MASON CITY – The Mason City School Board will meet Monday and cover a range of important issues. If you are a property owner in Mason City, as much as 42% of your property tax goes to the school district.
Wage increases are recommended for Superintendent Anita Micich, district administrators, and other personnel. Micich is paid over $170,000 as Superintendent of the Mason City and Clear Lake school districts. The amount of the pay raises was not disclosed in the agenda or any other material submitted by the district prior to the meeting; NIT hopes to gather this information during the meeting to present to the public.
(PHOTO: Mason City School Board and Superintendent Anita Micich at June board meeting.)
A tentative agreement between the Mason City Education Association and the Mason City School District for a 3.94% total package increase that includes an increase of $970 to the base salary is recommended for approval. MCEA ratified the tentative agreement on June 27, 2012.
The board clarified its “open forum” policy, possibly in response to NIT’s questioning of the board at the June meeting.
Former explanation of open forum policy: “This portion of the meeting is designated for patrons who wish to address the Board about agenda or other items.”
New explanation of open forum policy: “This portion of the meeting is designated for patrons who wish to address the Board about agenda or other items. To participate in Open Forum completion of the open forum request must be submitted to the Board President or Superintendent prior to the start of the meeting. Comments will be limited to five minutes. The Board of Education will not take action on matters presented by patrons in the Open Forum. Board Policy 213.”
Note to the general public: If you have any specific questions or observations you would like the board to hear, please leave them in the story comments below and I will relay that information to the board.
Mason City Community School District
Board of Education Meeting
July 16, 2012
Mason City Community School District Vision Statement: In the Mason City Community Schools every student will excel and develop into a responsible and productive citizen. Our staff, parents and community will support and nurture students to reach their highest potential.
Note: Finance Committee Meeting
The Finance Committee of the Board of Education will meet at 5:00 p.m. in the Board Secretary’s office to review the financial reports of the district for the month ending June 30, 2012; to review investments made since the previous board meeting; and to review the list of warrants submitted for Board of Education approval.
Regular Meeting of the Board
The regular meeting of the Board of Education will convene at 5:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the School Administration Building.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
1. Consent Items
b) Approval of Bills
c) Personnel Report – BEM Number 1 (Board Goals 2, 4)
d) 2012-2013 Student Handbooks (Board Goals 1, 2, 4, 5)
e) Free and Reduced Lunch Policy and Income Guidelines – BEM Number 2 (Board Goals 2, 4)
f) Cooperative Sharing Agreement Application Renewal– BEM Number 3 (Board Goals 1, 2, 4)
g) Student Driver School Permits – BEM Number 4 (Board Goals 1, 2, 3, 4)
h) Open Enrollment – BEM Number 5 (Board Goals 1, 2, 4)
i) Board Policy Updates/Revisions – BEM Number 6 (Board Goal 4)
DATES FOR THE CALENDAR
PK-6 Registration, Lincoln Intermediate – Noon-7 p.m.
Middle School Registration (7th grade at JAMS 7) (8th grade at MCHS IC) – Noon-7 p.m.
Mason City High School Registration, MCHS IC – Noon-7 p.m.
PK-6 Registration, Lincoln Intermediate – 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Middle School Registration (7th grade at JAMS 7) (8th grade at MCHS IC) – 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Mason City High School Registration, MCHS IC – 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Mason City High School Registration, MCHS IC – 9 a.m.-Noon
Mason City High School New Student Registration – 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
New Teacher Reception, Lincoln Intermediate Commons – 8:00 a.m.
New Teacher Luncheon with Board and Administration, Lincoln Intermediate – 11:30 a.m.
Regular Meeting of the Board of Education – 5:30 p.m.
Mason City Alternative School Registration – 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
First Day for Teachers ~ Meeting Free Work Day
All Staff Meeting, Lincoln Intermediate Gym – 8:00 a.m.
