2023-24 BOARD MINUTES

2023-24 BOARD MINUTES

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jen@iowaschool… Mon, 06/26/2023 - 11:40

Board Minutes - 2023.07.20

Board Minutes - 2023.07.20

 

Independence Community School Board Meeting

  Regular Meeting

July 20, 2023

The regular meeting of the Independence Community School Board was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by President Kim Hansen at the Administration Office, 1207 1st St West, Independence, Iowa on July 20, 2023.  Board members present: Kim Hansen, Gina Trimble, Eric Smith, Audrey Hill and Charlie McCardle. Also present: Superintendent Phillips, Board Secretary Morine, Press representative – John Klotzbach. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

President Hansen welcomed new Superintendent Cynthia Phillips to the district.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA – Motion by Trimble, second by McCardle to approve the agenda. Motion carried 5-0.

CONSIDERATION OF ACTION ON CONSENT ITEMS – Motion by Smith, second by Trimble to approve all the consent items.  Motion carried 5-0.

     A. Approval of the minutes of the regular meeting on June 19, 2023.

     B. Approval of Board Policies (*changes noted)

      

         Second Readings:

 

POLICY #

POLICY NAME

1.

705.1* and 705.1R1, and 705.1R2*

Purchasing – Bidding, Suspension and Debarment of Vendors and Contractors Procedure, and Using Federal Funds in Procurement Contracts

 

    

 

 

C. Approval of Resignations

NAME

ASSIGNMENT

DATE

Bob Beatty

JSH JH Girls Track Coach

06/27/2023

Timothy Darland

JSH JH Boys Basketball Coach

07/03/2023

David Morkel

JSH Head Girls Tennis Coach

06/22/2023

Jason Penner

JSH JH .5 FTE Football Coach

06/29/2023

Allison Sorg

JSH JH Girls Basketball Coach

06/26/2023

 

       D. Approval of Transfers/Reassignments

NAME

PREVIOUS ASSIGNMENT

NEW ASSIGNMENT

SALARY

DATE

Jenna Cooksley

JSH Assist Boys Tennis Coach

JSH Head Girls Tennis Coach

$4,164

3/11/2023

Alex Farmer

JSH .5 FTE Assist Boys Wrestling Coach

JSH Assist Girls Wrestling Coach

$2,888

10/30/2023

Julie Magee

Central Office 8.0 hr to Administrative Assistant

JSH 8.0 hr Activities Secretary

18.25/hr

08/7/2023

 

           E. Approval of New Hires (pending acceptable background checks)

NAME

ASSIGNMENT

SALARY

DATE

Kaitlyn Craft

East Elem Special Ed Teacher

$45,957

08/16/2023

Nikki Farrenkopf

Bus Garage 6.5 hr Bus Para

$14.10/hr

08/23/2023

Ashley Foreman

JSH Yearbook Sponsor

$3,554

08/23/2023

Carter Harris

JSH Assistant Football Coach

$2,776

08/07/2023

Allyson Hearn

Elementary Summer School Teacher

$30.00/hr

07/31/2023

Brittany Holt

Elementary Summer School Teacher

$30.00/hr

07/31/2023

Sue Knott

Elementary Summer School Teacher

$30.00/hr

07/31/2023

Reid Lewin

JSH Color Guard Sponsor

$1,736

08/07/2023

Ashley Nehl

West Elem 7.0 hr Special Ed Para

$14.55/hr

08/23/2023

Pam Rasmussen

ICSD MHI 7.0 hr Special Ed Para

$16.65/hr

08/23/2023

Brooke Reed

Elementary Summer School Teacher

$30.00/hr

7/31/2023

Joe Schmitz

JSH Math/PE/At-Risk Teacher

$56,028

08/17/2023

Kristy Ward

JSH Silver Cord Sponsor

$2,000

08/23/2023

Rebecca Wearmouth

Bus Garage 6.5 hr Van Driver

$14.50/hr

08/23/2023

Andrea Werner

Elementary Summer School Coordinator

$2,000

07/31/2023

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

F. Approval of Financial Reports

         1.  Bills – Director Hill reviewed the bills – Hansen will review in August

         2.  Budget Report

ANNOUNCEMENTS, COMMUNICATIONS and PRESENTATIONS

     A. Comments from the Public - none

     B. Comments from the Board/Superintendent – Board members gave their monthly reports. Congratulations to Kim Hansen for being appointed to the Iowa High School Music Association Board. The first day to turn in papers to run for the School Board is August 28th and the last day to turn them in is September 21st.   Supt. Phillips reported the staff and community have been very welcoming and looks forward to serving the community. She has been busy meeting with staff and will be getting out into the community soon.

REPORTS

    A. Building Administrator Reports

         1.  Junior-Senior High School Principal/Assistant Principal

         2.   East Elementary/Early Childhood Center Principals

 

    B. District Director Reports

         1.  Activities Director Report

         2.  Director of School Improvement Report

         3.  Director of Technology Report

         4.  Director of Food Service Report

         5.  Director of Buildings & Grounds Report

         6.  Director of Transportation Report

NEW BUSINESS

  1. Consider Approval of the Agreement for Sports Injury Coverage between Independence Community Schools and Buchanan County Health Center through July 31, 2024.  Motion by Trimble, second by Hill to approve the Agreement for Sports Injury Coverage between Independence Community Schools and Buchanan County Health Center through July 31, 2024. Motion carried 5-0.
  1. Consider Approval of the Agreement for Wellness Programming between Independence Community Schools and Buchanan County Health Center through July 31, 2024.  Motion by Trimble, second by McCardle to approve the Agreement for Wellness Programming between Independence Community Schools and Buchanan County Health Center through July 31, 2024. Motion carried 5-0.
  1. Consider Approval of the Tri-County Child and Family Development Council, Inc. 2023-2024 Contracted Services Agreement.  Motion by Hill, second by Trimble to approve the Tri-County Child and Family Development Council, Inc. 2023-2024 Contracted Services Agreement.  Motion carried 5-0.
  1. Consider Approval of the Yearbook Agreement with Jostens, Inc. for 2024 through 2025.  Motion by McCardle, second by Smith to approve the Yearbook Agreement with Jostens, Inc for 2024 through 2025.  Motion carried 5-0.
  1. Legislative Priorities – The Board discussed the legislative priorities and selected:  Mental Health, Teacher Recruitment and Licensure, School Safety and Private School Choice.  The board also felt Local Accountability/Decision Making and Sharing/Reorganization are important.

 

ADJOURNMENT – McCardle moved to adjourn the meeting. Hill second.  Motion carried 5-0 and the meeting adjourned at 6:47 pm.

________________________________________    ______________________________________

Kim Hansen, President                                                Laura J. Morine, Board Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lmorine@indeek12.org Tue, 07/25/2023 - 12:03

Board Minutes - 2023.08.21

Board Minutes - 2023.08.21

Independence Community School Board Meeting

  Regular Meeting

August 21, 2023

The regular meeting of the Independence Community School Board was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by President Kim Hansen at the Administration Office, 1207 1st St West, Independence, Iowa on August 21, 2023.  Board members present: Kim Hansen, Gina Trimble, Eric Smith, Audrey Hill and Charlie McCardle. Also present: Superintendent Phillips, Board Secretary Morine.  Admin/Directors:  JHS Principal Kleman, Asst JSH Principal Hupke, West Principal Reed, School Improvement Director Burmeister.  Press representative, John Klotzbach. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA – Motion by Smith, second by Hill to approve the agenda.  Motion carried 5-0.

CONSIDERATION OF ACTION ON CONSENT ITEMS – Motion by Smith, second by McCardle to approve all the consent items with the following changes to Board Policy 604.05. The added language is italicized.  “Tuition for concurrent enrollment courses, as citied in the yearly contractual agreement between ICSD and postsecondary institutions, is paid for by the Independence Community School District.” 2. “Students will not be required to purchase textbooks for concurrent courses that are listed for Fall and Spring Semesters in the Joint Education Service Agreements between ICSD and postsecondary institutions. Hansen reviewed the bills and there were nine bills where amounts need to be corrected and each of the board members received a spreadsheet of those changes.  The amounts will be updated before checks go out.  Motion carried 5-0.

     A. Approval of the minutes of the regular meeting on July 20, 2023.

     B. Approval of Board Policies (*changes noted)

    

       First Readings:

POLICY #

POLICY NAME

1.

703.3 (Delete)

Recommended Solvency Ratio

2.

402.05 (New Policy)

Required Professional Development for Employees

3.

506.05, 506.05E1, and 506.05E2 (New Policy)

Student Disclosure of Identity and Request to Update Student Identity

I am requesting the Board waive the second reading of this policy.

4.

604.08*

Concurrent Enrollment Textbook Fee

I am requesting the Board waive the second reading of this policy.

5.

605.02* and 605.02R1

Instructional and Library Materials Inspection and Display and Instructional and Library Materials Inspection Regulation

6.

605.03*, 605.03E1, *, 605.03E2*, 605.03E3*. and 605.03R1*

Objection to Instructional and Library Materials, Instructions to the Reconsideration Committee, Reconsideration of Instructional and Library Materials Request Form, Sample Letter to Individual Challenging Instructional or Library Materials, and Reconsideration of Instructional and Library Materials Regulation

7.

605.05*

School Library

8.

605.07 and 605.07R1*

Use of Information Resources and Use of Information Resources Regulation

9.

605.08, 605.081, and 605.08.E2 (New Policy)

Student Access to Instructional and Library Materials, Request to Prohibit a Student from Checking Out Specific Library Materials, and Request to Prohibit a Student from Accessing Specific Instructional and Library Materials

 

        C. Approval of Resignations

NAME

ASSIGNMENT

DATE

Ashley Foreman

JSH JH Student Council Sponsor

07/31/2023

Pam Frisch

JSH Assistant Girls Tennis Coach

07/24/2023

 

     D. Approval of Transfers/Reassignments

NAME

PREVIOUS ASSIGNMENT

NEW ASSIGNMENT

SALARY

DATE

Kaleb Budzine

JSH 1.0 FTE Assist Football Coach

JSH .5 FTE Assist Football Coach

$1,610

08/07/2023

 

      E. Approval of New Hires (pending acceptable background checks)

NAME

ASSIGNMENT

SALARY

DATE

Theresa Bowser

Bus Garage 5.5 hr Bus Driver

$19.85/hr

08/23/2023

Jonathon Carlin

East/West Elem Night Custodian

$16.70 /hr plus $619 pro-rated night stipend

08/14/2023

Jenna Cooksley

JSH Assistant Volleyball Coach

$3,332

08/07/2023

Scott Crawford

Bus Garage 4.5 hr Bus Driver

$19.85/hr

08/23/2023

Jason Decker

JSH .5 FTE JH Football Coach

$868

08/07/2023

Mary Glovik

East/West Elem Custodian

$17.10hr

08/16/2023

Brian Jesse

JSH Assistant Boys Tennis

$3,000

03/11/2024

Spencer Pink

JSH .5 FTE Assistant Football Coach

$1,500

08/07/2023

Megan Rawlins

JSH JH Volleyball Coach

$2,500

08/07/2023

Laureen Schwartz

East/West Elem Custodian

$14.60/hr

08/21/2023

Gary Weston

Bus Garage 4.5 hr Bus Driver

$19.85/hr

11/01/2023

 

 

 

 

TLC:

 

 

 

Mentor Teachers

 

 

 

Jennifer Beatty

East Elem K & 2nd Grade

$2,000

08/14/2023

Bridget Brown

West Elem 5th/6th Grade

$2,000

08/14/2023

Jessica Canady

East Elem Counselor

$2,000

08/14/2023

Alicia Conner

West Elem Special Ed

$3,000

08/14/2023

Jessica Decker

East Elem K & 2nd Grade

$2,000

08/14/2023

Shalon Frye

JSH Counselor

$2,000

08/14/2023

Amy Gustafson

JSH Soc St, Math, Science & ELA

$2,000

08/14/2023

Michael Haden

JSH CTE

$3,000

08/14/2023

Austin Pink

JSH PE

$3,000

08/14/2023

Tracy Steger

JSH ELA

$2,000

08/14/2023

 

     F. Approval of Financial Reports

         1.  Bills – Director Hansen reviewed the bills – McCardle will review in September

         2.  Budget Report

ANNOUNCEMENTS, COMMUNICATIONS and PRESENTATIONS

    A. Comments from the Public. – none

    B. Comments from the Board/Superintendent – Board members gave their monthly reports and welcomed back staff and students.  Supt. Phillips thanked the administration and directors for their support in welcoming back the staff.  Board retreat is set for October 19th.   Currently there are six students, one teacher and one para for the Four Oaks program.  The district is fully staffed, other than looking for two full time substitutes. One having an emphasis on K-6 and the other with JSH emphasis.  Supt. Phillips has been in contact with Invision and will be setting up meetings for the facility planning process. She also thanked the board for their support as we kick off a new year.

