BOARD REGULAR MEETING
SEPTEMBER 29, 2003
The Board of Directors of the Davenport Community School District in the Counties of Scott and Muscatine,
State of Iowa, met in regular session, pursuant to law and the rules of the Board, on Monday, September 29,
2003 at 7:00 PM. The meeting was held at the Administration Service Center, 1606 Brady Street, in the Jim
Hester Board Room. President Susan Low called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.
On roll call the following members were present: President Susan Low; Directors Richard Clewell, Nikki
DeFauw, Alan Guard, Larry Roberson, Timothy Tupper, and Patt Zamora. Student board members in
attendance were: Lily Arbisser and Daniel Levetzow (Central High); Christina McKern (Kimberly Center),
and Micah Melton (West High).
A. Madison Elementary * Sheri Womack, Principal
Principal Sheri Womack explained the Davenport School District and a group of ministers
from the Quad Cities formed an alliance with one central goal—to close the achievement
gap between different groups of students. Bishop MacArthur Anderson from the Pentecostal
Church of God “adopted” Madison School. Under his guidance, our MAC (Minority
Achievement Challenge) program was launched during September 2002. Mark Anderson,
Bettina McWilliams, Toi Allen, Tonya Wilkins, Bob Schneden, and Sheri Womack were
all central in establishing this program.
Six students were selected to participate in the program based on need in one or more of
the areas of reading, math, and/or social skills. Each student had a MAC plan with goals
based on their ITBS scores and number of office referrals. Every Tuesday after school,
these students participated in a tutorial session and worked one to one with a mentor at
the Church. They then enjoyed dinner there. Every Friday these students also participated
in a study group led by Ms. McWilliams. At the end of the school year, two of the students
were chosen to attend Wildwood Camp for a week during the summer. Ms. Wilkins, Ms.
McWilliams, and Ms. Allen talked about their experiences in this program. The Board saw
a PowerPoint presentation and learned about the seven principles of the program: love,
security, discipline, structure, learning, training, and recreation. They heard about the
selection process, objectives, expectations, and saw photos of students on their job
assignments. "Teamwork makes the dream work." Student Deontri talked about her
experiences, setting goals, and all the things she learned. Student Alex gave the Board a
handout sharing his experience in the program. Bishop MacArthur Anderson concluded
with comments about this great opportunity presented for the church to become involved
with children at Madison. He thanked the volunteers for their time and efforts. He
congratulated the parents for letting the church become involved with the challenges of
these children. He thanked the administration and Board for being responsible for making
this success story work. Bishop Anderson mentioned Jim Hester's involvement in starting
the program and for the District's continuation.
Dr. Blanche thanked the staff, parents, volunteers, and Bishop Anderson for their work.
This program rose out of a concern for what was happening in our schools. It was more
difficult to put what you believe into action than what people thought. Bishop Anderson's
role has been key to this program and we look forward to hearing more.
B. North High School * Jim Andrews, Principal and Tom Neuhaus, Coach
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Principal Jim Andrews explained the 2003 season marked the addition of some new
facilities at Davenport North’s Ken Kaul Field. Dugouts, a varsity clubhouse (with lockers),
a press box/coaches office, and a storage facility were added to our complex. The project
was the result of tremendous support from the businesses and individuals of the “North
High Community.” Coach Neuhaus talked about the process involved in making the
improvements to the Kaul Field and credited people who stepped up to the challenge with
their contributions of time and money. He spoke about his previous coaching experiences
and how the staff here looked at the condition of the dugout at North. Bill Good was willing
to work with them and he just asked that the workers kept him in the loop as they made
changes and improvements in the dugout. Within eight months, they had raised $85,000 in
cash, materials or labor donations. The District had started with about $15,000 in the
beginning. The new facility was ready by May 29, 2003. Mr. Neuhaus thanked all the
contributors to the dugout and shared the booklet that was printed. Businesses and
corporations, parents, volunteers, staff members, and students worked together on this.
The Project was initiated in October of 2002 when the Davenport School District committed
$15,000 of “start-up funding” to replace our old dugouts. The plan took off from there, and
within 8 months a new facility that is estimated to have a value of close to $100,000 was
completed. Approximately $85,000 in labor, materials, or finances were raised by the North
Baseball Facility Improvement Committee.
