8. NORTHSTAR REPORT - JOHN KEITGESMr. Keitges will present information about the SINA
SINA PLANPlan 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.
10. CONSIDER REQUEST TO SUPPORT A Parents and students attended the November 10
SHOOTING SPORTS TEAMboard 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
Motion ________________ 2nd _______________
11. ACCEPT BIDS FOR PURCHASE OF Craig Mobley and Joe Klootwyk have received and
TRANSPORTATION EQUIPMENTreviewed 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.
13. CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS REPORTDr. 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.
Next Regular Meeting - Monday, January 14, 2013; 5:30 p.m.; Knoxville Middle School Library, 102 N. Lincoln
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.
Vickroy made a motion to adjourn. Mahoney seconded the motion. The motion carried and the time was 5:40 p.m.