A full agenda was the theme for Monday afternoon’s Pella Community School Board meeting.

Following a in-depth report from Joan Corbin on her attendance at the National School Board Convention, the board approved a resolution calling for a special election on the question of continuing levying a voter-approved physical plant and equipment property tax. The vote will be held at the Sept. 9, 2008 school board election. The levy will be for Sixty Seven Cents per $1,000 of the assessed valuation of the taxable property within the school district.

Examples of how the PPEL levy is used includes:

-computer purchases

-concrete work

-roof repair

-heating and cooling repair

-floor maintenance

In the attempt to save fuel and cut down on expenses, the Pella School Board listened to a proposal by the district that would cut the in-town bus routes to five, from seven and will use three drivers on those routes down from five. The number of stops buses will make, will also decrease from 50 to 28. Superintendent Mark Wittmer estimated the saving on transportation costs alone would be around $30,000.

Following the board action to indicate a list of priorities of possible Iowa Assoc. of School Boards legislative action, the board recommended adding provisions opposing any changes in the collective bargaining law in the State of Iowa for public employees.

Council also approved the charge for Pre-K ($14.50) and Kindergarten ($29) snacks.

Due to approval at the 82nd General Assembly of Iowa, HF 2620 changes the election laws of the State of Iowa affecting the length of director terms and the time for the regular school elections. The Pella School Board was required to adopt a transition plan to accomplish the election of directors in only the odd numbered years with all of the directors elected in 2009 elected to four-year terms and resulting in as nearly as possible one-half of members of the board being elected biennially. Due to this change, the board was forced to shorten and lengthen the terms of the directors elected in 2007 and 2008 to accomplish the transition so that the terms of these directors shall expire at the regular school election in 2009 or 2011.

The following terms of office are lengthened or shorted as set out below:

Myron Linn (at-large) Term will end in 2009

Ivan Vos (Dist. I) Term will end in 2009

Marvin Van Wyk (Dist. I) Term will end in 2011

Joan Corbin (Dist. II) Term will end in 2009

Dr. Jennifer Palmer (Dist. II) Term will end in 2011

Council also approved repairs to doors on the east side of the high school contingent on specification of the doors and hinge types to be done by Walsh Door and Hardware Co.

In other board action:

-Approved the recommendation of the Pella Chronicle as the official publication for the Pella Community School District.

-Approved the recommendation of the Ahler’s Law Firm as the legal council for the 2008-2009 school year for the district.

-Approved the recommendation and appointed Jon Miller as the Board Secretary and Treasurer fort the 2008-2009 school year.

-Approved a sharing agreement with Ottumwa for boys’ swimming for the 2008-2009 school year.

-Agreed to a 28E agreement with a variety of schools for tech support for the software program used for the district’s food and nutrition program.

-Approved a revised version of Policy 802.4R2 regarding Fixed Assets Management System Definitions. A second reading was also waived.

-Approved continuing to have three polling sites for school elections. The three polling places will be located in Pella, Otley and Leighton.

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