Elementary and Intermediate Parent-Teacher Conferences
Classes for JAMS, Alt. HS and New Mohawk Day at MCHS (9th grade & new students only)
Classes for K-4, 5th grade and 7-12 students
Classes for all K-12 students
NO SCHOOL – Labor Day
First Day of Classes for PK Students
This portion of the meeting is designated for patrons who wish to address the Board about agenda or other items. To participate in Open Forum completion of the open forum request must be submitted to the Board President or Superintendent prior to the start of the meeting. Comments will be limited to five minutes. The Board of Education will not take action on matters presented by patrons in the Open Forum. Board Policy 213.
2. Tentative Agreement between the Mason City Education Association and Mason City School District for 2012-2013 (Board Goals 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
The tentative agreement is a 3.94% total package increase that includes an increase of $970 to the base salary. MCEA ratified the tentative agreement on June 27, 2012. Approval is recommended
3. Superintendent, Administrative, Supervisory and Other Miscellaneous Contracts (Board Goals 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
A salary/benefits package increase for superintendent, district administrators, supervisors, food service managers and other school personnel not under bargaining units will be presented. Approval is recommended.
4. Appoint Board Secretary/Treasurer and Recording Secretary (Board Goals 4, 5)
It is recommended that Ramona Jeffrey be appointed as Board Secretary/Treasurer and that Susan Deike be appointed as Recording Secretary for 2012-2013.
5. Resolution Naming Depositories (Board Goal 4)
Executive Director of Business and Financial Services Ramona Jeffrey will present the resolution for naming depositories included as BEM Number 7 for adoption. Adoption is recommended.
6. Award of Food Service Food Bid for 2012-2013 (Board Goal 4)
Executive Director of Business and Financial Services Ramona Jeffrey will present bids and a recommendation for food services food purchases for 2012-2013.
7. Proposed 2013 State Legislative Priorities (Board Goals 1, 4, 5)
The Board will discuss and vote on proposed state legislative resolutions to be submitted to the Iowa Association of School Boards in consideration of that organization’s 2013 legislative agenda. BEM Number 8 is a proposed listing of legislative action items from the Iowa Association of School Boards.
8. Blue Zones Project School District Commitment Approval (Board Goals 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
BEM Number 9 includes a copy of information related to the Blue Zones Project Certification Process. Superintendent Anita Micich will review information related to this process and recommend the district approve a commitment to this process.
9. Student and Staff Recognition (Board Goal 4)
Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services Hal Minear will provide information regarding recent accomplishments of students and staff members.
10. Board Policy Updates – First Reading (Board Goal 4)
BEM Number 10 includes Board Policy Regulations 505.1R1 – Student Progress Reports and Conferences/Grades K-4, 505.1R2 – Student Progress Reports and Conferences/Grades 5-6, 505.1R3 – Student Progress Reports and Conferences/Grades 7-12 and Board Policy Exhibit 505.1E1 – Mason City Community School District Productivity Rubric being presented for first reading.
11. PPEL (Physical Plant and Equipment Levy) and ISP (Instructional Support Program) (Board Goals 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
The Board will continue discussion related to whether the district should move forward to present to the community a vote on an ISP (Instructional Support Program) and/or PPEL (Physical Plant and Equipment Levy).
ANNOUNCEMENTS – BOARD REPORT – COMMITTEE REPORTS – CORRESPONDENCE(Board Goals 1, 2, 4)
- Communications Committee
- Facilities Steering Committee
- Fundraising Committee
SUPERINTENDENT’S UPDATE (Board Goals 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
- MCCSD Student Support Services K-12
- Board Planning Session
- Committee of the Whole Meeting Times and Dates
- Superintendent’s Update
BOARD PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (Board Goals 5)
Chapters 11 and 12 – “Leading Change in Your School” by Doug Reeves – Facilitated by Board Director Appelgate
Board Goals: What areas/topics from this agenda resonated specifically with you?
Suggested topics for future Board meetings.
12. Closed Session – Superintendent’s Annual Evaluation (Board Goals 2, 4)
A closed session will be held to conduct the superintendent’s annual evaluation. The motion should be stated as follows: “I move that we hold a closed session as provided in Section 21.5(1)(i) of the Open Meetings Law to evaluate the professional competency of an individual whose performance is being considered to prevent needless and irreparable injury to that individual’s reputation, as that individual has requested a closed session.”