Central Board

Updated: May 20

The Central School Board approved a contract agreement with Teachers, Classified Staff, and Management positions. Teachers and Management Staff receive a 3.2-percent package increase. Classified Staff receive a $1 an hour increase.

The Board accepted the resignation of Brandon Douglas as Vocal Instructor, Jill Hesse as Guidance, Jeff Robinson as Head Maintenance, Erica Gronowski from Special Ed, Sarah Glew as Kindergarten, Colten Ledbetter as Assistant Football, and Paula Mahoney as Cheer Coach.

The Board approved the hiring of Emily Steirnagle for Band, Andrew Meyer for Kindergarten, Kimberly Carlson for Preschool, Ben Heitland as Head Football Coach, and Angie Bergan as Counselor.

The Central Board approved sharing a Curriculum Coordinator with MFL MarMac.

They approved School Fees, which includes eliminating the fees for student passes to events.


CENTRAL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

ELKADER, IOWA

School Board Meeting

May 16, 2022

President Jered Finley called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.

Board Present: Jered Finley, Michael Whittle, Courtney Scherf, NiCole Dennler, Josh Embretson, Suzy Hilgerson and Jared Funk

Staff: Nick Trenkamp, Aaron Reinhart, and Joyce Piorkowski

Guests: Staci Schmeling, Andrew Meyer, Kelly Erickson and Pat Heiderscheit

2021-2022 Budget Amendment Hearing

Jered Finley opened the hearing at 6:01 pm for comments on the 2021-2022 Budget Amendment. No comments were received. The Budget Hearing closed at 6:02 pm

Consent Items

Printed Minutes – 04/11-2022 Board Meeting

Agenda – 05-16-2022 – Employment – Change a. Resignations; b. Band Teacher; c. Kindergarten; d. Preschool; e. Coaches; f. Counselor.

Bills – Josh Embretson/Michael Whittle

Adding Interact Bill for six COVID Tests for Spanish Trip at $55.00 for a total of $330.00

Treasurer’s Report – Joyce Piorkowski

NiCole Dennler made a motion to approve the Consent Items.

Jared Funk seconded. Motion carried. 5-0

Learning & Leadership

Student Ag Presentation

Staci Herman – Independent Study Project

Staci Herman explained that her schedule did not allow her to take any of Mrs. Bond’s Ag classes so she could be in FFA. She enrolled in an Independent Ag Study class with Mrs. Bond this semester. For her project she planned and hosted a Hunger Banquet at Central on May 17th. This banquet will teach 7-12 students and staff about water and food insecurity around the world and within our own community.

Employment Agreement Presentation – Pat Heiderscheit

Mr. Heiderscheit, AEA Administrator explained the benefits of changing from the current salary schedule to a tiered schedule. The new tiered schedule will change the negotiation process and represent the distribution of the District’s financial resources in a more equitable manner with consideration for academic preparation, relevant work experience and years of service to Central.

2021-2022 Budget Amendment

NiCole Dennler made a motion to approve the 2021-2022 Budget Amendment.

Courtney Scherf seconded. Motion carried. 7-0

Employment

Resignations

Courtney Scherf made a motion to approve the resignation of Brandon Douglas as Vocal Teacher. Jared Funk seconded. Motion carried. 7-0

Suzy Hilgerson made a motion to approve the resignation of Jill Hesse as Guidance Counselor. Jared Funk seconded. Motion carried. 7-0

Michael Whittle made a motion to approve the resignation of Jeff Robinson as Head of Maintenance. Josh Embretson seconded. Motion carried. 7-0

Courtney Scherf made a motion to approve the resignation of Erica Gronowski as Special Education Teacher. Jared Funk seconded. Motion carried. 7-0

Courtney Scherf made a motion to approve the resignation of Sarah Glew as Kindergarten Teacher. NiCole Dennler seconded. Motion carried. 7-0

Courtney Scherf made a motion to approve the resignation of Paula Mahoney as Cheerleading Sponsor. Jared Funk seconded. 7-0

Jared Funk made a motion to approve the resignation of Colten Ledbeter as Assistant Football Coach. Suzy Hilgerson seconded. Motion carried. 7-0

Band Teacher

Josh Embretson made a motion to approve Emily Steirnagle as Band Director.

Jared Funk seconded. Motion carried. 7-0

Kindergarten Teacher

Courtney Scherf made a motion to approve Andrew Meyer as Kindergarten Teacher.

Josh Embretson seconded. Motion carried. 7-0

Preschool Teacher

Jared Funk made a motion to approve Kimberly Carlson as Preschool Teacher.

Suzy Hilgerson seconded. Motion carried. 7-0

Coaches

Head Football Coach

Josh Embretson made a motion to approve Ben Heitland as the Head Football Coach.

