UNION COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
DYSART-GENESEO-LA PORTE CITY
Public Hearings and Regular Board Meeting
May 9, 2016
(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: James Bronner, Corey Lorenzen, Cathy Niebergall, Kevin Sash, Jenna Scott, and Brian Weber.
Agenda: Board President Connolly requested the board add item 9a, SAI Mentoring and Induction Program for Mr. Fleshner, to the agenda. On a motion by Sash, seconded by Niebergall, the board approved the agenda as amended. Motion carried 7-0.
Public Hearing to Amend 2015-2016 Budget: The budget amendment includes an increase in Instruction from $8,635,010 to $8,835,010 due to increases in special education and misc. expenditures and an increase in Total Support Services from $4,547,344 to $4,707,344 due to additional expenditures, including Chromebooks. There were no comments from the visitors in attendance.
Public Hearing to Renew Instructional Support Program Levy: There were no comments from the visitors in attendance.
Superintendent’s Report: 1) Supt Mullen expressed his congratulations to Louis Beck for being named a Gold Star Teacher. 2) Supt Mullen reported that the resignation of David Hill as a principal at Union CSD also ends the sharing agreement the district has with North Tama CSD, sharing Mr. Hill as one of our principals and their superintendent. The sharing agreement will end June 30, 2016. 3) Supt Mullen reported that the proposed reductions in staff for the 2016-17 school year could save the district $283,551. The breakdown would be as follows:
D-G Elem Principal 0.50 $ 66,073
MS English 1.00 $ 67,006
LPC Bus Route $ 16,000
Counselor 1.00 $ 63,244
Building Budgets $ 4,504
LPC Elem Teachers 1.00 $ 66,724
$283,551
4) The summer board meetings are currently set for June 20th, July 18th, and August 15th.
Approve 2015-2016 Budget as Amended: On a motion by Bronner, seconded by Sash, the board approved the 2015-2016 budget as amended. Motion carried 7-0.
Instructional Support Program Levy Resolution of Participation: On a motion by Weber, seconded by Lorenzen, the board approved renewing the District’s participation in the Instructional Support Levy Program.
The Resolution is as follows:
RESOLUTION TO PARTICIPATE IN THE INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT PROGRAM
WHEREAS, the Board of Directors has approved a five (5) year finance plan, which anticipates the level of funding that will be possible to continue the current level of services and to fund the ongoing programs of the School District; and
WHEREAS, the Board of Directors has given consideration to continued participation in the Instructional Support Program as provided in Iowa Code sections 257.18 through 257.27; and
WHEREAS, the Board has published notice of the time and place of a public hearing on the resolution; and
WHEREAS, a hearing has been held upon the proposal to continue to participate in the Instructional Support Program and no objections were presented.
NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS RESOLVED:
1. The Board of Directors determines that it is consistent with the five (5) year finance plan to fund the ongoing programs and services of the School District and it is in the best interest of the School District to participate in an Instructional Support Program as provided in Iowa Code sections 257.18 through 257.27, and to provide additional funding therefore for a period of five (5) years commencing the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018.
2. The additional funding for the Instructional Support Program for a budget year will be determined annually, and will not exceed ten percent (10%) of the total of regular program district cost for the budget year and moneys received under Iowa Code section 257.14 as a budget adjustment for the budget year.
3. Moneys received by the District for the Instructional Support Program may be used for any general fund purpose subject to limitations contained in Iowa Code section 257.19.
4. The Instructional Support Program shall be funded by instructional support state aid and a combination instructional support property tax levied annually upon the taxable property within the School District commencing with the levy of property taxes for collection in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, and instructional support income surtax imposed annually, the percent of income surtax to be determined by the Board for each budget year, not to exceed twenty percent (20%), to be imposed upon the state individual income tax of each individual income taxpayer resident in the School District on December 31of each calendar year commencing with the calendar year 2017, and each year thereafter.
5. Unless, within twenty-eight days following the adoption of this resolution, the Secretary of the Board receives a petition containing the signatures of eligible electors equal in number to not less than one hundred or thirty percent of the number of voters at the last preceding regular school election, whichever is greater, asking that an election be called to approve or disapprove this action of the Board adopting the Instructional Support Program, this action of the Board is final and the Secretary is authorized and directed to certify a copy of this resolution to the Department of Management.
