UNION COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
DYSART-GENESEO-LA PORTE CITY
Regular Board Meeting
March 20, 2017
(pending board approval)
Roll: The regular meeting of the Board was called to order by Board President Connolly at 6:00 pm in the Board Room. The following board members were present: Darrell DeWinter, Corey Lorenzen, Cathy Niebergall, and Brian Weber. Absent: Kevin Sash and Jenna Scott.
Agenda: On a motion by Niebergall, seconded by Lorenzen, the board amended the agenda to add item 6A – Approve to Seek Bids for a Van. Motion carried 5-0.
Correspondence: The board received a thank you from IASB for passing the resolution of support for Promise Iowa.
Superintendent’s Report: 1) Instructional Updates: a) Dale Wambold has been working on STEM grants; b) Supt Fleshner went through some of the information from the Winter FAST Screening Data, showing some of the improvements the students are making in meeting the Benchmarks; c) Dysart 4 year-old preschool – the Women’s Club that is currently running it is not sure how much longer they want to continue running it and have asked if the District would consider taking it over. We are gathering information before making any decisions. d) Desk Audit – there were two items cited during the Desk Audit, one of which has already been addressed and the other will be addressed with the return of our Iowa Assessment Data. e) School Calendar – looking at possible changes as far as ½ day professional development vs full day professional development days, spring break vs no spring break, and how the calendar option is selected. 2) Professional Development Updates: a) April 17th, Trevor Regan (Train Ugly) professional development – with the snow day on March 13th, the current calendar, with makeup days, would have students coming back for a ½ day after Memorial Day. We would like to change April 17th from a student day to a professional development day so our staff will be able to attend the Train Ugly presentation (which was previously cancelled from January 16th due to snow). This would have the students coming back to school for 1½ days after Memorial Day, with the tentative last day being May 31st. b) Elementary staff has completed the poverty training, are working on literacy, and will be working on science and social studies. The secondary staff has completed the poverty training and AIW. 3) Financial Updates: a) FY18 Budget – is pretty much completed. Cash Reserve and Management are both up slightly however the tax rate remains stable. b) Collective Bargaining – Supt Fleshner has met with the staff to discuss the changes that have been made by the state. The state has taken out most of the items of collective bargaining that were previously negotiated. Base wage is the only thing that must be negotiated. i) Negotiations – we have not started yet. ii) Master Contract vs Employee Handbook – with the state’s changes in the collective bargaining laws, we will be moving most of the master contract language into an employee handbook. Items that have been deemed illegal, will be taken out during the changeover. Other items will be looked at on an item-by-item basis. iii) Salary Schedule – Looking at what the new collective bargaining laws mean for the salary schedule and how it may be structured. iv) Insurance – is now an illegal item for negotiations. The District could be looking at making some changes in this area. v) Staffing Plan for FY18 for the positions we have received resignations for – Looking at combining position of K-12 TAG and K-5 TAG, the high school special education position may not be filled in the same way – looking at different options, not filling the elementary position, considering sharing for the counseling position with another district, in the process of interviewing for the Family Consumer Science position, will be interviewing later this week for the high school English position. Pam Schmidt, our contracted curriculum director, has indicated she will be retiring and we are looking at the possibility of TLC staff and the superintendent handling that position for next year, with changes being made the following year in the TLC program. These changes would result in $563,800 in budget reductions, with $380,700 of that being from the General Fund. c) Legislative Updates: i) Flexibility on Categorical Funds – the state is considering giving schools more flexibility in how the categorical funds are spent. ii) Transportation Equity – the state is considering funding to help districts, such as ours, which have greater than average student transportation expenses, due to the miles driven to pick up students. iii) Per Student Equity – the state is considering funding to better equalize the per student funding from district to district. d) Solar