3/12/12

The Andrew Community School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, March 12, 2012 at 7:30 PM in the Board Room.  A roll call was taken.  Board members present were:  President Charlie Peters, Vice President Randy Ernst, Board Members Allan Till, Yvonne Weimerskirch, and Eric Strathman. Also present were Jan Hammond Board Secretary.  Lead Administrator/Principal Andy Crozier and Superintendent Kent Hammer. The agenda was presented for approval.  A motion was made by Yvonne Weimerskirch to approve the agenda. Eric Strathman seconded.  All members voted aye. Motion carried.

Minutes from the February 13, 2012 Regular Board Meeting were presented for approval.  Weimerskirch made a motion to approve and Ernst seconded. All members voted aye. Motion carried.

Five visitors were present at the meeting (four students and Glenda Cornelius).

Eighth grade students Carli Strathman, Brooke Lapke, Katie Miller and Jonathon Ernst gave a presentation to the Board on what their 8th grade year has been like. They took turns describing a normal day at Andrew Middle School and how much they used technology throughout the day in their classes.  The presentation was put together using their new laptops and the technology available to them on the laptops. The students also gave the board and administration recommendations on how they can improve the school for future studetns.  It was very well done.

A motion was made by Ernst and seconded by Weimerskirch to approve an 8th grade class trip.  Funds would come from the booster club and fundraisers so all students would have the same ability to go on the class trip.  All members voted aye and motion carried.

 A motion was made by Strathman and seconded by Weimerskirch to approve open enrollment requests. All members voted aye and motion carried.

A motion was made by Weimerskirch and seconded by Ernst to approve financial statements. All members voted aye.  Motion carried.

A motion was made by Strathman and seconded by Weimerskirch to approve warrants for payment. All members voted aye. Motion carried.

Discussion was held on the Andrew Community School District Early Retirement Program Resolution being offered for the 2011/2012 school year.  Strathman made a motion to amend criteria number 2. "Available to certified employees who have completed 15 years of service within the Andrew Community School District"  to read, "available to certified employees who have completed 10 years of service within the Andrew Community School District. "  Seconded by Ernst. All members voted aye, the motion to amend carried.

Motion was made by Weimerskirch and seconded by Ernst to approve the Early Retirement Program Resolution.  All members voted aye. Motion carried.

A resignation was submitted to the Board by Glenda Cornelius, Middle School Math and Technology Director to take effect after the 2011/12 school year. Mrs. Cornelius has taught at Andrew for 12 years.  A motion was made by Weimerskirch to approve the resignation with regret. It was seconded by Strathman.  All members voted aye. Motion carried.

A resignation was submitted to the Board by Gloria Petesch, Librarian/Band Director/Life Skills to take effect after the 2011/12 school year.  Mrs. Petesch has taught a total of 18 years at Andrew. A motion was made by Ernst to approve the resignation with regret. It was seconded by Till. All members voted aye. Motion carried. 

A motion was made by Strathman to set the date and time of the Public Hearing on 2012/2013 Budget for April 9 at 7:00 p.m. The regular April board meeting will immediately follow.  Till seconded the motion. All members voted aye. Motion carried.

A discussion was held on the upcoming Iowa Dept of Education site visit to Andrew on March 13 and 14. The Board will be meeting with members of the site group on March 13 at 6:00 p.m.

A motion was made by Strathman to approve the second reading of proposed policy changes to Code No. 104, Code No. 603.4, Code No. 506.4, Code No. 605.7R1 and Code 503.1. Ernst seconded. All members vote aye. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Weimerskirch to approve the first reading of proposed policy updates to the Equal Educational Opportunity Code No. 102, Educational Equity Policy Code No. 401.1 and Objectives for Equal Educational Opportunities for Students Code No. 500.  Ernst seconded. All members voted aye. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Till to approve the RFP from architects Bracke-Hayes-Miller-Mahon on specifications for remodeling the weight room into district offices. Ernst seconded. All members voted aye. Motion carried. 

President Charlie Peters and Vice-President Randy Ernst volunteered to be on the negotiating committee.

Eric Strathman volunteered to attend the Joint Maquoketa Facility Improvement Meeting at the end of March.  Randy Ernst volunteered to attend the Joint Bellevue Facility Improvement Meeting. 

Lead Superintendent Crozier updated the Board on the professional development day spent at Muscatine. The staff was very impressed with a program in use at Muscatine entitled; "The Leader in Me" This program has been integrated into the Muscatine school curriculum and showing wonderful results.  The staff will be conducting  a book study around the program and hope to present more information to the board this Spring.

Till made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Motion was seconded by Strathman. Meeting adjourned at 9:40p.m.


Respectfully submitted,



Jan Hammond/Board Secretary



Charlie Peters/Board President
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