School board minutes September 10, 2020




September 10, 2020


The Clayton Ridge Board of Directors held their monthly meeting on September 20, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. in the Clayton Ridge High School Library, Guttenberg.


Call to Order/Roll Call

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


Also attending were Superintendent Shane Wahls, Principal Laura Bilden, Dean of Students Wade Marlow, and Board Secretary David Schlueter.


Approval of Agenda

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


Reports / Communication

Mr. Wahls reported on professional development opportunities provided by Paul Gasser and the possibility of adding an Employee Assistance Program; an application as been submitted which could possibly provide assistance for student meals; potential new students with special education requirements; Return To Learn plan amendments and questions regarding face masks; and current enrollment at IAVA is approximately 900 students.


Mrs. Bilden reported on Return To Learn; student safety expectations; homecoming plans; and PLC discussions for professional development with students.


Board members discussed progress of students following last spring’s loss of learning during the COVID shutdown; criteria used to determine if school will be required to move to hybrid learning or virtual/online learning.


Reimer arrived at 7:07.


Consent Agenda

Motion by Johnson and second by Aulwes to approve the minutes of the August 13, 2020 work session and regular board meeting, and the August 20, 2020 special board meeting; August financial statements; listing of invoices; additional pay requests of $3999.26. Motion carried unanimously.


New Business

  1. Employment

Motion by Finnegan and second by Johnson to approve the hiring of Ron Cummer as Junior High Football Coach. Motion carried unanimously.


Motion by Helle and second by Reimer to approve transfer of Michelle Scott from Elementary Special Ed Teacher to Middle School Social Studies/High School English Teacher. Motion carried unanimously, Mike Finnegan abstained.


Motion by Aulwes and second by Johnson to approve the hiring of Amber Koth as Elementary Special Ed Teacher effective September 14, 2020. Motion carried unanimously.


  1. Wellness Plan

Motion by Finnegan and second by Helle to approve the second reading of board policy 507.9 Wellness. Motion carried unanimously.


  1. Open Enrollments

Motion by Ihde and second by Aulwes to deny 95 open enrollment applications to the Iowa Virtual Academy. Motion carried unanimously.


  1. BLDD Contract

Motion by Finnegan and second by Ihde to approve a contract with BLDD Architects for Summer 2021 Renovations to the Guttenberg kitchen and Multi-Purpose rooms. Motion carried unanimously.


  1. Refinance Voted PPEL Loan

Motion by Helle and second by Reimer to table discussion of refinancing the voter-approved PPEL loan. Motion carried unanimously.


  1. Approve Sub Teacher Pay

Motion by Aulwes and second by Helle to increase substitute teacher pay to $120 per day, effective August 24, 2020. Motion carried unanimously.



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


Meeting Adjourned at 8:05 PM