May 14th-Regular Meeting

Regular Meeting

May 14, 2018


The Board of Directors of the Forest City Community School District met for a regular meeting on May 14, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the District Office.


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


Members present: Pat Hobbs, Cindy Carter, Dave Bartlett, Bruce Mielke, Keila Buffington, and Kim Severson.  Members absent: Eric Kingland.


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


Sup’t Lehmann gave his monthly report to the Board, discussing the following items: IASB Convention, DK Arndt Assurance Letter, Speech Booklet, Summer Food Program, Rotary Senior Luncheon Program, Senior Awards Night, Central Rivers AEA update, and an introduction of Conrad Osland, newly hired Winnebago County Task Force Program Director.


Sup’t Lehmann reviewed the following consent agenda items: minutes of the April 9th Regular Meeting, open enrollments, sick leave bank request, and personnel.  After discussion, Cindy Carter moved to approve all consent agenda items. Pat Hobbs seconded the motion. Ayes: six. Nays: none. Carried.


Resignations: Melanie Harms Espeland, elementary special education; Sarah Leichsenring, Instructional Coach, ass’t girls’ basketball coach, and ass’t volleyball coach.


Contracts for 2018-19: Rose Marie Wicker, Food Service Cashier/Records Keeper; Cassandra Schulze, Food Service (additional hours); Kristie Renchin, Food Service (additional hours); Matt Erpelding, Head Girls’ Basketball Coach; Derek Ziesmer, MS Football Coach; Brittany Meinders, MS Girl’s Track and MS Volleyball Coach; Allison Klaassen, Elementary Special Education Teacher and Keith Walker, MS Girls Track Coach.

Sup’t Lehmann and Keila Buffington 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.


Sup’t Lehmann presented the renewal of open enrollment transportation agreements for the 2018-19 school year as follows: Clear Lake (1 mile); Lake Mills, North Iowa, Algona, West Hancock, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura (all 2 miles). Cindy Carter moved to approve the agreements as presented. Dave Bartlett seconded the motion. Ayes: six. Nays: none. Carried.


Sup’t Lehmann gave a first reading of the following Board policies: 505.5.  After discussion, Pat Hobbs moved to approve the policy as read. Keila Buffington seconded the motion.  Ayes: six. Nays: none. Carried.


Natalie Jefson, Tanya Olson, and Ally Larson from the Forest City FFA Chapter presented to the Board with an overview of their success this year.


Troy Hobscheidt, Alternative School Teacher, presented to the board an update of the Alternative School.


Teachers, Mallory Ziesmer and Tyler Wedemeier presented to the Board a “May Term” concept the middle school will be implementing.


Per patron request, Claudia Tillman and Sandy Wagner shared with the Board their concern regarding class sizes in the elementary.  Sup’t Lehmann shared information from the school district’s perspective.


Sup’t Lehmann discussed School Board recognition month and the dedication of service that the Forest City Community School Board members have provided over the years.


Sup’t Lehmann presented sharing agreement between Forest City Community School and North Iowa Community School District for the 2018-19 school year.  Districts will share 20% of Forest City’s Business Manager while North Iowa will share 20% of their Human Resources Director. Cindy Carter motioned to accept sharing agreements as presented.  Kim Severson seconded the motion. Ayes: six. Nays: None. Carried.


Sup’t Lehmann presented information about Equipment Breakdown Insurance as a way to save general funds dollars.  Dave Bartlett moved to purchase equipment breakdown insurance effective 6/1/18. Pat Hobbs seconded the motion. Ayes: six. Nays: None. Carried.


Sup’t Lehmann reviewed the recommendations for the 2018-19 Hall of Fame honors.  Awards will be presented at an August 17th presentation. The committee has Leigh Murra and Sandra Damm.  After discussion, Cindy Carter moved to approve the recommendations, Keila Buffington seconded the motion.   Ayes: six. Nays: none. Carried.


After reviewing the monthly financial statements. Dave Bartlett moved to approve the following statements as presented.  Pat Hobbs seconded the motion. Ayes: six. Nays: none. Carried.


After reviewing the monthly bills, Dave Bartlett moved to approve the following for payment as presented.  Pat Hobbs seconded the motion. Ayes: six. Nays: none. Carried.


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


The meeting adjourned 9:05 P.M.


Bruce Mielke, President                         

Sara Meinders, BS/BM