EXHIBIT A

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

April 5, 2010

 


ISSUE:           Board Celebration

 

CONTACT:  Superintendent Monroe

 

 


BACKGROUND:

Jordan Thomas, 8th grade and Randy Von Behren, 7th grade, were among 102 students who traveled to Sioux City on Saturday, March 20th to compete in the State Spelling Bee.

 

The first practice round was held for all the students. Round two consisted of a computerized written test, and all who passed that test went to the third round after lunch. During that elimination round, Randy misspelled the word “homburg,” which, according to dictionary.com, is a German name referring to a “man’s felt hat with a soft crown dented lengthwise and a slightly rolled brim.” 

 

Jordan narrowly missed representing Iowa at the National Scripps/Sylvan Spelling Bee to be held in Washington, D.C.  After more grueling rounds, Jordan made it to the final two. After going back and forth with Stephen Peng, a seventh grader from Marshalltown, Jordan misspelled “raita” (pronounced “rye-tuh”), a name for an “Indian salad made with yogurt and chopped vegetables and or fruit…” (dictionary.com). 

 

Congratulations, Jordan and Randy, for the admirable efforts!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT B

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

April 5, 2010

 


ISSUE:           Personnel Appointments and Adjustments

 

CONTACT:  Superintendent Monroe

 

 


BACKGROUND:

Routine personnel matters, as outlined in attachment, are recommended for approval.

 

 

THE SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATION IS:

“The Board of Education approve the personnel items as listed.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT C

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

April 5, 2010

 


ISSUE:           2010-2011 PPEL Recommendation

 

CONTACT:  Superintendent Monroe

 


BACKGROUND: 

The PPEL Committee members met, analyzed and prioritized needs.   The priorities on the attached worksheet are the recommended projects for approval of the 2010-2011 PPEL fund use.     

 

PPEL Committee members include:  Brian Darrow, Rich Crump, Ed Sarsfield, Linda            Von Behren, Matt English, Sue White, Josh Lyons, Val Daily, Linda Vaughn, Steve Goodall, Trent Jeffrey, Mary Bendixen, Derek Roberts and Dale Monroe.

 

 

THE SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATION IS:

“to accept the PPEL committee’s recommendations”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT D

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

April 5, 2010

 


ISSUE:                       Recommendation for Budget Balance 2010-2011

 

CONTACT:              Superintendent Monroe

 


BACKGROUND:

When the Governor reduced allowable growth from 4% to 2% last year, and then moved each line item in the education budget forward minus 2%, he really added insult to injury by the additional 10% across-the-board cuts that were added in October, 2009. 

 

Unfortunately, this has caused every school district in the State of Iowa to use undesignated, unspent reserves to make it through the 2009-2010 school year.  It has also caused all districts to look at every possibility to reduce budget going forward, and to prevent recurring rising costs from devastating next year’s budget.   (This growing concern is in part due to the fact that 75% of our budget is people and all contracts have been signed.)   Combine these facts with the unknown end point of negotiations and predicting the budget deficit becomes very complicated.  It is clear that it will be necessary for school districts to reduce staff and rethink how they do their business.  Sharing with neighboring districts and planning for delivery of services for each program at a reduced or minimum level rather than maximum is our current attack. 

 

The Board has held five meetings in which discussions included brainstorming lists from all staff, administrators, and suggestions from Board members have pushed us through this process to sort through difficult choices. 

 

The attached spreadsheet includes the recommendations that I am making for reductions and the amount of money that will saved as a result of these reductions.

 

 

THE SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATION IS:

Approve these recommendations and direct me to deliver notices to staff following legal guidelines for reduction in force notification. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT E

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

April 5, 2010

 


ISSUE:           Certified Budget for 2010-2011

 

CONTACT:  Business Manager Linda Von Behren

 

 


BACKGROUND: 

The proposed Certified Budget for 2010-2011 is attached as presented at the previous regular meeting and as published.

 

 

THE SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATION IS:

“to approve the 2010-2011 Certified Budget as presented.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT F

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

April 5, 2010

 


ISSUE:           FY 2010 Budget Amendment

 

CONTACT:  Business Manager Linda Von Behren

 

 


BACKGROUND: 

The proposed amendment of the FY 2010 budget was reviewed at the previous meeting.  The document is attached as previously presented and as published.

 

 

THE SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATION IS:

 “to approve the FY 2010 budget amendment as presented.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT G

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

April 5, 2010

 


ISSUE:           Depository Limits and Approved Institutions

 

CONTACT:  Business Manager Linda Von Behren

 

 


BACKGROUND: 

 

In light of the investigation at the Iowa Association of School Boards and its affiliation to Iowa Schools Joint Investment Trust, the District is transitioning its investments to local institutions.

 

To allow for flexibility and the best possible rates of return, I would like the board to increase the depository limits at F&M Bank and Exchange State Bank to match the limits set for Citizens Savings Bank and Security State Bank which is $2,500,000.