Energy – Costing, Power Purchase Agreements: i) Supt Fleshner has met with two vendors regarding electricity costs and solar options. e) Contracting Diesel Fuel: i) Supt Fleshner has been approached by a vendor to see if the district would be interested in contracting diesel fuel. The vendor would sell diesel fuel to the district at a reduced rate and also complete the paperwork to have the fuel taxes reimbursed. f) Natural Gas: i) Supt Fleshner viewed a webinar on potential ways to save money in the area of natural gas use. 4) Facility Updates: a) Kitchen dish machine needs to be replaced at a cost of $15,000 along with the temperature booster pump at a cost of $3,000. b) Dysart Concrete (approx. $60,000) – getting spec information for the work. c) Roofing plan – a second company is coming to evaluate the roof situation. d) Elementary Classroom Furniture – Supt Fleshner has met with a vendor. e) HS Media Center and Entryway Furniture – Supt Fleshner has met with a vendor. Considering using the Helen Larson Estate money to purchase some of the furniture. f) Voted-PPEL – Many of the items listed above could be taken out of PPEL or Voted-PPEL. The state also is looking at the possibility of allowing all transportation repairs to come out of PPEL/Voted-PPEL, freeing up additional General Fund dollars. The district could add the Voted-PPEL with little increase, if any, to the tax rate, by adjusting other items in the budget, such as Cash Reserve Levies and the Management Fund Levy. Board consensus is to move forward with putting the Voted-PPEL on the next board agenda. Upon approval by the board, information regarding Voted-PPEL would be shared with the public and a vote of the people would take place, possibly in the fall. 5) Transportation Update: a) New van – would like to purchase a van this year. Supt Fleshner stated that he is recommending not purchasing a bus this year. He would like to wait a year and purchase two buses and negotiate a contracted propane agreement, as well as possibly looking at a diesel fuel contract. 6) Technology: a) The district has purchased 40 chromebooks to replace teacher devices and loaner devices. Kindergarten classrooms will be testing these devices with touch screens. 7) Online Registration: a) The district is working to get online forms ready for registration, along with online payment for registration fees. 8) Superintendent Evaluation: a) Harry Heiligenthal, from IASB, prepared the documents the board worked on at the February 27th work session and those were sent to the board to review. 9) TLC (Teacher Leadership Compensation) Reorganization: a) The district will be looking at the TLC program and could be amending or changing the program so that it best fits the needs of the district. 10) Marketing Plan for District and District Website: a) Supt Fleshner met with a company that could redesign our website to make it more user-friendly, manage our website and brand our school district. This is a non-instructional technology expense that could be paid from the PPEL Fund rather than General Fund.
Adjust 2016-2017 School Calendar: On a motion by DeWinter, seconded by Lorenzen, the board approved changing April 17, 2017 from a student school day to a professional development day. All licensed staff will be attending the Trevor Regan presentation that day. This change will make May 31st the tentative last day of school for students, assuming we have no additional school days cancelled. Motion carried 5-0.
Approve to Seek Bids for a Van: On a motion by Weber, seconded by Lorenzen, the board approved seeking bids to purchase a van. Motion carried 5-0.
Approve Budget Guarantee for FY2018: On a motion by Niebergall, seconded by Weber, the board resolved that the Board of Directors of the Union Community School District will levy property tax for fiscal year 2017-2018 for the regular program budget adjustment as allowed under section 257.14, Code of Iowa. Motion carried 5-0.
Pioneer Bus Use Agreement: On a motion by Niebergall, seconded by Lorenzen, the board approved the bus use agreement with Pioneer. Motion carried 5-0.
Staff Reduction – Elementary Music: On a motion by Niebergall, seconded by Lorenzen, the board approved reducing a position in Elementary music. Motion carried 5-0.
Consent Agenda: Minutes of the February 20, 2017 and February 27, 2017 Board Meetings; Claims to be Paid; Financial Reports; Personnel: Resignations – Fasha Newton as MS Basketball Cheerleading, Appointments – Barry Jesse as HS Girls Tennis, Betty Satterlee-Mullis as HS Kitchen Asst, Jackie Thomsen as HS Spec Educ Associate; Early Graduation Requests; Open Enrollment Requests. On a motion by Niebergall, seconded by DeWinter, the board approved the Consent Agenda as presented. Motion carried 5-0.
