July 13, 2020 Board Minutes



Minutes, Regular Meeting of the North Fayette Valley Community School District Board of Education, Monday, July 13, 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

(by phone), Eileen Schlawin, LaCreasha McNeese, & Marc



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 Zoom


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.  Schlawin/Ahrens   Motion Carried 7-0


Motion to approve the consent agenda with the following items:

  • Minutes of the June 8, 2020 regular meeting & June 22, 2020 special meeting
  • Review/approve invoices
  • Approve Financial Reports
  • Approve Resignations:
  • Approve Involuntary Transfer:  Julie Frieden
  • Approve New Hire:  Robin Madole – MS Math, increase for Tracy Schlitter & Sam Becker, Carol Link – VELC para

Schlawin/Koch  Motion carried 7-0



Principal Year End Reports were received.  The therapy dog is still in training.  Leader In Me training is still progressing.


Curriculum report was received.  LIM training is scheduled for September.


Superintendent’s report included information on the Return to Learn plan.  The assurances have been approved by the Dept of Education and a working document is being created to guide decisions.  Online registration will begin on July 22.  In person registration will be on August 2 & 3.  The goal is to have students back in class with utilization of appropriate safety precautions and actions.   New guidance is given almost weekly from the Dept of Education and Iowa Dept of Public Health.  Families should plan for all three education models.  The Board agreed to give Supt Griffith discretion to change learning options as needed.



Appointment of student ex-officio members is tabled until the August meeting.



The Board held the final reading of the COVID-19 Pandemic Temporary Supplemental Policy.  Ahrens/Schlawin  Motion Carried 7-0


The Board approved the lease purchase agreement for new buses.  Ahrens/Koch  Motion Carried 7-0


The Board approved the staff handbook changes for 2020-2021.  Rue/Ahrens  Motion Carried 7-0


The Board approved the student handbook changes for 2020-2021.  Discussion focused on student drop off times.  Rue/McNeese  Motion carried 7-0


Business Manager Thoms reviewed the Board Policy #312.2 – Early Retirement for Administrators.  Supt Willhite and Principal Wolverton have completed paperwork for this benefit to be paid out over the next 3 years.  The Board approved the early retirement requests for Supt Willhite and Principal Wolverton to be paid out over a 3 year period.  Ahrens/Koch  Motion Carried 7-0


Supt Griffith presented the proposed digital sign for the NFV MS site.  The current sign was damaged last Spring.  A quote was secured for a sign with a digital display on the bottom half.  Insurance proceeds will cover a portion of the new signage.  Discussion was held on the cost of the quote that was received.  The Board would like to see options for a less expensive sign.  Action on approving the sign was tabled until the August meeting.


The Board approved adding Supt Griffith as the superintendent & signee for NFV bank accounts.  Schlawin/Ahrens  Motion Carried 7-0


Supt Griffith reported on issues with the Valley site sewer.  He should have more information later in the week.  The board encouraged seeking multiple bids when the project and time permits.


Motion to adjourn at 6:36 pm.  Rue/Schlawin  Motion carried 7-0


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Stacy Cummings, President                Sue Thoms, Business Manager