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REGULAR MEETING OF THE NORTHEAST HAMILTON SCHOOL BOARD

May 13, 2010

 

Mrs. Leslie Keehn, 7-12 Social Studies Instructor, gave a video presentation.

 

The regular meeting of the Northeast Hamilton School Board of Directors was called to order by President Bruce Mark, at 7:00 p.m. with the following members answering roll call: Kim Schaa, Bret Schutt, Dave Mayo and Bruce Mark. Kathy Pruismann was absent. Administration present was Superintendent Andrew Woiwood, Principal Patrick Hocking and Board Secretary Janet Greufe.

 

Visitors present were Teresa Wood, Pat Powers, Beth Heller, Leslie Keehn, Ashley Davis, Laura Seiser and Tammy Massman

 

To celebrate School Board Appreciation Week the second and third grade students created thank you cards for each of the School Board Directors; the High School Student Council gifted each director with a NEH ink pen; and the NEH Professional Educators of Iowa supplied refreshments for all attending the meeting. The Board thanked all for the acknowledgement.

 

No concerns were expressed by visitors or board members.

 

Motion by Schaa, second by Schutt to approve the agenda. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Motion by Schutt, second by Schaa to approve the minutes of the regular meeting held April 7, 2010. Motion carried unanimously.

 

The financial reports were presented of all the funds and discussed. Motion by Schutt, second by Mayo to accept the reports as presented. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Motion by Schaa, second by Schutt to allow all bills and claims. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Beth Heller reported she attended the regional biology teacher meeting and was impressed with the collaboration and resource opportunities in considering a regional biology curriculum. The regional schools consist of Clarion-Goldfield, Eagle Grove, South Hamilton, Webster City and NEH. Regional English teachers will meet to consider freshman curriculum.

 

Superintendent Woiwood shared “good news” information regarding students, teachers and programs at NEH. The Board congratulated all students and staff on their accomplishments.

 

Superintendent Woiwood gave a construction update. The electrical, plumbing, painting and cabinet installation continue; floors are being prepped for tile; the precast is going up; and x-ray of south wall to check on reinforcement will dictate the action plan for completion of the area. The next construction meeting will be Friday, May 14, 2010.

 

The Board and Administration recognize the importance of the teachers and support staff for their contribution to the success of Northeast Hamilton and thank them for all they do to meet the daily challenges they are presented with. The High School Student Council celebrated National Teacher Week with a staff luncheon on May 6th.

 

Superintendent Woiwood thanked the school board members for all that they do in service to the students and the whole learning community at NEH! The success of NEH is rooted in the quality decision-making that takes place at the Board level, and all that they do is very much appreciated. Certificates were presented to Board members in recognition of School Board Appreciation Week, May 9-15.

 

Motion by Schutt, second by Mayo to approve the list of 21 seniors for graduation providing each student meets all requirements as set forth by the Iowa Department of Education and local board of directors’ policy, with their congratulations for the seniors’ accomplishments. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Motion by Schaa, second by Schutt to approve the participation of one student in the VESS Program offered at Iowa Central Community College. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Motion by Mayo, second by Schaa to accept the following donations with great appreciation:

Spirit Club $100 from Randy Christenson; Speech $250 from Spirit Club; Yearbook $163 from LifeTouch; FFA $75 from Judy Ose, $503.48 from City of Blairsburg, $300 from Steve & Kristy Luppes; and the list of After Prom donations. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Motion by Mayo, second by Schutt to accept the low firm bid of $2.55/gallon for gasohol from United Coop, Webster City. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Motion by Schutt, second by Mayo to accept the low firm bid of $ 2.60/gallon for diesel from United Coop, Webster City. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Motion by Mayo, second by Schaa to accept the low bid of $1.31/gallon transport and $1.43/gallon bobtail for propane from Prairie Land Coop, Hubbard. Aye: Mayo, Schaa, Mark Nay: none Abstaining: Schutt

 

Motion by Schaa, second by Schutt to approve the payment of $150 to each Professional Development Team member using Teacher Quality Funds. Motion carried unanimously. The Teacher Quality Committee has approved expenses for the Technology Integration and Instruction for the 21st Century Learner workshop; Moodle training; Professional Learning Communities Conference; and additional work day for freshmen English teacher.