The committee was made up of Head Varsity Baseball Coach, Tom Neuhaus, Terry &
Sheeny Black, Dave & Leanne Belk, Jim & Marti Campbell, and Tim Bladel. These
individuals assisted with all facets of the project and devoted a countless amount of hours
to insure the project was completed on time--and in a quality manner. Terry Black, of
Ryan & Associates, volunteered his time as general contractor for the project. He
provided tremendous assistance in working out every last detail that helped North High
create what we believe is one of the finest facilities of this kind in the State of Iowa. Mr.
Neuhaus felt that the students believed in themselves because they saw how much all
these people in their community believed in them. They had a very successful season and
they took pride in what they could do. Facilities do make a difference, and Mr. Neuhaus
also put in a plug for a state-of-the-art weight room needed at North in the future.
Dr. Blanche thanked Mr. Neuhaus for his presentation and enthusiasm. Dr. Blanche said
that Mr. Neuhaus gave credit to others for this work, but it took a great deal of leadership
on his part to hold things together and run a quality program.
A. Wednesday, October 1, 4:00 PM, Policy Committee, Administration Service Center
B. Monday, October 6, 5:30 PM, Committee of the Whole, Administration Service Center,
Jim Hester Board Room
C. Monday, October 13, 7:00 PM, Regular Board Meeting, Administration Service Center,
Jim Hester Board Room
D. Tuesday, October 14, 6:00 PM; Davenport Holiday Inn, Rooms C & D, District
Retirement Dinner; reservations required
E. Tuesday, October 14, 5:30 to 9:00 PM; IASB District #6 Fall Meeting, Mt. Vernon High
School, Mt. Vernon; reservations required
F. Monday, October 27, 7:00 PM, Regular Board Meeting, Administration Service Center,
Jim Hester Board Room
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G. Monday, November 3, 5:30 PM, Committee of the Whole, Administration Service
Center, Jim Hester Board Room
H. Open Forum for Community Input -- No one asked to speak.
III. CONSENT AGENDA
To conserve time and focus attention on non-routine matters on the agenda, the Board
considered a number of items grouped together as a Consent Agenda, all items to be
approved in one motion.
A. Reading of the Minutes
The minutes from the Organizational & Regular Board Meeting on September 15, 2003
were presented for approval.
B. Correction to the July 7, 2003 Committee of the Whole Minutes
The administration recommended the minutes from the July 7, 2003 Committee of the
Whole be corrected with a deletion of one sentence in the paragraph about the
financial report. "Mrs. Tangen also said it was a possibility that Keith had picked up
wrong numbers, but they didn't have his working papers to see what he used in
computing the totals."
C. Personnel: Appointments, Resignations, Retirements, Leaves, Etc.
LEAVES OF ABSENCE: CERTIFICATED
Kurtz, Darby Leave of Absence without Pay
Science 6th Grade Effective: 9/17/03 – 10/31/03
RESIGNATIONS FROM SUPPLEMENTAL CONTRACTS
Cook, Janelle 7%
7th Grade Girls’ Basketball Coach $1,689.00
Flaherty, Sandy 6%
Olsen, Raub 10%
Sophomore Wrestling Coach $2,414.00
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Puebla, Keith 7%
7th Grade Wrestling Coach $1,689.00
Schricker, Nancy 5%
Vocal Music Elementary $1,207.00
Wood, Michael 7%
7th Grade Wrestling Coach $1,689.00
George-Dowd, Linda 5%
Vocal Music Supplemental $1,207.00
Gray, Thomas 7%
Track Intermediate Co-Ed $1,689.00
Hatfield, Terry 8%
7th Grade Girls’ Volleyball Coach $1,931.00
McCannon, Tennesha 8%
7th Grade Girls’ Volleyball Coach $1,931.00
Sanders, Keith 6%
Shetler, Kathryn 6%
SH Department Head (.5) $724.00
Siokos, Jim 7%
7th Grade Assistant Football Coach $1,689.00
Mullins, Sarah Degree: B.A. – Step 1
Grade 3 Effective: September 18, 2003
Walcott Elementary Salary: $24,785.00 prorated to $21,971.57 for the
remaining 164 days of the 2003-04 school year
Nicholson, Kelley Degree: B.A. – Step 2
Language Arts, Grade 7 Effective: September 10, 2003
Wood Intermediate Salary: $26,024.00 prorated to $23,913.95 for the
remaining 170 days of the 2003-04 school year
Ruud, Kelly Degree: B.A. – Step 1
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Kindergarten Effective: September 22, 2003
Blue Grass Elementary Salary: $24,785.00 prorated to $21,703.62 for the
remaining 162 days of the 2003-04 school year
Schlawin, Korine Degree: M.A. – Step 3
Music, Kdg-Grade 1 (.347—2 hrs. Effective: September 9, 2003
40 min. per day) Salary: $10,750.41 prorated to $5,229.93 for the
Harrison Elementary remaining 90 days of the 2003-04 school year (works
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and alternating Fridays)
Derby, Jacinda Effective: September 4, 2003
Food Service Worker Yrs. of Service: 2 wks.
