March 13

A public hearing of the Forest City Community School Board was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by president the President, Bruce Mielke at the District Office, Forest City, Iowa. 

 

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

 

The President announced that this is the time, place and date to hold a public hearing on the proposed plans, specifications, and form of contract with estimated total cost of the Hanson Family Fine Arts Center was held.  There were no oral comments, written comments, or questions on the project.  After discussion, President, Bruce Mielke declared the hearing closed. The time was 6:31 p.m.



Regular Meeting


March 13, 2017

 

 

The Board of Directors of the Forest City Community School District met for a regular meeting on March 13, 2017 at 6:31 p.m. in the District Office.

 

After a quorum was established the meeting was called to order by the president, Bruce Mielke.                    

 

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

 

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

 

Bruce Mielke gave the President’s report and additional comments to the Board.

 

Elementary Principal, Brad Jones; reported to the Board on plans for next year along with potential changes.

 

High School Principal, Ken Baker, reported to the Board on Iowa Testing Data and upcoming plans for “Battle of the Classes”.

 

Technology Integration Director, Mike Van Oort reported to the Board on new registration procedures to be implemented prior to the 2017-18 school year and a TLC update.

 

Middle School Principal, Zach Dillavou, reported to the Board on next generation science standards, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and curriculum wrapping,

 

Sup’t Lehmann gave his monthly report to the Board, discussing the following items: Communication Director’s Report, IASB Collective Bargaining Conference Invite, e-mail footer added to student e-mails, EMC Mold Investigation report, Academic Banquet information, and Employee Health & Benefits renewal meetings.

 

Sup’t Lehmann reviewed the following consent agenda items: minutes of the February 14, 2017 board meeting, minutes of the February 15, 2017 special meeting, open enrollments, personnel, and early graduation request.  After discussion, Cindy Carter moved to approve all consent agenda items.  Jesse Olson seconded the motion.  Ayes: seven.  Nays: none.  Carried.

                  

 Resignation – Dave Jones, Custodian and Route Driver

 Resignation – Wanda Folkerts, Custodian

 Resignation – Tamara Price, MS/HS School Nurse

 Contract – Anna Tschida, High School English Language Arts

 

Member Eric Kingland left the meeting.  Sup’t Lehmann reviewed the plans/specs and submitted construction bids for the Hanson Family Fine Arts Center. Forest City Mayor, Barney Ruiter, spoke on behalf of the City of Forest City in support of the project.  Waldorf University President, Bob Alsop, also shared the support of Waldorf University.  After discussion, Keila Buffington moved to approve the plan/specs and lowest submitted bid from Kingland Construction from Forest City, Iowa in the amount of $9,297,485 which included the base bid plus alternates 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, and 8.  Pat Hobbs seconded the motion. Ayes: six. Nays: none. Carried. Member Eric Kingland re-entered the meeting.

 

Sup’t Lehmann reviewed the legislative session discussions and decisions along with the potential impact on PK-12 education.

 

Sup’t Lehmann reviewed the following Board Policies: 100, 101, 102, 102-R1, 102, 103-E.  Pat Hobbs moved to approve the policies as read.  Dave Bartlett seconded the motion.  Ayes: seven. Nays: none. Carried.

 

Middle School teachers Mallory Ziesmer and Kari Olson along with students Jordan Anderson, Olivia Gayther, Keevan Jones, and Laura Harms presented on their recent American Cancer Society Day at the Capital and their lobbying experience along with upcoming fundraising plans.

 

Sup’t Lehmann presented contracts renewals for the 2017-2018 school year for certified, non-certified staff, and administration with an issue date of March 15, 2017 and a return date of April 5, 2017.  After discussion, Eric Kingland moved to approve the contracts as presented. Dave Bartlett seconded the motion.  Ayes: seven. Nays: none. Carried.

 

Sec. Meinders presented the 2015-16 Financial Health.  After discussion, Cindy Carter moved to approve as presented, Jesse Olson seconded the motion.  Ayes: seven. Nays: none. Carried.

 

Sup’t Lehmann presented to the board an option to pursue a voted physical plant and equipment levy and renewing the district’s instructional support levy.

 

Sec. Meinders presented a draft of the 2016-17 Budget Amendment and 2017-2018 Budget for publishing and approval in April.

 

After reviewing the monthly financial statements, Cindy Carter moved to approve the following statements.   Jesse Olson seconded the motion.  Ayes: seven.  Nays: none.  Carried. 

 

After reviewing the monthly bills, Pat Hobbs moved to approve the following for payment.  Keila Buffington seconded the motion.  Ayes: seven.  Nays: none.  Carried. 

 

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

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:36 p.m.

 

Bruce Mielke, President

Sara Meinders, BS/BM