REPORTS

   A. Building Administrator Reports

        1.  Junior-Senior High School

        2.  West Elementary/East Elementary/Early Childhood Center

   B. District Director Reports

       1.  Activities Director Report

       2.  Director of School Improvement Report

       3.  Director of Technology Report

       4.  Director of Food Service Report

       5.  Director of Buildings & Grounds Report

       6.  Director of Transportation Report

NEW BUSINESS

  A. Consider Approval of the Changes to the 2023-2024 Elementary and JSH Student Handbooks – Motion by Smith, second by Trimble to approve the Changes to the 2023-2024 Elementary and JSH Student Handbooks with following changes: 1. On page 51 for Preparticipation Information for Athletics that on the referenced web site "Activity Forms Handbooks" have the "Physical Activity Contract 2019-2020" file be removed and replaced with a form appropriate for 2023-24. 2. On Page 52 for Heat Related Decisions Regarding Practices/Events, that the URL be replaced with the URL https://www.iahsaa.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/HeatIndexChart.pdf  &…; Motion carried 5-0.

  B.  Consider Approval of the Changes to the 2023-2024 Coach-Sponsor Activities Handbook – Motion by Smith, second by Trimble to approve the Changes to the 2023-2024 Coach-Sponsor Activities Handbook with the following change:  On Page 32 for Heat Related Decisions Regarding Practices/Events, that the URL be replaced with the URL https://www.iahsaa.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/HeatIndexChart.pdf  &…; Motion carried 5-0.

  1. Consider Approval of the 2023-2024 Buchanan County Success Center Handbook – Motion by Smith, second by Trimble to approve the 2023-2024 Buchanan County Success Center Handbook. Motion carried 5-0.
  1. Consider Approval of the Joint Education Service Agreement between Hawkeye Community – Motion by Trimble, second by Smith to table the Joint Education Service Agreement between Hawkeye Community in order to get clarification on why we are approving the agreement again, what changes were made and way, also clarify the language for summer school classes.   Motion carried 5-0.

  E.  Consider Approval of the Agreement between Independence Community School District and Atlantic Bottling Company through 08/23/2028 – Motion by Smith, second by McCardle to approve the Agreement between Independence Community School District and Atlantic Bottling Company through 08/23/2028 pending review by legal counsel and addendum the school lunch program is excluded.  Motion carried 5-0.

ADJOURNMENT – Smith moved to adjourn the meeting.  McCardle second.  Motion carried 5-0 and the meeting adjourned at 7:02 pm.

 

________________________________________    ______________________________________

Kim Hansen, President                                                Laura J. Morine, Board Secretary

 

 

lmorine@indeek12.org Wed, 10/11/2023 - 10:40

Board Minutes - 2023.09.21

Board Minutes - 2023.09.21

 

 

Independence Community School Board Meeting

  Regular Meeting

September 21, 2023

The regular meeting of the Independence Community School Board was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by President Kim Hansen at the Administration Office, 1207 1st St West, Independence, Iowa on September 21, 2023.  Board members present: Kim Hansen, Gina Trimble, Eric Smith, Audrey Hill and Charlie McCardle. Also present: Superintendent Phillips, Board Secretary Morine.  Admin/Directors:  JHS Principal Kleman, Asst JSH Principal Hupke, West Principal Reed (joined at 6:30 pm), East Principal Reidy, School Improvement Director Burmeister, Technology Director Noyes and AD Putz.  Guests:  Mitch Barnett and Ralph Moore.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA – Motion by Smith, second by Hill to approve the agenda but striking the hiring of the MHI Four Oaks Special Ed Para.  Motion carried 5-0.

CONSIDERATION OF ACTION ON CONSENT ITEMS – Motion by Smith, second by McCardle to approve the consent items.  Smith inquired to see if the paraprofessionals were aware of the mandatory child abuse reporting.  Supt. Phillips had spoken to the IESP representative and all are aware.  The mandatory reporting is required for all licensed coaches. Motion carried 5-0.

       A. Approval of the minutes of the regular meeting on August 21, 2023.

       B. Approval of Board Policies (*changes noted)

Second Readings:

 

POLICY #

POLICY NAME

1.

703.3 (Delete)

Recommended Solvency Ratio

2.

402.05 (New Policy)

Required Professional Development for Employees

3.

605.02* and 605.02R1

Instructional and Library Materials Inspection and Display and Instructional and Library Materials Inspection Regulation

4.

605.03*, 605.03E1, *, 605.03E2*, 605.03E3*. and 605.03R1*

Objection to Instructional and Library Materials, Instructions to the Reconsideration Committee, Reconsideration of Instructional and Library Materials Request Form, Sample Letter to Individual Challenging Instructional or Library Materials, and Reconsideration of Instructional and Library Materials Regulation

5.

605.05*

School Library

6.

605.07 and 605.07R1*

Use of Information Resources and Use of Information Resources Regulation

7.

605.08, 605.08E1, and 605.08.E2 (New Policy)

Student Access to Instructional and Library Materials, Request to Prohibit a Student from Checking Out Specific Library Materials, and Request to Prohibit a Student from Accessing Specific Instructional and Library Materials

 

First Readings:

 

POLICY #

POLICY NAME

1.

106*, 106E1, 106E2, 106E3, and 106R1*

Anti-Bullying/Anti-Harassment Policy, Complaint Form, Witness Disclosure Form, Disposition of Complaint Form, and Anti-Bullying/Anti-Harassment Investigation Procedures

2.

402.02* and 402.02R1

Child Abuse Reporting and Child Abuse Reporting Regulation

3.

505.05*

Testing Program

4.

505.06*

Graduation Requirements

5.

507.02*, 507.02E1*, 507.02E2*,                     507.02E3 (new), and 507.02E4 (new)

Administration of Medication to Students, Authorization-Asthma Airway Constricting or Respiratory Distress Medication Self-Administration Consent Form, Parental Permission for Administering Medication at School, Parental Authorization and Release Form for Independent Self Carry and Administration of Prescribed Medication or Independent Delivery of Health Services by the Student, and Parental Authorization and Release Form for the Administration of Voluntary School Stock of Over-the-Counter Medication to Students

6.

601.01*

School Calendar

7.

603.04* and 604.04E1

Health Education and Human Growth and Development Student Excuse Form

8.

605.01 and 605.01R1*

Instructional Materials Selection and Selection of Instructional Materials

9.

607.02* and 607.02R1*

Student Health Services and Student Health Services Administrative Regulations

10.

804.08* and                 804.08E1 (new)

Stock Medication for Life Threatening Incidents and Parental Authorization and Release Form for the Administration of a Voluntary School Supply of Stock Medication for Life Threatening Incidents

 

 

 

         C. Approval of Resignations

NAME

ASSIGNMENT

DATE

Nile Coghlan

JSH 8.0 hr Night Custodian

08/29/2023

 

 

 

 

D. Approval of New Hires (pending acceptable background checks)

NAME

ASSIGNMENT

SALARY

DATE

Brook Carey

JSH JH Student Council Sponsor

$1,736

08/23/2023

Anna Fawcett

Central Office 8.0 hr District Administrative Assistant

$17.75/hr

09/12/2023

Shaina Dixon

MHI Four Oaks 7.0 hr Special Ed Para

$14.20/hr

09/18/2023

Jack Goedken

JSH JH Football Coach

$2,500

08/07/2023

Mary McCall

East/ECC 8.0 hr Night Custodian

$16.05 /hr plus $594 pro-rated night stipend

08/25/2023

Seth Rupprecht

JSH JH Girls Basketball Coach

$1,944

11/06/2023

Chris Shannon

JSH Full-Time Substitute Teacher

$34,210 pro-rated

09/18/2023

Jeff Streblow

JSH 4.0 hr Night Custodian

$14.60 /hr plus $551 pro-rated night stipend

09/18/2023

 

 

 

 

E. Approval of Financial Reports

     1.  Bills – Director McCardle reviewed the bills – Hill will review in October

 

              2.  Budget Report

 ANNOUNCEMENTS, COMMUNICATIONS and PRESENTATIONS -

        A. Comments from the Public – none.

        B. Comments from the Board/Superintendent – Board members gave their monthly feedback.  Trimble stated a plea to get more members for the Athletic Boosters as membership is low.  The Athletic Boosters is also requesting volunteers and the format for volunteerism has been reformatted so that there are opportunities for everyone.  Hansen reminded board members of the upcoming School Board Convention, Nov 16-17th and hope board members can attend.  Supt. Phillips reminded the board members of the October 19th Board Retreat.  She also handed out preliminary information regarding her Supt. Evaluation.  She will also be sharing her superintendent leadership goals with the board and public.

        C. Presentations

             1.  Professional Learning Plan – Erin Burmeister

REPORTS

        A. Building Administrator Reports

             1.  Junior-Senior High School

             2.  West Elementary

             3.  East Elementary/Early Childhood Center

        B. District Director Reports

            1.  Activities Director Report

            2.  Director of School Improvement Report

            3.  Director of Technology Report

            4.  Director of Food Service Report

            5.  Director of Buildings & Grounds Report

            6.  Director of Transportation Report

NEW BUSINESS

  1. Consider Approval of the Travel Request Form – October 2023 for Laura Morine, Director of Finance/Board Secretary to Attend ASBO International Conference in National Harbor, MD – Motion by Trimble, second by McCardle to approve the Travel Request Form. International Conference in National Harbor, MD. – October 2023 for Laura Morine, Director of Finance/Board Secretary to Attend ASBO. Expenses for this trip are covered by the Iowa School Business Officials organization as Morine is a state board member Motion carried 5-0. 
  1. Consider Approve of the Travel Request Form – November 2023 for Megan Bancroft, East Elementary Music Teacher to Attend the American Orff Schulwerk Association Conference in Albuquerque, NM. – Motion by McCardle, second by Smith to approve the Travel Request Form – November 2023 for Megan Bancroft, East Elementary Music Teacher to Attend the American Orff Schulwerk Association Conference in Albuquerque, NM.  Expenses for this trip will be paid by the ICSD.  Motion carried 5-0.
  1. Consider Approval of the Facility Use Agreement with The American Red Cross – Motion by McCardle, second by Trimble to approve the Facility Use Agreement with The American Red Cross. Motion carried 5-0.
  1. Consider Approval of the Joint Education Service Agreement between Hawkeye Community College and the Independence Community School District for the 2023-2024 Academic Year – Motion by Smith, second by Hill to void the June contract and approve this new Joint Education Service Agreement between Hawkeye Community College and the Independence Community School District for the 2023-2024 Academic Year.  Motion carried 5-0.
  1. Consider Approval of the Cooperative Sharing Agreement with East Buchanan Community School District for Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, and Boys Bowling for 2023-2024 – Motion by McCardle, second by Trimble to approve the Cooperative Sharing Agreement with East Buchanan Community School District for Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, and Boys Bowling for 2023-2024.  Motion carried 5-0.  Question was raised why Girls Bowling was not included.
  1. Consider Approval of the Cooperative Sharing Agreement with Jesup Community School District for Girls Bowling, Girls Wrestling, Boys Soccer, and Girls Soccer for 2023-2024 – Motion by Trimble, second by McCardle to approve the Cooperative Sharing Agreement with Jesup Community School District for Girls Bowling, Girls Wrestling, Boys Soccer, and Girls Soccer for 2023-2024.  Motion carried 5-0. Question was raised why Boys Bowling was not included.
  1. Consider Approval of the School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC) Membership for 2023-2024 – Motion by Smith, second by McCardle to approve the School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC) Membership for 2023-2024. Motion carried 5-0.
  1. Consider Approval of the Allowable Growth for Negative Special Education Balance – Motion by Smith, second by Trimble to approve the Allowable Growth for Negative Special Education Balance in the amount of $231,134.39.  Motion carried 5-0.

President Hansen thanked all the board members for their time and efforts prior to the meeting as they were prepared for the meeting.

