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North Fayette Valley Board

Updated: Nov 16

The North Fayette School Board held a public hearing and approved the sale of the former Fayette Elementary site. The property will be sold to Corey Streif at a cost of 14-thousand dollars.

The Board approved the hiring of Gerald Beenken for Custodial, Makenna Grove for 7th Grade Girls Basketball, Dan Hovden as Assistant Boys Basketball Coach, and Makinzie Duggar-Lane for Group Speech.

The Board accepted the resignation of Carol Junge from Food Service.

They approved Volunteer Coach agreements with Matt Fassbinder, Zach Bruns, Robbie Kerr, and Lance Butikofer.



Minutes, Regular Meeting of the North Fayette Valley Community School District Board of Education, Monday, November 13, 2023, in the NFV High School Library, 600 N Pine Street, West Union, IA 52175

NFV Board of Education: Stacy Cummings, Eileen Schlawin, Emily Koch, Julie

Ahrens, LaCreasha Schultz, Amanda Rodgers, & Richard Klosterman. Student members: Brooklyn Hoey and Avery Donnelly

Others: Superintendent: Joe Griffith, Business Manager: Kassie Stansbery; Superintendent Secretary: Susan Winter; Principals: Micah Gearhart, Travis Elliott, Chris Miller; Media: Sharon Drahn; Staff: Justin Heins, Shanda Miller, Mike Elsbernd, Kayla Pollock, Morgan Johnson, Barb Schroeder, Christy Radloff, Hannah Winter, Kylee Smith, Mallory Meyer Patrons: Emma Kovarik, Ally Torkelson, Reid McIntyre, Hailey Hackmann, Jessica Francis, Grace Feldman, Kirstin Nelson-Lerch, Amber Schultz, Brock Soppe, Kris McGrane, Kylie Hovden, Corey Streif, Trey Freiden, Sydney Streif, Baylee Rue, Madison Kaeppel, Kris Marcks, Andre Fuentes

President Koch called the Regular Meeting of the NFV Board of Education to order at 5:30 pm.

Roll Call of Board members: Present: Koch, Klosterman, Cummings, Rodgers, Ahrens Schlawin, & Schultz. Klosterman led the board and audience in the pledge of allegiance.

The agenda was approved as presented. Cummings/Schlawin Motion Carried 7-0

Public Forum: President Koch welcomed and invited comments from the Public.

Motion to approve the consent agenda with the following items:

  • Minutes from October 9, 2023, Regular Meeting

  • Minutes from November 1, 2023 Special Meeting

  • Review/approve invoices

  • Approve Financial Reports

  • Approve Resignations: Carol Junge-Food Service

  • Approve New Hires: Gerald Beenken – Custodial, Makenna Grove-7th Girls BBall, Dan Hovden-HS Assist Boys BBall, Makinzie Duggar-Large Group Speech

  • Approve Volunteer Coaches: Mat Fassbinder, Zach Bruns, Robbie Kerr, and Lance Butikofer

  • Receive and Approve Gifts: Mark Ney-Speech Raffle ticket winner

Ahrens/Schlawin Motion Carried 7-0


FFA student Brock Soppe gave a presentation about the National FFA convention that took place in early November.

Teachers in the district reported on the curriculum adoption and implementation of new math materials.

Student Ex-Officio Members updated the board on the fall musical, Veterans Day assembly, November advisory challenge, and winter sports starting.

Principals’ reports included an update on the success of the fall musical, parent-teacher conference attendance, Veterans Day Assemblies, winter sports, preschool fair, and the Leader in Me TigerHawk Assembly.

Curriculum Director Nefzger spoke about the topics of professional development, teacher leadership program, and student achievement.

Business Manager Stansbery reported the end of month total revenues and expenditures. The financial reports for the end of FY23 were reviewed by the board to settle accounts for the prior fiscal year. Stansbery also reported on preparation for the Organizational meeting and end of year financial tasks.

Superintendent’s report included election results, details from the labor-management meeting, the Organizational meeting in December, and the IASB legislative priorities.


There was no old business.


President Koch opened the public hearing regarding the conveyance of an interest in real property. The President announced that this was the time and place for the public hearing and meeting on the matter of the proposed conveyance of an interest in real property, and that notice of the proposed action had been published pursuant to the provisions of Section 297.22(1) of the Code of Iowa.

An inquiry was made whether any written objections had been filed by any resident or property owner of the District regarding the sale of such real property by the District. The Secretary stated that zero written objections had been filed. Oral objections to the sale of real property were then called for and received and zero were made. Whereupon, the President declared the time for receiving oral and written objections to be closed.

The proposed action and the extent of objections there to were then considered.

Director Schlawin introduced the following Resolution and moved that it be adopted. Director Cummings seconded the motion to adopt. The roll was called, and the vote was: AYES: Cummings, Rodgers, Schultz, Klosterman, Schlawin, Koch NAYS: Ahrens

Whereupon, the President declared the resolution duly adopted as follows:


WHEREAS, pursuant to notice published as required by law, the Board of Directors of the North Fayette Valley Community School District on the 13th day of November, 2023 held a hearing on the proposal to convey an interest in real property and the extent of objections received from residents or property owners as to said proposed transaction has been fully considered; and, accordingly the following action is now considered to be in the best interests of the District and residents thereof:


Section 1. That the real property described herein shall be conveyed by the District to Corey Streif for $14,000.00 and other good and valuable consideration. Conveyance by the District shall be by Deed without Warranty.

Section 2. The Board President and Secretary are authorized to sign all conveyance documents for the real property described herein.

Section 3. The Board President, Secretary, Superintendent, and administrative officers of the District are authorized to take all actions necessary to complete the above-described transaction, including execution of ancillary documents.

Section 4. The real property is locally known as 200 North Volga Street, Fayette, Iowa, and is legally described shown on the attached Exhibit A.

PASSED AND APPROVED, this 13th day of November, 2023.

The board reviewed the Keystone AEA Ballot for District 4 and voted for Sue Updegraff. Ahrens/Schultz Motion Carried 7-0

The board approved the SBRC Administrative cost request for the LIED Center FY25. Ahrens/Schlawin Motion Carried 7-0

The board approved the Consortium agreement for Crossroad Academy in Decorah. Schlawin/Schultz Motion Carried 7-0

The board approved the emergency adoption and first reading of Policies 705.1-R1 and 705.1-R2. Ahrens/Cummings Motion Carried 7-0

The board approved the depositories for the district. Schlawin/Klosterman Motion Carried 7-0

The board approved the purchase of scoreboards. Schultz/Schlawin Motion Carried 7-0

The board approved that middle school students can practice with high school students for limited situations pending the high school team’s head coach’s approval. Schlawin/Rodgers Motion Carried 7-0

The board considered the Northeast Iowa Conference invitation and respectfully declined the invitation. Schlawin/Rodgers Motion Carried 7-0


Discussion was held regarding the location of the organizational meeting being held at the Valley campus library for the December meeting.

Motion to adjourn at 6:55 pm. Schlawin/Klosterman Motion Carried 7-0

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