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January 7, 2019 School Board Minutes

January 08, 2019

The Northwood-Kensett Board of Directors met in a Regular Meeting on Monday, January 7, 2019 in the Elementary Media Center at 7:00 P.M.


Members present: John Anderson; Cindy Pangburn; Susan Kliment; Larry Hovey;  Members Absent: Roger Harris


(4-0) Approved the agenda; December 13th  board minutes; Financial Reports for December; January bills for payment


Round Table Discussion with Legislatures

Waylon Brown was unable to attend.  Discussion was held with State Representative Jane Bloomingdale on education topics:  supplemental state aid; extension of state penny sales tax; IPERS; school vouchers; transportation funding; operational sharing; teacher leadership compensation; mental health services



Andy Grunhovd, School Resource Officer, gave an update on a threats app developed by Mitchell County law enforcement to allow kids to anonymously report serious safety concerns.  Worth County law enforcement will have the app available to secondary students in our district in the near future.


Mark Kroemer, Atura Architecture, gave an update on project specifications for the renovation of the secondary library


Elementary Principal:  1) Winter FAST testing Jan 7-Feb 15 for reading and math  2) School Report Card available for Iowa School Performance Profiles


Secondary Principal:  1) FCCLA Blood Drive Jan 16  2) Iowa School Performance Profiles


Superintendent: none


Board:  1) Next Regular Board Meeting scheduled for Feb 14th


Old Business:  none


New Business

(4-0) Approved the student driver education fee of $310 for summer 2019


(4-0) Approved second reading policy change to 704.5 Student Activities Fund


Discussion held on 2019-2020 School Calendar and graduation dates with a May 17th graduation date preferred.  Public Hearing on the proposed calendar will be held in February


(4-0) Approved At Risk/Dropout Prevention application in the amount of $129,772 and At-Risk/Dropout Prevention budget for 2019-2020


(4-0) Approved issuing of plans for the authorization to bid the renovation of the library at the secondary building at Northwood-Kensett CSD


(4-0) Approved the addendum to the NIACC Contract for Educational Services for Concurrent Enrollment Career Link Programs and Courses for 2018-2019


(4-0) Approved elementary change collection fundraiser benefitting the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital


Discussion was held to respond to the request from the St Ansgar CSD School Board to consider discussion of sharing a superintendent position. President Hovey will respond to the St Ansgar Board of Education to inform them of our interest to further discuss the opportunity.


(4-0) Approved Ron Dodd as Driver Education instructor for the 2019 school year at $175 per student


(4-0) Approved the termination of Heather Ubben, secondary cook effective December 18, 2018 due to job abandonment


(4-0) Approved an additional 14 hours per week to Hayley Buechele’s associate assignment


(4-0) Approved Megan Thorson as Secondary FCS teacher and FCCLA Coordinator beginning second semester 2018-2019 school year pending executive director decision licensure from the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners and background check.  Hired at Master’s Degree Step 1


(4-0) Approved Amanda Manning as secondary assistant cook.  Pay rate $12.00 per hour and 35 hours per week.


(4-0) Adjourned the meeting at 9:04 pm

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