Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

December 7, 2012

Knoxville School Board meets Monday

Steve Woodhouse
Journal-Express

Knoxville — The Knoxville School Board has much on its agenda for its regular Monday, Dec. 10, meeting. The board will meet at 5:30 p.m. The full agenda is pasted below. 

 

 
AGENDA
 
 
REGULAR MEETING
OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
KNOXVILLE COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING ROOM
309 WEST MAIN
 
Providing Opportunities – Committed to Success
 
 
MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2012 5:30 P.M.
 
 
CALL TO ORDER
 
ROLL CALL
 
ADDITIONS, CORRECTIONS, AND APPROVAL OF AGENDA
 
CONSENT ACTION ITEMS 
Approve Minutes; November 26, 2012, Regular Meeting
Approve Financial Statements
Approve Warrants
Personnel Issues
 
DISCUSSION ACTION ITEMS 
Northstar Report - John Keitges
SINA
Approve Dropout Prevention Application
Consider Request to Support a Shooting Sports Team
Accept Bids for Purchase of Transportation Equipment
Cast Ballot for IASB District #8 Representative
Construction Progress Report
Reports from IASB Convention and DMACC Meeting
Legislative Issues
Consider and Approve Architectural & Engineering Services Agreement for High School Cooling Tower Replacement
 
INFORMATION ITEMS
 
 
 
NEXT REGULAR MEETING - MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2013; 5:30 P.M., KNOXVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL LIBRARY, 102 NORTH LINCOLN
 
 
 
 
 
Information
 
REGULAR MEETING OF THE 
KNOXVILLE BOARD OF EDUCATION
KNOXVILLE COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING ROOM
309 WEST MAIN
 
 
MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2012 5:30 P.M.
 
 
1.  CALL TO ORDER
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2.   ROLL CALL
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3.  ADDITIONS, CORRECTIONS, AND   Motion _________________ 2nd ______________
     APPROVAL OF AGENDA _________________________________________________________________________________________
 
 
CONSENT ACTION ITEMS
 
_________________________________________________________________________________________
 
4.  APPROVE MINUTES; NOVEMBER 26, 2012, REGULAR MEETING (see attachment)
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5.  APPROVE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS 
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6.  APPROVE WARRANTS
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7.  PERSONNEL ISSUES                                                         Approve work agreements for:
Heather Peterson, 1-on-1 associate, (fills vacancy);
Jessiann Dryden, part-time associate (4 hrs/day);
Approve a coaching contract for Chris Hudson, assistant varsity football coach.
Approve a coaching contract for Jordy Ammons, middle school wrestling coach.
Accept the resignation of Freda Crawford, 1-1 associate at Northstar Elementary, effective December 14.
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RECOMMENDATION: Approve consent action items as recommended.
 
Motion ________________ 2nd _______________
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
DISCUSSION ACTION ITEMS 
 
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8.  NORTHSTAR REPORT - JOHN KEITGES Mr. Keitges will present information about the SINA
SINA PLAN Plan that Northstar staff is working on.  Because N*
was identified as one of many schools in Iowa not reaching mandated student achievement requirements, building personnel are required to develop a plan to address deficiencies.  Mr. Keitges will share progress, at the meeting.
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9.  APPROVE APPLICATION FOR MODIFIED A copy of the budget summary of the application for
ALLOWABLE GROWTH FOR DROPOUT Modified Allowable Growth for Dropout Prevention
PREVENTION PROGRAMS will be available at the meeting.   Funds are used for a variety of programs designed to help students stay 
in school:
Costs for personnel, supplies, and materials - GOAL Alternative School;
Partial salary and benefit costs for at-risk counselors at the elementary, middle school, and high school;
Costs for providing afterschool and summer reading programs.
 
The application was not accessible on the DE site in time for information to be included with the packet.
 
RECOMMENDATION: Approve the application for Modified Allowable 
Growth for Dropout Prevention.
 