 

Motion by Schutt, second by Mayo to move that the Board consider termination the non-probationary administrator contract of Herbert Strasser for the following reasons, any one of which is just cause: Reduction and realignment of staff due to budgetary constraints, decline in enrollment, funding cuts, and/or anticipated funding cuts. Motion approved. Aye: Mayo, Schutt, Schaa, Mark Nay: none Absent: Pruismann

 

The Board’s consideration to terminate Herbert Strasser’s part-time teacher’s contract and offer a full-time teacher’s contract is delayed due Dr. Strasser’s request for a hearing before the Board.

 

Motion by Schaa, second by Schutt to move that the Superintendent’s RECOMMENDATION TO TERMINATE CONTRACT OF TEACHER JOAN GELDER AND OFFER OF MODIFIED CONTRACT be accepted and that the contract of Joan Gelder be terminated effective at the end of the current school year for the reasons that were set forth in the Superintendent’s NOTICE OF RECOMMENDATION TO TERMINATE CONTRACT OF TEACHER JOAN GELDER AND OFFER A MODIFIED CONTRACT. Motion approved. Aye: Mayo, Schutt, Schaa, Mark Nay: none Absent: Pruismann

 

Motion by Mayo, second by Schaa to move that the Superintendent’s RECOMMENDATION TO TERMINATE CONTRACT OF TEACHER CARMEN KOCH be accepted and that the contract of Carmen Koch be terminated effective at the end of the current school year for the reasons that were set forth in the Superintendent’s NOTICE OF RECOMMENDATION TO TERMINATE CONTRACT OF TEACHER CARMEN KOCH. Motion approved. Aye: Mayo, Schutt, Schaa, Mark Nay: none Absent: Pruismann

 

Motion by Schutt, second by Mayo to move that the Superintendent’s RECOMMENDATION TO TERMINATE CONTRACT OF TEACHER JUDY OSE AND OFFER OF MODIFIED CONTRACT be accepted and that the contract of Judy Ose be terminated effective at the end of the current school year for the reasons that were set forth in the Superintendent’s NOTICE OF RECOMMENDATION TO TERMINATE CONTRACT OF TEACHER JUDY OSE AND OFFER OF MODIFIED CONTRACT. Motion approved. Aye: Mayo, Schutt, Schaa, Mark Nay: none Absent: Pruismann

 

Motion by Schaa, second by Schutt to move that the Superintendent’s RECOMMENDATION TO TERMINATE CONTRACT OF TEACHER KATHY BRANDT AND OFFER OF MODIFIED CONTRACT be accepted and that the contract of Kathy Brandt be terminated effective at the end of the current school year for the reasons that were set forth in the Superintendent’s NOTICE OF RECOMMENDATION TO TERMINATE CONTRACT OF TEACHER KATHY BRANDT AND OFFER OF MODIFIED CONTRACT. Motion approved. Aye: Mayo, Schutt, Schaa, Mark Nay: none Absent: Pruismann

 

Motion by Mayo, second by Schutt to move that the Superintendent’s RECOMMENDATION TO TERMINATE CONTRACT OF TEACHER SALLY GREENFIELD AND OFFER OF MODIFIED CONTRACT be accepted and that the contract of Sally Greenfield be terminated effective at the end of the current school year for the reasons that were set forth in the Superintendent’s NOTICE OF RECOMMENDATION TO TERMINATE CONTRACT OF TEACHER SALLY GREENFIELD AND OFFER OF MODIFIED CONTRACT. Motion approved. Aye: Mayo, Schutt, Schaa, Mark Nay: none Absent: Pruismann

 

