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Regular meeting Bettendorf School Board 12/16
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Six new courses at high school approved. District to seek appraisal of properties next to administrative center and Armstrong Elementary for possible sale.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
BETTENDORF COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Unofficial Minutes of the December 16, 2002, Regular Meeting
(Pending Board Approval)
1. Call to Order.
The Board of Directors of the Bettendorf Community School District, in the County of Scott, state of Iowa, met in open session according to Iowa law for their regular Board meeting at the Ray Stensvad Administration Center, 3311 Central Avenue, Bettendorf, Iowa, on December 16, 2002. President Roski called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. and the Board recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Lynne Lindstrom, Board Secretary, verified that the meeting notice had been posted and mailed to the media as required by law.
Members present: Directors Anderson, Crockett, Luton, Mayer, Roski, Weigle.
Members absent: Director Castro.
Other officials present: John Perdue, Superintendent; Carol Webb, Assistant Superintendent; Maxine McEnany, Director of Financial and Business Services; Celeste Reuter, Director of Communications; John Campbell, Director of Operations; Dana Vavroch, BEA Representative; Drew Colville and John Hall, Student Representatives; Jeff Ehrmann, Board Treasurer; Lynne Lindstrom, Board Secretary.
2. Agenda Approval.
Motion by Director Crockett, seconded by Director Weigle, to approve the agenda as presented.
Ayes: 6 Directors Anderson, Crockett, Luton, Mayer, Roski, Weigle.
Absent: 1 Director Castro. Motion carried 6-0-1.
3. Comments and Suggestions from Audience.
3.01 President's Statement. On behalf of fellow Board members, at this time I would like to invite any member of the audience to step to the microphone with comments about items of interest or concern that do not appear on the agenda this evening. Please begin by stating your name and address. It would be most appreciated if you would limit your comments to three minutes so that we can keep the meeting moving in a timely fashion and allow others an opportunity to speak. We ask that you remember that Iowa law prohibits us from discussing specific employees or their job performance. If you have thoughts to share about items that are included as topics for tonight's meeting, we would invite those comments when we reach that point in the meeting. Thank you for your support of our school district.
There were no comments from the audience.
4.01 Congratulations to the following football players who are honored on the Iowa Newspaper Association Class 4A All-State Football teams: 1st team defense: Pat Girskis; 2nd Team defense: Will Hegwein; Honorable Mention: Brad Cook and Mark Carstens. Also chosen by the Quad City Times to the All-Metro Football team were 1st team offense: Brad Cook; 1st team defense: Mark Carstens and Pat Girskis; 2nd team offense: Jeff Wakeland, Ryan Johnson and Will Hegwein, 2nd team defense: Alvin Vesey; Honorable Mention defense: David Larimer, Brian Stelly, David Anderson, Chris Cook and Kris Gowan.
4.02 Karen Wohlwend, 1st grade teacher at Paul Norton Elementary School, has completed the requirements for National Board Certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. National Board Certification, a symbol of teaching excellence, requires an extensive series of performance-based assessments that includes teaching portfolios, student work samples, videotapes and thorough analyses of the candidates' classroom teaching and student learning. Teachers also complete a series of written exercises that probe the depth of their subject-matter knowledge, as well as their understanding of how to teach those subjects to their students.
4.03 Congratulations to the following girls chosen by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association to the Honorary Elite Volleyball Squad: 2nd team: Kelly Grimes; 5th team: Laura McGaffigan.
4.04 Nineteen instrumental and sixteen vocal students auditioned for the 52nd Annual Iowa All-State Festival on October 26, 2002 at Muscatine High School. The following Bettendorf High School vocalists were accepted for the All-State Choir: Britani Byard, Billy Flynn, Alex Buzzell. Instrumentalists accepted for the All-State Band: Joe Kopacz, Anna Prescott. Instrumentalist accepted for the All-State Orchestra: Paul Trapkus. The All-State Festival was held at Iowa State University Campus, Ames, IA on November 21-23, 2002. The result of seating auditions for the instrumental students are as follows: Paul Trapkus, 10th grade, (2X All-Stater) - Co-Principal (1st chair), 2nd Violins. Joe Kopacz, 12th grade, (2X All-Stater) - 2nd chair of 12 Euphoniums. Anna Prescott, 12th grade, (2X All-Stater) - 11th chair of 24 3rd Clarinets. Teachers of the All-State students are Mike Green, Eric Krell, and Deb Ragan.
