Monday, July 29, 2019

School Board Election Changes

The end of summer break and the beginning of the next school year are in sight (insert painful groan). With the significant amount of snow days and the extension of this past school year, for many of us it feels as though the summer break has just started. Hopefully each of you have found the opportunity to do some relaxation, get away with family, or even just enjoy a little “staycation” with the family at home. If not, get out there while you can and find a way to enjoy these last few weeks of summer break. Come August 23rd, we will all be back and fired up to start a great 2019-20 school year. Teachers have already begun “sneaking” back into their rooms getting things set up. All new teachers to the district will join us officially starting August 16th for orientation. The entire faculty and staff will return on August 21st for professional development and mandatory trainings. It is going to be a great school year!

    I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some of the changes in school board elections that will go into effect this coming fall. The Iowa Legislature has moved the election date for school boards to align with the regular general election date of the first Tuesday in November. This year’s school board election will be on Tuesday, November 5th. With this change in the election date, there is also a change in the key dates for filing candidacy papers if you are considering running for a position as a school board member. This fall we will have four positions open on the Jesup school board. Serving your school district as a school board member can be a rewarding opportunity in meeting the needs of young people as well as that of your local community. The first paragraph of the Iowa School Board Association’s Candidate Guide states the role perfectly: 

“Serving on a school board is a challenging job that requires leadership, vision and dedication. A school board member is entrusted with one of the most important responsibilities that can be assigned to a citizen: ensuring that Iowa schools help students reach high levels of educational achievement. Serving on a school board is a crucial aspect of grassroots democracy.”

School board members demonstrate strong leadership, vision, and dedication as they are charged with accountability for student learning, determining educational goals, setting policy, overseeing school finances and overall governance of the school district.  If you feel strongly about the future of the Jesup Community School District, have a passion in serving your local community and are student focused, we would strongly encourage you to consider pursuing this great opportunity.

    Additional information can be found on the Iowa School Board Association website at https://www.ia-sb.org/, scrolling down, and clicking on “Get On Board With School Board Elections”. In this newsletter we are also including a “Key Dates” information sheet to assist anyone who is considering running for school board. In addition to this information, please do not hesitate to contact the district office at 319-827-1700, Board Secretary Sheila Tharp at stharp@jesup.k12.ia.us, or reach out to an existing school board member. 

Friday, June 7, 2019

June Board Agenda

JESUP COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
“High Expectations, High Achievement”
Agenda for Regular Meeting of the Board of Education
June 10, 2019, 7:00 P.M.
PreK-8 Media Center

Call Meeting to Order and Record Members Present and Absent


Consent Items


Minutes of Previous Meeting                     (Board Goal 7: Finance)


May Financial Statements                    (Board Goal 7: Finance)


June Expenditures and Claims                (Board Goal 7: Finance)


Reports


Student Achievement Recognition                 (Board Goal 1: Student


Achievement)

Staff Presentation


Committee Updates


School Improvement Committee            (Board Goal 1: Student


Achievement)

Curriculum Committee                (Board Goal 3: Curriculum)


Facility Committee                    (Board Goal 6: Facilities)


Administrative Reports


Old Business


Discussion/Approval of Heating/Air Conditioning Unit in Elementary Classroom


                                (Board Goal 6: Facilities)

New Business


Board Policy Reviews:                    (Board Goal 8: Board Leadership)


    705         Expenditures


    705.1           Purchasing - Bidding


    705.2           Purchasing on Behalf of Employees


    705.3           Payment for Goods and Services


    706         Payroll Procedures


    706.1           Payroll Periods


     707         Fiscal Reports


    707.1           Secretary's Reports


    707.2           Treasurer's Annual Report


    707.3           Publication of Financial Reports


    707.4        Audit


    707.5        Internal Controls


    707.5R1      Internal Controls Procedures


     708         Care, Maintenance and Disposal of School District Records


    709         Insurance Program


    710         School Food Services


    710.l            School Food Program


    710.2        Free or Reduced Cost Meals Eligibility


    710.3        Vending Machines


    710.4        Meal Charges


    213        Public Participation in Board Meetings


    213.1        Public Complaints


    502.3        Student Expression


    604.9         Virtual/Online Courses


    704.7        Online Fundraising Campaigns- Crowdfunding


    804.2        District Emergency Operations Plans


Resignations/Contracts/Appointments/Transfers/Terminations


                                (Board Goal 5: Staffing)

Discussion on Jesup CAPS  Program                (Board Goal 3: Curriculum)


Discussion/Approval of Early Graduation Request        (Board Goal 4: College and Career


Ready)

Discussion/Approval of Mental Health First Aid and Postvention Training


                                (Board Goal 5: Staffing)

Discussion/Approval of Shared Social Worker Position     (Board Goal 5: Staffing)


Discussion/Approval of Concussion Protocol Procedures    (Board Goal 2: Extra Curricular


`                        Activities)

Discussion/Approval of 2019-20 Support Staff Handbook    (Board Goal 5: Staffing)


Discussion/Approval of 2019-20 Staff Handbook        (Board Goal 5: Staffing)


Discussion/Approval of 2019-20 Human Resources Handbook


                                (Board Goal 5: Staffing)