ADJOURNMENT – Hill moved to adjourn the meeting.  McCardle second.  Motion carried 5-0 and the meeting adjourned at 6:50 pm.

Respectfully Submitted:

 

______________________________________      _____________________________________

Kim Hansen, Board President                                  Laura Morine, Board Secretary

lmorine@indeek12.org Wed, 10/11/2023 - 10:44

Board Minutes - 2023.09.29

Board Minutes - 2023.09.29

Independence Community School Board Meeting

Special Meeting

September 29, 2023

A special meeting of the Independence Community School Board was called to order at 12:19 p.m. by President Kim Hansen at the Administration Office, 1207 1st St West, Independence, Iowa on September 21, 2023.  Board members present: Kim Hansen. Board members joining virtually:  Gina Trimble and Eric Smith. Also present in person: Superintendent Phillips and Acting Secretary Lori Schaul.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA – Motion by Trimble, second by Smith to approve the agenda.  Motion carried 3-0.

NEW BUSINESS

       Consider Approval of the Joint Sharing Agreement with Oelwein Community School District for High School Dance Team for 2023-2024 – Motion by Trimble, second by Smith to approve the Joint Sharing Agreement with Oelwein Community School District for High School Dance Team for 2023-24.  Motion carried 3-0.

ADJOURNMENT – Motion by Trimble, second by Smith to adjourn the meeting.  Motion carried 3-0 and the meeting adjourned at 12:21 pm.

Respectfully Submitted:

 

______________________________________      _____________________________________

Kim Hansen, Board President                                  Lori Schaul, Acting Secretary

 

 

lmorine@indeek12.org Wed, 10/11/2023 - 10:45

Board Minutes - 2023.10.07 - LEI Contract

Board Minutes - 2023.10.07 - LEI Contract


Independence Community School Board

Special Meeting

November 7, 2023

A special meeting of the Independence Community School Board was called to order at 12:00 p.m. by President Kim Hansen at the Administration Office, 1207 1st St West, Independence, Iowa on November 7, 2023.  Board members present: Kim Hansen, Charlie McCardle.  Audrey Hill, Eric Smith and Gina Trimble joined virtually. Also present in person: Superintendent Phillips and Board Secretary Morine.  Guests:  AD Justin Putz, Coach Matt Miller and John Bagge.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA – Motion by McCardle, second by Trimble to approve the agenda.  Motion carried 5-0.

NEW BUSINESS

  1. Consider Approval of the Civil Engineering Proposal by LEI (Larson Engineering, Inc.) for the Baseball Outfield Drainage Repair Project – Motion by McCardle, second by Hill to approve the Civil Engineering Proposal by LEI (Larson Engineering, Inc.) for the Baseball Outfield Drainage Repair Project. After board discussion, motion carried 5-0.

ADJOURNMENT – McCardle moved to adjourn the meeting.  Trimble second. Motion carried 5-0.  Meeting adjourned at 12:13 pm.

Respectfully Submitted:

____________________________________             ________________________________­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­                                                                                                                                      

Kimberly Hansen, Board President                            Laura Morine, Board Secretary

           

 

lmorine@indeek12.org Tue, 11/28/2023 - 18:20

Board Minutes - 2023.10.16

Board Minutes - 2023.10.16

Independence Community School Board Meeting

  Regular Meeting

October 16, 2023

The regular meeting of the Independence Community School Board was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by President Kim Hansen at the Administration Office, 1207 1st St West, Independence, Iowa on October 16, 2023.  Board members present: Kim Hansen, Gina Trimble, Audrey Hill and Charlie McCardle. Eric Smith was absent.  Also present: Superintendent Phillips, Board Secretary Morine.  Admin/Directors:  JHS Principal Kleman, Asst JSH Principal Hupke, West Principal Reed, East Principal Reidy, School Improvement Director Burmeister, Technology Director Noyes and Food Director Wendel.  Guests:  Amanda Fisher and John Bagge.  Mitch Barnett joined at 6:10 pm. Unfortunately the district’s Facebook page is down but the recordings are on the district website.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.   Treats were provided to celebrate Principal Appreciation Month.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA – Motion by McCardle, second by Trimble to approve the agenda.  Motion carried 4-0.

CONSIDERATION OF ACTION ON CONSENT ITEMS – Motion by Hill, second by Trimble to approve the consent items.  Supt. Phillips stated the shalls will not be changed to wills in upcoming board policies so that the policies align with the Iowa School Board Association Primer.  Motion carried 4-0.

     A. Approval of the minutes of the regular meeting on September 21, 2023 and the special meeting on September 29, 2023.

     B. Approval of Board Policies (*changes noted)

     Second Readings:

 

POLICY #

POLICY NAME

1.

106*, 106E1, 106E2, 106E3, and 106R1*

Anti-Bullying/Anti-Harassment Policy, Complaint Form, Witness Disclosure Form, Disposition of Complaint Form, and Anti-Bullying/Anti-Harassment Investigation Procedures

2.

402.02* and 402.02R1

Child Abuse Reporting and Child Abuse Reporting Regulation

3.

505.05*

Testing Program

4.

505.06*

Graduation Requirements

5.

507.02*, 507.02E1*, 507.02E2*,                     507.02E3 (new), and 507.02E4 (new)

Administration of Medication to Students, Authorization-Asthma Airway Constricting or Respiratory Distress Medication Self-Administration Consent Form, Parental Permission for Administering Medication at School, Parental Authorization and Release Form for Independent Self Carry and Administration of Prescribed Medication or Independent Delivery of Health Services by the Student, and Parental Authorization and Release Form for the Administration of Voluntary School Stock of Over-the-Counter Medication to Students

6.

601.01*

School Calendar

7.

603.04* and 604.04E1

Health Education and Human Growth and Development Student Excuse Form

8.

605.01 and 605.01R1*

Instructional Materials Selection and Selection of Instructional Materials

9.

607.02* and 607.02R1*

Student Health Services and Student Health Services Administrative Regulations

10.

804.08* and                 804.08E1 (new)

Stock Medication for Life Threatening Incidents and Parental Authorization and Release Form for the Administration of a Voluntary School Supply of Stock Medication for Life Threatening Incidents

 

     First Readings:

 

POLICY #

POLICY NAME

1.

501.01

Resident Students

2.

501.03*

Compulsory Attendance

3.

501.04

Entrance – Admissions

4.

501.05

Attendance Center Assignment

5.

501.06*

Student Transfers In

6.

501.07*

Student Transfers Out or Withdrawals

7.

501.08

Student Attendance Records

8.

501.09* and 501.09E1

Student Absences – Excused and Request for Remote Learning Form

9.

501.10, 501.10E1, and 501.10R1

Truancy, Sample Letter to Parent/Guardian(s) Regarding Attendance, and Truancy Regulation

 

     C. Approval of Resignations

NAME

ASSIGNMENT

DATE

Charles Bare

JSH .5 FTE Robotics

10/11/2023

Paula Decker

West Elem 3.0 hr Food Service Worker

12/22/2023

 

    D. Approval of New Hires (pending acceptable background checks)

NAME

ASSIGNMENT

SALARY

DATE

Andria Anderson

JSH Assistant Large Group Speech

$1,388

12/04/2023

Christina Garrigus-Jones

ECC .5 hr Crossing Guard Para (a.m.)

$16.00/hr

10/02/2023

Kimberly Kremer

MHI Four Oaks 7.0 hr Special Ed Para

$14.10/hr

09/25/2023

Michelle Ryckman

ECC 4.0 hr Special Ed Para

$14.10/hr

09/25/2023

 

 

 

     E. Approval of Financial Reports

         1.  Bills – Director Hill reviewed the bills – McCardle will review in November

         2.  Budget Report

ANNOUNCEMENTS, COMMUNICATIONS and PRESENTATIONS

  1. Comments from the Public – none
  1. Comments from the Board/Superintendent – Board members gave their reports.  It is important that residents of the district get out to vote for the school board election on November 7th.  Early voting at the Auditors office starts October 18th.  Thanks to the Independence Teachers Association for hosting the Board Candidate Forum.  Board members also thanked the Principals for what they do in the district.  Supt. Phillips agreed with the board in thanking our Principals.  Parent Teachers Conferences are this week.  Supt. Phillips had a shout out and thanks to Supt. Justin Stockdale from Dike-New Hartford as he is mentoring Supt Phillips in her first year of superintendency. Certified Enrollment numbers are slightly up. The open enrollment numbers are higher than our open enrollment out.  The board retreat will be held October 19th in the board room.

 

  1. Presentations
  1. Student Learning Goals for 2023-2024 were presented by Erin Burmeister. These goals were reviewed and recommended by the SIAC committee.

 

REPORTS

A. Building Administrator Reports

     1.  Junior-Senior High School

     2.  West Elementary

     3.  East Elementary/Early Childhood Center

Principals were excused after their reports.

B. District Director Reports

     1.  Activities Director Report

     2.  Director of School Improvement Report

     3.  Director of Technology Report

     4.  Director of Food Service Report – Director Wendel reported that last year’s free and reduced status has expired today and there are 84 families that have not reapplied for the Free and Reduced status. These applications are required every year.  Director Wendel also indicated that all students can receive a reimbursable meal, no matter their balance.  Purchases from ALA Carte are not available if there are not funds in the student’s account. Parents can log into MySchoolBucks.com to view their student’s purchases.                                                                                                                                    

     5.  Director of Buildings & Grounds Report

     6.  Director of Transportation Report

NEW BUSINESS

  1. Consider Approval of Contract with Music Theatre International (MTI) for the Spring 2024 Musical – Motion by Trimble, second by McCardle to approve the Contract with Music Theatre International (MTI) for the Spring 2024 Musical: Little Women. Motion carried 4-0.
  1. Consider Approval of the Cooperative Sharing Agreement with Dunkerton Community School District for Mock Trial for 2023-2024 – Motion by McCardle, second by Hill to approve the Cooperative Sharing Agreement with Dunkerton Community School District for Mock Trial for 2023-2024. Motion carried 4-0.
  1. Consider Approval of the Supplemental Agreement for the Fixed Asset Inventory Module with Software Unlimited, Inc. (SUI) – Motion by Trimble, second by McCardle to approve the Supplemental Agreement for the Fixed Asset Inventory Module with Software Unlimited, Inc. (SUI).  Motion carried 4-0.
  1. Consider Approval of Student Learning Goals 2023-2024 – Motion by Hill, second by McCardle to approve the Student Learning Goals 2023-2024. Motion carried 4-0.
  1. Closed Session – Motion by Trimble, second by McCardle to go into closed session as provided in Section 21.5(1)(i) of the Iowa Code; To evaluate the professional competency of an individual whose appointment, hiring, performance or discharge is being considered when necessary to prevent needless and irreparable injury to that individual’s reputation and that individual requests a closed session.  Roll call vote:  Trimble – ‘aye’, Hill – ‘aye’, Hansen – ‘aye’, McCardle – ‘aye’.  Motion carried 4-0.

At 7:00 pm, the board took a recess to clear the room for the closed session.  The board entered into closed session at 7:12 pm.  The board exited the closed session at 7:55 pm.  No official transaction took place during the closed session.

ADJOURNMENT – McCardle moved to adjourn the meeting.  Trimble second. Motion carried 4-0. Meeting adjourned at 7:57 pm.

Respectfully Submitted:

 

______________________________________      _____________________________________

Kim Hansen, Board President                                  Laura Morine, Board Secretary

 

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Board Minutes - 2023.10.19 Board Retreat

Board Minutes - 2023.10.19 Board Retreat

ndependence Community School Board  

Board Retreat

October 19, 2023

A retreat/work session for the Independence Community School Board started at 1:00 pm at the Administration Office, 1207 1st St West, Independence, Iowa on October 19, 2023.  Board members present: Kim Hansen, Gina Trimble, Audrey Hill and Charlie McCardle. Eric Smith was absent.  Also present: Superintendent Phillips. Guests:  Tammi Drawbaugh with IASB and Mitch Barnett.

The Board met with Tammi Drawbaugh with the Iowa School Board Association to discuss the roles and responsibilities for school board members.  

The retreat/work session ended at 6:05 pm and no official action took place.

