2024-01-22 - Board Minutes

Regular Board Meeting – January 22, 2024– 5:30 p.m. – High School Library, Delhi, Iowa

The regular meeting of the Maquoketa Valley Board of Education was called to order by President Donna Kunde at 5:30 p.m. on January 22, 2024 in the High School Library in Delhi, Iowa.  All motions carried unanimously unless otherwise noted.

Board Members Present – Dabroski, Feldmann, Kunde, Overman, Zietlow

Board Members Absent – None

Staff Present – Supt. Dave Hoeger, Troy Osterhaus, Tiersa Frasher, Brenda Becker, Jackie Moorman, Erika Vanderloop, Tom McAreavy and Mike Hucker

Visitors Present – Mark Smith

Motion was made by Dabroski, seconded by Zietlow to approve the meeting agenda as presented.  All ayes. Carried.

In a motion by Zietlow, seconded by Feldmann the consent items were approved.  All ayes.  Carried.

Two open enrollment requests out were approved in a motion by Overman, seconded by Feldmann.

All ayes.  Carried.

The following personnel recommendations were approved in a motion by Zietlow, seconded by Overman:

                Scot Moenck – employed as Paraprofessional

                Tim Andrews – resignation as Head Girls Golf Coach

                Norm Wilson – employed as Full-Time Substitute Teacher

                Mary Ries – resignation as School Nurse (at the end of the 2023-2024 school year)

All ayes.  Carried.

In a motion by Feldmann, seconded by Dabroski the Board approved the voluntary early separation request from Mary Ries at the end of the 23-24 school year in the amount of $57,000 to be deposited into a HRA in three equal installments.  All ayes.  Carried.

In a motion from Feldmann, seconded by Overman the Board approved payment of Nothing but Bundt Cakes outside of the regular monthly board bill approval.  All ayes.  Carried.

The Board reviewed the updated 2024-2025 High School Course catalog. The following changes were noted:  added Athletic Performance Class, Physical Education will meet every day and be worth 1.0 credit, Ag Leadership and Agriscience are being added, English IV will replace Applied English & College Prep English and a Music Theory class will be offered.  In a motion by Zietlow, seconded by Dabroski the 2024-2025 High School Course Catalog was approved.  All ayes.  Carried.

In a motion by Dabroski, seconded by Feldmann the Board approved a bid from Lynch Roofing in the amount of $64,600 for locker room roof repair and $14,500 for kitchen storage roof repair.  All ayes.  Carried.

In a motion by Zietlow, seconded by Overman the Board approved the service agreement with Transportant to provide bus security cameras and student ridership information and also a lease agreement with Vantage Leasing.  All ayes.  Carried.

Dr. Mike Sibel will be the speaker for the annual Academic Excellence banquet which will be held on May 1, 2024.

Supt. Hoeger updated the Board on the Safety Grant progress.  The District was awarded the Iowa School Safety Grant and is beginning the process of installing additional security cameras and key fobs on doors throughout the entire district.  Infrastructure Technology is completing Earlville and then will begin work at Johnston before moving to the Delhi campus.

Supt. Hoeger shared 2024-2025 enrollment projections with the Board.  An additional fifth grade teacher will be added for the 2024-2025 school year.

Supt. Hoeger also reviewed the new school budget approval process with the Board.

Board Member Feldmann shared information with the board regarding an extended bus arm from Bus Gates.  Additional research will be done on this option.

At 6:37 p.m. in a motion by Feldmann, seconded by Overman the Board entered into a closed session pursuant to Chapter 21.5(1)(i) of the Code of Iowa for the purpose of discussing evaluation of employees not covered by a collective bargaining agreement. 

At 7:12 p.m. the Board entered into open session.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:13 p.m. in a motion by Feldmann, seconded by Overman.  All ayes.