January 10, 2022 Board Minutes




Minutes, Regular Meeting of the North Fayette Valley Community School District Board of Education, Monday, January 10, 2022, in the NFV High School Library, 600 N Pine Street, West Union, IA  52142


NFV Board of Education: LaCreasha Schultz, Julie Ahrens, Amanda Rodgers, Eileen 

Schlawin, Stacy Cummings, Richard Klosterman, & Emily Koch.  Student Members: Nathan Crooker, Sophie Durnan, & Claire Britt  

Others: Superintendent: Joe Griffith, Business Manager: Sue 

Thoms; Superintendent Secretary: Susan Winter; Principals: Micah Gearhart & Lori Westhoff; Media: Jack Swanson; Staff: Amy Ihde, Jacob Pedersen, Barb Schroeder, Stephanie Vagts, & Christie Radloff; Public: Paul Becthold & Dan Duehring.


President Cummings called the Regular Meeting of the NFV Board of Education to order at 5:30 p.m. and Julie Ahrens led the board and audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.


Roll Call of Board members: Ahrens, Rodgers, Klosterman, Koch, Cummings, & Schlawin   Schultz arrived at 5:40 pm.


The agenda was approved as presented with the addition of the resignation of Tina Bodensteiner – HS para, hiring Justin Heins as FY23 Elem PE teacher, and removing items 7b and 7c – COVID policy action.   Schlawin/Ahrens  Motion Carried 6-0


Public Forum:  President Cummings welcomed and invited comments from the public.   


Motion to approve the consent agenda with the following items:

  • Minutes of the December 13 regular meetings 
  • Review/approve invoices
  • Approve Financial Reports
  • Approve Resignations: Tina Bodensteiner – HS para
  • Approve New Hire: Justin Heins – FY23 Elem PE teacher

Schlawin/Koch  Motion Carried 6-0



Nathan Crooker reported on the Student Council penny wars which raised $639.  This amount along with matching funds will be donated to Northeast Iowa Community Action.  Basketball and wrestling are in mid-season.  Claire Britt reported on the recent canned food drive as well as the end of the first semester.  Sophie Durnan reported that Keely Krambeer and Hailey Walvatne were selected for the Dorian Honor band.  HS Jazz band contest is coming up.


Principal reports were received.  Principal Gearhart reported that MS boys basketball season has started.  The MS art club is busy with a variety of art projects and the Leadership hour each month allows for students to catch up on missing assessments.  The ski trip to Sundown has been canceled due to cost. An alternative is being studied.   Principal Westhoff reported on the changes in the semesters, making sure college classes are starting and all students have full schedules.  Once grades are finalized for the 1st semester, no pass/no play will go into effect.  She also reported on getting ready for the scheduling process for next year with the Career Pathways handbook.      


Business Manager Thoms reported on quarterly reporting, Civil Rights reporting, and work on the FY23 Certified Budget.    


Superintendent’s report included the following: WUE project is coming along nicely.  Casper worked over the Christmas break and made great progress.  The HS project is in the planning stages. Both of these projects are being paid for primarily from ESSER III funding. Working on staff sharing:  Postville has agreed to share a counselor as well as a business official. We are in discussions with several districts hoping to share a Transportation Director. We continue to share the HR position and curriculum director with South Winn. Superintendent Griffith stressed the district receives funds from sharing agreements that can help with our financial situation by increasing revenue.


Amy Ihde reported on the Bridges Academy.  This was originally a part of the NICC program.  Students take courses through Edgenuity as well as other gen ed courses.  Students must complete 25% of a course each week – work is self-paced and allows students to attend half days.  Mr. Conway also works with the Bridges Academy as well as the online students.  


Jacob Pedersen reported on the Downtown Academy.  He has been part of this program from the start.  Students that are enrolled must have an IEP (individualized education plan) as well as behavior that is a concern.  Other districts have also enrolled students in this academy.






The Board approved renumbering the following policies:  Policy 403.6 will become 403.5 and, 403.7 will become 403.6  Ahrens/Schultz  Motion Carried 7-0


The Board approved setting a public hearing for February 14th to review the FY23 school calendar.  Schlawin/Schultz Motion Carried 7-0


The Board approved the lawn mowing bid for the 2022 and 2023 mowing seasons from Osmundson Landscape and Lawn service.   Klosterman/Ahrens  Motion Carried 7-0


The Board approved the bid for a 2023 bus from School Bus Sales in the amount of $125,505 (including a $2,500 trade-in).   Koch/Schlawin  Motion Carried 7-0


The Board appointed Eileen Schlawin and Lacreasha Schultz to the negotiations committee.  


The Board appointed Emily Koch to the Fayette County Conference Board as the NFV representative.  Eileen Schlawin and Lacreasha Schultz will be on the SIAC committee.


The Board approved the District Developed Service Delivery Plan for special education services.  Schultz/Klosterman  Motion Carried 7-0





Motion to adjourn at 6:12 pm. Klosterman/Schultz  Motion Carried 7-0


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Stacy Cummings, President Sue Thoms, Business Manager