4.05 Gary Hirsch, counselor at Bettendorf High School, was a presenter at the "Know Your Brain" day, November 27 at Wilson Middle School in Moline. His topic was: How we learn - understanding the rational and emotional parts of the brain.
4.06 Congratulations to the following teachers, who were included in the current edition of Who's Who Among America's Teachers. All of the teachers listed were selected by one or more former students who themselves were listed in either Who's Who Among American High School Students or the National Dean's List. Bettendorf Middle School: Scott Lammers, Marianne Galitz Marcek, Ruth Schaver Senneff and Jeffrey B. Winter. Bettendorf High School: Cathy Ahrens, Gabrielle Auerbach, Diane Brugge, April Bryant, Joe Buck, Scott Christensen, Nancy Emmerson, Brent Hutton, Paul Lewellan, Patricia Madden, Kari Petersen, Pat Sherman, Carole Swift, and Heather Wiley.
4.07 Congratulations to the Goldusters for winning first place for their dance routine and a Division I rating for their pom routine at the state team competition on Friday, December 6. Angela Sexton, a 2000 graduate of Bettendorf High School, who is now a professional dancer/choreographer, choreographed the dances. She was a Golduster during her years at BHS.
5. Consent Agenda.
Jeff Ehrmann, Board Treasurer, requested the December 2, 2002, Regular Board Meeting Minutes be corrected to reflect his attendance.
Motion by Director Anderson, seconded by Director Weigle, to approve the consent agenda as amended.
Ayes: 6 Directors Crockett, Luton, Mayer, Roski, Weigle, Anderson.
Absent: 1 Director Castro. Motion carried 6-0-1.
5.01 Approval of December 2, 2002, Public Hearing Minutes.
5.02 Approval of December 2, 2002, Special Board Meeting Minutes.
5.03 Approval of December 2, 2002, Regular Board Meeting Minutes.
5.04 Approval of December 16, 2002, Bills Recommended for Payment.
5.05 Approval of Administrative Recommendations--Personnel.
Schedule D Approval to Hire
Cade Taylor/BHS/Head Sophomore Wrestling Coach/ $2,674/Replacing Mark Wallace/Effective immediately
Schedule D Modification
Diane Brugge/BHS/Add .50 Foreign Trip Coordinator/$681Effective immediately
Jill Montgomery/BHS/Add .50 Foreign Trip Coordinator/$681/Effective immediately
Grant-Funded Positions-Recommendation for Employment
Angela Flynn/NA/Birth-to-Five Parent Liaison/$9.70 per hour/12 hours per month/Replacing Lisa Mekalson/Effective 12/3/02
Classified √É¬± Resignation
Kathie Blaser/BHS/Food Service-Part-time/Effective 12/20/02
Katherine Dusthimer/HH/Para Educator B/Effective 12/20/02
Classified - Recommendation for Employment
Melissa Hawthorn/BMS/Para Educator B/$9.55 per hour/5.5 hours per day/Per IEP/Effective 11/22/02
Emma Stader/BMS/Para Educator A/$10.95 per hour/5.5 hours per day/Replacing Mary Madsen/Effective 12/10/02
Classified - Letter of Assignment Modification
Jan Glancy/MT/Secretary A-Principal√É¬≠s/$12.14 per hour/From 7.5 to 8 hours per day/Increased supervision/Effective 12/10/02
Jacqueline Jones/BHS/From Head Cook to Cook Assistant 2/From 7.5 to 5.75 hours per day/Same rate of pay/Voluntary transfer/Effective 12/20/02
Barbara Klinschmidt/GW/Para Educator A/$10.95 per hour/From 3.75 to 4 hours per day/Increased supervision/Effective 10/21/02
Victoria Raychel-Swank/BMS/Para Educator B/$9.55 per hour/From 5.5 to 6.5 hours per day/Per IEP/Effective 12/2/02
5.06 Construction Change Order.
5.07 Approval of Donation. Directors will considered approval of the donation of a buzzer system, valued at $679, contributed by Mr. John Kim of Bettendorf, for use by Bettendorf Community School District students to prepare for participation in academic bowl competition.