Adjourn: On a motion by Niebergall, seconded by Lorenzen, the meeting adjourned at 8:36pm. Motion carried 5-0.
Joseph R Connolly Jr, President Kathy Krug, Board Secretary
INVOICES APPROVED MARCH 20, 2017
GENERAL FUND
ADVANCED SYSTEMS, INC, HS COPIER MAINTENANCE, 149.33
AIRGAS NORTH CENTRAL, HS IND TECH SUPPLIES, 911.36
ALLIANT ENERGY, NATURAL GAS, 2,727.61
ANDYMARK, INC, HS ROBOTICS SUPPLIES, 1,569.15
AREA 267, BUSINESS CARDS, SUPPLIES, 52.30
ART CRAFT STUDIO, INC, HS ART SUPPLIES, 99.05
ATHLETICO MANAGMENT, LLC, FY17 ATHLETIC TRAINER, 3,166.67
BARCLAY WOOD TOYS AND BLOCKS, INC, HS IND TECH SUPPLIES, 65.33
BLACK HILLS ENERGY, NATURAL GAS, 4,919.57
BLICK ART MATERIALS, D-G ELEM/MS ART SUPPLIES, 281.61
BMO HARRIS MASTERCARD, HS ROBOTICS SUPPLIES, 359.92
BREAKOUT, INC, HS BUSINESS EDUC – BREAKOUT EDU KIT, 125.00
BROWN, PATRICIA, REFUND – WRITE CHECK TO COACH SLOTH, 10.00
BSN SPORTS COLLEGIATE PACIFIC, HS PE SUPPLIES- NET/SPEED ROPES, 232.67
CAROLINA BIOLOGICAL SUPPLY CO, HS SCIENCE SUPPLIES, 140.31
CARROT-TOP INDUSTRIES, INC, HS – FLAGS, 128.18
CARTY, JULIE, FY17 POVERTY TRAINING, 40.00
CASEY’S GENERAL STORE, GASOLINE, 1,764.16
CENTRAL IOWA DIST, INC, CUSTODIAL SUPPLIES, 2,755.88
CENTURY LINK, LONG DISTANCE CHARGES, 102.96
CITY OF DYSART, UTILITIES, 9,414.68
COMMUNICATIONS ENGINEERING COMPANY, HS INTERCOM REPAIRS, 6,588.00
COMPRESSED AIR & EQUIPMENT CO, INC, DYSART BUS BARN-AIR COMPR PARTS, 121.70
CONSOLIDATED ENERGY CO, LLC, DEF FLUID – FOR BUSES, 282.00
DOORS INC., HS OFFICE DOOR PARTS, 28.04
DRISCOL, SHEILA, REFUND – WRITE CHECK TO COACH SLOTH, 10.00
DYSART TIRE & SERVICE, INC, VEH REPAIRS, 1,067.61
EAST CENTRAL IOWA COOPERATIVE, GASOLINE, DIESEL FUEL, WTR SFTNR CUBES, 7,642.62
EIKAMP, PETER, REFUND – WRITE CHECK TO COACH SLOTH, 35.00
ENCOMPASS IOWA, LLC, MARCH TECHNOLOGY SERVICES, 6,138.00
FARMERS COOP TELEPHONE CO, LOCAL SVC, 1,062.38
FERGUSON ENTERPRISES, INC #1657, CUSTODIAL – FAUCET SEALS – STOCK, 4.42
GARY’S THRIFTWAY FOODS, FCS SUPPLIES, 260.45
GLOEDE, JADEE, MS – CANDY FOR IBS KICKOFF, 21.35
GRADY INSTRUMENT SERVICE, INC, MS BAND INSTRUMENT REPAIRS, 150.00
GRAVEMAN, SHEILA, 12/3 GAS REIMB – STATE DANCE, 20.00
HAWKEYE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, PSEO TUITION, 6,750.00
HECKROTH, KATHRYN, FY17 POVERTY TRAINING REIMB, 40.00
