Thursday, October 11, 2007

LCEA Executive Board Meeting Minutes October 11, 2007

LCEA Meeting Minutes
Date: 10/11/2007
Place: Middle School
Time: 4:15

Roll Call: Sharon Crawley (absent), Kim Muta, Jennifer Doorlag, Maggie Bennett (absent), Dave Bergman
HS Reps: Tom McLaughlin (absent), Allison Towne, Brian Johnson (absent), Christina Woodward (absent)
MS Reps: Margot Argotsinger (absent), Beth Frank, Al Lorenz, Barb Motes
TH Reps: Susan Drustrup, Maggie Miller (Sub--Lisa Gundlach), Jennifer Hake (Sub--Joanna Stenlund)
Kreft Reps: Kathy Moe, Melinn Ruzicka, Tara York (absent)

Approval of Agenda:
* Al Lorenz moved that the agenda be approved, Susan Drustrup seconded the motion, and it passed.

Secretary’s Report/Approval of Minutes: Kim Muta
* Barb Motes moved that the September minutes be approved, Allison Towne seconded the motion, and it passed.

Treasurer’s Report: Jen Doorlag/Bill Agan:
• There are problems figuring out the accounting. We owe ISEA more than we have. We’re being “charged” for people who have retired/moved out of the district.
• Audit members will be Ruth Kreger, Cheryl Casey, and Kathie Lincoln. The audit must be completed by November 15.

Negotiations: Beth Frank
• Surveys and TQ money sheets were given to building reps to be distributed to members. (See attached handouts.)
• Phase II and the Teacher Comp. money will appear in the November paychecks.
• Members of the negotiations committee: Loriann Brougham, Susan Drustrup, Dave Bergman, and maybe Robin Redia.

TQC: Barb Motes
• We met last night to review the Iowa Professional Development Model. By law, the district’s professional development plan must meet IPDM.
• We listen to the building principals’ plans at the Board meeting Monday night—10/15/07. We meet Wednesday—10/17/07—after that to make a decision about how the money will be spent.

President’s Report: Sharon Crawley (Dave Bergman)
• Sign-up sheet for Board meetings—Dave Bergman passed it around.
• Meeting with Dr. Schweer—(1) They talked about scheduling events on top of LCEA meetings, and Dr. Schweer said he would remind administrators about that. (2) The air quality issue raised at the last meeting has been investigated, and there was a problem found. (3) It is our responsibility to renew our teaching licenses. The district sends out reminders as a courtesy.

Committee Reports:
• High School: Mr. Story shared that some kids took up a collection to reimburse NHS for money stolen during the blood drive.
• Kreft: The last meeting with Barb Grell went well. They are having problems with report cards.
• Middle School: Exploratory team has a question about a leadership team that Lu Peverill is setting up in the high school. They wondered if the group that’s coming in is related to a religious group. There was some discussion about separation of church and state issues. Also, we should remind members that if they have a hostile parent, they should feel comfortable requesting an administrator to be present.
• Titan Hill: There is a lot of staff now, of course, and the faculty is still adjusting. As big as the building is now, the lack of call buttons and an intercom system is troublesome. The staff is working out what benchmarks should be put on which term progress reports. Finally, Titan Hill needs one more rep because of their numbers.

Old Business:
• Membership—Nothing to report.
• Documentation forms—Remember to use these for building issues so that we are following the chain of command before raising issues with Dr. Schweer.
• Reps setting up monthly meetings with individual building principals—It’s a good idea to meet regularly to maintain good communication.
• Ten minute meetings with members—These are a good way to communicate with building members.

New Business:
• Building Reps information—Tabled until the next meeting.
• Check in on new teachers—Be sure that they are doing okay. It’s the time of year when stress and tension builds up.
• Attendance at a Board meeting—The sign-up sheet was passed around during the meeting.
• Opportunities for Public Relations: Candy drive for Children’s Square, Food drives, winter drives, etc.—Tabled until the next meeting.

Allison Towne moved that the meeting be adjourned, Susan Drustrup seconded the meeting, and it passed with one nay registered by Al “Devil’s Advocate” Lorenz. The meeting adjourned at 5:25.

CLICK HERE for a WORD version on LCEA Meeting Minutes 10.11.07