 

Kim Hansen, President

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Board Minutes - 2023.11.20 Nov Bills

Board Minutes - 2023.11.20 Nov Bills

Independence Community School Board Meeting

Special Meeting

November 20, 2023

A special meeting of the Independence Community School Board was called to order at 12:00 p.m. by President Kim Hansen at the Administration Office, 1207 1st St West, Independence, Iowa on November 20, 2023.  Board members present: Kim Hansen, Charlie McCardle.  Audrey Hill joined virtually. Also present in person: Superintendent Phillips and HR Director Schaul.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA – Motion by McCardle, second by Hill to approve the agenda.  Motion carried 3-0.

NEW BUSINESS

  1. Consider Bills for November - McCardle had reviewed the bills.  Motion by McCardle, second by Hill to approve the bills for November.  Motion carried 3-0.

ADJOURNMENT – McCardle moved to adjourn the meeting.  Hill second. Motion carried 3-0.  Meeting adjourned at 12:02 pm.

Respectfully Submitted:

 

____________________________________             ________________________________­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­                                                                                                                                      

Kimberly Hansen, Board President                            Lori Schaul, Acting Board Secretary

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Board Minutes - 2023.11.27 Reg/Annual/Organizational

Board Minutes - 2023.11.27 Reg/Annual/Organizational

 

Independence Community School Board Meeting

Regular Meeting

November 27, 2023

The regular meeting of the Independence Community School Board was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Board President Hansen at the Administration Office, 1207 1st St West, Independence, Iowa on November 27, 2023.    Board members present:  Kim Hansen, Audrey Hill, Charlie McCardle and Gina Trimble.  Eric Smith was absent. Also attending:  Supt. Phillips, Board Secretary Morine, administrators, directors, and guests. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA - Motion by McCardle, second by Trimble to approve the agenda.   Motion carried 4-0.

 

CONSIDERATION OF ACTION ON CONSENT ITEMS - Motion by Hill, second by McCardle to approve the consent items.   Motion carried 4-0.

 

  1. Approval of the minutes of the regular meeting on October 16, 2023, the board retreat on October 19, 2023, the special meeting on November 7, 2023, and the special meeting on November 20, 2023. 
 

B. Approval of Board Policies (*changes noted)

 

 

Second Readings:

 

 

POLICY #

POLICY NAME

1.

501.01

Resident Students

2.

501.03*

Compulsory Attendance

3.

501.04

Entrance – Admissions

4.

501.05

Attendance Center Assignment

5.

501.06*

Student Transfers In

6.

501.07*

Student Transfers Out or Withdrawals

7.

501.08

Student Attendance Records

8.

501.09* and 501.09E1

Student Absences – Excused and Request for Remote Learning Form

9.

501.10, 501.10E1, and 501.10R1

Truancy, Sample Letter to Parent/Guardian(s) Regarding Attendance, and Truancy Regulation

 

 

  

     C. Approval of Resignations

 

NAME

ASSIGNMENT

DATE

Angie Williams

West Elem 5.5 hr POS/Food Service Worker

12/21/2023

 

 

  

    D. Approval of New Hires (pending acceptable background checks)

 

 

NAME

ASSIGNMENT

SALARY

DATE

Ryan Ohrt

JSH .5 FTE Robotics

$868

11/01/2023

 

 

         E. Approval of Financial Reports

          1.  Budget Report

          2.  Financial Settlement Statement as of June 30, 2023

ANNOUNCEMENTS, COMMUNICATIONS and PRESENTATIONS

  1. Comments from the Public none

 

 

     B. Comments from the Board/Superintendent Highlights of board member comments. Hill congratulated the administration and teachers on the Performance Profile Rating. Hill and McCardle thanked outgoing board member Smith for his service, dedication and leaving a legacy.  Trimble was proud to report that each board member had received the Individual Professional Development Award at the IASB Convention and the whole board was then recognized for the Team Achievement Award including Supt. Phillips. Hansen also commended the board for their professional development achievement and provided information for upcoming professional development opportunities. Supt Phillips also congratulated the entire board for their individual awards and team award. The facility planning assessment should be available the week of December 11th.  Supt Phillips hopes that work will continue on redesigning the district website with Fusion Forward.  A tentative date of April 26th has been set for the baseball turf project to be completed.  The City of Independence is working on a House in Needs survey and that has been sent to all staff members to complete since they work in Independence.

REPORTS

     A. Building Administrator Reports

          1.  Junior-Senior High School

          2.  West Elementary

          3.  East Elementary/Early Childhood Center

     B. District Director Reports

          1.  Activities Director Report

          2.  Director of School Improvement Report

          3.  Director of Technology Report* - Noyes gave a technology presentation.

          4.  Director of Food Service Report

          5.  Director of Buildings & Grounds Report

          6.  Director of Transportation Report* - Chesmore wasn’t able to make the meeting but Supt. Phillips reported the highlights that the district has 10 routes, we are currently fully staffed and we transport approximately 50% of the students.

NEW BUSINESS

  1. Canvass of Board Election from November 7, 2023 – Receive and File - Motion by Trimble, second by McCardle to accept the Canvass of Votes from the November 7, 2023 Election.  Elected board members are: Kim Hansen, Audrey Hill and Mitch Barnett.  Motion carried 4-0.

B. Comments from Outgoing Board Member(s) and Recognition for their Service Comments in person by: Tracy Steger, President of the ITA, Kim Hansen, Gina Trimble and Supt Phillips all thanked Smith for his service, time commitment, dedication and passion for the school district, staff and students. Eric Smith played an important role in getting the JSH built, Baseball/Softball complex and the remodel of East and West Elementary buildings.  Accolades from former board members Brian Eddy and John Christensen were also read.  Thank you, Eric Smith for your 12 years of excellent service!

C. Adjournment of Retiring Board - Motion by McCardle, second by Trimble to adjourn the meeting, Motion carried 5-0.  Meeting adjourned at 6:48 pm and a short recess was taken.

 

 

 

Independence Community School Board Meeting

Organizational Meeting

November 27, 2023

An organizational meeting of the Independence Community School Board was called to order at 6:55 pm by Board Secretary Laura Morine at the Administration Office, 1207 1st St West, Independence, Iowa on November 27, 2023.    Board members present:   Kim Hansen, Mitch Barnett, Audrey Hill, Charlie McCardle, and Gina Trimble.  Also attending: Supt. Phillips, administrators, directors, and guests.

  1. Administration of Oath to Elected Members - Board Secretary administered the oath of office to newly elected board members:  Mitch Barnett, Kim Hansen and Audrey Hill.
  1. Election of a President of the Board - Trimble nominated Hansen, McCardle second.  There were no other nominations and board consensus, Hansen will be the Board President.
  1. Election of a Vice President of the Board - McCardle nominated Trimble, Hanse second.  There were no other nominations and board consensus, Trimble will be the Board Vice President.

 

President Hansen took over the meeting and excused the administrators and directors to leave the meeting since they had put in a long day.  

     D. Set Regular Board Meeting Dates, Time and Location for 2023-2024

      Presently, the Board meets on the third Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in the Central Administration Office Boardroom for regular meetings.  Motion by McCardle, second by Trimble to approve the Board Meeting Dates, Times and Locations. Motion carried 5-0.

2023-2024 Proposed School Board Meetings: 

December 18, 2023

January 16, 2024 (Tuesday) - No school on Monday

February 20, 2024 (Tuesday) - No school on Monday

March 18, 2024

April 8, 2024 (Second Monday) - to meet budget filing deadline

May 20, 2024

June 17, 2024

July 15, 2024

August 19, 2024

September 16, 2024

October 21, 2024

November 18, 2024

 

E. Roll Call Vote Order for 2023-2024 - Motion by Trimble, second by Hill to approve the Roll     Call Vote order.   Motion carried 5-0.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dec/Jan/Feb

Barnett, Hansen, Hill, McCardle, Trimble

 

 

Mar/Apr

Hansen, Hill, McCardle, Trimble, Barnett

 

 

May/June

Hill, McCardle, Trimble, Barnett, Hansen

 

 

July/Aug/Sept

McCardle, Trimble, Barnett, Hansen, Hill

 

 

Oct/Nov

Trimble, Barnett, Hansen, Hill, McCardle

 

 

F. Review of Board Meeting Bills Schedule for 2023-2024 - Motion by McCardle, second by Barnett to approve the Board Meeting Bills Schedule.   Motion carried 5-0.

Mar/May - Barnett

Jan/Jun - Trimble

Apr/Jul/Oct - Hill

Dec/Aug - Hansen

Feb/Sept/Nov - McCardle

 

G. Discussion of Committee Assignments for 2023-2024 - The board discussed as they decided on committee assignments. Some of the committees were removed as the members were designated in board policy.

Committee

 

 1.  IASB – Delegate Assembly (represents ICSD 

                   at the IASB Delegate Assembly)

 

 2.  Mustang Foundation Board of Directors

 

 3.  Calendar Committee                   

 

 4.  School Improvement Advisory Committee - SIAC

 

 5.  Mentor/Volunteer Advisory Board

 

 6.  Career and Technical Advisory Committee  

 

 7.  Indee Agriculture Education

 

 8.  Buchanan County Conference Board

 

9.  Negotiations Committee

     (Board President and Vice President)

10. Benefit Advisory Board

11. City Council Liaisons

 

 

 

12. Review Board Meeting Bills

 

 

 

 

 

13. PPEL Levy Committee (2)

 

14. Resource Enhancement & Protection Committee (REAP)

     

15. Buildings and Grounds Committee (2)

 

16. Board Policy Review Committee

 

17. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee – DEI

Current Member

 

 Hansen

 

 

Smith/McCardle

 

Trimble

 

Smith

 

Hill 

 

McCardle

 

Smith

 

McCardle

 

Hansen/Trimble

 

Hill

Brandon/Rowley - Smith

Independence (2) – 

Hill/McCardle

 

Mar/May-Smith

Jan/Jun-Trimble

Apr/Jul/Oct-Hill

Dec/Aug-Hansen

Feb/Sept/Nov-McCardle

 

Trimble/McCardle

 

Hansen

 

Smith/Trimble

 

Smith

 

Trimble

New Member

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

H. Consider Approval of Committee Assignments for 2023-2024 - Motion by McCardle, second by Trimble to approve the Committee Assignments.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

Committee

 

 

  1.  Mustang Foundation Board of Directors

 

 2.  Calendar Committee                   

 

3.  School Improvement Advisory Committee - SIAC

 

4.  Mentor/Volunteer Advisory Board

 

5.  Career and Technical Advisory Committee  

 

6.  Indee Agriculture Education

 

7.  Buchanan County Conference Board

 

8. Benefit Advisory Board

 

9. Facilities

 

10. Board Policy Review

 

11. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – DEI

Chairperson

 

 

Charles McCardle

 

Supt Phillips

 

Erin Burmeister

 

 

Val Maximovich

 

 

Wade Stahr

 

Michael Haden

 

Assessors

 

Laura Morine

 

Supt Phillips

 

Supt Phillips

 

Supt Phillips

 

Approximate Number of Meetings

 

4-12

 

2-3

 

 

4

 

 

2-3

 

 

2

 

 

2

 

2

 

2

 

As Needed

 

12

 

12

 

Current Member

 

 

 Smith/McCardle

 

 

Trimble

 

Smith

 

 

Hill 

 

 

 

McCardle

 

Smith

 

McCardle

 

Hill

 

Smith/Trimble

 

Smith

 

Trimble

 

New Member

  

 

 Barnett/McCardle

 

 

Trimble

  

 Hill

 

 

 Hill

 

 

 

McCardle

 

  Barnett

 

 McCardle

 

  Hill

 

 Hansen/Trimble

 

 Barnett

 

 Trimble

 

 

 

Board members will give committee updates during the Comments from the Board section at the board meeting following the committee meeting they attended.

 

NEW BUSINESS

  1. Consider Approval of Ahlers & Cooney, P.C. as Legal Counsels for the District and Board of Directors - Motion by Trimble, second by McCardle to approve Ahlers & Cooney, P.C. as Legal Counsels for the District and Board of Directors. Motion carried 5-0.

 

  1. Consider Approval of the Official Newspaper of Publication for the District and Board of Directors - Motion by Hill, second by Trimble to approve the Bulletin Journal as the Official Newspaper of publication for the District and Board of Directors. Motion carried 5-0.

