February 10, 2020 Minutes



Minutes, Regular Meeting of the North Fayette Valley Community School District Board of Education, 6:00 p.m., Monday, February 10, 2020 in the High School Library, 600 North Pine Street, West Union, IA 52175


NFV Board of Education:    Julie Ahrens, Stacy Cummings, Emily Koch, LaCreasha McNeese  Eileen Schlawin & Marc Rue.

Carolyn Roys (absent)


Others:            Superintendent: Duane Willhite, HS Principal: Todd Wolverton, Business Manager: Sue Thoms, VE & MS Principal: Micah Gearhart, Curriculum Director; Betsy Nefzger, Superintendent Secretary, Susan Winter, Board Secretary, Carole Nading;  Student Ex-Officio Members: none

Public: Jeff Marcks, Kris Marcks, Carter Marcks, Martha Bartenhagen, Tammy Wolverton, Darin Johnston, Logan Kutsch, Savannah Rork, Kali Wenger, Jerem White

Media: Megan Molseed


President Cummings  called the Regular Meeting of the NFV Board of Education to order at 6:02 p.m. and led the board and audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.


Board members present: Ahrens, Cummings, Koch, McNeese, Rue and Schlawin. Absent: Roys.


Motion to approve the agenda as printed. Ahrens/Schlawin. Motion carried 6-0.


Motion to approve the consent agenda with the following items:

  • Minutes of the January 13, 2020 regular meeting
  • Review/approve invoices
  • Approve Financial Reports
  • Approve Contracts and Resignations
    • Resignations – Zetta Hart, Denice Vandersee, Carole Nading and Roger Wettleson. 
    • Approve Early retirement participation for Zetta Hart and Denice Vandersee
    • New Hires: Matthew Jennerjohn- Valley site custodian.
  • Receive and approve gifts from Norplex – Mycarta donation for use in the STEM programs.

Rue/Ahrens. Motion carried 6-0.

Principals and Curriculum Director reports were in board packets for review and discussion.


Superintendent’s report included updates on

  • Legislative Update – SSA is being discussed in the legislature (Senate is proposing 2.1%, House – 2.5%)
  • Baccalaureate – The Ministerial Association has requested to rent the P.A.C. for Baccalaureate – cost will be approximately $250 including space rental and custodial and set director time.



Mr. Wolverton gave the board an update on the research and pricing of wrestling mats. He has received quotes from 3 companies and is expecting a quote from an additional company. His intention is to purchase 2 wrestling mats for the 2020-2021 school year. (1 for the High School and 1 for the Middle School) Quotes will be brought to the board for approval.


Tammy Woverton, Treasurer and Jerem White, President of the NFV Booster club were present to give clarification to the board as to their role in supporting all NFV activities.


Motion to approve the late open enrollment request as presented for just cause. Cummings/Schlawin. Motion carried 6-0.



The Board appointed Eileen Schlawin, Emily Koch and Lacreesha McNeese to the NFVEA Negotiations Committee.


The board reviewed a draft of the FY21 school calendar. A Public Hearing on the proposed calendar will be held at the regular March 9, 2020 Board Meeting.


The Board performed a first read to the revision of Board Policy 705.5 – Public purpose to allow for the use of school vehicles to transport students to athletic camps in the summer months. With fuel expense to be paid from the TigerHawk activities accounts. This policy will be on the March 9, 2020 board meeting for second read and approval.


Motion to approve the lease agreement with Marco for the lease of new copiers for the district.

Schlawin/Rue. Motion carried 6-0.


The board performed a first read of the revision to Board Policy 507.9 – Wellness Policy.


Motion to approve the Handbook change for Downtown Academy as presented. Ahrens/McNeese. Motion carried 6-0.


Mr. Gearhart gave the board a Valley Site daycare update. President Cummings indicated interest in being able to tour the portion of the Valley site which is being considered for renovation for the daycare. The board will hold it’s March 9, 2020 regular meeting at the Valley site Media Center.


Motion to approve the request for open enrollment out of district as presented. Schlawin/McNeese. Motion carried 6-0.


Motion to approve the Field Trip Request for the Young Women’s Empowerment Conference on March 25, 2020. Rue/Schlawin. Motion carried 6-0.


Possible agenda items for the March 9, 2020 regular board meeting will include the public hearing on the FY21 School Calendar and presentation of tax levies. This meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the NFV (Valley site) Library, 23493 Canoe Road, Elgin, IA. 


Motion to adjourn. Rue/Ahrens. Motion carried 6-0.


The Board adjourned their regular meeting at 7:12 p.m.


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Stacy Cummings, President                Carole Nading, Board Secretary