September 13, 2021 Board Minutes




Minutes, Regular Meeting of the North Fayette Valley Community School District Board of Education, Monday, September 13, 2021, in the NFV High School Library, 600 N Pine Street, West Union, IA  52142


NFV Board of Education: LaCreasha Schultz, Julie Ahrens, Marc Rue & Carolyn 

Roys. Eileen Schlawin, Stacy Cummings, & Emily Koch

were absent.  Student Member:  Nathan Crocker  

Others: Superintendent: Joe Griffith, Business Manager: Sue 

Thoms; Superintendent Secretary:  Susan Winter; Principals: Travis Elliott, Micah Gearhart, Chris Miller, & Lori Westhoff; Curriculum Director: Betsy Nefzger;  Staff: Pamela Schuett-Follon & Barb Schroeder; Media: Sharon Drahn; Public: Steve Dunt.


Vice-President Ahrens called the Regular Meeting of the NFV Board of Education to order at 6 p.m. and Nathan Crocker led the board and audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.


Roll Call of Board members: Schultz, Ahrens, Rue & Roys.  Koch, Cummings, & Schlawin were absent.


The agenda was approved as presented.   Rue/Schultz  Motion Carried 4-0


Public Forum:  Vice-President Ahrens welcomed and invited comments from the public.   


Motion to approve the consent agenda with the following items:

  • Minutes of the August 9 regular meetings
  • Review/approve invoices
  • Approve Financial Reports
  • Approve Resignations: Suzanne Shreve – cook
  • Contract Modification: Todd Conway
  • Approve New Hire: Jade Daughton – MS Track, Elise Vandersee – Head Bowling, Mark Nuss – Asst V Track, Jenna Fassbinder – TLC Mentor, Kelli Kovarik – Large Group Speech, Tricia Anderson – VELC Director, Deb Ruroden – VELC Lead, Julie Kopsa – VELC Assistant, Jennifer Everitt – TCLC Lead, Yvonne Kleppe – TCLC Lead, Marta Grove – TCLC Assistant, Jackie Halstead – TCLC Assistant, Lori Daniels – TCLC Assistant, & Jim Bickner – Building Cleaner.
  • Gifts: Madlyn Houg Estate – $2,000 to WUE Kindergarten teachers and students

 Roys/Schultz  Motion carried 4-0



Nathan Crooker reported that Fall sports are going well.  Homecoming is September 26 through October 2.  Parade route is changing this year.  The theme is 2021 in Our Shoes.  High School has been very positive since the start of school.


Principal reports were received.  Principal Westhoff reported on the success of bringing the Downtown Academy and Bridges Academy to the high school throughout the day.  There are 13 online students this fall.  Assistant Principal Miller reported on a great start to the school year.  Conversations continue with the coaches regarding their professional development in the off-season.  Principal Gearhart reported that the roof project is complete.  The VELC program started today.  The summer school was a great success this year – great strides in both the Middle School and the Valley Elementary.  Paras are riding the middle school shuttles.  Principal Elliott reported on a good start to the school year.  The construction is progressing.  The TCLC program (ESSER III funds) is up and running for after-school students.  Curriculum Director Nefzger reported on new teacher orientation and professional development at the start of the year.  Social-Emotional funding was awarded through GEERS II funding in the amount of $88,000.  The new Computer Science curriculum was discussed along with assessments for the year.        


Business Manager Thoms gave an update on the annual reports completed today, finalizing the current year line-item budget, and continuation of work on the 5-year budget.  


Superintendent’s report included the following: 

The Facilities Committee met on September 8th to review the needs of the district, financial availability, and prioritizing the next steps in the facilities.  The next meeting will be on October 13th.

Supt Griffith reviewed a report on students taking college courses while enrolled in high school.  

Supt Griffith reminded the Board of a work session to be held on October 11th at 4:30 pm with Dr. Denise Schares from UNI.  Board priorities, goals, and supporting a strong team between the board and administrators will be discussed. 

With the last census complete, NFV will start to review our director districts.  We will be contracting services to make sure our districts are equally aligned.  

IASB convention – Julie and Joe are going. 






The Board approved and set a Public Hearing on October 11th at 6:00 pm regarding a resolution to transfer funds from the Home School Assistance Program to the Flexibility Account.   Roys/Schultz  Motion Carried 4-0


The Board approved the following lane changes for FY22:  Andrea Adams – BA to BA+15, Jessica Bushman – MA to MA+15, Jenna Fassbinder – BA+15 to MA, Tina Halverson – BA+15 to MA, Anastasia Lavrenk – BA to BA+15, and Kris Wickham – BA+30 to MA.  Rue/Roys  Motion Carried 4-0


Supt Griffith reported on the Special Education deficit for FY21 in the amount of $286,540.70 – FY20 deficit was $780,669.74.  The Board approved the following resolution:  


RESOLVED, that the Board of Directors of the North Fayette Valley Community School District will request allowable growth and supplement aid for the FY21 Special Education deficit in the amount of $286,540.70 or as adjusted by the Department of Education.  Rue/Schultz  Motion Carried 4-0


The Board approved the FY22 list of Field Trips.  Roys/Schultz   Motion Carried 4-0


Supt Griffith presented the handbook for online students.  The Board approved the NFV HS Online Student Handbook.  Schultz/Roys  Motion Carried 4-0


The Board approved the following change order for the WUE HVAC project which is an increase of $2,708 to dispose of additional fuel oil.  Rue/Schultz  Motion Carried 4-0


The Board approved a change order for the Valley site roof project for additional metalwork in the amount of $5,703.  Rue/Schultz  Motion Carried 4-0


The Board approved a change in the HS Library AC project which includes the purchase of a more cost-effective unit for the library space for an additional amount of $4,000.   Roys/Schultz  Motion Carried 4-0 


The Board approved the comprehensive School Improvement Committee (SIAC) members for FY22.  Rue/Schultz  Motion Carried 4-0


Principal Westhoff proposed changes to the HS permanent pass rules.  Changes will allow Seniors the option of a permanent pass for 1st and 2nd hour.  The Board approved the changes to the HS permanent pass rules.  Schultz/Roys  Motion Carried 4-0.



Rue asked about energy savings in the district.  Supt Griffith will send out a report.


Motion to adjourn at 6:55 pm. Rue/Roys  Motion Carried 4-0


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Julie Ahrens, Vice-President Sue Thoms, Business Manager