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Regular Board Meeting

May 19, 2014


May 19, 2014



The Estherville Lincoln Central Board of Education held its regular meeting on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 5:15 P.M. in the High School Library.   Board members present were:   Jodie Greig, President; Kathy Miller-Cornwall, Vice President; Nancy Anderson, Duane Schnell, Mike Karels.   Others present were:  Tara Paul, Superintendent; Kate Woods, Board Secretary/Treasurer,  Frank Christensen; HS Principal, , Bob Grems; RWC Director. Mike Tidemann- EDN, Ed Funston(5:31)-KILR,  Brad Leonard,  Lili Jensen, Andy Umthun, Ed Fundston, Jenny Nitchals, Lesa Nauss, Jenny Boggess, Tara Laabs, Kyle Johnson, Norm Johnson, YMCA, Kory Rezac, Frank Rezac, Kyle Steffen, Taylor Jensen,Ciara Minion, Kayla Jensen, Mark Allen, Shive-Hattery, Shane Kalous(5:23pm), Robyn Swisher(5:30)



CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL                                              President Greig called the regular meeting to order at 5:18 p.m.  Board members present were, N. Anderson, Schnell, Karels, Miller-Cornwall.

AGENDA APPROVAL                                                            Motion by Karels, second by Anderson to approve the agenda with the additional hire of Taylor Phipps and resignation/retirement of Sandy Hockett.


Motion carried 5-0

RECOGNITION OF VISITORS                                               President Greig welcomed all those in attendance and had visitors introduce themselves.

PUBLIC INPUT                                                                       There was none.

CONSENT AGENDA                                                              Motion by Anderson, second by Schnell to approve the consent agenda as presented.

                                                                                                                Motion carried 5-0.

                                                                                                Items approved under the consent agenda are as follows:

                                                                                                Minutes from the April 14, 2014 meeting.


                                                                                                Hires – Ms. Kelsie Christensen, 5-8 Level II/III, BA Step 1; Amber Sorgea, 8th Grade Level I, BA Step 1;

                                                                                                Emily Holch, K-2 Special Ed, BA Step 1; Joe Clark, 1st Grade, BA Step 1; Travis Olson, Asst. Boys Baseball, Step 1; Veronica Cooper, Music/MS Instrumental, BA Step 3; Don Seylar, Roosevelt Custodian, $12/hr.; Andy Umthun, Activities Director/HS Dean of Students; Amy Ring-Rose, Asst Girls Track, Step 1; Laura Condon, MS Girls Track, Step 1; Ashley McDonald, RWC Zumba Instructor, $15/Class; David McCaulley, MS Principal, Mr. Taylor Phipps, MS PE Teacher & Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach

                                                                                                Resignations – Jeanette Benson, Corey Christopher, Andy Umthun – MS PE & MS Track, Taylor Larson,

                                                                                                Amanda Fernau, Robert Bosma, Sandy Hockett

                                                                                                FY 15 Transfers – Ms. Alisha Bernardy to 2nd Grade, Ms. Stephanie Wheatley to HS ELA, Ms. Jen Gesche to MS 5th Grade Level I, Mr. Frank Christenson to Alt HS/Curriculum Director, Mr. Brad Leonard to HS Principal, Ms. Jenny Christensen to ¾ Grade Math/Reading, Ms. Diane Origer to Preschool.

                                                                                                Leave of Absence – Brandi Swenson



HIGHLIGHTS                                                                         Norm Johnson and Kyle Johnson reviewed the Y-Kids afterschool program that was run by the Okoboji YMCA, approximately 20 students took advantage of this program.  Bob Grems reviewed the Energizer Plus program that was run by the Regional Wellness Center and Estherville Library, approximately 50 students took advantage of this program.


                                                                                                Mark Allen, ShiveHattery, introduced himself and talked a little about the design process for the  upcoming project.


REPORTS/INFORMATION                                                     Administrator’s reports were informational. 

                                                                                                Frank Christensen, Jenny Nitchals talked about the 1 to 1 program.  A pilot study was performed by students and staff to review the IPAD, Chromebook and Netbook.   Ciara Minion & Kayla Jensen shared their perspective as students with the board, both were very enthusiastic about the Chromebook.   Kathy Cornwall expressed concerns about the pilot study not being long enough.  

                                                                                                Lesa Nauss talked about the summer reading program that the AEA is supporting at the elementary level this summer.

                                                                                                Kory Rezac was introduced as student of the month at the Middle School.

                                                                                                Robyn Swisher, Tara Laabs and Jenny Boggess shared the professional development activities throughout the year. They all felt the Wednesday professional development afternoons are very valuable.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS                                                       None.


2014-15 Forest Ridge 28E Agreement                                     Motion by Karels, second by Anderson to approve the 28E Agreement with Forest Ridge for 2014-15. Motion carried 5-0.


Architect Recommendation                                                      Motion by Karels, second by Schnell to approve Shive-Hattery as the architect for the upcoming building project.

                                                                                                Motion carried 5-0.


Closed Session                                                                        Anderson – “Pursuant to Chapter 21 of the Iowa Code,  I move that the ELC Community School Board move into closed session for the purpose of evaluating the professional competency of an individual.”

2nd to the Motion –

Ayes – Anderson, Miller-Cornwall, Karels, Schnell, Greig

Nays –  None

                                                                                                Break – 7:34pm – 7:44pm

                                                                                                Out of closed session 8:17pm




Action from Closed Session                                                    No action from closed session.


Suggestions for items to be included on next month’s agenda.



President Greig announced that “The board will meet as provided in IOWA CODE    20.17(3) for a collective bargaining strategy session following adjournment.”


Adjournment – Motion by Anderson, second by Schnell to adjourn the meeting at 8:35pm.  The next regular meeting will be June 16, 2014 at 5:15pm.


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