Board Recognizes Speech Students and Discussed Trademark Licensing at April Board Meeting

June 19, 2015 (Independence, IA) – The Independence Community School District Board of Education met at the Administration Building for their regular April meeting on Monday, April 20,2015.

The board thanked John Behan, Chad O’Brien and Rick Wendling for donating their time to spread black dirt around the new tennis courts.

Mr. Putz honored the High School Jazz Orchestra for placing 3rd at the Iowa Jazz Championships. Special recognition went to Aunna Marzen and Holly Reyner for being named outstanding performers. David Lang sponsored the Jazz Orchestra students.

The following students were honored for their excellent performances at the State Large Group Speech Contest: Zach Kurt, Catherine Lake, Ryan Adams, Monica Crawford, Cassie Kilby, Lily Neumann, Emily Robinson and Tia Whited.

Ryan Adams, Monica Crawford, Cassie Kilby, Lily Neumann, Emily Robinson and Tia Whited were also chosen as an outstanding performance. Large group speech team is coached by Amanda Parker, Kate Miller, Travis McBride and Dan Putz.

The following students were recognized for earning I ratings in their State Individual Speech Contest performances: Adam Goedken, Catherine Lake and Avery Nabholz, Reagan Shonk and Evan DeBoer, Karlie Michael and Lizzie Lake, Jenna Shonk and Alyssa Jensen, Cassie Kilby, Elizabeth Kurt, Ericka Barloon and Avery Nabholz, Josie Fischels and Jenna Shonk, Eric Lympus and Cassie Kilby, Adam Goedken, Zach Kurt and Emily Robinson, Autumn Diesburg and Karlie Michael.

Those who received II ratings were: Kira Reed, Tom Sill and Grace Bertelli and Elizabeth Kurt.

Two students; Jenna Shonk and Adam Goedken, were chosen to perform at the All-State Speech Festival. Individual speech is coached by Carole Franz, Beverly Garrigus and Dan Putz.

High School Principal, John Howard, presented pros and cons of block vs. period scheduling at the high school. He answered questions presented by the board and plans to gather more data to present at a future board meeting.

Mrs. Meyer presented a recap of the Department of Education Site Visit.  At the most recent site visit, the Department of Education found the Independence Community School District to be 100% compliant with state standards.  The Department of Education conducts a thorough review of each school district’s on a five year rotation.

Under old business, a new contract was approved with Lansing Brothers Construction to Accept Alternate 1 to remove demolition of the Southwest parking lot at the old high school from the contract.  The school board accepted this alternate to save the parking lot since the City intends to re-use the parking lot for the new pool project.

Under new business, the board approved several contracts including: a travel request form, agreement with Windstar Lines, Inc., agreement with the Country Inn & Suites, Cooperative Agreement by and between UNI and Educations Agencies for the 2015-2016 Academic year.

The board also discussed implementation of a new trademark licensing agreement to protect the district’s trademarks, such as the “I” logo and the Mustang head logo.  Board President Brian Eddy noted that “many school districts do not take advantage of trademark rights” which can be a revenue source for school districts.  The board discussed an annual fee for use companies to obtain a license to use the school district’s trademarks with possible waivers for groups directly benefiting the school district and/or students.  The board decided to investigate what other district’s charge for trademark licensing and revisit at the next board meeting.

The board also approved the school registration and meal rates for 2015-2016, the 2015 Graduate Candidates, an Agreement for Participating in the Prairies to Schools Program, the Project Lead the Way Education Service Agreement between ICSD and Hawkeye Community College for 2015-2016, Education Service Agreement between ICSD and Hawkeye Community College, Education Service Agreement between Dunkerton Community School District, East Buchanan Community School District, Independence Community School District, Jesup Community School District and Hawkeye Community College.

For more information on School Board meetings, please visit the School Board Minutes page on the ICSD website.


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