HENNINGER ELECTRIC, ELECTRICAL REPAIRS – LPC, 3,550.00
HOOKHAM, MARK, FY17 POVERTY TRAINING, 40.00
HY-VEE, MS BREAKFAST CLUB SUPPLIES, 689.91
IA ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL BOARDS CONF REGISTR/BACKGROUND CHECKS, 342.00
IOWA FBLA, HS – STATE LEADERSHIP CONF, 400.00
IOWA PUPIL TRANSPORTATION ASSOCIATION, WAVERLY, IA REGIONAL IPTA MTG – TIMMER, 50.00
IOWA SCHOOL NURSE ORGANIZATION, ISNO CONF – APR 2017- AUBRI HANSEN, 290.00
ISLE CASINO HOTEL, MINI CULINARY CONF-22 STUDENTS/2 ADULTS, 144.00
JANS, STACIE, REFUND – WRITE CHECK TO COACH SLOTH, 40.00
JOHN’S QWIK STOP, GASOLINE, 80.60
JOHNSTONE SUPPLY, CUSTODIAL SUPPLIES, 130.12
KEEGAN, MICHELLE, FEBRUARY 2017 TLC MLG REIMB, 52.02
KLEIN, SHELDON AND APRIL, REFUND – WRITE CHECK TO COACH SLOTH, 20.00
LA PORTE CITY PRESCHOOL, MARCH ST WIDE VOL PRESCHOOL PYMNT, 11,618.13
LA PORTE CITY PRINTING & DESIGN, INC, BOARD MINUTES/BILLS, ADS, PRINTING, 899.00
LA PORTE CITY TELEPHONE CO., LOCAL SVC, 1,249.65
LA PORTE CITY UTILITIES, UTILITIES, 13,640.47
LAPORTE MOTOR SUPPLY, INC, LPC BUS BARN – PRESS WSHR PARTS, 395.74
LINDEMANN, MICHAELA, REFUND – WRITE CHECK TO COACH SLOTH, 20.00
LOCKSPERTS, INC, KEYS – TRANPORTATION DEPT, 26.31
LONG IMPRESSIONS, HS ACADEMIC DECATHALON T-SHIRTS, 216.00
LONG, LOIS, 2/9 JOANN FABRICS REIMB, 10.69
MACKIN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES, HS LIBRARY BOOKS – IA HS BOOK AWARD, 56.24
MADISON NATIONAL LIFE INSURANCE CO, APRIL LIFE/LTD PREMIUMS, 2,062.97
MCCONNELL, JENNIFER, REFUND – WRITE CHECK TO COACH SLOTH, 10.00
MCMASTER-CARR, HS ROBOTICS SUPPLIES, 161.25
MENARD, INC, BUS GARAGE/IND TECH SUPPLIES, 181.42
MENARDS – CEDAR FALLS, MS IND TECH SUPPLIES, 40.90
MENNENGA, HEATHER, REFUND – WRITE CHECK TO COACH SLOTH, 10.00
MERCER H&B ADMIN -IOWA FIDUCIARY, APRIL INSURANCE PREMIUMS, 136,370.24
MERITAIN HEALTH, APRIL FLEX ADMIN FEES, 321.36
MONKEYTOWN, HS CLASSROOM/OFFICE SUPPLIES, 58.95
MOTORHEAD MAYHEM SERVICE & REPAIR, VEH REPAIRS, 781.57
MUSSIG PIANO WORKS, MS – TUNE PIANOS, 529.00
ORKIN PEST CONTROL, 2/22 PEST CONTROL, 276.22
OTTEN, KAMI, FY17 POVERTY TRAINING, 40.00
P & K MIDWEST INC, DYSART JD MOWER PARTS, 156.55
PEPSI-COLA, FACULTY POP, 325.85
PETERSEN CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION, LLC, DYSART – JANUARY SNOW/ICE REMOVAL, 670.00
