August 10, 2020 Minutes



Minutes, Regular Meeting of the North Fayette Valley Community School District Board of Education, Monday, August 10, 2020 in the NFV High School Library, 600 N Pine St, West Union, IA  52175


NFV Board of Education:    Julie Ahrens, Stacy Cummings, Emily Koch, Carolyn Roys,

Eileen Schlawin, LaCreasha McNeese, & Marc Rue

Others: Superintendent: Joe Griffith, Business Manager: Sue Thoms, Superintendent Secretary:  Susan Winter, Principals:  Micah Gearhart, Travis Elliott, & Lori Westhoff, Curriculum Director: Betsy Nefzger, Public: Megan Molseed – media, and others by Microsoft Teams


President Cummings called the Regular Meeting of the NFV Board of Education to order at 6:00 p.m. and led the board and audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Roll Call of Board members: Ahrens, Cummings, Koch, Schlawin, McNeese, Rue & Roys.

The agenda was approved as presented with the addition of 2 open enrollment requests.    Roys, Schlawin  Motion Carried 7-0

Motion to approve the consent agenda with the following items:

  • Minutes of the July 13, 2020 regular meeting & July 13, 2020 special meeting
  • Review/approve invoices
  • Approve Financial Reports
  • Approve Resignations: Stephanie Huck – VE para, Cassie Gruman – TAG & HS SS, Jarrett Johnson – MS para, & Alyssa Gearhart, VELC Director
  • Approve New Hire:  Andrea Adams – 0.6 ELL, Lisa Ellis, MS Volleyball, Shaylie Stortz – HS SS, Carole Nading – 0.25 Transportation Secretary, Jami Hollinrake – Student Reporting
  • Gifts from Little Tigerhawk Wrestling Club and NFV Booster Club for 2 new wrestling mats

Schlawin, Roys  Motion carried 7-0



Principal Reports were received.

Curriculum report was received.


Superintendent’s report included information on the Return to Learn plan.  Students will return to school full time for the most part with some variations.  August 26th will be the first day of school as scheduled.  Wednesdays in September (2, 9, 16, and 23), will be remote learning days for students and staff to learn how to use the remote learning model.  This practice will allow us to move to a remote setting if needed.  The intent for further Wednesdays will have 3 hour early dismissal for additional remote learning.


NFV’s Instructional Support Levy will expire on June 30, 2021.  10% of our total regular program district cost is provided by this levy.  NF and Valley have had this in place for many years and renewal will not increase tax rates.  We are proposing a 5 year Board approved levy.  In September, we will set a public hearing which will be held in October.  After that hearing, the Board will vote.


Supt Griffith handed out a sample of a sign for the Valley Campus site.  He also handed out a sample of a sign to identify the Steve Story Complex to be placed on the back of the football scoreboard.  These should be in place by the start of school.

Business Manager Thoms gave an update of the CARES Act funds and the summer feeding program.



President Cummings recommended appointing all 4 students for the Board this year.  2 are juniors and 2 are seniors.  The Board appointed Kailee Ginger, Baylie Shrubb, Madison Clausen, & Nathan Crooker as Ex-Officio members to the Board.    Schlawin, Rue  Motion Carried 7-0



Supt Griffith recommended that the Hazard pay end on August 1st instead of at the end of the proclamations.  The Board approved ending Hazard Pay on August 1st.   Rue, Koch  Motion Carried 7-0.


Supt Griffith reported that we have a number of wrestling mats that are obsolete.  The Board approved selling the mats as is with no warranty.  Sealed bids will be taken through August 31st. Roys, Koch  Motion Carried 7-0.


Supt Griffith reported 2 families that would like to have students transferred to different buildings.  One student requested to go to WUE instead of VE &  the other student requested to go to VE instead of FE along with transportation on the MS shuttle.  This is a deviation from the May 1st cut off for requests in the Board policy.  The Board approved waiving the cut off date to allow for these requests.  Roys, McNeese  Motion Carried 7-0


Supt Griffith reviewed the open enrollment papers that were received today.  He is recommending that these be denied due to not meeting the deadline.  The Board denied these open enrollment requests.  Schlawin, Ahrens  Motion Carried 7-0.


80 students currently are requesting remote learning.  NFV will help with technology, but not wifi.    84.5% of students are registered.  Sports camps have been going well.  Band camp will not be held this year due to no fall competition.  Homecoming will be on September 4, first Friday.


Motion to adjourn at 6:39 pm.   Koch, Rue  Motion carried 7-0


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Stacy Cummings, President                            Sue Thoms, Business Manager