Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

September 20, 2012

Public discussion on athletic conference on Monday's school board agenda

Steve Woodhouse
Journal-Express

Knoxville — The Knoxville School Board will meet in regular session Monday, Sept. 24, at 5:30 p.m., in the board room at 309 West Main. Included on Monday's agenda is the opportunity for the public to share their thoughts regarding which athletic conference Knoxville should be a part of in the future. 

This topic came up at a recent board meeting, as Knoxville's enrollment has declined. Meanwhile, other schools in the Little Hawkeye Conference are growing. The South Central Conference has invited Knoxville to return to its ranks. This includes schools such as Albia, Centerville and Chariton. 

Activities Director Randy Wilson reported to the board that most of his coaches would prefer a move to the South Central Conference. In a Journal-Express online poll, 67 percent believe Knoxville should return to that conference as well.

Before any action is taken on a possible move, the board wanted to hear from the public. Monday night is that opportunity.

The full agenda for Monday's meeting is pasted below.

 

Information
 
REGULAR MEETING OF THE 
KNOXVILLE BOARD OF EDUCATION
KNOXVILLE COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING ROOM
309 WEST MAIN
 
 
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 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
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4.  CITIZENS ADDRESSING THE BOARD
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CONSENT ACTION ITEMS
 
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5.  APPROVE MINUTES; SEPTEMBER 10, 2012, REGULAR MEETING (see attachment)
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6.  APPROVE WARRANTS
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7.  PERSONNEL ISSUES                                                         Approve a coaching contract for Dylan Mick, varsity
boys soccer coach.
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RECOMMENDATION: Approve consent action items as recommended.
 
Motion ________________ 2nd _________________
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DISCUSSION ACTION ITEMS 
 
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8.  ACTIVITIES CONFERENCE AFFILIATION – Citizens and coaches have been offered an 
QUESTIONS & DISCUSSION opportunity to discuss the issue of conference 
affiliation.  Those who wish to talk about or ask questions about the issue should be given the opportunity.  Related information is included with the packet.  Action is not required.
 
 
 
9.  AUTHORIZE PLANNING FOR HIGH SCHOOL Ben Varner, high school instrumental music 
BAND TRIP director, has provided information related to a trip
(New Orleans), by the high school band.  The trip would be taken over spring break.  Materials are attached.
 
RECOMMENDATION: Authorize planning for a high school band trip to 
New Orleans. 
 
Motion ________________ 2nd _________________
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10.  REPORT FROM SEPTEMBER 12 ISFIS Mr. Helle and Dr. Flack attended the workshop.  We
WORKSHOP will provide a short report at the meeting.
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11.  SEPTEMBER 17 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Jill Van Woerkom will provide a report from the
September 17, professional development day.  Information is attached.
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12.  ELECTION ISSUES In addition to the election of two board members at
the 2013 election, board members need to consider the renewal of two levies that are important to the district.
Physical Plant & Equipment Levy – The 
67-cent PPEL levy is authorized through 
FY15.  The levy, which has been used by the district for many years, provides resources for the purchase and repair of school facilities and equipment.  Our attorney will provide advice on preparing for the election this winter.
Instructional Support Levy – The ISL is funded primarily through income surtax and has been in place for 15 years.  The ISL is authorized through FY17.  Funds are used to purchase teaching and learning supplies, technology, and textbooks, as well as for three days of professional development.
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13.  CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS REPORT Dr. Flack will give a short report on progress made
on the track and auditorium projects.
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14.  BULLYING & HARASSMENT Jill Van Woerkom will provide a summary of new
REPORTING REQUIREMENTS requirements regarding reporting allegations of
bullying and/or harassment.  Information is attached.
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INFORMATION ITEMS
 
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15.  ADJOURN 
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After adjournment, the board will meet to conduct a contract negotiations strategy session.
 
Next Meeting - Monday, October 8, 2012; 5:30 P.M.; Board of Education Meeting Room, 309 W. Main