 

  1. Consider Approval of Resolution Naming Depositories - Motion by McCardle, second by Trimble to approve the Resolution Naming Depositories.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

  1. Consider Approval of Resolution to Pay Bills when the Board is Not in Session - Motion by Trimble, second by Barnett to approve the Resolution to Pay Bills when the Board is Not in Session.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

  1. Consider Approval of Resolution to Authorize the Use of a Check Protector and Signer and the Proper Control of the Signer - Motion by McCardle, second by Hill to approve the Resolution to Authorize the Use of a Check Protector and Signer and the Proper Control of the Signer.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

  1. Consider Approval of Resolution to Issue Payroll - Motion by Hill, second by Trimble to approve the Resolution to Issue Payroll.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

  1. Consider Approval of the Independence Community School District Early Graduation Applicants for January 2024 - Motion by Trimble, second by McCardle to approve the Independence Community School District Early Graduation Applicants for January 2024.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

  1. Consider Approval of the Affirmative Action Plan 2023-2024 - Motion by McCardle, second by Hill to approve of the Affirmative Action Plan 2023-2024.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

  1. Consider Approval of the Travel Request Form – December 2023: Paul Upmeyer to Chicago, IL - Motion by McCardle, second by Trimble to approve the Travel Request Form – December 2023: Paul Upmeyer to Chicago, IL.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

  1. Consider Approval of the Application to the School Budget Review Committee for Special Education Administrative Costs Associated with Lied Center Consortium Program for the 2024-2025 School Year - Motion by Trimble, second by Hill to approve the Application to the School Budget Review Committee for Special Education Administrative Costs Associated with Lied Center Consortium Program for the 2024-2025 School Year for $5,929.83.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

  1. Consider Approval of the Application to the School Budget Review Committee for Special Education Administrative Costs Associated with River Hills Consortium Program for the 2024-2025 School Year - Motion by McCardle, second by Trimble to approve the Application to the School Budget Review Committee for Special Education Administrative Costs Associated with River Hills Consortium Program for the 2024-2025 School Year for $9,611.07.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

L. Consider Approval of the School Budget Review Committee (SBRC) Application Fall 2023 – On-Time Funding Modified Allowable Growth for Increasing Enrollment and Open Enrollment Out not in Fall 2022, and Limited English Proficient (LEP) Instruction Beyond 5 Years - Motion by McCardle, second by Barnett to approve the School Budget Review Committee (SBRC) Application Fall 2023 – On-Time Funding Modified Allowable Growth for Increasing Enrollment and Open Enrollment Out not in Fall 2022, and Limited English Proficient (LEP) Instruction Beyond 5 Years. Motion carried 5-0.

 

M. Consider Approval of Dennis Craun, Jr. for Director District #9 Representative for the Central Rivers AEA Board of Directors - Motion by Hill, second by Trimble to approve Dennis Craun, Jr. for Director District #9 Representative for the Central Rivers AEA Board of Directors. Motion carried 5-0.

 

N. Consider Approval of the Music License for Primary and Secondary Schools with Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) - Motion by McCardle, second by Hill to approve the Music License for Primary and Secondary Schools with Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI).  Motion carried 5-0.

 

O. Consider Approval of Mustang Foundation Board Members to an Additional Three-Year Term to the Mustang Foundation Board - Motion by McCardle, second by Hill to approve Mustang Foundation Board Members (Rob Robinson, Jeremy Hahn and Megan Rasmussen) to an Additional Three-Year Term to the Mustang Foundation Board.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

P. Consider Approval of the Quote from Fusion Forward for the Website Redesign - Motion by Barnett, second by McCardle to approve the Quote from Fusion Forward for the Website Redesign.  Fusion Forward will host the site, continue with the rSchool calendar feed and a customizable social media feed plugin.   Motion carried 5-0.

 

ADJOURNMENT- Motion by McCardle, second by Trimble to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried 5-0 and the meeting adjourned at 7:30 pm.

 

Oath of office was administered to President Hansen and Vice President Hansen after the board meeting.

 

_____________________________________                  __________________________________

Kim Hansen, President                                                         Laura Morine, Board Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Board Minutes - 2023.12.18

Board Minutes - 2023.12.18

Independence Community School Board Meeting 

Regular Meeting

December 18, 2023

 

The regular meeting of the Independence Community School Board was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by President Kim Hansen at the Administration Office, 1207 1st St West, Independence, Iowa on December 18, 2023.  Board members present: Kim Hansen, Gina Trimble, Mitch Barnett, Audrey Hill and Charlie McCardle.  Also present: Superintendent Phillips, Board Secretary Morine.  Admin/Directors:  JHS Principal Kleman, West Principal Reed, East Principal Reidy, School Improvement Director Burmeister, Technology Director Noyes and AD Putz. Guests: Matt Miller and Michael Murphy.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA – Motion by McCardle, second by Trimble to approve the agenda.  Motion carried 5-0.

CONSIDERATION OF ACTION ON CONSENT ITEMS – Motion by Hill, second by Barnett to approve the consent items.  Motion carried 4-0 with McCardle abstaining.

     A. Approval of the minutes of the regular/annual and organizational meeting on November 27, 2023.

     B. Approval of Board Policies (*changes noted)

         First Readings:

 

POLICY #

POLICY NAME

Responsibilities of the Board of Education

1.

200.04

2.

200.05

Board Member Social Media Engagement

3.

202.05

Individual Authority

4.

203

Board of Directors’ Conflict of Interest

5.

215

Public Participation in Board Meetings

6.

215.01

Public Complaints

7.

217.01

Board of Directors and Superintendent

8.

217.02

Board of Directors and Employees

9.

220

School Visitation by Board of Directors

 

     C. Approval of Resignations

NAME

ASSIGNMENT

DATE

Seth Rupprecht

JSH JH Girls Basketball Coach

12/15/2023

 

 

 

     D. Approval of New Hires (pending acceptable background checks)

 

    E. Approval of Financial Reports

        1. Bills – Director Hanson reviewed the bills – Trimble will review in January

        2. Budget Report

      F.  Approval of SIAC’s Review of the Return to Learn Plan

    G.  Approval of the Contract with Fusion Forward for the Website Redesign.

 

Jean Crawford

West Elem 5.5 hr POS/Food Service Worker

$14.25/hr

12/12/2023

Teresa Hall

West Elem 3.0 hr Dishwasher

$13.95/hr

12/14/2023

Carter Harris

JSH .5 FTE Assist Boys Wrestling Coach

$1,388

11/13/2023

Chris Shannon

JSH JH Boys Basketball Coach

$1,874

12/20/2023

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS, COMMUNICATIONS and PRESENTATIONS

    A. Comments from the Public. - None

    B. Presentations

         1.  Baseball Field Project – Michael Murphy, LEI reviewed the plan with the board. January 4, 2023 bids should be out for public bids and bid opening on February 8th.

    C. Comments from the Board/Superintendent – Board members reported on the activities they had attended and all are very grateful for the great administration, staff and students in our district.  Supt. Phillips reported the Admin and Directors finished a leadership book study of Emotional Intelligence 2.0.  Joel Pederson, Chief Admin at Central Rivers AEA presented the kick off and the ending sessions.  Supt. Phillips gave a shout out to the Salvation Army for their work on the Red Kettle program as they provide so much for our district and community all year round.   There have been a lot of activities before the holidays and she commended the families, staff, student and administration for their involvement and support.  

REPORTS

     A. Building Administrator Reports

          1.  Junior-Senior High School

          2.  West Elementary

          3.  East Elementary/Early Childhood Center

     B. District Director Reports

          1.  Activities Director Report* - Director Putz was excited to report that the district offers quality activities for students.  The district offers 20 sports and many diverse arts, music, FFA, drama, mock trial, robotics and clubs for our students to participate in.  Independence students have the ability to participate in all of the IHSSA/IGHSAU sanctioned sports.

          2.  Director of School Improvement Report

          3.  Director of Technology Report

          4.  Director of Food Service Report

          5.  Director of Buildings & Grounds Report*- Report was postponed until January 2024

          6.  Director of Transportation Report

NEW BUSINESS

  1. Consider Approval of the Course Registration Guide for 2024-2025 – Motion by Trimble, second by McCardle to approve the Course Registration Guide for 2024-2025.  Motion carried 5-0.
  1. Consider Approval of the Additional Independence Community School District Early Graduation Applicant for January 2024 – Motion by McCardle, send by Hill to approve the Additional Independence Community School District Early Graduation Applicant for January 2024.  Motion carried 5-0.
  1. Consider Approval of the Modified Supplemental Amount (MSA) Application (At Risk Drop Out Prevention) in the Amount of $461,762.00 – Motion by Trimble, second by Barnett to approve the Modified Supplemental Amount (MSA) Application (At Risk Drop Out Prevention) in the Amount of $461,762.00.  Motion carried 5-0.

Board took a recess to clear the room for the closed session.

  1. Closed Session Motion by McCardle, second by Trimble to move into closed session as provided in Section 21.5(1)(k) of the Iowa Code; To discuss information contained in records in the custody of a governmental body that are confidential records pursuant to section 22.7, subsection 50.  Roll call vote: Barnett-aye, Hansen–aye, Hill-aye, McCardle-aye, Trimble-aye. Motion carried 5-0.  Moved into closed session at 7:15 pm.   

Exited closed session at 7:28 pm and no official action was taken during the closed session.

      E. Consider Approval of the Eligibility for an Open Enrollment – Motion by McCardle, second by Trimble to approve the Eligibility for an Open Enrollment student at East Buchanan. Motion carried 5-0.

 

ADJOURNMENT – McCardle moved to adjourn the meeting. Hill second, motion carried 5-0.  Meeting adjourned at 7:30 pm.

Board took a recess before moving into exempt session.

 

EXEMPT SESSION

The exempt session started at 7:41 pm to discuss negotiations strategies.  Session ended at 8:53 pm.

 

Respectfully Submitted:

 

______________________________________      _____________________________________

Kim Hansen, Board President                                  Laura Morine, Board Secretary

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Board Minutes - 2024.01.08 Work Session

Board Minutes - 2024.01.08 Work Session

 

Independence Community School Board

Work Session

January 8, 2024

                                                                                

A work session for the Independence Community School Board started at 6:00 pm at the Administration Office,1207 1st St West, Independence, IA.  Board members attending:  Kim Hansen, Gina Trimble, Charlie McCardle, Audrey Hill and Mitch Barnett.  Also attending: Superintendent Phillips and Director of Finance Morine.  Matt Gillaspie with Piper Sandler joined via Zoom.

Matt Gillaspie reviewed with the Board the four primary funding sources for school infrastructure in Iowa, our current debt service schedule and a summary of property tax impact for patrons in the district.

The board did not go into exempt session to discuss negotiation strategies.

Work session ended at 8:30 pm

 

___________________________________              ___________________________________

Kim Hansen, President                                               Laura Morine, Board Secretary         

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Board Minutes - 2024.01.10 ITA Openings

Board Minutes - 2024.01.10 ITA Openings

Independence Community School Board

Public Meeting

January 10, 2024

                                                                                   

Public meetings were held at the Administration Office,1207 1st St West, Independence, IA, starting at 4:00 pm on January 10, 2024.  Attending: Sue Henry, ITA Chief Negotiator; Paul Upmeyer, Superintendent Phillips, HR Director Schaul, Director of Finance Morine, Board President Hansen and Vice President Gina Trimble.  Hannah Burns joined via Zoom. 

FIRST MEETING:

Sue Henry from the Independence Teacher’s Association (ITA) presented an opening statement and initial proposal.

The ITA’s initial proposal stated:

  • An interest in maintaining a compensation system that attracts and retains quality employees and recognizes the ever-changing school environment while staying within district budgetary constraints.
  • An interest in developing a compensation system which advances the salaries of the sponsors and coaches for extra and co-curricular activities in order to attract and retain employees.
  • An interest in evaluating and adding contract language:
    • Interested in protecting and preserving teaching and planning time within the school day to serve students better.
    • Interested in compensating teachers for extra duties during and outside of contract hours.
    • Interested in benefits that attract and retain employees (sick time, retirement, 403B, paid maternity, flexible days, etc.)
    • Interested in returning previously removed contract language to the Master Contract.

 

SECOND MEETING: (held immediately following the first)

Superintendent Phillips welcomed the ITA negotiating team and presented the district’s opening statement and initial proposal.

Board initial proposal to the Independence Teacher’s Association (ITA):

  • An interest to continue in the “Interest Based Problem Solving” (IBPS) process to address mutual concerns among both parties. We have a tremendous responsibility to educate all of our students and to support our staff to ensure they are successful. It takes everyone’s investment to create and capture #mustangmoments as we continue our journey as #mustangsonamission.
  • Having an opportunity to discuss important issues and understand we have similar goals, allows us to work together with a shared vision:
    • Retention and recruitment of high quality teachers
    • High quality educational experiences for every student.
    • Positive, collaborative culture among staff, students, families and community.