Motion by Schutt, second by Schaa to accept the resignation from Julie Freeman as Yearbook Co-Sponsor with appreciation for serving NEH in this capacity. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Motion by Mayo, second by Schaa to accept the resignation from John Seiser as Junior High Boys Basketball and Track Coach with appreciation for serving NEH in this capacity. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Motion by Schaa, second by Mayo to accept the resignation from Kim Cavanagh as Prom Sponsor with appreciation for serving NEH in this capacity. Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Mayo, second by Schaa to approve the request from Tammy Massman for one day of leave without pay to chaperone her son’s fieldtrip. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Motion by Schaa, second by Schutt to approve the request from Jennifer Pruismann for two days without pay for a planned family vacation during Spring Break that were used for snow make-up days. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Board Secretary Greufe presented the June 30, 2009 audit report that included a Management Discussion and Analysis section which summarizes the contents of the report. Motion by Schutt, second by Schaa to approve the 2008-2009 Audit Report as prepared by Burton E. Tracy & Company, P.C. Motion carried unanimously. A copy of the audit is available in the District office.

 

Motion by Schaa, second by Mayo to approve the media center, computer lab and reception area furnishings plan as presented using district PPEL and LOSST Funds and NEHSF donations. Motion carried unanimously.

 

The Board directed Secretary Greufe to publish a notice of bids for shingling the district-owned home.

 

Motion by Schutt, second by Schaa that student fees and meal prices for 2010-2011 remain the same as 2009-2010. Motion carried unanimously.

 

The Board discussed the District’s participation in the Race to the Top federal grant through Iowa Department of Education. Board members had questions regarding expectations, implementation and documentation requirements set by the federal government. Motion by Schaa to support the DOE Memorandum of Understanding for the district’s participation in the Race to the Top Grant. The motion died for lack of a second.

 

President Mark shared information regarding the open meetings law in consideration to email.

 

The Board directed Secretary Greufe to request bid proposals for bread and milk for the 2010-2011 school year.

 

Superintendent Woiwood reported that the Iowa Star Conference voted to increase 2010-2011 Fall/Winter/Spring gate prices to $5 for adults and $3 for students and keep the Summer gate prices at $3 for adults and $2 for students (NEH voted against the increase); Sue Beers presented Mid-Iowa School Improvement Consortium (MISIC) information at the May teacher inservice and the NEH Professional Development Team will review staff comments in considering a recommendation to join the consortium; the Preschool Grant application was submitted; the district submitted a Microsoft Settlement Application in the amount of $36,000 for software and hardware, and thanked Sherry Clayton and IT departments from Webster City CSD, South Hamilton CSD and Stratford CSD for their assistance; the Iowa Core Curriculum implementation plan will be submitted to DE; the cost to remodel the current art building to use as a weight room is $6,500, the Board is considering possible uses of the building; Dr. Kay Forsyth is retiring as the Chief Administrator of Prairie Lakes AEA and NEH thanks her for her dedication and commitment to the AEA schools; and informed the Board that he will be the speaker at the Williams Memorial Day Program.

 

Principal Hocking reported that bike helmets donated by Hamilton County Bike and Trail Club were given to all 3rd grade students; shared the cost of bus cameras for the remaining two route buses and  security cameras for various outside and in-building areas, this will be an June agenda item; discussed

the possibility of starting and ending the school day earlier, the discussion will continue in the appropriate committees; presented the 2009-10 ITBS/ITED scores and discussed strategies to improve; and presented the idea of an electronic monthly newsletter, the Board requested the district proceed with the electronic newsletter for all patrons with email addresses and have hard copies also available.

 

Motion by Schutt, second by Schaa to go into closed session for negotiation strategy and superintendent evaluation as allowed by Iowa Code Section 21.5 (1)(i) to evaluate the professional competency of an individual whose appointment, hiring, performance of discharge is being considered when necessary to prevent needless and irreparable injury to that individual’s reputation and that individual requests a closed session. Motion carried unanimously. The Board entered closed session at 10:23 p.m. The Board came out of closed session at 11:39 p.m.

 

Motion by Schutt, second by Schaa to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried unanimously. Meeting adjourned at 11:39 p.m.

 

Bruce Mark, Board President Janet Greufe, Board Secretary

 

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