The Boone Board of Education met in regular session Monday to discuss its various budgets and contracts.
There was a motion to approve the resolution directing the advertisement for sale of not to exceed $23 million general obligation school bonds, series 2021, approving electronic bidding procedures and approving official statement.
A special election was held on March 2, where voters authorized the issuance of $23 million of general obligation school bonds for the district to use for constructing, furnishing and equipping a new elementary school building and to improve the site.
In other action, the board voted to approve an agreement to reimburse YSS for mentoring facilitation services provided by an employee of YSS. This will compensate YSS for five hours per week, totaling $2,500, to be billed quarterly in four equal amounts by YSS over the period of September 2021 through June 2022. This is a continuation of the current plan, with no price change from last year.
A new 2021-2022 Employee Handbook was approved.
The board voted to accept bids for bread and milk for the 2021-2022 school year, as well as the purchase of computers.
Bids from Pan-O-Gold Baking and Rotella were received for Aug. 1, 2021, through July 31, 2022, with the option to renew for up to two additional years.
“It is my recommendation that we continue with Rotella. Rotella’s bid is higher by $476, but we have had a wonderful working relationship with them for years and their product is well received by the students,” Food Service Director Lori King said.
Rotella will also deliver four days a week, compared to Pan-O-Gold, which delivers twice a week.
The bid was accepted at a price of $120,528.30.
Bids from Anderson Erickson and Kemps were presented, for milk for Aug. 1, 2021, through July 31, 2022, with the option to renew for up to two additional years.
“It is my recommendation that we accept Kemp’s bid of $50,493.58. It is $3,675.94 lower than Anderson Erickson,” King said.
The board also voted to approve BlueAlly’s bid for computers, at a price of $73,080.
Superintendent Julie Trepa said it’s a requirement for districts when they have a new administrator that the person completes a mentoring program through the School Administrators of Iowa (SAI).
“It’s an amazing mentoring program where they’ll provide a new administrator with a mentor who is in a similar-sized district somewhere in the area so they have someone outside the district to bounce ideas off of and gain support,” she said.
She asked the board to vote to approve entering into this agreement yearly, regardless of new hires.
The District agrees to:
- Annually provide SAI with the name(s) and position(s) of the beginning administrator(s) as soon as possible
- Pay $500 to SAI per new administrator participating in the mentoring program
- Require the full participation of the mentee
- Inform SAI of any problems with such participation
- Provide mileage expenses for mentee’s attendance at the statewide meetings
Trepa informed the board that it was approaching time for school boards to submit their annual list of priorities to the Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB). The priorities will be approved at the next meeting.
The list can be viewed here:
“As we move forward, hopefully out of COVID, we will continue to stream, and we will be utilizing a piece of technology we hope will increase the ability to hear for those who join virtually. But for our work sessions, they will not be streamed,” Trepa noted.
The public will have to attend work sessions in person. There are not agenda items presented at these sessions.
The board will meet again in regular session at 6:30 p.m. July 12 in the high school library, with the meeting live streamed on the BooneTV page.