 

The committee set the following meeting dates:

January 23, 2024 at 4:00 pm

February 1, 2024 at 4:00 pm

February 7, 2024 at 4:00 pm

February 28, 2024 at 4:00 pm.

 

Meeting ended at 4:15 pm. Full disclosure of all the initial proposal documents may be reviewed at the Administration Office.

 

_____________________________                    ___________________________________

Kim Hansen                                                     Laura Morine

Board Chair                                                     Director of Finance/Board Secretary

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Board Minutes - 2024.01.16

Board Minutes - 2024.01.16

Independence Community School Board Meeting

  Regular Meeting

January 16, 2024

The regular meeting of the Independence Community School Board was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by President Kim Hansen at the Administration Office, 1207 1st St West, Independence, Iowa on January 16, 2024.  Board members present: Kim Hansen, Gina Trimble, Mitch Barnett, Audrey Hill and Charlie McCardle.  Also present: Superintendent Phillips, Board Secretary Morine.  Admin/Directors:  JHS Principal Kleman, West Principal Reed, East Principal Reidy, School Improvement Director Burmeister, Technology Director Noyes. Guests: Matt Miller, Michael Murphy, Michael Haden, Michael Thomas, Alen Hilliard, Carson Hanaway and Michael Thomas’s family. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA – Motion by McCardle, second by Trimble to approve the agenda.  Motion carried 5-0.

CONSIDERATION OF ACTION ON CONSENT ITEMS – President Hansen indicated an adjustment to the new assignment for Erin Maurer. It should be: 21 hours per week as the East Elementary Behavior Interventionist and 14 hours per week at BCSC.  Motion by Trimble, second by Hill to approve the consent items with the adjustment. Motion carried 5-0.

     A. Approval of the minutes of the regular meeting on December 18, 2023, the work session on January 8, 2024, and the public meetings on January 10, 2024.

     B. Approval of Board Policies (*changes noted)

Second Readings:

 

POLICY #

POLICY NAME

1.

200.04

Responsibilities of the Board of Education

2.

200.05

Board Member Social Media Engagement

3.

202.05

Individual Authority

4.

203

Board of Directors’ Conflict of Interest

5.

215

Public Participation in Board Meetings

6.

215.01

Public Complaints

7.

217.01

Board of Directors and Superintendent

8.

217.02

Board of Directors and Employees

9.

220

School Visitation by Board of Directors

 

 

First Readings:

 

 

POLICY #

POLICY NAME

1.

401.02*

Equal Employment Opportunity

2.

701*and 701

R1*

Fiscal Management and Financial Metrics

3.

502.09*

Student Substance Use

4.

701.02*

Depository of Funds

Transfer of Funds

5.

701.04*

6.

701.05*

Financial Records

7.

701.06*

Governmental Accounting Practices

8.

703.01*

Budget Planning

9.

703.02 Rescinded

Spending Plan

 

     C. Approval of Transfers/Reassignments

NAME

PREVIOUS ASSIGNMENT

NEW ASSIGNMENT

SALARY

DATE

Erin Maurer

BCSC 21.0 hrs/week Para

East Elem 21.0 14.0 hrs/week Behavior Interventionist Para and BCSC 14.0 21.0 hrs/week Reg Ed Para

$19.30/hr

12/11/2023

Hayley Patterson

East Elem 7.25 hr Behavior Interventionist Para

East Elem 7.0 Sp Ed Para

$14.35/hr

12/11/2023

Jeff Streblow

JSH 4.0 hr Night Custodian

JSH 8.0 hr Night Custodian

$14.60/hr +$344 prorated night stipend

01/03/2024

 

 

     D. Approval of New Hires (pending acceptable background checks

NAME

ASSIGNMENT

SALARY

DATE

Tim Darland

JSH JH Boys Basketball Coach

$2,500

12/18/2023

Lanie Dawson

East/West Elem Full Time Substitute Teacher

$211.17/day

TBD

Cole Zemple

JSH JH Girls Wrestling Coach

$2,082

12/18/2023

    E. Approval of Financial Reports

         1. Bills – Director Trimble reviewed the bills.  Hill will review in February

         2. Budget Report

ANNOUNCEMENTS, COMMUNICATIONS and PRESENTATIONS

  1. Comments from the Public. - None
  1. Presentations

           1.  Baseball Field Project – Michael Murphy, LEI held a Prebid meeting today at the district.  There was only one attendee, but Michael expects more bids to be received.

           2.  FFA Chicken Project – Michael Thomas, Alen Hilliard, Carson Hanaway,               

                and Michael Haden – The FFA members gave a presentation on their upcoming Chicken Production Project.  A shed has been donated for this project, the FFA chapter will purchase the supplies, feed and 30 broilers this spring. This project will be managed by the ag classes, FFA chapter and Mr. Haden. When chickens are full grown, they will be taken to a USDA approved processor and then the dressed birds will be donated to the Independence Food Pantry. 

  1. Comments from the Board/Superintendent – Board members gave their reports and they send their condolences to the Perry School District and community after their tragedy and loss of an administrator.  The board expressed major concerns regarding the Governor’s announcement of HSB #542 that would remove the educational and media services from AEAs. The district would have to use their own funds to procure the lost services the AEA currently provides.  Superintendent Phillips wanted to acknowledge all the people that it takes to make weather related decisions and these decisions are not taken lightly. Thanks to the Buildings and Grounds crew for their endless hours of moving snow, the transportation department to make sure roads are passable and the buses are running, the administration and staff that have had to make quick pivots in their plans as we approach the end of the semester.  Last Friday was declared a work from home professional development day and teachers were able to get there 8 hours in over the long weekend.   She thanked the board for their concerning thoughts regarding the tragedy at Perry and how important it is to continue to build relationships with all.  The administration team will be coming to the board with recommendations as they review the safety management in the district.   Superintendent Phillips commented on the new legislative session.  Changes are recommended from the DE on the Iowa School Performance Profile. With HSB #542, she absolutely agrees that there should be funding for teacher raises and a funding baseline for all teachers. However, she is concerned about the proposed changes for AEAs, the lack of support and services from the DE, and a potential cut of funding in education and media services for our district. Superintendent Phillips forwarded information regarding this bill out to the staff and hopes the bill goes through full process.       

 

REPORTS

     A. Building Administrator Reports

          1.  Junior-Senior High School

          2.  West Elementary

          3.  East Elementary/Early Childhood Center

     B. District Director Reports

          1.  Activities Director Report

          2.  Director of School Improvement Report

          3.  Director of Technology Report

          4.  Director of Food Service Report – Director Wendel thanked Geater Manufacturing and the Shirley Tekippe family for the donations.  On January 20th, the Sam Farrell Pool Tournament Benefit will also be donating some proceeds to the school’s lunch program.  Free and Reduced applications can be filled out at any time there is a change in a family’s income. Just a reminder that students need to have money in their lunch account or pay cash in order to purchase Ala Carte items. If you are interested in putting a cap on what your student is spending in Ala Carte, please contact Pam Wendel.

          5.  Director of Buildings & Grounds Report

          6.  Director of Transportation Report – special thanks to the Williamsburg School District for helping our district out when we had bus troubles after an event. They loaned us a bus to get home and even had our bus fixed when we went down to pick it up. This is common for transportation departments to help each other out.  

NEW BUSINESS

  1.  Consider Approval of the Travel Request Form – January 2024: Jon Carey and Brian Loughren to Tulsa, OK - Motion by McCardle, second by Trimble to approve the Travel Request Form – January 2024: Jon Carey and Brian Loughren to Tulsa, OK with sub costs paid by the district if necessary.
  1.  Discussion of AEA/IASB/SAI Day on the Hill/IASB Onboarding – The board discussed upcoming professional development for the board.  Morine will get the board members registered.

ADJOURNMENT – Motion by Trimble to adjourn the meeting.  McCardle second, motion carried 5-0.  Meeting adjourned at 7:15 pm

A small recess was taken and the work session started at 7:24 pm.

WORK SESSION

FACILITY ASSESSMENT – Kate Payne with Invision Architects discussed the educational facility assessment that the district had hired them to do.  Kate reviewed the condition of the East and West Elementary buildings, the current district’s educational needs as well as benchmarking department space use in each building.  The major concerns at East Elementary is that the critical infrastructure systems have reached their end of life, in particular, the HVAC and Electrical Systems.  The major concerns at West Elementary is the Wheel area which holds the bulk of the classrooms. The round shape is not efficient for educational spaces, does not present good visibility for safety purposes and there are classrooms with no daylight access.

A work session for facility planning is set for Feb 26th at 6:00 pm.

Work session ended at 8:49 pm and the board went right into an exempt session.

EXEMPT SESSION

NEGOTIATIONS STRATEGY SESSION – The board discussed negotiation strategies.   The exempt session ended at 9:25 pm.

Respectfully Submitted:

 

__________________________________         _________________________________

Kim Hansen, Board President                              Laura Morine, Board Secretary

 

 

 

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Board Minutes - 2024.01.30 IASB Digital Workshop

Board Minutes - 2024.01.30 IASB Digital Workshop

                                                                                                                                                      

Independence Community School Board

Digital IASB Workshop

January 30, 2024

                                                                                   

A virtual webinar started at 6:00 pm at the Administration Office,1207 1st St West, Independence, IA.  Board members attending:  Kim Hansen, Gina Trimble, Charlie McCardle, and Audrey Hill.  Also attending: Superintendent Phillips and HS Principal Kleman.

The board actively participated in the statewide digital workshop hosted by Iowa School Board Association titled “Ready, Set, Govern!

Digital workshop ended at 7:30 pm.

___________________________________            

Kim Hansen, President                                                         

 

 

lmorine@indeek12.org Tue, 02/06/2024 - 18:21

Board Minutes - 2024.02.20

Board Minutes - 2024.02.20

Independence Community School Board Meeting

Public Hearing and Regular Meeting

February 20, 2024      

   

Public Hearing

A public hearing for the 2024 Baseball Field Improvements started at 6:00 pm at the Administration Office, 1207 1st St West, Independence, Iowa on February 20, 2024.  Board members present:  Kim Hansen, Charlie McCardle, Gina Trimble, Audrey Hill and Mitch Barnett.  Also attending:  Supt. Phillips and Board Secretary Morine, Administrators: Reed, Reidy, Burmeister, and AD Putz. Guests: Joe Kremer with CRAEA, Michael Murphy with LEI and community members.

Public comments:  John Bagge expressed concerns about the cost of the baseball project.

The public hearing ended at 6:04 pm.

 

REGULAR MEETING

A regular meeting of the Independence Community School Board was called to order at 6:04 p.m. by President Kim Hansen at the Administration Office, 1207 1st St West, Independence, Iowa on February 20, 2024.  Boardrd members present: Kim Hansen, Charlie McCardle, Gina Trimble. Audrey Hill and Mitch Barnett.  Also attending:  Supt. Phillips, Board Secretary Morine, Administrators: Reed, Reidy, Burmeister, and Kleman. Guests: Joe Kremer with CRAEA, Michael Murphy with LEI and community members. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. 

Trimble moved to amend the agenda by adding a new business item A: Consider Approval to Adopt Plans, Specifications, Form of Contract, and Estimated Cost for the Independence CSD 2024 Baseball Field Improvements.  Hill second.  Motion approved 5-0.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA – McCardle moved to approve the amended agenda. Barnett second, motion carried 5-0.

CONSIDERATION OF ACTION ON CONSENT ITEMS – McCardle moved to approve the consent items 3A through 3H. Trimble second, motion carried 5-0.

A. Approval of the minutes of the regular meeting on January 16, 2024 and the work session on January 30, 2024.

        B. Approval of Board Policies (*changes noted)

             Second Readings:

 

POLICY #

POLICY NAME

1.

401.02*

Equal Employment Opportunity

2.

701.00*and 701.00R1*

Fiscal Management and Financial Metrics

3.

502.09*

Student Substance Use

4.

701.02*

Depository of Funds

5.

701.04*

Transfer of Funds

6.

701.05*

Financial Records

7.

701.06*

Governmental Accounting Practices

8.

703.01*

Budget Planning

9.

703.02 Rescinded

Spending Plan

 

   

     First Readings:

 

POLICY #

POLICY NAME

1.

