The Postville School Board approved the hiring of Brendan Knutson as the 7th thru 12th Principal and Superintendent. Knutson received a two-year contract at a rate of 145-thousand dollars a year.
The Board approved the hiring of Bret Corlett and Olivia Lansing as Assistant Softball Coaches. Corlett will also be an Assistant Football Coach. Derek Friederich was hired for Summer Technology Assistant, Darin Johnston as 6th Grade Teacher for the 23-24 school year. Johnston will also serve as Junior High Girls Basketball Coach.
The Board accepted the resignation of Jenna Schnitzler as SPED Teacher, Marissa Nunez as Associate and Amy Norby as Senior Class Sponsor.
The Board accepted a bid of 17-thousand to repair the fence on the preschool grounds.
Postville Board of Education Meeting
Regular Scheduled Meeting at 5:30 P.M.
Fine Arts Lobby
March 13, 2023
Greg Lage called the regular meeting of the Postville Board of Education to order at 5:30 PM, on Monday March 13, 2023, with the following members present: Travis Koenig, Greg Lage, Amy Loera and Eric Meyer. Members absent: Larry Schultz.
Vice-President Lage welcomed all visitors.
Motion by Meyer, second by Loera, to approve the agenda. Carried unanimously.
Motion by Loera, second by Meyer, to approve the consent agenda with two additional hires and two resignations. Carried unanimously.
a. Approve the minutes for February 13, 2023, regular meeting.
b. Invoices and financial reports (reviewed by Travis Koenig).
c. Approve the hire of Bret Corlett/Asst Softball Coach; Bret Corlett/Asst HS Football Coach; Derek Friederich/Summer Technology Assistant; Olivia Lansing/Asst Softball Coach; Darin Johnston/6th Grade 23-24 Teacher; Darin Johnston/JR HI Girls Basketball Coach.
d. Approve the resignation of Jenna Schnitzler/SPED Teacher; Marissa Nunez/7-12 Paraprofessional; Amy Norby/Sr. Class Sponsor.
e. Accept the donations made to the district from Knights of Columbus St. Peter & St. Bridget Council/$142.80. f. Approve an open enrollment-out requests from MFL MarMac CSD.
g. Approve volunteer appointment of Brendan Knudtson/Volunteer JR HI Boys’ Track Coach.
Mr. Dugger introduced Kristi Turner, director of the Postville Childcare Center.
Mrs. Schutte shared information on the elementary quarterly reward, which was a bowling trip to Decorah. STEAM night is on March 30, 2023, along with Bandarama. ELPA testing is wrapping up in the elementary.
Travis Koenig arrived at 5:35 PM. He assumed duties of president.
Mr. Knudtson indicated that spring sports are starting to ramp up. Football will be considered class A for the 2023 season. NHS induction is being held on Thursday, March 16th. Information was shared on the NICC enrollment data.
Christi Meyer, CPA, Hacker Nelson & Co., CPAS, presented the Postville CSD FY2022 audit.
Motion by Lage, second by Meyer, to approve the FY22 audit results. Carried unanimously.
Motion by Loera, second by Meyer, to approve the 2022-2023 end of the year schedule, updating the last day of school as May 26, 2023, with a 1:30 PM dismissal. Carried unanimously.
Motion by Lage, second by Loera, to approve a two-year contract with Brendan Knutson as the 7-12 Principal/Superintendent beginning July 1, 2023, at a rate of $145,000 each year. Carried unanimously.
A FY24 budget overview was provided in preparation of publication for the April 10, 2023, public hearing.
President Koenig opened the public hearing for the 2023-2024 District Calendar at 6:06 PM. Discussion was held. The hearing was closed at 6:07 PM.
Motion by Loera, second by Lage, to approve the 2023-2024 District Calendar. Carried unanimously.
Motion by Meyer, second by Loera, to approve the quote from D & N Fencing Co of Cedar Rapids, to fence the preschool grounds, in the amount of $17,762. Carried unanimously.
Motion by Meyer, second by Lage, to approve the second reading for board policies 216.2, 607.1, 701.5, 701.5R1, 705.1, 705.1R2, and 804.7R1. Carried unanimously.
Motion by Loera, second by Meyer, to approve the 2023-2024 Cooperative AEA Purchasing Agreement. Carried unanimously.
Kim Conrad informed the board about the services that will be provided by Counseling & Family Centered Services Inc, during the 2023-2024 school year.
Motion by Loera, second by Lage, to approve the K-12 Therapy Dog Proposal from Lindsay Salinas with a follow-up at the end the school year. Carried unanimously.
Motion by Lage, second by Meyer, to approve the Thespian Trip to Indiana University on June 18-24th. Carried unanimously.
The Postville Thespian Troupe, along with Derek and Anne Friederich, introduced themselves and shared that March is designated National Theater Month. They asked for the administration and board’s assistance in helping to help promote attendance at theater events, by students, staff, and community members.
The next regular board meeting will be held on April 10, 2023, at 5:30 P.M. at the Postville Fine Arts Center Lobby. Motion by Lage, second by Loera, to adjourn the meeting at 6:34 P.M. Carried unanimously. The board entered an exempt session following the regular meeting.