Charles City School Board unofficial minutes from March 27 — Includes budget and high school project discussion

The Charles City Board of Education met in regular session on Monday, March 27, 2017, in the Charles City High School (HS) library. President Dight called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. Present: Board members Walker, Macomber and Winterink and student director Salinas. Absent: Board member Frisbie. Staff members present included Superintendent Dr. Cox and Board Secretary O’Brien. Also present were approximately 21y visitors and staff. The Mission statement was read by Director Walker. 

(Winterink/Macomber) to approve the agenda as amended. The appointment of the family consumer science teacher is amended from grades 7-12 to grades 5-12. Motion carried 4-0. 

There was one public comment from Jim Davis regarding the North Grand Building (NGB). There is no decision yet on the building and delaying is not a friend. 

Dr. Cox reported the new Youth Enrichment Center located at the Floyd County fairgrounds opened last Friday with a tremendous turnout, it is severe weather awareness week, and Charles City will be hosting the Iowa Supreme Court next Tuesday on a court case involving a HS baseball player who was struck by a foul ball while standing in an unprotected area of the dugout. 

Several board members also commented on the great turnout on Friday at the Youth Enrichment Center. Also, Director Walker reported the District has been awarded the Trees for Kids grant again. It will be used to add to the 100+ trees and seeding at the Middle School (MS). Student Director Salinas stated although he couldn’t make the open house he appreciates all the new facilities that students are benefitting from, i.e. the MS, Youth Enrichment Center and new athletic fields. 

Eight 7th grade students explained their food waste/ recycling project. Julie Holub, MS science teacher, explained the project was thought up and implemented by the students and has led to reducing food waste and recycling milk cartons. The students explained they have cut down on food waste by making students self-aware of the amount of food they are taking and the amount of waste taking place. Board members praised the students work and encouraged them to look to ways to keep it going next year. 

(Macomber/Walker) to direct the 2017-18 proposed certified budget be published at a property tax rate of $12.89 per thousand assessed valuation and 6% income surtax rate as presented. The proposed property tax rate decreased by .04 cents or .35% from fiscal year 2017 and the income surtax rate remains the same as fiscal year 2017. Total revenue is down from $21.5 million in fiscal year 2016 to an estimated $21.2 million in fiscal year 2018. Total expenses are down from $34.8 million in fiscal year 2016 to an estimated $23.3 in fiscal year 2018. The expense budget includes over $1 million of unspent categorical revenue carried over from previous years. The fiscal year 2016 and 2017 expenses also include expenses associated with the MS facility project. Roll call vote. Motion carried 4-0. 

(Winterink/Walker) to set the public hearing concerning the 2017-18 proposed certified budget for Monday, April 10, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the MS 7th grade learning studio. Roll call vote. Motion carried 4-0. 
Dr. Cox facilitated the Iowa Association of School Board’s (IASB), Better Boardsmanship Team professional learning exercise titled “What Can the Board Know”. A handout with questions and a scenario on what a board can know was distributed. The Board considered and discussed each situation presented and was followed up with IASB thoughts on what a board can know. The Board members earned five credits towards their Better Boardsmanship award. 

Dr. Cox provided an update on the 21st Century Schools task force on Phase II, HS renovation or reconstruction. Of the eight original site visits being considered, four are confirmed and four are in the process of confirming a date. The first site visit is next week and the last will be at the end of April. A group leader has been assigned to each site visit to report back with pictures and impressions of the facility to the whole task force. 

(Walker/Macomber) to approve the consent agenda items as amended. 

*   Approval of the following personnel resignation from Toni Smith as 8th grade math teacher 
and assistant MS play director effective 6/30/17.

*   Approval of the following personnel appointments for Jenna Hardy as 6th grade english/ 
language arts teacher at $37,938 effective 8/17/17 and Rachel Wolf as 5-12 family consumer science teacher at $37,938 effective 8/17/17. All new appointments are contingent upon completion of positive background checks. Also appointments are also contingent upon successfully completing the pre-employment/post-offer functional capacity physical assessment and having the Para Certification on file and any additional testing if required. 
Roll call vote. Motion carried 4-0. 
The Board discussed other important upcoming dates. The next regular Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 10th in the Charles City MS.

President Dight adjourned the meeting at 7:31 p.m. 

Terri O’Brien, Board Secretary 

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