MEMBERS PRESENT: Regular meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by President Dayman. Members present: Archer, Dayman, Dohmen, Huegel, Paulsen, Witters. Absent: Bullock. Also present: Jim Spelhaug, Cyndy Behrer, Chris Harvey, Mike Clingingsmith, Mike Zimmer, and Brian Strusz.
EXEMPT SESSION: Motion by Witters, second by Dohmen that the Board hold an exempt session for the purpose of negotiations as provided in section 20.17(3) of the Code of Iowa. Roll call vote. Ayes - Witters, Archer, Dayman, Dohmen, Huegel, Paulsen. Nays - none. Motion carried.
AGENDA APPROVED: Motion by Archer, second by Huegel to approve the agenda as presented. All ayes. Motion carried.
COMMUNICATIONS: President Dayman welcomed those present.
Director Witters thanked the board for the opportunity to attend the Iowa Association of School Boards convention in Des Moines November 18-19.
Cyndy Behrer recognized the efforts of the district's technology department who worked long hours over the last weekend ridding the district's computers of a virus.
She thanked the Scott County Regional Authority. The district was the recipient of three SCRA grants totaling approximately $75,000.
PV Sparkles Cheerleaders will appear on Oprah Tuesday and the board congratulated them.
Dr. Spelhaug requested discussion from the board regarding looking into the possibility of adding sound insulating materials to the steel stud/drywall walls that are between some classrooms at Hopewell. The board indicated they would not be opposed to this addition if prior experience with non sound insulated walls dictates.
He also requested discussion from the board regarding the district's membership with the Bettendorf Chamber of Commerce and the upcoming vote to merge the Bettendorf Chamber with Davenport One. The board had no strong opinions against the merger.
CONSENT AGENDA: Motion by Dohmen, second by Witters that the consent agenda be approved as presented. All ayes. Motion carried. The Consent Agenda consists of the following: approval of the minutes of the November 9 regular meeting; and one open enrollment application in from Bettendorf schools.
EXPENSES APPROVED: Motion by Witters, second by Huegel that General Fund warrants be issued in the total amount of $386,956.60 in payment of invoices presented. All ayes. Motion carried.
Motion by Dohmen, second by Paulsen that Nutrition Fund warrants be issued in the total amount of $31,667.40 in payment of invoices presented. All ayes. Motion carried.
Director Bullock arrived at 7:19 p.m.
Motion by Archer, second by Huegel that Elementary/Junior High Activity Fund warrants be issued in the total amount of $5,597.52 in payment of invoices presented. All ayes. Motion carried.
Motion by Huegel, second by Witters that High School Activity Fund warrants be issued in the total amount of $26,201.99 in payment of invoices presented. All ayes. Motion carried.
Motion by Bullock, second by Dohmen that PPEL Fund Warrants be issued in the total amount of $8,594.62 in payment of the invoices presented. All ayes. Motion carried.
Motion by Paulsen, second by Archer that Capital Projects Fund Warrants be issued in the total amount of $955,032.05 in payment of the invoices presented. All ayes. Motion carried.
GRADUATE FOLLOW-UP SURVEYS: Cyndy Behrer reviewed the results of the two most recent graduate follow-up studies: The Two Year Follow-Up Study for the Class of 2007 and the Six Year Follow-Up Study for the Class of 2003. There was a 33% return on the 2003 surveys and a 46% return on the 2007 surveys. Responses indicated a strong sense of preparedness, particularly in the areas of English, Science and Music (Band and Chorus) as well as a number of specific comments and suggestions for course modification and service adjustments.
Motion by Dohmen, second by Witters that the Board approve the graduate follow-up studies as presented. Roll call vote. Ayes - Dohmen, Huegel, Paulsen, Witters, Archer, Bullock, Dayman. Nays - none.
MONTHLY FINANCIAL REPORTS:Through October, general fund revenue totaled $9,607,468 and expenses totaled $6,522,892. The fund balance in the General Fund on October 31, 2009 was $4,546,066. Reports on the Management, PPEL, Capital Projects, Debt Service, Nutrition, Internal Service, and Activity Funds were also presented. Mr. Clingingsmith informed the board that November will be the first month that the district’s state aid payments are being reduced as a result of the state’s 10% across the board cut for this fiscal year. The November, 2009 - June, 2010 state aid payments will be lower than originally projected because of the 10% cut. Mr. Clingingsmith also informed the board that receipts from the statewide penny (formerly Local Option Sales Tax) are coming in lower than the state had originally projected for the fiscal year. The state had originally projected the receipts to be $774 per pupil in Scott County, but the state has revised that down to $756 per pupil for the 2009-10 fiscal year. These receipts are deposited into the district’s Capital Projects Fund.
Motion by Witters, second by Bullock that the board
accept the monthly financial reports for October as presented. Roll call vote. Ayes -Witters, Archer, Bullock, Dayman, Dohmen, Huegel, Paulsen, Nays - none. Motion carried.
EXEMPT SESSION: The board met in exempt session from 8:10 until 9:37 p.m. for the purpose of negotiations.
On the next board agenda will be proposals to restructure the junior high at-risk program and to eliminate parenting as a high school graduation requirement.
The meeting adjourned at 9:39 p.m.
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NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION
It is the policy of the Pleasant Valley Community School District to not discriminate in its educational activities on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, disability, or age.
The district requires all persons, agencies, vendors, contractors and other persons and organizations doing business with or performing services for the school district to subscribe to all applicable federal and state laws, executive orders, rules and regulations pertaining to contract compliance and equal opportunity.
The district is committed to the policy that no otherwise qualified person will be excluded from educational activities on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, disability, or age. Further, the board affirms the right of all students and staff to be treated with respect and to be protected from intimidation, discrimination, physical harm and harassment.
Inquiries concerning the application of federal and state nondiscrimination statutes and the implementing regulations to the district may be referred to Stephanie Judkins, who has been designated by the district as Educational Equity Coordinator, or to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, Department of HEW, Washington, D.C. Ms. Judkins' office is at Pleasant Valley Junior High School, 3501 Wisconsin St., LeClaire, Iowa 52753; telephone (563) 332-0200.
James R. Spelhaug, Ph.D.
Open Enrollment is the process by which a parent or guardian residing in an Iowa school district may enroll their child into a public school district other than the one in which they reside. The deadline for filing an Open Enrollment Application for students in grades 1-12 is March 1st prior to the school year of requested attendance. The deadline for filing an open enrollment request for an incoming kindergarten child is September 1st of the year open enrollment is first requested. For more information on Open Enrollment, please visit the district website atwww.pleasval.k12.ia.us, email or call Kelly Hatler, firstname.lastname@example.org at the Administration Center at 563-332-5550.
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Alumni Data Base
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PLEASANT VALLEY MEN’S ALUMNI
Saturday, January 2nd at 6:00 PM
Pleasant Valley High School Gym
Game(s) format will be determined by number of players entered.
$15 fee for T-shirt and officials.
Send registration and $15 to Pleasant Valley High School % Steve Hillman, 604 Belmont Road, Bettendorf, IA 52722 *Registration may be turned in the night of the game.
Home Phone #
I release the Pleasant Valley school District for accidents that may occur at this game.