In the event a petition containing the required number of signatures is filed with the Secretary of the Board within twenty-eight days of the adoption of this resolution, the President shall call a meeting of the Board to consider rescission of this resolution, or to direct the county commissioner of elections to submit the following question to the qualified electors of the School District at a special election.
If the Board determines to submit the question to the electors, the proposition to be submitted shall be as follows:
Shall the Board of Directors of the Union Community School District in the Counties of Black Hawk, Tama, Benton, and Buchanan, State of Iowa, be authorized for a period of five (5) years to levy and impose an instructional support tax in an amount which, together with amounts received as instructional support state aid, does not exceed ten percent (10%) of the total of regular program district cost for the budget year and moneys received under Iowa Code section 257.14 as a budget adjustment for the budget year, and be authorized annually, in combination, as determined by the Board, to levy a combination of an instructional support property tax upon all the taxable property within the School District commencing with the levy of property taxes for collection in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, and to impose an instructional support income surtax upon the state individual income tax of each individual income taxpayer resident in the School District on December 31 of each calendar year commencing with calendar year 2017, and each year thereafter, the percent of income surtax to be determined by the Board for each fiscal year, not to exceed twenty percent (20%), to be used for any general fund purpose subject to the limitations contained in Iowa Code section 257.19.
Passed and approved this 9th day of May, 2016.
Roll call vote: Niebergall – aye, Sash – aye, Weber – aye, Scott – aye, Bronner – aye, Connolly – aye, Lorenzen – aye. Motion carried 7-0.
Approve SAI Mentoring and Induction Program for Travis Fleshner for 2016-2017: On a motion by Lorenzen, seconded by Niebergall, the board approved the participation in the SAI Mentoring and Induction Program for Travis Fleshner, as a beginning administrator. Motion carried 7-0.
Approve Staff Proposals for 2016-2017: Supt Mullen reviewed the proposed reductions for the 2016-17 school year. 1) With the resignation of Mr. Hill as D-G Elem Principal, the MS principal could be assigned to D-G Elem in addition to his MS duties so he would serve as PK-8 principal. In addition, the HS assistant principal would take on some duties at one of the buildings in Dysart for about 1 day per week, acting as a PK-12 assistant principal. 2) A MS ELA teacher has asked for a voluntary transfer to LPC Elem and that position at the MS will not be replaced, making that department comparable to the other departments in that building. With the resignation of another MS ELA teacher, we will need to hire someone. 3) There are two LPC bus routes with low ridership, which should allow for reduction of one route. One bus driver has retired so there would be no terminations necessary. Dysart bus routes are also being looked at however, with the number of dirt roads in Benton and Tama counties, it is more difficult to blend low-ridership routes because of the time involved for travel. 4) Because of a counselor resignation, the MS and elementary counselor positions are being realigned. The MS counselor would become the 5-8 counselor, assuming duties at both elementary buildings for 5th grade. The elementary counselor would be assigned K-5, covering both elementary buildings K-4, and helping with issues for 5th grade as well. The counselor changes are considered involuntary transfers and the counselors have been notified in writing as required by the contract. 5) Building budgets are being cut by $4 per student. 6) At the LPC Elem, because of upcoming moves being made by some students at the 1st grade level, we are looking at the 2nd grade becoming a two section level. Because of a resignation at the LPC Elem, there will be no need for any terminations or pink slips. If other resignations are received in the coming months, each will be reviewed to see if they allow for additional reductions. On a motion by Sash, seconded by Bronner, the board approved the proposed reductions for the 2016-17 school year. Motion carried 7-0.
First Reading of Board Policies 407.6 and 413.6: On a motion by Weber, seconded by Niebergall, the board approved the first reading of board policies 407.6 and 413.6. Motion carried 7-0.
Second Reading of Board Policies 507.2, 507.2E1, 507.2E2, and 804.5: On a motion by Bronner, seconded by Sash, the board approved the first reading of board policies 507.2, 507.2E1, 507.2E2, and 804.5. Motion carried 7-0.
