School Board Meeting Minutes July 12 2022




July 12, 2022


The Clayton Ridge Board of Directors held their regular monthly meeting on July 12, 2022 at 3:30 p.m. in the High School Study Hall, Guttenberg.


Call to Order/Roll Call

President John Heying called the meeting to order at 3:30 PM.  Other members in attendance were Ellen Johnson, Mike Finnegan, Jessica Bittner, Jason Reimer, and Alicia Helle. Christine Aulwes was absent.


Also attending were Superintendent Shane Wahls and Board Secretary David Schlueter.


Approval of Agenda

Motion by Finnegan and second by Bittner to approve the agenda. Motion carried unanimously.



Wahls reported on a meeting with new St Mary’s Immaculate Conception School Principal Angela Jones to discuss collaboration.


NHS sponsor Nicole DeGidio and members Rebecca Hillers, Brooke Hansel, and Morgan Pierce presented the board with information regarding the purchase of a digital trophy case.


Board members discussed upgrades needed at baseball/softball complex.


Consent Agenda

Motion by Finnegan and second by Helle to approve minutes of the June 9 regular meeting, the June 23 special meeting and work session, and the June 30 special meeting; the June, 2022 financial statements; the listing of invoices; and payroll requests of $8,831.07. Motion carried unanimously.


New Business

  1. Employment

Motion by Bittner and second by Johnson to approve hiring John Hess as Bus Driver, Jim Pfaffly as Bus Driver, Lorna Moser as Teacher Associate, Sara Phillips as Elementary Teacher, Ben Backes as Strength and Conditioning Coach, and Shane Wahls as Athletic Director; and to modify Ben Backes’s Teacher contract to add a period per day for Strength and Conditioning class. Motion carried unanimously.


  1. Breakfast and Lunch Prices

Motion by Finnegan and second by Reimer to authorize the superintendent to set meal prices at actual cost from Opaa less reimbursement rates established by National School Lunch Program. Motion carried unanimously.



  1. Spending limit – First Reading Board Policy 705.1 Purchasing

A first reading of Policy 705.1 was held.


  1. Mileage reimbursement rate

Motion by Johnson and second by Bittner to set the reimbursement rate at $.50 per mile, effective July 1, 2022. Motion carried unanimously.


  1. Accept Gifts

Motion by Reimer and second by Bittner to accept donations for the new digital trophy case.


  1. Second Reading Policy 412.2R1 Driver Compensation

Motion by Reimer and second by Finnegan to adopt Policy 412.2R1 as presented. Motion carried unanimously.


Closed Session-Superintendent Evaluation

Motion by Helle and second by Reimer to enter closed session at 5:25 PM per Iowa Code 21.5(1)(i) to evaluate the professional competency of an individual whose appointment, hiring, performance, or discharge is being considered when necessary to prevent needless and irreparable injury to that individual’s reputation and that individual requests a closed session. Motion carried unanimously.


Motion by Helle and second by Reimer to return to open session at 6:26 PM. Motion carried unanimously.



Motion by Bittner and second by Finnegan to adjourn. Motion carried unanimously.


Meeting Adjourned at 6:26 PM