PCM COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
REGULAR BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING
5:00 p.m., December 16, 2013
PCM High School Library, Monroe, IA
A. Vice-President Alvin Keuning called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.
Proceedings recorded pursuant to board policy 218, Board of Directors Records.
B. ROLL CALL: PRESENT: Steve Nearmyer, Nicole Stafford, Alvin Keuning, Brenda Downey, Jill Witt. ABSENT: Mitchell Chipps, Greg Ingle.
C. AGENDA: Moved by Nearmyer, seconded by Witt to approve the agenda. AYES – ALL. Motion carried 5-0.
D. CONSTITUENTS CORRESPONDENCE:
E. CONSENT ITEMS:
1. Board Minutes: Moved by Nearmyer, seconded by Witt to approve the November 18, 2013 regular meeting minutes and December 2, 2013 special meeting minutes as presented. AYES – ALL. Motion carried 5-0.
Board member Greg Ingle arrived at 5:01 p.m.
2. Financial Reports: Moved by Downey, seconded by Nearmyer to accept the financial reports as presented. AYES – ALL. Motion carried 6-0.
3. Bills for Payment: Moved by Ingle, seconded by Stafford to approve the bills for payment as presented. AYES – ALL. Motion carried 6-0.
4. Resignations: Moved by Downey, seconded by Stafford to approve the resignations of Jenna Strum – District Associate. AYES – ALL. Motion carried 6-0.
5. New Hires: Moved by Ingle, seconded by Nearmyer to approve the hire of Kenneth Vander Linden – Bus Driver; Makenlee Wilkerson – District Associate. AYES – ALL. Motion carried 6-0.
Leadership of the meeting was turned over to Board President Ingle at this point.
F. OLD BUSINESS:
1. Board Policies:
a. 502.12 – 2nd Reading: Moved by Downey, seconded by Witt to approve the 2nd reading of board policy 502.12. AYES – ALL. Motion carried 6-0.
G. NEW BUSINESS:
1. Fundraisers: Moved by Downey, seconded by Keuning to approve the FFA hat (dates to be adjusted) and beef stick fundraisers. AYES – ALL. Motion carried 6-0.
2. Modified Allowable Growth for Dropout Prevention: Moved by Downey, seconded by Keuning to approve the request for modified allowable growth in the amount of $88,925 for dropout prevention. AYES – ALL. Motion carried 6-0.
3. Early Retirement – Board Policy 407.6: Moved by Nearmyer, seconded by Downey to table any action until staff interest has been determined. AYES – ALL. Motion carried 6-0.
4. Jasper County Assessor’s Conference Board: Moved by Downey, seconded by Witt to appoint Alvin Keuning to serve as the board’s representative for the Jasper County Assessor’s Conference Board. AYES – ALL. Motion carried 6-0.
5. Board Policies:
a. 502.12R1 – 1st Reading: Moved by Stafford, seconded by Downey to approve the 1st reading of board policy 502.12R1 as modified. AYES – ALL. Motion carried 6-0.
H. DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS:
1. Buildings and Grounds: The Director of Operations gave an update on current buildings and grounds projects.
2. Technology: A video of student interviews conducted on the 1:1 program was shown. John McConeghey, a member of the PCM Technology Committee and mentor from Pella Corporation, gave an employer’s perspective on the importance of technology in education.
3. Student Achievement/Curriculum: The Director of Continuous Improvement reviewed the district’s five-year trend data on student proficiency.
a. Monroe Elementary: Tomorrow is the annual extravaganza where students shop for family members.
b. Prairie City Elementary: Preparation is under way for several annual events prior to winter break: Jingle Jog, math/reading day, “Change Your Name” day, and movies/holiday parties.
c. Middle School: Finished first round of STAR assessments – now have groups for interventions. Incentive day planned for Friday. Excited with the plans for next semester.
d. High School: All winter sports seem to have started off successfully. Winter concert follows the board meeting tonight. Wrap up first semester this week; semester tests on Thursday and Friday. Faculty meeting held this past Friday strategizing test-taking techniques for Iowa Assessments in January.
e. District: Winter break begins on Friday. MS Math, MS Science, and MS Interventionist positions have been posted due to continued enrollment. The board has received a calendar of community meetings where the district plans to attend to answer community questions on the revenue purpose statement vote.
I. ADJOURN: Moved by Keuning, seconded by Nearmyer to adjourn the meeting at 6:18 p.m. AYES – ALL. Motion carried 6-0.