The Centerville School Board held a work session followed by a regular meeting Monday, Feb. 10 at the administration building. The work session began at 5:30 p.m. before their regular monthly meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
During the work session Gary Sinclair from the Iowa Association of School Boards gave a presentation on financial tools that the district was considering purchasing. Later on, during the regular meeting, the board voted to approve purchasing the software.
The regular board meeting was called to order at around 6:45 p.m. First on the agenda was teacher Susan McDanel speaking about the Lakeview concession stand. McDanel spoke with Jennifer Hand and Catherine Lechtenberg. All were former or current Student Council advisors.
McDanel spoke about the history of the concession stand and problems that have built up over the past 30 years. Lechtenberg and Hand also spoke about obstacles facing the Lakeview concession stand, such as their inability to prepare their own food, lack of access to a preparation area, lack of security for merchandise and lack of a dedicated water source. The group also presented some written comments from Laura DePrizio, another former Student Council advisor.
As of this year the group can no longer prepare food on site and has to order it from a licensed facility due to state regulations. If too much food is ordered the stand loses profit and if not enough is ordered customers might go without. The group wanted to urge the inclusion of a dedicated concession stand in any remodel or expansion plans for Lakeview that come under consideration in the future.
High school band director Jim DePrizio presented information about two proposed band trips to the board. The first would be a jazz band trip to the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, Wis. with a stop at the Mall of America in Minnesota and would take place April 4-6. The trip would include a jazz band contest and clinic at the university.
The second trip would be for the entire band and would go to Orlando, Fla. from March 29 to April 4, 2016. Every four years the band takes a trip. Recently it has been to Chicago, but DePrizio said that for this next one they wanted to try for a different destination. The trip would include jazz and concert band clinics, a parade through the Disney Park and time at Epcot Center, Universal Studios, Magic Kingdom and Disney Hollywood Studios among other things. The cost would be approximately $1,000 per student and DePrizio said fundraising would be able to begin now if permission was given by the board.
Members of the board discussed some concerns about missing school days and the cost for some students, but overall were in favor of the trips and later on during the meeting, both trips were approved, with the Florida one approved on condition of fundraising success.
The board then saw a presentation from robotics students and Kim Mitchell using the robot they built this year for competition. The students demonstrated the robot in action and talked to the board about their process in building the machine and their experiences at competition. The Centerville team has qualified for state competition.
Howar Junior High Principal Bruce Karpen presented the information he had gathered with junior high athletic director Rich Parker regarding starting a junior high baseball and softball program in Centerville. The item was only up for discussion by the board that night and they could not vote to approve the program. However, all members indicated they would vote in favor when the item was brought up for a vote at a later meeting in order to give those involved time to plan and begin implementing the program as well as time to find interested students.
The board then voted to accept the Early Childhood Literacy Implementation grant money. The district received $23,175.73. They then voted on personnel changes. The board approved the resignation of Penny Exline and the retirement of Zelda Starr, who left the district after 24 years in food service. The board then approved contract adjustments with Chelsey Spurgeon and Cassandra Gee and approved volunteer agreements with Leanne Cortesio and Miranda Phelps and approved an employment contract with Darlene Simms.
The Collaborating for Kids Committee from Lakeview then spoke to the board about how the students and staff at the school have been implementing the Response to Intervention program. Lakeview was chosen as a pilot school this year to put the program in place. Data collected at the school and other pilot schools will be used as the state roles out the program to the rest of the districts in the coming year.
The student school permit policy was discussed. Board member Michelle Moore brought up the policy for discussion. Moore brought up some ideas that could be used to better enforce proper use of school permits including decals for student permit cars and having a list of what are and are not school activities that the permit can be used to drive to for parents and students. Board members Tom Lange and Nick Hindley wanted to get legal opinions on what options the district has in regard to student school permits.
The board then approved a contract for the purchase of high school yearbook for $10,566.30 before also approving the fundraising calendar presented by Activities Director Greg Fisher and the sports officials' contracts that were presented.
The board then reviewed reports from the administrators. Activities Director Fisher brought his desire to put a new sound system in the Lakeview gym to the board's attention. The board received packets for the upcoming superintendent's evaluation. They also scheduled a joint meeting with the Moulton-Udell district for Tuesday, Feb. 18 at Moulton-Udell. Financial reports were then approved before the board adjourned.