Renew Contract for Curriculum and Professional Development Services with Reflective Synergy (Pam Schmidt) for 2016-2017: On a motion by Bronner, seconded by Niebergall, the board approved renewing the contract with Reflective Synergy for the 2016-17 school year. The contract will be $37,362, which is a 2.5% increase from the current year. Motion carried 7-0.
Approve 2016-2017 Support Staff Contracts: Supt Mullen recommended the board approve a $0.35/hour increase for hourly support staff, an increase of $0.35 per regular bus route, an increase of $0.35/hour for bus activity pay, and a 2.5% increase in salary for salaried support staff, with the family insurance amount for those employed prior to January 23, 2012 increasing from $120/month to $125/month. On a motion by Niebergall, seconded by Scott, the board approved the 2016-17 recommendations for the support staff contracts. Motion carried 7-0.
Approve 2016-17 Administrative Contracts: Supt Mullen recommended the board approve an increase of 2.5% in salary for administrators. On a motion by Bronner, seconded by Niebergall, the board approved the 2016-17 recommendation for the administrator contracts. Motion carried 7-0.
Letter of Agreement for Service between UCSD and Raggedy Ann & Andy Preschool: On a motion by Scott, seconded by Lorenzen, the board approved the letter of agreement for service between UCSD and Raggedy Ann & Andy Preschool. Motion carried 7-0.
Letter of Agreement for Service between UCSD and La Porte City Preschool: On a motion by Weber, seconded by Bronner, the board approved the letter of agreement for service between UCSD and La Porte City Preschool. Motion carried 7-0.
Approval for Out-of-State Senior Class Trip: On a motion by Bronner, seconded by Sash, the board approved the out-of-state senior class trip to Worlds of Fun in Kansas City on Tuesday, May 10th. Motion carried 6-1, with Lorenzen casting the nay vote.
Resignation of Board Member James W. Bronner (effective May 25th, 2016): On a motion by Weber, seconded by Sash, the board accepted the resignation of James Bronner as Board Member for Director District #1. Motion carried 6-0, with Bronner abstaining. Bronner will be moving out of the Union Community School District.
Consent Agenda: Minutes of the April 11, 2016 Board Meeting; Claims to be Paid; Financial Reports; Personnel: Resignations – Brook Carey as MS English Language Arts, Lesa Foss as HS Head Girls Golf, David Hill as 0.50 FTE D-G Elem Principal, Angela Petersen as D-G Elem Student Council. Appointments – Kevin Long as Summer Drivers Education, Fasha Newton as HS Wrestling Cheer Coach, Sarah Pospisil as 0.50 FTE LPC Elem Technology, Jeremy Robb as HS Asst Softball, Miranda Sellers as D-G Elem Student Council, Rich Behrens as Temporary Summer Help, Lori Flickinger as Temporary Summer Help, Cole Moody as Temporary Summer Help, Laura Moody as Temporary Summer Help, Ryan Moody as Temporary Summer Help; Open Enrollment Requests. On a motion by Bronner, seconded by Lorenzen, the board approved the Consent Agenda as presented. Motion carried 7-0.
Adjourn: On a motion by Weber, seconded by Niebergall, the meeting adjourned at 6:50 pm. Motion carried 7-0.
