March 12th



Regular Meeting

 March 12, 2018

 

 

The Board of Directors of the Forest City Community School District met for a regular meeting on March 13, 2018 at 6:30 P.M. in the District Office.

 

After a quorum was established the meeting was called to order by the Vice President, Cindy Carter.

 

Members present: Pat Hobbs, Eric Kingland, Cindy Carter, Dave Bartlett, and Keila Buffington.  Members absent: Bruce Mielke and Jesse Olson. Pat Hobbs attended via telephone conference as it was inconvenient to do so otherwise.

 

Keila Buffington moved to approve the agenda with the addition of item 6.h. E-Rate Category Two Bids. Eric Kingland seconded the motion.  Ayes: five. Nays: none.  Carried.

 

Principals Ken Baker and Zach Dillavou gave their monthly reports to the Board.

 

Sup’t Lehmann gave his monthly report to the Board, discussing the following items: thank yous, IASB Conference, WCTA supports, school calendar review, girls bowling to state, negative lunch accounts, and graduation planning.

 

Sup’t Lehmann reviewed the following consent agenda items: minutes of the February 12th Regular Meeting, open enrollments, personnel, and board member resignation.  After discussion, Dave Bartlett moved to approve all 


consent agenda items. Pat Hobbs seconded the motion.  Ayes: five.  Nays: none.  Carried.

 

Resignations effective at the end of the 2017-18 school year: Trent Teske, MS/HS Vocal; Dusty Meyn, Business Education Teacher, MS Track Coach, HS Girls Basketball Coach, and FCTV Coordinator; Barbara Haukoos, Food Service; and Justin Uhlenhopp, MS Football Coach.

 

Contracts for the current 2017-18 school year: Sammantha Chapin, Flags Coordinator; and Dan Rosacker, Assistant Golf Coach.

 

Contracts for the upcoming 2018-19 school year: Brittany Meinders, Elem. Special Education Teacher; Amber Kisner, Elem. Special Education Teacher; Melanie Harms Espeland, Elem. Special Education Teacher.

 

Contract Adjustments effective at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year: Emily Beenken, from 0.5 FTE Teacher to 1.0 FTE Teacher to K-Prep; and Trish Hall, from 0.5 FTE Teacher to 1.0 FTE Teacher to 4th grade.

        

         Board Member Resignation: Jesse Olson representing District #4 as of 03/01/2018.

 

Board Member, Keila Buffington and Sup’t Lehmann provided the Board with a construction update of the Hanson Family Fine Arts Center.

 

Sup’t Lehmann shared an update on the current legislative session.

 

Andrew Branstad, Lukas Wooge, and Courtney Wooge each addressed the Board in regards to the potential 5th grade transition to the middle school building. Sup’t Lehmann and Principal Dillavou also presented on the transition.  Dave Bartlett moved, seconded by Keila Buffington to approve the 5thgrade transition to the middle school building for the 2019-2020 school year (August 2019) and to integrate 5th grade to the current middle school 


structure at that time.  Ayes: five. Nays: none. Carried.

 

Sup’t Lehmann presented and amendment to the Worth County Development Authority Budget for 2018-19. After discussion, Eric Kingland moved to approve the budget amendment as presented.  Dave Bartlett seconded the motion.  Ayes: five. Nays: none. Carried.

 

Sup’t Lehmann gave a first reading of the following Board policies:  303.1, 303.1-E, 303.2, 303.2-R, 303.3, 303.4, 303.4-R, 303.5, 303.5-E1, 303.5-E2, 303.5-E3, 303.6, and 404.9.  After discussion, Dave Bartlett moved to approve the policies as read.  Keila Buffington seconded the motion.  Ayes: five. Nays: none.  Carried.

 

Sec. Meinders presented the Financial Audit Report as prepared by Schnurr & Company, LLC, CPA of Fort Dodge, Iowa for the 2016-17 fiscal year. After reviewing the report, Keila Buffington moved to approve as presented. Eric Kingland seconded the motion. Ayes: five. Nays: none. Carried.

 

Sec. Meinders presented a drafts of the 2017-18 Budget Amendment and 2018-19 Budget for publishing and approval in April.  Eric Kingland moved, Keila Buffington seconded to set the Public Hearing for the 2017-18 Budget Amendment and the 2018-19 Budget for 6:30 P.M. on April 92018 in the District Office.  Ayes: five. Nays: none. Carried. The proposed tax rate for 2018-19 has been set at 12.4752, a decline of 0.9257 for Forest City property owners and a drop of 0.07983 for the former W-CL property owners.  Due to the final payment on the General Obligation Bonds in June of 2017, the tax rate for both Forest City and W-CL will now be the same. Final adjustments by the Iowa Department of Management have not been made pending state legislative action.

 

Pat Hobbs moved, Dave Bartlett seconded to approve the grades 9-12 physical education exemption for the 2018-19 school year.  Ayes: five. Nays: none. Carried.

 

 Sup’t Lehmann presented contracts renewals for the 2018-19 school year for certified, non-certified, and administrative staff with an issue date ofMarch 15, 2018 and a return date of April 5, 2018. After discussion, Dave Bartlett moved to approve the contracts as presented. Keila Buffington seconded the motion. Ayes: five. Nays: none. Carried.  Employee contracts increased by 2.41% overall which includes an increase to health insurance costs of 3.95% on average and an increase to the employers share for IPERS as of July 1, 2018 of 5.71%.

 

After reviewing the monthly financial statements. Erick Kingland moved to approve the following statements as presented. Keila Buffington seconded the motion.  Ayes: five.  Nays: none.  Carried. 

 

After reviewing the monthly bills, Dave Bartlett moved to approve the following for payment as presented. Keila Bufffington seconded the motion. Ayes: four.  Nays: none. Eric Kingland abstained.  Carried. 

 

Erick Kingland moved to adjourn the regular meeting. Keila Buffington seconded the motion.  Ayes: five.  Nays: none.  Carried.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:48 P.M.


Cindy Carter, Vice-President                          Sara Meinders, BS/BM