401.17

Delete Policy

Incorporated into Policy 605.06

Internet Acceptable Use Policy for Staff

2.

401.18

Delete Policy

Incorporated into Policy 605.06

Email Acceptable Use Policy for Staff

3.

503.01* and 503.01R1*

Student Conduct and Student Suspension

4.

503.02*

Expulsion

5.

503.08 and 503.08R1

New Policy and Regulation

Student Threats of Violence and Incidents of Violence and Student Threats of Violence and Incidents of Violence Regulation

6.

605.06*, 605.06E1, and 605.06R1*

Internet – Appropriate Use, Elementary Internet Access Form, Secondary Internet Access Form, and Internet – Appropriate Use Regulation

7.

713

New Policy

Responsible Technology Use & Social Networking

 

       C. Approval of Resignations

NAME

ASSIGNMENT

DATE

Dianna Kosobucki

JSH .5 FTE Assistant Softball Coach

02/08/2024

Mary McCall

West Elem 8.0 hr Night Custodian

01/23/2024

 

       D. Approval of Transfers/Reassignments

NAME

PREVIOUS ASSIGNMENT

NEW ASSIGNMENT

SALARY

DATE

Nikki Farrenkopf

Bus Garage 6.5 hr Bus Para

Bus Garage 6.5 hr Van Driver

$14.50/hr

01/22/2024

 

      E. Approval of New Hires (pending acceptable background checks)

 

NAME

ASSIGNMENT

SALARY

DATE

Andria Anderson

JSH Assistant Girls Tennis Coach

$2,776

03/11/2024

Stacy Clark

JSH .75 FTE Science Teacher

$15,853 (prorated)

02/20/2024

Marsha Lehs

Bus Garage 4.5 hr Bus Para

$14.30/hr

02/09/2024

 

      F. Approval of Financial Reports

          1.  Bills – Director Hill reviewed the bills – Barnett will review in March

          2.  Budget Report

     G. Agreement for Teacher Education Clinical Experience Placements with Morningside University

     H. Donation(s)

          1. Food Service Donation from the Sam Farrell Annual Pool Tournament

ANNOUNCEMENTS, COMMUNICATIONS and PRESENTATIONS

    A. Comments from the Public - none

    B. Presentations

         1. AEA Advocacy – Joe Kremer, Central Rivers AEA presented on the services the AEA provides our district and the cuts that could possibly happened with legislation this year. The Board encourages the community to advocate for our AEA’s as they provide services to all students.

 

    C. Comments from the Board/Superintendent – Board members have been busy attending meetings and events in and for the district.  Hansen, Barnett and Supt. Phillips attended the IASB Day on the Hill in Des Moines to connect with our Legislators to discuss concerns with pending legislation.  The pending AEA bill will cut services the AEA provides our district for all students.  It will be very difficult for our district to replace these services in a timely manner and at what costs?  Congratulations to our students who qualified for post season and state events.

Supt. Phillips thanked Joe Kremer for his presentation as our district depends heavily on our AEA. Our message to our legislators is to slow down the AEA bill.  Teacher pay is also tied with the AEA bill and that needs to be a separate bill.  SSA has not yet been set and if it is not set before the district budget has to be posted, the tax payers will see an increase in taxes.  The district has the ability to only reduce the tax rate after publication but not increase the tax rate. If the SSA is not set by publication time, the budget will be at 0% SSA with a budget guarantee that creates a higher tax rate.   Supt. Phillips indicated the district is vetting different school safety applications in case of a crisis. The DEI committee has had meetings and the district is looking at hiring a consulting firm. 

REPORTS

     A. Building Administrator Reports

          1. Junior-Senior High School

          2. West Elementary

          3. East Elementary/Early Childhood Center

     B. District Director Reports

         1. Activities Director Report

         2. Director of School Improvement Report

         3. Director of Technology Report* - Director Noyes gave the board a quick preview of the new website and received feedback.

         4. Director of Food Service Report

         5. Director of Buildings & Grounds Report

         6. Director of Transportation Report

NEW BUSINESS

  1. Consider Approval to Adopt Plans, Specifications, Form of Contract, and Estimated Cost for the Independence CSD 2024 Baseball Field Improvements – Trimble moved to approve to Adopt Plans, Specifications, Form of Contract, and Estimated Cost for the Independence CSD 2024 Baseball Field Improvements.  McCardle second, motion carried 5-0.
  1. Consider Approval of the Bids for the Baseball Field Improvements – McCardle moved to approve the following bids for the Baseball Field Improvements.  Top Grade Excavating for the site development contract in the amount of $377,661.00. Sprinturf for the synthetic turf system contract in the amount of $354,575.00.  Hill second, motion carried 5-0.
  1. Consider Approval of the Travel Request Form – October 2024: Michael Haden and FFA Members to Indianapolis, IN for National FFA Convention – Trimble moved to approve the Travel Request Form – October 2024: Michael Haden and FFA Members to Indianapolis, IN for National FFA Convention.  Barnett second, motion carried 5-0.
  1. Consider Approval of the Travel Request Form – December 2024: Michael Haden to San Antonio, TX for the National Association of Agricultural Educators Conference – Trimble moved to approve the Travel Request Form – December 2024: Michael Haden to San Antonio, TX for the National Association of Agricultural Educators Conference.  Barnett second, motion carried 5-0.
  1. Consider Approval of the Farm Leases (North Parcel and South Parcel) for 2024-2025 – McCardle moved to approve the Farm Leases (North Parcel and South Parcel) for 2024-2025.  Hill second, motion carried 5-0.
  1. Consider Approval of the Independence Board Resolution for Budget Guarantee that the Board of Directors of the Independence Community School District will levy property tax for fiscal year 2024-2025 for the regular program budget adjustment as allowed under section 257.14, Code of Iowa – Trimble moved to approve the Independence Board Resolution for Budget Guarantee that the Board of Directors of the Independence Community School District will levy property tax for fiscal year 2024-2025 for the regular program budget adjustment as allowed under section 257.14, Code of Iowa.  McCardle second.  Roll call vote:  Barnett – aye, Hansen – aye, Hill – aye, McCardle – aye, Trimble – aye.  Motion carried 5-0.
  1. Discussion of School Resource Officer – Superintendent Phillips updated the board regarding conversation with the City of Independence regarding the possibility of sharing a School Resource Officer (SRO). The four main areas that the SRO would work on are:  law enforcement, age appropriate education, building relationships and mentoring as well as aid in emergency management. The city is ready to move forward but there are many legislative uncertainties, such as SSA rate, AEA bill and if there would be funding for the SRO program for the board to commit at this time.
  1. Discussion of Requests for Proposals (RFP) for School Picture Companies – As the district looks at school safety applications, it is important that we have pictures of all students and staff, ability to uploaded them into our SIS (Student Information System) in a timely manner as well as the ability to create id cards. The board was supportive in putting an RFP out for school pictures this spring for fall 2024 pictures.

ADJOURNMENT - McCardle moved to adjourn the regular meeting. Barnett second, motion carried 5-0.  Meeting adjourned at 8:21 pm.

A recess was taken before the exempt session started at 8:50 pm

EXEMPT SESSION

Negotiations Strategy Session - The board discussed negotiation strategies. The exempt session ended at 9:40 pm.

Respectfully Submitted:

 

__________________________________         _________________________________

Kim Hansen, Board President                              Laura Morine, Board Secretary

   

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Board Minutes - 2024.02.26 Work Session

Board Minutes - 2024.02.26 Work Session

Independence Community School Board

Work Session

February 26, 2024

                                                                                   

A work session for the Independence Community School Board started at 6:00 pm at the Administration Office,1207 1st St West, Independence, IA.  Board members attending:  Kim Hansen, Gina Trimble, Audrey Hill, and Mitch Barnett. Charlie McCardle was absent.   Also attending: Superintendent Phillips and Director of Finance Morine. Chad Alley with ICAT joined electronically.

The board worked on strategic planning and reviewed the board’s action plan. Chad Alley with ICAT joined electronically to review the process of an RFQ for the district's master facility planning.

The board moved into an exempt session at 8:02 pm to discuss negotiation strategies.

The work session ended at 9:12 pm

 

 

 

___________________________________              ___________________________________

Kim Hansen, President                                               Laura Morine, Board Secretary         

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Board Minutes - 2024.03.08 Work Session

Board Minutes - 2024.03.08 Work Session

Independence Community School Board

Work Session

March 8, 2024

                                                                                

A work session for the Independence Community School Board started at 11:30 am at the Administration Office,1207 1st St West, Independence, IA on March 8, 2024.  Board members attending in person:  Kim Hansen, Charlie McCardle and Superintendent Phillips.  Those attending by Zoom: Gina Trimble, Audrey Hill, Mitch Barnett and Director of Finance Morine.

The board discussed the property tax options. The first public hearing will be March 25th at 6:00 pm at the Administration Office.

The work session ended at 12:05 pm

 

___________________________________              ___________________________________

Kim Hansen, President                                               Laura Morine, Board Secretary         

 

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Board Minutes - 2024.03.12 ITA Contract

Board Minutes - 2024.03.12 ITA Contract

Independence Community School Board

Special Board Meeting  

March 12, 2024

                                                                                 

A special board meeting for the Independence Community School Board started at 12:00 pm at the Administration Office,1207 1st St West, Independence, IA on March 8, 2024.  Attending in person:  Kim Hansen, Audrey Hill, Charlie McCardle, Superintendent Phillips and Director of Finance Morine.  Those attending by Zoom: Gina Trimble, and Mitch Barnett.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA – Motion by McCardle, second by Hill to approve the agenda.  Motion carried 5-0.

NEW BUSINESS

  1.   Consider Approval of the Master Contract Agreement Between Independence Teachers’ Association (ITA) and the Board of Education for July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2026 (2 years) – McCardle moved to approve the Master Contract Agreement Between Independence Teachers’ Association (ITA) and the Board of Education for July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2026 (2 years) with a 3.189% increase on salary only package.  Trimble second, motion carried 5-0.

 

ADJOURNMENT – Motion by McCardle to adjourn the meeting.  Hill second, motion carried 5-0.  Meeting adjourned at 12:04 pm

 

Entered into exempt session to discuss negotiations strategies.  Exempt session ended at 12:16 pm.

 

___________________________________              ___________________________________

Kim Hansen, President                                               Laura Morine, Board Secretary         

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Board Minutes - 2024.03.18 Calendar Public Hearing and Regular

Board Minutes - 2024.03.18 Calendar Public Hearing and Regular

Independence Community School Board Meeting

  Publice Hearing & Regular Meeting

  March 18, 2024           

 

PUBLIC HEARING

A public hearing for the Proposed 2024-2025 School Calendar started at 5:50 pm at the Administration Office, 1207 1st St West, Independence, Iowa on March 18, 2024. Board members present: Kim Hansen, Gina Trimble, Charlie McCardle, Audrey Hill and Mitch Barnett.  Also attending: Supt. Phillips, Board Secretary Morine, Principals: Kleman, Hupke, Reed, and Reidy, Directors: Burmeister, Putz and Chesmore, along with some guests.  

No public comments were received.  The public hearing ended at 5:56 pm.

REGULAR MEETING

A regular meeting of the Independence Community School Board was called to order by President Kim Hansen at 6:00 pm at the Administration Office, 1207 1st St West, Independence, Iowa on March 18, 2024. Board members present:  Kim Hansen, Gina Trimble, Charlie McCardle, Audrey Hill and Mitch Barnett.  Also attending: Supt. Phillips, Board Secretary Morine, Principals: Kleman, Hupke, Reed, and Reidy, Directors: Burmeister, Putz and Chesmore, along with some guests.  

President Hansen requested an amendment to the agenda to include changes to two policies and wave the second reading due to a compliance deadline.  McCardle moved to amend the agenda to add these policy changes:

    505.09 Parent and Family Engagement – change for the committee to review annually.

    501.03 Compulsory Attendance – changed school days to hours.

Trimble second, amendment passed 5-0.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA – Hill moved to approve the amended agenda. Barnett second, motion carried 5-0.

CONSIDERATION OF ACTION ON CONSENT ITEMS - Trimble moved to approve the consent times, McCardle second, motion carried 5-0.

     A. Approval of the minutes of the public hearing and regular meeting on February 20, 2024, the work session on February 26, 2024, the work session on March 8, 2024, and the special meeting on March 12, 2024.