Joseph R Connolly Jr, President Kathy Krug, Board Secretary
INVOICES APPROVED MAY 9, 2016
GENERAL FUND
ADVANCED SYSTEMS, INC, COPIER MAINTENANCE, 752.84
AIRGAS NORTH CENTRAL, HS IND TECH SUPPLIES RENTAL, 1,021.78
ALLIANT ENERGY, NATURAL GAS, 2,066.39
AP EXAMS, AP EXAM FEES, 332.00
APPLE TEXTBOOKS, HS LANG/ENGLISH TEXTBOOKS, 176.09
AREA 267, WORKSHOPS/CLASSROOM PRINTING, 1,409.69
AUTO-JET MUFFLER CORP, BUS #7 – TAILPIPE/EXHAUST PARTS, 139.46
BECK, LOUIS, HS VO-AG – OUTDOOR LAB SUPPLIES, 23.49
BLACK HAWK CO CONSERVATION BOARD, 8TH GRD FIELD TRIP TO HICKORY HILLS, 210.00
BLACK HILLS ENERGY, NATURAL GAS, 2,333.69
BMO HARRIS MASTERCARD, HOTEL EXPENSES/CLASSROOM SUPPLIES, 1,512.02
BP BUSINESS SOLUTIONS, 4/24 GASOLINE, 120.52
BUCHANAN COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, D-G ELEM – 3RD GRD CLASS TRIP, 84.00
CAM COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT, BALANCE DUE ON 3RD QRTR OPEN ENROLLMENT, 2,157.57
CEDAR FALLS COMMUNITY SCHOOLS, FEB-APR 2016 RIVER HILLS EXPENSES, 62,531.84
CEDAR RAPIDS COMMUNITY SCHOOLS, ST LUKE’S PMIC- MARCH 2016, 60.83
CENTRAL IOWA DIST, INC, CUSTODIAL SUPPLIES, 2,282.93
CITY OF DYSART, UTILITIES, 8,546.21
CLARKSVILLE COMMUNITY SCHOOL, 4TH QRTR OPEN ENROLLMENT, 3,183.00
CNC LUMBER & SUPPLIES, LLC, MS CUSTODIAL SUPPLIES, 48.65
COMPRESSED AIR & EQUIPMENT CO, INC, HS CUSTODIAL – AIR COMP SUPPLIES, 161.56
COUNTRY INN & SUITES, 4/28 HOTEL EXPENSE – ISBMA CONF – KRUG, 110.88
CRAIG’S VAC SHOP, HS CUSTODIAL-CLEANED MOTOR FILTERS, 79.50
D & K PRODUCTS, HS ATHLETICS – FERTILIZER – PEPSI REBATE, 2,790.00
DYNAMIC LEARNER CONSULTING, INC, JUNE – WHAT IS AIW? REGISTR, 650.00
DYSART TIRE & SERVICE, INC, VEH #32-TAURUS – A/C RECHARGE, 95.40
EAST CENTRAL IOWA COOPERATIVE, GASOLINE/DIESEL FUEL, 8,937.45
ENCOMPASS IOWA, LLC, MAY TECHNOLOGY SERVICES, 8,732.00
FAMILIES FIRST COUNSELING SERVICES, MARCH 2016 COUNSELING SERVICES, 770.00
FARMERS COOP TELEPHONE CO, LOCAL SVC, 1,039.06
FLESHNER, STACY, 5/1 GOVERNORS SCHOLAR CONF EXPENSES, 45.11
FOLLETT SCHOOL SOLUTIONS, INC, D-G ELEM LIBRARY BOOKS, 236.14
FOSS, LESA, APRIL MLG REIMB, 11.56
GARDNER PLUMBING, HS CUSTODIAL SUPPLIES, 115.00
GARY’S THRIFTWAY FOODS, MS ETIQUETTE MEAL SUPPLIES, 274.97
GIBSON SPECIALTY CO, MS NAME PLATES, 35.85
GLACIER TEK, LLC, D-G ELEM – COOL VEST, 162.44
GLOEDE, JADEE, 8TH GRD ETIQUETTE MEAL SUPPLIES, 34.24
GRANT WOOD AEA, STANDARDS BASED GRADING CONF, 875.00
HAAN CRAFTS, LLC, MS HOME EC – SEWING PROJECTS, 300.50
HANSEN’S FARM FRESH DAIRY, INC, D-G ELEM – KDGTN CLASS TRIP, 120.00
HARRISON TRUCK CENTERS, REPAIR PARTS, 81.16