Discussion/Approval of 2019-20 Emergency Response Handbook


                                    (Board Goal 7: Board Leadership)
CLOSED OR EXECUTIVE SESSION PER IOWA CODE §21.5(1)(a) a. To review or discuss records which are required or authorized by state or federal law to be kept confidential or to be kept confidential as a condition for that governmental body’s possession or continued receipt of federal funds- Emergency Response Handbook Review

Discussion/Approval of Shared Transportation Director Contract with Independence CSD


                                    (Board Goal 5: Staffing)

Discussion/Approval of SAI Mentoring and Induction Program for New Administrators


                                    (Board Goal 5: Staffing)

Discussion/Approval of 2019-20 Technology Purchases    (Board Goal 6: Facilities)


Discussion/Approval of 2019-20 School Fees        (Board Goal 7: Finance)


Discussion/Approval of 2019-20 District Dairy Products Contract


                                    (Board Goal 7: Finance)

Discussion/Approval of 2019-20 District Bread Contract


                                    (Board Goal 7: Finance)

Discussion/Approval of 2019-20 District Diesel and Propane Contract


                                    (Board Goal 7: Finance)

Discussion/Approval of the June 30th Payment of 2018-19 Invoices


                                    (Board Goal 7: Finance)

Public Forum (10 minutes) and Correspondence


Board Learning Opportunities/Discussion Items


Next Regular Board Meeting –7:00 PM Monday, July 8, 2019


Deadline for Board Agenda Items – Monday, July 1, 2019


Deadline to Submit Invoices for Payment- Wednesday, July 3, 2019


Adjournment


CLOSED OR EXECUTIVE SESSION PER IOWA CODE §21.5(1)(i) 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. -Superintendent Annual Review

Mission Statement
The Jesup Community School District will develop well-rounded, productive, responsible, caring citizens who are lifelong learners.

Friday, May 10, 2019

May Board Agenda

JESUP COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
“High Expectations, High Achievement”
Agenda for Regular Meeting of the Board of Education
May 13, 2019, 7:00 P.M.
PreK-8 Media Center

Public Hearing- District Flexibility Account

  1. Call Meeting to Order and Record Members Present and Absent
  2. Consent Items
    1. Minutes of Previous Meeting (Board Goal 7: Finance)
    2. April Financial Statements (Board Goal 7: Finance)
    3. May Expenditures and Claims (Board Goal 7: Finance)
  3. Reports
    1. Student Achievement Recognition (Board Goal 1: Student
Achievement)
    1. Staff Presentation
      1. Performing Arts Trip Report (Board Goal 10: Performing Arts)
    2. Committee Updates
      1. Facility Committee (Board Goal 6: Facilities)
      2. Staff Committee (Board Goal 5: Staffing)
    3. Administrative Reports
  1. Old Business
  2. New Business
    1. Board Policy Reviews: (Board Goal 8: Board Leadership)
      1. 700 Purpose of Non Instructional and Business Services
      2. 701 Financial Accounting System
      3.        701.1 Depository of Funds
      4.        701.2 Transfer of Funds
      5. 702 Cash in School Buildings
      6. 703 Budget
      7.        703.1 Budget Planning
      8. 703.2 Spending Plan
      9. 704 Revenue
      10. 704.1 Local - State - Federal - Miscellaneous Revenue
      11. 704.2 Sale of Bonds
      12. 704.3 Investments
      13. 704.4 Gifts - Grants - Bequests
      14.         704.5 Student Activities Fund
    2. Resignations/Contracts/Appointments/Transfers/Terminations
(Board Goal 5: Staffing)
    1. Discussion/Approval of 2019-20 School Picture Provider
    2. Discussion/Approval of Non-Teacher Employee Contracts for the 2019-20 School Year
(Board Goal 5: Staffing)
    1. Discussion/Approval of Resolution Directing Expenditures of the School Flexibility Fund
(Board Goal 7: Finance)
    1. Discussion/Approval of District Property, Casualty, and Worker’s Compensation Insurance Renewal (Board Goal 7: Finance)
    2. Discussion/Approval of District Network Switches Upgrade Project
(Board Goal 6: Facilities)
    1. Discussion/Approval of Heating/Air Conditioning Unit in High School Classroom
(Board Goal 6: Facilities)
    1. Discussion/Approval of Infinite Campus Technical Support Service Agreement
(Board Goal 3: Curriculum)
    1. Discussion/Approval of School Improvement Advisory Committee
(Board Goal 3: Curriculum)
    1. Discussion/Approval of Early Graduation Request (Board Goal 4: College and Career
Ready)
    1. Discussion/Approval of 2019 Jesup Graduating Class (Board Goal 4: College and Career
Ready)
    1. Discussion/Approval of 2019-20 Student Handbook (Board Goal 1: Student
Achievement)
    1. Public Forum (10 minutes) and Correspondence
  1. Board Learning Opportunities/Discussion Items
  2. Next Regular Board Meeting –7:00 PM Monday, June 10, 2019
  3. Deadline for Board Agenda Items – Monday, June 3, 2019
  4. Deadline to Submit Invoices for Payment- Wednesday, June 5, 2019
  5. Adjournment
  6. Exempt Session- Provided by Iowa Code Negotiation sessions, strategy meetings of public employers or employee organizations, mediation and the deliberative process of arbitrators shall be exempt from the provisions of Chapter 21 (the open meetings law) (20.17.[3]).

Mission Statement
The Jesup Community School District will develop well-rounded, productive, responsible, caring citizens who are lifelong learners.