School Board News Brief
Mount Vernon Community School District School Board News Brief
August 8, 2022

The regular monthly meeting of the Mount Vernon Community School District School Board was held on August 8, 2022. The following topics were addressed during the meetings:

Approval: The meeting agenda was approved as written with no changes proposed.

Superintendent Report: Dr. Batenhorst updated the Board on priorities for his work in the 2022-2023 school year.

Public Comments: No public comments were offered during the meeting.

Program Division: No items were addressed in the Program Division.

Personnel Division: The Board approved the hiring of a series of support staff members for the 2022-2023 school year.

Administrative Division: The Board approved the Second Reading of a series of policy updates, while also approving the First Reading of another series of policy updates provided by the Iowa Association of School Boards Policy Division. The Board also approved updates to the District’s Affirmative Action Plan.

Reports: No reports were offered in the meeting.

Unfinished Business: The Board discussed scheduling a work session for August to discuss school improvement and goals for the 2022-2023 school year. This meeting will take place on August 29, 2022.

Consent Agenda: All items in the Consent Agenda were approved as presented.

Next Meeting: The next regular meeting of the School Board will take place on Monday, September 12, 2022. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. There will be a special meeting held on August 29, 2022 for the purpose of approving the specifications and cost estimates for the proposed activities complex so that the project can be taken out for the bidding process. Additionally, the Board and the District administrators will discuss goal setting for the 2022-2023 school year.

Upon completion of its regular meeting, the Board conducted a work session related to the proposed activities complex project. The Board reviewed and discussed the current project cost estimates, while also reviewing the methods that will be used to finance the project if approved. The Board will hold a special session on Monday, August 29, 2022, to approve the filing of the plans and project specifications in order to allow the project to go out for the bidding process. Bids will be due to the District by 11:00 a.m. on October 7, 2022. The Board will also conduct a public hearing regarding the project during its regular meeting on September 12, 2022.