HAWKEYE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, COURSES/COMPASS TESTING, 13,620.00
HEARTLAND ACRES AGRIBITION CENTER, INC, D-G ELEM – 3RD GRD CLASS TRIP, 96.00
HERFF JONES, HS – CAPS AND TASSELS, 2,002.20
HOGLUND BUS CO, INC, BUS REPAIRS/PARTS, 3,544.62
HUDSON COMMUNITY SCHOOL, 4TH QRTR OPEN ENROLLMENT, 12,732.00
HY-VEE, BREAKFAST CLUB SUPPLIES, 212.50
IA ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL BOARDS, APRIL BACKGROUND CHECKS, 112.00
INDEPENDENCE COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT, 4TH QRTR OPEN ENROLLMENT, 1,591.50
IOWA COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK, HS INTERNET, 1,097.60
IOWA DEPT OF HUMAN SERVICES, APRIL – STATE MEDICAID SHARE, 2,863.00
IOWA DIVISION OF LABOR SERVICES, D-G ELEM/MS BOILER INSPECTIONS, 240.00
IOWA HEARING CLINICS, HEARING AID BATTERY TESTER, 13.88
IOWA NORTHLAND REGIONAL TRANSIT COMMISSION, MARCH TRANSPORTATION REIMB, 1,512.92
IOWA SAFE SCHOOLS, HS – CONF REGISTR, 520.00
IOWA TESTING PROGRAMS, IOWA ASSESSMENTS, 5,250.55
JESUP COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT, 4TH QRTR OPEN ENROLLMENT, 11,140.50
JOHN’S QWIK STOP, GASOLINE, 465.97
KEEGAN, MICHELLE, APRIL MLG REIMB – TLC, 86.70
KRUG, KATHY, APRIL ISBMA CONF – MLG REIMB, 73.27
LA PORTE CITY PRESCHOOL EDUC ASSOC. INC, APRIL STATEWIDE VOL PRESCHOOL/SPEC EDUC, 16,448.92
LA PORTE CITY PRINTING & DESIGN, INC, FY16 BUDGET AMEND – PUBL HRG NOTICE, 335.86
LA PORTE CITY TELEPHONE CO., LOCAL SVC, 1,185.89
LA PORTE CITY UTILITIES, UTILITIES, 11,598.01
LAPORTE MOTOR SUPPLY, INC, VEHICLE REPAIR PARTS, 303.97
LONG, LOIS, MARCH MLG REIMB, 398.82
MADISON NATIONAL LIFE INSURANCE CO, MAY LIFE/LTD PREMIUMS, 2,084.14
MARCO, INC, HS LIBRARY COPY MACHINE MAINTENANCE, 89.35
MARTIN BROS DISTRIBUTING CO, INC, 8TH GRD ETIQUETTE MEAL SUPPLIES, 164.44
MASON CITY COMMUNITY SCHOOLS, HS TUITION – MERCY MEDICAL, 144.00
MENARD, INC, CUSTODIAL/IND TECH SUPPLIES, 265.66
MENARDS – CEDAR FALLS, IND TECH SUPPLIES, 24.64
MERCER H&B ADMIN -IOWA FIDUCIARY, JUNE INSURANCE PREMIUMS, 130,371.09
MERITAIN HEALTH, MAY 2016 FLEX ADMIN FEES, 358.44
MONKEYTOWN, HS – FLASH DRIVE, 12.58
MOTORHEAD MAYHEM SERVICE & REPAIR, FORD VAN – KEY CHIME PIGTAIL, 28.04
NORTH TAMA COMMUNITY SCHOOLS, APRIL 2016 PRINC SHARING/4TH QRTR OPEN ENR, 19,829.55
ORKIN PEST CONTROL, 4/27 PEST CONTROL, 226.95
OTTSEN OIL COMPANY, LPC/DYSART BUS BARN-ANTIFR/WW SOLV, 499.90
PEPSI-COLA, FACULTY POP, 379.73
PERFECTION LEARNING CORP., D-G ELEM LIBRARY BOOKS, 193.20
PHONAK LLC, D-G ELEM – AUDIO-SHOE, 147.49
PITNEY BOWES EASY PERMIT POSTAGE, 4/15 HS POSTAGE REFILL, 500.00
