School Board Minutes March 11 2021




March 11, 2021


The Clayton Ridge Board of Directors held their regular monthly meeting on March 11, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. in the Elementary Auditorium, Garnavillo.


Call to Order/Roll Call

President John Heying called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.  Other members in attendance were Kathy Ihde, Ellen Johnson, Alicia Helle, Mike Finnegan, Christine Aulwes, and Jason Reimer


Also in attendance were Superintendent Shane Wahls, Principal Laura Bilden (via Zoom), Dean of Students Wade Marlow, IAVA Head of School Steve Hoff, and Board Secretary David Schlueter.


Guests in attendance were students Damien Earl and Dillon Fischer.


Approval of Agenda

Motion by Reimer and second by Finnegan to approve the agenda, striking 6. FY21 Audit.  Motion carried unanimously.



Discussion was held regarding the district’s mask requirements.


Hoff presented enrollment projections, satisfaction survey results, site visit, and graduation rates.


Bilden presented data on attendance, office referrals, FAST results and discussed the Joe Beckman assembly and professional development.


A Work Session was scheduled for March 18, 2021 at 5:00 PM.


Consent Agenda

Motion by Aulwes and second by Ihde to approve the February 2021 financial statements; and the listing of invoices; there were no payroll requests. Motion carried unanimously.


New Business

  1. Amend Return To Learn Plan

Motion by Reimer and second by Aulwes to modify the Return To Learn plan as follows: Students may choose not to wear masks during passing times in the hallway, in PE class, recess or other outdoor activities, or during lunch (when eating). Ten-minute Mask Breaks may be provided during classes as determined by the teacher when appropriate. Students that refuse, or choose not to wear a mask will be provided a work space at school and will participate in remote learning utilizing Zoom. Ayes: Heying, Reimer, Helle, Aulwes. Nays: Finnegan, Ihde, Johnson. Motion carried 4-3.


  1. Employment

Motion by Reimer and second by Helle to approve hiring Alexandria Siems and Diane Ludovissy as teacher associates and Erica Armstrong as Junior High Boys Track Coach. Motion carried unanimously.


  1. Lane Change Request

Motion by Finnegan and second by Ihde to approve lane change request for Tyler Kraus, pending administrative approval of appropriate graduate credits. Motion carried unanimously.


  1. Open Enrollments

Motion by Helle and second by Johnson to deny 5 open enrollment applications to the Iowa Virtual Academy. Motion carried unanimously.


  1. Set Date / Time for Budget Hearings

Motion by Finnegan and second by Reimer to set April 8, 2021 at 7:00 PM for hearings to amend the FY21 Budget and to adopt the FY22 budget. Motion carried unanimously.


  1. First Reading Board Policies 400-405.8

The board reviewed policies 400-405.8.


  1. Volunteer Coach Agreement

Motion by Reimer and second by Johnson to approve Jason Tipsword as volunteer coach-soccer. Motion carried unanimously.


  1. Medicaid Billing Services Contract

Motion by Helle and second by Reimer to renew the agreement with Timberline Billing Services to administer Medicaid billing claims. Motion carried unanimously.


  1. Facility Use Agreement

Motion by Finnegan and second by Reimer to approve Facility Use Agreement with Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce to use the Guttenberg playground during Stars & Stripes weekend, pending availability based on summer construction projects. Motion carried unanimously.



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


Meeting Adjourned at 9:14 PM