Horton, Faith Effective: September 12, 2003
Food Service Worker Yrs. of Service: 1 yr.
Seay, Christopher Effective: September 19, 2003
Para Educator Yrs. of Service: 1 mo
Williams, Heather Effective: September 18, 2003
Food Service Worker Yrs. of Service: 1 mo.
LEAVES OF ABSENCE: CLASSIFIED
Welzenbach, Johanna Leave of Absence without Pay
Para Educator Effective: October 1, 2003 to Start of School 2004
Blankenfeld, Crystal Effective: September 19, 2003
Para Educator Salary: $6.80
Washington Elementary Hours: 7.0 hrs/day
Charlton, Christine Effective: September 17, 2003
Food Service Worker Salary: $7.06
Blue Grass Elementary Hours: 1.75 hrs/day
Hill, Jennifer Effective: September 11, 2003
Para Educator Salary: $6.80
McKinley Elementary Hours: 6.5 hrs/day
Lonstein, Bonnie Effective: September 19, 2003
Para Educator Salary: $6.80
Hayes Elementary Hours: 5.45 hrs/day
Serrano, Jennifer Effective: September 29, 2003
Administrative Assistant Salary: $13.92
ASC Hours: 8 hrs/day
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Sindt, Angela Effective: September 17, 2003
Food Service Worker Salary: $7.06
West High Hours: 2.75 hrs/day
* Not a Teacher ** Guest Teacher ***Not a Replacement
President Low noted a correction in the Personnel Section of the Consent Agenda.
MOTION: Director Zamora moved the Board approve the Consent Agenda presented with one name
correction on page 5, under Supplemental Appointments, adding a hyphen to the name Linda
George-Dowd. Director Clewell seconded the motion.
The vote on the motion was called and recorded as follows: Ayes: Zamora, Clewell, DeFauw,
Guard, Roberson, Tupper, and Low. Motion carried unanimously.
APPROVAL OF BILLS
IV. APPROVAL OF BILLS
A resolution was recommended by the Administration for adoption of the bills.
MOTION: Director Guard moved be it resolved that all claims presented to the Board having been duly
certified as correct by the Secretary, and reviewed by the administration and Board Treasurer,
the same be and they are hereby audited and allowed as just claims and warrants drawn on
the Treasury for the several amounts. Further Resolved, that the payment of claims and
salaries be approved as presented. Director Roberson seconded the motion.
The vote on the motion was called and recorded as follows: Ayes: Guard, Roberson, Clewell,
DeFauw, Tupper, Zamora, and Low. Motion carried unanimously.
OTHER ITEMS REQUIRING ACTION
V. OTHER ITEMS REQUIRING ACTION
A. Naming of the Biology Lab at West High [Knopick Biology Lab]
The administration recommended naming the Biology Lab at West High School,
in honor of Patricia Knopick (Knopick Biology Lab) as presented and discussed
at the Regular Meeting on September 15, 2003.
MOTION: Director Clewell moved the Board approve naming the Biology Lab at West High
School in honor of Patricia Knopick (Knopick Biology Lab) as presented and
discussed at the Regular Meeting on September 15, 2003. Director Zamora seconded
The vote on the motion was called and recorded as follows: Ayes: Clewell, Zamora,
DeFauw, Guard, Roberson, Tupper, and Low. Motion carried unanimously.
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B. Naming of the West High School's Fitness Center [Paul Flynn Fitness for
The administration recommended naming the Fitness for Life Center at West High
School, in honor of Paul Flynn (Paul Flynn Fitness for Life Center) as presented and
discussed at the Regular Meeting on September 15, 2003.
MOTION: Director Zamora moved the Board name the Fitness for Life Center at West High School in
honor of Paul Flynn (Paul Flynn Fitness for Life Center) as presented and discussed at the
Regular Meeting on September 15, 2003. Director DeFauw seconded the motion.
The vote on the motion was called and recorded as follows: Ayes: Zamora, DeFauw,
Clewell, Guard, Roberson, Tupper, and Low. Motion carried unanimously.
C. IASB Assembly Delegate and Alternate for November 2003
President Low asked if any board members would consider the appointment as the
delegate or the alternate to vote at the IASB Delegate Assembly on November 19, 2003.
