The Board of Education of the Muscatine Community School District, in the County of Muscatine, State of Iowa, met in work session on Monday, January 23, 2017 at 6:13 p.m. at the Administration Center Auditorium, 2900 Mulberry Avenue. President Tammi Drawbaugh called the meeting to order. Directors Tim Bower, John Dabeet, Aaron Finn, Randy Naber, and Mary Wildermuth were present. Director Nathan Mather was absent. Superintendent Jerry Riibe, Assistant Superintendent Mike McGrory, Director of Teaching and Learning Becky Wichers, and Director of Finance Tom Anderson were present.
The board recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
President Drawbaugh welcomed visitors and media representatives.
A motion was made by Director Naber and seconded by Director Dabeet to approve the 3-year contract with the Muscatine Education Association. All ayes; motion carried.
Friends of FFA representative Doug Hoag provided an update to the board regarding the advisory group that oversees the Muscatine Ag Learning Center and its programs. He noted that there are 365 high school students and 555 middle schools students that are currently in ag-related classes. He also noted that there are 250 students in FFA. He stated that they would like to see another teacher added as the numbers could potentially rise. He invited everyone to the FFA Banquet on March 23, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the Ag Learning Center.
McKinley Principal Joelle McConnaha, elementary guidance counselors Jonathan Schreiner and Sheila Kinyon Johnson, middle school counselors Scott Mauck and Edwin Colon, and high school counselors Jake Mueller and Brandon Welch reported on the mental health needs of students throughout our district and how mental health affects behavioral referrals, chronic absenteeism, graduation rate, and academics. They presented the Pyramid of Mental Health. This outlines how, with added social workers and/or student advocates, students can be referred internally for mental health help before being referred to outside agencies as this can take several months for students to be serviced. They also reviewed the roles of the school counselor and the gap of services at the elementary level. They presented a proposal to meet student's mental health needs at all three levels: elementary, middle school, and high school.
Elena Bobay provided an overview of district data. She reviewed chronic absenteeism data compared to last year's data, FAST data, and district ACT and Aspire data.
Assistant Superintendent Mike McGrory gave an update on the MHS Construction Projects noting that the board will be taking action on the final drawings for the weight room and gym entrance at its next meeting. Bid letting will then take place shortly thereafter. He also noted that a RFP for architectural services will be sent out for Phase III of the project (the science/industrial tech/ag wing) soon with the final design to be approved in July and construction to start sometime in December for the industrial tech and ag part of the project (the first piece of the project).
The next regular board meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 13, 2017 at 7 p.m. at City Hall.
A motion was made by Director Naber and seconded by Director Finn to adjourn the meeting. All ayes; motion carried. Time: 8:40 p.m.
Tammi Drawbaugh, President
Lisa Mosier Bunn, Secretary