Motion _______________ 2nd ________________
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10.  CONSIDER REQUEST TO SUPPORT A Parents and students attended the November 10
SHOOTING SPORTS TEAM board meeting and requested approval for a 
school-sponsored “Shooting Sports Team” for students in grades 6-12, and that high school students participating in the sport receive a high school athletic letter for their participation.  School transportation was also requested for contests held outside the school district.
 
Mr. Wilson surveyed 27 schools in which students participate on a shooting team.  A copy of the survey information will be available at the meeting but a summary is included in the packet.  
 
I am opposed to school sponsorship of a shooting sports team and am opposed to offering a high school athletic letter for those who participate.
 
I do not believe now is the time to add an activity or sports program.  In recent years we have cut more than a dozen teaching positions, have closed a building, and have made other program reductions.  While those supporting the program indicate there are grants available to start and operate the program, none of those grants are guaranteed, at least not for the long-term.
Students participating in a shooting program have opportunities to do so without school sponsorship.
The shooting program is not recognized by the Iowa High School Athletic Association or the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.
If the activity is recognized by the school district a licensed coach may have to be designated for the sport.  This person would need certification in firearm safety but would also have to have a state authorized coaching license.
Firearms and ammunition should not be carried in school vehicles or allowed on school grounds at any time.
Our insurance carrier and underwriter has expressed opposition to school sponsorship of this activity and has cited increased potential for liability concerns.
The school should not sponsor a shooting program for students in grades 6-8.
Students participating in the program, if supported by the district, should not be eligible for a school varsity athletic letter.
The sport is not sanctioned by state athletic associations;
There are few practice sessions - supporters of the program mentioned one or two practice sessions per week; there are few required contests, presenters mentioned that participants must compete in 5 contests in order to qualify for the State contest.  
Time and physical requirements in this program may be much less than for the sports we currently offer opportunities for varsity athletic letters.
 
RECOMMENDATION: Do not authorize a school-sponsored “Shooting 
Sports Team”.
 
Motion ________________ 2nd _______________
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
11.  ACCEPT BIDS FOR PURCHASE OF Craig Mobley and Joe Klootwyk have received and
TRANSPORTATION EQUIPMENT reviewed bids for the purchase of transportation 
equipment.  We received bids for a school bus, a 
“Suburban/SUV”, and a pickup.  A summary of the bids will be available at the meeting.
 
RECOMMENDATION: Accept the best bids for the purchase of a:
School Bus, Thomas Bus Sales - $82,940.
Suburban/SUV, Ulrich Ford - $31,154.
Pickup, Motor Inn of Knoxville - $23,222.
 
The purchase of each vehicle should be approved in a separate motion.
 
Motion _________________ 2nd ______________  
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12.  CAST BALLOT FOR IASB DISTRICT #8 Board members should cast a ballot to fill a three-
REPRESENTATIVE year term on the IASB Board of Directors.  Joan
Corbin, a member of the Pella Board of Education is the only announced candidate.
 
RECOMMENDATION: Cast a ballot for Joan Corbin to serve a three-year 
term on the IASB Board of Directors.
 
Motion _______________ 2nd ________________ 
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13.  CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS REPORT Dr. Flack will give a short progress report on the
auditorium project.  Board members may want to 
discuss “signage” for the auditorium.  Should the facility be designated “Knoxville High School Auditorium”, “Knoxville Performing Arts Center”, or something else?  Some members of the design committee feel “Knoxville Performing Arts Center” gives the impression that this is truly a community facility.  The “name” given to the facility will have an impact on the size of the letters used at the south and north entries.
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14.  REPORTS FROM IASB CONVENTION AND Board members may want to share information from
DMACC MEETING sessions attended at the IASB Convention and/or 
from the meeting they attended at Norwalk, where we 
heard a presentation about the Southridge DMACC Career Academy.
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15.  LEGISLATIVE ISSUES Dr. Flack will share a little information about 
educational issues that may come up during the 2013 session of the Iowa Legislature.  The most important of those issues is funding, especially allowable growth. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
16.  CONSIDER AND APPROVE ARCHITECTURAL SVPA Architects and KJWW Engineering have 
AND ENGINEERING SERVICES submitted a proposal for architectural and 
AGREEMENT FOR HIGH SCHOOL services related to the replacement of the cooling
COOLING TOWER REPLACEMENT tower at the high school.  SVPA’s proposed fee is
$8,800.  KJWW’s proposed fee is $10,00 for 
engineering of the tower and $2,500 for evaluation
cooling requirements for the high school gym.  A copy of the proposal will be available at the meeting.
 
