February 15, 2018
IKM-Manning Community School District
Regular Board Meeting & Calendar Hearing
February 15, 2018 – 5:00 p.m.
IKM-Manning HS Stem Best Classroom
The meeting was called to order at 5:00 p.m. by President Heller. Directors present were Heller, Hansen, Potthoff, Maas, Meiners, & Reischl. Director Ferneding was absent. Others in attendance were Superintendent Miller, Secretary North, Principals Wall & Whitson, and approximately 7 guests.
Motion by Potthoff, second by Hansen to approve agenda and the motion carried unanimously.
President Heller welcomed visitors and thank you notes from Riverside CSD and the family of Dee Christensen were shared.
President Heller opened the calendar hearing at 5:02 p.m. After a few questions were answered, the calendar hearing closed at 5:05 p.m.
Motion by Hansen, second by Maas to approve the consent agenda (January 18, 2018 minutes, financial statements & bills) and the motion carried unanimously.
The District Leadership Team, comprised of Tiffany Hoogestraat, Denise Wall, Jay Dreyer, and Mindy Skillen shared highlights of this year’s professional development led by Sarah Brown Wessling, a former National Teacher of the Year. Each team member shared a small portion of her presentation and shared with the Board what they as individuals received from the training. They also informed the Board that a District Feedback Survey had been developed as another way to open the door of communication for those that want to express their thoughts or ideas to admininistration or the TLC team. This survey can be done openly or anonymously.
Principal Wall informed the Board that 28 students in grades 8-12 attended a Trade Exploration Day and Principal Whitson shared information on the Math Count’s Day. Whitson gave kudos to John Fisher for placing 1st in the competition and to the team for being the most improved overall from last year. She also gave kudos to Jim Blankman and the robotics team as they were moving on to state along with inviting the Board to the elementary STEM day. Superintendent Miller gave a few legislative updates on school choice and transportation equity, along with informing Board that he and Secretary North would be attending a budget workshop on Tuesday. He also shared that the interviewing process for science and art has started and that the elementary staff was gearing up for the new reading curriculum that will begin next year by observing other districts using that curriculum.
Time was spent on the superintendent mid-year review and long term goals. It was the consensus of the Board that great strides have been made in the areas of morale and trust and that they felt Mr. Miller was vested in the District’s TLC program which has been a positive endeavor. The Board would like to see an increase in communication outreach by getting more involved in the community and by promoting the district as often as possible. They would also like to see administration think outside of the box and be the catalyst for changing the culture of the district in moving forward.
Motion by Reischl, second by Meiners to approve the 2018-2019 school calendar and motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Maas, second by Potthoff to approve Superintendent Evaluation Process & Form along with approving the long term goals brought forth and motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Meiners, second by Maas to set Budget Hearing time and date for March 15, 2018, 7:00 p.m. in the Irwin Elementary School Library and motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Maas, second by Hansen to move the April meeting to April 12, 2018, 5:00 p.m. in the IKM-Manning HS STEM BEST classroom due to filing deadline of budget and motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Hansen, second by Meiners to approve hiring of Angi Goings as MS Special Education teacher for 2018-19 school year and motion carried unanimously.
The Board set February 26th, 7:00 p.m. in the IKM-Manning HS STEM BEST classroom to have a special closed session to discuss administration.
There being no further business, motion by Reischl, second by Hansen to adjourn and motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 6:22 p.m.
The next regular meeting, which will include the Budget Hearing, will be March 15, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Irwin Elementary School Library.
Dave Heller, Board President Karli North, Board Secretary