PITNEY BOWES EASY PERMIT POSTAGE, HS/MS POSTAGE, 800.00
PONT, VAL, REFUND – WRITE CHECK TO COACH SLOTH, 10.00
PRAIRIE FIRE CHILDREN’S THEATRE, FEB 2017 RESIDENCY FEE, 1,834.24
PRAIRIE MEADOWS, HOTEL EXP – FLESHNER – BUDGET MTG, 113.12
PROVIDENT LIFE AND ACCIDENT INSURANCE COMPANY, FEBRUARY PREMIUMS, 827.28
QUILL, OFFICE SUPPLIES, 30.21
RAGGEDY ANN & ANDY PRESCHOOL, MARCH ST WIDE VOL PRESCHOOL PYMNT, 4,396.05
REFLECTIVE SYNERGY, LLC, MARCH 2017 CURRICULUM DIRECTOR, 3,396.50
RICHARDS, ROCHELLE, MULTISENSORY APPROACH – MTLS REIMB, 60.00
RICOH USA, INC, DISTRICT OFFICE COPIER MAINTENANCE, 34.28
RYAN, TRENT, REFUND – WRITE CHECK TO COACH SLOTH, 10.00
SCHOLASTIC, MS SPEC EDUC CLASSROOM BOOKS, 20.00
SCHOOL BUS SALES CO, BUS REPAIRS, 3,964.42
SCHOOL SPECIALTY INC, TRANSP DEPT-MARKERBOARD/CORK BRD, 255.11
SEUSER, CHAD, REIMB – ROBOTICS SUPPLIES, 565.14
SHANNON, DALLAS, REFUND – WRITE CHECK TO COACH SLOTH, 10.00
SIMPLY BLOOMING, FUNERAL FLOWERS-APPLETON/DVORAK 80.00
SPRATT, SYDNEY, REFUND – WRITE CHECK TO COACH SLOTH, 10.00
STOAKES, CORINDY, FEBRUARY 2017 TLC MLG REIMB, 75.14
SWISHER & COHRT, PLC, FEBRUARY LEGAL SERVICES, 122.50
SYNCHRONY BANK/AMAZON, CLASSROOM SUPPLIES, 451.36
TAMA/GRUNDY PUBLISHING, PUBLISH MINUTES/BILLS, 238.00
TERRY’S FOOD CENTER, MS CUSTODIAL SUPPLIES, 20.42
TORNEY’S ELECTRIC MOTOR SERVICE, HS – EXHAUST MOTOR, 405.00
UNION COMMUNITY SCHOOL, AUG-DEC 2016 HS FACULTY POP, 721.69
URB’S DO IT BEST HARDWARE, GRNDS/MAINT – 3/8” UNIVERSAL JOINT, 405.63
VAN METER INDUSTRIAL, INC., D-G ELEM – EMERGENCY LIGHTS, 587.31
VIKING SEWING CENTER, MS FCS SUPPLIES, 28.36
WAMBOLD, DALE, FEBRUARY 2017 TLC MLG REIMB, 77.18
WBC MECHANICAL, INC., HS HOT WATER HEATER REPAIR, 635.52
WEST MUSIC CO, BAND SUPPLIES, 361.23
WITHAM AUTO CENTERS, INC, REPAIR PARTS, 92.66
Fund Total: 255,832.82
PHYSICAL PLANT & EQUIPMENT
CENTRAL IOWA DIST, INC, MS SCRUBBER, 5,824.00
ENCOMPASS IOWA, LLC, MARCH TECHNOLOGY SERVICES, 2,408.00
FRONTLINE EDUCATION, FY17 AESOP SUBSCRIPTION, 2,349.81
HARRISON TRUCK CENTERS, BUS #8 – OIL IN FUEL TANKS – REPL INJECT, 5,721.54
MARCO TECHNOLOGIES, LLC, APRIL COPIER AGREEMENT, 2,299.71
ST CLAIR PLUMBING & HEATING, INC , LPC BUS BARN FURNACE INSTALLATION, 1,784.00
Fund Total: 20,387.06
SUPPORT TRUST FUND
JESUP GYM EQUIPMENT, INC, WEIGHT ROOM SUPPLIES, 711.00
Fund Total: 711.00