    B. Approval of Board Policies (*changes noted)

       Second Readings:

 

POLICY #

POLICY NAME

1.

401.17

Delete Policy

Incorporated into Policy 605.06

Internet Acceptable Use Policy for Staff

2.

401.18

Delete Policy

Incorporated into Policy 605.06

Email Acceptable Use Policy for Staff

 

3.

503.01* and 503.01R1*

Student Conduct and Student Suspension

4.

503.02*

Expulsion

5.

503.08 and 503.08R1

New Policy and Regulation

Student Threats of Violence and Incidents of Violence and Student Threats of Violence and Incidents of Violence Regulation

6.

605.06*, 605.06E1, and 605.06R1*

Internet – Appropriate Use, Elementary Internet Access Form, Secondary Internet Access Form, and Internet – Appropriate Use Regulation

7.

713 and 713R1

New Policy

Responsible Technology Use & Social Networking

 

 

First Readings:

 

POLICY #

POLICY NAME

1.

501.11*

Student Release During School Hours

2.

501.12*

Pregnant Students

3.

Delete Policy

501.13

Married Students

 

4.

501.14*

Students of Legal Age

5.

501.15*

Open Enrollment Transfers – Procedures as a Sending District

6.

501.16

Open Enrollment Transfers – Procedures as a Receiving District

7.

501.17

Homeless Children and Youth

8.

Delete Policy

501.18

Student Work Permits

9.

502.01*

Student Appearance

10.

502.02*

Care of School Property/Vandalism

11.

Delete Policy

502.03

Use of Bicycles

12.

502.04*

Use of Motor Vehicles

 

                   C. Approval of Resignations

NAME

ASSIGNMENT

DATE

Kenzie Fischels

Head Girls Wrestling Coach

03/05/2024

Laura Morine

Director of Finance/Board Secretary

06/30/2024

 

                  D. Approval of Transfers/Reassignments

NAME

PREVIOUS ASSIGNMENT

NEW ASSIGNMENT

SALARY

DATE

Linda Bonney

JSH 8.0 hr Custodian (Night)

East Elem 8.0 hr Custodian (Night)

$17.80/hr plus $228 pro-rated night stipend

03/04/2024

 

 

NAME

ASSIGNMENT

SALARY

DATE

         E. Approval of New Hires (pending acceptable background checks)

Mereme Azizi

JSH 8.0 hr Custodian (Night)

$14.80/hr plus $228 pro-rated night stipend

03/04/2024

Carter Harris

JSH JH Boys and Girls Track Coach

$1,736

03/25/2024

Spencer Pink

JSH JH Boys Track Coach

$1,736

03/25/2024

Jordon Snyder

JSH JH Girls Track Coach

$1,736

03/25/2024

 

 

 

NAME

ASSIGNMENT

SALARY

DATE

Summer School

 

 

 

Paige Benesh

Elementary Summer School Teacher

$35.00/hr

07/15/2024

Alicia Conner

Elementary Summer School Teacher

$35.00/hr

07/15/2024

Lanie Dawson

Elementary Summer School Teacher

$35.00/hr

07/15/2024

Sarah Davis

Extended School Year Special Education Teacher

$35.00/hr

07/15/2024

Susan Gonterman

Elementary Summer School Para

$17.85/hr*

07/15/2024

Heather Gothard

Elementary Summer School Para

$14.75/hr*

07/15/2024

Kathryn Gram

Elementary Summer School Teacher

$35.00/hr

07/15/2024

Jenavieve Grover

Elementary Summer School Teacher

$35.00/hr

07/15/2024

Theresa Hocken

Elementary Summer School Para

$15.30hr*

07/15/2024

Charity Houlton-Oien

Elementary Summer School Teacher

$35.00/hr

07/15/2024

Rachel Hurley

Elementary Summer School Teacher

$35.00/hr

07/15/2024

Sue Knott

Elementary Summer School Teacher

$35.00/hr

07/15/2024

Holly McGraw

Elementary Summer School Teacher

$35.00/hr

07/15/2024

Holly McGraw

Extended School Year Special Education Teacher

$35.00/hr

07/15/2024

Erin Rosburg

Elementary Summer School Teacher

$35.00/hr

07/15/2024

Maddie Wegmann

Elementary Summer School Teacher

$35.00/hr

07/15/2024

*Pending 2024-2025 Negotiations

     F. Approval of Financial Reports

         1.  Bills – Director Barnett reviewed the bills – McCardle will review in April

         2.  Budget Report

    G. Cooperative Agreement by and between University of Northern Iowa and Cooperating    Educational Agencies for the 2024-2025 Academic Year

     H. Donations

         1. Ace Hardware - Miscellaneous Items Due to the Transition from Hardware Hank – Thank you Ace Hardware for your donation to the Industrial Tech department as the students will use the donated items.  

ANNOUNCEMENTS, COMMUNICATIONS and PRESENTATIONS

    A. Comments from the Public - None

    B. Comments from the Board/Superintendent – All the board members have been busy attending meetings and activities. Compliments to the students and all involved in the spring musical, Little Women as it was a great production. Congratulations to the students participating in speech contests and to the students that made it to All State Speech. Supt. Phillips highlighted she is still advocating with our legislators to set SSA, increase and fund teacher pay, and the value of our AEAs. The new Facebook page is up and running promoting our district’s happenings and upcoming events. Next month, the new district website should be launched. On Friday, March 22 at 3:00 pm there will be the ribbon cutting for the FFA Chicken Coop. The baseball field project is progressing nicely and currently ahead of schedule. Supt. Phillips is waiting until the upcoming weather passes to announce the adjustments to the year end calendar. Five firms have been invited to review our facilities as the district continues to work on the Facility Master Plan.

REPORTS

    A. Building Administrator Reports

         1.  Junior-Senior High School

         2.  West Elementary

         3.  East Elementary/Early Childhood Center

   B. District Director Reports

        1.  Activities Director Report

        2.  Director of School Improvement Report – Director Burmeister shared that since the first of the year, there have been a number of requests from schools, networks and companies to share our positive experiences, learning and knowledge regarding standards-based grading, math interventions, social emotional learning and the district’s growth with Conditions for Learning Data at West.  Kudos to our hard-working staff.

        3.  Director of Technology Report

        4.  Director of Food Service Report

        5.  Director of Buildings & Grounds Report

        6.  Director of Transportation Report* – Director Chesmore reports on our fleet of vehicles.  One of our buses didn’t pass inspections so it will need to be replaced.  Having another 12-passenger van would help to cover our out of district activities. Director Chesmore is also looking at new software to enhance transporting our students.

NEW BUSINESS

  1. Consider Approval of the Proposed 2024-2025 School Calendar – Hill moved to approve the Proposed 2024-2025 School Calendar.  Trimble second, motion carried 5-0.  The new calendar increases the student day by 10 minutes and adds additional full day professional development days to accommodate training with the AEA.
  1. Consider Approval of the Agreement of Service with Timberline Billing Service LLC Effective July 1, 2024 Through June 30, 2027 – McCardle moved to approve the Agreement of Service with Timberline Billing Service LLC Effective July 1, 2024 Through June 30, 2027 for Medicaid billing.  Trimble second, motion carried 5-0.
  1. Consider Approval of the Frontline Education Renewal Notice Effective July 1, 2024 – Hill moved to approve the Frontline Education Renewal Effective July 1, 2024.  Barnett second, motion carried 5-0.
  1. Consider Approval of the AEA Purchasing Agreement for 2024-2025 – Trimble moved to approve the AEA Purchasing Agreement for 2024-2025.  McCardle second, motion carried 5-0.
  1. Consider Approval of the Employee Benefit Systems Third Party Administration Service Agreement with TRIG, INC. d/b/a Employee Benefit Systems – McCardle moved to approve the Employee Benefit Systems Third Party Administration Service Agreement with TRIG, INC. d/b/a Employee Benefit Systems for COBRA administration. Barnett second, motion carried 5-0.
  1. Consider Approval of the Iowa Local Government Risk Pool Commission Natural Gas Program Participation Agreement for July 1, 2024 through June 30, 2025 – Trimble moved to approve the Iowa Local Government Risk Pool Commission Natural Gas Program Participation Agreement for July 1, 2024 through June 30, 2025.  McCardle second, motion carried 5-0.  The contract amount is $36,905.98 less than last year.
  1. Consider Approval of the Commercial Lease Agreement by and between R & E Real Estate, LLC and Independence Community School District Effective July 1, 2024 Through June 30, 2025 – McCardle moved to approve the Commercial Lease Agreement by and between R & E Real Estate, LLC and Independence Community School District Effective July 1, 2024 Through June 30, 2025.  Barnett second, motion carried 5-0

ADJOURNMENT – McCardle moved to adjourn the meeting, Hill second.  Motion carried 5-0 and the meeting adjourned at 7:00 pm.

A break was taken to clear the board room for an exempt session.

 

EXEMPT SESSION

Negotiations Strategy Session

The board discussed negotiation strategies and no official action was taken during the session.  The exempt session ended at 8:45 pm.

 

___________________________________              ___________________________________

Kim Hansen, President                                               Laura Morine, Board Secretary

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Board Minutes - 2024.03.25 Public Hearing Budget and Special Meeting

Board Minutes - 2024.03.25 Public Hearing Budget and Special Meeting

Independence Community School Board Meeting

Public Hearing and Special Meeting

March 25, 2024           

 

PUBLIC HEARING

A public hearing for the Proposed Independence Community School District Property Tax Levy Fiscal Year July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025, at 6:00 pm at the Administration Office, 1207 1st St West, Independence, Iowa on March 25, 2024. Board members present: Kim Hansen, Gina Trimble, Charlie McCardle, Audrey Hill and Mitch Barnett.  Also attending: Supt. Phillips and Board Secretary Morine. Guest: Keith Donnelly. The board reviewed the tax statement sent out by the county auditor and the district’s proposed tax rate for July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025, is $13.32796, down slightly from $13.34165. The public hearing ended at 6:09 pm and there was no public comment.   

 

SPECIAL MEETING

A special meeting of the Independence Community School Board was called to order by President Kim Hansen at 6:09 pm at the Administration Office, 1207 1st St West, Independence, Iowa on March 25, 2024. Board members present:  Kim Hansen, Gina Trimble, Charlie McCardle, Audrey Hill and Mitch Barnett.  Also attending: Supt. Phillips, and Board Secretary Morine.

AGENDA – Hill moved to approve the agenda. Trimble second, motion carried 5-0.

CONSIDERATION OF ACTION ON CONSENT ITEMS - Motion by Trimble, second by McCardle to approve the consent items.  Motion carried 5-0.  Thank you and best wishes to the three retirees and those moving on.  We appreciate your dedicated service to our students and the district.   

      A. Approval of Resignations

NAME

ASSIGNMENT

DATE

Brenda Hearn

East/West Elem Title I/Reading Interventionist

End of 2023-2024 School Year

Kara Hoyle

West Elem 7.25 hr Special Ed Para

04/04/2024

Dewey Hupke

JSH Assistant Principal

06/30/2024

Christine Juhl

JSH Art Teacher

End of 2023-2024 School Year

Bridget Krempges

JSH Special Education Teacher

End of 2023-2024 School Year

Paul Upmeyer

JSH JH Band Teacher

End of 2023-2024 School Year

Paul Upmeyer

JSH Assistant Band Director

End of 2023-2024 School Year

Paul Upmeyer

JSH Assistant Summer Band Director

End of 2023-2024 School Year

Paul Upmeyer

JSH AV Tech Club Sponsor

End of 2023-2024 School Year

Paul Upmeyer

JSH Auditorium Manager

End of 2023-2024 School Year

 

     B. Approval of New Hires (pending acceptable background checks)

NAME

ASSIGNMENT

SALARY

DATE

Kellen Kessler

JSH Science Teacher

$55,217

08/19/2024

 

 

 

     C. Approval of Change Order (CO) #1 for Independence CSD 2024 Baseball Field Improvements

 

ADJOURNMENT – McCardle moved to adjourn the meeting. Barnett second, motion carried 5-0. The meeting adjourned at 6:17 pm.

EXEMPT SESSION – Negotiations Strategies

The board entered an exempt session to discuss negotiation strategies immediately after the special meeting. There were no official business transactions.  The exempt session ended at 7:00 pm.

Respectfully Submitted:

 

______________________________________      _____________________________________

Kim Hansen, Board President                                  Laura Morine, Board Secretary

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