5.08 Approval of Requests for Open Enrollment.
Into Bettendorf, 2002/03
Bethany Abney, grade 1, from Davenport, good cause due to change of residence
Alyssa Henning, grade 6, from Davenport, continuation due to change of residence
Chase Henning, grade 9, from Davenport, continuation due to change of residence
Jordan Henning, grade 10, from Davenport, continuation due to change of residence
Maxwell Henning, grade 8, from Davenport, continuation due to change of residence
Michael Henning, grade 8, from Davenport, continuation due to change of residence
Blake Kolbus, kindergarten, from Davenport, good cause due to change of residence
Adam LaFrentz, grade 8, from Davenport, continuation due to change of residence
Casey LaFrentz, grade 12, from Davenport, continuation due to change of residence
Rico LaFrentz, grade 5, from Davenport, continuation due to change of residence
Zachry LaFrentz, grade 8, from Davenport, continuation due to change of residence
Mitchell Penaflor, grade 5, from Pleasant Valley, continuation due to change of residence
Jessie Searles, grade 9, from Davenport, good cause due to change of residence
Andrew Wolfe, grade 2, from Pleasant Valley, continuation due to change of residence
Into Bettendorf, 2003/04
Elizabeth Achen, grade 9 (as of 2003/04), from Pleasant Valley
Madison Arnold, kindergarten (as of 2003/04), from Davenport
Montana Arnold, grade 1 (as of 2003/04), from Davenport
Rachael Chesnutt, grade 10 (as of 2003/04), from Davenport
Mackenzie Cinadr, grade 8 (as of 2003/04), from Davenport
Brianna Klabunde, grade 1 (as of 2003/04), from Davenport
Kristofer Klabunde, grade 3 (as of 2003/04), from Davenport
Gary Joseph, grade 10 (as of 2003/04), from Pleasant Valley
Sergei Swart, kindergarten (as of 2003/04), from Davenport
Amy White, grade 9 (as of 2003/04), from Davenport
Andrew White, grade 7 (as of 2003/04), from Davenport
FOR INFORMATION ONLY. The following students have open enrolled out of the Bettendorf Community School District:
Out of Bettendorf, 2002/03
Jacob Meeker, grade 3, to Pleasant Valley, continuation due to change of residence
Marc Meeker, grade 6, to Pleasant Valley, continuation due to change of residence
Joey Weipert, grade 10, to Pleasant Valley, good cause due to change of residence
Out of Bettendorf, 2003/04
Amber Brinson, grade 9 (as of 2003/04), to Pleasant Valley
Tessa Lazarenko, grade 10 (as of 2003/04), to Pleasant Valley
6. Discussion Items.
6.01 Shared Communications.
Directors Mayer and Luton and Superintendent Perdue reported on the Scott County Legislative Forum held December 14 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at the Mississippi Bend AEA.
Director Roski attended the recent Community School Improvement Team meeting, where input was received from community members on the strategic plan.
Directors Weigle, Luton, and Roski participated in the December 10 Interest-Based Bargaining (IBB) meeting.
Director Roski visited BHS√É¬≠s Health Occupation class December 16, where students presented health-related projects they will be sharing with elementary students and other local schools.
The Audit Committee recently met and reviewed the audit report and other financial issues.
Directors Castro, Weigle, and Luton attended the community forum on strategic planning held on Thursday, December 12.
Director Crockett participated in a new Board member orientation at the Mississippi Bend AEA in December.
Director Roski invited Board members to attend a meeting entitled √É¬¨Special Education Law√É¬Æ sponsored by IASB on February 24 in Des Moines. If interested, please contact Superintendent Perdue.
6.02 BHS New Course Proposals.
BHS Principal Jimmy Casas presented new course proposals for the 2003/04 school year. These proposals have been developed through individual departments, the Academic Affairs team, and high school administration. He addressed issues on various questions related to course credit for Student Council members, AP courses versus honor courses, and physical education counting towards GPA.
6.03 Police Liaison Program.
Bettendorf Police Department officers Brad Levetzow and Bruce Schwarz reported on general goals, responsibilities, and functions of the police liaison program within the school district. A financial summary for fiscal year 2002 was also shared. Directors expressed their appreciation to the officers for their phenomenal efforts and impact on the district and students.