Courtney Scherf seconded. Motion carried. 7-0

Guidance Counselor

Michael Whittle made a motion to approve Angie Bergan as Guidance Counselor.

NiCole Dennler seconded. Motion carried. 7-0

Sharing Agreements

Michael Whittle made a motion to approve the sharing Curriculum Director agreement with MFL-MarMac CSD.

Suzy Hilgerson seconded. Motion carried. 7-0

2022-2023 Fees

Josh Embretson made a motion to approve the 2022-2023 Fees.

Jared Funk seconded. Motion carried. 7-0

Student Breakfast - $1.75; Student Lunch – P-5th - $2.70; 6-12 $2.90

Registration Fees – Preschool Tuition - $175 per month; Kindergarten - $50 per year;

1st – 6th - $60 per year; 7th – 12th - $80 per year.

Student Activity Cards will be free to all students and Adult Activity Cards remain at $65.

All other fees remain the same.

Accounting Software Agreement

NiCole Dennler made a motion to approve the 22-23 VISTA Accounting Software Agreement. Jared Funk seconded. Motion carried. 7-0

Officials

Suzy Hilgerson made a motion to approve the Softball Officials.

Jared Funk seconded. Motion carried. 7-0

STEM HD Grant Purchase Order

Courtney Scherf made a motion to approve the Acme Tools STEM HD Grant PO for $18,266.99. Suzy Hilgerson seconded. Motion carried. 7-0

Policy Review Plan

The board will have a work session to go over the policy revisions from IASB. Work session scheduled at 5:00 pm on June 20, 2022.

School Board Recognition

May is school board recognition month. Thank you for everything you do. Mr. Trenkamp presented board members with certificates for their service.

Communications & Reports

MS/HS Principal & AD – Mr. Reinhart

Principal Report

  1. Congratulations to the Class of 2022! This class experienced a wide variety of unique events during their time in high school and we are proud of their accomplishments

  2. A new schedule for the last day of school has been planned. Staff members pitched ideas for “special interest” lessons and students picked options they were most interested in. Popular choices include kayaking, trapshooting, hiking at Effigy Mounds and cooking.

Activities Report

  1. A reminder of the Athletic Banquet on Monday, May 23 at Johnson’s Reception Hall. Social Hour is 5:00-6:00 and the program begins at 6:00. Tickets are $20 at the door.

Superintendent/Elementary Principal

  1. Upper Iowa Conference Update – meeting with ADs on Monday morning. The deadline for schools to request membership is extended to July 1, 2022

  2. Legislative session is still ongoing with the Voucher bill out there, but we are hearing not enough support. Thank you for your advocacy.

  3. Music position is looking like it might be hard to fill. If you know of anyone, please let me know.

  4. State testing went well, and we had a good response on our condition of learning surveys.

  5. Maintenance interviews are set for Wednesday.

Committee Reports

SIAC Committee

Multiple based – Above & Beyond Diploma. Mentoring by community members, staff and non-family members.

Through Board Members

Suzy Hilgerson – Graduation was very nice. Michael Whittle – Graduation very nice and teachers handing out diplomas was a nice change.

Exempt Session for Bargaining

No exempt session.

CEA Master Contract

Michael Whittle made a motion to approve the CEA Master Contract.

Josh Embretson seconded. Motion carried. 7-0

Classified Contracts

Suzy Hilgerson made a motion to approve the Transportation Contracts.

Jared Funk seconded. Motion carried. 7-0

Certified Contracts

Suzy Hilgerson made a motion to approve the Certified Contracts

NiCole Dennler seconded. Motion carried. 7-0

Management Contracts

Suzy Hilgerson made a motion to approve Management Contracts.

Courtney Scherf seconded. Motion carried. 7-0

Administrative Formative Evaluation – Closed Session under Iowa Code 21.5(1)(i)

Jared Funk made a motion to go into closed session for the administrative formative evaluation under Iowa Code 21.5(1)(i).

Courtney Scherf seconded. Motion carried. 7-0

Roll Call: Josh Embretson – Aye; Courtney Scherf – Aye; Jared Funk – Aye; Michael Whittle – Aye; Suzy Hilgerson – Aye; NiCole Dennler – Aye; Jered Finley.

Board went into closed session at 7:55 pm.

Courtney Scherf made a motion to return to open session.

NiCole seconded. Motion carried. 7-0

Roll Call: Josh Embretson – Aye; Courtney Scherf – Aye; Jared Funk – Aye; Michael Whittle – Aye; Suzy Hilgerson – Aye; NiCole Dennler – Aye; Jered Finley.

The board returned to open session at 9:55 pm.

Adjournment

NiCole Dennler made a motion to adjourn.

Suzy Hilgerson seconded. Motion carried. 7-0

Meeting adjourned at 9:57 pm.

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