The delegate or alternate will cast the 15 votes for the Davenport School Board during
the annual meeting prior to the Iowa Association of School Boards Convention. Director
Guard would be able to go up for one or two days of the convention. Director Roberson
was also interested in attending.
MOTION: Director Clewell moved Director Alan Guard be appointed the primary delegate for the IASB
Assembly on November 19, 2003 and Director Larry Roberson be appointed as the alternate
for the assembly to cast the 15 votes for the District. Director Tupper seconded the motion.
The vote on the motion was called and recorded as follows: Ayes: Clewell, Tupper, DeFauw,
Guard, Roberson, Zamora, and Low. Motion carried unanimously.
D. Appointment of Truancy Officer
The administration recommended Corporal Mike Cole to be appointed as the Truancy
Officer for the Davenport Community School District for the 2003-2004 school year.
MOTION: Director Guard moved the Board accept the administration's recommendation to
appoint Corporal Mike Cole as the Truancy Officer for the Davenport Community
School District for the 2003-2004 school year. Director Tupper seconded the motion.
The vote on the motion was called and recorded as follows: Ayes: Guard, Tupper,
Clewell, DeFauw, Roberson, Zamora, and Low. Motion carried unanimously.
VI. DISCUSSION ITEMS
A. No Child Left Behind
The Board had an opportunity to hear from Juli Staszewski about various issues
dealing with the No Child Left Behind legislation and development plans for district
improvements. The administration wanted the Board to know the details of this new
legislation. These plans have been used by Presidents in the past to look at what they
thought was important for education. The NCLB act will have a financial impact on
districts because of assessment and Title I programs. The amount of $2 million we get
from the Federal Government won't cover the additional things required. Ms.
Staszewski talked about how 100 percent of our students will have to be proficient as
defined by the State. There are major components that involve reading. There are
mandates, and if only one Title I school doesn't make it, the district will be hurt. She
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talked about percentages and trajectory. There is a safety net that will help meet the
goals--safe harbor or competence interval. Ms. Staszewski clarified the subgroups,
sanctions, failure to make progress plans, and consequences in the third and fourth
year. We have to have highly qualified staff that is licensed and they have majors in
the subject areas they teach. She talked about paraprofessionals and extra certifica-
tion needed in Title I schools. There are struggles ahead as we look at what must be
done and how to focus our attention. The Board asked questions about testing and
expecting 100% proficiency by all our students. Ms. Staszewski tried to explain how
the norms were set on these tests and that they were frozen on the 2001 data.
Dr. Blanche informed the Board we had to create four new bus routes and there could
be more with the NCLB act. We will also have to use some of the Title money to pay
for busing and for tutorial aspects of the programs. We are not making excuses, but
we want to work together and continue to see improvement in these buildings. Dr.
Blanche expressed his concern with the time frame for making all these improvements
in education in the next 12 years. Director Tupper asked what the staff needed from
the Board to make sure this work happens and we get the results needed. Ms.
Staszewski said of course there will be a need for resources but also support from the
Board. Many of the staff members are overwhelmed with what they are being asked to
do and there is tremendous staff development happening. Any support you can give
will be in the right direction. Director Clewell asked if the Department of Education had
accepted Iowa's proposal yet for guidelines. The response was that this was
happening rapidly and almost all proposals have been accepted in some detail.
There were a number of questions about ITBS and ITED assessments. Ms. Staszewski
said there could be problems because of language fluency for some students. It was
important parents understand the importance of the testing so we can work with the
students on makeup dates within a short window of opportunity. Mrs. Long explained
special education students are expected to take the exams unless the staff recognizes
criteria making it impossible. Director Roberson appreciated getting this information about
NCLB and also said if there was anything the Board could do, to please let them know.
Mrs. Long explained for special education students they have a portfolio of activities that
have to meet standards and benchmarks.
Student board members had a few questions about the testing process. Daniel explained
that students don't want to take the standardized tests. So if the principal could offer
incentives to get them to take the tests and do well that would help. Maybe with more
incentives students might want to do better. Students seem to understand the importance
of taking the SAT or other big tests in order to get into college. The Board talked with the
students about the time tests were taken and maybe taking the tests later in the morning
could also help. Ms. Staszewski said each building has to decide on the test times and
how to motivate their students. Lily asked if the teachers might have to end up teaching to
the test because of these new standards with NCLB. Ms. Staszewski said that won't
happen but the end of chapter tests will be a good indicator if the students have learned. It
is not fair to teach to the test, but our curriculum should include areas that will be tested.
