September 18, 2023
The Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Community School District Board of Directors met at the District Office on Monday, September 18, 2023 at 6:00 pm for a regular board meeting. Visitors in attendance: Janet Brinegar, CD Brinegar, Ann Ohms, Lanny Glosser, Ed Glenn, Jessica Nollen, Jenny Van Zante, Torri Schmitz, Nick Schmitz, Regina Hoy, Stephanie Houk, Melissa Appel, Ashleigh Sammons, Randy Reed, and others not signed in.
Call to Order: President Houk called to order the meeting of the EBF Board of Directors at 6:00 pm. Roll call: Nathan Hinton, present; Eric Klyn, present; Lara Vandello, present; Micah Van Mersbergen, present; Doug Brinegar, present; Mark Haselhuhn, absent and Curt Houk, present. Quorum established.
Public Forum: Janet Brinegar, CD Brinegar & Melissa Appel spoke in regards to FFA, Lanny Glosser spoke about wrestling, and Jessica Nollen, Regina Hoy & Stephanie Houk spoke on archery.
Approve Agenda: Brinegar moved and Vandello seconded to approve the agenda. Motion carried unanimously.
Reports: Scott Williamson, Superintendent gave his report on SCED course codes (School Codes for the Exchange of Data) and EBF CTE programing. April Glosser, Curriculum Director, presented the board with the ISASP data from Spring testing. Tammy Davis, Blakesburg Elementary Principal, gave the combined elementary principal’s report giving enrollment data and updating on beginning of the year. Cathy Williamson, Director of Special Services, gave the board updates for special education, Explore Academy and the Mental Health Grant counselors. Other reports submitted but not read, were from Jr/Sr High Principal, Daycare Director, Maintenance Director and Nutrition Director.
Consent Items: Vandello moved and Klyn seconded to approve Consent Items 6a(i): August 21, 2023 minutes. Motion carried unanimously. Van Mersbergen moved and Brinegar seconded to approve Consent Items 6b(i) to 6c(iv): account balances as of August 31, 2023, bills list for September 2023, school board policies: 555A-Naloxone Supply & Administration for Opioid Overdose, 556-Communicable Diseases-Students, 557-Student Illness or Injury at School and 558-Concussion Management. Motion carried unanimously. Van Mersbergen moved and Vandello seconded to approve Consent Item 6d(i) Contract for Vocal Lessons with Kent Jager. Motion carried unanimously. Brinegar moved and Vandello seconded to approve Open Enrollments In: Gauge Allsup, 7th Grade from Oskaloosa to Jr/Sr High; Bryan Allsup, Kindergarten from Oskaloosa to Eddyville Elementary; Dace Meeks, 3rd Grade from Oskaloosa to Eddyville Elementary; Stella Salyer, Kindergarten from Pekin to Fremont Elementary; Sophia Clark, Kindergarten from Cardinal to HSAP; Charlotte Glassgow, Kindergarten from Ottumwa to Blakesburg Elementary; Lorali Glassgow, Kindergarten from Ottumwa to Blakesburg Elementary; Ryker Glassgow, 2nd Grade from Ottumwa to Blakesburg Elementary; Hailey Collins, 10th Grade from Ottumwa to Jr/Sr High; Nicholas Myers, 10th Grade from Oskaloosa to HSAP; Easton Barnard, 1st Grade from Oskaloosa to Fremont Elementary; Jayden Myers, 5th Grade from Oskaloosa to Eddyville Elementary; Ricky Shoemaker, 3rd Grade from Ottumwa to HSAP; Tyler Shepherd, 6th Grade from Ottumwa to Blakesburg Elementary; Ingrid Mills, Kindergarten from Oskaloosa to HSAP, Halo Sterling, Kindergarten from Oskaloosa to HSAP; Garrett Pumphrey, 9th Grade from Ottumwa to Jr/Sr High; Eliza Crossley, Kindergarten from Albia to HSAP and Andrew Gingerich, Kindergarten from Moravia to HSAP. Motion carried unanimously.
Personnel: Brinegar moved and Hinton seconded to approve the following Hires: Kristen Birchard, Homework Help After School; Angela Koebke, Homework Help After School; Jeff Whitehall - paid prep period; Nobalee Galbraith - Part Time Para Educator at Eddyville Elementary; Tom Hallgren, Competition Supervisor; Nolan Krueger - Jr High Boys Basketball Coach; Nolan Krueger - Jr High Girls Basketball Coach; David Hall - Assistant Wrestling Coach; Jake Demmon - Jr High Wrestling Coach; Meghan Lettington, Wrestling Cheer Sponsor; Lisa Strausser - Concession Stand Manager; Tom Hallgren - Head Baseball Coach; Alex Ashman - Assistant Baseball Coach; Donavan Young - 9th Grade Baseball Coach; Tyler Ford - Jr High Baseball Coach; Dustin Snakenberg - Jr High Baseball Coach; Tony Fenton - Head Softball Coach; Garrett Krause - Head Girls Wrestling Coach (pending completion of coaching authorization) and Volunteers: Brandon Jackson, Wrestling; Richard Lettington, Wrestling and Jeff Larson, Boys Basketball. Motion carried unanimously. Van Mersbergen moved and Vandello seconded to approve the Mental Health Grant stipends for Cathy Williamson, Sherry Mattson and Mary McCrea. Motion carried unanimously.
Action Items: Van Mersbergen moved and Vandello seconded to approve the renewal of the Emergency Operation Plan. Motion carried unanimously. Hinton moved and Vandello seconded to approve the transfer of $1,175.65 from Activity Management to Choir. Motion carried unanimously. Brinegar moved and Vandello seconded to approve the 2023-2024 Fundraisers. Motion carried unanimously. Brinegar moved and Hinton seconded to approve the 2023-2024 Transportation Hard Surface Plan. Motion carried unanimously. Vandello moved and Van Mersbergen seconded to approve the SBRC Request for Supplemental Allowable Growth for Special Education Deficit in the amount of $131,417.06. Small Discussion. Roll Call Vote: Hinton – yes, Klyn – yes, Vandello – yes, Van Mersbergen-yes, Brinegar – yes and Houk – yes. Motion carried unanimously. Brinegar moved and Van Mersbergen seconded to approve the out of state travel for the FFA students to attend the FFA National Convention in Indianapolis, IN from October 31st to November 4th. Motion carried unanimously.
Discussion Items: Superintendent Williamson informed the board that EBF was approved to use ESSER Funds to install air conditioning in the gymnasium. Discussion was held regarding the EBF Archery Club regarding bylaws, parent complaints and the board’s involvement. Superintendent Williamson would like to increase the classified employee’s insurance benefit from 80% of the single plan paid by the district to 100% paid by the district. The 78th Iowa Association of School Boards Convention will be November 15th to November 17th, interested board members are to let board secretary know. Open positions are: Para Educator – Jr/Sr High, Regular Route Driver, Child Care Associates, 2nd Shift Custodian - Jr/Sr High, Vocal Music Teacher - Jr/Sr High, Substitutes for all positions, Coaching / Supplemental Positions: Spring Play Director, Assistant FFA Advisor, Basketball Cheer Coach, Jr High Boys Basketball, Jr High Girls Basketball, Head Boys Golf Coach and Head Girls Golf Coach.
Adjourn: Van Mersbergen moved and Brinegar seconded to adjourn meeting. Motion carried unanimously. Meeting adjourned at 7:45 pm.
Curt Houk Mary McCrea
Board President Board Secretary