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November 8, 2018 School Board Minutes

The Northwood-Kensett Board of Directors met in a Regular Meeting on Thursday, November 8, 2018 in the Elementary Media Center at 7:00 P.M.


Members present: John Anderson; Cindy Pangburn; Larry Hovey; Roger Harris; Susan Kliment; Members Absent: none


(5-0) Approve the agenda; October 11th board minutes; Financial Reports for October; November bills for payment


Public Comments

Peyton Pangburn addressed the board regarding issues with current standards-based grading system at the secondary building



Rachel Symonds updated the board on her use of live animals in the classroom


Secondary Principal:  1) Nov 7th presentation of an app developed by Mitchell County students to allow kids to anonymously report safety concerns  2) Nov 14th Student Council will participate in Top of Iowa Conference Leadership Day  3) 75% participation for Parent-Teacher conferences  4) High School Play Nov 17th & 18th, It’s a Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play  5) Cheerleading State Champs in the Time Out division


Elementary Principal:  1) Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences held Nov 1st and 5th with 95% participation  2) Thank you to Knudtson Automotive for their financial support of window coverings at front of building  3) November Manna drive


Superintendent: 1) Construction Update: a few items left on the IA/Ag & HVAC projects;  Meetings for Secondary Library remodel underway; concrete main entry way at the secondary building complete; receiving quotes for upgrading intercom systems at both buildings  2) 5 year budget projections 3) District Holiday Party Dec 15th


Board:  1) Next Regular Board Meeting scheduled for December 13th 2) NKEA purchased cupcakes for employees and board members for American Education Week Nov 12-16


New Business

Held a discussion of 5 year master facilities plan draft document which will be updated and distributed in the future


(5-0) Approved the second reading policy changes to 502.5 Student Expression; 505.2 Student Progress Reports and Conferences; 505.6 Graduation Requirements; 604.7 Instruction at a Post-Secondary Institution; 604.10 Online Courses; 704.3 Investments; 705.1 Purchasing-Bidding; 710.2 Free or Reduced Price Meals Eligibility; 710.5 Meal Charges; 804.2 District Emergency Operations Plans and rescind policy 804.6 Bomb Threats


(5-0) Approved modified supplemental amount for increased enrollment of $23,313; open enrollment out $17,326; and ELL Students served beyond five years of $3,017 for a total of $43,656


(5-0) Accepted the resignation of Renee Davey as secondary associate effective November 12th


(5-0) Approved Michael Kessel as JH girls track coach for the 2018-2019 school year


(5-0) Approved Patti Trenhaile as secondary associate effective November 13, 2018


(5-0) Approve Preston Davidson as volunteer girls/boys basketball coach for the 2018-19 season, pending completion of his coaching endorsement


(5-0) Adjourned the meeting at 8:32 pm

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