Board Minutes 2/10/14

Monday, February 10, 2014


The South Hamilton Board of Education met in regular session on Monday, February 10, 2014 in the Boardroom at the Middle/High School. President Will Johnston called the meeting to order at 6:01 p.m. with the following members present: Mike Grove, Marie Johnson, Joely Swenson and Kempton Young. Absent: None. Also present: Superintendent Tim Johnson and Board Secretary Susan Headley. Media: Billie Shelton.


APPROVE AGENDA: Motion by Johnson, second by Swenson to approve the agenda. Motion carried unanimously.


APPROVE CONSENT AGENDA: Motion by Johnson, second by Grove to approve the consent agenda consisting of the following items:

  • Approval of Financial Reports for January

Operating Fund

Gross Salary              396,316.10        Medicare         5,526.69

Disability Insurance       1,253.12        FICA              23,631.57

Health Insurance          55,120.43        IPERS             35,171.11

Total Payroll               517,019.02

  • Approval of Bills From all Funds for February and Prepaids for January
  • Approve Flexible Benefit Reimbursements for January for $3,780.40
  • Open Enrollments:

Student(s)                 Grade             Parent(s)                 From                         To                    Year

Jazmine Odor        11   Angela Webb                     Northeast Hamilton     South Hamilton    2014-15

Tyler Schachtner     3   T Blanchfield/E Schachtner   So Central Calhoun      South Hamilton    2014-15

Abigail Terrones     4   BJ & Sarah Terrones                Gilbert                     South Hamilton    2014-15

Anthony Terrones   6   BJ & Sarah Terrones                Gilbert                     South Hamilton    2014-15

William Terrones    1   BJ & Sarah Terrones                Gilbert                     South Hamilton    2014-15

Brianna Twedt      12   Aaron Twedt                        Northeast Hamilton     South Hamilton    2014-15

Calleigh Pudenz    K   Nick & Jenni Pudenz            South Hamilton           Gilbert                2014-15

Motion carried unanimously.


PUBLIC FORUM/VISITORS: Doug Hatch and Catherine Hines were present to report on recent conference they attended with speaker Kevin Honeycutt on ways for teachers and parents to help manage digital life and integrating technology in classrooms. Presented video showing first graders using new iPads.


SHEA INITIAL PROPOSAL: SHEA representative Jolene Voga was present to give their initial proposal for 2014-15 contract negotiations which included the following: two year contract; carryover two personal days per year with a maximum of five; additional professional day for a total of four; $1880 increase on base to $37,000 for the first year for a total package increase of 5.45% and $1900 increase on base the second year.


HEARING: INSTRUCTIONAL HOURS VS. SCHOOL DAYS: President Johnston opened the public hearing on instructional hours vs. school days at 6:26 p.m. With no written or oral objections, President Johnston declared the hearing closed at 6:28 p.m.


STUDENT SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: Representative Molly Houdeshell not present.


SUPERINTENDENT: Superintendent Tim Johnson reported on the following: health insurance premiums decreased 1.59%; discussions with school, city and county on possibility of Safe Room and grant funding; recent community meeting with Matt Gillaspie and architect design team; and water break at the high school. Will bring request to March meeting that conference wants to increase sub varsity admission for adults from $2 to $3.


ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL: Written report received from Principal Hemphill on the following: professional development meetings; Cognitive Abilities Testing for 3rd graders; working on teacher evaluations and parent-teacher conferences.


SECONDARY PRINCIPAL: Written report received from Principal Dryer on the following: potential updates to facilities; Power-Up Youth Summit; Winterfest activities; new curriculum includes TV-Media/Hawk TV; Foods III/Café and Computer Programming/Coding.


2014-15 SCHOOL CALENDAR: Motion by Johnson, second by Grove to approve school calendar for 2014-15 with first day of classes on August 18, 2014, last day scheduled for May 27, 2015, a week Spring Break and commencement on May 25, 2015. Motion to include participation in instructional hours and submission of decision on Spring Beds. Motion carried unanimously.


HAMILTON COUNTY MITIGATION PLAN: Motion by Johnson, second by Swenson that South Hamilton CSD hearby adopts the City of Jewell’s portion of the Hamilton County Multi-Jurisdiction Hazard Mitigation Plan. Motion carried unanimously. The mitigation plan would allow the county, city and school to move forward to write a grant to build a safe room.


ARCHITECT CONTRACT: The Board tabled action on the contract.


REVIEW BOARD POLICY 500 SERIES – 1st READING: The Board tabled action until the March meeting.


REVIEW BOARD POLICY 300 SERIES – AND POLICY 400 SERIES – 2ND READING: Motion by Swenson, second by Young to approve second and final reading and changes to 402.2, 407.1 and 408.9. Motion carried unanimously.


PERSONNEL: Motion by Johnson, second by Young to approve resignation request from Deena Miller as wrestling cheer sponsor. Motion carried unanimously.


PERSONNEL – POSSIBLE CLOSED SESSION: Motion by Johnson, second by Swenson to go into closed session as provided by Iowa Code Section 21.5(1)(i) and/or (a) to evaluate the professional competency of an individual whose appointment, hiring, performance, or discharge is being considered when necessary to prevent needless and irreparable injury to that individual’s reputation and that individual requests a closed session. Roll Call: Ayes: Swenson, Grove, Johnson, Young and Johnston. Nays: none. Motion carried unanimously. The Board went into closed session at 7:23 p.m.


OPEN SESSION: President Johnston declared meeting in open session at 7:56 p.m.


MOTION-TO-ADJOURN: Motion by Grove, second by Young to adjourn at 8:00 p.m. Motion carried unanimously.

Will Johnston
President, Board of Directors

Susan L. Headley
Secretary, Board of Directors