Director Castro arrived at 7:54 p.m.
6.04 Use of District Property.
Superintendent Perdue presented a listing of district owned property and brief demographics of each parcel. Directors discussed the potential sale of 4.47 acres of vacant land behind the Ray Stensvad Administration Center along with the 2.5 acres of Neil Armstrong√É¬≠s soccer field and the adjoining parking lot area. At the Board request, Superintendent Perdue will have an appraisal completed on the Neil Armstrong soccer field and adjoining parking area for further analysis.
The Board recessed at 8:25 p.m. and reconvened at 8:35 p.m.
6.05 Strategic Planning.
Superintendent Perdue and Assistant Superintendent Webb conducted a strategic planning session with the Board, receiving input on the major direction they would like to see the district take in the two or three years. Ideas generated will be incorporated into the development of a new strategic plan which will be presented to the Board in the Spring for review.
7. Action Items.
7.01 BHS New Course Proposals.
Motion by Director Luton, seconded by Director Weigle, to approve BHS√É¬≠s new course proposals for the 2003/04 school year.
Motion by Director Castro, seconded by Director Mayer, to amend the motion and vote individually for each course.
Ayes: 6 Directors Crockett, Luton, Mayer, Weigle, Anderson, Castro.
Nays: 1 Director Roski. Motion carried 6-1.
Action on the main motion as follows:
Ayes: 7 Directors Luton, Mayer, Roski, Weigle, Anderson, Castro, Crockett.
Nays: 0 Motion carried 7-0.
Ayes: 7 Directors Mayer, Roski, Weigle, Anderson, Castro, Crockett, Luton.
Nays: 0 Motion carried 7-0.
Web Page Design Using Front Page 2000:
Ayes: 7 Directors Roski, Weigle, Anderson, Castro, Crockett, Luton, Mayer.
Nays: 0 Motion carried 7-0.
Ayes: 6 Directors Weigle, Anderson, Crockett, Luton, Mayer, Roski.
Nays: 1 Director Castro. Motion carried 6-1.
Honors Integrated Physics/Pre-Calculus:
Ayes: 7 Directors Anderson, Castro, Crockett, Luton, Mayer, Roski, Weigle.
Nays: 0 Motion carried 7-0.
Computer Basics III (Web Design):
Ayes: 7 Directors Castro, Crockett, Luton, Mayer, Roski, Weigle, Anderson.
Nays: 0 Motion carried 7-0.
7.02 IASB District Directors.
Director Weigle reported on the IASB delegate assembly and candidates eligible for election.
Motion by Director Weigle, seconded by Director Luton, to cast votes for Jack Hill, North Scott Community Schools, for a three-year term ending in 2006 and for James J. Tuisl, Clinton Community Schools, for a two-year term in ending in 2005.
Ayes: 6 Directors Crockett, Luton, Roski, Weigle, Anderson, Castro.
Nays: 1 Director Mayer. Motion carried 6-1.
8. Superintendent√É¬≠s Report.
8.01 Delayed/Start Times Update. Superintendent Perdue recommended no change in school day start times at this point. He suggested if an alternative calendar were adopted it would be worthwhile to revisit this topic; however, the benefit of changing at this point time is outweighed by the numerous inconveniences impacted. He discussed the potential for changing elementary teachers start times by 30 minutes for the 2003/04 school year, with no change in students√É¬≠ start time.
8.02 Next Agenda Planning. Superintendent Perdue reviewed agenda items for the regular Board meeting scheduled at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 13.
9. Future Events and Informational Items.
9.01 Wednesday, December 18, Policy Review Committee, 5:00 p.m., RSAC
9.02 Saturday, January 11, Board Retreat, 8:00 a.m., RSAC
9.03 Monday, January 13, Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m., RSAC
On behalf of the Board, President Roski congratulated Jim Spelhaug for his recent appointment as Superintendent of Pleasant Valley School District and looks forward to a continued working relationship with Bettendorf√É¬≠s neighboring district.
Motion by Director Mayer to adjourn the meeting at 9:20 p.m.
Debbie Roski, President
Lynne Lindstrom, Secretary
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