PRESIDENT’S EDUCATION AWARDS PROGRAM, LPC ELEM – PINS/CERTIFICATES, 75.00
PROSHIELD FIRE PROTECTION, ANNUAL FIRE ALARM INSPECTIONS, 590.00
PROVIDENT LIFE AND ACCIDENT INSURANCE COMPANY, APRIL 2016 PREMIUMS, 873.59
QUILL, D-G ELEM – TONER, 269.25
RAGGEDY ANN & ANDY PRESCHOOL, APRIL STATEWIDE VOL PRESCHOOL, 4,569.13
REFLECTIVE SYNERGY, LLC, MAY CURRIC DIR SERVICES, 3,313.73
RIDENOUR, ASHLEY, 4/25 MLG REIMB, 5.78
ROWAN EQUIPMENT & FAB. LLC, MS CUSTODIAL – REPAIR LAWN MOWER, 62.30
SCHOOL BUS SALES CO, BUS #25 – BLOWER MOTOR, 778.91
SITEONE LANDSCAPE SUPPLY, LLC, HS CUSTODIAL SUPPLIES, 12.41
SITLER’S SUPPLIES, INC., MS STAGE LIGHTS, 44.49
STOAKES, CORINDY, APRIL MLG REIM – TLC, 52.02
SWISHER & COHRT, PLC, APRIL LEGAL SERVICES, 245.00
SYNCHRONY BANK/AMAZON, HS LANG ARTS TEXTBOOKS, 738.24
TEACHING STRATEGIES LLC, D-G ELEM ASSESSMENT SYSTEM, 16.72
TERRY’S FOOD CENTER, MS FCS SUPPLIES, 76.61
THOMAS BUS SALES OF IOWA, BUS #14 – SEAT BACK COVER, 36.16
THOMPSON TRUCK & TRAILERS, INC, BUS #5 – BATTERIES/CORES, 383.14
TIMBERLINE BILLING SERVICE LLC, APRIL MEDICAID ADMIN FEES, 278.92
TOWN & COUNTRY WHOLESALE CO., LPC ELEM – POPCORN/OIL SUPPLIES, 68.82
TRI-COUNTY LAWN SERVICE, LLC, MS – CRABGRASS CONTROL/FERTILIZER, 435.00
UNI-WRS, 4/20 HS TRACK – LAP POOL, 55.00
UNION COMMUNITY SCHOOL, REIMB FOR GENERAL FUND EXP, 146.18
URB’S DO IT BEST HARDWARE, BUS BARN/CUSTODIAL SUPPLIES, 988.32
VAN METER INDUSTRIAL, INC., HS CUSTODIAL SUPPLIES, 59.22
VIKING SEWING CENTER, MS FCS – FOOT CONTROL-SEWING MACHINE, 25.00
VINTON-SHELLSBURG COMM SCH, 4TH QRTR OPEN ENROLLMENT, 23,709.31
WATERLOO COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT, 4TH QRTR OPEN ENROLLMENT, 3,183.00
WAVERLY-SHELL ROCK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DIST, FEB-APRIL 2016 – BREMWOOD, 5,598.90
WEBER HEATING, PLBG & AIR COND, MS – AUGER LABOR, 206.95
WILLITS, CONSTANCE, 4/19-4/20 PROF DEVEL – MATH CONSULTANT, 3,000.00
YOUNG PLUMBING AND HEATING, D-G ELEM – REPAIRS TO AERDALE UNITS, 714.15
Fund Total: 408,189.35
PHYSICAL PLANT & EQUIPMENT
ENCOMPASS IOWA, LLC, MS HP PROBOOK NOTEBOOK, 928.24
SCHOOL BUS SALES CO, BUS #8 – CAMERA, 1,900.00
Fund Total: 2,828.24
CAPITAL PROJECTS
CEDAR FALLS COMMUNITY SCHOOLS, FEB-APR 2016 RIVER HILLS EXPENSES, 6,860.00
WAVERLY-SHELL ROCK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DIST, FEB-APRIL 2016 – BREMWOOD EXPENSES, 363.30
Fund Total: 7,223.30
DEBT SERVICE FUND
BANKERS TRUST COMPANY, 6/1/16-PRINCIPAL/INTEREST/FEES, 564,354.38
Fund Total: 564,354.38
EXPENDIBLE TRUST
UNION COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP, BOOSTER CLUB SCHOLARSHIP, 500.00
Fund Total: 500.00