Board Minutes – 5-10-2021

MFL MarMac Community School
Minutes for Regular Monthly Meeting
May 10, 2021

The MFL MarMac Board of Education held its regular monthly board meeting on May 10, 2021, in the high school learning commons of the Monona schoolhouse.

President Roys called the meeting to order at 6:03 pm. Members present at roll call were Gina Roys, Dr. Jon Moser, Roberta Hass, Brian Meyer, Josh Grau, Tonya Meyer and Collin Stubbs. Also present were Dr. Dale Crozier, Superintendent, and Karla Hanson, Board Secretary. Visitors were recognized and welcomed.

Motion made by Josh Grau and seconded by Tonya Meyer to approve the agenda as presented, less the budget amendment hearing. Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Dr. Moser, seconded by Roberta Hass, to approve the consent items from the agenda as follows:

  • Minutes from the April 12, 2021, board meeting.
  • Bills against the district as listed: General Fund: $102,097.64; Management: $57.00; Enterprise: $1,100.00; Capital Projects: $21,763.24; PPEL: $17,234.58; Clearing Account: $44,694.28; Food Service: $27,649.71; Little Bulldog Childcare: $2,705.99; Dr. Smith Childcare: $1,772.77.
  • The Secretary’s Report, Activity Report and Food Service Report will be filed subject to audit.

The motion carried unanimously.

Jim Tripp, Spanish teacher, presented information regarding the Spanish program. He has been able to track progress from freshman through senior years. Based on testing done by Spanish students throughout the US, our students are doing exceptionally well in all areas. The board expressed their appreciation to Mr. Tripp for the presentation.

Motion by Dr. Moser, seconded by Collin Stubbs, to accept the following resignations, hires and transfers pending suitable replacement where applicable:

  • Resignations:
    • Megan Schellhorn – HS Student Council
    • Brent Pape – MS Girls Track and Weight Room Supervisor
    • Melissa Haberichter – Group and Individual Speech Assistant
    • Cortney Holm – Paraprofessional
    • Elsie Meyer – Assistant Business Manager
    • Sheri Glawe – Teacher
    • Jan Stravoplus – Teacher
    • Bernice Fischels – Guidance
  • New Hires:
    • Molly Woodard – Teacher
    • Kiersten Winter – Teacher
    • Abbey Smith – Teacher
    • Lori Vorwald – Concession Coordinator
    • Casey Evanson – Prom Coordinator

Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Roberta Hass, seconded by Tonya Meyer, to approve the Business Manager sharing contract with Eastern Allamakee. Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Tonya Meyer, seconded by Dr. Moser, to accept the TLC assignments as presented for the FY22 school year. Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Dr. Moser, seconded by Josh Grau, to accept the teacher contracts for FY22. Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Collin Stubbs, seconded by Tonya Meyer, to accept the Gun Safety Curriculum, as it may pertain to some sections of learning. Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Roberta Hass, seconded by Dr. Moser, to approve the natural gas contract with Wood River Risk Pool. Motion carried unanimously.

Denise Mueller gave an update on the Middle School. Highlights include conditions of learning survey, evacuation and intruder review, interviewing and hiring for teaching positions, end of year IEP meetings, orientations for 8th grade going to high school and 3rd grade going to McGregor next year, visits from High School Student Council, boys and girls track, farm safety course, May 13 will be the Variety Show, May 14 field trip to Driftless Region for the 5th grade, fun days, May 18 mini concert, May 19 wax museum, dance on May 21, and the last day of school on May 25.

Kathy Koether stated that the elementary has been busy with end of year events and planning for next year. Items of interest included 4 year old graduation will be May 20, orientation for preschoolers moving to kindergarten, no kindergarten roundup this year due to Covid19, but planning to schedule smaller, individual visits for new students, outdoor field trips are planned, virtual Spring concert, two sessions of summer school – June 7-18 and August 2-13 – from 9:00-11:15, transportation and meals will be included, Katie Kregel and Heidi Meyer presented information to the elementary staff about the Learning Lab, Pike’s Peak breakfast date will be set, and April Reading Month was a success and included a virtual visit from an author.

The high school report was given by Larry Meyer. Summer school will focus on credit recovery, IEP meetings have been taking place, prom was held, the fun day resulted in a lot of great community service projects being completed, Karter Decker has been accepted as a student advisor to Iowa High School Athletic Association, the FFA/Horticulture class had a plant sale, Sarah Wille received the Iowa Ag Teacher of the Year award, seniors have completed their CPR requirement, baseball and softball practices have begun, track and golf are winding down, awards night is May 12, seniors will go to Wisconsin Dells for their class trip, and graduation will be in the gym on May 23.

Dr. Crozier noted that the newsletter format has been changed and that the frequency has decreased. In the future it will possibly be eliminated completely as most people have access to the internet. The business office will receive updates this summer with new carpet and furnishings. Dr. Crozier also outlined potential PPEL and Sales Tax projects which include, but are not limited to, sealcoating playgrounds and lots, continuing the lighting upgrades, science classroom improvements, resealing the track, elementary addition, and other smaller projects, as well as continued maintenance necessary to keep the school up to date with technology, safety and general upkeep of buildings and grounds.

At 7:09 pm, Collin Stubbs made a motion, seconded by Tonya Meyer, to go into closed session to evaluate the superintendent. Motion carried unanimously.

At 8:31 pm, Tonya Meyer made a motion, seconded by Roberta Hass, to end the closed session. Motion carried unanimously.

Meeting adjourned at 8:32 pm.

The next regular meeting will be held at 6:00 pm on Monday, June 14, 2021, in the Learning Commons of the Monona High School.

Respectfully submitted,
Karla Hanson – Board Secretary