. in the District Office.


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


Members present: Dave Bartlett, Gary Ludwig, Keila Buffington, Pat Hobbs, Eric Kingland, Cindy Carter, Bruce Mielke.  Members absent: none. 


Cindy Carter moved to approve the agenda.  Keila Buffington seconded the motion.  Ayes: seven. Nays: none.  Carried. 


Dave Bartlett gave the President’s report and additional comments to the Board.


Brad Jones and Zach Dillavou gave their monthly reports to the Board. 


Sup’t Lehmann gave his report to the Board.


Sup’t Lehmann reviewed the following consent agenda items: minutes of the February 9, 2015 regular meeting and March 9 2015 special meeting, open enrollments, and employment.  After discussion, Cindy Carter moved to approve all consent agenda items.  Bruce Mielke seconded the motion.  Ayes: seven.  Nays: none.  Carried.

         Dennis Meling – Transportation 

         Lynne Chruch – Resignation 


Sup’t Lehmann and Board members reviewed Legislative priorities, talking points and current legislative action that impacts K-12 education. 


Sup’t Lehmann gave a second reading of the following Board Policies: 506.2, 506.2-R1, 506.2-E1, 506.3, 506.4, 506.5, 506.6, 506.7, 600, 601.1, 601.2, 601.3.  After discussion, Pat Hobbs move to approve the policies as read.  Keila Buffington seconded the motion.  Ayes: seven.  Nays: none.  Carried.


Sup’t Lehmann and Board members discussed the snowmobile on school property request from parents.  Parents in attendance discussed with Board members their support for students being allowed to ride snowmobiles to school.  Steve Bakke and Dan Davis discussed the city ordinance and gave a history of the policy.  Terry Durby gave information regarding snowmobile trails and liability insurance.  A report from EMC the School District insurance carrier noted that this is a heavy risk management issue that would require the following items to be addressed, proper lighting, ensuring the trail is groomed and free of debris and ensuring signs are placed and maintained.  The school attorney was requested to review the information and provide his legal opinion on the issue.  After discussion, Eric Kingland moved to proceed with Terry Durby and Sup’t Lehmann working on details for a trail and parking area and also requesting the city council to designate an area on school property as a permitted use site.  Gary Ludwig seconded the motion.   Ayes: seven.  Nays: none.  Carried.   


Secretary Rollefson, reviewed the proposed budget for 2015-2016 school year.  After discussion, Eric Kingland moved to continue the .33/1,000 Property, Plant and Equipment Levy for the 2015-2016 school year. Pat Hobbs seconded the motion.  Ayes: seven.  Nays: none.  Carried.  Keila Buffington moved that the proposed budget for the General Fund of $13,500,000, Management Fund of $350,000, Property, Plant and Equipment Levy of $148,775, Activity Fund of $700,100, Capital Projects of $1,700,000, Schoolhouse Fund consisting of Bond and Interest of $296,496 and Nutrition Fund of $711,100 be filed with the Board Secretary and the date of the hearing on said estimate be April 13, 2015 at 6:25 P.M. in the District Office and Notice of Hearing as required by law be published in the Forest City Summit on April 1, 2015.  Eric Kingland seconded the motion.  Ayes: seven. Nays: none.  Carried.


RESOLVED, that the Board of Directors of Forest City Community School District, will levy property tax for fiscal year 2015-2016 for the regular program budget adjustment as allowed under section 257.14, Code of Iowa.  After discussion, Bruce Mielke moved to approve the resolution.  Cindy Carter seconded the motion.  Ayes: seven.  Nays: none. Carried.


Sup’t Lehmann reviewed the 2015-2016 Instructional Support Budget.  After discussion, Bruce Mielke moved to approve the budget as presented.  Cindy Carter seconded the motion.  Ayes: seven.  Nays: none. Carried.                  


Sup’t Lehmann reviewed the 2015-2016 E-rate proposal.  After discussion, Keila Buffington moved to approve the proposal as presented.  Eric Kingland seconded the motion.  Ayes: seven.  Nays: none.  Carried.


Sup’t Lehmann reviewed the Middle School 1:1 computer purchase with Apple Inc. for the amount of $162,439.50 for student computers and $22,350 for teacher computers.  After discussion, Gary Ludwig moved to approve the purchase as presented.  Cindy Carter seconded the motion.  Ayes: seven.  Nays: none.  Carried. 


Secretary Rollefson reviewed the 2014 fiscal year audit.  After discussion, Eric Kingland moved to approve the audit as presented.  Cindy Carter seconded the motion.  Ayes: seven.  Nays: none.  Carried.


After reviewing the monthly bills, Cindy Carter moved to approve the following for payment (see attached).  Bruce Mielke seconded the motion.  Ayes: seven.  Nays: none.  Carried.  


After reviewing the monthly financial statements, Pat Hobbs moved to approve the following statements (see attached).  Keila Buffington seconded the motion.  Ayes: seven.  Nays: none.  Carried. 


Cindy Carter moved to adjourn the meeting.  Pat Hobbs seconded the motion.  Ayes: seven.  Nays: none.  Carried. 


The meeting adjourned at 9:25 P.M.


Dave Bartlett, President

Steven J. Rollefson, BS/BM