 

Currently Security State Bank is an approved depository for the District’s activity, day care, school nutrition, wellness and scholarship trust funds.  Exchange State Bank is currently approved for the District’s activity, wellness & scholarship trust funds.  Again, to allow for flexibility and optimal returns, I would like these two institutions to be approved for the District’s general and schoolhouse funds as well.

 

 

THE SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATION IS:

 “To increase the depository limit at F&M Bank and Exchange State Bank to $2,500,000 and to name Security State Bank and Exchange State Bank approved depositories for the District’s general and schoolhouse funds as well as the funds previously approved 9/24/2009.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT H

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

April 5, 2010

 


ISSUE:           Health Insurance Renewal Rates & Plan

 

CONTACT:  Business Manager Linda Von Behren

 


BACKGROUND: 

The District has received its renewal rates for the three health insurance plans currently offered in its group health plan.  The current plans are with Wellmark BC/BS within the Educators Trust offered by Mercer Health & Benefits.  The premium increase averages approximately 11.5% across the plans.

 

Along with these rates, the District requested Mercer to seek bids from carriers other than Wellmark.  Mercer received one quote which was from Health Alliance.  This quote however would have resulted in a premium increase of 54.8%.  The results of the other inquiries by Mercer are attached.

 

The District sought health insurance quotes through a separate broker as well, Benefit Solutions in Cedar Rapids.  The results of these requests for bids are attached.   

 

The insurance committee met March 22nd with the representative from Mercer to review various options.  The list of options offered through the Educators Trust is attached. The maximum number of plans the District can offer through the Educators Trust is three.

 

The insurance committee is recommending the District freeze the Protector 500 plan, which allows current enrollees to stay on the plan and allows other employees one last chance to enroll in this plan as of 7/1/2010.

 

The insurance committee is further recommending the District add the Copay1500 plan.  

The representative explained to reduce claims costs, two tools are to increase deductibles and utilize wellness initiatives.  The representative is planning to attend the all staff in-service meeting on August 23rd to explain wellness tools and resources available through Wellmark.

 

The current number of participants by plan and the current and proposed renewal rates by plan are attached for your information.

 

THE SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATION IS:

“the Board of Education approve freezing the Protector 500 plan and begin offering the Copay 1500 plan.”

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT I

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

April 5, 2010

 


ISSUE:                       Junior Achievement Memorandum of Agreement

 

CONTACT:              Dale Monroe, Superintendent

 

 


BACKGROUND:    

Last year in the spring of 2008-2009, each administrator collaborated with a teacher and taught a different grade level of Junior Achievement in their building.  Based upon this experience, teachers indicated that they wanted to implement Junior Achievement curriculum not as a stand-alone curriculum, but as a supplement that would add to their classes, the financial literacy required of the 21st Century Skills coming with the Iowa Core Curriculum. 

 

This year a variety of teachers have taken on the task and partnered with a community member to provide 215 children with this hands-on, engaging curriculum.  We still have additional classes that will participate yet this spring. 


We have received the Memorandum of Agreement from Junior Achievement.   These costs of $2,165.05 are intended to be paid for out of curriculum money. 

 

 

THE SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATION IS:

approve the Memorandum of Agreement between Anamosa Community Schools and Junior Achievement.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT J

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

April 5, 2010

 


ISSUE:           Mt. Mercy & University of Northern Iowa Student Teacher/Field Experience Agreements

 

CONTACT:  Superintendent Monroe

 

 


BACKGROUND

Mt. Mercy College and University of Northern Iowa has requested continuation of the Student Teaching/Field Experience Agreements with Anamosa.  Each year, college students from Mt. Mercy and UNI spend time in classrooms with teachers and students to help prepare them for their teaching career. 

 

 

THE SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATION IS:

“to approve the Student Teaching/Field Experience Agreement with Mt. Mercy College and the University of Northern Iowa.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT K

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

April 5, 2010

 


ISSUE:           Out of State Activity Trip Approval

 

CONTACT:  Derek Roberts, Activities Director & Rick Worcester, Archery Club Coach

 

 


BACKGROUND: 

The Anamosa Archery Club qualified as a team for the National Archery Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky on May 6 - 8, 2010.   Rick Worcester, volunteer advisor/coach and three additional volunteer coaches for the Archery Club will be traveling to Louisville Kentucky with 44 students (4th – 12th grade). 


This is the second year they have qualified and will be attending the National Archery Tournament.

 

Rick Worcester will be present at the meeting on April 5, 2010 to answer any questions you may have.

 

 

THE SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATION IS:

“approve the out of state activity trip to the National Archery Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky from May 6 - 8, 2010.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board of Education Committees

2009-2010

 

 

Policy Committee                    Brian Bieber, Anna Mary Riniker, Rich Crump

 

Negotiations Committee                   Brian Darrow, Jean Sellnau

 

PPEL & Facilities                    Brian Darrow, Rich Crump

Committee

 

CADRE                                   Brian Darrow, Connie McKean, Jean Sellnau

 

Jones Co. Conf. Bd.                Lowell Tiedt

 

IASB Delegate Assembly

Representative                          Jean Sellnau

 

Ad Hoc Building/Long            Brian Darrow, Lowell Tiedt

Range Planning