Mrs. Long talked about the federal funds coming into Title I buildings that will be affected
by the NCLB. We have flexibility in spending the $2 million but with sanctions on any of
the schools, the money we get will have to be spent on things such as busing, tutors, and
other mandates. There could be sanctions that would affect schools and staff positions.
Director Zamora asked if it was true that the greatest percentage of Title I schools were in
our district and that puts us at a disadvantage. Mrs. Long agreed but said we do get more
money each year because of the number of students needing Title I funds.
B. Edison Schools Information
President Low said that because we have a number of new board members, they felt
it was appropriate to have a brief review of the Edison Schools program. This year
Edison will ask for the option of an extension, and we need to know about this
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program in order to make a decision later in the year.
Chief Financial Office, Marsha Tangen reviewed elements of the Edison Program and
highlighted some of the financial aspects. We originally started with the program
assuming it would not cost us any more to contract with Edison than what we would
spend ourselves. We had a budget to project and we had some adjustments along the
way. The Board looked at data prepared and learned how Edison received 10
installments during the year for payments. We take our credits for adjustments and
items we pay. The biggest plus of the program is their staff development. The contract
is very unique and offers a lot of opportunities for their students.
Director Zamora said she was one of the very first supporters of the program and they
were able to offer computers and staff development for teachers which was very unique.
They had excellent technology, curriculum offerings, and if you visit the school, children
always greet you. Student board members were encouraged to visit the Jefferson Edison
school if they had a chance. The administration familiarized board members with the
Edison program currently used in our district and presented the financial details and
impacts of the program in our District. This year there will be negotiations with the Edison
Schools to look at continuation of this program. Director Clewell also talked about visiting
the school and seeing the business partners. He asked if the costs were lower because
more of the teachers were new. Mrs. Tangen said not on the average, but it depends on
one year to the next who we employ. Director Zamora commented that getting this
program started was difficult and there were some experienced teachers who felt it was
too much of a challenge. Director Roberson visited the school and found it to be unique.
He asked what future contract negotiations might look like. Mrs. Tangen said there might
be different funding options for the contract. Director Zamora said Edison has lost money
being here, but they wanted to go to where the schools are the best and see if they can
make them better. We have to convince them we are the best and they should stay.
C. Budget Calendar
Chief Financial Officer Marsha Tangen outlined the budget calendar used for financial
purposes for the past and current school year. The budget is based on data we get
from the State and it has to be certified. She talked about certified enrollment figures
and the school board checkpoints on the calendar. Director Guard said he would like
to make sure that at the November Committee of the Whole, the Board can determine
district priorities for the 2004-2005 budget. We had a lot of issues last year and we
missed having input in that area. We have a number of items to talk about and we
need efforts to make sure our priorities are included and we have input.
ADMINISTRATIVE AND BOARD REPORTS
VII. ADMINISTRATIVE AND INSTRUCTIONAL REPORTS
1. Dr. Blanche reported on the IASB Orientation for board members last Saturday,
September 27 at North Scott High School. We had three new board members attend
the meeting--Nikki DeFauw, Alan Guard, and Larry Roberson. We should have an
opportunity to host one of these workshops in the Iowa Quad Cities so our board
members don't have to drive so far for training sessions. Dr. Blanche appreciated the
response and felt it was a worthwhile session. He has attended three or four of the
ABLE sessions and people get solid information that helps us.
VIII. BOARD REPORTS AND REQUESTS
1. Director Clewell asked for information and data on the elementary class sizes and
sections in buildings.
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2. President Low told board members she had a chance to read all the American
Government letters from the students at West High. They were very interesting and she
plans to write back to the class, but it will probably be a 12-page report to answer all their
questions. They were concerned about heat and air conditioning issues. Some didn't care
about any specific issue they just had to write something because it was an assignment.
President Low will bring the letters to the next Committee of the Whole meeting to share
with the rest of the Board.
3. Director Zamora was excited about the District's sporting events and hoped people would
get out and attend the football games.
4. Board members were asked to stay after the meeting to check their calendars for an
expulsion hearing time and date.
5. Director Roberson said he went to Jefferson and learned many of the teachers were
bilingual. He saw how they could interact with the students, and he was hopeful this would
benefit all of them.
MOTION: Director Guard moved the Board adjourn. Director Zamora seconded the motion.
The vote on the motion was called and recorded by consensus, all ayes.
President Low declared the meeting adjourned at 8:55 PM.
Linda Smith Kortemeyer