RECOMMENDATION: Approve the proposal for architectural and 
engineering services for the high school cooling 
tower replacement and evaluation of cooling requirements for the high school gym.
 
Motion ______________ 2nd _________________
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INFORMATION ITEMS
 
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ADJOURN
 
Next Regular Meeting - Monday, January 14, 2013; 5:30 p.m.; Knoxville Middle School Library, 102 N. Lincoln
 
 
 
 
 
REGULAR MEETING
KNOXVILLE BOARD OF EDUCATION
November 26, 2012
 
The Board of Education of the Knoxville Community School District met in regular session on Monday, November 26, 2012, at 5:30 p.m. in the board room at the Knoxville Administration Office, 309 W. Main, Knoxville, Iowa.  Vice-President Helle called the meeting to order with Board Members Mahoney and Vickroy present.  President Miller and board member McDonald were absent. 
 
Vice-President Helle asked if there were any additions or corrections to the agenda.  There were none.  Vickroy made a motion to approve the agenda as amended.  Mahoney seconded the motion.  Roll Call:  AYES – Vickroy, Mahoney, Helle.  NAYS –None.
 
Consent Action Items:
 
The consent action items considered by the Board were as follows:
1.     Approve minutes of November 12, 2012, Regular Meeting
2.     Approve Warrants
3.     Accept the resignation of  Sharon Ryan, 1-on-1 associate, effective November 30, 2012
4.     Accept the resignation of Eric Fee, head varsity volleyball coach
5.     Accept the resignation of William Mosel, assistant varsity football coach
6.     Accept the resignation of Roger Timm, middle school cross country coach, pending employment of a suitable replacement
 
Mahoney made a motion to approve the consent action items as recommended.  Vickroy seconded the motion.  Roll Call:  AYES – Mahoney, Vickroy, Helle.  NAYS - None. 
 
Discussion Action Items
 
1.     Determine Procedures for Considering Construction Change Orders
 
As we developed plans for the auditorium we did not discuss the process the board wanted to use in order to approve change orders.  Board members may want to approve all change orders or they may want to require prior approval for change orders costing more than a specific figure.  Mahoney made a motion to give the superintendent permission to approve all change orders that are at or below an additional cost of $10,000, and granted approval for all change orders to date.  All change orders above $10,000, will be required to be brought before the board.  Vickroy seconded the motion.  Roll Call:  AYES-Mahoney, Vickroy, Helle.  NAYS-None.
 
Information Items
 
None
 
Vickroy made a motion to adjourn.  Mahoney seconded the motion.  The motion carried and the time was 5:40 p.m.
 
 ______________________________                                 ________________________________
Board Secretary                                                                     Board President
 
 
 
SHOOTING TEAM INFORMATION
27 Iowa High Schools
 
 
SCHOOL RECOGNITION
16 schools recognize shooting “clubs”
3 school sponsor shooting “teams”
5 schools responding do not recognize or support shooting teams
3 did not respond to that question
 
ATHLETIC PHYSICALS 
13 do not require the annual physical
8 require the physical
6 did not respond
 
FOLLOW SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP RULE
4 do not follow the scholarship rule
21 do follow the rule
2 did not respond
 
GOOD CONDUCT POLICY
4 do not apply the good conduct policy
19 require adherence to their policies
4 did not respond
 
ATHLETIC LETTER
14 do not award athletic letters
13 do award athletic letters
 
TIE TO FFA
21 have no ties to the FFA
6 have a tie to their ag. science/FFA Chapter
 
PAID COACH
24 do not pay a coach
3 pay a coach
 
TRANSPORTATION
17 do not provide school transportation
10 provide school transportation
 
PROVIDE SUPPLIES
26 provide no supplies for the program
1 school pays registrations for competitions