August 8, 2011 Minutes

The Andrew Community School Board met in a work session on Monday, August 8, 2011at 6:30 p.m. to discuss Board Goals for the 2011/2012 school year. This session was led by Mary Jane Vens from the IASB. 
Members present were: Randy Ernst, Charlie Peters, Chuck Schwager and Allan Till. Kevin Kilburg was absent. Others present were Kent Hammer, Board Consultant, Andy Crozier, Superintendent/Principal and Jan Hammond, Board Secretary/Treasurer.

The Andrew Community School Board met in regular session on Monday, August 08, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. 
Members present were Randy Ernst, Charlie Peters, Chuck Schwager and Allan Till. Kevin Kilburg was absent. Others present were Kent Hammer, Board Consultant, Andy Crozier, Superintendent/Principal, Jan Hammond,Board Secretary/Treasurer and Glenda Cornelius, Teacher.

1.  Peters moved and Ernst seconded to approve the agenda as presented. All members voted aye. Motion       carried.
2.  Till moved and Peters seconded to approve the minutes of the last regular meeting of  July 18, 2011 as presented. All members voted aye. Motion carried.
3.   Peters moved and Ernst seconded to approve raising hot lunch fees from $1.75 to $1.80. This was mandated by the Department of Education. All members voted aye. Motion carried.
4.  Ernst moved and Peters seconded to approve a $35.00 Computer Fee to students receiving individual laptops for the 2011/2012 school year. All members voted aye. Motion carried.
5.  Till moved and Peters seconded to approve the AEA Network Services Contract. All members voted aye. Motion carried.
6.  Ernst moved and Peters seconded to approve listing the District Owned house on the real estate market for sale. Board President Charles Schwager will handle the listing and will take no commission on the sale of the home. All members voted aye. Motion carried.
7.  Ernst moved and Till seconded the approval of the 2011/2012 Andrew  School Handbook. There were no major policy changes other than wording to fit a K-8 district. All members voted aye. Motion carried.
8.  A discussion was held on Legislative Action Priorities. Highest priority was:
   a.  Setting allowable growth at 4% and fully funding it for public school.
   b.  Preserving the statewide penny sales tax for school infrastructure.
   c.  Funding for the continued progress in the development of the common core curriculum focused on improving student achievement.
   d.  Funding to ensure ALL 3 and 4 year olds have access to a high quality public school preschool program.
    e.  Oppose unfunded mandates.
9.   A discussion was held on the Business Manager position. Mr. Crozier gave some suggestions and options.
10.  Superintendent/Principal Crozier reported on the following:
     a.  The Board will need to prepare for Governor Branstadt's education reform bill.
     b.  Teachers come back on Monday 8/15/2011.
     c.  Had a very positive meeting with the booster club and was very pleased with how well attended the meeting was. The Andrew Booster Golf Outing is Sunday, August 14 and the Steak Fry and Auction is at the end of the month.
     d.  Theisen Grant is completed and sent out. 
     e.  Registration looked good no surprises
     f.  The Maquoketa radio station will be in next week to interview the Superintendent and staff.
     f.  All classrooms are ready to go.
11.  Board members commented on a Letter to the Editor in the Maquoketa Sentinel about all the positives at Andrew School. Andrew needs to be a "bright and shining star in Jackson County."
      That we need to be aggressive in promoting our  K-8 School.  
      The marquis out front will be put in the facilities plan in the Fall,
      Would like to see a Welcome Back Students Banner signed by all the Teachers and Staff.
      Would like to thank all who are running for School Board.
12.  Glenda Cornelius thanked all the School Board Members for their service.
13.  Peters moved and Ernst seconded to approve the financial statements from the following funds:  General, Physical Plant and Equipment Levy, Capital Projects and Activity. All members voted aye. Motion carried. 
14.  Peters moved and Ernst seconded to approve Warrants for Payment. All members voted aye. Motion carried.
15.  Till moved and Ernst seconded to adjourn the meeting. The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

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